Halloween Special – Dark Scary Gardens: Inspired by Children of the Corn

Halloween Special – Dark Scary Gardens: Inspired by Children of the Corn

I’ve been researching haunted houses in the area because my daughter wants to go to one for her birthday – followed by a girlie sleep-over. I’ve agreed to this plan, but fear it to be a really shortsighted idea since I have no idea how these six 10-year-old girls will respond to a haunted house. It…

Inspirations: Betsy the Bluebird

Inspirations: Betsy the Bluebird

Nine days ago we got side tracked on the way down the driveway. An afternoon of errand running got waylaid by a small bird hopping and trying to quickly flap her way off the road in front of the car. We stopped, we gathered her up and detoured to the local antique shop where days before I…

Instant Garden Party: Boxman Studios

  I’m planning a heck of a party this summer and ground zero for the shindig will be my barn.  I’m lucky to have a barn (centered in my garden) where such an event can play out — but if I didn’t — I’d be all over this Boxman Studios option.  Boxman Studios have converted shipping containers into movable,…

How to Build a Stick Fort

How to Build a Stick Fort

Toys that leave something to the imagination are hard to come by.   Even harder are those that actually aim to encourage your kids to go outside and make something original.  So when I stumbled across stick-lets I immediately pre-ordered a couple sets (they are already sold out and so you will have to wait…

The Banging Wall in the Woods

The Banging Wall in the Woods

For gardens with kids…. There is something so magical about this simple creation by an artistic mom for the enjoyment of her children.  It is a banging wall — located far away from the house – in the woods.  Perfect. See how Vera made it at her blog. image from make and play.

Garden Gallery: Jerry’s Desert Rooms

Garden Gallery: Jerry’s Desert Rooms

I find the idea behind Jerry Sohn’s desert garden rooms unbelievably inspiring.   Wanting a place in the vast landscape of the Mojave Desert  (where he owns a small house),  he commissioned Architect Arata Isozaki to create rooms in this place — one for each season. Jerry likes to sleep outdoors with his family and enjoy the night…

DIY: How to Make A Hobbit House (In Your Garden)

DIY: How to Make A Hobbit House (In Your Garden)

Hayden Regina – creator of the Hobbit Houses at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Michigan – is joining us today to share how he created a set of charming little houses in the gardens from simple materials that cost around $250 each.  Who doesn’t want to live like Frodo and Bilbo? Or at least pretend…

DIY: Great Halloween Ideas

DIY: Great Halloween Ideas

The starter motor in my car was dead this morning, so I have to drive the truck.  Driving the truck makes everything feel different.  It is the vehicular equivalent of rose colored glasses…except it makes me sing old country songs and desperately want to go junking – which I think I might do.  I have an appointment this…

Zip Lines (Trend?)

Zip Lines (Trend?)

Have you noticed that zip lines are kinda popping up every where?  Indy 500, Super Bowl, parks, back yards (I have one), — I think we are  (and are going to) see more and more of them. Last fall my husband and spent a weekend in NYC with our necks craned, imagining how cool it…

What’s Fab on Fab

What’s Fab on Fab

Have you noticed the profusion of flash shopping sites that have popped up lately?   I’ve been keeping my eye on a bunch of them and I have to say that while there are a few contenders for second place, my hands down favorite flash shopping site is Fab.  If you haven’t checked it, be…

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