Monday, June 25, 2012

What's Up, Hook(ers)!!!!

There will be no mention of gardens, flowers, or bushes in this post.  Say whaaaaaaaat?  It's really going to take a LOT for me to hold back because I've got some new ones and planted a few since the last post.  BUT- I pinky swear.  I will not mention them again.  If I do, you can bend me over your knee and slap my butt.  Wait- that's a totally different post. 

So I've been lacking in the home projects for quite some time as you might have been able to tell.  I'm seriously itching to find something to paint or demo or sand or stain.  I've literally found at least 4 pieces on that list by Craig and they've fallen through.  Whomp whomp.  Very disappointing but it is what it is.  When the right piece comes to me I will be able to love it all the more.  But for the time being it's seriously pissing me the fuck off.

While I've been lacking in finding the right pieces for the house, I've also spent a lot of time out of the house since it's been such nice weather.  We have literally every weekend been having bbq's or get togethers at friends houses.  It's been really nice to sit outside and just chill the fuck out.  And in all honesty it's times like these that I'll remember much more than the 8 hours I spent in my garage sanding a piece of furniture.  I can do that in the winter when no one wants to come out and play.  My friends here are awesome.  We always have such a great time with each other. This past weekend I was home for like 4 hours it felt like.  Which is a good thing.  If we weren't out shopping and walking around- we were going out to dinner or chilling on a patio.    

Anyway- back to projects.  The other day after work I stopped at Lowe's to pick up some things that shall not be mentioned and headed inside for a rain gutter extension.  While I was there I also went to price out pegboard.  Since my garage is fixed AFTER A DAMN YEAR!!!! and re-drywalled I can FINALLY start getting my tools organized and out of my pantry.   They had 4 X 4 pieces already cut for like $8 so I tossed one on top of my cart.  And yes, I was that asshole knocking things all over the place going down the aisles because my cart was now 4 feet wide.  Whatever.  Maybe they shouldn't have that shit in the back corner of the store.  Or maybe I should have gotten a stand up cart for it.  My bad.  I found it entertaining.  I'm sure the guys watching the security camera were seeing the twinkle in my eyes when I whizzed down an aisle with boxes of things in the way.    Hit it or don't hit it?  POW!  20 POINTS!!  Score, bitches!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More Flowers and Some More Flowers....

So I just can't help myself.  I've gone and gotten more flowers.  And then some more.  And today I also got some more.  OMG it's a disease!!  I can't stop!!!

Before yesterday I had 4 lilac bushes, 2 hydrangea bushes, 4 pots of salvia, 5 Samur calla lily pots and 2 Serrada calla lily pots to plant.  ONLY those.  But let's start out with the calla lilies.  I stopped at Lowe's to get more garden soil and saw the calla lilies on clearance.  The Serrada ones were originally $18.98 and the Samur ones were $11.98.  Guess what I got them for?  You want to be blown away?  THREE DOLLARS EACH!  Booya!

After spending the day trying to figure out where I could put them since they only require a few hours of sun, I decided to put them on the same side of the house as the red rose bushes and Columbine plants.  So yesterday when I got home I started digging.  The area that I'm referring to is tot eh right of the air conditioner in the below picture.

Before long this is what it looked like.

And not long after that it was really coming along.

Well today I stopped at Wal-Mart after work to pick up a few more bags of  mulch and saw that their flowers were all at least 50% off.  Shut up!  So you KNOW this mama had to just take a little looksey.

And by looksey- these somehow ended up in my cart!  What?

So here is the breakdown.

{4 Balloon flowers for $1.61 each}

{2 Butterfly Bushes for $3.83 each}

{2 Garden Phlox for $1.61 each}

{2 Penstemon blue riding hood for $2.88 each}

{And 4 of these badboys!  Alcea for $3.83 each}

I planted the 4 Balloon flowers in front of the calla lilies tonight when I got home.  This is what it looks like now after putting them into the ground and adding some mulch around it. 

The plan is to dig up a quarter circle around tot he rain gutter side and put one of the hydrangea bushes there since those are supposed to grow to about 4 ft around.  

