DIY Inexpensive Garden Solar or Birdbath Fountain

(corresponding video)

Searching for idea's for my garden I have always wanted a fountain..
but pricey is an understatement.
(as in one I would love to have.. well, it is in the thousands.. yikes)

That is just not in my garden budget right now.
Searching online I actually saw several different projects using solar fountains
from hummingbird style and so on.      I thought it might be fun to try to make
one that could double as a planter since they were quite inexpensive I decided
to give it a try.

I searched online for a floating solar fountain, and ordered this one.

Then I got 2 different sized pots and I got started on this simple project.
I chose pots that had optional drain holes and I used a 12 inch and 15 inch sized pot.

These pots were fairly inexpesive as well and I just used a screw driver to pop out the drain holes
in the larger pot since I knew I wanted to use it as a planter so it would need drainage.
(I didn't want drain holes for the smaller pot since it will be used to hold water for the fountain)

I simply placed a larger rock in the bigger pot to give it some weight and fill up some of the space,
and then added in my potting soil.

I placed the smaller pot in the center to get an idea of my space for flowers, then I took it
off and I just used my hands to dig small holes, place a small amount of my starter fertilizer  in each hole and simply planted pansies evenly spaced around the edge of the larger pot.

I placed the smaller pot back in the center, watered in my flowers,
and put the 'fountain planter' where I wanted it
in the yard and filled the top pot with water.
Then simply added my solar fountain.

The solar fountain actually came with several tip options for different water sprays, so I tried
a few before deciding on one.

I was actually very impressed with how cute it is and how well it really works.

I also placed it in my bird bath to see what I thought of it there.

I have had this for a couple weeks now and here is my honest opinion of it:

Pro's: It seems to work great as long as the sun is shining on it.  😉
It is inexpensive, and can be used in several types of planters, pots, bird baths, etc.

Cons: It does tend to spray a lot of water out of the pot so I do have to refill it
fairly often.   If it were in a larger circumference pot it would probably not have to be
refilled so often as the water would land back into the reservoir instead of outside of it.

My overall opinion:  For the price, this item is a fun addition to the garden and I am considering
possibly ordering a second one to keep in the birdbath as well.   I can't speak to the longevity as
I have only been using it a couple weeks, but so far so good.

*** UPDATE:  *** 
I have had this fountain for a couple months now and it is still working
 I had a message from a reader that if you remove the tips from the fountain it trickles out
instead of losing so much water so I did just that to try it out, and I love it even more.
It works perfectly and doesn't spray out so high, therefore I do not have to refill my "fountain" very often at all now!   Such a fun an inexpensive item for the garden.
Also something else I have noticed that it does start to slow down from time to time
so I checked it out and it actually gets a little green underneath it, so I just spray off the under side of the fountain with my garden hose to get the yuck off and then it is back to normal!
So happy with this fountain!

- TinaH

Solar Fountain found HERE or HERE
Bio-tone Starter Fertilizer found here 

I also made a short video of how I made this fountain,
if you'd like to check it out you can find it HERE

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My Budget Friendly Wooden Crate DIY Shelf for the guest bathroom

Our guest bathroom is probably pretty typical and on the smaller side.
I was wanting a new option for a shelf to put a few decorative items
on as well as keep some towels on.

I searched online but most shelving options I found were too deep and
I knew they would just stick out too far into the space, or just
to big overall for my liking.

I had came across the wooden crates while shopping around,
and I stacked a couple of them in the store to  get a visual of the size,
and after contemplating that option a few days.
I chose to go back and get them.

I placed them in the bathroom to see how they would work and if they would
function for what I wanted and after I decided they would, I started searching
for some wood feet for my soon to be shelf.

For the Garden Finds

I am in spring cleaning mode.. but I am also in gardening mode.
Anyone else?

We recently stopped by a garden center we had never been to and of course
I found some things to bring home.. but there were so many I would have
liked to.

I thought it would be fun to put together a few 'Garden Finds' to share
as I am searching for some fun inspiration and items for my own garden.

I have one like this and I think this statue is just adorable


This bird bath has good reviews, and is very inexpensive as well.
It has a pretty vintage look, I wonder how it would do in a stronger wind though.
I have a concrete one in the front yard,  that I am actually creating a large flower bed
around, but I would like to put one in the back.   I think if  it
was placed in an area that doesn't get full on wind it would probably do well and
it looks like it does come with some stakes.

Hummingbird feeders have come such a long way! 
They have such pretty options nowadays.

Loving this one, so pretty.

Planters..   I am always on the lookout for new planters.
I like all sizes but I prefer larger ones.    They can be quite pricey,
and I certainly have a couple on my wish list.
Here are few options in case you are looking as well.



I have been looking at arbors, as well as garden bench options
as I have a place in mind to put one,
and here are a couple of my favorite benches that I have found so far.


There are so many fun items for the garden..
the yard really is like an extension of your home
and if you have followed me very long you probably know I
am a huge fan of gardening and just being outdoors in general. 

Have you found any new items for your garden this spring?

- TinaH

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Organization Items Haul and Organizing My Laundry Room

I thought I would share some of the organizational items that I have picked up lately.
(and I also tackle organizing my Laundry room) 

I have been on the search for items for spring cleaning and organizing some area's
in our home.

I picked up some items from Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart,
and also ordered  a few things online from Amazon.

I found these bins at Dollar Tree, and I picked up 3 gray and 3 white.

I also picked up a set of 3 terra cotta pots while I was there, and this fun little glass jar.

Painting my Kitchen Project and a look at where it started

I finally narrowed down the color that I wanted in my kitchen, so we decided to go
to Home Depot to pick it out.

I knew I wanted to go with a shade of white and finally chose the color Shoelace after looking
at just about every shade of off white/white that they had about 450 times or so.. 😉

Anyone else have trouble picking paint colors? Lol.

Running Errands and a little Organizing - DITL

I thought I would share a kind of a 'day in the life' post with you today.

I had some errands to run and decided that I was going to run in the store for a few
things and just take my time to look around.

Most of the time I have a shopping list, get what I am after and get out. Lol.
However this time I just wanted to take a little time to look around and see if anything
caught my attention or would work for spring cleaning projects that I am working on.

I actually ran across an item that I wasn't even looking for in the store, but
had been looking for something similar to it online.
So that made the trip a huge success to me.

I had been wanting to find some sort of organizational item to downsize
some papers and items that I had kept over the last several years from my kids.