Upcycled Eight O’Clock Coffee Bag into Planter!

What to do with a empty coffee bag? Make a hanging planter!

Today’s post is from a little project I put together back in 2012. It was very simple to do and fast forward 5 years and it’s still going strong. The plants have changed and the outside is a little faded, but the coffee bag planter is still together. All it takes is a little twine for the hanger, some drainage holes in the bottom and a small hole cut in the side for planting. Get creative and see what you can come up with!

Floral Friday – 4

These colorful petunia flowers were photographed while we were visiting the city of Cobh in Cork County Ireland. I’m not sure if this was taken before or after I fell into the street. Yes, I stepped off the curb, tripped and fell face first into the street. (Disclaimer: Guinness was not a factor during this incident.) Landing on my knee first was very painful, but I survived the embarrassment. Several people ran to my assistance, one even stopped his car and came over to help me up and to make sure I was OK. A waitress from the pub across the street came over to see if she could do anything. I’ve not experienced that much concern from strangers since. In Ireland the people were so friendly! If this fall had happened here in the states I would have been on my own. Anyways…. I’ve loved this photo ever since.

Cobh, Ireland


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Floral Friday – 2

Everything is all brown and dry now due to the extreme drought that we are in here but I wanted to share some photos of better times.  Hopefully more rain will come soon and everything will turn green just a little longer before the cold weather really starts.

Wild Blue Morning Glory
Day Lily









Floral Friday – Mirabilis Jalapa

Mirabilis jalapa, the marvel of Peru

Drought – extreme drought conditions for where I live. No rain since September, however while I was outside today I notice the one of my 4 O’Clock plants was coming back out and even had a couple blooms.  I guess they really are drought tolerant.

I really hope this is a sign that we will have rain soon.  Everything is so brown, dusty and walking across the lawn the grass crunches under my feet.  Here’s a photo I took a while back when the 4 O’Clocks were loving the rainy weather!

Pink 4 O'Clock Flower


Awning Pole Flowers – Popup Camper Mod

Awning Pole SupportAre you tired of tripping over the  ropes that anchors the camper awning to the ground?  Is the ground too hard to hammer stakes in for the awning anchors?  Camping at home on the drive way and no way to secure the awning to the concrete without stealing bricks from around your neighbors garden?

Here’s what I put together to solve some of the problems with awning ropes and securing the awning when camping in “difficult” locations.  A trip to the local home improvement store and Voilà!  Homemade awning supports that also pretty up the camp site!

I put these together one at a time so that I could make sure I got everything in place before the cement became too thick to work with.  Continue reading for a list of the items needed and directions on putting them together.
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Blooming Cactus I Say!


In 2000 someone at work was going to throw out a small cactus plant that just wouldn’t grow.  I took it since I knew it only needed more light than what it was getting in the office.  Well it didn’t fare too well for me in my sun room either.  Then two weeks ago I moved it to my front steps and now it’s booming!  Maybe it’s happy now in its new home or either it’s going through some type of blooming cycle that comes around every 14 years or so.  I’ll never know but I can enjoy its blooms!
*June 1, 2014 – Update – that was the only day the blooms were open.