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How We’ve Redeemed Our Ground … and Will!

By Doug Scott

Winter is a unique time of year for those of us who enjoy spending a lot of time outside in our yards.  This is a common time for organizing our tools and cleaning things up, but it’s also a great opportunity to reflect over the past year’s projects,…

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Flower Power 101: Top 4 Flower Gardening Tips ... Creeping Jenny - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

RYGblog Categories…What’s In a Name?

By Doug Scott

When Britt and I first started talking about doing a blog we knew that we had to come up with a creative way to organize our ideas that captured our passions in a memorable way.  We identified six areas in which we’d personally “redeemed our ground” at home and felt like they…

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Evergreen Cuttings…Underutilized Throughout the Year

By Doug Scott

Christmas seems like one of the only times of the year when people use evergreen cuttings inside their homes…and when I say evergreen I mean a landscape shrub or tree that stays green all year round…not just from a fir or spruce tree.   I guess one of the…

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Bringing the Outside In | Our Great Room Renovation … per Britt

By Brittany Scott

So this is often where you will find me writing.  This section of bringing the outside into your home…this is where I thrive.  I don’t have the green thumb that my Resident Gardener has, but I sure love the aesthetics of nature and enjoy finding ways to make…

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Bringing the Outside In | Our Great Room Renovation … per Doug

By Doug Scott

[Lesson learned: Britt and I need to be clearer as to whom is going to write which post – we weren’t when it came to writing about our great room.  See Britt’s post below. Since we offered different points of view and some different information, we’re going to…

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Christmas Tree Trimming - Redeem Your Ground - RYGblog.com

Deck the Halls…Scott Family Christmas Traditions

By Brittany Scott

It’s definitely looking a lot like Christmas in our home…and I love it!  I just love how our home transforms during this special time of year.  In the early morning and late evening, I love sitting and gazing at everything as I reflect on the joy of Christmas! We…

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ENO Double-Nest Hammock - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Ground Redeemer

By Doug Scott

Last year I suggested a list of last minute gift ideas for your ground redeeming friends and family. I’ve recently been asked if I was going to do it again…and I am. Today. Right now. So keep reading. (By the way, feel free to look at last year’s…

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How to Make Homemade Mulling Spices - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Make Homemade Mulling Spices … the Perfect Teacher Gift or Hostess Gift this Christmas!

By Brittany Scott

Okay…I realize that I re-post this post on homemade mulling spices every year. But I’m not going to apologize…not gonna do it. Because mulling spices really are that good. And they never get old. If you ever stop by casa de Scott during the months of December or January, don’t be surprised to find a…

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DIY Holiday Decor & Gift Embellishment | Redeem Your Ground - RYGblog.com

Quick & Easy Holiday Gift Embellishments & Décor – Bringing the Outside In

By Doug Scott

Helping families get outside at home more is at the core of what Redeem Your Ground is all about. But unfortunately, during this time of year it seems as if they’re fewer things drawing us outside – the weather is not as inviting, most flowers have stopped blooming,…

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How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Centerpiece | Redeem Your Ground - RYGblog.com

How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Centerpiece

By Doug Scott

One of my favorite trees that graces our yard is a massive Southern Magnolia. She stands over 100’ tall and speaks to both the history of the South and our home’s previous owners. And not only is she the perfect home for our girls’ treehouse, her branches and…

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DIY Holiday Decor Using Evergreen Cuttings | Redeem Your Ground - RYGblog.com

Using Cuttings from Your Yard to Bring the Outside In this Christmas

By Doug Scott

Unfortunately many people limit their thoughts on cuttings from their yards to only mean colorful flowers – most of which bloom in the spring and summer. So once the temps turn cold, they put down their pruners and wait for the warmer months to come back around –…

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How to Make a Holiday Chandelier | Redeem Your Ground - RYGblog.com

How to Make a Holiday Chandelier

By Doug Scott

One of the things I love most about this time of year is how warm and inviting our house looks and feels once all of our decorations are up and on display.  Yes, the lights add that special glow and each ornament has a story to tell; but…

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DIY Pallet Board & Red Ribbon Star

By Doug Scott

In keeping with our theme of simplifying life, my dear wife suggested that we all bring homemade gifts for our Christmas gift exchange with her extended family this past year.  Although I think it took a little bit of convincing for some (they weren’t certain if making something…

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Add fall texture with a burlap wreath (with step-by-step instructions) - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

A Burlap Wreath That’s Loved By All

By Brittany Scott

Since Doug shared what he made for the family Christmas gift exchange this year, I felt sure everyone was dying to know what I made – well probably not, but I’m going to flatter myself and share what I made with you anyway.  A burlap wreath!  (That probably…

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Garden Coffee Table Books - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

What Are Your Coffee Table Books Saying…About You?

