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This birdhouse has three compartments and is very tall – nearly 3′. It can stand alone or hang on a flat surface…wall, fence, etc.

IMG_20150729_161059969IMG_20150729_161113013I love Pinterest and get so many ideas there. I tweak them a little to make them my version, but here are some of the things I have made. Some are versions of others’ and some are my originals.

Patchwork gate - inspired by Pinterest. I love this gate. It adds so much character to the backyard.

Patchwork gate – inspired by Pinterest. I love this gate. It adds so much character to the backyard.

This is our backyard

This is our backyard “shed.” It really was a shed until we remodeled it. Now it is a man cave where the pool table and sports stuff is located. It is heated by wood. At the rear are French doors (salvaged) that open out to the chicken yard. I will post pics of that later. This used to be very ugly on the outside. It was plywood that was very weathered. We salvaged the lumber (2 x 10s) and created the “cabin” look and chinked between the lumber.

Metal junk birdhouse - There are so fun to make. It took me a long time to find the funnel for the roof. I ended up buying it off of ebay for way too much. But I am pleased with the result.

Metal junk birdhouse – There are so fun to make. It took me a long time to find the funnel for the roof. I ended up buying it off of ebay for way too much. But I am pleased with the result.

Another idea that can be made using junk. The post is actually four sections from four different table legs that I glued together and wrapped with raffia. The top is  a collander and the rack that you set your jars on in the canner. Not sure what I will use this for, but had lots of fun dreaming it up.

Another idea that can be made using junk. The post is actually four sections from four different table legs that I glued together and wrapped with raffia. The top is a collander and the rack that you set your jars on in the canner. Not sure what I will use this for, but had lots of fun dreaming it up.

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You can never have too many flowers!

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

Hans Christian Andersen

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lilies…so delicate

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old wagon full of wavy petunias

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love love love peonies!

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zinnias

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delphinium and Shasta daisies

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blue flax

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lilies

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climbing yellow roses

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yellow roses

Unique treehouse…

“Tolkien” style tree house

IMG_3397This is how we enclosed under the tree house. It looks like an old miner’s shack. There is storage under and it is the pathway to the chicken yard.

Use your imagination…we started with a 9′ x 9′ platform that was not even connected to the tree. We were afraid of killing it if we attached nails and screws to it and it would continue to grow causing the tree house to move. Each year we added to this. The railing around the top… the stairs…eventually, it will be screened in.  The mosquitoes are vicious in Idaho! Most of the tree house was built with salvaged materials! IMG_3217

Hello world!

Hi y’all! I am totally new to blogging so bear with me. I created this blog because there are so many things that we do that others may enjoy or just use as inspiration in their own backyard. I am an addict to Pinterest and have some amazing ideas for my own home and backyard, but I created new ideas with what I had. My partner in crime is my husband of 30 years, Bill, and he does amazing work. I dream it, he helps me to bring it to fruition. Though our “crew” consists of five sons, they are now grown so it is just the two of us.

This is part time for me. I LOVE working in my yard, but my passion is teaching. I dream of the things I will do over the summer “vacation,” which is not so much of a vacation for my hubby!

All in all, I just wanted to share ideas. Please enjoy and feel free to let me  know your thoughts!

Mary C

I absolutely love flowers! This is one very small glimpse of my flower garden...

I absolutely love flowers! This is one very small glimpse of my flower garden…