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How to Install a Water Feature {our garden water fountain}

How many of you love a pretty flower bed? We do! I grew up watching my gram always planting flowers and weeding her flower beds. Maybe that is why I love gardening and planting flowers. Although, I don’t love pulling weeds. I was recently approached by Aquascape to see if we would like to try out one of their water fountains. Aquascape provided quality water gardening products and I must say, our fountain was ridiculously easy to install. We love this thing!

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

Not only was is simple to install, it adds so much character to our flower bed.

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

First, find a spot in your yard to place your fountain.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

I used the black tarp provided with the fountain to mark my spot to dig the hole. Simply make a circle cut with the edge of your shovel right where the circle cut-out part is on the tarp.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Dig your hole as deep and wide as the base of the fountain.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Once you have dug your hole, place the base in the whole and adjust until the base is level. This may take a few minutes either digging a little deeper or creating a wider hole. All in all, it took about 10 minutes for us to get the base level. Not a big deal.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Once your base is level, add the top (with the holes) and use the clamp to secure the top to the base.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

You can either connect your hose directly to the pump or simply fill the base with water and have a continuous flow of water that way.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

We chose to fill the base with water. Once you have filled your base, place the black tarp back over the cover and center. You can also trim the tarp with scissors if it’s too big for your space.

Next, connect the white tube to the pump which is provided and feed through the hole of the fountain and push the pump into the water filled base.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Before we covered the tarp with decorative rocks, we plugged in the pump to ensure it worked.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

It worked perfectly!

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

TIP: if you purchase decorative rock, be sure to rinse the rocks first to get rid of any color (dye) that may be on the rocks. This way, your water stays clear looking and isn’t tinted with color.

This guy isn’t sure if it’s his new water bowl or what? He sat there for about 10 minutes watching the water bubble up and run off the side. Totally confused!

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

Once I knew it worked properly, I trimmed a bit of the black tarp and added my decorative (rinsed stone) around the base of the fountain then adjusted the mulch around the rock. We LOVE this water feature and how much character and charm it adds to our flower bed. It’s so cool!!

This video actually sold me on the idea of installing one. When Aquascape first contacted me, I originally was going to pass because I thought it would be super difficult and time consuming to install. I had never installed a water feature before and I was scared! I was wrong!  

Check out this 3 minute video provided by Aquascape.

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

My mom loves the sound of the fountain too. I sometimes see her outside having her morning coffee and she has the fountain running. She says it’s so peaceful sounding! Have you always wanted a water feature in your yard but were too afraid to install it? I am here to tell you, these are affordable, gorgeous and so easy to install. The hardest part is digging the hole and lets face it, that’s not that hard. You can find this exact water fountain here and be sure to check out more Aquascape water features as well as their facebook page for additional product information and gallery displays.

Disclosure: I was compensated and provided product by Aquascape. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

How to spray paint a rocking chair {navajo white}

This summer has been a whirl wind. I am sure many of you feel the same way. We have managed to squeak out a few DIY projects here and there but for the most part, we are trying to relax this summer. Although, we have all new kitchen cabinets coming this week which is kind of starting to freak me out. More on that soon! If you follow along with us regularly, you may know that we are an ambassador for HomeRight. I absolutely love their products and they make DIY projects so easy. We had a couple rocking chairs in need of new paint so I used my finish max pro sprayer and made the rocking chairs beautiful again.

how to spray paint a rocking chair

The chair is probably 15 years old and has been left outside in the rain on more than one occasion. We usually keep them in our pool house or on our covered porch but the weather still beats on them.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

I lightly sanded the chairs to get off any loose paint. You can also use a palm sander if you have a large area to sand.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

Clean off any dust from sanding with a cloth and start spraying.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

Total time to complete the project, under one hour.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

I used exterior latex paint in navajo white and applied 2 coats.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

Setting up the sprayer takes less than 5 minutes and cleanup is so simple. I can’t even imagine painting this chair by hand. Now that would be painful! The sprayer allows you to achieve a custom finish very quickly. The dry time is minimal as the sprayer leaves a fine smooth finish. Once the first coat was dry, I applied another. My grandfather was watching me as I took this sad rocking chair and turned it into something beautiful in no time at all. He said, “good job kid, I am glad you didn’t throw it out, it’s looks brand new again.” He is from the era of “save everything and dispose of nothing.” I am with him all the way when it comes to making something old, look new again.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post however, all opinions and words are 100% my own. 

