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Surprise tomatoes!

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Look! Something actually grew!!

Remember when I said that I think I would have to forget about the garden this year? Well, look what I found in the garden today!

And I found this too…

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Peppers!

It’s a itty-bitty baby pepper! A few of them, actually!

And finally, this is growing all over, but I have no idea what it is. Any one care to take a guess?

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Mystery Fruit?

My husband found this yesterday in our grapefruit bush/tree.

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Four little eggs – but we haven’t seen the mama birdie at all 😦

How does one know when limes are ripe? They just stay green!

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Lots of limes!

But what I’m most excited about is this, which my husband made for us. ❤

A swing built for two

When we bought this house, it came with quite a few old oak trees. They are perfect shade trees, but even more perfect for a swing! I love it! It was one of the things I always wanted when I grew up – a tree big and strong enough to have a swing on. And now, we do.

Almost a year after we moved in, I love that this house is starting to feel more like our home.

Thanks for stopping by!

Eliesa

 

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Come on in!

Well, that’s what I would like our front door to “say” to you when you walk up to our house. When we moved in, this is what greeted you.

It wasn’t exactly beckoning for you to enter, was it?

Since then, we’ve added some landscaping, gutters, and painted the patio floor white.

Added some landscaping…

And some gutters

But I still didn’t feel like it was very welcoming. And yes, these pics were from Halloween, so there aren’t tombstones in the front yard normally! LOL! So, I decided to paint the front door, which was white. On top of being kind of boring, it also looked like it was dirty all the time. And our puppy, Gus, knows how to open it by jumping on the handle, so it frequently looked like this.

Smart dog – annoying habit

So, I picked a dark brown from Sherwin Williams called black bean.

Sherwin Williams – Black Bean

Now, I just have to “dress” the entrance area. New welcome mat, a few potted plants and I think it will holler – “come on in!”. Will post follow up when it’s all done.

Thanks for stopping by!

Eliesa

Patio Furniture Re-do

When we lived in our old house, the colors of our patio furniture where all oranges and rust and reds. When we moved here, all the furniture we had didn’t quite fit the patio space, nor was I in love with the color scheme anymore. I wanted blues and greens. Since we had already either given away or sold the other outside furniture, I put the table and chairs up for sale on Craigslist and sold it within just a few hours. It was easily the fastest Craigslist sale for me, ever.

Then, I set to work finding a new set. I found this set on Craigslist.

Craigslist find

While it looked good in the pictures on the post, in real life, it was filthy and stunk to high heaven of smoke. Ick.

Before

It literally took me twenty to thirty minutes to clean each of the six chairs, and another hour and a half to clean the table.

Before

I gave all the pieces a quick rubdown with sandpaper, and then painted all the pieces with Rustoleum’s Navy Blue gloss spray paint.

Rustoleum’s Navy Blue

Love the color, which isn’t too dark, isn’t too brilliant.

After many coats of paint, I was still finding places that I missed. I guess that’s to be expected with all the knots on the chairs though. It took two days and seven cans of spray paint to finish the task, but I love the results.

Then, I set off to JoAnn Fabrics to find some fabric. Thankfully, they seem to have finally gotten some new fabrics (seems like they had the same stuff for years!), and I was able to find three color coordinated fabrics – one pattern, one solid (with texture) and one striped.

We stripped off the old fabric, both layers of them, and sprayed the cushions liberally with Febreeze. And then, after they dried, I did that last part again. Seriously, it was crazy how stinky they were. And finally, we recovered them and replaced the cushions on the chairs.

Patio set – after

I love the finished product! Now, I have to sew new covers for the bench cushions and pillows, and the patio update will be done. Will share that as soon as I finish them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Eliesa

Starting a vegetable garden isn’t as easy as it looks…

Maybe a better title for this post would be “I’m a plant murderer”.

A few months back, I was inspired by this pin, and many others like it, to start a vegetable garden.

When to plant chart...

It looked easy enough – plant seeds in little pods, use old concrete blocks to build a raised bed, fill with garden soil, add plants, water, watch them grow, weed the beds and pick lovely veggies/make lots of salads. Uhm… yeah, not so much.

The part about planting the seeds in little starter pods was easy enough, but then the first day I put them in the sun for too long, they all died. All of them.

Okay, I’m not the type of girl to just quit, so I started over. Moved the starter trays to a new position on the porch so it would get direct sun all morning. Re-planted the seeds and waited. This is what I had a couple of weeks ago.

