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Builders Showcase // Copenhagen Media Stand

Builders Showcase / Copenhagen Media Stand

Tired of the Target 100$ entertainment centers - this one caught my eye.

This is the Copenhagen Media Stand.  I didnt like the view showing all the sandwiched layers from the end and the front so I framed the whole thing in Redwood.  I also used pine that had pine beetle discoloration. Got lucky and spotted some pre-made panels with pine beetle damage - someone at the plant used their head and alternated the colored strips with normal strips when they built them.  For the top I joined several strips to meet the altered dimensions I used - a few inches shorter than the plans.

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DIY Ceramic Mobile + Wind Chime

DIY Ceramic Mobile + Wind Chime

I'm excited to share this project with you guys because it marks my official entry into the world of air dry clay. I know everyone is doing it, at least all the cool kids are (probably explains why I am just now getting my hands dirty... literally). While this is a DIY tutorial on how to make your own fab mobile wind chime, since there are a million and one tutorials on how to use this stuff, I am keeping it short and sweet and just touching on a few of the things I found tricky or helpful.

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Garden Adventures

Garden Adventures

The Conservatory's website has a great history detailed on it, and I realize in writing this that many of the dates coincide with my parents and grandparents lives.

Garden Umbrellas!

Garden Umbrellas!

We're going into the winter umbrella season ... ... but I can't help looking back (and forward) to the other season, the one in my Sacramento hometown, that's known as August!

A Pilgrimage to Annie's Annuals

A Pilgrimage to Annie's Annuals

One of our "field trips" on the recent Garden Bloggers Fling (SF, 2013), was to Annie's Annuals in Richmond. The first time I heard about Annie's it was described as a "Gardener's Mecca".  Visiting there is like the antithesis of the big box store nurseries ... they have everything!

For the Love of Summer Flowers

For the Love of Summer Flowers

I usually will tell people they shouldn't plant flowers (trees, shrubs, whatever) in the summer. Certainly not in Sacramento! I mean really! Poor little rootlets likely won't get enough water. The plants will struggle and die. Use common sense, wait 'til the cooler weather. Yep, that's what I preach.

How to Landscape Day - June 23

How to Landscape Day - June 23


It's that time again! The popular annual event presented by San Juan Water District and the City of Folsom is back and better than ever.

Attendees will be treated to the latest information in water efficient and environmentally friendly landscape design from some of the region’s top landscape experts. Speakers from local garden supply stores, nurseries and University of California Integrated Pest Management program will lend their expertise in water saving plants, pest control and organic growing. Cheryl Buckwater, an expert in eco-friendly landscape design, will share her tips for creating and maintaining a water smart garden at 12:30 p.m.

Outdoor irrigation accounts for almost half of residential water use, reaching as high as 70 percent in the summer. With this year’s reduced snowpack and Folsom Lake water level projections, we all need to cut back on water use.