Pallet GardenI have a truly incredible friend.

Her name is Laura.

And I am as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west….as sure as I know that MaryAnne was always in love with the professor….as sure as The Bachelorette will find true love this season….as sure as I know that this couple has been dressing alike since 1970.


I’m that sure.

I’m sure that Laura knows how to do everything.

Baby Cucumber

 She can make entire outfits out of a yard of material and her imagination.

She can make a fire pit in her backyard and a twister game in the grass.

She can make t-shirt scarves and hair bows and french braids and create an entirely new hairdo in two minutes flat for 20 third grade girls.


Laura can do anything.

One day when future generations of archeologists finally uncover who built the Egyptian pyramids….I am sure it will say “Laura” in hieroglyphics.

garden from pallets

And when you see all the things she can create or invent or imagine…

…and you ask my incredible friend, Laura, how in the world she knew how to do that?

Her answer is always the same.

You Tube.


 Me:   Laura….I can’t believe you single-handedly designed and created costumes for the entire Barnum and Bailey Circus. 

Even the elephants. 

How did you do that?

Laura:  You tube.


Me:  Laura….I can’t believe you just sang all four verses of Silent Night….in the original German translation. 

How did you do that?

Laura:  You tube.


Me:   Laura….I can’t believe that you’ve won the Pilsbury Bake-off….for the fourth year in a row…with your miniature version of Abraham Lincoln’s log-cabin. 

Completely constructed out of homemade cream cheese icing. 

How did you do that?

Laura:  You to the Tube.

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 Me:  Laura….I can’t believe you built an entire structure for a vegetable garden out of pallets and lined it with plastic and grew tomatoes and squash and cucumbers and lettuce….in less than two and a half weeks. 

How did you do that?

Laura:  (taking time out from composing Beethoven’s sixth symphony as she impatiently pauses and rolls her eyes at me)  


You Tube.

Baby tomatoes Seriously.

It is pretty incredible.

The pallet garden that You Tube built.

I am really impressed and amazed at how talented my wonderful friend is.

I’m also crossing my fingers and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not toes…..

…..that You Tube brings me some yellow squash, zuchinni and a cucumber or two 🙂


  1. Image for Annie Annie

    That Laura sounds. Like one cool friend ... I just love that pallet garden. I've always thought those pallets could be put to good use

  2. Image for Lorraine Lorraine

    How cool is that???!! The only You Tube I'm familiar with is the videos my kids always want to show me....gross people doing gross things which is SO hilariously funny that they HAVE to drag me from important things like PAINTING to come say (flatly) oh wow, look at that.....I have to go, sorry you losers... Anyway...that is too funny and Laura is amazingly talented....I guess if you don't hate her then I CANNOT hate you for telling me about the 400 mile yard sale....I mean REALLY ? Did you HAVE to put that at the end?? I hope you have the MOST fabulous time and come home with ALL KINDS of good stuff which will not fit into your already gorgeous and decorated home and then you will have to send it to me because I need more stuff.....whew... Blessings, Lorraine

  3. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I am doing a "happy dance" right now!!! you know how much I want a veggie garden that the deer won't bother???....Laura, I thank you...I thank you for taking time off of making those incredible elephant costumes for Barnum and Bailey to search You Tube for that incredible garden...! And Kari...have fun on your 400 mile trek...!

  4. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    The joys of You Tube! My kids spend hours watching crazy videos and gamers gaming as they record their voice overs on their gaming. My husband uses it to find old (and I mean ancient) sitcoms and obscure scenes from obscure movies. Me? I watch videos showing me how to correctly use caulk. Or how to use a brad nailer ... I'm with Laura! :) Linda

  5. Image for Marnita Parry Marnita Parry

    karianne, Yes, lowercase on purpose. :) I found your blog on Monday via Rhoda at Southern Hospitality and have read every single post. Beyond having a beautiful home that I would move into tomorrow; you have such a lovely and witty way of expressing yourself. I have signed up for your feeds and can't wait to read each new one. Enjoy the 400 mile yard sale; I don't twitter but I may have to sign up just to follow you along the way. Marnita

  6. Image for stacey stacey

    BWAHAHAHAHA....."you to the tube!" Once again i'm rollin' over here! Yep, ya gotta get into the youtube groove, hubby watches car repair video's if he's not quite sure how to do something! He's the one that told me to use it! If someone has done it, it's on youtube! Great post Karianne, you're so darn witty! Love it! Oh, and tell Laura to take a break on that symphony every once in a while, we all know what happened to Mozart!

