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Tip Tuesday

To follow along with the Spring Cleanup theme, I’m going to share a little Repurpose action with you today!

This past weekend Myra had a chance to clean some old junk out of the potting shed. Stuff that’s been sitting in there for years, unused.. but not lacking at all in potential.

She had just taken a trip to Round Top the weekend before, which left her feeling inspired to Jazz Up some of her old finds.

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First Spruce up was an old cherished bird cage! It’s got these great rustic scroll designs surrounding the bottom and top of the cage. Along with really cool feet, the hanging piece mimics the same design. She filled it with Kalanchoe and a few other varieties of succulents. This was a great choice for the bird cage, because these guys don’t require a lot of water or care. Something enjoyable that you don’t have to worry too much about 😉 With the little requirement for water it also lends to the life of the cage.. the base will survive longer if it’s not sitting in moist plant material all the time. With the addition of a cute little garden fairy this repurposed planter will bring beauty to any space!

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After a bit Myra got on a role.. it’s awesome how much you can get done when you’re inspired! Come on by the shop and see all of her new creations. Maybe even take one home.. or get inspired yourself!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

 

 

Rain Sensor – Lawn Sprinkler System

Guys… There is a permanent smile glued to my face right now! Why? You must be asking… because the sun is blazing shiny rays across my ghostly appearance, the warmth is caressing my soul, and I am comfortably content in only One Jacket!! Woohoo… this Southern Summer Lovin’ girl is feelin mighty fine today 😉

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I am thankful for the weather that we’ve had… cold, wet, rainy, soggy, make me want to stay inside under a mountain of blankets near an imaginary fire place substituted by a space heater!!! Wow… ya I’m lovin’ this sunshine, and those kinda wintery days make me appreciate warmth so much more.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the weather too. And I’m sure you’ve noticed all the water standing in your grass and how moist your flower beds have been… If you’ve got a sprinkler system, you’ve probably got it manually turned onto OFF. Which is a great way to prevent the expansion of the wetland area you may or may not have naturally occurring in your yard… hehe.

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So what happens when the rain stops? Do you remember to turn your system back on? I know I wouldn’t. I probably wouldn’t notice until my yard started getting a little too dry, or maybe my plants started wilting.

Nevertheless whether you do or don’t remember to turn your system on and off, modern day technology and introduced an awesome way of managing your sprinkler systems output of water when it’s raining. Simply attaching a Rain Sensor to your control will automatically shut off your system while the sensor is wet from rain. The “dry out” time of the sensor can be adjusted according to your preference. Whether you’d like a long wait time, or a short wait time.. this hassle free attachment is designed to reduce stress, reduce water waste, and increase your pocket book!

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Need some help? Myra’s Garden can install one for you! We also off lawn sprinkler system install, sprinkler system troubleshooting maintenance, and repairs.

Call us or Come by Myra’s Garden today… Have any questions? Leave them in the comments below, we’d love to share more information with you!

Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Garden Seeds are Trickling In!

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I was so excited to announce last night that my first package of seeds came in! I am already beginning to plan where I want to plant them in my garden…. I’m even thinking that I may need to expand my garden! Eeeeeek 🙂

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If you have any question about what to plant or when to plant feel free to ask. I’m at the beginning of this really awesome journey to a healthy lifestyle and I would love for you guys to come alongside me!

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Basically what I’ve got right now are a few packages of seeds to be planted in February. Which is actually only a few weeks away, but I want to go ahead and get my raised beds ready for planting. As well as add a few along the fence line to plant beans, peas, you know those climbing sorta things 🙂 I have a 6’x8′ box full of herbs and a box of the same size ready for veggies. These boxes aren’t huge… so I’m considering forming and filling one to two more boxes in order to expand my garden area.

What do you guys think? Have any tips on seed planting or do you prefer transplants? Let me know in the comments below. Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

tip Tuesday: water puddles

As I am sure y’all can see… it’s raining again this morning! 🙂 hehe. how can I be happy you ask? Well it seems that we’ve had an abundance of rain in the past months, and I’m very thankful for that. We’ve been without a good rainy season for a little while now it seems… I’m sure that there are plenty of rivers, bays, and creeks that needed to be replenished… not to mention it takes the stress off of our pocket book when we don’t have to water our yards!

One thing that I have noticed in my yard is that I’ve got a few spots holding water. Some of these puddles are small… and almost seemingly insignificant, but there is one puddle that I would really like to take care of. It’s about 10-15′ long running down the fence line. I’ve filled in this area with top soil before, but I may not have put enough down to solve the puddle problem.

What I recommend doing is taking some marking paint or a few yard flags and marking around the area where the water is standing. That way when the water dries up enough for you to work in your yard, you still know where your puddle was located.

