Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Etsy Finds

I know I’m not alone when I say that I love Etsy. I could spend all day browsing through the various Etsy shops. This week, I’ve gathered a few items I think are pretty darn cool.
 

Here is a dresser made of salvaged wood from an 1800’s barn. I love the use of old wood in a modern design. Unfortunately this shop doesn’t currently have anything for sale, but have no fear, you can also buy the same items here.
 
 

I just love these hanging vases from wendyjung. With so many different items that could be placed in them, it’s an easy way to change up a room from season to season.
 
 

I want one of these very badly!!! When I look at this not only do I see a gorgeous piece of furniture I see the best possible solution for junk drawer organization. Think about it, paper clips in one drawer, pens in another, rubber bands in yet another. I could go on and on. I’d have the most organized office ever!! This shop has plenty of other apothecary cupboard size options as well.
 
 

Isn’t this adorable? What a cute idea from Ruff House Art.

If anyone has recommendations for Etsy shops that I just have to check out, let me know. I love a good Etsy find!
 

February 22, 2011

Our momentum has been hibernating

A few weeks ago, in my post about our work-in-progress living room, I mentioned a pair of bookcases that were sitting in our garage. Well, they are still sitting there.
 

 
After we purchased all of our new furniture for the living room, we realized we had pretty much blown our budget for the room. So when it came time to choosing bookcases, dropping another $1000 for the set we thought would be perfect for the space, just wasn’t going to happen. We knew we needed two in order to fill the space and we knew we wanted them to be open so you could see the wall color come through the back. That way they would look a little more like built-ins since we are planning to tear down the current built-ins that are in an awkward space by the fireplace.

So Alex finally gave in, and volunteered to build them himself. He figured he had watched enough episodes of This Old House so he would know what to do. Oh, and he also got a little help from a friend that actually does know what to do. He spent less than $300 for wood and supplies, saving us about $700. He started in August, but with our busy schedules and our crazy kids, it took a while to finally fit in enough time to finish building them. Then I got to work on sanding and priming. At that point we lost momentum, the weather got cold, holidays took up even more of our time, and suddenly it’s February and we can’t believe they are still sitting there. We should be ashamed of ourselves, and I am. Also, I’m sick of parking in the driveway.

All they need is a couple coats of paint, so I am making these a priority on our list of things to do. After they are painted and moved into the house, we will be able to tear down the awful built-ins and paint the walls. Yay! I’m so excited to get going…again.
 

February 14, 2011

One step closer

After an amazing trip to NYC, we arrived back in Texas, greeted with beautiful weather. So we got right back into garden prepping. Unfortunately we got a bit of a late start, so I’m not posting a new picture to show the progress. It doesn’t look like we did much of anything, but my sore body says we did.

We began with a quick run to Lowe’s to get everything we would need to finish the garden. We bought a couple different kinds of compost, some stakes and twine, and of course, seeds! Less than $40 later, we were on our way home. The kiddos came along, which makes every quick errand a little less quick. So by the time we got home and got started, we didn’t have much daylight left. Take a look at the original image, and then imagine bricks dug slightly into the ground, lining the entire space. And also imagine the ground filled with nutrient rich soil just waiting for seeds to be planted.

I’m happy with the progress we made and we hope to have it completely finished by the end of the week. Also,  I was able to take this sweet picture of my boys…always a plus!
 

 

February 7, 2011

I ♥ NY

I’m so excited to be on vacation this week! It couldn’t come at a better time. Although I’ll miss our kids terribly, I’m very much looking forward to the break and spending some quality time with the hubs. We are headed to New York City! Unfortunately this trip is business related for Alex, but we will definitely have time to enjoy ourselves and meet up with friends. We’ve always enjoyed our trips to NYC, so I’ve dug up a few old photos of past trips. Enjoy! See you next week.


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February 1, 2011

The Garden of Egner

After my post about the yard yesterday, I’m really excited to talk about the progress we made this past weekend. It just happened to be 70 degrees in the middle of winter, so Alex and I took advantage of it and got to work on our soon to be vegetable garden.
 

 
I know it doesn’t look like much, but had I remembered to take a BEFORE shot, you’d really be able to see the work that we did. So I’ll just tell you about it instead. We chose this corner of the yard because it is one of the only areas that receives direct sunlight for a good amount of the day. (We are starting with a small garden for now, in order to test the area and make sure it really does receive enough light.) The entire chain link fence was covered in English Ivy coming from our neighbor’s backyard. We tore it all out. And do you see that pile of bricks? Well, that’s just the leftovers. We moved a ton of random bricks from that corner of the yard. Not sure why they were there to begin with, but after digging them all up and stacking them nicely behind the shed, we realized we had enough to start another backyard project…a walkway. Yippee! Starting a garden is basically free, other than the seed, and now a project we thought was going to cost a bundle, won’t cost much at all thanks to a little hard work (and dumb luck).

The worst part about digging those bricks up—which I mostly did myself, thank you very much—was not knowing what kind of creatures were living underneath. There was a lot of screaming and running involved when a few spiders, centipedes, and even snakes came crawling out. But I was a big girl and got right back to work—after my heart rate returned to normal.

So the walkway will come later after a little more planning, but we got the area for the garden cleared out. And since we had so many bricks, we used some of  them to form a border around the space. Next, we’ll just have to till the soil and plant the seeds.

You have no idea how excited I am about this small amount of progress we made. I’m already dreaming of all the yummy foods I’m going to make with our plethora of fresh veggies.