Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
That changed this spring. I was on a mission.
First I re-edged and weeded the entire bed.
Then I purchased the following: 6 rose bushes, 5 flame grass, 4 coneflower, 5 black-eyed susan, 5 salvia, 5 phlox, 6 daylilies.
Then I dug up and transplanted 5 more phlox.
Then I fixed the "pothole" that was left by someone not properly filling in the hole left by the dogwood last year. That meant digging up the grass/sod, dumping a bunch more dirt and topsoil in, and then re-laying the sod.
It took three full weekends, really, to accomplish all this. And this weekend has been wet and cold but, well, if I waited for perfect gardening weather I'd never get anything done all spring.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
|Three strollers, snow blocks, soccer goal, sleds, dump trucks, lawn chairs... ugh|
|Work bench and yard equipment|
|Snow shovels, yard shovels, a tennis racket?|
|I had the small shelf as a spare in the basement, so up it came. Milk crates now contain beach & sand supplies and bubbles and chalk and such.|
|I ran into a whole nest of spiders behind the bags of fertilizer. I was not happy. The workbench has been reorganized so there's actual work space. I got rid of a crappy storage cabinet and relocated those supplies to the top two shelves of the large shelving unit by the door, well out of reach of the kids.|
|Sled relocated to the basement until next winter. I still have a little bit of work to do here, but it'll do for now.|
|Overall, a vast improvement. Eventually I want better shelves on the workbench and pegboard on the wall above it. But this will do for now.|
Saturday, January 3, 2015
The bathroom was one such situation.
On day one, I removed the old caulk, applied new caulk, and primed the walls with Killz. On day two, I applied two coats of paint on the walls and ceiling and installed the light fixture. Day three was dedicated to adjustment, touch ups, installing the towel bar, toilet paper holder and robe hook, and clean up.
Also, just outside the bath was a matching brass single vanity light with paint smudged on the glass. So we replaced that as well.
All in all I think it turned out nicely.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
However. I am a big believer in DIY if you can and coming up with jerry-rigged solutions where appropriate.
And every year I struggle with where to put our Christmas cards. Generally I've always just lined them up on our mantle behind our stocking holders. But as our family has grown, the number of holders has slowly crowded out the space for our cards. So when I came across a pin on Pinterest about using a fabric covered foam board as a Christmas card holder, I was sold.
Except both the craft store and fabric/craft store said they no longer sell foam board. However, as the salesperson from JoAnn Fabric was walking me back to where they would have had it, had they sold it, we walked by a cork board. Bingo! So I got the largest one they had in stock. Then I picked out some cute, mod fabric which I got 50% off. And then some remnant basic white cotton to provide an extra layer. And then ran home with my purchases, poured a glass of wine, and set about figuring this out.
Most people at this point would be reaching for a glue gun, I think. I don't own one because I don't craft. I do, however, own a staple gun.
Then it was time to put the littles to bed, so that was the end of crafting for the night. Because a staple gun is a lot louder indoors than outdoors, I discovered. The next day I starched the hell out of the fabric I bought so it was nice and crisp. I then decided to starch and iron the fabric already on the board, which actually worked pretty well.
I then used masking tape to get it lined up correctly. I then staple gunned the hell out of it, pulling the fabric taut.
I then just staple gunned some basic picture wire to the back et voilà! Not bad! I feel like it needs some sort of spotlight though.
I do, however, have to stop using my dining room table for this sort of thing. No good will come of it.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Whenever I'm out and about, I'm always on the lookout for garden inspiration. I have my favorite gardens on my commute that I try and observe through the seasons. I often wish I had time to stop and take pictures, cause random strangers photographing your property isn't creepy at all. But generally I'm running on a carefully calibrated time table, so that just doesn't happen.
Today, though, I had done time to spare before picking G up from school, so I went for a walk around the neighborhood.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
My 3 boys. E and G are talking about what shapes they see in the clouds.