Planning a Vegetable Garden

Seed Starting

It’s that time of year again. Seeds are starting, raised beds are being planned. Groundhogs are moving in. Doh! Seriously, my first day out in the yard getting things ready and a fat little Whistle Pig comes bouncing out from under our deck to say “hi!” and to ask me what types of tasty vegetables I’ll be planting this year. Well little does he know we’ve got big plans. Big plans like this critter proof garden! Take that Whistle Pig! Yup, we are going to attempt to enclose some raised beds just like that, but a tad bit smaller. And here’s another very helpful raised bed tutorial that we’ll be using as guidance.

As for what we’re planting, we like to call it the guacamole/taco garden. Tomatoes, Jalapenos, White Onions and Radishes. There are some other things as well that won’t end up in our bellies on taco night. Eggplant, cucumbers, kohlrabi, string beans, peas, poblanos, beets, pumpkins and some lettuce. Hopefully some of them survive and we don’t have a repeat of last year’s total garden decimation. So raccoons, chipmunks, groundhogs and squirrels consider this fair warning. We still think you’re cute, feel free to use the pond but stay far, far away from our garden!

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Secrets From a Stylist

Secrets From a Stylist


You know what I’m excited about? Secrets From a Stylist! Design Star winner Emily Henderson’s new show premieres tomorrow at 9pm/8c on HGTV. Can’t wait. I’ll be watching, will you?

P.S. Emily has a super cute blog

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Horror Story: Bathroom

In the words of Cher Horowitz, our bathroom is a “full-on Monet.” “It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.”

Exhibit A. Not so bad.


Exhibit B, C, D and ugh. “Hagsville.”
Click to see the images larger, if you dare.

Bathroom Broken TilesBathroom Peeling TilesBathroom Peeling WallpaperBathroom Peeling Tub

If it can peel, it’s peeling. If it can stain, it’s stained. It’s been a downward spiral in this room. The more we try to clean it, the more it falls apart. Maybe the most frustrating thing is that nasty painted over drain. As you can see, the cover doesn’t lift out like any normal tub. That means when it clogs, it’s nearly impossible to unclog. Nightmare. It needs a complete overhaul. There are two catches with that. Catch #1, it’s our only full bathroom. How will we deal without a shower for days, weeks? And Catch #2, money. Ugh. We’ll DIY as much as we can, but this one is gonna cost us. So sadly, it’s off in the future. For now, I’ll just look at it from afar and be amazed that the floral valances aren’t the worst thing in the room.

And, I can dream about beautiful bathrooms. Like these.

portland four-square

via Design*Sponge

Lauren Bradshaw

via Design*Sponge

lonny bathroom

via Lonny

Oh, and I’ll tell you one more thing.
Our bathroom will have marble hex tile, even if I have to sell a kidney to get it!

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DIY Craft: Felted Fingerless Mittens

What to do when life gives you moth eaten sweaters? Why, first you make tiny felted sweaters out of them and then out of the tiny felted sweaters you make fingerless mittens!

I needed some gifts and I’ve been sitting on some old sweaters for some time wondering what to do with them. I saw this on and thought it was a great idea so it was time to get crafty.

Felted Fingerless Mittens

On a side note, I was a little concerned about felting the sweaters in a front load washer as I had read it can be tough due to the lack of agitation. First, I put both sweaters in their own zippered pillowcases so the fuzz wouldn’t damage my washer. I threw two tennis balls and an old towel in with them and set the washer to hot wash, cold rinse and no spin. The spin cycle can cause creasing in your item so it’s best to turn it off if you can. If you don’t count my washer not draining (a little sink clog issue) it totally worked!

Recycled Craft: Fingerless Mittens,

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Diapers No More!

No, this isn’t a post about potty training my cat. It’s actually a quick Friday before and after! When we signed the contract for our house we had requested the previous owners leave the existing window treatments. Great tip from Mom that we wouldn’t want to have to decide on curtains as soon as we moved in. Anyway, it didn’t really process that they’d be leaving us with these.

Balloon Valances

Oh my God, they’re gorgeous.

We fondly referred to them as “the diapers.” Though they’ve also got sort of a pantaloon thing going on. Sadly they hung around much longer than anyone wanted them to.

After many, many swatches from Smith + Noble and The Shade Store, we decided to go with a simple roller shade in a neutral color and natural texture. So now our windows look like this.

Roller Shades

So the diapers are gone! Yay, everyone cheer!

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