Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I loved the shape and detail of my new goodie, but the gold leaf, not so much. So I got out my trusty friend, white spray paint. I LOVE the results. Once painted white, the details of the frame really popped. This quickly became my favorite frame.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Last year I left this up the the hubs. We have some friends out in the country that have about 1,000 acres and raise cows. Hubs and my brother went out on a poo scavenger hunt. Walking around the property with shovels in hand, they piled the piles (hehe) into the bed of a truck. Needless to say, that took all day.
This year, we thought about purchasing it from a lady who bags it. That didn't sound like the best plan for us because 1) we need a LOT and it would probably get expensive 2) We'd have to manually spread each bag 3) it was a little drive from us.
So I decided to consult the best friend a girl can have...craig. You know, I checked his list. Yeah, craigslist. In the farm + garden section, I checked for manure. No dice. So I did what I didn't think would work, I put up a wanted ad for free manure. Amazingly, we received 6 emails with people offering their manure. We settled on a couple that lives only a few miles from us. On Sunday, we put our shovel in the back of the truck thinking we'd be shoveling for hours (but again, it's free!) only to be ecstatic when we pulled up to the house to find the husband in a tractor. Score!
They were the nicest couple who gave us a heaping truck bed full of fresh manure and compost, no shoveling required. Once we got home, the spreading went quickly. Somehow, I managed to foget to take a picture of the weighted down truck - what was I thinking? (This is not our truck our our steaming manure, but you get the point)
Next weekend, we'll till it into the soil and be one step closer to the fresh veges and herbs we love. We probably could have gotten another truck bed full, but this will do wonders for the nutrients in our soil.
So I ask, has anyone else posted a wanted ad on craiglist? Was is successful or not? We learned a lesson that I'm sure we'll use in the future.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This room has made me reconsider so many things I didn't think I liked....
- cool colors - I've been a warm color girl, beiges, creams, browns. But I love this space
- yellow (and black - without looking like a bumblebee)
- open shelving for an office. Somehow it looks organized and not cluttered
If you haven't checked out Michelle over at Three Men and a Lady, you have to go RIGHT NOW!
While you are there, check out her amazing master bedroom transformation too. Swoon!
Monday, January 11, 2010
The weather. (Sorry mom & dad)
I H.A.T.E. being cold.
So imagine my disappointment at having below freezing temperatures for weeks now. We Floridians just don't know how to act when it gets this cold. Will our pool pipes freeze? What temperature do you set the heat at? How many layers can I fit under my coat without looking like the kid from A Christmas Story?
This leads me to my disaster of the weekend. I've officially learned a lesson. I'll admit I had cabin fever this weekend. I can't stand being stuck in the house because it's miserable outside. On Saturday, I decided to work on a few projects in the garage that are half done. One is a goodwill small glass bowl I was painting to use as a holder for my rings when I'm not wearing them. I've been looking at goodwill and the local thrift store for something like this (oh Eddie, you know I love you, why do you have to charge so much for these??):
but haven't been able to find just the right one, so I decided to make a cheap (read inexpensive)imitation one. The project was almost done, I thought I'd give it one more coat of white paint before putting a protective spray on it. I attempted this Saturday and ended up with this:
As I'm wondering what the heck happened, I vaguely remember a blog post I read recently where the poster said she brushed the paint because she couldn't spray due to the temperature. I think it's time to read the back of the spray paint can.
Oh crap. Who knew you weren't supposed to use spray paint in temps under 65 degrees? Apparently those who live in every state except for Florida. Lesson learned.
At least now I have another reason to love Florida - Less interuptions from crafting due to weather conditions!
So has anyone else had a weather related craft-astrophy lately? Do share so I can feel better. Thanks.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here's what I have planned for the next few weeks on here:
- Share all the projects I've recently finished (each one thinking - if only I had a blog to share this on!)
- Reveal a few of our favorite meals - and their recipes, of course. I think you'll like these...I mean, we don't have to diet every January because I make tasteless food!
- Begin a house tour, prob with a list of what I'd like to do to improve.
- Most of all, figure out how you all find all your time to do all this blogging, renovating, painting, crafting, sewing...
For right now, I'm off to cheer on Alabama in the National Championship game. Sorry, Texas, gotta stick with the SEC!