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GARDEN TIPS: HERB WAGON

Fresh herbs are probably the most delicious ingredient you can add to your food, especially if you can go out and pick them in your garden. As you might have read, I only have a small balcony herb garden, but Sussi has this gorgeous garden and she came up with this awesome idea for a herb garden.

She had this old broken flower wagon, which was just standing there, screaming for a purpose. So she filled it with dirt, planted all kinds of herbs, arranged some broken terracotta pots and a few branches, and made it into a beautiful and functional raised bed garden. It doesn't only look good and decorative, but you can actually wheel it away too.

This is an easy idea to copy; any wagon like thing can be used for this - small or large will do - the fun part is that it doesn't take much time to create something useful that looks great with this idea. And we just love when those two things go hand in hand :)

Happy gardening!

BALCONY VEGETABLE GARDEN PROGRESS

Do you remember the cozy vegetable garden my hubby and I built for the balcony? Well, this week I took some pictures to show you how everything is very green and growing. We now have heaps of rocket and spinache for every meal, and they just keep growing and I'm eagerly awaiting all the basil and parsely we'll be having next month.

It is such a joy to go out there and pick greens. The spring onions, though, are a bit slower and I'm not sure they'll make it, but it's fun to try these things out and follow the process. And might I just ad, that it looks so fresh and green on the balcony with this little garden. We just love it.

May you all have a wonderful start to the weekend.

WOOD FLOWER POT

Hi guys. I was actually going to post this yesterday, but I was busy doing things and I totally forgot about it. Anyway, so I'll do it today, show you this wooden flower pot that I made for my magnolia tree.  

Those of you who follow us on Pinterest might remember these very gorgeous worn looking flowerpots from Pottery Barn. Well, that was the inspiration for this project. I wanted to achieve a similar look to in my flower pot, so without really having a plan to follow, I decided that the wood I had laying around, was going to determine the look and the size of the pot.

 *the following description of how I built the pot is not an exact plan, but more an inspiration to how you could make and design your own. 

I used scrap pieces of planks from pallets and scrap plywood pieces. I cut 4 identical pieces of plywood for the sides. The planks were cut into thinner pieces to go outside the sides of the pot and their length was adjusted to the length of the plywood sides. I put everything together and added 4 pieces of wood to the inner corners to strengthen the construction. Then I added a bottom and feet and I made a trim to go on the top edge of the pot, but didn't attach it yet.

I stained the wood blue before I painted it white, because I wanted to see if some of that stain would show through when I distressed it later. I only gave it one coat of white to keep as much of the wood structure as possible and when it had dried I sanded it down to give it a worn look. (Remember to paint the trim as well). The stain didn’t shine through as blue, but more a grey color. If you’d like a more intense color to shine through, you should use a colored paint instead of stain.

Before I planted my small magnolia tree, I covered the inside of the pot with plastic. I use the bottom of one of those sturdy see-through garbage bags and secured it to the top edge of the pot. Remember the trim we made, but didn't attach? Nail that to the top edge on top of the plastic. This way you get a nice finish and the plastic edge wont show.

Now plant your tree and enjoy your little project :)

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DIY: CHAIR FLOWER POT

Hello everyone. Hope your week is fantastic? Today I have this very easy and fun project you can make for your garden or balcony. It's a flower pot made from a chair and it will definitely add some cool atmosphere to your garden. All you need is an old chair, a pot and some plants or flowers. 

Instructions:

Take your pot and place it upside down on the seat of the chair. Trace with a pen around the edge. Draw another smaller circle inside the first one, about a centimeter closer to the center. Use a jig saw and cut along the smaller circle. Fill your pot with flowers; place it in the chair and…voilá.

 

Have a great day!

STROLLING AND GATHERING

I love walking. I can go for a short walk and it'll take forever because I just have to look at every leaf, flower or detail along the way. And this is what happens; I bring home stuff. Flowers, rocks, beach wood...shells and so on. Somehow I never seem to get enough of natures little wonders.

Last Autumn I found some very beautiful beach wood with an almost polished look. Just two little branches and I have moved them around the apartment several times now, adding them to different decorations. But now they seem to have fulfilled their purpose. So for the last couple of months, they have been stored in the cupboard. I just didn't have the heart to throw them out. But then the other day I was working on a project and I was looking for two branches just like that. And they were perfect. (I'll show you the project later this month)

I kind of forgot what my exact point with this story was, but the thing is; I like to gather and make things. And it's fun....until it becomes clutter. Clutter often has a negative effect on you and I hate when that happens. So for me, I love to incorporate all things around me in my projects, but I have promised myself that I have to use the things I collect. 

