Have you read the story called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff? If so then you know that the child gives a mouse a cookie, but then the mouse asks for a glass of milk to go with it, and then a straw, and then a napkin…and on it goes until the mouse needs another cookie.
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This is pretty much how all my home improvement projects go.
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For me this year it is a subtler nod to fall through the house. For example the mantle’s fall leaves are just barely turning color, the flowers are fall flowers in creamy white, and the pumpkin is a green ceramic one. I think this will take me through ’til Thanksgiving.
I usually decorate for Fall and then layer Halloween decorations on top, which can then be delayered after October 31. I am holding off on Halloween, but do have a few ravens to set the mood. Continue reading
Have I mentioned our house was a short-sale and in need of a fixer-upper overhaul? Oh I have? and frequently you say? Oh, well, in addition to the long list inside we also had a long list of improvements for the outside that are finally being addressed.
Our driveway and walkway needed replacing. The driveway was cracked asphalt and the walkway was made of large stone pavers which had settled and were no longer safely situated. Our railings were cited in the home inspection report for being rusted at the bottoms and I really wanted them gone, but couldn’t because there were three steps up to the entrance. Three steps or more requires railings.
Melanie showed you how to revamp a tired mailbox here, but what if your mailbox does not work in the spot the builder dropped it? Consider moving it.
Our house has a grassy strip between our driveway and the neighbors driveway. On this curb is where we have both been putting the trashcan on pickup days, but we have both been having a problem with our mailboxes, which are on the other sides, being blocked by cars.
The builder will usually drop the mailbox on opposite sides of neighboring driveways rather that putting them together. For our court that was a problem. We have a large number of teenagers on the court, so for a few years will have a larger number of cars that need to park there. If you do not leave enough clearance for the mailman you will get a notice reminding that you must do so, even if the car blocking the mail truck access is not one of yours.
We talked to our neighbor and asked how they would feel about moving the mailboxes to the center strip. She asked her sister-in-law who is a postal supervisor of some type and we checked the property platte. The first 2 feet of the grassy strip does not belong to either of us, it is set aside for utilities etc. Perfect! As their post needed to be replaced and ours was non-compliant with HOA covenants regarding paint when we moved in, we opted to get two new posts and paint them the designated HOA green.
We plotted out how we wanted the new area to look by arranging bricks that would provide the separation between lawn and post area. The bricks will be sunk into ground for ease of mowing. you can see their mailbox there. Usually there is a car parked right in front of that mailbox too. Continue reading
A redecorating playlist? Yes, why not. Pretty much any fitness buff will tell you they have a playlist to amp their workout. Music that inspires them to push themselves toward a new goal.
Why not a playlist for painting walls or reshuffling the furniture?
Happy 4th of July!
Showing you my front door decoration that carries me from Memorial Day through Summer. This is a tin star that I bought at World Market years ago. In our move the paint got scraped up and it got a little beat up. Continue reading
We replaced our weathered brass fixture this weekend.The space is tight so anything new had to fit that space. We found a cute barrel shaped LED light with crackle glass, and since the Hubs is all about technology and convenience that was the one.
Step 1. BEFORE YOU START TURN OFF POWER!!!! Continue reading