Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Weekend In Review





Matt and I found a few little garden decor items to grace our garden this weekend. They were all under $5 a piece at Flower Factory - love that place! I really wanted the look-alike Smith Hawken ducks but they were a little pricier so I will wait. In the mean time I can feast my eyes on these adorable little oddities strung throughout my flower beds. Matt and I aren't huge fans of gnomes but thought we should at least have one in our yard. (I am also trying to find the perfect little "fairy house" to tuck around our hostas)






Matt built me this lovely raised garden bed for our very first vegetable garden this year! He also hauled in aged horse manure from a lady on the northside to nourish the soil for my garden. He must love me a lot to do so much huh? :) Today I managed to fill the bed with soil left over from when we had our fence put in (about 4 wheelbarrows full [or as full as I could get it and still move the heavy thing]), two wheelbarrows of compost manure, and two wheelbarrows of topsoil we bought from McCarty Mulch - phew - my lower back is now a tad sore. But I am excited to have it all ready to plant. Didn't quite get that far today - but at least the hard work is done.

I want to have Matt add a ledge all the way around the bed...that would be the finishing touch - besides being full of healthy veggie plants!




Another thing we did today was go garage saling - had an awful time doing so. Couldn't find half the sales, got lost, and when we did find a sale there would be nothing there for us. No garden knicknacks, no tools, no pitchfork, bookshelves or dressors...just kids clothes and old shoes. :(

But, on the way home I spied THIS on the curb! Someone was throwing this handsome shabby chic chair out because it missing a 2 inch nub on one of the legs...it still sits sturdy and looks good! So I made Matt circle around twice and nab it. He really does love me I think! :)

Also managed to plant my rhubarb, strawberry plants, yukka and stonecrop splitlings from my mother-in-law Sue, made no-bake cookies, did two loads of laundry, picked up the house, did a load of dishes, and walked the dogs - quite a way to end the weekend!

10 comments:

tina said...

You were busy! I love yardsaling.

alisha said...

You were productive! That must feel awesome?!? I wouldn't know... :)
Dave will be glad to hear that I'm not the only pull-over-and get-that-chair-by-the-dumpster girl! That's how I get a lot of my photo props! ;)

Momma Val said...

Yeah on the curb find. That's how I found my sons (childs) rocking chair just painted it red then voilah! Also just got 2 garbage picked broken Radio Flyer tricycles. Same house, different times. Same model number too. Pieced together 1 perfect RF tricycle with all the good parts. Wee! I love curb shopping!

SuzyQ said...

Phew, so I am not the only who curb shops! I felt like such a dweeb when I made my husband drive by twice before finally getting the courage to get out and nab it. LOL! People throw away some of the best stuff sometimes - it shocks me. Hasn't anyone heard of Craigslist or Goodwill?

vonlafin said...

That is true love! I once found a great wheel barrow in the trash, one of those old fashioned low ones. I love it!

Momma Val said...

Yes it is disappointing and wasteful to just throw it away. There are alot of people out there especially now that are hurting because of the economy. I also pick up litter all the time, if I come across a hat (for example) that is just slightly dirty I will take it home and wash it, then give it to Goodwill in one of my many give-away bags. Somebody will be able to use it. Our next door neighbors put their entire working stereo on the curb in the rain. I ran over and grabbed the cd player and dried it off. Still have it and works great. Why are people so ignorant?

prairievisiondesign : handmade said...

I'm envious of the wooden planter - can I ask where you got plans and how long it took? my husband is not handy (not at all) and I'm trying to figure out whether I can make it or whether I should purchase one. We've never grown vegetables and it'd be fun to try this year.

SuzyQ said...

Haha! My husband isn't exactly handy either (BUT he did manage to build this for me in ONE day). It looks better in the picture than in real life - we don't have a saw or anything so he couldn't perfect the length of the pieces. He had Lowes cut the lumber for him in the size he wanted (but they didn't do a good job and many pieces are off by half a inch at least!). I got the plans from Sunset's website - http://www.sunset.com/sunset/garden/article/0,20633,1152183,00.html - it is "the perfect garden bed". HDTV also has some info about how to build one...http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_design_raised_bed/article/0,1785,HGTV_3570_2608081,00.html

I also want to add a ledge around the top of the box - I have a picture from a magazine that show exactly what I want but I don't have it with me at the moment...I will have to post it sometime soon to show you what I mean...

I wasn't home when he put it together - but it did take him the good part of an afternoon to do. We have very minimal tools though....his drill kept running out of juice.

It is also VERY HEAVY...I wanted to move it about 3 feet over and I tried to do it myself - ha! The neighbors were probably laughing their heads at the sight of me trying to move it...couldn't even get it an inch off the ground.

Nadine said...

I love that frog. I've been on the lookout for some cute garden creatures, but I don't want to spend a lot.

(Btw, I came over from Momma Val's. Nice to "meet" you.)

SuzyQ said...

Nice to meet you too - Nadine! I love it when new people comment on my blog (or when anyone comments for that matter!!). Glad you found me!

I bought the frog from Flower Factory -it is a great wholesale store on the southside of Indy - not sure where you're from but maybe they have one in your area - Google it and find out! (Hobby Lobby is another great place I go for lower priced home and garden decor items).