Simple Fix and 4th of July Weekend

July 6, 2009 at 11:33 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sometimes the tiniest details of your home can make life so much more organized, easy, and even pretty.  Well, the other day I was very annoyed by my growing collection of costume jewelry.  My good jewelry is hung neatly in my jewelry box and some of my most often worn costume pieces are held in jars in my dresser and vintage medicine cabinet in the bedroom.  But, the rest of it has been hanging in clumps on hangers and hooks in the closet.  You couldn’t see them easily, and you definitely couldn’t grab one easily.  Here is the pile that I hurriedly threw on the bed.

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So, my grandma gave me some vintage hand crochetedhangers.  And I picked up a package of sewing pins with bead heads.

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Although the pins didn’t stick into the wood hanger underneath very well, they stuck in the ends enough to keep any slippery necklaces from falling off the hanger.  And, viola!  Simple, yet cute and organized.  What an easy fix.  Thanks grandma!

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Oh, and if you were wondering why the big bandage on my hand… I burned my hand that night while cooking dinner.  Yes, I think it was a sign from God to quit cooking and get some take-out menus.  But, the sloppy joe’s turned out well, so Tony didn’t buy that.  By the next day I had to go to the doctor for it and my hand was completely wrapped up for the whole holiday weekend.  

And, as with most of my projects, the dogs helped of course!

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So, on to the 4th of July celebration!  We camped at our local park, and it rained here the entire day (of course).  That didn’t stop us!  We waded through the mud the entire weekend.  It ended up clearing up just in time to have amazing fire works!  Here’s the guys playing in a horseshoe tournament right through the rain!

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You can see all the umbrellas out there!  You can also see the river in the background.  That’s the rock river, and right were we camp and also sit and watch the fireworks.  Here we are playing games together.

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Our softball team also won another game Sunday, so we are now 6-1!  Yay!

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How was your 4th of July?  Hope it was a great one!

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Our Backyard

March 23, 2009 at 8:07 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Our yard is a mess.  The landlord kept it full of leaves, twigs, branches, logs, compost piles and even garbage.  We are tearing all of this up.  Slowly but surely we are cleaning up the mess we inherited, and making a pretty, and useful yard.  So, over the weekend we plugged away at the daunting yard.  We have, of course, started by picking up and disposing of his garbage and old broken items.  The other items such as old pots, tools , and yard items were collected and stored neatly away in the already packed shed.  Here was where the real fun began.  We had already started to rake and remove the massive amounts of leaves from the back yard, but so much more remained. 

This weekend is when we started working on a fire pit.  This way, once this chore is finished, we can move onto the chore of burning the branches and debris that remain.  Tony dug a very nice, large, circular hole, and we started with placing the first ring of bricks.  We then layered the bottom with rock (the landlord also had much random rock to be picked up from the middle of the yard!).  The pit is unfinished, but looking gorgeous already!  Here are some pictures:

Here is some of the mess left in our yard.

Here is some of the mess left in our yard.

 

Here is a bit more of the mess.  We are removing all of the compost, which is those lumps, and the twiggy looking trees are going to be moved from the clump he planted them in.

Here is a bit more of the mess. We are removing all of the compost, which is those lumps, and the twiggy looking trees are going to be moved from the clump he planted them in.

 

Here's the start of the fire pit.  This project is going to be a fun one for the summer!

Here's the start of the fire pit. This project is going to be a fun one for the summer!

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