 

My grandfather is wearing his socks around his wrist! {DIY wristband}

My grandfather makes me laugh. He is constantly walking around the house looking for one thing or another. Yesterday, he was outside walking around his truck looking for a bag of potatoes. I couldn’t help but laugh because I knew they were probably still at Walmart (he loves Walmart) in the checkout line.

Anyway, as he was getting out of the car, I noticed a funny looking thing on his arm.

The man cut his sock in pieces and put it under his watch so it wouldn’t rub on his wrist. My grandmother is mortified that he wears that around in public.

They make me laugh!!!

Grandfather's DIY Wristband

I said, “what the heck are you doing with your sock on your wrist?

He said, “it keeps my watch from rubbing my skin raw!”

Now tell me, isn’t that the best DIY solution you have seen in a while?

Quick, no cost and functional.

That’s my grandfather for ya!

 

Organizing tips: How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes!

Hey messy jewelry, you are not wanted anymore! Do you ever feel like your jewelry is all over the place? Tangled and spread out all over a drawer or piled up on top of each other in jewelry box? Or better yet, somewhere in your house that you forgot where you put it? I remember as a kid, my  mom always had this really large jewelry box on her bureau that opened up and a little wind up ballerina spun around to music. All of her jewelry was nicely hung or pushed inside those little velvet holders. I don’t know what they are called but they kept things in place and it always looked so pretty. Today, I am here to share organizing tips for your jewelry  as part of Laura’s 10 minute idea series over at Finding Home.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

I don’t have a cute jewelry box with a singing ballerina but I do have this adorable tiny dish from my great grandmother.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

Over the years, I have accumulated some fun jewelry but I tend to wear the same pieces over and over. Mostly fun costume stuff.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

I always end up tossing it wherever I take it off. The kitchen counter, the family room coffee table or my night table. I decided this cute heirloom would be perfect for keeping jewelry safe on my night table.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

 

There are so many DIY jewelry organization ideas out there. One particular idea that I love is using a small tiered stand. I wish I had one of those little guys! How about you, how do you keep your everyday jewelry organized? Be sure to check out these other fabulous 10 minute organization ideas over at Finding Home, Thistlewood FarmInspired by Charm, Julie Blanner and Dream Green DIY.

Grab and Go Summer dining essentials

My mom had a great idea the other day. She created a basket filled with summer dining essentials for our outdoor dinners. We use paper plates, cups and utensils when we can during the summer because, what’s the point of washing dishes right? We created a grab and go basket full of everything we use on a daily basis.

Create a grab and go basket full of summer dining essentials

By having everything is a basket with handles, you will save time fishing through drawers and cupboards looking for stuff before dinner. My favorite storage solution is the container with all the utensils. It’s a simple silver bucket from the dollar store. I love that!

Create a grab and go basket full of summer dining essentials

The great thing about this basket is it’s pretty too! It looks great on the counter top or outside under the porch. We love simple ideas to make our dinners go smoothly. How about you, do you have a way to keep your summer dining essentials organized?

30 Ideas for Throwing a Fourth of July Party

Alright, everybody, how is your summer going?  I can’t believe June is more than halfway over–it’s going too quickly and we still have a ton of outdoor fun to pack in before the temps drop this Fall!  We love to gather our family and friends for backyard parties.  The absolute best excuse for a summer party is the Fourth of July.  Check out these 30 ideas for throwing a fourth of July party! Everything from decorations, party food, and activities for the kids at your big family celebration of Independence.  Red, white, and blue forever!

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Decor

Hamburger Bar

American Hamburger Bar and Decor at Talk of the House

Mason-Jar-Flag-Display

Mason Jar Flag Display at A Diamond in the Stuff

Patriotic-Pallet-Wood-Sign

Patriotic Pallet Sign at Blooming Homestead

Fouth-July-Flower-Centerpiece

Fourth of July Flowers at The Casual Craftlete

July-4th-party-printables

Party Printables for July 4th at Lemonade Moments

bandana-tablecloth

Easy DIY Bandana Tablecoth at The Gracious Wife

Independence-Day-Board

Independence Day Liberty Art at The Happy Scraps

Vintage-Americana-Party-Decor

DIY Vintage Americana Party at Lia Griffith

Patriotic-Party-Lights-from-cups

Homemade Patriotic Party Lights at My Anything and Everything

4th of july mini star garland

July 4th Mini Star Garland at Hawthorne & Main

mason-jar-luminaries

Mason Jar Luminaries at For the Love Of

stars-stripes-serving-ware

Stars and Stripes Serving Pieces at Infarrantly Creative

Food

patriotic-ombre-layer-cake

Ombre Independence Day Cake at Brit & Co.

