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Another Water Garden June 5, 2010

My original water garden was supposed to be created out of a stock tank. I came across a stock tank at Nixa Hardware that was surrounded with landscaping rocks and wanted to recreate it in my yard. I came across a stock tank on Craigslist for a mere $20.00. It had a couple of holes that we plugged with Great Stuff and it was as good as new!!

Using a free pool pump, I worked out a filtration system and a fountain, again, all free off Craigslist.

We never could get the rocks to work right, so instead, I just set it up and did some other things to make it attractive. I found a neat idea while geeking one day to use some bamboo around the edge.

I have an out of commission bamboo shade that I bought from Lowes. I measured it out and put it around the outside edge. We filled it full of water lilies and other plants we got off Craigslist. I put some Japanese Irises around the front and a wooden plank that was part of the landscaping when I bought the house.

We spent a whopping $50.00 total on this project between the stock tank, Great Stuff, and plants!


Fire Pit June 4, 2010

Since the water garden with the landscaping rocks didn’t work out, we made a firepit out of the remaining landscaping rocks instead. We did use the stock tank as a guide, because originally, it was going to go in there, so it is circular and 6′ wide. We bought bags of morter and sand to concrete all the stones together. Pretty simple project once we decided it wasn’t going to be a water garden!!


Just wanted to share a website June 3, 2010

I really like this website. There are a lot of excellent DIY information on here about building water gardens and boulders, paths, filters, stepping stones, etc. Great instruction, lots of details, and pretty inexpensive projects.

Tadege Koi and Water Garden


The Fire Pit May 29, 2010

Another project from all those wonderful landscaping stones…

This project started out as a watergarden. I found a beautiful watergarden at Nixa Hardware and wanted the same for my home. It was a stock tank, flanked inside and outside with these landscaping stones, bottom of it was gravel.

I aquired a stock tank from craigslist for $20.00, 6′ diameter, 2.5′ deep–according to the previous owners, it may have a couple of pinholes in it. Well, not all craigslist deals are good deals–this one was a bad one. The stock tank was riddled with all sizes of holes in it! So, the watergarden became a fire pit.

Basically, we just used the stock tank as a guide, set the stones around it in a circular fashion to keep it nice and round. My husband bought concrete and sand and we mixed it up and set all the stones, inside and out, and let dry.

Wal-lah! Free fire pit! 🙂

Once we gave up the idea of this project holding water, it became a very simple one and about a $50.00 investment in concrete and sand.



Chicken Fence! May 21, 2010

I really enjoyed having free-range chickens. I really did not enjoy the poop on my back deck and patio table. So, a fence became a necessity if I was going to keep chickens 🙂

This project ended up costing a bit more than I wanted, but not because I didn’t have the materials. It’s because the husband wanted to build it a different way. I did have free t-post (thank you Deanna) and free fencing (thank you CL guy).

I found the most amazing deal on fencing. There was a guy who advertised 2×4 field fencing for free on CL. Basically, it was wrapped 2 high around a tennis court and he wanted the court gone. All we had to do was remove the fencing. We ended up with over 700 feet of 5′ tall field fencing for free. We only used a fraction of it for this project and we didn’t use the t-posts, so I’m thinking goats for another project 🙂

This project started with a trip to Lowes for pressure treated 2×4’s and 4×4’s, bags of concrete, screws, gate hardware, and plastic square netting. We also picked up my husband’s brother while we were out because of all the holes that needed dug (thank you Josh!).

Brush was cleared, rocks were raked (love Missouri rocks), holes were dug, 4×4’s were set, 2x4s were added to frame in the area.

Here’s what it looked like after day 1:

And after Day 2 (sorry about the blurry pic, I didn’t realize it was terrible until it was too late to take another): 

After everything was framed in, the fencing was added using fencing staples. Oh, and the hubby built a lovely gate and a tin roof (tin roof was free courtesy of an old barn from CL) over part of the run for cover. I used a staple gun and zip ties to put the plastic fencing over the top of the whole run, making it flight proof! And I almost forgot, the plants in front of the coop were free from CL too! It’s called liarope, it spreads well, so it should fill in the front of the coop well. It’s a hardy perinnial with purple flowers. A lady decided she wanted to change landscaping, so they became mine!

