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Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Toddler Made Mother’s Day Flowers

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One of the my favorite Mother’s Day gifts are paper flowers from the babies…  OK, Andrew did influence them a little, but I still LOVE them, they are still on my dresser.  I collected 5 (Toddler Made) Mother’s Day Flowers…

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Egg Crate Flower Bouquet

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Cupcake Flowers

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Photo Flower Pot Kids

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Thumbprint Flower Pot

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Contact Paper Tissue Paper Flowers

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Easy Mother’s Day Toddler Arts N’ Crafts

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I’m a huge fan of arts n’ crafts for the kids (Remember ThanksgivingChristmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter)…  But when I have to purchase a million and ONE different supplies for an arts n’ crafts session, I get a little flustered.  For this weeks Lily & Frog Friday 5, I collected 5 easy toddler Mother’s Day arts n’ crafts which appear to be uber EASY, wicked simple, re-using items which I would have thrown away, and supplies I already have in the house…  And, if Andy reads this…  I KNOW you can do it honey!

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Mothers Day Craft 2 (337x400)What We Love about Mom

Mothers Day Craft 3 (400x300) Mother’s Day Salt Dough Hangings

Mothers Day Craft 4 (314x400)Mother’s Day Celery Flowers

Mothers Day Craft 5 (400x400)Mother’s Day Newspaper

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Mother’s Day Gifts

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I L-O-V-E Toddler’s Arts N’ Craft (here, here, and here) as gifts from my babies just as much as the next Mama.  While searching for Mother’s Day Toddler Arts N’ Crafts Gifts and Toddler-Made Mother’s Day Flowers, I stumbled upon some other Mother’s Day gifts which I fell for…  This is when I will learn if Andrew actually reads all my posts, lol!

Each of these Mother’s Day gifts are ones which I have never seen before; using something from your child (a first handwriting or image, etc).  I truly LOVE a unique, customized, and personal gift…

Mother's Day Gifts (3)  Kid’s Signature Bracelet:  I L-O-V-E this; I would use the first time they wrote their name (Well when they wrote it legibly, lol)

Mother's Day Gifts (5) Birthstone Necklace:  I feel you can find a birthstone necklace anywhere, but I have never seen one like this, I am simply crazy about the baby footprints!  Andrew bought me this necklace for last Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Gifts (4)Mother’s Charm Bracelet:  I adore a locket with pictures of family, but I always forget to take it off before swimming or showering and then the picture is ruined.  This is the PERFECT solution for that and there are a ton of options available as well.

Mother's Day Gifts (6) Custom Silver Pendants:  I have never shopped from this store before, but I L-O-V-E everything in this Etsy Store!  I can’t get enough of the pendents with baby footprints and birth stones and the pendents with the notes from parents…

Mother's Day Gifts (2) Family Tree Pillow:  This hand sewn family tree on a pillow is beautiful…  LOVE it!

One more…  Just Because…

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If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


DIY Hanging Flower Planters from a Fence

Flowers on Fence (27)I can only assume you have read about my Killer Green Thumb, but in-case you haven’t read: here and here and here

And then I learned about perennial flowers; I read about getting a little creative with flower planters…  Once I created my own I knew my Killer Green Thumb was (slowly) going to be a thing of the past (stinkers, I just jinxed myself, lol).

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Moving onto our backyard… I realized how old, boring, and dingy our picket fence is…  And I knew I needed to do something about it.  Then when I happened upon decorative serving buckets at a local store and I knew what needed to be done:

Lily & Frog Supplies:

  • Metal Drink Serving Bucket
  • Rope
  • Drill Gun
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers of your choice

Lily & Frog Instructions:

Start with flipping the serving bucket upside down, drilling holes in the bottom…  This is for water drainage when watering the flowers.  Drill as many holes as you think is necessary to allow for drainage of the water.  In my case, I snagged my hunky husband, asking him to drill holes in the bottom of the serving bucket.

Grab your rope, our serving buckets have two handles; I threaded the rope through the handles with enough slack to wrap over the fence.  I created a square knot with the rope to secure it into place.

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Once the knots are tied, fill with dirt and your plants… and hang from the fence…

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And your finished!Flowers on Fence

For this planter:

  • Flowers:  Pete’s Gold Carpet, Super Bells and vines.  I chose these annuals because they can create an over flowing and cascading look when they are draped over the edge of the planter.Flowers on Fence (2)
  • Location: When planting the flowers, I chose to position Flowers on Fence (15)them along the edge which was furthest from the fence, ensuring they would hang over the edge and overflow beautifully.  There was a few times the vines started climbing up the fence, in these instances, I used tooth picks to re-direct the growth or threaded the vines through the handles.
  • Planter: This planter can be heavy, to lighten the load I use the plastic containers the plants came in…  Simply placing the plastic container upside down in the bottom of the planter, placing dirt around and over them.  Then planting flowers where you would like them.  You are basically creating ‘bubbles’ in the planter and they are 2/3 lighter than when you started.

