Hooked

Remember waaay back in March when those geniuses at Young House Love announced they were selling a line of hooks at Target?  Also remember when I said I bought some?  Well Target took forever getting them to my doorstep and then I took even longer figuring out where to hang the hook.

Since I finally found a spot I took some pictures to give you a quick update:

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I got the Bee hook and two of the hexagon hooks (I think they intended for them to attach to the rail they also sell.)

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The bee hook went between my bedroom and bathroom doors in the hallway and is now holding my aprons.

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And those hexagon hooks went in my guest room.  You might remember I had piddly brass hooks holding up those two smaller frames before.  I still can’t get these guys straightened out (even though I meticulously measured before I hung these hooks!)

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This room is slowly coming together….now if I could just get that bedframe painted!

An Overwhelming Undertaking

A month ago I would have told you that my front yard was beautiful.  In fact, I think I did.

Now, not so beautiful.

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Sure, there are some patches that look good but overall, no.  Dirt spots and weeds are taking over!

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This is the flower bed in front of my living room window.  The tulips are pretty much done so I’m going to dig them up and relocate them.  Then I plan to dump more dirt in here and plant some flower seeds.  I just want it to look like it was planned rather than forgotten.

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Cutting off the lower branches in the front yard was the best decision I’ve made so far.  I’m going to rake up all those old needles and plant columbines underneath.

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Weeds were coming up in the front flower bed but so were flowers!  While not all 75 gladiolus bulbs have popped up yet I’m thrilled to see some of my hard work pay off!

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In the foreground you can see those peonies pinking up!  So far all 6 are thriving!  In the background you can also see the weeds that have overtaken the western side of my yard.  I weeded the front flower beds this morning and started in on the yard but I just didn’t have the energy to do the whole thing.  I started out pulling by hand and digging out the root but I quickly realized that there had to be a faster way to get the job done.  I also realized that the weeds had gotten so thick toward the front of the lawn that they hadn’t let any grass come up.  So, realizing that there was no grass to save I pulled out the shovel and started digging each plant up.  I filled three grocery bags and then made a pile on my front walk.  My trash can is 1/4 full (you’re welcome for not posting a picture of that!) and I barely made a dent.  My plan is to dig out the rest over the next few days and then smooth out the dirt.  I’d like to see how much grass will come up now that it has room to grow but I know I’m going to end up putting down more seed within the next few weeks.

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And then there’s the tree lawn.  I have no idea what to do down here.  I don’t want to do grass because this will be a difficult area to water.  Right now I’m thinking about clearing out the weeds (I kinda like the stumps!) and just putting out a wildflower mix.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

-A

Thank You Harbor Freight!

In March I bought this mirror and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

(Found here.)

I thought finding the mirror would be hard (because I’m cheap) but it turns out finding the rope is what held this project up.

Enter my fall and my dad’s insistence that we go to “town” to find something to keep it from happening again.  Oh, and while we were there, he said, we might as well stop by Harbor Freight.  Best store ever, right?  Okay, maybe not if you need throw pillows and ribbon but if you need glue sticks, magnets, paint rollers or…ROPE…it’s perfect!

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Truth be told I don’t remember exactly how much this rope was but I know it was under $5 (again, because I’m cheap) making my cute little nautical mirror under $10!

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Since I knew I wasn’t going to be hanging the mirror with the rope I just used hot glue and it seems to still be working.  I wasn’t sure how many times around I wanted to go so I just stepped back and checked it out after each round.  Also, it’s really hard to photograph a craft involving mirrors without getting your reflection in there!

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I didn’t think two was enough so I went for a third row around and I think I’m happy with it.

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Right now it’s sitting on this shelf in my bathroom but soon I want to figure out a way to hang it above the bead board on the opposite wall.  I just don’t think that vent deserves that much attention!

-A

Spring Pinterest Party

I found this pin on Pinterest and knew that this was going to be our project for our Pinterest Party.

diy canvas silhouette art collage

Everyone brought a photo and food they  made from a recipe they pinned. For an example I painted one of my friend’s new baby boy.

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My friend then painted one of her daughter (so tiny!) and now has a cute matching set!

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Barb painted her kids

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And Denise painted her son playing baseball

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Suzanne did one of her and her husband

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And I don’t have kids or a husband so I painted Henry 🙂

I also made cute little Mason Jar glasses for everyone:

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And they were fun to drink out of but the paint washes off. 😦  Mine is getting turned into a paintbrush holder 🙂

-A

 

 

More Outside Updates

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I resisted these at Wal-Mart for weeks but finally snatched them up last week.

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I have had this oooooollllllldddd toolbox for about a year.  I bought it at a yard sale for $1 but never really had plans for it.

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See?  Oooooollllllldddd!

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So I filled it with rocks and dirt and turned it into a planter.

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I planted the peonies along the rock wall in the front of my house.  There’s not really anything to see yet.

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I also planted 75 gladiolus bulbs in these beds too.  I can’t wait for things to start coming up!

-A

Lamp Makeover

Do you remember this lamp?  I kept it orange for a while but realized my initial plan was the right one.  So I wrapped up all the metal in saran wrap and got to painting!

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I’m usually a pretty impatient spray painter but I figured this lamp was worth doing it right.  So I did nice and light, even coats with a good (not Wal Mart brand) spray paint tha tsaid it would work on ceramic.Image

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Sooo much better!

-A

Bathroom Decoration

I knew I wanted a cool driftwood mobile kind of thing for my bathroom.  The only problem is I live very far from the sea.  The good news is though, I live very close to the Colorado River.  So I hauled Henry to the dog park and set to gathering some supplies.

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But first, seriously, how lucky are we?

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Lucky for me Henry didn’t need me to use the plastic bag to pick up his business on this trip so I had one to collect the cool pieces of wood I found.

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I picked the pieces I liked the most, found some mint ribbon and got out my drill.

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I stacked them up and moved them around until they were in an arrangement I liked.

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Then I did this.  Remember I’m the girl who separated my shoulder watering my lawn.  Don’t look dad, I’m sorry.

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And I strung them on the ribbon.

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Tied in a loop a the top and hung them from a set of hooks.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

-A