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October 30th, 2013 - Winter Flowers and Thanksgiving Decor

Winter Flowers

It's that time of year to freshen up your flowerbeds and get them ready for the fall and winter seasons. This means you have to pull up your old summer annuals and go ahead and plant your winter and spring seasonal color. There are so many different varieties of winter annuals to pick from so be selective.

One of my favorites is the Cool Wave Series of pansies. These guys trail and make for the perfect groundcover in the landscape or even better in containers. They come in an assortment of colors but I like the mix assortment look.

Don't forget about all the other varieties of pansies, violas, and panolas. There are other plants to add such as dusty miller, ornamental kale ( I love the Peacock Kale) and cabbage, red mustard and Swiss chard. Combined together and you have one great fresh new look that will last until April of next year.

Don't forget to fertilize with any all-purpose fertilizer when you plant to help your little beauties on their way to adulthood.

Thanksgiving Decorations

Instead of using real corn husks, I used the craft dyed raffia and unrolled it. It looks just like corn husks and way less expensive. I also used a combination of colors instead of the usual natural color all over.

"Corn husk" Fall Wreath:

There's nothing like a corn husk fall wreath to welcome friends and family into your home during the fall season! Although corn husks may be found in your local grocery store, they can be quite expensive when needing an ample amount. So why not use the craft raffia that can be unfolded; it looks just like corn husks! And this product is great because it comes in a variety of colors. We chose natural, brown, and dark green raffia to reflect this special time of year. A straw wreath found at your local craft store is the base for this wreath. No need to remove the plastic covering as it keeps the straw in place and will not be seen. Once the raffia has been unfolded, cut the strip of raffia in half. Cut in 8 inch lengths. Fold the 8 inch piece of raffia over creating a loop. Place the loop flat onto the wreath and pin down (where the two ends meet) using a double pronged pin also found at a craft store. Fluff the loop to where it stands up. Repeat this step for all loops and completely cover the wreath. We created three rows. The brown raffia was used to create the inner circle, the natural for the middle circle, and the green for the outer circle of the wreath. Add Indian corn and satin ribbon to the wreath for those extra special fall touches!


- Straw wreath
- Craft raffia in natural, brown, and green
- Double pronged pins
- Indian Corn
- Satin ribbon

Wooden Trivet:

A nice touch to your Thanksgiving table is adding a wooden trivet, and it's super easy to create! Round pieces of real wood may be found at your local craft store. Spray a coat of clear protective sealer all over the piece of wood. Next, cut out a piece of felt to fit the bottom of the piece of wood. Spray glue the bottom of the piece of wood and attach felt piece. Create handles for your trivet by taking a soaked tree branch and bending it. Drill two small holes in the sides of the wood piece and glue twig handle in place. Repeat this step on either side or ends of wooden piece.


- Piece of wood
- Clear protective spray
- Felt
- Spray glue
- Twigs
- Wood glue

October 23rd, 2013 - Here are some great Halloween TIps - watch now

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August 21st, 2013 - Dealing with Destructive Ivy - watch now

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May 29th, 2013 - Spring Decor with FLAIR! - watch now

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March 27th, 2013 - Garden Accessories - watch now

March 20th, 2013 - Basic Winter Chores - watch now

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February 27th, 2013 - Easy Indoor Plants - watch now

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February 13th, 2013 - Valentine's Tips and PANIC ATTACK! watch now

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January 23rd, 2013 - Growing from Seeds - watch now

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December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

November 21st, 2012 - It's all about the details when it comes to Christmas - watch the segment

November 14th, 2012 - Mom's Outdoor Oasis revealed - watch the segment

November 7th, 2012 - Planting bulbs - watch now

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August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

August 15th, 2012 - Poached Apples are great - watch now

July 25th, 2012 - Memory Jars and Perennial Care - watch now

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July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

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April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

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April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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