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Free DIY Furniture Plans: How to Build a Children's Two Tone Chair

Free DIY Furniture Plans: How to Build a Children's Two Tone Chair

On Monday we posted plans for a Children's Two Tone Play Table, and today the most adorable chair to go along side it. I will definitely be building this set, I just can't quite decide who it will be for... the bird or the bug. Probably my older boy, but I'm not entirely sure of my vision for his space just yet. I can finally see the space coming together for the bird, thank gawd, and I can see all of the various pieces I would love to have in his room and it's going to be amazing! Unfortunately he would probably need to move into the master bedroom to make it all of it work so I will be downsizing my 'vision' substantially. Once a dreamer, always a dreamer... Xx... Rayan

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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.

Avoid Messy Problems this Holiday Season with Proper FOG Disposal

Avoid Messy Problems this Holiday Season with Proper FOG Disposal

Sacramento, CA -- Sewer blockages and backups increase by up to 50 percent during the holidays due in part to the types of leftover food put down kitchen sinks and garbage disposals. People can avoid potentially messy problems and holiday havoc by properly disposing of fats, oils and grease (FOG).

When poured down the sink, FOG accumulates in sewer pipes restricting flow and ultimately causing blockages and backups in homes and neighborhoods. The Sacramento Area Sewer District and the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities have teamed up to keep drains clog-free during the holiday season.

“Holidays are one of the worst times of year for improper disposal of fats, oils and grease. Although delicious, holiday meals create notoriously bad waste,” said Jan Holm, SASD FOG Program Manager. “Everyone can help prevent these potentially messy problems by talking to guests and kids about the best way to clean up dishes and leftover food after a holiday meal.”