A Little Here, A Little There

new rug

Staycation Day 1:  My aunt and uncle arrived in town, and while the intention was to get to work on the kitchen immediately, there was a small snafu.  I'll get into the drama of it later once I've stopped swearing. Instead, Monday consisted of a good deal of brainstorming, more backyard cleanup (fall = pine needles everywhere), and coming up with a game plan for the rest of the week. I may not have as much time as I thought this week to write post updates until we start making some … [Read more...]

The Backyard Makeover: Before and After

patio after

After the third outdoor post this week, you're probably wondering what's going on with the kitchen progress.  I can assure you it's been on my mind (I've been watching videos and reading up about how to install my kitchen counters and sink when the time comes.  It makes me a little bit sad that I'm not carving the hole for the sink right this minute.  But I know I need to wait for some expert help to at least feel comfortable making that first cut). But despite knowing that you guys want to … [Read more...]

Backyard Makeover: Fall Color

pansies

Let's say your good friend Amy brags to you that she actually "loves" doing yard work and gardening.  And you have a yard full o' this to work with: Clearly, there's a chance she's insane... but I have absolutely no ethical issues with taking advantage of her delusions and letting her stick her bare hands in dirt. And then, let's say The Home Depot sees your post about cleaning up your back yard and dangles a magical orange gift card in front of you - one that has the power to give … [Read more...]

Fence Me In

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I am sore from head to toe.  Well, I guess if I didn't hit my head, I'm just sore from the neck down.  But the bottoms of my feet are feeling the burn in addition to all of my other major muscle groups, so I'm still counting the toe part.  And did you know that you can actually get a bruise on your palm?  I'm not even sure I know how that happened (I think it was from chiseling out cement).  I didn't even know it was a bruise until I tried to wash off what I thought was dirt in the … [Read more...]

Die Hard: Sarah versus The Enchanted Forest

tree ivy

Winner of the Aquasana giveaway has been chosen!  Click back on the giveaway post for details (& send me your contact info if you're the winner!).  Congrats! (So this is a total sidebar:  I have just recently started watching Sons of Anarchy.  Holy crap, I love it after only one episode.  I know, I know - it takes me forever to watch extremely popular shows.  But the bonus is that I get to watch shows the way I like 'em:  fifty plus episodes back to insomnia-producing back.  And I'm not … [Read more...]

A Looooong-Awaited Project Begins

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When it comes to owning a house, projects can often get split into two distinct categories: the projects I'm nearly doing backflips over to get done right this very second the projects I'd rather peel my own eyelids off before I'd do more than once It's entirely possible for a project to be both at the same time.  For example, I am thrilled over the idea of bringing my kitchen mood board to life.  But the idea of painting another four to five coats of primer and paint on the upper … [Read more...]

Soggy

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While some of the country might be experiencing a heat wave right now, Georgia has been turned into a tropical rain forest.  It's been raining all summer.  Sure, I've been in school for most of it and haven't really been in a position to do anything about a sunny day if we were to have one, but still.  My progress on the Great Yard Cleanup of 2013 has pretty much been on hold since chopping down all of the branches and bushes in the front yard. It's been soggy to the point that we're treating … [Read more...]

The Aftermath

new house pic

So, what does it look like when one yard gets rid of tree limbs and a bunch of overgrown bushes all over the place? A heavy, hot mess. If you recall from last week, my Dad and a neighborhood friend helped me tackle several curb-appeal related projects:  exterior maintenance, clearing excess limbs from a tree, and even taking a chainsaw to the bushes on the side and front of the house.  In short:  we cut down a lot of shit in the name of yard cleanup. We filled one truck with all of the … [Read more...]

Bricks and Pricks Be Gone

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Yep, still talking about yard work this week.  So far, I covered maintaining certain things (like the mulch and gutters) and clearing out the branches that were blocking the view of the house from the street (thanks to a new pole saw).  But it's not over yet! Yeah, buddy. Does anyone else feel like letting out a grunt? No?  Just me then. (#fistbump, Colleen) In case you weren't sure, this was one of the items on my birthday wish list. That chainsaw was heavy.  But it … [Read more...]

Long Time No See

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Yesterday, I mentioned that in addition to some of the home maintenance my Dad was helping me with (along with our neighborhood friend, Tony), we were also tackling a few long-standing items on the to-do list.  Let's start here: See anything wrong with this picture?  About half of the house is covered by overgrown trees.  Time to do something about that.  And time for me to try out a new tool.  Dad brought over this little ditty, a brand new electric pole saw: Which meant we had to put it … [Read more...]

Maintaining

Owning a home doesn't always mean a makeover.  Sometimes, a home simply needs upkeep.  And this weekend, I had a little of both.  In one day, I managed to get a ton of outdoor tasks accomplished - which would make for a ridiculously long post if I grouped everything together.  So instead, I'm going to break it up into smaller posts which will help me cover everything sufficiently.  First up: outdoor home maintenance. I have been really proud of myself for choosing the right flowers for the … [Read more...]

The DIYer Shuffle

Remember how sad and droopy my front garden was looking a few weeks ago? After doing a little night gardening, I've been waiting for some of the snapdragons to deadhead and flower again to share more photos, but they are taking their sweet time (there are a ton of buds, but most of them haven't bloomed yet).  Thankfully, we've been having a good mix of sunny and rainy days to keep these guys happy while I focus on a few other projects (and darn it, that grass just won't stop growing - time to … [Read more...]