Excursion to Home Depot

Last night the sweetie and I paid the neighborhood Home Depot a visit. While there, I spied my favorite bathroom faucet, and get this, ON CLEARANCE!!! I was so excited I did a happy dance!! And my sweetie pretended not to know me. He does this quite frequently as I often do my happy dance in public. What can I say I’m happy, and when I’m happy I dance!

But I digress, the reason my precious was so heavily discounted, was because it was the display, and the only one left. And didn’t come with any of the fancy hoses you need to hook it up to a water line.  Apparently these are really important, but I know nothing about that sort of thing, yet. I have a feeling I will soon be getting a lesson from the sweetie.

Here she is, not mine of course, apparently I was too excited to take pictures of my actual faucet.

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The price on the website is $118 buck-a-roos, but I got mine for a cool $35 bucks! *Enter Happy Dance Here!*

And it’ll go great with my favorite bathroom vanity.

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I had taken pictures of the display in the store with a top on it, but some dummy who shall remain nameless, *ahem* forgot her camera today and will have to wait until she gets home to post more accurate pictures.

But for now here are some vanity tops I liked:

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Image Courtesy of Home Depot

Image Courtesy of Home Depot

And last week, I visited a local discount store and scored a lovely dark wood mirror to use as our bathroom primping mirror. Unfortunately, since dummy forgot her camera, pictures of that will have to wait.  But here’s one that has the same finish, and is very similar. Except my mirror has a design on top.

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Soon very soon, my bathroom will come together and I’ll FINALLY have some after photos to share! Y’all come back now!!!

July Flowers

Last night, the sweetie and I got to work on the front flower bed. If you remember, a couple months back I planted some seeds in the front, I talked about that here. Well, my poor little seedlings didn’t stand a chance against the birds, the wind, and the heat. Hardly, any of them came up, and the ones that did come up, came up in a huge clump of green weeds flowers in the middle of my flower bed. I’m not even gonna talk about the poor baby flowers under the tree. I guess the soil under my majestic Pinion tree still isn’t up to par. So, maybe this year I will baby the soil a bit more with some good ol’ cow poop and the “good dirt” that comes in a bag. Then maybe next year I can have some color in that corner of the yard.

Well, since the seeds didn’t come up I gave in and bought some plants to place in my barren flower beds. Saturday my mom came over and we had a blast going through all of the plants in the garden section of Home Depot.

O.K. we may have gone a little overboard, but aren’t all those colors just fabulous!! I hope they look that fabulous after a couple of weeks in my yard.

Most of the plants I picked up were prennials, meaning that theoretically, they should come back year after year.

So here’s what I ended up with:

Moonshine Yarrow, it’s supposed to be very hardy, and I’ve seen several other yards around town with globs of them.

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Some Black Eyed Susans, because who doesn’t like a Black Eyed Susan, unless you’re Susan.

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And some Yellow Tickseed. No, there are not ticks on them, contrary to what the sweetie thought when I brought them home. They are called tickseed, because their sprouts almost look like ticks. But aren’t they cute?

And some Yellow Daisy’s, because everyone likes Daisy’s right?

Here are some more pictures of what we planted:

I have a few more to plant tonight, so I’ll be adding more photos later. Hopefully my July flowers will turn out much better than my May flower experience.

It’s always greener…

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my front yard. Well, I’ve got some progress happening. My seeds are sprouting!!

Hopefully soon I will have some pretty flowers under my pinon tree and in my flower bed. Here are some shots of my bachelor buttons and some white flowers that came in a wildflower seed pack. I can’t believe they are  already starting to bloom.

If you remember correctly, my front yard is full of river rock.

Here’s a close up in case you can’t see the treacherousness…

They are great if you don’t want to water anything, and enjoy having a blazing hot yard.  I dislike them because I lose my balance on them, actually I’ve been known to trip over  my own feet, so I need a yard with a nice level surface. I would like to remove all the rock and replace it with something like this:

But in my version of this, most of the grass will be around the porch and take up half of the yard, with the red pea gravel more towards the street. For a desert friendly yet green yard.  Here’s a close up of the pea gravel:

I have the same red pea gravel in the backyard as well. However after the addition of a little someone.

The gravel has become more dirt than gravel. So, we are planning on planting a patch of grass in the backyard as well for our little Annie dog.  We shall see how it turns out. This evening we plan to head on over to the Home Depot to pick up some sod and grass seed to experiment with. I shall post the results!

A blue velvet bathroom…

Yup, my pretty lil bathroom went from ugly peach to pretty in blue. I decided to go with the Valspar National Trust For Historic Preservation  Cincinnatian Hotel Abbey Blue.  I had my doubts at first, it reminded of those country blue kitchens everyone seemed to have in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Bleh…

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Here’s a little reminder of what the paint color looks like:

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Believe me, it definitely looks better on my bathroom walls with nice brushed nickel fixtures than the kitchen above.  Here are some pics of what she looked like before the paint went up…

It’s hard to see how ugly that peach was, but it was nasty. Here’s another one…

Here you can see that the previous owners accented the awful peach with minty green. You can also see the cluttered state that my bathroom is usually in. I can honestly say after scrubbing and painting this bathroom, I am permantly cured of my addiction to Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip Icecream. Let’s just hope I never see any fuzzy bathroom walls painted in Pecan Praline!

Here are some pics of the newly installed vent. Here is the during, I’m terrible at taking before pics, so you’ll see more during and afters than befores. This is where the  reptile heat lamp resided. I swear this thing gave me nightmares.

And here is the blissful after. My pretty new vent/overhead light. I’m so proud of her.  It’s been two years trying to figure out how to cut a hole in the roof of my shoe box (the yellow casa). I’m so glad I finally decided to hire it out. I’m all about doing the DIY thing but there are just some things you should hire a professional to do. 

Ain’t she a beaut? I just can’t wait to get rid of the brown plastic that is currently lining my shower. I would love to put in some nice clean tile. Maybe something like this…

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Here she is all painted up. She still needs some jewelry and some cute shoes, but don’t you love her pretty blue dress?

I’m still getting the hang of this blog thing, and this taking pretty pictures of my house thing. So you will have to bear my horrible taken-right-before-bed-so-all-the-pictures-are-dark habit for the time being. Below you will find the new shiney light switch and outlet covers I bought on sale at Target. Not bad for $3 and the package included two covers! SCORE!

I repainted the old bathroom mirror, which was formerly the same color as the ugly minty green trim. Now it’s a creamy Vanilla Bean color. I seem to be referring to paint colors in icecream terms, it might be an icecream for dinner night tonight.

I am currently on the hunt for a new mirror to place on my pretty new blue walls. I’m thinking something in a dark wood tone.

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And hopefully soon we will be switching out the old vanity…

With something like this…

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Here’s another shot to give you a better idea of what the color looks like. I will be putting pretties up on the wall soon. Stay tuned for more bathroom pics. She’s a work a progress.