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Fort Kit – My Go To Kid Gift

Go To Kid Gift - Fort Kit
Hey Guys! Whad-up? Thing are nuts around here. The kids finished school last week, the basement is finally getting started tomorrow, I’m in a panic because my Japanese Maple is dying, and my house looks like a complete shit show. Hope your week is more contained then mine.

I wanted to share this cool kid-gift with you last Friday, but things got so insanely busy I just ran out of time. I hope the whole summer isn’t like this. ANYWAY, the “Fort Kit” is my favorite go-to kids present, because it’s easy and fun, can be personalized and DUH, kids lurve forts!

Target basically has you covered for all the supplies you’ll need for a kit. Start with getting a container, I was able to score this wire box in the storage section and it even came with the number ’3′ on it – which was a good thing because the gift was for an actual three-year-old. Then I swung by the bedding section and found a king sized flat sheet. Next I headed over to the dollar section – this is where the magic happens. Fill that puppy full of candy, coloring books, cups, glow-sticks, bubbles, and whatever other wonderfulness you might find over there. Finish it off with a bunch of colorful clips (also from the $1 section) and your prez will be good-to-go.

Ta-da, Birfday Magik.

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My May Garden

Peonies

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Hope you guys are all having a good hump day. It’s the last week of school for the kiddos so things are about to get buck. Anyway, before the chaos beings let me share my May garden pics with you.

I guess I have a thing for purple and pink this year, after seeing all my spring flowering perennials laid out here in my May garden post, it’s pretty obvious. I was so happy to see the gardens this spring, especially since a few of my fav spring flowers (like the white peony above) fell victim to the fence installation last year. Everything is very mature this year, maybe even a bit too mature, like they are totally turning into moody grunge teens (#jokes, I’m not funny). I see some thinning and reorganizing in my future.

 

Clematis

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
In an effort to create even more privacy along the fence I planted two Warsaw Nike Clematis along the fence. They can grow up to 8′ so fingers crossed, they’d be a real nice addition in future years.

 

Salvia

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Flowering Dogwood

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New Fountain

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
New backyard addish – found this fountain the winter for a steal of a deal at the garden center – the kids love it.

 

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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Ruby Tears Crabapple

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Iris

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
My Fav Iris.

 

Hostas!

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Veggie Gardens

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The garden is having some trouble this year. I think the seeds have been very confused by the extreme temp shifts this spring.

 

Flowering Dogwood

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
The other flowering dogwood, I love them so much.

 

Window Box

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See, I told you, purple fever. What is going on with me?

 

Dianthus

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Macrame Beaded Hanging Planter & Giveaway

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
Hello Peoples! How are you guys doing? It’s Monday, and I have a really cool project to share with you plus another awesome giveaway – you can thank my pals at Ace for that! It’s finally starting to be porch season, the weather is coming around a bit, and things are starting to feel ah-very nice (ala Borat). We’ve been hanging in our porch whenever we’re not doing the million other things that we’re always doing.

I always get antsy for a project after getting back into porch life. I just can’t sit in there and relax, I look around the space trying to figure out ways to tweak it and make it better. This spring I’d been looking for a few ways to add another layer of awesomeness to it, and this months project from Ace was the perfect excuse to go for it. I got inspired by a new color palette which is a mash up of OPI nail colors in latex paint format. How did this happen you ask? Well, Clark+Kensington have been teaming up with OPI at the paint studio for the past few years bringing some of OPI‘s most iconic nail colors to DIY projects everywhere. I picked the Creative Genius palette for obvious reasons. Honestly though, I was smitten by how it was heavy on the green side. Although I love the blue, green is my fav color. Plus the color “Bubble Bath” might be my new favorite shade of pink. I was happy to focus a project around this perfectly porch-suited (and summery) color palette.

I knew that the porch was lacking in lushness and I figured what better way to get some green up in this light filled space then some modern beaded macrame-ish hanging planters. I did something very similar in my kitchen last year and I figured I could apply the same ideas, but with more color (and beads) for the porch. We don’t have tons of surface space for planters in our porch – utilizing vertical space with hanging planters is the way to go, plus it helps to create a bit of privacy from our neighbors porch.

So how does one make a planter you ask? Don’t worry budz, I will tell you so you will know the secrets too. I could sense that you were a little worried about that, so let me just put your mind at ease and let you know that I am including photos and words to help illustrate how to make these cool things right here, in this post, on this website!

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
I used a bit of that awesome pink (bubble bath) I mentioned above to do a quick DIY crux table runner with a bit of scrap fabric I had stashed away. I like it mucho.

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
Creative Genius, the truth and my color muse. OPI colors for Clark+Kensington from top to bottom: Barefoot in Barcelona, Bubble Bath, Jade is the New Black, Green-wich Village, Marry Me.

