Pinterest Perfection

I don’t often try things I find on Pinterest. I have a lot of my own projects and I find some of the stuff I find on there just silly. But there are some diamonds in the rough, like the absolutely brilliant idea of using magazine holders as shelving. A very simple project, and a good way to get this blog rolling again, I think.

I had a corner that needed a splash of color and a plant. So after a little Internet research, off I went to Ikea to get some sturdy magazine holders. I elected to go with the KNUFF wooden racks, which come two in a pack for $10. I went on this trip with my girlfriend who was also interested in corner shelves, so we got two packs. Continue reading

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In which Duckie Constructs a Firepit

I love fires. I love the smell of burning leaves and the smoky smell that gets on you when sitting around one. I especially love hanging out with friends around one, making s’mores and chatting. So I decided that I wanted a firepit in my yard. And since I am me, I couldn’t just go buy one in the store. So I scoured the internet and found this beauty, which I had every intention of building (almost) per the instructions. But no matter where I looked, I could not find tree rings! So the project went on hold until this summer, when I started looking for other inexpensive fire pit ideas.

I posted on Freecycle, looking for free bricks to build a more traditional firepit with. I also added a line asking for curved, scalloped bricks but not expecting anyone to have them. Lo and behold, someone did! He had about 100 of these beauties in the back of his property, and I was free to take as many as I needed.

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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.

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Waiting for Spring

Baltimore is starting to thaw out from the ridiculously cold weather we had last week. With the help of contractor’s plastic on my windows and sleeping on my couch near the fireplace, I managed not to freeze any of my extremities off. While spring is still quite a ways away, I am slowly starting to get ready for it, as it will need a great deal of prep.

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The Desolation of Pink, Part Two

THE PINK HAS BEEN DEFEATED!!!

So between the turkey, the present-buying and the Christmas parties, I finally got the living room de-pinked! It took quite a bit of work and changes in plans, but it looks wonderful (at least in my opinion).

Other than a few places where I hit the ceiling with my paintbrush, painting the walls was a time consuming but relatively easy process. After a coat of primer and two coats of the paint, you can’t tell that the room once looked like the inside of an expired Pepto bottle. I ended up adding some white paint to the main wall color, as it was too close to the holy-fuck yellow I used for the accent wall and trimming.  Continue reading

Yay plants!

It has been three weeks since I moved into my house and I have gotten a decent amount of stuff done. Not as much as I thought I would, but more than a little. I have painted, organized, unpacked and started to settle. My entire kitchen is unpacked and functional things are starting to fall into place. After my last post, I realized that everything can’t get done overnight, especially when two out of the last three weeks I have been away on trips and the next few weeks promise the same. Slow and steady wins the race, right? It’s not like I am going anywhere. I plan to settle and dig my heels in deep.

In the tumult of all of this though, I decided that small decorative projects do not have to wait until the big ones are done. So I made a plant shelf. Yay plants! I love having plants around the house. There is a nice wide window sill in my kitchen that has several on it, but with the curtains. I cannot see them. The three-pane kitchen window also did not have blinds on them and I did not want to put any up. So, to kill two birds with one stone, I made a plant shelf to put over the cafe curtains.

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