Cherry-Pie-Jar-Pastry-Star

Cherry Pie in a Jar with Stars at Stone Gable Blog

red-white-blue-fruit-skewers

Red, White, & Blue Fruit Skewers at Skinny Taste

American-Flag-Fruit-Display

American Flag Snack Tray at Made to Be a Momma

panna-cotta-red-white-blue-parfaits

Panna Cotta and Raspberry Parfaits at Pink Patisserie

red-white-blue-pinwheel-cookies

Red, White, & Blue Pinwheel Cookies at Just a Taste

Smore's-Bar-July-4

4th of July S’mores Bar at Dukes & Duchesses

firecracker-popcorn

Firecracker Popcorn at The Nerd’s Wife

red velvet brownie stars

Red Velvet Brownie Starts at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Red-White-and-Blue-drink-for kids
Kid Friendly Flag Drink at The Girl Creative

soda-bar-collage-july-4

Independence Day Soda Bar at Let’s Dish

Activities

July-4-kids-printables

Fourth of July Kids’ Printables at 30 Handmade Days

star-spangled-slime

Star Spangled Slime at I Can Teach My Child

plastic-cup-sparkler-shield

Plastic Cup Sparkler Shield from I Love 2 Dream Do You?

4th-of-July-sparkle-bottles

Sparkle Bottles for the Fourth at Things to Share and Remember

Patriotic-Parade-Wand

Patriotic Parade Wand from Quirky Inspired

Patriotic-Popsicle-Stick-Flag-Craft

Popsicle Stick Flag Craft at A Pumpkin and a Princess

4th-of-July-Water-Blob-backyard-party-fun

Fourth of July Water Blog for Kids at Club Chica Circle

Phew, that was some amazing stuff wasn’t it? Every fourth of July party ideas are right here for your picking. Pick one or two and run with it!

DIY Herb Planter {cobalt blue + tea}

Who loves fresh herbs in their ice tea? We do! Our two favorite tea herbs are lemon balm and spearmint. A couple weeks ago, I picked up a lemon balm and spearmint plant at Home Depot, brought them home and realized I didn’t have small enough planters to plant them in. I searched my mom’s left over containers as well as my gramps workshop (shhhh….don’t tell him I was poking around in there, he will flip!) and found nothing. I ended up finding two planters in a clearance aisle that were perfect for my tea herbs but I wasn’t impressed with the color so I spray painted them with a can of cobalt blue spray paint.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Step 1 – spray paint your planter (or use one you already love).

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

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Next, fill almost half full with soil. I used Miracle Grow soil.

DIY blue herb planter-14

Next, place your plant inside and fill around the plant with soil gently pressing plant into the soil.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Next, I used sticky back chalkboard labels that I had picked up from Michaels Crafts last year. Instead of using chalk, I used my favorite chalk marker. I LOVE this thing and it washes off with water. You must try one of these markers if you are a chalk lover.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

I wrote spearmint and lemon balm and each and that’s it!

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This quick and easy DIY herb planter literally took under one hour and that’s because I had to wait for the planter to dry after spray painting.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Don’t you want a fresh cold glass of ice tea now with spearmint or lemon balm?

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

 

Lemon balm or spearmint compliments any glass of fresh brewed ice tea. Simply add a few pieces of either (wash first) to any glass and you will be amazed at the delicious taste of your tea. It also looks pretty floating in a mason jar filled with ice tea. What better way to serve yourself or your guests. A fun ice tea stand or buffet featuring your DIY planter filled with fresh herbs. I think these guys are keepers!

