Posts tagged ‘spring’


{Free Download: Planter Box Tutorial}

Once upon a time, I told you a little bit about the pair of planter boxes that live on our porch. Well, Nate made a really neat tutorial PDF a while back, and I thought it was about time that I share it with you! (Along with some pictures of our porch garden of course!)

If you read the fourth issue of the Indie Fixx online magazine, Joie: Blooming, you may recognize this tutorial, since it was featured in the issue. Unfortunately, something went wrong when the magazine was uploaded to Issuu and the free PDF download that Nate put together wasn’t available. (As my besties Joanna and Emily would say: Whompers!)

Anyhow, I’m too proud of Nate’s work not to share it with everyone … So here it is: Just for MLE readers!


1 box of all-purpose 8 x 1 ¾ dual-torq drive crews
1 box of all-purpose 8 x 2 ½ dual-torq drive screws
4 Long Sides – 1” x 4” x 48”
4 Short Sides – 1” x 4” x 5 ¼”
4 Bottom Boards – 1” x 4” x 48”
4 Legs – 2” x 2” x 24”
1 Long Leg Brace – 2” x 2” x 45”­­
2 Short Leg Braces – 2” x 2” x 10 7/8
2 Long Bottom Braces – 2” x 2” x 45”
3 Short Bottom Braces – 2” x 2” x 10 7/8
2 Short Basket Braces – 2” x 2” x 6 7/8


Be sure to use cedar, which is naturally able to handle the temperature shifts and adverse weather that come with being outdoors. For the same reason, you’ll want to choose decking screws for assembly. To prevent the wood from splitting, pre-drill all holes using a drill bit slightly smaller than the shaft of the screw.

Rather than using a single, wide board to form the sides and bottom of our planters, Nate and I combined multiple narrow boards. We did this for two reasons: (1) to save on cost (two 1” x 4” boards cost much less than one 1” x 8” board), and (2) to allow for adequate drainage. To be sure that only excess water, and not dirt, drains through these crevasses, we lined the bottom and sides of the box with burlap using a staple gun. (If you stop after this step, the boxes are great for holding potted plants, or goodies & decorations for a backyard barbeque!)

Free Download:

(click the image to download the full PDF)



I have recently found myself loving balloons. I did not plan to revert to childhood like this, but it snuck up on me! Of course, I have to blame this on someone, and I choose (1) A Subtle Revelry (featuring The Red Balloon Photography), (2) The Red Balloon Photography–they have so many reasons on their website to blame them that I had to do it twice, (3) Kate Spade, and (4) sfgirlbybay (featuring Amber Karnes).

Here are some of the incredible images they have featured and created lately. I hope you enjoy them!

 A Subtle Revelry featuring The Red Balloon Photography

The Red Balloon Photography

The Red Balloon Photography

“Yellow” Video Created by Mother in NYC and Featured by Kate Spade

sfgirlbybay featuring Amber Karnes

Aren’t they all lovely? They all make me so excited for warm, breezy days! What images do you associate with Spring and Summer days?

BONUS! (I couldn’t help it!)

Balloon Polaroids by Elisabeth


The Joy of Pink!

I’m BACK! After a massive (non)pre-planned hiatus (let’s not talk about how it was an epic New Year’s Resolution failure), I have returned to share some PINK flowers with you! In the spirit of Spring and the celebration of decor8’s Color Me Pretty weekly feature by Leslie, I have decided to share with you, dear readers, the beauty that is super girly pink. Let it be known that I’ve never really been much for pink until now. For some reason, I’ve been craving it. Like, when I see it I just want to bite into it, you know? (Rest assured, I will never bite a flower unless it’s broccoli.)


So excellent. They are all the genius of Leslie from decor8’s Color Me Pretty weekly feature, except for the last, which I found on Pinterest. Enjoy!


