Front Lawn

My front yard looked like this at the end of the first week I owned my house:

Dirt.

Then in March 2014 grass started to come up:

Still pretty much dirt.

Then April 2014:

More grass than dirt!

Then in July 2014

it could barely even be called a lawn.

But now?

lawn1THAT’S a lawn!

lawn2After the snow two weeks ago and three rainy days last week, my front yard is no longer an embarrassment!

Sure there are still some weeds and bare spots in there, but overall, that’s grass baby!

lawn3All that and I still have the seed I put down two weeks ago to look forward to!

-A

Clay Plant Markers

First I need to say that I hate these.

In all my years of crafting I’ve never used Sculpey clay.  Now I know why.

There are pins all over Pinterest that are so cute and I really thought this would be easy.

Turns out, I’m not good with clay.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI thought I’d just form them into cute little stakes, write the plant names on them and then bake them.  I mean, I did do that, they just weren’t cute.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce they were baked I brushed on some paint, making sure it got into the letters, and then wiped it off.  Once the paint was dry I sealed them so they would stand up to the elements.

I really don’t know why I spent this much time on them, I knew I wasn’t going to like them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey work, I know which plants are where, but I don’t like how they look.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI found the clay at Wal-Mart for 97¢ each and I had everything else on hand so I’m out less than $2.00 for this failed project, thankfully!

-A

Planting in the Rain

I woke up this morning to a little mist in the air and thought that today would be the day that I’d finally put my plants in the ground.

It’s probably still a few weeks early so I’ll have to cover them at night but these guys really need more space!

plants1I started with my beans

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhich I put across the back so they can grow up my little gate trellis and then put a row of radishes in the front of the bed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast year for Christmas my mom made me these adorable little seed packets full of seeds she harvested from her garden.  (and as you can see, the gentle mist quickly turned into full on rain!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I put two giant pumpkin plants to the right of the beans, along the back fence

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand two blue pumpkins to the left.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI put two squash and two zucchini plants in one of my raised beds.  They’re going to overwhelm this container (I hope!) so my plan is to train them out over the edges and onto the ground.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo finish out the planting in the back yard I transplanted my herbs into this long pot that will live on my patio.  Right now it’s basil and dill (because that’s what I had) but I think I’ll probably end up moving the dill somewhere else and just filling this with basil.  Because I don’t think it’s possible to have too much.

I still have a lot of seedlings left that I’d like to give away (looks like the work garden is a no-go) because I don’t think any one person could possibly need that much zucchini!

With everything in in the back yard and me already soaked, I went out front.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst I put some cardboard down in the bottom of my window box to keep the dirt in

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then filled it up and planted a bunch of pink and orange flower seeds.  I want this to be an explosion of color in the front of my otherwise plain house!

And, I failed to take a picture (just imagine a pot full of dirt) but I also planted orange, yellow and pink flower seeds in the pots on my tree lawn and a bunch of purple columbines among the irises out front.

Then I came inside to dry off and warm up!

I hope this weekend of rain makes everything grow like crazy!

-A

PS-those plastic cups are to remind me what is planted where.  Tomorrow I’ll show you the pretty plant markers I’m making to replace the ugly plastic cups!

The Crazy Lady on (blank) Street

∧ that’s me, by the way.

Because, this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat’s a tree sized apple tree branch tied to my fence, in case you’re wondering.

Confused?  Let’s start at the beginning:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday I noticed that my beloved apple tree looked different.  Upon closer inspection I discovered a large branch almost broken off.

I was distressed, obviously, so to Google I went.

I discovered that while this isn’t happy news, it’s also not a disaster.  It did no damage to property and shouldn’t affect the health of the tree.  Fingers crossed.

Before I made any cuts I went out to the other side of the fence to see what was going on there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABig branch!

As I looked closer I noticed

beesBees!  Hundreds of them!  You know me, doing my part to save the bee population!

So I climbed up the ladder with my clean handsaw and cut the branch down.  It was only hanging on by a thread so it didn’t take much effort.

I guess I thought that once I cut the branch from the tree it would just fall down.  It didn’t.

I untangled it from branches still attached to the tree.  Still didn’t budge.

It took a combination of lifting and pulling and wrestling to get it down.  But I finally did.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I had a tree sized branch to deal with.

I wasn’t going to let this go to waste.  I need it for the 100s of craft projects that will work out easily and perfectly in my mind!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo I dragged it up the alley and down my driveway.

But of course, it blocked the driveway so I had to cut it up.

The main branch was light after I cut a larger piece off so I just tossed it over my fence.  The piece I cut off though?  Really big and really heavy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhich leads us back to the tree tied to my fence.

I tied it for three reasons.  One-I need to be able to drive through my driveway.  Two-I didn’t want to risk it getting wind damaged and three, call me crazy, I didn’t want anyone to take it.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I think someone might steal a dying tree branch.

Because I would.  See?  Crazy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s so pretty!  Who wouldn’t want it??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThankfully, the tree doesn’t look any worse for the wear either!

I’m really excited to start working on all those crafts-stay tuned!

-A

Thrift Store Table

Way back in March I bought a table at a thrift store.  It was so long ago that I don’t remember how much I paid, but knowing me, it wasn’t much!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI knew it would be perfect in my entryway so despite it’s strange faux painting, I brought it home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been sitting just like this for the last several weeks but thanks to this weekend’s snowstorm, it has finally been painted.

I got pretty stir crazy by Saturday afternoon and decided I needed to try out chalk paint.

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My Tiny Town Wal-Mart only had this brand.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd of course I picked up two colors.

Guess which one I used.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI painted the bottom of the table first (and stole the knob from the closet door in the hallway.)  At this point I debated about painting the top a different color

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut ultimately decided that I wanted the whole table to be bright blue

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI LOVE it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s perfect!  I love it with the light grey walls and red brick floor!  I haven’t sealed it with wax and, (gasp!) may not.  I can’t imagine it’s going to get a lot of wear and tear and if something happens, I’ll just paint it again!

-A

Trellises, Take Two

You may remember that the heavy winds last week blew over one of my trellises.

Yesterday’s snow is now only a memory so I decided to take advantage of the dry, warmer day and repair my poor, sad trellis.

trellis1This is what I started with today; the vine bent over and my broken trellis holding it up off the ground.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used the same trellis frame but stapled some wire fence up over it.  I have three rolls of this in my backyard-the last owners used it to partition off a garden area and I haven’t found any other use for it over the last 2 years.

I also screwed the trellis right into the house.  Take that wind!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did the same thing for the small side

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand again ran some twine down to support the clematis.  This time I made a loop that I can wrap around the plant

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbut also take off on nights/days when the temperatures drop below freezing.  I’m sure it would probably be okay uncovered but I don’t really want to take the chance.  In a few weeks I’ll be able to keep it uncovered permanently.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also used bits of twine to attach the big clematis to the trellis.  I really want this to fill up this whole trellis but it has a tendency to bunch up if left on its own.  Hopefully separating it and training it up will get it when I want it to go!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are other vines that aren’t quite tall enough to reach the trellis so I used my loop technique again to guide it over where I want it.

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I’m guessing that by the end of May this will have grown all the way up the trellis!  I can’t wait!

-A

A Good Day to Read

Yesterday’s flurries turned into a full blown blizzard today which means I won’t be getting anything done outside.

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I’m not really complaining though because now I can spend the whole day reading and not feel guilty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’m reading this and so far I like it.  I’m really hoping the end doesn’t make me hate it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince the snow shows no signs of stopping, I’ll probably finish it today!

-A