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Mission: Beautify

Our house, as I said it several times before, is a work in progress. That means that on any given room you will find screw drivers, drill guns, pictures that need to be hung, paint samples, etc., etc., etc.

As of late, I have noticed that our little man (JBear) has become disconcerted by his surroundings….that’s right, little man now envisions monsters upstairs and refuses to venture up to his room unless accompanied by myself or Jason. In a pinch, he has even resorted to having Molly stay close by his side as he races into his room and grabs a car or train then hauls his little butt down the steps at mock 10.

As I walked through the house, looking at it through the eyes of my little man, I realized it wasn’t really surprising that he thinks there are monsters upstairs. In the darkened hallway, ladders looming in doorways tend to take on a life of their own and look like they are just waiting to jump out and grab you. (Can you tell I am ready for Halloween? 😉 )

So what do I do? Mission: Beautify….issued and accepted!

Simple things like hanging up pictures of the family and his art, putting the ladders in the basement or garage until we are ready to use them, will really make this house feel like his home. These aren’t difficult things to do, they just seem to get put off as we take on bigger projects.

Next question….where to start? I chose the stairway. I had been toying around with what to add in the little nook at the bottom of the stairs. It definitely needed something, but what?

Scrounging through the house, I found this pretty blue vase and tin can.

After placing each in the nook and standing there for several minutes examining them (I even did a “test walk” down the steps to see how they looked as you walked downstairs…crazy, I know, but that’s me 😉 ); both seemed too small to really work in that space.

The nook is small, but with the height of the ceiling, I thought it needed something taller and wider. Then, by chance, we found this beautiful arrangement. The colours were gorgeous and accentuated the painted hallway. Bonus – JBear was the one that spotted them and so now it really feels like he has control over his space.

I didn’t have anything that was big enough to hold them so I let JBear pick a vase to go with them….he not only chose one that would work perfectly but it was also in my price range, $7.00. That’s my boy!

And voila – the final product:

It didn’t require a lot of work, and although I am still working on the art piece that is going up on the wall (hint…looks like a picket fence), this quick and easy fix made the stairway look less intimidating.

So what did you do this long weekend? Any sprucing up around the house or just a lot of rest and relaxation?

Our Tipsy Topsy Planter

Well, we finally did it. We finally went outside, pounded some rebar into the ground, stacked some pots and plants on it and voila!…A tipsy topsy planter. Okay so maybe there was a little more to it than that. 😉

We originally thought to have the planter on the corner of the house where the side porch once stood. However, after some torrential rainfalls we realized (or rather Jason pointed out the obvious) that the flowers might get washed out. So we changed locations to the corner of the house by the kitchen. Aside from the pots, flowers, soil and rebar two more must haves are a ladder and a sledge-hammer (especially when the ground is more rock than soil).

We pounded the rebar 2 feet into the ground and put our first pot on the bottom.

We added rocks to the bottom of the pot. This would add to the stability of our structure.


Next came the soil and flowers, Planting them in only half of the pot since the other half would be where the next pot would rest.

Adding the next pot and tilting this way and that we finally managed to get it where we liked it. Then came the soil and the next bunch of flowers.

At this point we couldn’t decide whether to continue using all the same sized pots or to scale them down and use smaller pots  so we tested it out.


I liked using all the same sized pots so we went with that, but now knowing how it turned out, the smaller pots would have looked cute as well.

And so we continued. next pot, more dirt and more flowers.

It turned out very pretty and we actually got some…”oooo very cute!” from the neighbors and passerbys so I’m happy.

As we sit here and sip our coffee, both Jay and I agree that some cascading petunias would give it a cascading waterfall look.  Another little touch that I will save for next time (oh yeah….we have one more piece of rebar, more pots, so there will be a tipsy topsy planter sequel) is that I would love to paint or stencil on the pots giving them a little flair. But for our first try, this one looks pretty so no complaints here.

Surprisingly, I actually had some plants left over so those babies went into some pots to add a little zing to the front steps.

Pretty, right?

Tipsy Topsy

Okay…. LAST puzzle I promise (for today at least). 😉  What does a plethora of clay pots……

plus rebar equal?

Image taken from Bing Images 

Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?

OH YEAH BABY…I’m talking about tipsy topsy planters and I am prepping to begin mine.  I ‘m planning on painting or spray painting the pots to add that splash of colour. But what colour am I to go with…that is still up in the air.

And although this has nothing to do with nothing, I just had to add in my pretty little garden angel; she has lost a wing but I think that adds to her charm. Awww – so pretty. 😀

Any of you prepping your planters or painting pots?

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