Setting up an Outdoor Patio

Setting up anWhen a moment happens that something you’ve wanted to do or create for a long time comes together.  That’s what happened today for me.  I’ve long since loved reading magazines like Style at Home and just LOVE all the outdoor spaces people make.

Today was the first of many patio set ups for our home!

It’s May Long Weekend and our Trailer is still in the driveway.  Not something we are excited about.  We do plan to sleep in it one of the nights this weekend. Plus we get to install a new awning!

I hustled yesterday to get this space ready. I was inspired by a local lady and her “She Shed”. Here’s my version on my Patio.

Setting up our Patio Space:

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Creating a patio space for me includes things that inspire you for the outdoors.  Here we have Adirondack (plastic, mind you), Rowing paddles tucked in the corner and of course lots of plants.

2 big bonuses on our property is the greenhouse AND a covered patio. It’s a double win in my mind.

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I grabbed out folding side table from the trailer, painted a sign from an old sign we had in the house and put the word “LAKE” on it and hung my succulent planter.

Simple touches that help make the space become a relaxing zone at anytime of the day.

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Lots of personal touches like, decor, fresh cut flowers on the table and lots of different colored and sized pots.

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I think every gardener has a story to tell about their pots.  Beige pot I bought when I was renting. The next 2 come from my husbands family. The water pot his grandparents and parents used for camping.  We used it too for many camping trips to boil water. The big colorful pot is from his grandparents.  The little wine bottle lantern I got for a birthday present from my Sister-in-law. I had to more it for the kids, they might break it.

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I see a future painting project in this picture. I can’t wait to paint this little table. I love running out to cut the rhodo’s that line our property.  I’ll have more fresh flowers this summer going here for sure.

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These Paddles, I saved them.  My hubby was ready to let them go.  I was like, nope, decor, and took them back. I do those kinda things. FYI – Made by the Canadian Paddle Company.

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Here’s a side shot with the greenhouse. We have a swing the kids love to hang out it. I also have my hanging baskets growing.  I would love to extend the patio bricks in front of the greenhouse, but that’s a project for another day.

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Now off to pour some wine and enjoy the propane fire pit we have going in our new patio space to enjoy the long weekend.

Our puppy loves to curl up at our feet and the kids loved the s’mores tonight.

Do you have a patio space?

How are you spending the May Long Weekend?

 

 

 

Raised Garden Beds Mistakes

Rasied Beds Mistakes UPDATED

Hold on, WordPress just let me know it’s been 3 years since I registered this blog.  Wow.

Thanks to everyone who follow along with me on my blogging journey.

Ok – It’s still spring and now that things are growing it’s just maintenance and preparing for the harvest at this point.  Might be my last Gardening post for a bit. Which makes me excited to share about our home coming up.

Raised Garden Beds Mistakes

I follow a local gardening group and seeing lots of people in our area making raised beds.  I see people across Canada that I follow getting into theirs.  So I thought it would be a good time to share my experience.

Spring 2019

We built our raised garden beds in 2019.  I had great success with them the first year and this year I’m taking a different approach.

Gardening is lots of growing and learning your knowledge. Mistakes happen and that’s how we learn.

Mistake 1: Not preparing the ground

Here’s what we started with before we built the Raised Beds. I was fighting so many weeds.  It was exhausting.

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I remember my husband saying our Garden was too big.  It’s half the size of my mom’s garden. I didn’t feel it was big enough.  I should have spent time knowing where the major weed infestation was to deal with the ground before building.

Mistake 2: Not Preparing the BOTTOM of the Raised Garden Beds

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We built these in the end of March in 2019.  We made sure the Lawn Mower could go in between for mowing. We kinda guessed, never researched the size they should be.

Again, we didn’t prepare the base or the bottom of the boxes. I’m fighting WEEDS, and left over invasive plants that aggressively come up. Cardboard or landscape cloth would have been a huge help here.

3: Not RESEARCHING the basics of Raised Garden Beds

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We got a great garden mix from a local garden center and filled the boxes.  They look so clean in this picture. However, looking back on it, I wish I did what we learned the hard way with other projects and did our research.

Spring 2020

We had a decent Harvest last year.  I shared about that in this blog post.

Mistake 4: Planning ahead for planting seeds and plants

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I forget to split my Rhubarb this year.  It’s overtaking this first raised garden bed, even since I shot these pictures.  Plus I realized last year that it was TOO BIG for the boxes.

