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Strawberry Pyramid Planter

My newest addition to my ‘as low as possible maintenance garden’ – a Strawberry Pyramid! Kyle found the instructions online after I was inspired by a Pinterest post – I have many strawberry plants ready and waiting to be transplanted. This pyramid is 3′ tall but they can also be made to 6′. The next step is to fill it with compost through the slanted shelves, pack the dirt as we fill, and transplant. I’m hoping this will make for much easier weeding and maintenance!

>>D.

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Sunday pickings….

Pete and I took some time off today from our home projects to do some shopping in a few barns today! This place was amazing and truly is a DIYer’s shopping mall!  I could have bought truckloads of stuff but I managed to limit myself to focus for now on the sunroom remodel project. I did stray a little and bought some of this additional hardware because I know down the road I’m going to use it for something.

Not pictured in my pickings yet is an old school door I’m going to go back and buy to use as a privacy screen. I was trying to not be my normal, impulsive shopaholic self and buy it right away so I wanted to go home and measure my room even thought I knew before we even left the driveway I knew I was going to find a way to make that door work! Can’t wait to take my mom and my sisters here!

~Jess

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Sunroom Before…

Every summer I make myself a list of projects I want to complete by the end of the summer. For me there is just something about crossing a completed project off my list that keeps me motivated to keep going.

I just finished this summer’s list and to Pete’s dismay it’s four pages long (three pages longer than my previous lists).  In my defense we did just move into our house last fall so I have had all winter to come up with ideas.  I know that realistically we will probably only get about 1/4 of these projects done this summer but it is nice to have a plan.

I’ve been dreaming of making the back porch into a sunroom since we moved in last fall so I could have somewhere to sit and relax and enjoy a cup of morning coffee or an evening margarita so I thought this would be a perfect place to start on the list.

This afternoon jumped right in and started painting the stucco with a fresh coat of white paint and already it’s looking much better. The floor, both doors and the hardware will all be painted yet, curtains will be hung, a ceiling fan is going in along with some porchlike furniture and lots of plants. I remembered to snap a before picture so I’ll leave you with that for now but I’ll be sure to share updates as this project progresses!! ~Jess

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Octagon Side Tabe

I found this table on Craigslist and immediately knew I wanted to restore it – there is something about unique side tables I just love. The previous owner had tried to paint or stain or something on top and it had a very rough to the touch texture.

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Once I stripped and sanded the top I knew that I wanted to stain it – the wood was too beautiful to paint over. I went with a dark stain and a wipe on poly finish. On the bottom I painted it with my Annie Sloan French Linen paint and added a clear wax topcoat. I just love how this cute little table turned out!

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Thanks for looking!  ~Jess


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New Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Look what came in the mail today! I was so excited to see this package on my doorstep – just in time for a weekend of painting! I haven’t tried the French Linen color at all yet so I’m very excited to see how it turns out. I think it will be perfect for a few pieces I’m working on for our dining room. Looks like I’ve got some big Friday night plans! LOL.

~Jess

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Happy “May Day”

Was it really in the 60’s yesterday? When I came home over my lunch today I decided I wasn’t going to mope because winter has once again returned, with a forecast of more on the way. Instead I grabbed my camera and took some rare pictures of our new plants all covered in snow.

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At least I haven’t planted my moonflowers yet. They are still safe and warm in the porch and growing taller everyday!!

~Jess

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