Here at Myra’s we recommend topsoil for yard leveling projects. By the Yard topsoil is $22.50, but we can also sell you a few buckets if your need is on a much smaller scale. If you’ve got a little time to spare you can also install an underground drain system in your yard. We can also do these things for you, if you’d like for us to come by and take a look give us a Call or Come By 🙂

Until Tomorrow, y’all stay warm and dry!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Freeze Protection

Did you guys know it’s supposed to get down into the 30’s for the next few nights? Wooooo-Weeee that sounds pretty darn chilly to me!

When I hear freeze I often think, ok what has the potential to bust, die, freeze, or injured?? Mainly in regards to my home, pets, or plants.

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We can add insulation, reduce draft through doors & windows, only open garage doors when absolutely necessary, wrap exposed pipes, and leave our faucets and spigots dripping.

Bring pets inside or set up heat lamps in an area with wind protection. And as always make sure they have access to water and food.

Water the soil around your plants thoroughly… wet soil holds heat better than dry or damp soil. Bed sheets or Blankets are good materials to use in covering your plants, use stakes to keep the covering from touching the plants (Especially if you are using plastic or tarps). If possible, cluster container plants together close to the house.

If this years first freeze has caught you off guard, use these simple tips to prepare your home. Taking care of things such as pipe insulation, heat lamps and having blankets on hand will last you for years to come.

Oh, and here’s a helpful tutorial from Myra’s Garden for wrapping your pipes! Stay warm guys, Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Blue-Blue Christmas

It’s Christmas time! I love the crisp, cool air and warm sunshine that defines December in Texas. 

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This past February my husband Felipe and I bought our first home! This is a really big deal to me because I have moved at least 25 times in the last 11 years. Now, we have a home… where we plan on living for at least three years. While I am not completely okay with the idea of settling down, I am IN LOVE with the idea of decorating my home for the holidays.

Growing up in small town Texas my mom was the Chevy Chase of Christmas. We lived in a large historical home and not an inch was spared of Christmasification. Thousands upon thousands of lights, singing dolls, snowy scenes, Jesus is the Reason signs, placemats, HoHoHo-ing jolly Santas…the joy of Christmas permeated from our home. Here are some old pictures I found of the fun we had:

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Due to the need to travel for work, my mom has since downsized; her decorations now include a simple string of lights and a beautiful tiny tree. So, now that I have my own home, it is time that the tradition continues! And my mom came to help!

Since I am a work-at-home wifey, the budget called for the reliable (or not so) Pinterest to be summoned! Below is a few ways I Christmas-fied my homeSWEEThome on the cheap.

The Beach Tree

While dreams of going to the Christmas tree farm and cutting down the perfect tree danced in my head, my body drove on down to Home Depot, told the lady ‘Sure, that one will do’ and was done with it. What can I say? This is real life, y’all!

Shell Ornaments

I had decided I wanted my tree decorations to be a beach theme, mostly because I have a beach cottage style home. However, I did not have the budget to buy ‘themed’ ornaments, nor the time to go hunting for seashells (although that would have been very fun!) My solution: a $12 box of shell potpourri from Hobby Lobby, much like the one pictured below.potpourri

I hot glued ribbons to each and every shell with the help of a friend and my dad (yes, my dad was a master at the glue gun!). This yielded me 50+ beach themed ornaments for about $14 total.

Burlap Flowers

Have you seen this simple Burlap Flower Tutorial trending on Pinterest? It’s so easy and looks great! I bought discounted burlap, and found some pretty fabric I had been saving for the perfect project… and…. wala!

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I also purchased some flowers and garlands for a total of around $10. Here’s my pretty beach tree…

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Pinecone Wreath-Thingy

I was inspired by this beautiful Pinterest post pictured below to make a hanging pine cone wreath.

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I was determined to make this with only items I had on hand. I hunted down a few pinecones in the frontyard and even found little mini pinecones.  I had some old wooden pieces I had bought for 5 cents each at a garage sale…

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And some left over spray paint…

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And so, one-two-three…

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A little extra…

While I was cruising through Hobby Lobby, trying not to buy everything in sight, I stumbled upon the fall items. They were marked down 90%. Yes, 90%!!! Most items were specifically fall – pumpkins,  scarecrows and the like. But one item was only fall colored, and at 50 cents each…

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I painted them…

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And then tied them to a burlap covered post…

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I also followed this Doily Tree pin that only required me to purchase a $1 package of doilies from Dollar Tree. Everything else I was able to find around the house. (there will soon be candy where the buttons are!)

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Why decorate?

This past weekend, decorating the house with the people I love the most in the whole-wide-world was one of the best weekends of the year. We had Christmas music, delicious food, and lots of LOVE. I hope that everyone is able to find some time this year to come together and share the joy.

As for my dog Zion, it was just a little too much action for him. He’s all worn out!

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Thank you Margarey 🙂 Guest Post Written & Provided by Margarey Valdez-Diaz, a local lover of the outdoors and all things natural, a wonderfully talented woman and beautiful friend of Myra’s Garden!

If you would like to contribute to our weekly streaming lifestyle blog let us know!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

 

 

Festive Florals Class #success!

