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2012 Home Goals

26 Jan

Almost done with the week! Yeah! It’s a time to look ahead to the future! Okay.. that was weird. Anyway…

In addition to getting physically in shape, I want to get this house in shape too. I think we did a lot last year, but I want to really get this place where I want it to be. I feel like if I write it down, I’m more likely to actually do it. So here it is… my 2012 project list:

#1 Update my Craft room/Goose’s Room

When we first moved in, I had this whole plan about how I wanted my craft room to look. And I think it was okay. Yeah.. just okay. But I want more this year. I want this to be an inspiring place where I will… [pause for dramatic effect]… actually do crafts! Right now about 90% of my crafting and decorating is done downstairs in front of the boob tube with the mister. In 2012 I want to keep all the crafting junk out of the basement and in its place upstairs. In order to do that tho I think I need a more inspiring room to work out of. 1 thing I can’t get rid of or the mister will KILL me is the counter top desk. While it wasn’t super expensive (like $120 for the counter and the filing cabinets were free), it was a pain to get it in and installed for some reason. I also want to get rid of the beige walls… yuck.

#2 Finish the Guest Bedroom

I’ve actually made some pretty great progress on this room over the last couple year considering it started with a hodge podge of furniture from college, but unfortunately it’s not done yet. I really want to get it done this year stat. Some basic things like adding artwork, straightening up the desk area, organizing the closet space, getting rid of the extra doors in the room (one of which my wedding dress from almost 3 years ago still hangs… untouched since the wedding.) I’ve got some cool ideas for artwork that I just need to finish.

#3 Backyard Planter Bed

Again, this is another area that we’ve made progress on since we moved into the house, but just haven’t made a whole lot of progress since then. My bulbs that I spent hours planting seem to have disappeared once they got into the ground b/c the never bloom, the mulch has nearly all washed away, and the stone boarder had to be moved to cover a hole that Goose was digging. It needs help. So sad.

Backyard this summer. (It's MUCH worse now... and it wasn't that good then.)

#4 Build/Get a Potting Bench

I like gardening, and it’s something that I do a lot of during the warmer months. The problem is that all my gardening stuff is no longer fitting on the 1 shelf I have in the garage. I think I’d like to put it out back on the patio. The original intention of this space was to make it a little “entertaining space”, but let’s face it, St. Louis has about 2 months out of the year that you can actually entertain outside without freezing or dying of heat stroke and bug bites. So now on to more practical applications.

#5 Update the Kitchen Lighting

Right now I only have one sad little soldier of a lamp in my kitchen. Well… there is one above the stairwell, but that doesn’t really count. I want recessed lightening can lights. Won’t really be happy till I get them. Heads up Mister! You’re going to be the one installing  them.

I’m well aware that I’ll probably do more than these 4, but I thought since some of them had multiple layers (like the craft room), I’d go ahead and start small.

I’m pretty excited!

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Introducing…The House

14 Aug

Well Hello!

Since this blog is about my home and the fun crafty things I’ve done to it, I feel like it’s only fitting to start from the outside of the house and work our way in. So here goes!

This is what my house looked like when we first got it. (The absolutely terrible landscaping is probably what kept a gem like this on the market for a whole month. The interior was AMAZING, but some people can’t see past the exterior of things to see the hidden potential… that’s enough philosophy for now 🙂 )

Before- Exterior when we bought the house in March 2009

Before- Close up of the random trees out front. Sick.

With the help of a cousin and a friend we were able to create this in just a weekend! 

After-Landscaping in front.

MUCH better if I do say so myself. We used a reddish mulch and planted the following:

  • 1 weeping cherry tree (left front/center)
  • 3 dwarf alberta spruce clustered in the middle)
  • 3 yellow/green bushes .. can’t remember the type (on right)
  • 6 creeping phlox
  • 5 Canna’s (large, tall flowers)
  • variety of lilies for pops of color in the Spring

Then we started on the backyard (which we are still “tweaking” today):

Backyard Before

The back of the house was a collection of weed trees, some random Irises and other weeds. Here’s what it looks like now:

After- Backyard

So in the back we added the following:

  • Some hastas (on the far left from my brother-in-laws garden)
  • About 50 gladiolus bulbs (which none of them have bloomed! They grow tall but never bloom. Frustrating!)
  • Transplanted the Irises that were there and got some from my sister. (The Irises turned white this year! Weird)
  • Added a Crape Myrtle bush
  • Variety of Lilies (they were white, yellow, and a pinky color)
  • I did plant a couple of Cannas, but the puppy dug those up except for one

We also added a little river stone wall that we made from rocks my dad picked up from my family’s property. We desperately need to remulch as since we got so much snow and rain the red mulch all washed away. We also really need to figure out what to do with the peeling paint on the side of the house (please don’t judge us). Pretty sweet.

I also did quite a bit of work on the side of the house, but my “After” pictures would be far less impressive as I managed to kill 5 of the plants I planted there and we haven’t mulched. I’ll add that at some point to the post. 🙂

Happy landscaping!