By Doug Scott

Besides an old wooden bread bowl filled with pine cones and a wooden box we use to hide our remote controls, the only other thing on our coffee table is books…coffee table books. A lot of them…like more than 20. So besides saying that we should probably get rid of…

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Lookin’ for Love…Gifts in Nature

By Brittany Scott

So I have this little rock that sits on my windowsill above my kitchen sink.  It’s been sitting there for a couple of years now.  It isn’t anything fancy.  It’s rough and it’s rugged!  But it’s special! It’s special because my girls gave it to me.  They found…

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Outdoor Themed Dishtowels

By Brittany Scott

After weeks on end of planning for and celebrating everyone else in the family…I got a little gift for myself this week.  And of course I had to share it with you guys as a Fun Friday Find.   This Fun Find just makes me smile as they…

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May Is Coming…But Don’t Miss the Flowers of March

By Doug Scott

My walk around the yard yesterday and today’s beautiful weather got me out there again this morning…and this time I was struck by the beauty of 3 flowers in particular. One bursting with color – Forsythia. Another dainty and intricate – Loddon Lily. And finally, a graceful addition…

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[REUSE] Once a Nesting Box … Now the Perfect Boot Storage

By Doug Scott

  Ever since we’ve been raising chickens, we’ve been accumulating chicken-themed stuff…ties, books, towels, objects, etc.  Some of the chicken-stuff we’ve bought ourselves, but some we’ve received as gifts. And not that we’re turning all cat-lady on you…in a chicken-kind-of-way, but I guess you could say, chickens is something we’re…

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Easter Egg Birdseed Ornaments

By Brittany Scott

Easter is just around the corner and I’ve got a fun activity  you can do with your kids this weekend.  If you’ve been following us from the beginning you may remember the Birdseed Ornaments I wrote about at  Christmastime.  Well this is a twist on those same ornaments…Easter…

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The Southern Rustic Cabin by Emily Followill - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

The Southern Rustic Cabin … by Emily Followill

By Doug Scott

  A year or so ago I did a post on coffee table books…and how they tell a story about who you are – or at least, what you’re interested in.  Well this week we added The Southern Rustic Cabin by Emily Followill to our coffee table stacks…

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Before & After 1960s Ranch House Remodel (Redeem Your Ground | RedeemYourGround.com)

Rebirth: Our 1960s Ranch House Renovation | Transforming the Front Elevation

By Doug Scott

Curious about our 1960s ranch house renovation? Well we’ve found that our fellow ground redeemers are … because you’ve asked. We also realized that most of our posts featuring what we’ve done with our outdoor spaces have focused on our back yard … where there’s little evidence of…

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Herb Garden Basics ... Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

5 Great End-of-the-Year Teacher Gifts … RYG Style!

By Brittany Scott

  It’s hard to believe…but summer’s almost here. And actually…ours has already begun since Brown and Littlest One got out of school last week…whoop whoop!! That said, odds are if your kids are in grade school you’re probably looking for a thoughtful…yet inexpensive…end-of-the-year teacher gift.  So I wanted…

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How to Make a Driftwood Candle Holder - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Make a Driftwood Candle Holder

By Brittany Scott

Last summer Doug and I found a really cool piece of driftwood that had washed up on shore at my parents’ lake house. It was a really interesting  piece of wood…with its unique curves and beautiful grayed, smooth texture.  Given that we found it at my parents’ lake house…

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DIY Outdoor Lighting Project - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Crazy Easy & Cheap DIY Outdoor Lighting Project

By Doug Scott

  This was such a cheap and easy project that I don’t really have much to write about. Regardless…we couldn’t be happier with how the DIY outdoor lighting project we did for our pergola turned out. And the really cool thing is, we used mostly materials that we had just lying around. It provides…

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Our 1960s Ranch Renovation: Interiors #1 | The History & Whys for Renovating