There’s a gardening thing to do with companion gardening. Umm, yah, didn’t take that into consideration. My second box I’m trying to stagger plant.  My attempt to start seeds early this year went sideways.

Mistake 5: Labeling your plants

Carrie, really?  This is like Gardening 101 here.  I planted 3 Varieties of garlic…and didn’t label them. Oops. I kept the packages and at least still know the names.

I told myself I would remember….yah no.  I was in a rush and thought I was late getting the bulbs in the ground in the fall. Turns out I was just fine and should have taken the extra few minutes to make labels.

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Mistake 6: Critter protection

Critters as in Animals.

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I woke up one morning, walked out on the deck to see a perfect, cat poop mound in this raised garden bed. I took care of the mess and pealed some oranges and put them in the box.

THEN, our puppy thought it was fun to dig in this box, hence the make shift roll of fencing.  I need to think about a plan to deal with this box here soon. Any ideas would be appreciated?

Harvest 2020

I’m already loving running to the Raised Garden beds and getting fresh chives, parsley and rhubarb.  Already made Rhubarb Compote, it was amazing with mothers day breakfast on waffles and homemade bread the other day.

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Just a note to add – I’m out here daily dealing with weeds.  It’s a gardeners job to keep on top of it.  I get that.  However bindweed from the hedge and the corner of the yard is INTENSE. Including the buttercups that cover between the beds and the fence line.

I took these photos a few weeks back.  Now…it’s everywhere.  I’m glad I took pictures before the weeds took over.

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Happy Planting!

Don’t make these mistakes like we did. I hope this post is helpful to know what can happen.

I LOVE the Raised Garden beds, the difference in my gardening has been amazing.

If we built more to add to this side of the yard we will not make the same mistakes again.

 

 

 

Raised Cedar Planter Box

how to DIYI had to take a step back from my blog for a bit.  Why?  Been busy making cedar boxes and delivering them.  Among taking care of 3 kids, a puppy and maintaining social distances.

My recent blog post sparked a lot of attention. Here’s my Community Garden Box .

Do to a request for a box, this last weekend my husband and I built a raised cedar planter box.  It took longer then he would have liked as I was busy taking the camera and asking for certain shots. Plus I want in on the action with the tools too!

Raised Cedar Planter Box

Here’s the step by step guide with how we built it.

Step 1: Buy Materials – Ours cost just over $40 Canadian.

Materials List:

  • 1:  2″x 4″ x 8′ Cut to 23″
  • 1: 1″ x 2″ x 8′
  • 6: 1″ x 6″ x 4′ Cut at 36″ Extra 12″ becomes the ends

Additional notes: See in Pictures in Step 5 for a visual.

  • Legs are 1.5″ down from top board when your screwing them together.
  • 1″ x 2″ is cut to support bottom boards.

Step 2: Cut all the boards to the lengths above.

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Step 3: Assemble and using screws put the LONG sides together.

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Optional: You can use a Pin Nailer – the box won’t hold together for very long if you use this method.

Step 4: Assemble short sides to the legs

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Step 5: Cut and assemble the BOTTOM with boards spaced apart.

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End boards on the bottom need to be notched out to fit.

Finished Raised Garden Box:

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If putting soil in the box, put in a liner, plastic or fabric with staples. Can also fit a few pots with plants in it, if desired.

Optional: Turn it into dual purpose, a community garden swap box.

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This box design is super simple and easy to make. The original raised garden box was made for a garden party we had for a wedding reception.  My mother in law made it. Rough cedar is cheaper, price all depends on which type of cedar boards you buy.

Interested in making one?

Let me know in the comments.

Carrie

 

 

 

Community Garden Box

Home and Garden Swap (1)My heart beats for Community and the well being of others.  When I think back on how I got started Gardening a lot of my plants that I started with I got for FREE.

One of my goals as a blogger is serving YOU, my readers. I like to help solve a problem you may be having.  Here’s the thing.  Recently MANY people have lost their jobs. This has been hard for many close to me. My big community heart wants to HELP.

So I created a community garden box.

Here’s all the steps of how I made mine and let me know if you plan to host a community garden box too!

Community Garden Swap

Here’s how I made it:

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Step 1:

I found an old cedar box planter I had not been using. I took out my stencils and paint.  I planned out the words and painted them on the box. I used stencils – not a fancy machine with vinyl. I don’t make enough signs. Simple stencils from the dollar store!

