Saturday, July 19, 2014

Is there anyone out there?

Hey, look!  I have a blog.  This post will probably go over with a big ol' flop because at this point, why would anyone still be checking?

1) So I've noticed that I mentioned some projects that I was starting (you know....a year ago.....)  and some of them are actually done.  Anyone interested in seeing pix?

2) My calling right now is as the Personal Progress adviser in Young Women's.  We have an activity once a month where we complete an experience.  I spend a lot of time looking on the internets for help and although I've found some great inspiration here and there, I usually come up empty and make it up myself.  I have quite a collection of forms and ideas that I've been collecting.  It's taken me a year, but I am really happy with the way it's been going.  I would love to share some of the forms I've designed and ideas I've used if anyone is interested in that, but I don't want to waste my time if you're not!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Keeping Busy

We've made great progress on the front yard this week - I didn't realize how much I would appreciate just. getting. started.  Can't wait to have some progress pics for you.

In the meantime, I am going to tackle a couple of other smaller projects.  First up; my bathroom.  This is the one room in the house that has pretty much stayed the same since just after we moved in.  Here are some pictures of it back then:




It's itty bitty, but it works for us, and I've always loved it.  It is full of color and made-over DI finds.   The beadboard was already there when we moved in.  It is the kind of plastic-y stuff and I loved it at first because it was so scrubbable.  But now it is chipping and discolored and because of it's glossy finish, can't be painted.  The walls are starting to look dull and a little damaged, the "tile" on the floor is starting to lift in places, and the mold on the ceiling can no longer be controlled with a casual, passing spray of bleach. Time for an upgrade!  

The only expense I anticipate for this project is some new rugs.  Luckily, Sage has a doctor's appointment in Salt Lake next week, so I can nip into Home Goods for that.

I had James start the demo process in there today, so here is what it actually looks like now.  Ew.


I'm also tackling the great photo mess that exists on my computer.  Let me just say - 10 years of having a digital camera.  No organization, ever.  One big mess.  I'm also liking the idea of smashbooks and may try my hand at one or two.  Now that sounds like a perfect summer.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Digging in the Dirt

So you knew it wouldn't last long, right?

Our kitchen remodel gave me a lot of motivation to tackle some other problem areas in our house.  Over the next few months, we will take on a few small projects - my closet and my bathroom specifically - but those will be smaller jobs that can be done in a few weekends.  The big project of the summer deals with THE biggest problem area of all - our yard.

Our yard, all the way around, is just a mess.  Nothing will grow on either side - one side gets way too hot, the other side is way too shady.  The front yard is ish, but the lawn could use some TLC.  We live in a cul de sac, so our backyard is HUGE, and most of that is grass that is more weed than grass, a garden spot full of questionable quality dirt and very hearty weeds, and some very overgrown bushes.  Running along the back of our property is a long-forgotten, no longer used irrigation trench and behind that is a big field of dandelions hay.  We've made small steps here and there to tame it, but they've just resulted in us better understanding why no one before has been successful.  It is a huge undertaking and will take a LOT of work and - we always feared - a lot of money to get it under control.  Coming off the success of our indoor remodel, we feel like maybe we can tackle it now.  Slow and steady, right?  So off we go...

Here are some shots of the front of the house.  We tore the "grass" out of the park strip a few years ago in order to save on water, but the clearance plants didn't quite fill in the way we wanted them to (hmmm...I wonder if our neighbor's constant guests that park in front of our house and trample our plants had anything to do with it?)  so we will be altering that a bit.


The grass looks fine from this shot, but when you see it close up, it is really sparse, and the whole yard dips down into an ankle-turning sinkhole.

The windows are naked right now.  When we moved in, the door and shutters were red.  I painted the door about a year ago, and just finally got around to taking the shutters down (harder than I thought it would be) and painting them black (easier than I thought it would be) and they are now back up (Jacob had to finally help me).


The little flowerbed on the corner just flourishes - whatever I plant there just takes off.  Right now it is full of tulips, daffodils, snow in summer, aaaaaand....a bunch of stuff that I have no idea what it is.


Here is the view to the side of our house.  That tree in the front drops those little round papery things all spring and then keeps the side yard so shady that grass won't grow, so we've stopped trying.  It looks from this distance like there might be grass there but I assure you, there is NONE.  That is just freshly mowed weeds.  I have big plans for this area.  It's probably what I'm most excited about! 


Second shot, same area.


Here is the other side of the house.  You can just see that there is a chain link fence that runs between our out-of-control jungle and our neighbor's most-beautiful-lawn-on-the-block.  We can't get anything to grow here either.  The grass grows right up to about where the fence starts, then it's just awful.  There are strawberries in that bed, but they don't do well there either, so they'll be moved.


Looking out across our vast backyard.  The garden spot has so many weeds that we just battle them all summer long.  Right behind that is the trench that runs along the whole back of our property.  What you don't see is a fence.  I desperately wish there was one, but that's where the "would cost lots of money" part figures in.  Maybe next year's tax returns, eh?


Turned slightly, looking across the yard, back towards the side we started on.  Jacob really wants a nicer deck, and that may have to happen sooner than we'd like, as these stairs are literally starting to rot apart. 


Here is the trench at the back of the property.  This picture doesn't quite do justice to how deep it is.  It is a pain in my behind.  Right now we use it to throw all our scraps in make compost... 


There you have it.  We've already started, and we are getting super excited to see some progress.  It will be slow going, but it will be worth it.  Although I already have a rough idea of where we are headed, I welcome any ideas you have for me.



Friday, April 26, 2013

Stick a Fork in this Dilemma...

Cause IT. IS. DONE!!

If you missed it, and want to read the commentary on the before, see here and here.  This will be a very picture heavy post, but if you have specific questions about something we did, just ask!


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These chairs will be replaced with upholstered ones as soon as there is money in the budget, but for now, they'll work.  I'm thinking I may also build a small room divider to put just behind the plants. 



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This was a thrift store find.  The shade was a roadside freebie that I covered with a small bit of ruffly fabric.  LOVE.


Love this whole corner.  The ladder was Jacob's grandmother's; the table came from a garage sale.  The clock was...well... ummmm...it uh...didn't come from a garage sale.


I looked forever for the perfect curtains and I'm so glad I stuck it out because these are perfect.  The picture doesn't really do them justice, but they are light and airy and the flower pattern is divine - especially with the light shining through them.


These chairs were in my friends childhood home when she bought it from her mother.  The first time I saw them I literally gasped and she thought I was making fun because she thought they were so ugly.  She gave them to me and a little spray paint made them just divine.


My grandmother's resin grapes nestled in with my pottery collection.


I ADORE this magazine rack.  I found it at the thrift store back when we very first started talking about remodeling.  I knew it had to be mine and it is a perfect fit in the living room.


A few of the smaller pieces of pottery on a tray on the kitchen table.  The tray was made from a door from our old kitchen cabinets.  That beehive shaped pot was a wedding gift; isn't it sweet?


Lazy Susan next to the stove.  I serves no real purpose.  I made it for my shop and then liked it too much to sell it.



So, what do you think?  Was it worth all the work?  I'm curious how you would describe the style?