The remainder of the plants are going to be split between the area on the other side of the house and up against the fence on the back side of my yard.  I just need to find about 7 extra hours each day to get them into the ground.  UGH.  

But it's going to be SOOOOOOO pretty when everything is in bloom!  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Craigslist Faux Pas and Shopping Steals

Sup bitches?  I'm finally sitting down after a weekend of lots of cleaning and outdoor prettifying and picking up some STEALS from a couple of stores.  Gotta love steals.

But first can I talk about some Craigslist etiquette?  Or any sort of "I'm selling this" etiquette.

  • First off, if you post a piece of furniture online to sell, please put the dimensions.  It is just being lazy when you don't and it's super frustrating for the buyer having to contact you multiple times to ask about a piece that may or may not even fit what they are looking for. 
  • Also, maybe clear off all the junk that you have lying on top of said piece of furniture because maybe, I don't know, the interested purchaser would like actually SEE the piece. 
  • Learn what your piece actually is and don't guess.  A short, long dresser is not a chest of drawers.  Nor is veneer "real solid" wood.  
  • Using "antique" or "vintage" only works when the piece is actually antique or vintage.  Just because something is OLD does not mean it qualifies for either description.  
  • On the same subject- just because you've painted something white does NOT mean that it is "shabby chic 
But the biggest gripe of all.  If you are in contact with a potential purchaser and you tell them that the piece is still available and when they ask for the dimensions (because you are a lazyass and didn't include them) and you reply that you will be home in an hour and will send them over and the interested buyers responds back "great- thank you.  Please send at your convenience as I am very interested in the piece."  Don't fucking wait  an additional 2 hours and then finally text back  "Oops, sorry.  I sold the piece."  Ummmm excuse me?  I'm pretty sure that you were working with me!  How did it go from I'll text you the dimensions when I get home in an hour to oops my bad I'm an asshole and I sold it out from under you?  Fucker.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Happy 100th Post!!

Actually this is my 101st post.  But how awesome is it that I've written 100 posts?!?!

Are you guys sick of me yet?  I mean, I see my stats and I can tell that you all are still reading.  So I know there are some of you out there.  Somewhere.  Far far away.  Maybe it's just for the swears?  I hope that you are still finding me hilarious at my being candid with you all.  I mean who else posts stories with dirty bras and boxes of tampons in the background?  Or shows how disgusting I can be when I don't want to do dishes and let 2 weeks worth pile up on the counters because my dishwasher is full?  Or thinks that others really care about what my new welcome mat looks like?

I honestly never thought that I would be able to do this- telling you all about my life through this medium.  I figured I'd get bored as you all know my attention span is smaller than a gnat.  People have always said that I need to write a book about my life because even with this 100 posts under my belt- there are still PLENTY of ridiculous stories that I have out there that having zero to do with DIY.  But I just never thought that I could put myself out there.  And I honestly never thought that you would care enough to read and it would just be my parents because they felt they had too.  Love you mom and dad!  Sorry for all the shit talking!!

One of my favorite things about doing this blog is receiving the emails and messages from you showing me your projects that you've done after you saw something that I did and it inspired you feel like you could do it too.  That really makes my day.  

I hope you all continue on this journey with me as I really am having a blast telling and showing you all my life behind the closed doors.  And if you don't, well, you can suck my left tit.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Landscaping Is DONE!.....For Now.

Well the good news is that I am FINALLY done with my landscaping!!!  Well, until I find some summer  and fall plants/flowers to put in there.  But I am done for the time being!!!  Thank GAWD.  That fucking sucked.  I have no idea why anyone would want to do that for a living.  Ugh.  Seriously.  Sucked ass.  

Just to recap last year I planted some tulips on this side of the house and placed some of the house bricks there which I referred to as my Ghetto Garden.  

While that didn't look too bad when the tulips were in bloom, it was looking very dismal once they died.  

How lame is that?  It's OK you can laugh.  I did.  Everyday when I came home from work and had to look at it.  Kinda pathetic.  

So I got to working on it.  I bought tons of flowers and bushes and slowly but surely started to get them into the ground.