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DIY Projects: Garden Ponds

Have you ever looked at a garden pond and wondered how much it would cost to get one installed? With the price of digging out and building a pool in people’s backyard, a garden pond must surely cost quite a bit as well – but the truth is that people tend to make these themselves.

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Garden ponds are actually not that difficult to make as you won’t be swimming around in it yourself. Just find a weekend or two where you have all the time you need to get your hands dirty and get started so that you’ll be able to enjoy it before spring.

Here is a handful of tips in terms of building your own garden pond so that your neighbors can be glancing over at your garden with envy.

First: Repurpose or buy

First of all, you need to consider what you’re looking for. The bigger the pond is, the more money you might have to spend on it as smaller ponds easily can be made out of repurposing a very large flower pot or sink a rubber container into your garden. You could sink the flower pot in as well, though, but it will look pretty as it is just standing above the ground.

If you’re not that into repurposing stuff to make a pond out of, there are many alternatives to buy online instead. They will, of course, cost a bit more but may also look even fancier; have a look at this article, for example, to get started and consider your options first.

Keep in mind that any watertight vessel will do, really, so have a look in your garage before you decide on anything final.

Next: Mark out the area

Before you start digging, it’s best to mark out the area where you’d like to have your pond and lay the water circulation pipe that goes from the pump to the waterfall on the ground. Throw some soil on top of it, by the way, to save you the time of digging a trench to bury the pipe.

It’s a good idea to have everything you need for the job ready at hand before you start to do this so have a look at these sump pump prices right away. This will usually be the most expensive thing you have to buy so it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible.

Digging out the pond

After this is over with, you can start to dig out the pond. Terrace both shallow and deeper areas for plants, and remember to remove everything that might puncture your pipes such as sharp rocks, roots, and anything else you might find down there that isn’t pure soil.

Now you can place a layer or your container into the terraced area. If you’re using a liner, remember to simply spread it loosely within the pond and don’t stretch it tight as you might find that you need a bigger sheet.

Line the pond sides with rocks and place the pump container before installing the pump and filling the pond with water. Remember to decorate with some plants, rocks, statues and whatever else you might like.

Now you have a beautiful garden pond to make the time you spend out there even better.

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Vanilla 1/2 Pound Cake

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There is nothing better than a “made-from-scratch” Sunday dessert. Pound cake is not only an easy recipe, but with slight ingredient varations, can be extremely versitle! Pound cake refers to how the cake was traditionally made. The recipe usually called for a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Honestly, that’s a lot of cake —so I split the recipe in half. Here is my version on a vanilla 1/2 pound cake. Just as yummy on a much smaller scale. Enjoy!



Baking Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan; set aside.

Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix).

Bake about 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  (tent loaf with aluminum foil if it’s browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.


Expert Serving Tip: Finish with freshly cut fruit ( I love strawberries) and a vanilla bean soy whipped topping.

Have a sweet tooth?

I’m a dessert lover myself. Here are a couple other dessert recipes from my blog I recommend:

Double Fudge Brownies

Yummy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Yummy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my favorite recipes. This banana cake with cream cheese frosting recipes is one of my all-time favorites, but I must warn you, it’s definitely not light on the calories! Although, when you are enjoying such a decadent dessert, do calories really count? 🙂 Enjoy!


Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)

Frosting (see below)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

½ cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 ¾ cups powdered sugar (sift if desired)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15-by-10-inch sheet pan/cake pan.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, then add eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Hand stir in mashed bananas.

Spread into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool.

Prepare cream cheese frosting.

Spread on top of cake and store in refrigerator. Cake can be frozen.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency.

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Plant Lover Must-haves

To all the “Crazy Plant” people out there, this list is for you. I’ve been slowly turning my black-thumb into a green one and my obsession with plants is turning into just that — and obsession. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gardening and plant loving products I’ve found while converting myself into a “Crazy Plant Lady”.



