4 Seasons Painting and Landscape Design

Holiday Décor for Rent!


Dress up your holiday décor with one of my wire creations! Custom options available. Rent for a weekend holiday party or for the entire holiday season! Click here to contact me or call 773-517-1198 for more information. If you are interested in designing your own dress form, a variety of PDF tutorials are available to purchase in my Etsy […]

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Christmas Tree Dress Forms & DIY Tutorial

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I am so happy to announce that my Christmas Tree Dress Forms are now available for purchase and my first DIY tutorial is now available on the Mannequin Madness website! To order the tutorial, click this link and to order  a customized Christmas Tree Dress Form, please contact us by filling out this form here or giving […]

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DIY: Build Your Own Raised Beds

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This year, I am embarking on another new adventure with my church’s new vegetable garden ministry! We aim to grow fruits and vegetables in our backyard to donate to local food banks and/or local needy families in the area. We are just getting started, but I am already learning a lot. Since we found out that […]

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Recycled Painting Project: Repainting and Stenciling an Old Dresser

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Every now and then, I like to give my creative muscle a little extra workout in designing or refinishing furniture, testing out new techniques or trying out different tools/products.  (Check out my new dining room chair covers here.)  Recently, we’ve landed upon some of our relatives’ old furniture and I’ve been dying to try something new with […]

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Starting Seeds


container garden for a client It’s hard to start thinking about Spring with so much snow outside (but how can you not with the promise of such beautiful flowers as above). If you’re planting heirloom seeds (which take a little longer to germinate), it’s just about time. And if you’re using other seeds, it will be […]

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New Seat Covers in 3 Simple Steps

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I bought this cute retro cloth off of Etsy because I just had to incorporate it into my home somewhere.  A little while later – new chair covers!  The material is perfect as it’s durable and won’t wear from frequent use. I bought it from Jodi Walter Jones’s Etsy shop, Sew Fine Fabrics and she made it […]

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7 Great Reasons to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden

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Having your own garden can give you much more than just a few extra tomatoes and cucumbers to share with your neighbors.  It can better MANY aspects of your life – including your finances, family relationships and of course, your health! Easy to say, but still wondering how this is possible?  Here you go! Easy access […]

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Cooking with Kale


Photo Credit: http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn80/levi_spicoli/kale.jpg If you want to sneak some vitamin-rich kale into your child’s diet without them knowing, this is the recipe for you! Kale, known as the “Queen of Greens”, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.  Just one cup of this stuff gives you 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 15% […]

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Preserving Herbs

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Now that the cooler weather is approaching, you may be thinking more and more about preserving herbs that are growing in your garden so that you can continue to use them and those left on the stem won’t die and go to waste. There are a few different methods for preserving herbs, the most common […]

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Beat the Heat!

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Beat the Heat! Tips to keep your plants looking good in the hot, dry summer months Make sure to water everyday!  Both new and old plants need water when it’s hot. Water in the morning.  This is the best time of day – before the sun makes it all evaporate and before the worms and […]

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