By Doug Scott

When we did our post on the renovation of our front elevation (Rebirth: Our 1960s Ranch House Renovation) we had no idea how many people would ask about the interiors. So we decided to tell the “interior renovation story” through a series of posts. Some may ask how…

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DIY Pallet Board Coffee Table - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

DIY Pallet Board Coffee Table

By Doug Scott

I’ve finally jumped onto the DIY pallet board bandwagon. Last week I finished up a pallet board coffee table to go in front of the hanging day bed on our pergola. Now…the girls and I did make a wall hanging of sorts for Britt for Mother’s Day a…

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Our 1960s Ranch Renovation: Interiors #2 | Foyer Remodel

By Doug Scott

In my last post on our 1960s ranch renovation I teased you with a pic of our renovated kitchen. Well … you’re gonna have to wait to read about & see more of that transformation. Instead, we’re going start the renovation posts by bringing you through our front…

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Repurposing Glass Jars as Charming Flower Vases - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Repurposing Glass Jars to Bring Some Green Inside

By Brittany Scott

My mom is amazing at bringing the outdoors in…what we like to call “BLENDing” here at RYG.  She has such a gift and an eye for plants and how to arrange them in such a lovely way.  She’s always gathering things from her yard and bringing the beauty…

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Repurposing Glass Jars as Charming Flower Vases - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Repurposing Glass Jars as Charming Flower Vases

By Brittany Scott

Last weekend I helped host a bridal shower with some friends for our pastor’s daughter.   What a fun and special celebration for this young bride!  One of my responsibilities as hostess was to bring flowers to brighten up the tables.  With all the glass jars on the counter from last…

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BLEND-y Pics on Pinterest

By Doug Scott

So I was sitting here trying to think of what I should post about next…and I was drawing a blank…nada…nothing! Maybe it’s because I’ve only had a half of cup of coffee today…I don’t know, but my brain is just a bit fuzzy.  Then I thought…rather than try…

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Hydrangeas, Hydrangeas, Hydrangeas! All you need to know about Hydrangeas. Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Dry Hydrangeas…and Now’s the Perfect Time!

By Doug Scott

Alright…it’s confession time. I found out how to dry hydrangeas by accident. I wasn’t trying to create a dried flower arrangement that would grace our home for years to come when I forgot to water it…but that’s what happened.  In fact, quite a few of our dried hydrangeas…

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7 Fun Fall Activities ... How to Make Pinecone Garland - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Make a Pinecone Garland

By Brittany Scott

One fall-into-winter outdoorsy decoration that has graced our mantel for many years now is a simple pinecone garland.  It’s very easy to make and will hardly cost you a thing.  And for those of you who don’t think that you’re crafty, I’m confident that you too can so…

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Birdseed Ornaments - Spotlight on RYG's Holiday Crafts & Decor - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Spotlight on RYG’s Posts on Holiday Crafts & Decor

By Doug Scott

So this past weekend we were “officially” introduced to our local community at an event hosted by our friends from a really cool local home & garden boutique – the bird and the bee.  We really had a great time…and are so appreciative to the bird and the…

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Why Leaves Change Color? - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

7 Fun Fall Activities … That’ll Get You Outside!

By Doug Scott

Alright, I’m going to make this one quick…because the weather outside is amazing and I want to get out there and enjoy it with Britt and our girls. But before I do, I wanted to provide you with 7 fun fall activities that you could do with your…

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How to Make a Thankful Tree - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Thankful Tree…Just in Time for Thanksgiving

By Brittany Scott

It’s Thanksgiving Week again, so I thought I’d share a fan favorite…Britt’s post on the Thankful Tree. Happy Thanksgiving everyone…Gobble, Gobble!!! For those of you with lots of ideas, but who never seem to get around to doing them… you’re not alone. I took this photo of a…

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The RYG Christmas Scavenger Hunt 2016 - Redeem Your Ground | www.RYGblog.com

RYG’s Top 5 Christmas Decorating Posts

By Doug Scott

For all of you right-after-Thanksgiving-Christmas-decorating-folks…which I am not…I thought I’d provide you with a single place to find our Top 5 Christmas Decorating Posts. So without further ado, here you go… Chicken Wire Lighted Christmas Balls Our lighted Christmas balls made out of chicken wire is by far the…

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