Glass House Terrarium

A great container for succulents, air plants, orchids and ferns. These trendy little containers are compact and would fit perfect on a windowsill or end table.
Gift idea alert…these terrariums are easy to transport and would make a fantastic housewarming gift or birthday gift for a true green thumb!


Vintage Style European Floral Shears

Floral shears are great for deadheading, shaping, pruning and houseplant maintenance; This compact design allows you to easily use in dense foliage without damaging the plant. And could this vintage-inspired set be any cuter?


Glass Vintage-Inspired Plant Mister

Keep humidity-loving plants happy with a glass bottle plant mister. Delivering a light mist —it’s ideal for indoor plants, herb gardens, and terrariums. A chic upgrade to a drab plastic spray bottle.



Hoop Handle Mini Watering Can

Made by Terrain. This vintage-inspired galvanized metal watering can is the perfect petite size. Keep  inside to water houseplants or in your garden shed to water flower pots and hanging baskets.



Herb Garden Picks Plant Stake

Wooden herb garden pick signs with metal stakes featuring names of 6 popular herb spices. Designed and sold by Primitives by Kathy.


Heirloom Quality Garden Hod

Made by Gardener’s Supply Company. Originally used by Maine clam diggers to hold and rinse their catch, these hods are perfect for harvesting and rinsing off vegetables and gathering flowers, too.

Floral Gardening Knee Pad and Floral Gardening Gloves

Protect yourself in style while gardening with these adorable floral garden accessories from Anthropologie. Made of durable cotton fabric protect your knees and hands while gardening.

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Cotton Crusher Hat

Made by Terrain. Handmade from lightweight and breathable cotton, this colorful crusher hat is perfect for a day at the beach or in the garden. Packable construction pairs with UPF 50 sun protection and an inner drawstring to assure a comfortable fit.


Macrame Plant Hanger

Mini hammock knot macrame made of cotton rope is the perfect BOHO accent to hang succulents, ivy and other small houseplants. 


Crazy Plant Lady 8″x10″ Print

Celebrate your inner “Crazy Plant Lady”! Fun and whimsical artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection. This print illustration measures 8″x10″, printed on a thick, high-quality matte stock, and includes a heavy-gauge backer board, ready to frame. 


I Have Major Plant Goals 8″x10″ Print

Life is full of goals and having a strong plant game should be one of them!  A fun and whimsical piece of artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection.

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“Made With Love” Small Makers Gift Guide

“Made With Love ” Gift Guide


603 Creations
Business location: New Hampshire
Personalized home décor and gifts that help to make your house a home. 603 Creations specialize in custom signs with a variety of choices in frame styles and colors.

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Business location: Alabama
Adorned was started to help encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Wear and treasure a piece of handmade jewelry as daily reminder of something you hold dear.

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The Artistic Sparrow
Business location:  Edmonton, Canada
“Here at The Artistic Sparrow we make modern farmhouse wood signs. Our wood signs are handmade with love and care. Our hope is that each sign brings you happiness and inspiration to brighten your days for years to come. We hope you love our signs as much as we love making them.”

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Betsey Grace Designs
Business location: Wisconsin
“I mostly create farmhouse style decor & gifts. My favorite items to make are shirts, signs, hand towels, and most recently ornaments. I started my shop about a year ago and I’m so thankful that I did because it brings me great joy to create and I have met so many incredible people along this journey. I feel so proud to be a part of the maker community because the love and support that the creators I’ve met along the way share with one another is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I’m also so thankful for every customer that comes my way, I can’t express how happy it makes me when I see something that I made bring happiness and excitement to someones day.”