DIY Summer Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea}

Hey guys, I am back with another quick idea as part of Laura’s 10 minute idea series.  Yesterday, I shared our recent birthday celebration and the vase I used as the centerpiece got a tiny makeover which I am sharing the tutorial today. When I was setting the table for the party, I felt like the vase needed a little extra something. Many times, the stems of the flowers look “not so pretty” so I am always trying to find ways to disguise the stems. In the past, I have used sisal and burlap. This time, I used decorative washi tape that coordinated with my table linens and dishware.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

This is so simple! Wrap washi tape around the bottom of a vase and that’s it.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

Pick any tape colors that you love.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

Done!

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

In under 10 minutes (really 30 seconds….), I created a DIY summer vase for our birthday table. Kind of fun right?

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

There are so many different colors and patterns of washi tape, the possibilities are endless. Next time you are adding flowers to a vase, try creating your own DIY summer vase for your tabletop. Ok, now for some more fun! Head over to these other fabulous bloggers and see what craft they have done in 10 minutes.

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Finding Home

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Dream Green DIY 

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TidyMom

10 Minute Craft: Patriotic Rice Jars at TidyMom.net

Miss Mustard Seed

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Julie Blanner

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Thistlewood Farms

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10 minute DIY Window Valance {no sew}

A couple weeks ago we shared our blue powder room makeover off of the kitchen and would you believe me if I told you that the valance was a table runner? During the painting project, I picked up a few accessories but couldn’t find a window treatment that was suitable. The window is an awkward size.  Most of the valances that I found in the store were either the wrong size or didn’t look good. As I was wrapping up the project I was totally annoyed because the darn window was still naked. Then it dawned on me, I had purchased this adorable table runner a few weeks ago from Home Goods. Mainly because it was cute and cheap, not realizing at the time, it was would be my window treatment in the bathroom!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Items needed

Table Runner (or whatever you are turning into a valance)

Stitch Witchery

Curtain Rod

First, lay out your table runner on a flat surface.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

I originally intended to use drapery rods to hang the valance but didn’t like the look so I opted to create a hem/pocket using the stitch witchery. The pocked allowed me to slide the rod through. I didn’t want to cut my table runner (you never know when I might need it on the table) so I used the entire length. Feel free to cut yours to the desired length.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

 I used a hot iron with steam to adhere the stitch witchery to the runner.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

That’s it! A 10 minute valance created with a table runner. Yay!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Be sure to check out the rest of the bathroom makeover for more tips, color inspiration and of course, the before pictures. We love our DIY window valance and the best part is was quick and was no sew!

Fun Father’s Day Grill Gift Basket

Out with Mother’s Day and in with Father’s Day. Where does the time go? I swear it was just “my” day a couple days ago! ha. Living with “three” dads under one roof, you are bound to get stumped on what to buy them for Father’s Day. Even though my husband and grandfather are not my “dad”, I am still responsible somehow for getting them a gift. It never fails, during any holiday, I am the shopper and the buyer. My dad gives me money to do “his” shopping and of course, I take the kids to shop for their dad. One of the dads in our house will be getting this fabulous fun grill basket for Father’s Day. Hopefully my husband doesn’t read this post :).

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

When preparing a gift basket, I tend to fill a basket, bucket or box. Something that can be easily carried works the best.

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

I picked up most of these items at my local Home Goods store.

Tip: If using a basket or bucket, try using two different sizes. For example, I used a serving platter styled tray to accompany the deeper larger basket which holds most of the items. 

Fun Father's Day Grill Gift Basket-17

Grilling resource guide:

Basket – to hold items or be used as a serving platter (larger bottom basket)

Meat tenderizer – Tenderizes steaks, chops, veal, chicken breast and a variety of other meats

Grill basket – works great when cooking veggies, fish or anything small that will fall through standard grill grates

Burger press – Makes stuffed burgers, sliders and regular patties

Barbecue tongs – perfect for flipping or moving meat

Meat thermometer 

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

In addition to the above essentials, a tablecloth, cute plastic food baskets, napkins, seasonings, skewers, BBQ sauces are all perfect complimentary items for a grill gift basket.  Sometimes I just pick up cute things that are relative to the theme of the gift basket and before I know it, I have enough to fill a box, pail or basket. If you have empty pockets, fill with coordinating tissue paper. Tissue paper is a gift baskets best friend! In case you are wondering where you can find these items, I picked them all up at HomeGoods…….even the cute mustard and ketchup containers ;).

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from HomeGoods to create this Father’s Day grill gift basket.

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