There’s been a lot of rain recently here in the Midwest. Three dogs mixed with a good thunderstorm means muddy paw prints everywhere! They track it in through the backdoor, past the kitchen, and now in the livingroom and perhaps even on the couch. Enough already!
I know that some people keep rags at the door to wipe their paws as they enter back into the house. Sure this method works, but with three dogs it’s not feasible for my house. Here’s what I do. And best of all it works like a charm.
Purchase a bale of straw and spread it all over the muddiest areas in your yard. For me that’s the area right around the deck especially at the base. One bale is enough for the space I’m covering. That’s it. Your done and no more muddy paw prints marking up the floors. You can also use cedar chips but if you have a big area to cover that can get costly.
As far as the grass growing back in those high traffic muddy areas, no worries. I usually go through two bales of straw throughout the Winter to Spring transition and the grass always grows back. You can always throw some grass seed down.
So, are you willing to spend roughly $6. for a little peace of mind?
Over the next couple of months I’ll be sharing some tips and ideas with you that I use in my own flower garden(s). I can show you that with a little imagination and a few bucks your flower beds will look awesome. Who doesn’t love a fun DIY project? Especially when it involves being outside in the fresh air.
First up, hosta plants. I love hostas! The simple fact that they’re low maintenance is all I need to hear. Plus, when they outgrow their space you can just chop them in half (or fourths) and plant elsewhere.
I had this little area of grass in front of my garage. It was a nuisance to mow so it was given a new look. My neighbor was selling hostas at her garage sale for $1. Score! My parents decided to update their landscaping and no longer needed the lava rocks they were using. Another score!
I wait until the end of Winter (when all of the snow melts) before trimming the dead leaves off of the plants. And that’s it. Mother Nature takes care of the rest.
As you can see in the image below the hostas are doing well. Exceptionally well! There are four plants total in this space, but one of them is hidden so I should relocate that one. Come Fall, the other three will be divided up and placed in other areas around the house.
Put a unique spin on gift giving this year. With today’s technology we don’t print enough (or any) of the amazing photos we take. Here’s a simple DIY project to change that.
I use to spend a lot of money on wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, and tags. All for it to get ripped off as soon as the recipient receives it. People are more interested on what’s inside the package. (Aren’t we all?) Here’s an inexpensive way to get them to pause for a moment and appreciate the whole gift (and it’s presentation) as they open it.
Personalize the outside of the package/box using a photo. That’s it! This past Christmas I used brown craft paper, tissue paper for the puppy, photographs, and washi tape for all of my gifts. They were a huge hit. And I observed everyone saving the photos as well. The washi tape peeled off nicely without any tearing. I chose a Christmas themed tape to compliment the black and white photos.
The possibilities are endless. Here’s a list to inspire you.
* Baby shower gift-Use a baby photo of the Mom-to-be (or Dad)
* Graduation gift-Find a Kindergarten photo.
* Birthday-Use a photo from a previous celebration.
* Mother’s Day/Father-Use a photo from the delivery room when you were born.
* Just Because-Chose a random photo of you and the recipient.
* Welcome Package (new neighbor)-Snap a photo of the Sold sign on the house they just bought.
* New Puppy-Attach a photo of your pup with some text suggesting a play-date.
* Wedding Gift-Previous date night photo of the happy couple.
And the list goes on and on. Be creative and think outside the box. Photographs aren’t limited to a frame only.
There’s more ideas coming soon on creative ways to display/use all the photographs we take.