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Birds and Berry Studio
Business location: Wyoming
Anne Hockenberry is the artist behind Birds and Berry Studio and she’s all about seeing the beauty in life. Her art portrays the vibrant colors of the world around her. Anne is inspired by nature, but she also loves to get inspiration from others by creating commissioned pieces to help others preserve their special memories. She creates and offers art as original art on canvas, watercolor cards, and art prints. and

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Betty and Marie Designs
Business location: Arkansas
Hand crafted signs…from our hands to your home.
“I put a lot of heart into each part of the sign making process. I work hard to ensure the very best quality and attention to detail in each and every sign.  My goal is to provide high quality, inspiring, meaningful and fun signs that you will be proud to display in your home or to give as a special gift.”

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Brave Season Design
Business location: Minnesota
“We are a husband and wife team working out of our woodshop (aka garage) in central Minnesota – inspired by our two children, fueled by a little bit of coffee and a lot of faith – creating handmade custom signs and wall art that bring joy into your life and home! We started out with a specific vision in mind, but our amazing friends and family have requested signs that have stretched us creatively and now a large percentage of the signs we make are custom orders and we love every minute of it!”


Business location: Wisconsin
Unique handmade jewelry from everyday essential oil diffuser bracelets to delicate bridal pearl necklaces. Cadorah’s mission; to be an eye for style that inspires women to feel confident and beautiful.

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The Content Crown
Business location: Arizona
“I design & create handmade handbags, jewelry and home accessories from reclaimed vintage wares and repurposed finds. I love creating on-of-a-kind items from things of the past, giving them new purpose.”

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The Curated Farmhouse
(formerly Coffee Crafts and Chaos and TimberKnot Woodworking )
Business location: Missouri
“The handmade wooden chippy hearts are sure to bring a farmhouse feel to any home. They range in size from 4″-11” and come in chippy, stained or choice of color finish. These can also be engraved with the name, date or short phrase for a $5 additional charge.

Follow us on Instagram: @coffeecraftsandchaos and @timberknotwoodworking

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Dandelion Wishes Home
Business location: Ohio
Dandelion Wishes Home is a makers of farmhouse wood signs and unique home goods.

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The Farmer’s Wife
Business location: Iowa
Vintage farmhouse creations for your home. From vintage door knobs, to thimbles filled with faux mini succulents you will be sure to find something unique for your home.

Special Gift Guide Offer: Receive 10% off your order with promo code TFW10

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Four Sisters Farm Soap Co.
Business location: Missouri
Four Sisters Farm Soap Co. is a little farm nestled against the woods, down a lonely dirt road. Where imagination dwells, fun inspires and life is always happening. Handmade natural soaps. Vegan friendly.

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GamGamz Handcrafted
Business location: Michigan
Handmade pillow covers, scarves, and linens in a range of sizes and patterns. A little something for everyone!

Special Gift Guide Offer: 20% off entire shop use code LOVE18 Expires 2/16/18.


The Honey Hive Workshop
Business location: Okotoks, Canada
From headbands to bookmarksthe cutest handcrafted felt creations made for busy bees. Custom orders are welcome.

Special Gift Guide Offer:  Use code FENWAYGG for 10% off your entire order.


House Fenway
Business location: Wisconsin
Home décor with a vintage touch. Prints and notecards now available perfect for your Spring decorating.

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2 FREE House Fenway floral notecards with a print purchase through 02/14/18. No promo code needed.


Jackson Rose Candles
Business location: Georgia
Blending traditional and modern Southern aesthetics, Jackson Rose Candles bring a piece of the South to you wherever you are. Our candles are handpoured in small batches using 100% soy wax and non-toxic fragrances.