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
I wanted my standard-issue-craft-store wood beads to be colorful so I painted them, dur. How does one paint a tiny sphere though? I dunno, but I kinda figured out a way. I used a bit of pipe cleaner and strung the beads across a cardboard box to catch the drippings. I laid it on thick with the paint, and then just rotated the beads every 15 minutes to avoid drip marks – picture a tiny bead rotisserie if you will without all the deliciousness of one.

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
Hey – These instructions are for a six stringed planter – if you want the instructions for the other 8 stringed planter shown also in these pics, go check out this link, bros.

CLICK HERE FOR THE “HOW-TO” & GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

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Planting a Tree

How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse
Hey guys! We did some adding and subtracting in the yard over the weekend. We added a new tree and removed an old concrete column that was located at the base of our back stairs. I had the luxury of having a broken hand and wrist, so I couldn’t help out (it killed me). My kid, my neighbor and my husband jumped in to plant a new tree in our backyard – aren’t they some good dudes, er what?

Why do we need a new tree? Simple, to create more privacy. We have a rental on the side of our house and ever since my aging crust-punk-neighbor (renter) declared me his “enemy ’till death,” in front of my mom and my 5-year-old-kid one sunny afternoon, I’ve been determined to create as much distance between that house and mine as I can. This Dakota Pinnacle Birch will stand tall at 30′, is nice and dense with leaves, and spans the width of 8′. The tree is the perfect size to block out the perched view my neighbor has of our back yard from his second floor deck, while at the same time being architectural in shape as to limit our entire backyard from becoming too shaded. Most of you probably don’t have the luck of having a completely terrible neighbor so planting a tree for this specific reason probably isn’t an issue you for you. However, I have smartly written this post so even if you’re adding a shade tree to a sunny yard or an ornamental tree to a garden bed, the same rules apply.

How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse

Choose a location, make sure it will not get in the way of foot traffic, isn’t too close to walkways or structures and isn’t planted under power lines. Call before you dig! Make sure you know where your utility lines run under your yard. Most cities have a number you can call, in Minneapolis it’s 811.

Remove loose soil from the top of root ball.
Often times trees from garden centers come packed with extra soil. It is important that the trees trunk is not covered and the soil only comes up far enough to cover the roots only.

 
How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse

Measure
Measure the width of the root ball and make a hole 2-3 times as wide and equally as deep. It is important not to dig deeper than the depth of the rootball as you don’t want to backfill and have soil cover the trunk of the tree.

 
How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse

Skim off the grass
With a garden spade or shovel remove the grass and roots from top of the tree bed. Use a tarp to protect the lawn and collect the grass. Use a wheelbarrow to collect the soil. If you have bare spots in your lawn re-use the sod to fill in sparse areas of lawn.

 
How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse

Remove tree for pot or burlap.
Remove tree for pot or burlap, take care to pull it up directly from the pot making sure not to damage the branches. If the tree is rather large tip the tree on it’s side to slide the pot off or remove burlap. Pulling the tree near the base of the trunk usually works best.
Loosen the roots
Use a cultivator or gardening trowel to loosen the roots around the root ball. The tree roots have been compacted into their pot and need to be loosened up so they can spread out and take root in the new tree bed.

 
How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse

Add compost or fertilizer
Add compost or fertilizer to the bottom of your hole. I always add a bag of compost but if you are considering amending the soil with fertilizer, make sure to ask a nursery professional what kind of fertilizer to use and how much.
Center the tree
Center the tree in the hole and and rotate it so you have it facing pretty side out (every tree has a good side). I pointed the less pretty side towards the jerky neighbors house.

 
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Water Deeply
Make dirt tree soup – that’s what Finn calls it. Water that hole deeply, plunge in the hose and fill it up to the top with water before backfilling with soil.
Mulch
Mulch the bed of the tree – be generous and cover in a good 3″ of mulch. Take care not to mulch near the base of the tree. Around the garden edge pile the mulch up so that it creates a bowl, this will help the bed retain water for the tree.

 
How to Plant a Tree | Deuce Cities HenHouse

Water, water, water.
Water, water, water. Rule of thumb. Water everyday the first week, twice a week the second, and at least once a week until the frost.

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Introducing the HenHouse App!


Bros! Check it out, you can now find Deuce Cities HenHouse in App form. Isn’t that the coolest? It’s packed with all the same info you can find on the blog, but is super well organized and slick to use on your phone.

The cool folks over at DWNLD helped me get this app and running. DWNLD is an app itself and it allows people of the world to customize their content and get it easily transformed into app form. I loved the experience of creating the app with DWNLD’s easy to use interface – literally what you see is what you get, just choose a theme and customize it with fonts and colors. As a design and coding nerd it was really exciting to see my blog take shape in app form.

Anyway, for you true HenHouse heads out there, I encourage you to download the app and give it a spin. I think you’ll like what you see :)

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