Deuce Cities Henhouse

Decisions, Decisions

Paint Colors, Ahh.
Cool Trick: Rollover the image to see what the paint looks like in the sunshine.

We are getting down to the wire here, I / we / mostly ME need to commit to a paint color for the house. I think I’ve got it narrowed down to two.

First, let me say, picking exterior paint colors totally blows! Interior colors are easy because they don’t cost a million dollars to change, duh. If painting every interior space of your home cost a few G’s per room, how easy would it be to pick a paint color? Blah blah blah, you get it, this is hard.

The painters are scheduled to come in a week or two, I need to decide on something soon and you guys gotta help me. I’ve painted around the trim on the back of the house. One of the shades is a very dark teal called “twilight” from Benjamin Moore, the other is called “lead gray” (also from b.moore aka B.M. (ha, gross!)) and is the paint color used on my inspiration house. I like both, but I think I am leaning towards the bluer “twilight” color. I am so scared that once the color is up on the house it will look like a big old fat blueberry. We have a crazy neighbor lady who just painted all of her trim Vikings purple and the neighborhood is talking! I don’t want to be known as the “crazy lady with the blue house who lives next to the crazy lady with the purple house.”

There are other color choices that need to be made as well, bah. Once we pick a exterior color I need to pick a color for the foundation, a trim color, and a color for the storm windows. I NEED HELP, like in a serious way.

Any exterior color pros out there? If you choose a dark color for the house do you paint the trim in a bright white, or an off white? If I want to paint the storm windows black do I choose a true black or a dark charcoal, and what’s the deal with the foundation; do we go light or dark?

I am helpless and almost hopeless. H E L P, (but not in a Beatles sort of a way.)

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My May Garden


Totally loving my May garden! I have a few new additions to the garden this year, some of which I have never seen blossom before. One of my fav’s are the Peonies that my friend Nicole gave to me last fall. I’ve always wanted Peonies in the garden because they are one of my all time most favorite flowers. Altogether I had 3 Peony blooms, hey, it’s a start. I bet next year I will have full on Peony bushes. Can’t wait!


I put these Dianthus in the garden in August of last year. I love the hot pinky purple color and the smokey colored foliage. The contrast is really wonderful.


I had no idea my garden was turning into such a pink and purple zone until I took these photos. When I originally started my garden I envisioned a red, white and green garden. There are so many purple and pink perennials that thrive in Minnesota, it’s no surprise that my garden would take on these tones.

The Iris above are from my Grandma’s house only 3 summers ago. They are huge now, and produce at least 20 blooms per plant. Totally Iris crazed in my backyard.


Another first. This is the poppy I got from the U of M flower sale last spring. It produced two blooms this year, one of which fell victim to a kid, or a husband, or a ghost, or someone who is not me. The other was this lovely thing.


I never gave Choral Bells any thought before I started gardening. Now I really love how sweet their blooms are, and I adore the slight differences in the colors and texture of their leaves.


Even more purple!! I know, I know, I have a hard time believing it myself (I am so not a purple girl). Salvia and Lamium are taking a prominent place throughout the backyard. They are both such an easy plant to split. The Salvia offers nice height and the Lamium makes a perfect ground cover blooming twice a season. It’s hard not to like them.

I am looking forward to seeing Lily’s, Dahlia’s, Hosta Flower’s, Zinnia’s and the rest of my annual flower pots start to fill in and bloom in June. This has seriously been the best garden season to date, can’t wait to see how the rest of the summer shapes up.

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4 Day Weekend!


Hope you all had a great weekend! I know we did. It’s been a long time since the Allen team had almost 4 whole days off in a row and we soaked up every minute of it. Our friends Joel and Katrina, from Chicago, rented a Mustang Convertible (aka The ‘Stang ‘Verti) and drove up to hang. Since they came all that way we were gonna make it worth it. We started the long weekend off with a backyard BBQ. Next day we followed it up with a delicious pre-Twins-game brunch, and then hopped the bus over to Target Field for some memorial day weekend baseball. A good time had by all even though it was cold and rainy. After a chinese food pig out we finished off the day with a late night Balderdash sesh. Best board game around.

The best part of the weekend though had to be when Beak & Cam’s little Penny (Penelope Marlo) showed up early yesterday morning. She was a little earlier than expected but both mom and baby are doing well. Love this little peanut, big congrat’s to Beak and Cam!

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Etsy Finds

Happy almost memorial day weekend to ya! I have been anticipating this weekend for months. Our good friends, Joel and Katrina, are coming up from Chicago and we’re gonna hang like nobody’s business ALL weekend long. We’re already booked solid with the three “B’s”; BBQ’s, Bruches, & Baseball Games.

Yes! This. Weekend. Will. Rule.

We’re also planning on getting some good porch action in, cause that’s what we’re best at. I’ve been wanting to start a collection of hanging pots on the porch for awhile and I thought this week’s Etsy Finds would make for good inspiration. I’ve come up with an assortment of beauties, and I want to buy all of them.

1. Faceted Hanging Tray from Pigeon Toe Ceramics – $76.00 + $14.00 (for shipping)
2. Modern Dark Brown Hanging Planter from PUTIKMADE – $60.00 + $14.00 (for shipping)
3. Scribbling Hanging Planter from Pigeon Toe Ceramics – $70.00 + $14.00 (for shipping)
4. Porcelain and Leather Hanging Planter from Fashioned By – $50.00 + $7.00 (for shipping) P.S. Lots of other great planter’s here to fit any budget.

Hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend too, I’ll be seeing you back here next Tuesday. Party on guys!

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3 Easy and Inexpensive Party Decorations


I just wanted to take a sec and share with you a few inexpensive party decorations that are easy and quick to do, and totally will improve your party vibes.

For Cam’s shower I needed to bring my pink game, so I was all about finding easy ways to have pink shades show up all around my garden. A super easy thing to do is go in your garage and grab an old clay pot or two, or three, or ten, and spray paint them white. Then with a $3.50 jar of neon pink paint, paint the bottom for instant color-blocking-coolness . Fill those suckers with flowers and you have an quick and easy centerpiece for less than the cost of a bouquet of flowers.


You can’t have a party without some refreshments. And if you’re gonna have refreshments you probably need some party straws. There are all sorts of suppliers out there who sell paper straws. I always go straight to etsy for my cutesie party supply needs. I found these guys for $7.50 over at the seller Pretty Little Party. I already have a collection of washi tape, and if you don’t you should get some. It makes tons of everyday things way awesomer. I hang all my kids artwork and stuff with it, love it more than magnets. Anyway, I always buy mine from Pretty Tape, another Etsy seller. Once you have your tape and your straws, just wrap some tape around the straw, and cut out your “notched banner flag shape” with a scissors. Easy.


Lastly, I couldn’t resist grabbing some crepe paper when I was at the party store. I didn’t know if I was gonna use it or not, but I figured I could spare the 99 cents a roll that it cost and figure it out later. After doing some quick research on the internet I decided I would give ruffled crepe paper a try. I grabbed my sewing machine and 15 minutes later I had about 30 feet of this wonderful stuff. If you follow the tutorial over at Dana Made It, you won’t have any troubles.

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