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Jennifer Accents
Business location: Utah
At Jennifer Accents we love to make something unique and different for every customer! Each custom wood sign is carefully handcrafted to make something special for everyone. No two signs are ever going to be alike, and all customizations are up to the buyer. Decorating my house is something that I have always loved to do, but always thought that retail chain stores were quite pricey, so I decided to make my own! These signs are super affordable, ranging from $15-30 dollars (prices do vary depending on size) I also offer seasonal décor to make your house feel like a home during those special holiday seasons. I love what I do and I love making something unique and something that you will cherish in your home, or gift to someone else. I take pride in the things that I choose to display in my home and I would hope that that is how others feel when they purchase an item from my shop. Since starting my little family, I have enjoyed making my house feel like a home, and I think that most people feel this way as well! The funds that I obtain from my small little shop are put in a bank account for my one year old son so that by the time he is 18 he can attend college, or serve an LDS Mission if he wishes to, so every purchase that I get through this shop really means a lot to me, and makes me appreciate every single one of my customers. If you would like to see more of my work, please feel free to visit my shop:

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Business location: Michigan
Where our love of handmade meets our love of antiques. Here at Keytiques, we enjoy re-purposing one of a kind vintage finds into new designs.

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KR Creations
Business location: Oregon
Mark and Kim Reynolds​ are the husband and wife team behind KR Creations. They have a passion for upcycling and giving old items a new life. KR Creations handcraft wood signs and home decor made from Oregon reclaimed wood including pine, cedar and oak. Custom orders are welcome.


La Dolce Vita
Business location: Louisiana
Blessing Beads, otherwise known as “jewelry for your home”, makes the perfect home accent, wedding, birthday or housewarming gift. Made of painted wood beads and plaster charms, La Dolce Vita blessing beads are offered in a wide selection of colors and sizes. Custom orders are welcome.

To place an order or for more information contact Amy Greco: Send her an email >.

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Little Creek Uniques
Business location: Indiana
Handmade home décor and unique vintage finds! Lettered signs, shirts and bags that make the perfect gift.

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Local Stature
Business location: South Carolina
We are a husband and wife team who strive to create personalized art that shows off places that are meaningful to you – where you’ve been, where you are, and where you call home! We love to take custom orders, so please send us a message with any inquiries.

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The Macadamia Shop
Business location: New York
The Macadamia Shop sells high-quality wood signs, handmade home decor and vintage botanicals.

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Memo Box
Business location: California
MEMO Box makes gifting a breeze! What does that mean exactly? Well, think of an occasion where you needed a gift- whether it was a birthday, your friend got a new place or you simply wanted to send a good friend a “just because” gift. Usually you go to multiple stores to gather your products/gifts, then you have to figure out shipping, and finally you have to package it up and make it look all pretty. Well, MEMO Box does all of that for you! I wanted to make life a little easier for people and give them a place to go and get their gifting done all in one place!
MEMO Box offers curated gift options or you are can create your own with any of the products on the website. An added bonus is that you are supporting other small businesses. The majority of the products I offer are sourced from Etsy sellers as well as some local businesses- all of which make your gift that much more unique and personal!

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MNK Candle
Business location: Ohio
“I am a small town girl who has always had an affinity for candles and home decor. I started this journey as a new mom looking for something to do as a hobby and a creative outlet. I have taken that hobby and created products people love by giving them a healthier and cleaner alternative when it comes to candles. These candles are made with Natural USA farmed Soywax and Phthalate Free Fragrance.”

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Mumli Creates
Business location: Oregon
Handmade buntings and banners for home and party decor.
Shop Reopens Feb 2nd.


Nora Ladelle

Business location: Florida
Words have power. It is my prayer to paint words that share the love of God, speak wisdom and truth, words that can inspire, encourage, and motivate you.

The inspiration for my shop name came from my great-grandmother. I called her Granny Gibby, but her name was Nora Ladelle. She always knew just the right words to say. She was genuinely kind, humble, and had a BIG ole heart for Jesus. If I close my eyes, I can still smell her house, hear her voice and picture her with her arms held high worshipping Jesus.

Handcrafted wood signs.

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Oh Celia Creations
Rustic ribbon and fabric buntings perfect for any coffee bar, fireplace mantel or hutch. Orders taken by direct message on Instagram.

