Day 23 – Mastering the DIY Garden Project

Wow – That short break from the daily posts was invigorating! I spent a week up in Northern California pruning all the fruit trees on the farmstead and the hard, physical work did me good. I will write more on the heirloom orchard restoration in another post. But first…Back to our 31 Days of Living Homegrown Project.

Today’s post is all about learning from a Master DIY-er.

As homesteaders, hobby farmers and gardeners, we know that DIY projects are not only fun, but they save us money. You get the satisfaction of accomplishment and a finished product that you just can’t find in your local store!

Garden Therapy:

If you are into DIY, then you need to meet Stephanie Rose. Her website Garden Therapy, is all about DIY garden projects, yummy recipes and crafty goodness.

Stephanie Rose of "Garden Therapy"

I have “known” Stephanie online for a few years now and I have found her to be very sweet and giving of information. Her projects are spot on and actually work! In fact, if you have a DIY pin board on Pinterest, you probably already have a few of her projects pinned there.

This girl is crafty! She posts 2-3 projects a week and the step-by-step instructions are simple, timely and always accompanied by great photos. You will find garden/nature crafts, recipes and good ‘ol garden know-how.

How it All Started:

Stephanie’s website started out as a way to log the progress she was making with gardening as a catalyst to healing after a troubling time. But as the blog became popular, she started to receive fan mail from people claiming to have “black thumbs”.

So Stephanie did what many bloggers do – she adjusted her focus and started writing short, stylish DIY projects to inspire her fans. She wanted to share the joy and healing benefits that a little time with nature can bring.

Sun Print Tutorial

It worked and her fan base grew!

As a child, Stephanie discovered that she would much rather have a bag of feathers and tongue depressors than dolls. Combined with her bubbling curiosity of how things are made, a DIY-er was born! Even today, she would rather spend a weekend on a cheese farm learning to milk goats and make chevre than being pampered in a 5-star hotel.

See why I love her so?

Inspiration:

Stephanie gets her inspiration mostly from nature. She can’t walk to a park without coming home with a pocket full of acorn caps and 10 different ideas for what to make with them. Her husband lovingly calls her a squirrel (in a sweet, charming way) and she has been known to start yelling, “Stop the Car! Stop! The! Car!” when she sees a fallen tree on the side of the road that she envisions as her next project…perhaps a clock.

Most Popular DIY Posts:

Natural Branch Coasters from Garden Therapy

There are many different types of DIY posts over at Garden Therapy, so be sure to do some exploring. But if you only have time for a peek, I suggest you check out Natural Branch Coasters - one of her most popular posts. Stephanie does a lot of recycling projects and this one was made from a fallen cedar which turns a loss into a memento. It could also be used to recycle a Christmas tree!

Mason Jar Solar Lights from Garden Therapy

Also be sure to look at Mason Jar Solar Lights which are made using vintage mason jars and an inexpensive solar light. How cute is that?

I just had to share this info on Stephanie as she is one of my “go-to gals” when it comes to DIY. Keep your eye on her. She always has something cool in the works!

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About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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  • Stevie January 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thanks so very much for sharing all of this. I’m honored to be a part of the 31 Days of Living Homegrown Project!

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    • theresa January 31, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Thank YOU for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. I just love what you do and wanted to share it with my readers!

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  • Nicole January 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I love Stephanie’s blog too! Such a nice feature you’ve done!…you gotta know the girl behind such a great blog is a superstar!

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  • Julie February 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I’m definitely going to take a look at Stephanie’s projects. I’m such a sad DIYer. I’m just not a crafty girl. A gardener, yes…but my DIY projects always look very DIY (and not in a good way!) But I aspire to craftiness, I do! Just like I will learn to knit without throwing the yarn across the room. (Or maybe it’s just safer to go back outside and pull weeds. Hmmm.) Thanks for sharing!

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    • theresa February 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Well Jule,
      I think Stephanie can help. I find her projects to be really well laid out and easy to follow. She can make everyone look good. And really, I think being a gardener IS crafty! You are creating with living plants! (Which is probably harder anyway!) :-)
      ~Theresa

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  • TeresaR February 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hopping over there to follow her blog now! Thanks for show-casing such a talented gal, Theresa.

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