Spring Color Preview

We are recovering from a gigantic mega-storm here in KC (and 33 other states…) and I am trying to keep focused on the hope of Spring. I feel like the weather mocked me last Saturday when the temp in OK was in the 60s. That makes this storm even more devastating! There have been some delicious high-points to these past two snow days though. My dad (a junior high teacher in NC) called Tuesday morning in the middle of his class and asked how we were doing and how much snow we had. I told him, and then he sent me on a mission to make a snowman on our porch and picture-message it to him so the whole class could see! He said, “Okay, kids, on 3 tell Deanna how excited we are to see the snowman!” It was adorable! They all cheered and hollered and Nate and I set off on our mission to create a little snowman. The snow wouldn’t stick together, though, so we ended up with more of a snow-mound named Gary…

His eyes were made from cranberries, and, as you can see in this picture, his right eye is having trouble holding itself together.

Anyhow, I’ve been focusing on spring to get me through these cold days. Thank goodness Pantone released their Spring 2011 palette and 2011 color of the year. Here’s a preview:


The colors included are… 
FIRST ROW (1) PANTONE 18-2120: Honeysuckle, (2) PANTONE 15-4825: Blue Curacao, (3) PANTONE 16-1349: Coral Rose, (4) PANTONE 14-0941: Beeswax, (5) PANTONE 14-6324: Peapod,

SECOND ROW (6) PANTONE 18-4039: Regatta, (7) PANTONE 18-1235: Russet, (8) PANTONE 12-1206: Silver Peony, (9) PANTONE 15-3817: Lavender, (10) PANTONE 15-4502: Silver Cloud. (Source: here)

My favorite by far is the honeysuckle pink. Not sure why, but I’ve been really feeling the bright pink these days! Luckily that one is the…*drumroll please*…PANTONE 2011 COLOR OF THE YEAR! And this picture (found on here on Pinterest) is the perfect example of just how fabulous it is!

In fact, this picture even has the peapod, the honeysuckle (a slightly lighter version), the silver peony, the regatta and hints of the beeswax. While I respect the taste of PANTONE, I’m seriously digging this incredible spring color palette from Creature Comforts:

Ez explains happening upon this color combo: “I looked across the stormy sea of my desktop and spotted four objects looking back at me in the loveliest color palette…”  Check ’em out!

Isn’t it beautiful? Oooh! I’m so excited for SPRING! Enjoy your time while it lasts, Gary the Snow Mound!


Dear Spring, Heel. Sit. Stay.

I’ve been getting ansty for Spring lately. Last year Nate and I filled our porch to the brim with vegetables, herbs and flowers and I can’t wait to do it again this year! Yesterday, as we were walking into Wal-Mart, I realized that all I wanted to do when I got home was change into workout gear, and charge outside for a run to the park with my hubby. We did that almost every day last Spring and Summer. We would arrive back home sweaty and deliciously exhausted, grab a glass of water, and head out to the porch to talk, cool off, and watch the hubbub of the city. (Did I mention that we were going to Wal-Mart to get hairties? Yes, my hair is finally long enough to stay in a weird little ponytail! Hallelujah!) Anyhow, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of our garden last year with you all:

  First we had to build the planter boxes. This couldn’t have been done without Nate’s dad to help us draw up the plans, my dad to help up choose materials, and our besties from Waldo Bungie to help us with the manual labor!

Nate’s box was filled with veggies and herbs, but mine was filled with marigolds and purslane to add a bit of color!

The purslane eventually overtook the marigolds (lesson learned…), but they were ridiculously beautiful and vibrant! They will definitely be a staple in all my future gardens!

Later in the summer, we started seeing these breath-taking bi-color purslane blooms beginning to appear. Isn’t it fantastic?

Nate’s veggie and herb box was a huge success too. Here is the proud papa with just one of our basil harvests!

Here is our main harvest of lemon balm. The leaves smell like lemon Pez! The idea was to use the leaves to make tea, but we tried it once and weren’t huge fans. We’re not going to plant this little guy again, but it was fun to try!

Here we have a trio of yellow bell peppers. They were delightful, but miniature. We think we planted too many and they weren’t able to reach their full potential, but we loved them just the same!

We grew Roma tomatoes and chives as well, so we were able to make some delicious pesto and bruschetta! Yum!

We learned some very important gardening lessons last year, so I’m excited to get this growing season started and have such a beautiful garden that we earn the respect of Mother Nature and make friends with woodland animals like Johnny Appleseed. In the meantime, I’ll just have to carry a little bit of Spring with me via this incredible, handmade succulent jewelry from WoodlandBelle on Etsy:

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