I have this horrible habit of jumping into what I think is one project and it ending up to be twenty-seven. I started this Spring with one goal: to finally, after having lived in this house for six years, do something with my yard! I have been given a BUNCH of plants so my excitement was (is) high. Not only would I have a pretty yard, finally, but it would be low cost!
Keeping with the theme of “frugality” (which is ever present at our house since I am blessed to be a stay-at-home mom) I decided that with the exception of gardening essentials (potting soil, plant food …etc.,) I was going to try not to buy anything for the yard but rather I would repurpose old things found around our home and at the farm for yard art.
The first part of my plan went relatively smoothly. Chuck built me an above ground flower bed out of some old posts he had, I planted the hydrangeas I was given and decorated with some rocks, spray painted old chairs and fake turtle named Oscar that my brother Josh had given me. While I still have a few more things to put in it, the end result this far was pretty cute–I thought anyway.
Then I came upon my first “hitch”. Our “yard” is actually a little over an acre, so figuring out which part of it to tame next was daunting-especially since I’m doing this right in the middle of planting season which means that between Chuck’s job (electrician) and the farm he’s pulling sixteen hour days so help from him, understandably, is quite sparse (though freely given).
I have this phrase that often elicits chuckles from those who know me. When I’m knee deep in one of my “projects” and someone will ask what I’ve been up to I’ll respond with: Well it all started cuz I … Normally I have to pause at this point of the conversation because the person is laughing knowing how I let one project lead to another, and another, and twenty-seven others.
That’s what happened next. It all started because I needed Chuck’s help to build the main flower bed in our front yard (and to cut down some leaning and dead trees). Since he was tied up, and I had been bitten by the gardening bug, I decided to focus on the back yard. I wanted to make a cozy area that will be comfortable to lounge in and be a fun for Hila to play in. The plan was to paint the old swing set and brighten it up, put a flower bed in front of the pump shed and create an outdoor sitting area.
I had actually bought the spray paint for the swing set months ago so I started on it first. Of course nothing in a 2%’s world goes according to plan, right? Before I even got one leg painted I emptied my paint, and hadn’t even completely covered the old blue stripes! Since I was now on hold with this I decided to start on my flower bed.
As I scrutinized the pump shed itself I realized that it really needs painted. The ugly yellow was dingy and well, just ugly! And, of course, if I’m going to paint I need to do that before I put the flower bed in. I decided on a grey and orange palette, picked up the paint and started in–with the help of Hila of course!
So far we’ve got two walls done, and the trim on the front. However, it didn’t take me long to realize I had two problems:
1. There is nothing that ties in the grey/orange of the shed to the green/tan of our house.
2. The two grills that I had salvaged from Chuck’s junk pile (to use as planters in the flower bed) and spray painted blue and orange (weeks ago) now blended into the shed instead of “popping”.
Ugh! So now my only solution is to use some of my other repurposed yard art (painted pink and yellow) in front of the shed and create another flower bed at the back of the house, putting the grills in it, to tie everything together. O____O
Then, while we’re working on this Morgan decides to move a couple hours away so she can be closer to her mom and family. As we’re packing up her stuff I realized how badly her room needs spruced up. The wallpaper is torn and paint chipped; immediately my CDO (OCD in alphabetical order) kicks in.
I decided that since I’m re-doing it anyway I might as well have Chuck build me a craft table on the back wall then I can make the most of this space and it can double as a craft room/guest room. This, of course, means I’ll end up cleaning out and redoing my bedroom and laundry room as well since they house my sewing machine and craft stuff.
So you see? See how I end up doing five million things at one time? And it all started cuz I wanted a pretty yard!