Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Little Garden of Eat'n

This was our side yard about a month ago.

And this was after I removed a few patches of sod in the hopes of starting my first ever vegetable garden. When I headed out with my shovel, I had no design plan in mind, but by the end of the day a series of geometric shapes began to emerge.

I overheard a neighbor tell my husband he thought that my "garden" was really a secret plan to signal aliens.

Anyway, I needed quick information about how to grow a garden. I found myself altering the route of my daily walks to catch a glimpse of other people's gardens and even managed to chat with a few folks I saw out working in their gardens. I was so eager to learn as much as I could about growing vegetables. And my mother, who has always had a vegetable garden, handed me her copy of this magazine for my very own.

So it seems my "gardening gene" had finally kicked in! Who knew? My first plantings were lettuce and radishes that I sowed right into the ground on May 15.

And this is what they look like now.

I also planted sweet peas from seed which I hope will
grow right up this trellis . .

And this little fella will be at the top waiting!

Oh, sure, I know how to plant annuals

especially in rusty, old reclaimed planters.

And even shade loving perennials

But this vegetable gardening is a FIRST for me.

So this is my tiny garden patch as it grows today.

Aliens. That's absurd!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More of Revamping the Camper

The dining area is almost complete. There will be a framed piece of art from my sister (an amazing wildlife photographer) on the blank wall to the left. Maybe a loon or perhaps a chickadee.

The "before" picture shows the original cushions, I just didn't have the foresight to take a shot of the mirrored upper cabinets, but some things are better left to the imagination.

A shot of the kitchen upper and lower distressed cabinets. Our raku vase holds cooking utensils and picks up the color in the lower cabinets.

I did not get the same angled "before" shot, but again the imagination is useful here.

A full sized futon will work out well for guests who want to spend a night in the woods with us.

Here is a "before" shot of the mirrored upper cabinets. Maybe we should have kept the mini wine rack though.

We used a peel and stick laminate that is made to look like hardwood on the floors.

You really didn't want to see the "before" shot of the floor, did you?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Recreational Lobstering in Maine

Our license renewals are in the mail...

Our traps and buoys are all ready.

Only a couple more things to finish on our boat before launch day.

We hope to be eating lobster by the 4th of July!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Revamping A Camper "Fearless Nesting" Style

This is a closeup of a bird print I decoupaged onto a magazine rack.

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This is the "before" shot of the magazine rack that is in the camper.

In the kitchen I painted and distressed the bottom cabinets with a color of Valspar Paint called "Woodlawn Charm."

I added a few of our copper raku fish pulls to replace what was there before.

The "before" in all its glory.

My husband would like to point out that he did a really nice paint job on the top kitchen cabinets,
only to find them in this condition the next day. What IS it with me and sandpaper?

And just what was wrong with the gold trim and lovely oak
veneer in the "before" picture?

We are having a blast working on this project together . . . it's final destination will be a little spot tucked away in the woods of Maine. I can't wait!