  7. Image for Laura Laura

    Thank, thank you Kari! You know me so well & of course you will get some of my wonderful pallet veggies! Of course, I will have to cook them for you.... Love you, thanks so much for your kind words, you make me laugh!

  8. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    I like the post - thank you- Whitney - a great big hug to Miss Laura for all she does - she really is amazing and has great kids too!

  9. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Westleigh says -why aren't we with you on that wonderful yard sale - be sure and find something fantastic for our room - miss you and love you.

  10. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Congrats on your feature! Your home is gorgeous! This is the coolest garden! What a great idea! Who knew pallets were so versatile? Great idea! Enjoy your trip- okay, I'm a little "pea green with envy"! It sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to see your treasures!

  11. Image for Bliss Bliss

    I too am looking forward to seeing the bounty, and thank you for introducing us to Laura. Now I know who to call when I need costumes for a circus act. I'll leave a note for my next generation naming her as the builder of one of the seven wonders of the world in case I'm gone when her name is discovered in hieroglyphics. My family already thinks I'm psychic so that will validate me. And you're on the 400 mile sale..... Lucky duck. ~Bliss~

  12. Image for Kimberly from Serendipity. Kimberly from Serendipity.

    Okay, let me just say: "WOW, that garden rocks!" As for Laura, she sounds like someone that I should definitely hang with (I mean, in addition to YOU, of course; if I ever escape from Illinois). Have fun at the 400 mile sale! I'm not a hater. Nope. Not jealous at all. Hardly one little bit. Okay, I lie sometimes. I'm not proud. Take tons of photos so that I can live vicariously while you find treasures and I'm chained to my desk at work. HEY WAIT! I THINK YOU SHOULD MAKE A YOU TUBE OF YOUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE! See, I've got your back. ;) xo, Kimberly

  13. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Hi KariAnne, Laura sounds like an amazing lady! I love the pallet garden and look forward to seeing what she creates next. It was my honor to feature your gorgeous home at the Open House party.

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    AMAZING! An absolutely brilliant idea! I won't be a hater, but can I at least be super jealous? I wanna go...(in my whiny voice) Can't wait to see what you get! Does this mean that I finally have to surrender, and figure out how to create a twitter account? (I guess I'll check you tube to find out how.) (Embarrassing to admit my level of tech inept-ness.) Hope you have an awesome time! :-) xo-Lisa

  15. Image for Mary Mary

    YOU TO THE TUBE!!! ***burst out laughing!!!*** :D you are too funny! and i LOVE this idea! love, the hater. just kidding...kinda. i SO wish i was at that barn sale!

  16. Image for Laura Laura

    I'm so loving the positive feedback about my garden, guess Kari will have to update pictures of my great bounty as I begin harvesting! By the way, I'm having squash tonight!!! :)

  17. Image for Kelly Kelly

    Gosh! Who knew You Tube could be so educational?! I've been missing out. I only watch the funny (er, uh, stupid) things on there. Ha! I think your friend could have a future working for Martha Stewart. She sounds ambitious and creative. Those are two very good traits to have in this world! I've never seen a garden designed like you showed pictured. Hmmmm......pretty interesting. We're JUST NOW getting flowers on our vegetables. So excited!

  18. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    So I am getting the idea that Laura's big secret is You Tube..................would that be right or am I bit think today, it has been a long and tiring day for good ole

  19. Image for Tiffany Tiffany

    Can Laura share the link to the specific you tube video? Most of the videos out there are for vertical beds which are not the same as what is pictured here!

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