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I just wanted to thank everyone that came out to the class last night! Myra and I had such a blast, you guys were such a joy to be around 🙂 …and special Thank You to Jeanie Fry who put the class together! She did a wonderful job creating a Christmas themed arrangement and teaching the gals how to create it in their own way!

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We started the night with some amazing “Crack Dip” and Pineapple Pink Lemonade Party Punch…

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Then we got our created juices flowing with “Bing Crosby Christmas CD” and guidance from the lovely Jeanie Fry of Blue Orchid Florals.

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Jeanie provided vases with a “mercury look” that she created by spraying mirror paint onto the outer surface of the glass. Greenery was in abundance as we began to fill these cute little vases… the smell of Christmas was definitely in the air 😉

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Tastefully elegant splashes of color were added by everyone… white & red roses, glittery sprigs, flowing grasses, and ribbon for bows!

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Cheerful laughter drifted through the blissfully sweet air as the girls finished their florals… Talents ranged from a beginner to a seasoned florist, but that didn’t stop anyone from creating a beautiful masterpiece of their own.

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Until Monday… We’ll be creating more Christmas-y beauty 🙂 You guys have a glorious weekend!

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-XOXO,

Myra’s

 

Gearing up for Festive Florals

We’re syked and ready y’all!! Cleaning up & prepping the area for our Festive Florals class being held here at Myra’s Garden tomorrow night at 6PM. This is a new class hosted by Myra’s and led by local Florist Jeanie Fry. We’re so excited to introduce something new and fun to you guys in the local community 🙂

As you should probably know by now… I am a lover of all things Pinterest… I am thrilled that there is now a place to search for and save ideas..projects..inspo..recipes..whatever..you name it it’s probably on Pinterest. As we are prepping for the Festive Florals class and decor-ing our Houses full of Christmas I am feeding my Pinterest addiction like a fat kid feeds on Cake… And believe that I can eat some cake people!!

Hehe… So I am currently desiring these projects in my near future 🙂

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This snowflake looks so Chic with the White on Black theme. My walls are gray so I was thinking of painting my snowflake maroonish-red…What do y’all think??

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I thought this was such a cute gift accessory idea!! I hate buying those huge packages of bows for my gifting recipients to rip off and throw away… They could throw away this twig instead! Plus… I have some cute little pompoms left over from the Oh So Cute Ugly Sweater I just made last weekend.

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Lastly on my Inspo List today are these cute little HANDMADE Christmas trees!! I love these things so much 🙂 and I love them in all sizes! Coney Christmas trees have been my desire for years… but they can be so Darn Expensive to buy premade from the store. This looks like a doable solution to my “lack of” a NON-budget-pocket-book-problem. Basically I’m saying this girl has the Champagne taste Beer pocket book Problem! hehe…

Until Tomorrow… Let’s Get Crafty!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

 
 
References:
 
http://www.ruerococo.com/blog/2-woodland-gift-toppers
http://www.beautifulmatters.com/2011/12/handmade-christmas-trees-pt-3/
http://ballardbunch.blogspot.com/2010/11/let-it-snow.html

DIY: Do Something

Hey guys! So today I’m sharing “Thanks” since it’s apropos for this week’s Holiday (THANKSgiving)…  I’m so thankful to be here today and to be given the opportunity to share this experience with y’all 🙂 The DIY I’m posting today is more of a commentary than a list of steps for you to “Do Yourself”… I’m more interested in promoting you to just “Do Something” in general.

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Normally I would say… Do something for yourself or someone else… but today I’m thinking we should lean more towards the someone else. Projects are always nice things to share with people. I love working on projects with friends, coworkers, and family members! Working on a project alongside someone can be a great way of getting to know someone better, showing love & support to the people we already know really well, or just inserting a little fun into the “seriousness” of our daily lives.

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This little DIY: Apron you’re seeing is a project I wanted to do in order to learn how to sew. I figured an apron would be simple enough to learn on and useful enough to use in my kitchen and garden. My wonderfully talented stepmom Cheryl was kind enough to lend her skills for guidance and assistance throughout this project… I would’ve been lost without her! I’m so thankful that we got to spend time together… visiting, cutting fabric, sewing, trimming, fixing mishaps, and sewing some more! It was superb quality-time that I will forever cherish 🙂

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My Dad also lent a hand supervising our work 😉 He is actually a wonderfully talented seamster himself! He gave me pointers and hovered conveniently (just in case I needed him lol). I love that he knows so much about so many things… and he always knows how to go one step further to do the job that much better! I think of him and his work ethic often 🙂 He makes me strive to be a more better faster stronger harder efficiently smarter worker.

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In total I probably only worked on this project for about 8 hours… but the quality of the time spent with my dear family is infinite. Thank you Lord for my wonderful family… and for them living across the street so that I have ample opportunity to make glorious memories with them!

Until Tomorrow Lovelies…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

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