My yard is having hard timez this year, and it makes me so sad. I mentioned a few weeks ago that my Bloodgood Japanese Maple was not doing well. It’s gotten much worse since then. I took an effected branch to the horticulturist at my local garden center, and they informed me that the tree has a fungus called Verticillium Wilt, unfortunately the Verticillium Wilt lives in the soil and gets sucked up into the tree via its roots. The treatment isn’t sure fire, and I’d probably have better chances if I invested in a whole lot of rabbit’s feet. I’ve been cutting back branches with clean disinfected pruning shears as soon as I begin to see the signature wilt. Unfortunately I only have a twig of a tree left, and I’m not sure that I “beat” the wilt. I’ve been monitoring daily looking for changes in the leaves, I’m hopeful that it will survive – but not confident. I’ll keep you posted regarding its fate.
You guys remember our bedroom makeover? Towards the end of the proj, we had to make the most of what we had, and one of those things was the artwork. The budget was maxed, and we had a large blank wall space, so I had to make the most of it. If you remember I watercolored an engineer print and “framed” with some 1×2′s and hung it on the wall with large bulldog clips. It did the job, but we always knew that we wanted to invest in a real piece of artwork for this space.
Enter a few of our oldest and best budz (and artists, duh) Isaac Gale & JoLynn Garnes and the stunning group of photographs they put together after a recent trip to Iceland and blamo, we found exactly what we were looking for.
The print we choose is called ‘Exact Blue River’, and has the vibe I was hunting for. We live in the icy cold winter for more than half the year, and I’ve found the best way to cope with it, is to embrace by incorporating it into our home. When I decorate I love to use all the blues, blacks, greys, and whites – and they play so nice with the winter colors outside. Thus, ‘Exact Blue River’ is exactly what I wanted to hang in our home.
If you’re looking for a photograph to add to a collection, or to start your collection with, I highly suggest taking a look at the entire series of pics entitled ‘Dinosaur Feathers’. Prints are affordable ($200-$300 depending on size) highly lush inkjet archival prints. Below are a handful of prints from Dinosaur Feathers, check out the entire series over here, and if you’re curious you can see more of Isaac’s work over here.
Hey Guys! Lots to share with you this week. My kids are out at Grammy Camp (aka an awesome-fun-time with their Grandma, and an even better more productive time for me) and I’ve got plans to get tons done around the blog. Anyway, I wanted to start with a quick little basement update. I meant to share where we were at last week, but then the cabyn lyfe took over and I never got around to it. Sorr-izzle.
Today I’m sharing where the basement is as of this morning, exactly two weeks since the project has started.
The house is really busy, and it’s all been pretty exciting. I like checking in and seeing what all the worker bros are up to. The crew has been great, and respect me as a lady who might know a thing or two about how things get built. As of yet, I haven’t been too hands on with the project – but the guys have let me know when there is something I can do to help cut costs. I’m planning on doing lots of the finishing work once we get to that point.
So here’s a few not so pretty pics of the progress:
Removed Floor Tile
Replaced & Removed Plumbing
Cut out for Larger Egress-ish Window
Smoothed out Floor with 1.5″ of Concrete
Check in next week for the next update – hopefully we’ll have the gas meter moved and framing underway!
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,
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.