I was pretty excited about all the peppers, but my tomatoes weren't coming up.

 

I love how they grow in the direction of the sun.

At this point, I tried to put them out in the sun for longer periods of time, but on day two of this part, I forgot about them as we were working to get our refrigerator from the old house moved into the new house, so they got a little wilted in the Florida heat. They went back to being kept under the covered porch for about a week with the hope that they would miraculously un-wilt. I faithfully sprayed them with a water mister every day. Yeah, that didn’t really help, but they weren’t dead. Just wilted and sunburned.

In the meantime, my brother helped to set up the concrete block raised bed. I went to the local soil/rock sellers, where I purchased two yards of soil, and got it delivered to the house. Unfortunately, the driver dropped it as far away from the planting bed as it could possibly be. So, my husband, who must love me very much, made many trips back and forth with the wheelbarrow to fill it up for me. God, I love that man 🙂

Today, I went out to plant the little buggers and it was a mess. I couldn’t get the plants out of the cups. Or, I should say I couldn’t get them out in one piece – they all crumbled and fell apart when I tried to get them out. I tried many methods of extraction… the wiggle, the tap, the pencil pushed through the bottom hole, to dislodge them but none of that worked. I was left with just a bunch of little plants with tiny roots. UGH! I tried to plant what was left of them, but I’m pretty sure they will all be dead by the morning.

I  guess I am starting over tomorrow with seeds, directly planted in the soil. I have to admit that it makes me sad that all those little plants had to die because I don’t possess a green thumb.

Is it ever too late in the season to start a vegetable garden?

Hope your adventures in gardening are better than mine.

Eliesa

“Shedding” some projects from my list…

Sorry that it’s been a while, but my little brother was here for almost a week (on and off) and I didn’t want to stop to post while he was busy working his fingers to the bone. Having him here is such a blessing, as I finally get to cross a ton of stuff off of my “to-do” list, and the relief I get from being able to do that is amazing.

One of the things we were able to finish was such thorn in my side for a while now – the shed! When I went to buy it off a Craigslist seller, it looked like this – in his yard.

Still on the original owner's property - not damaged!

It needed to be re-stained or re-painted, but that was pretty much all that needed to be done. After I took this picture, I left the shed mover to do what he needed to do to get it to my house and told him I’d meet him back at our house. Well, let’s just say that it didn’t make it to my house in one piece.

Front support beam - cracked right in half.

 

Back support beam - broken too! And another one in the middle.

When he put the shed on the supports, he didn’t even use 1/4 of the ones that were supposed to go under the shed, nor did he place them the way they should have been.

Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that's not the right way to do that.

Well, that’s how he left the shed, with promises to show up early the next day and fix the three broken beams, place it correctly on the supports, tie it down and fix the part of the flashing on the roofline that he hit, and in the process tore down, with a cable wire with on the way over (no pic of that, sorry!). Long story short, he never showed back up. Fast forward three or four weeks, and I finally got someone to fix what he broke, but they still haven’t finished what they should have. It’s still not tied down, and they used wood boards to support the shed, not the concrete blocks we supplied to them. But at least it’s usable, so at least we could start to move on with the project.

I stopped by the Sherwin Williams store and was lucky to find they had a five gallon mistint of exterior paint just waiting for me! I still can’t believe I only paid $50 for the whole thing! Usually it’s $55 a gallon!! They were also able to tint it to “Barn Red”, which we used because we kind of liked the color of the original stain and it was pretty close. It covered the stain with two coats and I love that it looks like a much cleaner finish than the blotchy stain it had.

Testing out the color - right side

Then we added a bright white trim and I just love, love, love it! It’s the perfect color for blending in without being completely invisible in it’s space. Does that make sense? I originally would have loved to have it a bright, Key West inspired color palette, but it would have stuck out like a sore thumb in our woodsy yard.

Painting complete!

And then, to make it a little prettier, I added a few decorative touches.

Almost complete!!

I planted a bunch of wild flowers in the empty pots I had all over the yard from when we moved in and transplanted everything into the ground,

They already started to sprout!!

and repainted the thermometer above the doors a metallic blue. Now, I just have to wait for the flowers to grow, and add some more mulch around the front and I’ll consider this pretty much done!! I love that it’s not an eye sore, and that my garage finally has some breathing room since we were able to move most of the yard stuff and the bikes, etc into the shed.

So, that’s one project down, and it was a big one. Thank God for Little Brothers!

What projects are you working on today??

Thanks for stopping by!

Eliesa

 

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