Make Your Own Chalkboard

The Etsy find of the day got me thinking about making my own chalkboard. I stumbled across this page on the country living website, and loved the idea!

What you will need for this project:

Chalkboard paint

Item that you want to paint

Sand paper

Painters tape

Small roller

First, lightly sand the area you want to paint.  Add painters tape to the areas that you do not want painted. Use the roller to put on the paint. (Using a brush will leave lines, and not look right when you finish.) Let dry, and done! You now have yourself a crafty homemade chalkboard!

Posted by: Amanda

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May 12, 2011. Tags: , , . Decor, Make Your Own, Wall Art. Leave a comment.

It Works!

So, Apollo is obsessed with the wild bunnies in our yard. We often find him sitting by a window or the sliding glass door just sitting, waiting, wishing. (You like that Jack Johnson reference thrown in there, don’t you?) He just sits there, longing to romp with, chase, and possibly kill (accidentally of course) every fuzzy little one of them.

You may remember a quick mention of our bunny problem from my veggie garden post. In order to deter the fluffy-tailed vegetarians from annihilating my first official garden, I put up a small chicken wire fence.

You can imagine I was super stoked to look out our bedroom window this morning and witness my little fence working its magic. One of our bunny friends was tempted by the baby veggie plants, but ultimately, intimidated by the big scary chicken wire. Yes!

Here he is sneaking up to the fence. He thinks he’s so smart. Ha!

 

You can see the evil in his eyes can’t you? He thought for a second about the pros and cons of digging under the wire, and in the end, decided it wasn’t worth it. Quickly after this was taken he scurried away. Good thing, because I’m not afraid to let Apollo take care of that situation. (Apollo wishes.)

Chicken Wire: 1     Evil Bunny: 0

posted by: Rhiannon

May 12, 2011. Tags: , , , . Animal Friends, Gardening. 2 comments.

Healthy-er Nail Polish

Yippie! I finally found some fantastic nail polish free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor. They are still a little smelly, but oh well.

With practically a million (give or take) colors to chose from, you’ll get tired of looking through all of them. I did, but I suffered through.

I got these beauties plus a couple more that Amanda borrowed, and loved!

I used Willow on my toes and Amminah on my fingers, and I absolutely love them. It’s been a couple of days and we’re still going strong. No chips and no peeling! I was honestly expecting it to peel off in a few hours, but this stuff is legit. I’m a huge fan of OPI, and so far, these Zoya polishes are right up there.

fyi: We were not perked or paid in any way for this post.

posted by: Rhiannon

May 11, 2011. Tags: , , , . Beauty. 5 comments.

Etsy Find of the Day

This shop has so many great things to brighten up your home! I love the idea of having a cute little chalkboard somewhere in the house. Guests can write funny little notes while you’re not looking, or you can remind yourself of things you need. It’s pretty much just awesome any way you use it!

Posted by: Amanda

May 11, 2011. Tags: , , . Decor, Etsy. Leave a comment.

Kick-Ass Cleaning Song of the Week!

It’s that time of week again! Get your grove on with some Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?”

Posted by: Amanda

May 10, 2011. Tags: . Music. Leave a comment.

Planting Herbs on a Low Budget

I wanted to have a nice herb garden, but I didn’t want to pay a lot of money. I just wanted to get the basic herbs that I use a lot in cooking. I headed to a small local nursery and bought oregano, cilantro, banana peppers, rosemary, chives and lavender. After I got the herbs I went to the local Dollar Tree to see if there was anything I could use.

Pots and a spade I got from the Dollar Tree

Hanging basket I got from the Dollar Tree

Once I made this awesome find, I ran over to the local hardware store and lucked out with a bag of $5.99 potting soil. I then planted my herbs and packed them tight in the dirt. Most herbs need full sun so make sure your little plants get plenty of light!

Final product!

I planted these a little close together, but they should be okay for awhile. When they start getting a little bigger I will re-plant some of them into their own pots. If you have any questions about what your plants need, make sure to read the little info tab that comes with them.

Total cost of this project: $22.00 ($12.00 if you already have your herbs)

posted by: Amanda

May 9, 2011. Tags: , , , . Gardening. Leave a comment.

Etsy Find of the Day

I’m a sucker for typeface art, and this hits the spot so well! Plus, since it’s made from recycled felt, it’s the perfect place to lay your guilt free head at night. Zzzzzzzzzz.

posted by: Rhiannon

May 8, 2011. Tags: , , , . Decor, Etsy. Leave a comment.

Etsy Find of the Day

Ok, we admit it! We are a bit crazy when it comes to new cooking ideas. This Etsy find of the day is one that we cannot wait to try! (I bet our better halves will even be excited about trying it out.) Good luck!

How to Bake Bread on the Grill!

Posted by: Amanda

May 7, 2011. Tags: , . Etsy. Leave a comment.

Veggie Garden Extravaganza

So this is what the back of my house looks looked like.

I’ve been staring at this mess for almost two years. Thanks to my good friend Melissa, I was finally inspired to do something with this nice patch of weeds, trash (left over from the lovely people who lived here before us), dirt, and random plants.

Time for a veggie garden!

So I raked all of the junk out of the flower bed and onto the grass. (Later to be disposed of by my dear husband. He’s the best!)

I thought I might keep the few random plants that looked halfway decent, but quickly decided that my OCD would not let me because they were all crooked. So, away they went. After digging up the pesky plants and roots, I cleared out all of the remaining debris, marked the corners with chicken wire posts, and laid out the veggie plants (in a nice straight line of course).

At the far end I’ve got a cucumber, then a random plant (I have no idea what the heck it is, but decided to keep because it was way too hard to dig up), a red bell pepper, a yellow bell pepper, and a roma tomato. Time to dig some holes and throw in some compost!

After all of the plants were nice and snug in their beds…

I opened up the chicken wire and wrapped it around the posts. This was a little tricky because the wire likes to sag. To remedy this, I just pulled nice and tight and hooked the wire to the little hooks on the posts. Oh, and my assistant helped supervise of course.


This is Apollo, our child. He’s pretty much the best dog ever (well, besides Amanda and Seth’s dog Jazz).

I also put some sweet basil and cilantro in pots. I just mixed some soil with a little compost, and voila!

There was another plant that I managed to save, and hopefully it won’t die on me. I sort of forced it to climb up this old trellis that was hanging out back here. Maybe we’ll even have some pretty flowers bloom from it sometime soon.

To top off the veggie garden, I laid down some newspaper, and sprinkled on some grass clippings and compost. This should keep moisture in, and weeds out (crossing fingers very tightly).

And that’s that. All I did after that was water everything down really well.

Stay tuned for updates, and cross your fingers our wild bunnies don’t know how to dig under chicken wire!

posted by: Rhiannon

May 7, 2011. Tags: , , , . Gardening. 1 comment.

Etsy Find of the Day

This bag is sure to put some spring in your step!

posted by: Amanda

May 6, 2011. Tags: , , , . Etsy. Leave a comment.

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