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Greetings, From Le Cabiné


Hello Buddz! Just wanted to check in and let you know me and my best pal (Colz) are having a mom adventure with all four of our kids, up at the cabin.

There’s been lots of turtle hunting, caterpillar catching, ghost hunting, fishing (I caught quite the lunker), swimming, imbibing and many other amazing adventures that can only happen at the cabin. Hope you dudes are all having sweet weeks too.

Love from Up North,
Scoops

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Inspiration : Front Stoop

The Perfect Wooden Front Stoop

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statley kitsch

I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but honestly we/I have to do something about our front stoop. Replacing the front steps was the first thing on our to-do list when we moved in (5 years ago), but over the years priorities have shifted, and the front steps keep moving further and further down the ol’ to-do list. We did do our darnedest to repair the steps four years ago when we realized how much it would cost to replace the concrete (2-3 grand at minimum). I was super pregged up at the time, and Jeff patched the front steps with a help of our neighbor. It held up for another year, which is what we expected, and anticipated replacing them soon after that. It’s been years now, and the front stoop is now such an eye sore and embarrassment.

We’ve got the basement project eating up so much of our summer and our money, but I don’t think the steps can be ignored any longer. I need to come up with a plan for the steps and I’m thinking the best option would to be to replace them with some purty wooden steps (exactly like the ones pictured above). I could expand the width and deck of the steps by a foot or two, and make it real-a-nice. Anyway, I’m headed out to do some decking research today – anyone with advice you better send it my way! I’m honestly terrified of tackling this one :-/

The second phase of this project (of course there is a second phase) would be to replace the front screen door as well. It’s been lilting at an angle ever since we’ve moved in. It’s something to do with how the door hangs in it’s frame and after many failed attempts I haven’t been able to fix it. I’m planning on heading out to the salvage shop sometime over the next few weeks and searching for a vintage screen door that would match the age of the home, and hopefully won’t cost me too many dineros. Some new house numbers, hardware, and a screen-door-mailbox-situation wouldn’t hurt either.

The Perfect Wooden Front Stoop

The Perfect Wooden Front Stoop

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screen door | hardware | mail slot | house numbs
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Fort Kit – My Go To Kid Gift

Go To Kid Gift - Fort Kit
Hey Guys! Whad-up? Thing are nuts around here. The kids finished school last week, the basement is finally getting started tomorrow, I’m in a panic because my Japanese Maple is dying, and my house looks like a complete shit show. Hope your week is more contained then mine.

I wanted to share this cool kid-gift with you last Friday, but things got so insanely busy I just ran out of time. I hope the whole summer isn’t like this. ANYWAY, the “Fort Kit” is my favorite go-to kids present, because it’s easy and fun, can be personalized and DUH, kids lurve forts!

Target basically has you covered for all the supplies you’ll need for a kit. Start with getting a container, I was able to score this wire box in the storage section and it even came with the number ’3′ on it – which was a good thing because the gift was for an actual three-year-old. Then I swung by the bedding section and found a king sized flat sheet. Next I headed over to the dollar section – this is where the magic happens. Fill that puppy full of candy, coloring books, cups, glow-sticks, bubbles, and whatever other wonderfulness you might find over there. Finish it off with a bunch of colorful clips (also from the $1 section) and your prez will be good-to-go.

Ta-da, Birfday Magik.

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My May Garden

Peonies

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Hope you guys are all having a good hump day. It’s the last week of school for the kiddos so things are about to get buck. Anyway, before the chaos beings let me share my May garden pics with you.

I guess I have a thing for purple and pink this year, after seeing all my spring flowering perennials laid out here in my May garden post, it’s pretty obvious. I was so happy to see the gardens this spring, especially since a few of my fav spring flowers (like the white peony above) fell victim to the fence installation last year. Everything is very mature this year, maybe even a bit too mature, like they are totally turning into moody grunge teens (#jokes, I’m not funny). I see some thinning and reorganizing in my future.

 

Clematis

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
In an effort to create even more privacy along the fence I planted two Warsaw Nike Clematis along the fence. They can grow up to 8′ so fingers crossed, they’d be a real nice addition in future years.

 

Salvia

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse

 

Flowering Dogwood

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse

 

New Fountain

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
New backyard addish – found this fountain the winter for a steal of a deal at the garden center – the kids love it.

 

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse

 

Ruby Tears Crabapple

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse

 

Iris

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
My Fav Iris.

 

Hostas!

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse

 

Veggie Gardens

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
The garden is having some trouble this year. I think the seeds have been very confused by the extreme temp shifts this spring.

 

Flowering Dogwood

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
The other flowering dogwood, I love them so much.

 

Window Box

My May Garden | Deuce Cities Henhouse
See, I told you, purple fever. What is going on with me?

 

Dianthus

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Macrame Beaded Hanging Planter & Giveaway

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
Hello Peoples! How are you guys doing? It’s Monday, and I have a really cool project to share with you plus another awesome giveaway – you can thank my pals at Ace for that! It’s finally starting to be porch season, the weather is coming around a bit, and things are starting to feel ah-very nice (ala Borat). We’ve been hanging in our porch whenever we’re not doing the million other things that we’re always doing.

I always get antsy for a project after getting back into porch life. I just can’t sit in there and relax, I look around the space trying to figure out ways to tweak it and make it better. This spring I’d been looking for a few ways to add another layer of awesomeness to it, and this months project from Ace was the perfect excuse to go for it. I got inspired by a new color palette which is a mash up of OPI nail colors in latex paint format. How did this happen you ask? Well, Clark+Kensington have been teaming up with OPI at the paint studio for the past few years bringing some of OPI‘s most iconic nail colors to DIY projects everywhere. I picked the Creative Genius palette for obvious reasons. Honestly though, I was smitten by how it was heavy on the green side. Although I love the blue, green is my fav color. Plus the color “Bubble Bath” might be my new favorite shade of pink. I was happy to focus a project around this perfectly porch-suited (and summery) color palette.

I knew that the porch was lacking in lushness and I figured what better way to get some green up in this light filled space then some modern beaded macrame-ish hanging planters. I did something very similar in my kitchen last year and I figured I could apply the same ideas, but with more color (and beads) for the porch. We don’t have tons of surface space for planters in our porch – utilizing vertical space with hanging planters is the way to go, plus it helps to create a bit of privacy from our neighbors porch.

So how does one make a planter you ask? Don’t worry budz, I will tell you so you will know the secrets too. I could sense that you were a little worried about that, so let me just put your mind at ease and let you know that I am including photos and words to help illustrate how to make these cool things right here, in this post, on this website!

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
I used a bit of that awesome pink (bubble bath) I mentioned above to do a quick DIY crux table runner with a bit of scrap fabric I had stashed away. I like it mucho.

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
Creative Genius, the truth and my color muse. OPI colors for Clark+Kensington from top to bottom: Barefoot in Barcelona, Bubble Bath, Jade is the New Black, Green-wich Village, Marry Me.

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
I wanted my standard-issue-craft-store wood beads to be colorful so I painted them, dur. How does one paint a tiny sphere though? I dunno, but I kinda figured out a way. I used a bit of pipe cleaner and strung the beads across a cardboard box to catch the drippings. I laid it on thick with the paint, and then just rotated the beads every 15 minutes to avoid drip marks – picture a tiny bead rotisserie if you will without all the deliciousness of one.

Make a Modern Beaded Macrame Planter
Hey – These instructions are for a six stringed planter – if you want the instructions for the other 8 stringed planter shown also in these pics, go check out this link, bros.

CLICK HERE FOR THE “HOW-TO” & GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

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