Pin of the day! Rethinking Cone Wreaths

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                  This great new idea reinvents the old pine cone door wreath into a beautiful alternative.  The snow flake design wired together is cheap and easy if you have a cone bearing conifer in your yard.  Or maybe you’ll find it along the road where cones are too often lost to being run over by cars!  Save the cones and get started today. For 1400 other cheap or free ideas for holiday decor visit the Small Budget Gardening Pinterest board and join the fun with 2200 other dedicated followers. http://pinterest.com/maureengilmer/small-budget-gardening/  

Get Ideas: Follow Maureen Gilmer’s Pinterest Boards

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Small Budget Gardening This board was created for those with little money to spend and lot of creativity. It contains over 400 individual ideas for affordable gardening and garden making for homeowners, renters and apartment dwellers.
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Fresh Budget Gardening Ideas for 2012

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I am a HUGE fan of new ideas for creating fabulous gardens on a shoestring. Since publishing The Small Budget Gardener, my excitement over recycled and reused items has exploded into hundreds of new ideas from around the world. They’re at my Small Budget Gardening board on Pinterest, a cool new site where all my fans can share these discoveries. Before you start gardening this spring, be sure to look these over for hundreds of ways to save money and get far more garden for each penny you spend.
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Save Money-GREEN Holiday Decor

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Save money and live green this holiday season with natural decorations. Cuttings, berries, twigs and vines make some of the homiest decorations that cost next to nothing. Collect them from your garden, that of a friend, relative or even from your neighbors’ yards. Sometimes you can find great stuff growing wild along side of the road. Get started right now. Download my free pdf eBook Holiday Gifts & Decorating Ideas from the Crafter’s Garden. Celebrate the holidays Nature’s way, then come
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Free eBook: Online Botanical Illustrations for eMail Holiday Cards

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It’s no wonder that folks aren’t sending out Christmas cards like they did in the past. When you add up the cost of cards, envelopes, gas, time and parking to shop for them, plus postage, this old tradition is downright pricey. But thanks to some fine online archives from the New York Public Library and the Missouri Botanical Garden, you can download fabulous botanical illustrations for both cards and framed gifts to save money this holiday season. Download my free eBook to get started with your own green holiday greeting this year at http://www.moplants.com/eBooks.php

Free eBook: Green Holiday Decorating From The Garden

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Save your money by decorating naturally with my free eBook. It’s an age old practice that’s been replaced by tinsel and plastic and paint. Yet all over America are gardens and homesites filled with plants that offer aromatic evergreen foliage, bright berries and dried seed pods. It’s easy to get started.  Just download this full color PDF to learn how to gather from your garden as well as those of neighbors, friends, and relatives. Click here for the holiday eBook: http://www.moplants.com/eBooks.php

Dramatic and Free: Garden Decor

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At the end of the season there are always stalks and branches to be had. And when these are used in the right setting they become a valuable tool for exploiting color, form and contrast. Nowhere is this more doable than in the southwest when the agaves send up their enormous stalks to flower. Some types of yucca do the same and dasilirion, also known as the desert spoon is another contender. All too often these architectural byproducts of plants are chipped, crushed and thrown into the garbage, but if dried and preserved they make outstanding free outdoor decorations. This beautiful example of repurposed agave stalks illustrates how leftover paint can be put to good use. Note the turquoise window trim on the upper right of this photo. The paint left over was used to create a “wash” over well dried agave stalks. A wash is created with ordinary latex paint thinned down with water to create a more semitransparent stain-like application. If the stalk was simply painted, it would be far too uniform. The aged look shown here allows the original surface with its flakes and peels to show through. That is an artificial patina that can be created on any kind of twig, in this case to lend the Santa Fe look when set against a solid colored wall. This high contrast approach is the perfect way to add interest to nooks and crannies of architecture.