Step 2:

Fill it with plants you are not wanting anymore. Plants you have extra of!! Sometimes our seeds do really well and we don’t need that many.

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Step 3: 

Let your community know! My box sat for close to 2 weeks before any plants started moving. I realized my mistake in not advertising to the local community group on Facebook.

I’ve ran into some problems with mine and realized I needed to add some “Rules and Guidelines” to the box.

FREE PDF Version click Community Garden Box

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Step 4:

Have fun – Get to know your local gardening community. You might find someone to share the Harvest with! I’ve already had lots of great connections with my neighborhood through mine.

Here’s the Final Community Garden Swap Box

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The box did get picked up from a miss understanding and I was able to track it down and get it back.  My seed container in the box had a bunch of loose seeds rolling around. So the guidelines was needed.

I just printed the guidelines – put it in a plastic sleeve and stapled it to the bottom.

Step 5: (Optional)

If you want to host one in your community and like to be added to the list of locations join the Community Garden Swap Facebook Group.

If your not on Facebook and want to know a list of locations with contact information fill out the contact form.

 

 

Benefits of hosting a Garden Swap:

1: Your helping someone who has a minimal budget grow food for their family.

2: Get to know your Gardening Community Near you – SHARE THE HARVEST.

3: Try a new plant!

4: Gardening is great for our health and well being on so many levels.

Gardening is an ESSENTIAL part of my life.

I shared more in my 10 Reasons Why I love Gardening

Love to hear from you,

Do you share your plants or harvest with others?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our DIY Deck – Patio Renovation

Patio Renovation

Disclaimer: We are NOT deck building professionals. This deck was built by us with guidance from construction workers. Additional work done on the deck was done by a professional company for the vinyl and railing in which we received a discount for work done. 

Our DIY Deck – Patio Renovation!

We aren’t construction workers, however my husband was excited to take on this build. Lots of research, designing and planning went into this. We did get a quote from one company to do the entire thing and then we decided to do the build ourselves. The vinyl and railing was done by a local company.

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We got 2 word of mouth recommendations for the vinyl and railing for Pheonix and Ediger Sundecks.

BEFORE – The old deck

Let’s be real, we bought an older house. When we moved in the deck caught our attention with how bad it was. It was growing mushrooms!

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The deck wasn’t a builder grade and was patched and held together by many materials not suitable for decks. Roofing shingles belong on roof’s not stairs.

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The wood was fencing boards and super slippery when wet.

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I bought several rice mats over the last couple years and stapled them down to make it somewhat bearable to use.

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I resorted to blocking the stairs for the kids safety sake. I have no idea how my piano made it up these stairs.

FYI – My garden hose was under those stairs. I had many bruises on my back hitting the stairs to turn the water on and off.

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I shudder looking at this.

I was running Foam Fest last year and my husband started sending me pictures of a destroyed deck. Where he stood to BBQ, his pry-bar slipped through like butter when he let go to TEST how rotten the deck was.

AFTER – Our new deck

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If you look at the staining on the patio tiles you can see how small the old deck was.

The basement bedroom has so much light now. It has a full view of the backyard. We will be building a storage shed in the future to replace the storage we lost from underneath.

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We spent so much time designing: Where the stairs should go?  How far out we wanted it to be?

We took our existing table and BBQ and set it out in the grass and laid out several scenarios.  Then the right one clicked.

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View from our patio sliding door to the stairs.

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View from the stairs coming up. Made sure there was lots of space for sitting around the table and the BBQ being a good safe distance from the table.

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Our youngest and our puppy are on the deck ALL the time. Kona is constantly sun bathing on the deck. Or she’s often found looking for scraps after a meal.

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We can’t wait to host BBQ’s again.  We are always outside.  Our house needs lots of work, we’ve done most of our Reno’s for outside. We still have a stucco repair to do, stain the stair tread’s, landscaping and paint.

If you planning a deck renovation and looking for a company, I encourage you to contact Pheonix and Edigar Sundecks. 

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We are excited to finally do a big change for our property. It’s already changed how we live in our home. It’s like an outdoor dining and living room.

Are you planning a deck Reno? 

 

 

Earth Day 2020

2020 (1)It’s April 21st.  I don’t always keep up with all the “days” of the year where there’s something to celebrate. Earth Day seems like an important one to highlight this year.

Am I a big tree huger? Do I love the earth that we live on and thinks it’s important to take care of it, YES.

