Springtime for Duckie

Wow, it has been a long time since I updated this page. There are two very good reasons; one is that I have not been doing much home improvement. The other is that I was terribly depressed for the last few months, which contributed a lot to the first reason.

A lot has happened since the last time I posted. I changed jobs. I left a long-term relationship, which started the fall into depression. I had personal issues over Christmas that ruined the holiday for me and made matters worse. Then Maryland had a horrible winter, which made it hard to do anything. The lack of warmth and light caused the depression to get worse, and I hardly cleaned my house, let alone made improvements on it.

Spring has a magical effect on me. As the days grew longer, I started coming out of it. I started becoming more active. I started new relationships. The creative juices started flowing again and along with it, the will to get up and move around and do stuff again. And boy, have I been busy! I have so much to update you all on! Lots of exciting plant-related news. Lots of plans for the back yard, as it is my area of focus this season. Some indoor plans as well.

Stay tuned for more posts soon!

Back to the Future

Hello all! It has been a while!! How y’all doing?

The last few months has been full a lot of boring, non-crafty, non-home improvement stuff. Stuff has been done, such as repainting the downstairs bathroom hallway so it was no longer pink, but not much of it. That job did get rid of all the pink in the house though!! Well, except the basement floor, but that doesn’t count because it is unfinished. (Yes, the painted the basement FLOOR pink as well…) Other than that, I have been doing a lot of gardening in the front of the house and a lot of work outside of the house. Once I finish the large garden project I am working on now, I promise to get pictures up here!!

susans

To tide you over, here is a pic of the first blooms on my Black-eyed Susans, the official state flower of Maryland.

Continue reading

April Showers and May Flowers

Happy Spring! Its been a busy one already. But the sun is out, the temperatures are rising and soon it will be time to start moving my tomatoes and snap peas out into the garden. Even Agnes the Mighty, defender of my porch, is ready for it with her adorable raincoat.

Image

I am goose, hear me roar!

Continue reading

Spring has Sprung!

It has been a while since I posted, but I haven’t been lazy. No, no! Just a bit slow on posting. Like a lot of the rest of the country, Maryland was hit hard by the polar vortex. Even this Monday, three days before spring was about to start, we had a snowstorm that dropped 8″ on us. Boo snow! It has made getting ready for spring a bit hard, though I have been doing my best. 

Continue reading

I will buy you a garden, where your flowers can bloom…

It’s been a while since I posted. Mostly because it has been really cold and busy in the duckpond over the last month or so. In February, I had two snow days and had to shovel out my driveway about five times in those two days. I have also been busy with non-house projects, including sewing, crafting and working on a routine and costume for my first burlesque routine I am doing in April. Whew!

Amongst all the snow and cold, I have been starting to get ready for the growing season here. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, my area of Maryland has a 200-day growing season. So lots that can be done! Although the last frost according to this source is not until April 11, I am starting to get stuff ready, including infrastructure improvements and seed-starting.

Continue reading

A Bit of Victoriana

I have said before that I have a thing for Victorian home decor. I plan to dedicate my front room (which I call The Library) to this look. While I am still searching for the perfect fainting couch and side table, I have found some lighting. Through eBay I found a great lamp for said side table that is bronze and silver and very period-looking. I also found the perfect light fixture. While snowed in today, I put it up.

Continue reading

Quick Bathroom Makeover

Last night and this morning I was busy painting my upstairs bathroom. While I am a all for the new and modern, I am a huge fan of the vintage. My love of Victorian aesthetics, my interest in burlesque and my obsession with the kitsch play into how I am decorating my home.

Although not a selling point like the huge kitchen and the fireplace, I fell in love with my upstairs bathroom as soon as I saw it. It is full of 50’s adorableness. The black and white tiles on the floors and walls were just perfect.

Continue reading