I’m happy and the chickens are happy. Now, regarding money–we saved over $300 in fencing costs, but still spent a little more than $200 in the wood, concrete, and hardware. If we had used the t-posts, all we would have bought that I know of are clips to attach the fence to the t-posts. Overall, a darn good find on the fencing, especially since we can continue to use it for more animals and things.


My chicken coop and run May 15, 2010

I loved the chickens, but wanted my garden shed back. It was time to build or find the birds a new home. First, I looked into the route of building a coop but decided I wasn’t skilled enough. Then one day, I see a free shed on Craiglist and called them immediately. I was a good size, had a window and a door. It needed a few modifications and it had wallpaper in it because it was a kid’s clubhouse at some point, but it would work.

Getting this beast in and out of the truck was fun, by the way. It weighed A TON. We actually bent up the tailgate to the Tundra getting it back out. It still doesn’t open and shut right!

My husband built nesting boxes out of scrap wood that we had and we fashioned a ladder going to the window out of nice straight limbs we had saved from a tree we had cut up. We also put some roosts (straight limbs) inside and painted the outside (free CL paint).

Overall, we invested no $$ except for fuel and a tailgate (if we even replace it, which probably won’t happen).

Next stop–fencing!


Ad Repost: Advice for the Craigslist Seller May 14, 2010

I love this!! Found this on the Best of Craigslist Today

Hey sellers – take some advice before posting

Date: 2010-01-31, 9:23PM CST

I’ve spent the better part of 3 months searching craigslist, looking for furniture for my apartment. I’ve bought nearly everything I need for my apartment from craigslist, but it hasn’t been easy. Why? Because most sellers repeat these same mistakes when listing their items. Take a moment to read this before you list, and I’m certain you’ll get better results.

1. INCLUDE PICTURES. Take the extra 10 minutes to include some photos of your stuff. A photo makes all the difference! You can try to describe your “brown couch with lovely accent pattern” but a photo will tell me exactly what your couch looks like.

2. INCLUDE DIMENSIONS. Take 3 minutes and measure your stuff. I can’t tell you how many “large tables” I looked at that were no bigger than 30″ in diameter. And I can’t tell you how many people thought I was crazy for asking for measurements before I came to look at something of theirs. Hey – if it won’t fit in my dining room, I don’t care how beautiful it is.

3. PRICE YOUR ITEMS APPROPRIATELY. This may be the most important tip I can offer. You may have paid $1500 for a couch 5 years ago, and it’s probably a lovely piece of furniture. But, you sat on it for five years, your kids sat on it, your Uncle Troy with the flatulence issues sat on it twice a year for five years. Therefore, it’s not worth $750, or $500, or probably even $300… and that’s why your expensive couch sits on craigslist for weeks and weeks and weeks without selling. If you’d price it more realistically, it would probably sell quickly, and you could move on. Re-listing it a dozen times at that inflated price doesn’t help. Price it right, and it’ll sell quickly. Trust me!! I laugh when I see ads from people that have a dining room table “with a few nicks” or “some minor wear” listed for $800+. I’ll buy a new one from Ashley for $399, thank you.

And finally, try being nice when you respond to e-mails or phone calls. I dealt with one person who seemed genuinely upset that I wanted to buy his kitchen table. He was rude, inconsiderate, and didn’t even seem to be remotely interested in selling the table. I’m not forcing you to sell anything – I’ve got cash, and I want to give it to you, so it might not hurt to brush up on your manners.

And when you tell me to “call with questions” don’t act as if you have no idea why I’m calling, especially after I say something like, “Hi, this is Joe – I saw your ad on craigslist for the table and chairs. I have a few questions if you have a few minutes available to chat.” I said that exact same thing to a lady who was selling a table on craigslist, and her response was, “What? Why are you calling? My table? What about it?!” Crikey.

So… take this advice for what it’s worth –

1. Pictures
2. Measurements
3. Price appropriately
4. Use your head

Oh, and how about one last bit of advice – tell us if you smoke, if you have pets, and if you have kids. And, if you have any one of those three items, reduce the price of your item by at least 25%. It makes a difference!

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