The Front Yard Kitchen Garden

The Front Yard Kitchen Garden
It almost seems like a taboo to grow vegetables and fruits in your front yard.   This is understandable, given how they traditionally look, which I suppose is less ornamental, permanent and slightly less tidy than other kinds of gardens. Thus offering your home less curb appeal. However I think this isn't necessary the case. Fruits and vegetab...
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Enjoying the Easter Gatherings

Enjoying the Easter Gatherings
Easter is without a doubt one of the greatest and most celebrated and significant times of the year, as we stop what we're working on and reflect on the unfathomable goodness of God with our friends and family. Eating and drinking together for this special time of the year, calls for a specially colourful and delightful home wares. Here at DIY Home...
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Perfumes throughout the House

Perfumes throughout the House
Once in a while it's nice to top up and/or change up your room fragrances. Of course there are many different ways to fragrance your rooms, such as scented candles, wax melts, oil burners, electronic diffusers, reed diffusers, traditional fragrance diffusers, potpourri, paper flowers or even fresh flowers. Personally I like using fragrance oils on ...
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Jennifer Horn - Illustrator & Designer @ RAW Australia REFLECT [Brisbane]

Jennifer Horn - Illustrator & Designer @ RAW Australia REFLECT [Brisbane]
 The first thing you are probably wondering is who is Jennifer Horn. Jennifer Horn is the illustrator/Artist I commissioned to create my iconic Brett & Bretty Wa Wa stamp you see at the end of every one of my blog posts and on my business card, which you would with every product purchased from us. My brief for her is that I want myself fee...
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Raising Peafowl (Peacocks)

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I get asked often how I keep peacocks (peafowl) in my backyard.  Here are my basic principles and things you need to know before you adopt and commit to having such wonderful children in your lives. Peafowl are like little children and need a good mother (you) who will teach and guide them how to grow up in our world (your backyard). They will...
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My Top 10 Favourite Gumtree Search Terms

My Top 10 Favourite Gumtree Search Terms
Gumtree has allowed me to buy antique, unique furniture and artworks that are long gone from stores and often well within my budget limits. While I don't recommend buying everything off Gumtree, I do think by mixing old with new items you can make your home more beautiful and grand. So here is a list of my favourite Gumtree search terms, set for 10...
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Burning Incense in your Backyard

Burning Incense in your Backyard
My wife and I were walking home one day from the corner store when we caught a whiff of a beautiful smelling incense infused into the passing breeze, from one of my neighbours backyard. It was sensational and unexpected. Personally I have been biased against incense from a young age due to my Christian upbringing. As I have alwa...
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My Peacock Philosophy to Home Decorating - Where/How to start decorating?

My Peacock Philosophy to Home Decorating - Where/How to start decorating?
In the future when my peacock is fully grown he will have approximately 200 beautiful coloured eye pattern iridescent tail feathers, a flashing blue neck, an emerald green back, and a black opal belly. However, it doesn't happen overnight. The same is true with your home. It won't become a wonderful sanctuary over night.   If fact when they ar...
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Making your own clear Polycarbonate Lattice

Making your own clear Polycarbonate Lattice
​ This is basically the finished product. It is guaranteed for five years, fits discretely on the fence and doesn't rot, need painting and isn't prone to termites. A 3mm thick, 2.4m x 1.2m sheet is $99 + GST. I always wanted to get some lattice for the flower and grape vines I wanted to grow along the fence in the garden, but could never get around...
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Growing Ume and making your own Japanese Plum Wine (Umeshu)

Growing Ume and making your own Japanese Plum Wine (Umeshu)
When I was in my twenties I visited Japan just after their winter season and saw the Japanese Plum tree or Ume. It was a sight to behold coming from Brisbane, which apart from the Jacaranda doesn't have such beautifully flowering trees.     I later found out that Ume trees produce apricots, which are a main ingredient in Umeshu plum ...
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