Wednesday, March 27, 2013

End of a Crafting Era

Hi everyone,

As you've probably noticed, I haven't been posting on here much. Life has become busy for me and I just don't have the time or energy to craft as much as I used to. For that reason, I'm putting Impish DIY on a hiatus until further notice. I'll still keep the site up so people can read the tutorials, but I most likely won't be posting any new content.

I hope you all understand!

It's been a great ride and I wish you guys all the best in your crafting.

Keep the DIY strong.

-Becky
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trendy Plants To Use In Your Landscaping In 2013


Today, we have a guest post on landscaping from Stephanie Alvis. Enjoy!


There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to getting your landscaping plans together. One of the biggest decisions is which plants you will use. There are some plants that are trending right now because they tend to be strong, relatively inexpensive and, of course, colorful and beautiful to really make your landscaping eye-catching.

Conifers
These evergreens include a variety of popular choices, such as junipers, cedars, firs and hemlocks. These tend to grow quickly and will look really nice all throughout the year. So, if you want something that will last through all four seasons then conifers are a good option.

Deciduous Trees
The oak tree is probably the most popular and hardy choice when it comes to this type of tree. They adapt well, pretty much resist all diseases and pests, are tough and provide a vast amount of shade. You will have a very full, green tree throughout the spring and winter, and a very colorful tree in the fall months. There are many different types of oak trees that you can choose from. If you want a tree that is even more adaptable, brilliant in the fall and rugged, you should consider a maple tree.

Hydrangeas
These are full and very colorful shrubs that can get quite big. They not only produce bright colors throughout the spring and summer, but will also give you fall colors during autumn. These tend to be quite hardy and just a single shrub can make a big difference in your landscape. There are a lot of different colors to choose from, from purples, to blues, to pinks, to yellows and oranges.

If you want something similar, but even more hardy, look into viburnums. These can be even more colorful during spring, summer and fall. They come in a variety of different sizes and can be small and grow to about three feet, or be incredibly large, growing up to 30 feet.

Perennials
One of the biggest landscaping trends falls into the perennial category. This trend is ornamental grasses. These require pretty much no care and are not really bothered by pests or diseases. There are a lot of choices in terms of size, color and how dense they are. If you want to keep with something grassy, but want some pops of color you may want to look into daylillies. They are also incredibly easy to care for and work like ornamental grasses, but they have flowers blended in.

Under this same category are hardy ferns. Yes, ferns are far more than a basic houseplant. While many ferns need quite a bit of shade, there are some that do not and will even survive well in very sunny, hot areas like the southern United States. Like the other two perennials above, these are very easy to care for as well.

Coleus
This is an annual plant and some call the king of the annuals. This plant loves sun and is so easy to grow that you can pretty much plant it and forget it. There are so many different textures and colors that you can mix and match to your heart's content with these and make a really nice landscape. These can easily be mixed with the other plants listed in this article and will complement them well.

About  the Author: Stephanie writes about landscaping and exterior design. She reviews sites like KaneBros.com to help people get ideas for their yards. When she's not working she catches butterflies with her 2 daughters.


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Saturday, November 3, 2012

In The Kitchen With Impish: How To Make Pumpkin Cookies

Hello! Long time no... errrr type at? Anyway, I'm back with a "In The Kitchen With Impish" post. And, let me tell you, it's a good one.

Fall is here and that means people everywhere are craving pumpkin-flavored things. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin    
teas, pumpkin beers--you name it. But for me, pumpkin cookies are the pumpkin treat to beat all pumpkin treats.

This recipe from Food.com is boyfriend (and boyfriend's friend) and parent approved.

I didn't make the penuche glaze, though it sounds delicious, because I didn't have dark brown sugar. Instead I used store bought cream cheese frosting, which worked wonderfully.

As you can see, I made my cookies very "rustic" in shape by just plunking them onto the sheet. I also made mine about twice the size of the cookies in the recipe, though the baking time was about the same. Your baking time may vary, so keep an eye on them.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween Shop Update

Hi everyone! It's almost the best time of the year -- Halloween!

To celebrate my favorite holiday, I made a resin tile wall hanging.
Check it out at my shop by clicking here.




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