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Business location: Idaho and Ohio
“We’re two sisters who love to create items to help you celebrate birthdays, showers, holidays, and a fun family dinner.  We make everything in our shop by hand and with the inspiration of our families, we design decor that helps make memories. You can tell by looking through our shop, we have a love for flowers.  We love to make them and we love to use them in the items we create!  Thanks for checking out our shop!”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
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Peepal Tree
Business location: Wisconsin
Flour sack towel block printed using hand carved wood blocks, map of Wisconsin with a pure wool felt pin to put on a city of your choice. Flowers and a tiny red heart say Valentine’s Day to you best friend, wife, mother, mother in law or any love of your life!

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Special Gift Guide Offer: Wisconsin Valentine Towel $14, free shipping within Wisconsin if you mention this post.

Peony Accents
Business location: California
Peony Accents offers hand painted and distressed mason jars, along with floral accents and flower pens that can be mixed to be perfect for home decor or even great gift ideas!

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Pink Robyn Decor
Pink Robyn Decor specializes in handmade wood signs, using free-hand lettering without stencils, all types of mixed media, and LOTS of color. You can find us online at

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The Rustic Ranch
Business location: Pennsylvania

“A little about us. …Daniel is the one who was the passion behind the scenes, he taught us all everything we know. He is a disabled veteran, who fought for our freedom post 9/11. Sadly like most of our veterans the war was not over for him when he got home. We have made this negative into a positive with his beautiful woodworking skills. It is very relaxing and fulfilling for him to help make all of these pieces. Large or small, each piece is filled with love. His dream is to teach other veterans this talent so they too can enjoy this passion. In addition to that a portion of each sale goes to supporting our local veterans.

If you do happen to see some jewelry or smaller items posted. That would be handmade or brought back to life by yours truly. I have a passion for bringing vintage items back to life in a new fun way, and designing rustic home decor.

The Rustic Ranch does give back to the veterans in our area. We hope that eventually we will be able to help on a larger scale but for now we do what we can to help veterans in our area. We do anything from food to care packages to events and outings, it can go towards gas money to drive them to and from appointments or to get them a clean shirt. Every sale helps!

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Roseholm and Co.
Business location: Nevada
“Hi! My name is Megan! I’m a lucky stay at home mom who doesn’t really stay at home much because I have four beautiful kids with busy schedules! Three girls and one boy plus a devoted man in a uniform, also known as my husband, makes for a happy life!

My journey started when I became intrigued with modern calligraphy and brush lettering. After I started, I learned about all the possibilities and all the beautiful things that I could create just by writing. The gold foil came next and I fell in love with the modern pop of shininess that could be added to my wall décor.

Hand-lettered goodness for your home.


The Rusty Maple
Business location: Ohio
“My shop is all about repurposing, reusing, and recycling, but making it cute! I like making minis, (tea towel ladders, barn doors, trees, pumpkins etc)”

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Sweet Pea Layne
Business location: Ohio
“SPL started early in 2017 after years of ‘trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up’. I’ve worked for a major shipping company for 20 years, and as much as I love that job, there is ZERO creativity! …After recently discovering the wonderful world of woodworking (thanks to my wonderful hubby and my dad for showing my the ropes), I dove in head first. Sweet Pea Layne was born. I hope you enjoy your new sign as much as I enjoyed making it for you!”

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Terra Cottage
Business location: California
Terra Cottage started out as a creative outlet and has become my full-time job.  I went from cutting sign frames by hand at my dining table in my 700 square foot Hollywood apartment to offering a much larger product line in both my own physical retail location at 8405 Sierra College Blvd, Suite B, Roseville, CA 95661 and

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Thirteen & Market
Business location: Texas
Thirteen & Market features modern farmhouse-inspired home decor, has a design and decorating branch, and a gives special focus to up and coming artists from around the globe.

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Wick + Fiber
Business location: Arizona
Wick + Fiber owned by a hard-working SAHM of seven. Specializing in hand-woven wall hangings, bunting and soy candles.

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