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During the first two years that I lived in my house I don’t think I stepped foot in my backyard more than a handful of times. It was a real shame considering the fact that my house is fairly small (800 square feet) and property is nearly 10 times that size which meant that there was a whole lot of wasted space behind my house. To be honest I was a little scared of my backyard. There were no lights, overgrown bushes and trees and the ground was covered in dry leaves that the few times I ventured out there would ominously crunch under my feet like a scene from a scary movie.

Our backyard transformation started when our rad landlord offered to pour us a patio. Then my husband began to tackle the behemoth of prickly bushes that grabbed at your anklescustomized baby gifts, several inches of fallen leaves covering the dirt and what seemed like miles of tangled ivy branches that tried to trip you as you walked. Slowly but surely with the addition of nearly a hundred potted plants ranging from small succulents perched on tables to citrus trees to wild tropical plants as well as a few string of patio lights our backyard had become the place we spend the most time in.

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Every once in a while when my husband drags me to the nursery I’ll pick out a plant to add to the family of thriving greenery lining our patio. I promise my husband I’ll water it and I really do try (at least for the first few weeks). Then my predisposition to plant murder (Ie: a busy schedule and the fact that in the little free time I do have I’d rather do just about anything aside from standing in one place watering a plant) kicks in and within a month any plant I’ve bought has died.

I really wanted a plant for my studio (which I wrote about in my dog bed tutorial post) but after having been alive for nearly four decades I know myself pretty well and I know better than to add “water the plant” to my already lengthy to-do list. So, I made a plant that never has to be watered! Aside from how quick and easy this DIY project is, it’s also a sure-fire way to add a little greenery into your life without having to worry about taking care of it.

1. Choose the shape for your succulents and draw them out on a piece of paper or download and print my template. 2. Cut the patterns for your succulents.

3. Fold your fabric in half (with the right/printed sides of the fabric facing in) and place the template on top of your fabric then trace around the edges.

4. Pin your fabric pieces together and then cut the succulent out.

5. Remove the pins and use embroidery thread to make little knotted (flowers) in a random pattern on the front of your succulent. To create your ‘flowers’: Knot the end of the embroidery thread four to five times then pull it through the fabric and tie off the end on the back with a few knots. Repeat in a random pattern making sure not to get to close to the edges since you’ll be sewing around them. Trim the tips of the ‘flowers’ (the tails of the embroidery thread on the front side of the fabric) to your desired length.

6. Place the right/printed sides of your succulent together and sew around the edges. I used the edge of my presser foot to measure my seam allowance (meaning that the edge of my fabric was at the edge of the presser foot). Start at the bottom and go all the way around stopping on the opposite bottom side of where you started so that there’s an opening at the bottom.

7. Turn your succulent right way out by folding the bottom over the top and then pushing the rest of the fabric through.

8. Stuff the succulent. Using a pencil will help you get it into the deep/narrow sections. Push the stuffing to the parts of the succulent furthest from the opening and keep filling until it’s completely stuffed.

9. Repeat all the steps using different templates to create multiple succulents. *I didn’t sew up the opening of my succulents since they will be buried in the rocks. 10. Position your succulents in a pot with rocks.

I recently headed out the door for a week-long family vacation, and the last thing I tossed into my carry-on was a Cashmere Wrap. Call it spontaneous or a bit serendipitous, because I ended up throwing on that wrap each day of our trip, whether it was an unseasonably cool morning walk or dinner in an over-air-conditioned restaurant. As someone who has a history of never dressing quite right for the weather, it was a pleasure to adapt so quickly, and so elegantly, to chilly moments.

Laura here from Trash to Couture and I’m sharing with you my off-the-shoulder ruffle top. This is?a versatile top that can be casual or dressed up for a special occasion. I chose a light weight organic cotton gauze to keep it breezy for the Georgia heat. You can make the hem longer for a dress or add trim for extra?details. Once you get the hang of this pattern you’ll want one in every color and print.

Whether you are looking to purchase an entirely new sofa, new patio furniture for the summer BBQ season, or a new pet bed, pillow covers will be your best friend. Over 50% of sofa buyers say they intend to keep a newly purchased sofa for at least five years, with a full 25% expecting to keep it for 15 years or more.