I’ve been a bit weighed down for a while about our earth and the major changes that are taking place.  Truth is, I see technology pushing natures boundaries in the coming years worse then ever for our convenience. Doesn’t take long to do some research and get annoyed at what’s coming in the next few years and even now.

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Take care of our Earth

I’ve been on a more ‘Eco’ friendly lifestyle for a while.  I’m not fully a granola crunchy person as people like to tease, but I’m close. My husband did a night over camping trip at a local lake in the mountains a few years ago and shared with me when he got back there were some women there that if ‘Carrie let herself go…I would look like that’.

Every small step makes a difference:

For money savings sake a long time ago I started hanging my laundry to dry. In turn I wasn’t running my energy draining dryer.

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Another way is hand washing dishes. I’m learning lots of minimalists who don’t have a dishwasher and only just enough plates and such for their families. That would sure make washing dishes a lot faster if there was less.

That’s just an example of 2 small steps. There’s so much more Eco living tips that I haven’t even attempted to try yet. If you look at my living on one income post you can see much more how we save.

I honestly see it as more going back to the old ways and less leaning on the conveniences of our modern ways of life.

“Electronics are expensive and convenience is costly”

Any way you can change the way you look at your everyday living and think more of an earthly mindset you can make a big difference.

How do we take care of our earth?

Making small steps in your home and lifestyle for one. Also, when shopping looking for products that either use environmental practices in their products or fund an organisation that helps the environment.

Most of my clothes is second hand or I bought on clearance.  Here’s a shirt I’ve had my eye on for a long time. It’s made by a local clothing company, literally 15 min from where I live.  Knowing that the fabric is made in North America and not from a sweat shop makes a difference.

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Taking care of our earth is buying local, sourcing out products that have the environment in mind. One of my planters I recently bought is made from recycled plastics collected from my local area.

How are YOU celebrating Earth Day?

This Earth Day we can’t go to any parades or host big celebrations. The kids and I painted a big earth on our window and talked about ways we can help save the earth.

Oh – They requested cupcakes too.

What are some Earth Friendly things you do to help the earth?

Self Care: Managing Coronavirus

How am I doing?

Need to talk about self care today. Especially around this current time we are in. While walking with our puppy and the kids this morning all of this was heavy on my mind.

I’ve always been a ‘rule follower’. I’m not saying I am perfect at following the rules but , I’ve realized this whole stay home order that we have in Canada is kicking in all my childhood thoughts and feelings? Why?

How am I feeling?

Left out, like a failure and alone…

Last week my son noticed our neighbor having friends over. It was obvious by conversations that all the adjoining yards to hers that they are front line workers.

‘Mom, if I’m not allowed to have friends over why is she?’ Good question?

We are blessed to live by lots of parks and trails. Recently the bc parks got closed, which meant we’ve been sticking close to home more then we have. I recently learned friends going for walks and right away felt ‘left out’. Again, those childhood fears crept right back up.

An order is an order, doing our best to be an example to our kids to ‘follow the rules’. Then there’s doing ‘crisis homeschooling’. Last week I completely missed read a section of the school website and missed several day’s worth of learning that I should have been doing. Those old feelings surfaced of being a failure and not ‘understanding’ the teachers directions and doing it wrong. All came back. Create and hands on is how I learn. Written directions have always been a challenge.

As much as all these feelings of left out, failure and alone. Seriously, grocery shopping is just silently weird. I’m almost always that annoying chatty person in the line up. As much as I can come across as shy I like meeting new people. Spaced out line ups and sparse shoppers in the stores is weird and kinda lonely.

Managing it all

As I write this on my phone, my son has his class zoom call soon and my neighbor just dropped off dalia tubers in my mailbox.

I allow these feelings to come up, acknowledge them and move on.

Truth is I’m so exhausted at the end of the day. It’s a good exhausted feeling. One that tells me I’m not giving up on life. I’m keeping more busy then I ever have and am very grateful for what I do have.

I’ve been through too many ‘rough’ patches to know it’s temporary and the know the feeling of freedom once I’m out of the worst of it.

Flute playing, gardening, family birthdays, decor projects, Reno projects, organizing, running a ministry, blogging, studying, housework and family life. I think that’s it? I couldn’t do any of this without my faith or my amazing marriage with my husband.

How are you managing this Coronavirus self isolation order?

