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Barrel Planters

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When we first bought our house I wanted to spruce up our curb appeal with some big planters. The front of our house has 3 french doors and I thought it’d be nice to frame the “real” front door.

First I had to find the perfect pots. I shopped around multiple stores to find the perfect pots that were big enough to hold multiple plants… that’s when I realized planters are EXPENSIVE! Really? $60 for 1 pot thats not even ceramic? No thanks.

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DIY Homegrown Avocados

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Before the times of Pinterest and immediate access to thousands of DIY ideas, there was Rita (my mother). Craft magazines filled her sewing room resembling the first glimpse at what Pinterest would “soon” capitalize on (and we sure are glad they did!). Rita, also known as “The Nugget” for her short, nuggety stature, is the whole reason that have an ounce of craftiness.  There was always a project going on in our household. I would look forward to the next time I had to stay home from being sick because that meant we were sewing… I think she enjoyed me staying home. She knew she had someone to craft with. Not only is she an amazing crafts-woman, but she has an insane green thumb as well. It seems anything and everything she touches will grow.

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Effortless Succulents

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw succulents… It was my cousin’s wedding. She and her fiance were to be married in their new home, though there was hardly anything new about it. Their New Orleans home was in the process of being rennovated after enduring Hurricane Katrina.

Their front room had countless glass globes hanging from the ceiling, each holding a succulent from the groom’s native California. How awesome, right? I loved the way they looked – their thick, pillowy leaves were very distinct and with little soil around them it was apparent they required very little upkeep.

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DIY Vegetable Garden

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always enjoyed summers filled with fresh vegetables from the family garden. So, naturally, when we finally got a house of our own it wasn’t a question if we would build a vegetable garden or not – it was when? We moved in our house in April and by the time we were settled in, it was too late to plant a vegetable garden. We’ve been waiting a whole year for this project and we were so excited to start!

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Backyard Landscaping

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One thing we didn’t like about our new house was the lack of landscaping in the backyard. That seems to be a common thing in Louisiana. Several houses have a front and back yard full of grass right up to their foundation. Now, I understand some people don’t have a green thumb and hate the thought of having to keep up with plants… but if you buy the right plants for your geographical area then it really isn’t bad at all. It’s pretty AND results with less grass to mow – that a win/win if you ask me.