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Mint and Marigolds

And the fun just continues. Here are a couple of before pics without the flowers.

We decided to line the path with marigolds and then just sporadically plant various flowers throughout the flowerbed.  Jason got to work at one end while I tried to evenly space out the flowers along the path.

I got a short break when my Vox Box came from Influenster. My fingers were stained black due to the black mulch and dirt but I couldn’t resist opening this baby up and peaking in. Huge review to come on this so stay tuned.

Here are some after pictures. I love the look of having various flowers and colours scattered in no particular order.  Once they fill it I think it will be beautiful.  These pictures were taken three days later, if you look at the grass – you can already see it coming up. Greener lawn here we come!

I also planted a couple in a huge “tea-cup” that sits on our front porch (so cute!). And then I got a bonus plant; my neighbour has a TON of mint growing in her back yard and gave me a couple of plants. Mint leaves in ice water on a scorching hot day will taste heavenly.

We still have more flowers to plant but that is what we have completed so far. What do you guys think? Would you prefer a more uniformed look to your flowerbed or the crazier the better? Let’s discuss over some ice tea with a sprig of mint shall we (seriously I am so stoked about having mint plants!).


Now You See It…..

Be prepared to be in awe….well maybe not so much. But our back yard make over is still pretty awesome in my books and I am in awe by the transformation that we were able to accomplish with some hard work and at minimal expense.

Let’s take a look at a before picture, this blast from the past was taken last year, and as you can tell our back yard was not very functional or attractive.

 

So what to do? What to do? What to do?

First thing was to get rid of a couple of eye sores like this bush that was overtaking everything around it.

Now you see it…..

Now you don’t…

Next was the stone wall that separated our yard into two levels. I am still perplexed as to why this was added. At one point I even tried to plant some hasta at the top, or flowers that would cascade but nothing ever turned out and after a while I just gave up trying to beautify this portion of our yard.

This was a little more intensive than just ripping out a bush with a truck. Those stones were bigger and heavier than I originally thought, not to mention a whole lot more than I thought.

We did get to take a quick break to meet a new friend who we promptly named Banana even though he was orange.

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Now for the contouring step. After much thought and deliberation we decided to slope the yard a little and create a wrap around driveway. This is where Jason worked his magic and used a little John Deer to transform the yard into something we could actually use.

Here are some before pictures:

And now for the transformation.

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Here Jason decided to widen out our driveway a little which was much appreciated by yours truly.

Add a dash of gravel and voila!

This was all done while I was gone to my mom’s for the weekend. When I came back, I couldn’t believe the transformation. He also added four little maple trees (three lining the driveway) and one closer to the back. They will look gorgeous when they grow larger.

We are in the process of re-seeding the entire yard and then adding some finishing touches, such as flowers, more mulch, and maybe a DIY stone fire pit (after all we have all those stones. might as well use them). So stay tuned for more progress pics.

In the meantime, tell me what you think of this makeover? Was it an improvement? What would you have done differently? What finishing touches would you add?


Tweet! Tweet! Tea

It is finally time to unveil my submission in the Spring Edition of the Pinterest Challenge.

It all came together when my little man told me how much he loves watching all the little birdies flying around. So I thought, why not make a bird feeder so we can watch them up close. But a regular bird feeder just wouldn’t do; we needed a spectacular Pinterest Challenge birdfeeder……a Tweet! Tweet! Tea cup bird feeder.

The beautiful weather brought yard sales and that meant bargain hunting for supplies. I bought these beauties for $1.00/set of 4.

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Since these would be out side in the elements I needed some extra strong glue that was rain resistant. This Gorilla epoxy sets in 5 minutes, holds 3300 PSI (just in case our tea-cup bird feeders are a success and the birdies invite all their friends for a tea party), and it is water-resistant; it’s perfect!

Before I glued everything together I laid it out and made sure I it was how I wanted it.

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Then I took sand paper (or sand block) and sanded the back of the spoon, the corner of the cup and plate to create a rough surface for the glue to adhere to.

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Following the instructions for the epoxy I deposited a bit in a clear clean container and stirred it together until the colour was uniform.

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Then I applied some of the sticky concoction to the bottom of the spoon and placed it on the plate.

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 I repeated this to adhere the tea-cup to the plate.

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When working with Gorilla epoxy, here are a couple of key things to remember.

  • be sure to hold these in place for approx. 5 minutes so the glue can set
  • do you best not to get any on your fingers
  • and most importantly, do freak out if you almost glue your fingers to the plate (long clumsy story that I’ll save for another day 😉 )

After letting our tea-cup bird feeder sit for 24 hours to make sure that the glue fully dried, it was time to add the main ingredient and test this beauty out.

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We scattered these throughout our yard and I must say, they looked so unique and pretty. And although I wasn’t able to get a picture of birds testing out these feeders, I will let you know they were a success.

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If you haven’t gotten a chance, scoot over and see all the submissions at YoungHouseLove, BowerPower, Sparkle Meets Pop, and Red Bird Blue. You can also click here to see what inspired me. Happy DIY’ing. 🙂


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