Our First Reno – Townhouse Renovation

TownhouseI thought I would take a moment and share a past project.  This one was HUGE.  We bought our townhouse in 2010 and moved in January 1st 2011 and the renovations began the NEXT morning!

It’s only a GLIMPSE of what we did. I took a ton of pictures so I tried finding the best before and after.

I’m a sucker for home transformation and when it was finally our turn I was so excited!!

Here’s our Townhouse Renovation from 2011 – 2014

Front Entrance

Before

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Inspectors Photo during the purchasing process. We renovated so quickly I didn’t get much before pictures.

After

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New Door – Floor Tile – Trim – Coat Hook – Electrical – Drywall – All the important stuff behind the walls and we can’t forget PAINT!

Front Hallway

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Yikes – This is hard to look at.  It’s USED to be a huge mudroom, with a storage closet with Hot water tank and electrical and access to the garage PLUS the front door.  Oh, that window at the end in over the kitchen sink.  The townhouse USED to have a carport.  This used to be exterior.

After

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New hallway and just a pass through window without cabinets blocking the view to the backyard.

Here’s a shot of the old front door.

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We took it out – obviously.  This is the original front entrance where I’m standing taking the picture. The man with the hammer.  My handsome hubby.

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We just had it as a more open area with old coat closet becoming a pantry.  Something I don’t have now and miss! Plus I had a storage cabinet there.  Townhouse – need all the storage you can get.

Kitchen

Before

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Truth – The best photo I have because it was so boxed in with walls and cabinets that were ready to fall. Cabinets had rat droppings on them and the light above the sink wasn’t secure and ready to fall into the kitchen sink at any moment.

After

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Did you catch that?  We FOUND these stairs on the other side and it completely changed our design plan and ended up with a bigger kitchen.

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Cabinet makers daughter here.  Solid Maple Cabinets with crown molding.  Yes – Solid cabinets.  Do I ever miss those cabinets.  Dreaming of a new kitchen again.  It’s SO nice.

Living Room

Before

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Again – Inspection photo.  This hurts my eyes, I can SMELL this place.  It stank so bad. Oh….did you see the GIANT mirror. Then there was this all over the walls.

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Confused?  Vaulted ceilings.  We kept the top part and took down the rest.  What a job.

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This place had 1970’s written all over it.  Orange Curtains!! We camped in our living room with camping kitchen.

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Last living room shot.  That fireplace!

After

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Bathrooms

Downstairs 1/2 bath Before

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Again, I shudder when I see this.

After

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Don’t ask me why the lid is open. I loved the wainscoting we did in this bathroom.  The shelf was from the upstairs bathroom and fit better on the main floor.

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Upstairs Bathroom Before

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After

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Just like my kitchen, it was hard to say goodbye to this bathroom when we sold this place.

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I just realized the trim isn’t done in these photos.  It was before we sold it.

I took lots of pictures – never knowing I was going to blog in the future. We learned a TON during this and are already getting our current home into the planning process for some renovations.  Yes – We did have our first son in this place. Painting and Pregnant…

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Hope this post was fun and inspiring too look at.  Some of the design is still current and some of it isn’t anymore.  It’s a townhouse complex so the exterior is all done by strata.  So there’s now photos of that.

What Renovations have you done?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Home and Garden Tour

Spring 2020Spring is in full swing here at our house. I hope these pictures are an inspiration for your own home and garden.

I just shared my first Plant Haul on my Instagram feed. That was fun to do.  I’ve always seen peoples “hauls” when they go shopping.  Anticipate more Plant and Home Decor hauls.  Although I like to DIY most of my decor.

Spring in our Home

I don’t do much for Home Decor, but a few changes sure makes a difference.  I’m working towards having more plants in my house, but with 2 young boys, almost 2 year old daughter and add a puppy to the mix this is what I do.

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My Mantel got a re-fresh.  Yes, there’s only one live plant up there. I looked back at pictures and noticed I had fresh flowers a lot sooner before. For now, fake hydrangeas and lavender sprigs will do.

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I think there’s something sweet about my old Flute joining the mantel again. With my love for music it’s a nice personal touch.

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My spider plant is having a baby.  I grew this plant from 3 baby’s from my mother in laws plant.  Recently those 3 sprouted and finally grew air roots and planted them and then this one sprouted.

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I’m sure there’s a technically term then baby but I think it’s cute to call it that.

