Flowers Gone Frankenstein

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It figures... just as I'm contemplating moving out of my house this year, I've finally found flowers for the mailbox that would work for me every single year and require so little maintenance that I've had to do zero upkeep on them. ALL SUMMER. And they look even better now than when I first planted them. A few months ago, I mentioned that yellow flowers are a great idea if you're trying to sell a house. According to experts, they draw the eye better than other colors – which is, of course, a … [Read more...]

A Whole Lotta Somethin’

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It seems like when I get rolling on several projects at once, this blog takes a serious hit in terms of quantity of posts.  And yet, my Instagram feed keeps plugging right along. Like Charlie and I getting a small break from the rain to make a new friend. Or, for instance, these beauties.  On a trip to Lowe's to grab the trim that will surround the new laundry room tile, I wandered into the garden section and picked up some new flowers.   As you can see from the scraggly … [Read more...]

Tips for Growing Hydrangeas

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I absolutely love hydrangeas.  Whether they are blue, green, white, purple, or pink, they are one of my favorite things about summer.  They were one of the first shrubs I ever planted in my yard (after the one I discovered in my back yard quickly died from overgrown ivy during the first year), and thankfully, they are growing back strong this year. I should also mention that when it comes to outdoor gardening, I do not have a green thumb.  I'm not even much of a fan of gardening, … [Read more...]

My Oops Container Garden

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I am not that great at plants.  Especially ones that aren't planted directly into the ground.  In fact, there's a large probability that they will croak inside of just a few weeks in my presence (I seem to have a Medusa-like-effect on potted plants - they turn brown within hours of my glancing at them).  So it should be no surprise to anyone that a free container gardening event at my local Orange would wind up like this on my ride home: Yep.  That, my friends, is what I like to call "an … [Read more...]

Going for Gold

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I am not exactly sure how I stumbled onto the info, but someone must have told me a long time ago that yellow flowers sell a house.  And for a long time, I just kind of assumed it was an old wives' tale.  But now that I've decided to prepare the house for sale, I got a little curious and checked with my old friend, Google.  And do you know where that lead? Yep. If you think about it in terms of color theory, we choose paint colors to invoke emotions all the time in home decor.  People … [Read more...]

The Backyard Makeover: Before and After

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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

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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...]

Die Hard: Sarah versus The Enchanted Forest

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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...]

The Aftermath

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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...]

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...]