This also keeps me from having too many projects going on. It's a tough one, when you have to restrain yourself sometimes:) I always tell myself that I do it for the creativity. Having too many projects often result in projects not being finished and that's not satisfying for anyone.

Do you also like to collect and gather things and sometimes find it hard to keep the balance between inspiration and clutter? 

See you tomorrow!

FUN BALCONY HALF BARREL TABLE

A couple of months ago, we went looking for a cool table for our balcony. We had this idea of a half wood barrel turned upside down, which we thought would go really well with our chairs.

After a while of scouting, we found a place that sold three half barrels, but none of them were assembled and we had no idea whether all the pieces would even be there. But we bought the lot, thinking we would somehow make a cool table out of this.

After trying to fit all the pieces of wood together, we soon realized that all three half barrels were broken in some way. This was of course totally unacceptable to us, so we decided that this was only making our table challenge much more exciting.

At last, after much patience and fitting together, this little fun beauty was created. She might not be the most perfect of half barrels, but she sure is unique and she will always remind us of that night, where we stayed up late and had a blast trying to make this project work.

Have a great Sunday

BALCONY VEGETABLE GARDEN

I dream of a house with a small vegetable garden. I love the idea of growing your own greens and I know that someday soon I'll be doing just that. But at the moment we live in an apartment, and we have to make do with a balcony. So we decided to make a small herb and vegetable garden by using crates.  

We built a stand for the crates, and made a couple of doors for it as well. You see, I live at the beach, and when it gets windy here i Denmark, you can pretty much double that wind here at the beach. So having a place to store pots, dirt and various gardening objects is quite necessary, or it will be rolling all over the place on a windy day.

On the wall of the balcony, we hung a couple of herb shelves. The shelves are made from small brick pallets, which we attached a couple of pots to.

We planted 5 different herbs and vegetables in the crates; rocket, spinach, spring onions, parsley and basil. They are all greens I use a lot in my cooking and it will be exciting to see them grow and be able to pluck leaves here and there for dinner.

This whole project has also created a really cozy atmosphere here on the balcony, which is very nice when you sit outside and you can smell the thyme and lemon balm 

I'll will update you later in June on the progress of keeping a small balcony garden.

Have a great Friday.

GARDEN TABLE SETTING

Today we have a lovely table setting for you. This is a very casual, yet elegant setting. The centerpiece is made of 4 simple potted flowers in terracotta pots and a small magnolia tree, which we wrapped in burlap.

Because the table and terracotta pots are almost identical in color, we made a table runner from a piece of cotton fabric. The edges where ripped (you can do that pretty easily with cotton fabric and still keep a straight edge) to create a rustic and casual look. This creates contrast on the table.

We choose the color of the flowers to match the tableware, and the color of the plates to match the cream color of the table runner. Between the bowl and the plate we put a piece of burlap. This keeps the bowl from moving around on the plate + it looks very nice.

As a final touch, we created a 3 layered nametag with a tassel attached. Tomorrow I'll post a description and download on how to make the tags and tassels.

Happy table setting :)

CHICKEN WIRE HERB BASKET

Today we have a perfect little weekend garden project for you. It's a basket made from chicken wire with branch handles. You can use it to keep you favorite herbs and it would be ideal for the potting table or maybe the kitchen window. 

Follow the 'how to' to make the basket. You can save the image to keep it handy.

Have a great Saturday!

SPRING FLOWER TRAY

Being in the garden this time of year is special. You get to witness everything blossom and take on colorful transformations. Sadly sometimes, the transformation of a garden involves having to cut down trees and bushes. 

When you cut down trees you are often left with a tree stump. Some pull everything out of the ground, but if you are one of those who doesn't mind a bit of stump, then here's a cool idea; you can place a tray on the stump and create a small flowerbed.

We had a lilac bush, which was wildly over growing itself and everything around it, so we decided to cut it down and left the stem at about a 70-80 cm height. 

Then we took a big metal tray, drilled a couple of holes in it and screwed it on to the stump. This gave me a place to arrange a beautiful little flowerbed that I can change throughout the summer. Looks super cozy and fresh.

Have a beautiful day!

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