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  1. DIY Painted Rock Garden Markers

    July 19, 2013 by Jocelyn Baker

    My garden is my oasis. While I don’t have a large budget or as much time as I’d like to be able to work on beautifying my garden, I find simple ways to add a touch of whimsy to my small plot. After scouring the web for cute, durable garden markers, I finally found the perfect project. Thanks Pinterest!

    My Garden Markers

    My Garden Markers!

    Gathering stones was as simple as going to the beach on Lake Superior and filling up my Trader Joe’s bag. As for the paint, I decided to go with Elmer’s Painters. They are acrylic paint markers, which dry quickly and look great. I got mine on Amazon, but your local craft shop may have them as well. Once my rocks were painted, I sprayed them with a quick coat of Krylon Satin Clear finish.

    Since I’m not the most artistically inclined person, I decided to look online for a bit of inspiration. I downloaded a few Google Webfonts, and printed out a sheet with sample vegetables for a guide.

    Painted Rock Garden Markers

    While I used my font guide at first, I eventually started to feel a bit more confident and creative and pushed my artistic bounds a bit. I had a lot of fun with these, and I’m really pleased with how some of them turned out!

    DIY Painted Garden Markers

    Don’t they look cute? I just love them. They’re fun to make, too!

    Now my garden is full of cute painted rocks.  Has anyone else done this before?  Or do you have another favorite DIY garden marker?  I’d love to hear your ideas!


  2. Meanwhile, in my Dream Garden…

    March 20, 2012 by Jocelyn

    I’ve been so incredibly busy lately, it’s ridiculous. I get home and just zone out once I’m done with my workout and other immediate chores. So here I sit at my computer, urging myself to get motivated to do some of my online work, but find myself getting sucked into Pinterest and Khan Academy’s new Exercise Dashboard. At least I’m using my brain at one of the sites, right?

    Anyways, I’ve got quite a large dream garden pinboard going right now, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. These are all amazing garden spaces that I aspire to have some day. I’ve done a bit of extra leg work, so I can hopefully link directly to the source of the photos as well. The first is an absolutely amazing greenhouse that was posted by a Swedish blogger over at Isas Tradgard. Oh how I would love to have this greenhouse. *sigh*

    Beautiful Greenhouse

    And next, grapes. I really really want to grow my own grapes. Jams, wines, I would do all kinds of things with grapes! Don’t they look yummy?

    Grapes in Vineyard
    by Habub3 on Flickr

    Don’t worry, of course I won’t forget the flowers! Someday I hope to live in a house with gardens that are so full that they seem almost chaotic. I want flowers to be bursting from the seams of my yard; tumbling over fences and onto the sidewalk!

    Like so:

    Photo from HGTV.

    “Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm”  ~ Norman Vincent Peale
    by Abby Lanes on Flickr

    So much beauty can be found in gardens, I wonder how anyone can enjoy living without one! Mark my words, someday I will have a garden almost as lovely as these ones!

  3. Thanks Mom and Dad!

    July 11, 2007 by Jocelyn


    My wonderful parents gave me one of my birthday gifts this past weekend. Even though my birthday isn’t until the 20th, my mom decided that she should give me one of my gifts early. I’m sure she decided this because of my constant worrying that my plants were going to wilt in the heat because I wasn’t home to water them.


    Luckily, my plants seemed to fair pretty well in the heat over the weekend, and I stuck my watering bulbs in right after I got home. They seem to be working well so far, but I think they just look lovely. I put three of them in large outdoor containers which you can see in my pictures, and the fourth one is in my big indoor ivy plant that I always forget to water.


    The one thing that you have to make sure to do when sticking these in your pots is to make a hole before you stick them in the dirt with something other than the glass bulb! I managed to find the perfect sized stick lying off the patio which worked just fine and dandy. If you want to get some of these for your patio or just want to check on prices, I would suggest looking on either QVC or eBay. Those are really the only two places that I could find them readily available on the web.



    These glass bulbs add a really nice touch to my containers; thank you mom and dad!! :D