Mini Homestead: Fall Garden Prep & Planning

The time has come... to daydream about our fall garden! Things got a little out of control out there towards the end of this summer (7-9 month pregnant throughout Florida summer = minimal weeds  & grass being pulled) but we have since cleaned it up and gotten it covered to kill any other weeds and keep them out too. Shelby from Dog Day Gardens has helped us plan the layout of our garden, soil mixtures, as well as provide excellent plants for us to add to our garden to nurture and enjoy throughout the growing season! We can't wait to get our hands on some tomatoes in September, and all the goodies that will be coming in October! The spring planting season is difficult as you have to get things just in time, but the gloriousness about the fall is that we have such a long window so can plant enough to continually harvest until early spring!

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Our Datil plant!

Our Datil plant!

We still have a Datil Pepper plant (learn more about Datils here and here) growing as well as watermelon (which has taken over a third of the garden!!). I've enjoyed making the Datil peppers into sauces and relish, and Jon has done a great job monitoring those watermelons - we are just waiting for the stems to get all dried up and then we can pick them and eat! Or make watermelon purée ice cubes to put with tequila... thanks Geoffrey Zakarian and the Kitchen for the idea.

Close up of these hot hot hot peppers (that have a real sweetness as well!)

Close up of these hot hot hot peppers (that have a real sweetness as well!)

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And here's our garden! We've added woodchips to the center and can have container plants there, and have covered the cleared portions of the garden to kill any weeds we missed and keep them out until we are ready to plant more. Once we are at that stage we will add more compost (that we make 'in house'). 

We're looking forward to getting tomatoes, mustard greens, cilantro, lettuces, and maybe even brussels sprouts planted along with other root veggies from seed. Can't wait to share this mini Florida 'homestead' with you!

Growing Family: Bar Remixed to Baby Bookcase

Baby prep is in full swing! We've got the dresser & changing pad, cozy chair, and crib all set up... atop a simple and cute Button Rug from Ikea... pictures to come but there's still half finished projects all around the floor to clean up first!! 

One little nook of the room needed a little something though - and a while back we decided the best use of space was to add a bookshelf. I spent some time looking at leaning shelves, building something custom that would fit just so, and so on and so forth. But in the process of getting a new washer & dryer (happy accident right before baby!) we had to move our old Bar - built from Crates - out of the mudroom to make space. I had contemplated trying to sell this piece I made a few years back, or seeing if it would fit in the guest room. Then inspiration struck! I had nailed and glued the crates together, so why not take them apart and repurpose. We're all for resusing both for the dollar savings and environmental impact. And what a cool way to use something from our first home together. 

Painting the $7.00 crates in the Old Mission house with Archie!

Painting the $7.00 crates in the Old Mission house with Archie!

The 'Original' Crate Bar

The 'Original' Crate Bar

Originally I used 5 crates, a small bit of plywood on the bottom (to keep everything together) and two pieces of 1x6 on the top. Instead of busting the crates into individuals, I decided to keep those that were stacked together as so, and add the last horizontal  one to the bottom.

Hubby chops the crates apart!

Hubby chops the crates apart!

Design Decisions...

Design Decisions...

i'm so happy with how the project has progressed! I decided to paint the crates white to blend with everything else in the room, and pop just enough. Because of how the molding is on the floor Jon helped me add one little foot so that we could push the crates all the way into the corner. Right now we are planning on having the upper section (one horizontal and one vertical crate) mounted with a gap so it adds one more shelf, gets the stained wood to show more, and uses the most space up to the ceiling. 

 

Next up is to fill it back up with all the books and some other tiny treasures for the little one! (And figure out what to do with the other little piece of wall to the left, which will be behind the door!). This room is coming along, and as much as we are enjoying getting a lot of the big features completed we are also leaving room to change and develop as we learn more and knowing the little one is going to grow oh so quickly!

New Website, New Projects

WELCOME TO MY NEW SITE!

Jonathan and I are almost to ONE YEAR at our home, and it's taken me this long to get my art supplies in an area I can easily use them. Get ready for some (hopefully good!) new projects rolling out. 

To get things going again, I just wanted to post a few photos of the house from our first day there - the empty pallet just waiting for us to fill it with color, love, laughter, and an endless to-do list! After signing our contracts, we went straight over to the house. After signing our names that many times we deserved some champagne (in glasses we had been saving since the wedding, just for this day!) and to sit and look at what we had done. We had spent the last month waiting to hear about bank info, inspections, repairs, and sending so many files back and forth that we'd already sent several times before. But, in the end it all turned out, the keys were ours now.

After all that signing, we were hungry. So, off we went to get Archie, a change of cloths, a run to Home Depot (they need a frequent shoppers punch card - 9 trips and the 10th is free) and some lunch! First project was a mailbox - so we could mark that we were really there. Archie did come along to homedepot and was a very good boy! His first trip there and we couldn't have been prouder. Stopped by Ned's for some lunch, and let Archie explore the yard. He seemed comfortable right away and in between listing off all of the things we were hopeful for and couldn't wait to do we simply looked around and smile at the big step we had just taken.