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Have you ever used a planter in your gardens, other than a standard planter?  Send me your ideas, I would LOVE to try something NEW!


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Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Easy Easter Toddler Arts N’ Crafts

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I’m a huge fan of arts n’ crafts for the kids (Remember ThanksgivingChristmas, and St. Patrick’s Day)…  But when I have to purchase a million and ONE different supplies for an arts n’ crafts session, I get a little flustered, I would much rather rummage through my house for supplies for FREE.  For this weeks Lily & Frog Friday 5, I collected 5 toddler Easter arts n’ crafts which appear to be uber EASY, wicked simple, re-using items which I would have thrown away, and supplies I already have in the house…  HELLO Cotton Balls and Brown Paper Bags!

Easter Craft 3 (200x313)Cotton Paper Plate Easter Bunny Craft

Easter Craft 4 (400x267)Paper Plate Easter Basket

Easter Craft 5 (300x400)Bunny Goo Goo Goggles

Easter Craft 1 (300x400)Brown Bag Bunny

Easter Craft 2 (350x295)Handprint Easter Lamb

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


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DIY Stacked Terracotta Pot Planters

Stacked Terracotta Pots (17)Recently I confessed to having a Killer Green Thumb, which means I need to make up for the curse of the Killer Green Thumb in other areas…  I’m doing this with Unique Planter Ideas.Stacked Terracotta Pots (3)

My first attempt at DIY Unique Planter Ideas are stacked terracotta pots…

Lily & Frog Supplies:

  • 1 Large terracotta pot
  • 2-3 Small terracotta pots
  • 1 Short rebar pole for each stack of terracotta pots
  • Planting equipment, dirt, and flowers

Lily & Frog DIY Instructions:

Plan how tall you would like the terracotta pot to stack…  In our case, I planned on 2 tall stacks (each with 1 large and 2 small terracotta pots) and 1 small stack (2 small terracotta pots tall).

Plan the location of the planters…  This is because the completed planters will be quite heavy and tall once they are constructed, moving them will be difficult.  In our case I had enough terracotta pots for 3 planters.

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Beginning with the largest terracotta pot, place it where you would like the planters to remain all season.  Place in the bottom of the terracotta pot a layer of dirt (Your choice, I use a mixture of potting soil and fertilizer for all my potted flowers).

Place the rebar pole in the large terracotta pot in the location you would like the center of the ‘tower’ to appear.  Add more dirt to the terracotta pot, pressing it firmly around the rebar pole holding it in place.  Fill the terracotta pot to the top.  In our case I wished for a lopsided, off center look; the rebar pole is located along the side of the terracotta pot.  If you would like to center the stacked small terracotta pot, I would suggest placing the rebar pole through the drain hole into the dirt below for stability.

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Next, take 1 small terracotta pot, threading it through the drain hole in the bottom onto the rebar pole. Adjust the terracotta pot until you achieve your desired look.  As I said, I was interested in a lopsided, off center look; the easiest way for me to accomplish this (and ensure it wouldn’t fall over) was to rest the side of the small terracotta pot on the top edge of the large terracotta pot.  Once the small terracotta pot is in place, add a lot more dirt UNDER the small terracotta pot into the large terracotta pot, packing it into place.  The weight of the stacking terracotta pots will press the dirt down and the stacked terracotta pots could shift if there is not enough dirt in the terracotta pots below it.

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Fill the small terracotta pot with dirt.

For a third terracotta pot, repeat the two previous steps.

Now that the terracotta pots are stacked, begin adding flowers.  I have a fondness for flowers which overflow, growing out and down.  I chose vines, pansies, Pete’s Gold Carpet, and Super Bells (super tiny petunias).

I arrange the flowers to create a growth which cascades and overflows out of the terracotta pot.  In my case, each time I stacked my terracotta pots, the rebar pole was sticking out the dirt on the top.  While arranging the flowers, I positioned them in an attempt to hide the rebar pole.

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These are some of my favorite potted flowers in our gardens…  They add height, character, and color to our normally boring and dull front yard.

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SIDE NOTE:  Do you notice in the pictures the other planters…  I use watering cans as planters too!  I LOVE using odd containers as planters!

Have you ever used a planter in your gardens, other than a standard planter?  Send me your ideas, I would LOVE to try something NEW!


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Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Unique Garden Planters

0328 1 As you now know, I am the owner of a Self Proclaimed Killer Green Thumb…  Yep, I made that name up!  I may have a Killer Green Thumb, but I LOVE the use of a unique, rusted, dented, and old container as a home for lovely, brightly colored flowers… Eventually I’ll add to our Pinterest page all the potted plants I have created, but for the time being, how about the ones which have inspired me…

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Stacked Terracotta Planters 

fb584fe8c13a087ad9460604dd7e2b67 Antique Sewing Box Planter

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A Bunt Pan Planter

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Toolbox Planter
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Tipsy Pot Planter

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.