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Truth is, this table display doesn’t last as we use this table all the time.  BUT there’s HOPE!! Our deck is near complete and lots of meals have been enjoyed out there already.

Spring in our Garden

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To all my followers and friends who like Eco Living.

This pot is made from re-claimed plastics from our local area in Vancouver.

I still love this welcome board I made from our old fence.

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My tulips FINALLY turned color.  My gardens, even though I live in a rich environment for growing is always behind at least 3 weeks from everyone else.

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I started the staging process before I plant my Geraniums and Petunias.  Plus I started snap dragons and other mixed seed packages for this garden in the green house.  I hope to have more bouquets from my garden this year.

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Remember I said we are eating more outside now, here’s a sneak peak.  I finally have lavender again! I’m so excited for this space.

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You can always find our kids on the deck, including our puppy sunbathing.

Hope you enjoyed my spring home and garden tour

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What Home and Garden projects are you working for this Spring?

 

Easter Fun

Easter FunIt’s the evening of Good Friday as I write this. I’ve been thinking as we are going into this Easter weekend not being able to be with Family and Friends. There’s no Easter Egg Hunts put on by my mother in law or coloring eggs with Grandma.

Easter 2020? I guess it’s time to get creative and still make some family fun out of it for our family.

Tonight I thought it would be fun to share an Easter from years past. Hopefully it’s help inspire some Easter fun for your home.

Comment Below, “What are your Easter Plans?”

Easter Egg Coloring

I don’t remember many Easter egg hunts as a kid.  I remember lots of Good Friday church services at night. What I do remember is coloring eggs!

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I found this gem of a photo from a couple of years ago.  We did this when our oldest was 4 at my parents house and hosted an international student.  Both kids loved it. FYI – the Christmas table clothe is like a “crafting” table clothe.  I use an old bed sheet for my kids once the crafting supplies come out.

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I was never fooled as a kid about the world view of Easter Eggs and bunnies.  My bunny Charlie was in his cage in the backyard and I had to collect eggs from the chickens.  Country kid knows those 2 things don’t go together.

If your interested in a natural dye option for eggs check out Shifting Roots blog post. I had a good laugh at all her attempts. Next year I’ll try some and see how they turn out!

Easter Egg Hunts

I think these pictures say it all.  I’ll admit I’m “that aunt who always has a camera with her”. I have an Aunt like that that’s always taking pictures with her camera. Let’s say she’s inspired me. I’m glad I took these cute pictures.

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The kids running into the yard after we said “GO”.

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I couldn’t help but add an Egg being picked up in the garden!

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“Son, I think you have some growing to do”.  Something tells me my husband was up to this egg placement.

Egg Hunts at our House

Easter Egg hunts happened a couple years at our house too.  For Privacy of family it was hard to find a good picture to share without protecting their privacy. These next couple photo’s where taken in our backyard.

Here our middle son is crouched in the yard with his bucket and not sure “what is going on?”

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You might have noticed my kids have their Easter Clothes on.

Then there’s me and the camera.  Remember our old fence?  I couldn’t help myself get a photo op.

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Thankfully I could save just a few boards.  But having 2 boys this fence got replaced the summer after this photo was taken.

One more…

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How we really celebrate Easter

I rarely bring this up,  Easter seems like a good time to share.

At our house you won’t find pictures of the kids with the Easter Bunny.  Just not something we “celebrate”. Tonight we spent joining our church live for the Good Friday service.  It’s good to see familiar faces while being stuck at home.

Our kids colored while we watched and we did communion with fishy crackers and juice.  We also took the time to light candles after the kids went to bed and prayed.

Easter is about Jesus and what we He did. I know what I experience having Him in my heart and how much of an impact that’s had on my life. I can encourage you to seek faith in believing in Him but ultimately that’s up to you and where your at in your life. All I can do is be an example.

We celebrate Easter by looking to the cross and most especially leaving our burdens at the feet of the cross. This time of the year I’ve had some very difficult things to go through.  One including quitting my job after loosing our second baby.  Having an Elder come over after the Good Friday service still is clear as day for me from 6 years ago. Now that I’m building up a business and working from home that’s all changed and I’m thankful for every step that’s brought me to where I am today.  I have Jesus to thank for that.

Easter 2020???

Tomorrow – We will be hiding eggs for the kids, coloring eggs, painting rocks, buying more plants (from local vendors of course) and taking a break from anything online, unless there’s family and friends who want to video chat them I’m all in.

Have a great long weekend!