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How To Easily Update Outdated Ceramic Pot Planters

We have had these old ceramic planters for many years.  They once had some type of large aloe-vera-esque plants in them, and we sat them on the verandah of our old house.   The colour of the planters is very ‘meh’, but we did get them for free and they did match the colour of… Continue reading How To Easily Update Outdated Ceramic Pot Planters

Bathroom · Decorating · Garden · House · Kitchen · Top 10

10 Easy Home Improvement Projects for Under $100

You really don’t have to be cashed up to begin home improvement projects. Not all projects need to be big and expensive. Sometimes the small ones can make a big impact. If you’ve been planning some mighty renovation projects, but just feel overwhelmed (oh yeah, we know this feeling!) and don’t know where to start,… Continue reading 10 Easy Home Improvement Projects for Under $100

Bathroom · Decorating · Garden · Kitchen

Easy DIY – How to Make a Cool Kokedama ‘Curtain’ (Part One)

What is a Kokedama? A kokedama is basically a plant suspended in a string-wrapped ball of soil.  The term ‘kokedama’ is Japanese and literally means ‘moss ball’ (koke = moss, dama = ball). So why kokedamas?? Actually, I had never heard of these fabulous balls of coolness until Mr Hammer’s sister and her husband gifted… Continue reading Easy DIY – How to Make a Cool Kokedama ‘Curtain’ (Part One)

Garden · House

Planting Some Trees – Lilly Pillies and Jacarandas

Planting trees on an empty block is a long-term investment achievement. We started ours with lilly pillies and jacarandas. We did this on the same day we sowed more grass seed (with fast results!). I ddn’t take any photos of the planting process, because it was getting late, the Oldest Hammerling was being a cranky teenager, and my… Continue reading Planting Some Trees – Lilly Pillies and Jacarandas

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Solving the Red Clay Soup Problem (under the house)

Shortly after we moved in, we discovered the land under the house had a unique ability – after a rainfall, it created a lake of red clay soup. Yummy. A bunch of water ran into the area under the house and saturated just over half of it. The first time it rained, we hadn’t sorted… Continue reading Solving the Red Clay Soup Problem (under the house)

Garden · House

Transplanting Agave Plants From One House to Another

Seven years ago, when we moved into our last rental, there were two small agave plants on either side of the front external staircase. Seven years later, those tiny agaves had grown into huge clusters. They required absolutely zero effort from us. We did nothing to them – didn’t specifically water them, feed them, prune… Continue reading Transplanting Agave Plants From One House to Another

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Growing Grass – Rain Water vs. Town Water

When it comes to growing grass, one would think any water will help the seed germinate.  Right?  Throw the seed out, water it in, wait for green. That’s what we thought, anyway.  Seems it would be not so. In around February, while the house was still being built, we came out to the property to… Continue reading Growing Grass – Rain Water vs. Town Water

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Ten Interesting Mailboxes You Don’t See Every Day

In the excitement of erecting our own letterbox, we decided to put together a list of unique mail-delivery-vessels. Letterboxes that are a bit out of the ordinary, a bit different. We love ‘different’. The Easter Island Letterbox We love this Tiki Head box! What makes it even more special is that it was handmade by… Continue reading Ten Interesting Mailboxes You Don’t See Every Day