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December 18th, 2013 - Garden Tips and Stocking Stuffers

Scat, Cat

If you have cats digging around in your garden and using your flowerbeds and pots as a litter box then no worries. There are several things you can do! Start by removing all the droppings-cats go where their noses tell them cats have gone before. Follow up with a commercial cat repellent, to cover any smells left behind. Don't expect the repellent to perform like Hercules; you really do have to start by cleaning up.

One the odor problem is solved, make it hard for cats to dig by covering any open soil with landscape cloth or a very loose mulch such as pebbles or bark nuggets. This leaves newly planted soil as the only vulnerable area. Cover it with chicken wire until the new plants have achieved fair size and can be further protected with mulch, and you should have the little dears thoroughly thwarted.

Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Lotion Bars:

It's that time of year for the Christmas festivities to begin! We've got the perfect hostess gift for you this season, homemade lotion bars. You will need just 4 ingredients: beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, and essential oil. A soap mold will be used to create the bars. If your mold holds 4 bars, then fill one of the bars with equal parts of the above ingredients. Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax first. Once it has melted which may take a bit, add the olive oil, coconut oil, and several drops of the essential oil of your choice; we used honey almond. Once all ingredients have melted and have been stirred together, pour into the soap molds. Allow to set and pop them out once they're ready. Packaging can be just as nice as the gift. First, we wrapped the individual lotion bars in waxed paper. Next, we added crinkle paper into a clear cellophane bag. Add the lotion bar and close with colored wire. Continue adding wire and wrap each piece around a pencil to create a curled effect. This is a fun way to add a pop of color instead of the usual ribbon. Add wired Christmas balls or Christmas sprigs for a nice touch. For a gift tag, take fun scrapbook paper and cut out shapes. Hole punch the tag and add it to the wire. Now you have a fun and useful hostess gift to take to your next Christmas party!


- Beeswax
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Essential oil
- Soap mold
- Cellophane bag
- Crinkle paper
- Colored wire
- Scrapbook paper/ hole punch

Bath Salt:

Pamper yourself and the hostess of your next Christmas party by creating bath salts! All you need is sea salt, essential oil of your choice, and a pretty glass container with lid. Simply scoop the sea salt into the glass container. Add a few drops of the essential oil, secure the lid, shake, and enjoy! That's it! Add Christmas ribbon or fresh greenery for a nice compliment to the bath salts.


- Sea salt
- Essential oil
- Pretty glass container with lid
- Christmas ribbon/ fresh greenery

December 11th, 2013 - Homemade Ornaments and Stockings - watch now

November 27th, 2013 - Holiday Designer Challenge - watch now

November 13th, 2013 - Winter Plants and Homemade Ornaments - watch now

November 6th, 2013 - Winterizing Plants and Thanksgiving Table Decor- watch now

October 30th, 2013 - Winter Flowers and Thanksgiving Decorations - watch now

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

August 28th, 2013 - Snail Patrol - watch now

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

August 14th, 2013 - Bird Feeder Chandelier - watch now

August 7th, 2013 - Deadheads and Donuts - watch now

July 31st, 2013 - Beach Decorating - watch now

July 24th, 2013 - Water Sensible Gardening - watch now

July 17th, 2013 - Rose Kiling Virus - Chris tells you all about it

July 15th, 2013 - Summer Decorating ideas - watch now

July 4th, 2013 - Fun and Festive ideas - watch now

June 12th, 2013 - Outdoor Votive Candle Chandelier - watch now

June 5th, 2013 - When to plant Hydrangeas - watch now

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

May 15th, 2013 - Shady Fancing and Day Lilies - watch now

April 24th, 2013 - Arkansas Symphony Designer House - watch now

April 17th, 2013 - Spring facelift for your garden - watch now

April 10th, 2013 - Plants that LOVE heat - watch now

April 3rd, 2013 - Flowering Trees - watch now

March 27th, 2013 - Garden Accessories - watch now

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

March 15th, 2013 - Getting Ready For Spring - watch now

March 6th, 2013 - Easter Decorating - watch now

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

February 20th, 2013 - Winter Chores - watch now

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

February 6th, 2013 - Hardy winter plants and Valentine's Gifts - watch now

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

January 9th, 2013 - Easy Propagation - watch now

December 19th, 2012 - Ornaments by Nature - watch now

December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

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

October 24th, 2012 - Winterizing your lawn - watch now

October 17th, 2012 - LIVE footage from the Olsen Home - watch now

October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

September 5th, 2012 - Indoor Topiaries and Fall Wreaths - watch now

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

July 18th, 2012 - Orange Iced Tea & Stressed Plants - watch now

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

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

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

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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