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Creative Homestead

DIY Valentine Decor

After years and years of collecting holiday decor, we are clearing out!  I wish I knew then what I know now about decorating.  When we got married, I brought along every little knick-knack item from my childhood as well as hand-me-downs from family members and their closet clean-outs. But if you enjoy DIY projects, creating …

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Antiques in the garden

Incorporating Antiques Into Your Garden Design

A favorite past time here in the Hudson Valley is antique shopping.  There are endless shops and flea markets to satisfy the collector and crafter alike.  As a gardener, I love when I can incorporate pieces into the landscape. This old wood burning stove wasn’t purchased at an antique shop, but was a piece we …

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DIY Garden Drying Rack

Pulled together an easy project for the garden today. I grabbed an old frame and attached some leftover chicken wire to the back with the staple gun.  Next I pre-drilled a few holes for the screw eyes to fit.  I cut a twist chain with some snips at equal lengths and attached each end to …

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Seed Tape

Trying out a little DIY project today. I’m hoping those tiny little seeds will stay more uniform when planted this way. I created seed tapes for lettuce, spinach, beets, cilantro, basil, and parsley seeds. This was really quite easy. I created the tape from toilet tissue in 2′-3′ lengths, and cut down the center. I …

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Garden Project – Cold Frame

Update: Cold Frame complete, and I’m so happy with the result. I think I’m going to add a third layer with a screen frame to cover as well. This way I can use it for my lettuce and tender herbs and they’ll be protected from the chipmunks. 🐿 Source: Garden Project – Cold Frame

Sunday’s Were Meant For The Garden

Lots of projects going on today in the garden. Thankful for a creative man who can swing a hammer and rock a saw.  I’ll keep you posted on progress.

Parsley Dog Biscuits, Healthy Dog Treats

Parsley Dog Biscuits

Parsley is known to eliminate that bad doggy breath that simply doesn’t match that cute doggy face. Ingredients: 2 cups of parsley, chopped (stalk and leaves) 1 large carrot, grated 1/2 cup cheddar or other strong hard cheese, grated 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour 3/4 cup hot chicken stock …

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A Creative “Twist” For Lent

Passing down customs and traditions of our faith, to our children, can be a lot of fun with a little creativity. When my kids were small, it was a bit of a challenge explaining to them “why” certain foods were off limits. Lent offers a great opportunity to explain the significance of penance, fasting, and …

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Country Living In The Hudson Valley

 This past weekend, my girls and I took to the back roads of the Hudson Valley to attend the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y. This was our first time at this event and my only regret is that I didn’t buy the three day pass.  What a relaxing day, filled with shabby chic vendors, …

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Trash to Treasure

I love this time of year, especially here in the Hudson Valley where there is still a nice mix of old farms in the area.  It’s an even bigger treat when one of those old barns, farms, or homesteads have a tag sale.  Sometimes when I’m all by myself, I’ll just follow the signs and …

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