Happy Father’s Day!

Although we did not get to spend this beautiful Father’s Day weekend with our dads, we did do dad-like things in that we worked around the yard and the house and watched the U.S. Open.  And we wish them and all dads out there a great Father’s Day!

My transplanted rose bush started popping ….

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Mamma Bird was busy again, too – on Saturday, she was up to 3 eggs in the nest!

I'm so in love with the color!

I’m so in love with the color!

Attempting to continue my gardening streak, I cleaned out the containers Jeffrey gave me and re-planted them with some vegetable plants.  I don’ think they will grow in such a small container, but it’s also kind of a test to see if that area of the yard gets enough sunlight to eventually sustain a full garden.

 

I also spent a few hours digging out the weeds that are overgrowing the curb in the yard.  (the “curb in the yard” being a separate issue that was once a driveway, but will not be used as a driveway by us, so instead is a dividing wall for now…).  The drainage is terrible  from the top of the curb into the flower bed and herb garden, and with all the rain we’ve had lately, a lot of soil got washed away and a lot of new weeds popped up.  For example, above the herb garden was looking like this:

bottom half of photo = all weeds.  Curb = kinds mossy ....

bottom half of photo = all weeds. Curb = kinds mossy ….

 

I dug out about half the curb and planted some grass seed.  We will see what happens!  The dirt should settle in soon and hopefully we will get some grass along the edge ….

after the weed-digging....

after the weed-digging….

 

Meanwhile, the Tile Master got half the bathroom floor done!  Not yet grouted, but it’s bold and crazy tile and I’m really excited about it!  (and more bathroom blog posts to follow, obv.)  What do you think?

Modwalls floor tile, gumball pattern, laid by Chris!

Modwalls floor tile, gumball pattern, laid by Chris!

 

But I think the most exciting Father’s Day news is for the Papa Robin, who is going to have not three, but 4 babies ….  Mamma laid one more egg today!

FOUR!

FOUR!

And how was your weekend?

 

mamma robin is busy …

Chris got up this morning and there was an egg in the nest!  When I checked it out a little later, I got the real stink-eye from Mamma Bird …

get outta here!  I'm busy!

get outta here! I’m busy!

I went back later today, and Mamma had plopped out another egg.

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According to my “research,” robins sit on their eggs for 12-14 days, depending on how warm it is.  The eggs are blue because of something in the mother’s blood and may help camoflage the eggs in a tree.  I’m hoping they aren’t too exposed sitting out there on the fire escape.  Apparently squirrels, bluejays and other critters will steal the eggs.  Oh, nature, don’t you break my heart!

I also learned the Tiffany & Co. trademarked the name “robin’s egg blue.”  Really, Tiffany?!?  That seems extreme.

Crafty Tale #7: Stenciling a pot

In addition to attempting to not kill all my plants, I’m also trying to get in some plant-related craft projects.  On a rainy day off, I took this plain terra cotta pot:

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and turned it into this:

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First I sprayed the pot with a little acrylic sealer.  Then I coated it with two coats of white paint (I have TONS of paint samples left from when we were testing/ buying paint for the interior and I’m trying to put them to good use!).  I let that dry overnight and then I stenciled in the design.  The stencils are Martha Stewart brand and the paint is Sherwin Williams.  One thing I have definitely learned as I am trying to become a better (neater!) stencil-er, is to use the right tools and use VERY LITTLE PAINT!  I got some little stencil daubers– they are like lipstick tubes with sponges at the end and they work beautifully.  Once it all dried, I sprayed the whole thing again with a little acrylic and the pot was done!

In my “I’m still learning to properly care for plants” file, I have noted that snapdragons (the light yellow flowers) are lovely and marigolds (the dying, shriveled up orange flower) hate me.

Here’s a photo of the pot in its place!  The plants on the steps are NOT cabbage, they are Gerbera daisies that I’m hoping will re-bloom.  If they do, you can be SURE there will be photos!

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Hudson Valley Saturday

Today we ventured north to Rhinebeck, to check out the Country Living Fair , held on the Duchess County Fairgrounds.  It was a gorgeous day and we had a great time!  There were tons of vendors with a good mix of antiques, salvage items, new crafts, jewelry and food.  There were events going on throughout the day, as well.

The fairgrounds were very nice — I mean, it’s no Great Minnesota Get Together, but really, now, what is? Mmmm… cheese curds. But I digress.  One thing I especially liked was the simplicity of the decorations.  There were multi-colored bandanas hanging everywhere, and they added a kind of elegant, casual, country-ish looking pop to things.  There was also so much oilcloth!  It really inspired me to find some online and cover my picnic table and make some outdoor pillows and placemats.  All over the front area of the fair were little oilcloth flags —

flagsCute, right?

The landscape design of the fairgrounds was also really nice– lots of flowering shrubs everywhere, and one area where some roses were going crazy.

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Here’s a couple things we super-liked….

we LOVE these chairs for our dining room, but since we are no where near getting the dining room done AND I'm not in a position to go buying chairs for a room that's not ready for them, we passed them by.  But I superlove them,

we LOVE these chairs for our dining room, but since we are no where near getting the dining room done AND I’m not in a position to go buying chairs for a room that’s not ready for them, we passed them by. But I superlove them.

I think this is a planter at the bottom with chicken wire up the board to allow climbing plants to grow right up the piece.  Thought this was overpriced, and Chris can make one for me instead!  Maybe for our garden, summer 2014....

I think this is a planter at the bottom with chicken wire up the board to allow climbing plants to grow right up the piece. Thought this was overpriced, and Chris can make one for me instead! Maybe for our garden, summer 2014….

I used to work with The Milk Can Theatre Company, and this made me think of my dear friends there, as well as the divine Julie Balzer!

I used to work with The Milk Can Theatre Company, and this made me think of my dear friends there, as well as the divine Julie Balzer!

So, besides a mild sunburn, what did I got home with?

How was your Saturday?  Happy summer!!

Happy June!

Fact:  I’m a person who has been killing house plants in various NYC apartments for almost 20 years, and now I’m learning to garden.  After the fabulous folks at  Hilltop Farms  worked some magic last spring, our front yard shrubs and backyard Leyland cypress trees are coming along nicely.  My brother-in-law has given me some plants that are taking and my mother-in-law helped me dig out a little flower bed and herb garden area in the backyard.  I’m getting better at weeding and not being afraid to move plants around, and Chris has been keeping the lawn in great shape.  So things are greening up around the old place!

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I have so many projects to catch up with on the blog!  While the bathroom is still on hold (but not for much longer), Chris has been finishing the lattice and I have been attempting some new craft projects (stenciling, anyone?!?  Still remains far messier than it looks!)  Stay tuned for photos and posts.  I’m working on it!  In the mean time, here’s a picture of the place from this morning– quite possibly the nicest day yet of 2013 — perfect blue skies, zero humidity, temperature in the ’70’s.  The lighting here may not be great (half the front is in shadow…) but I like this pic nonetheless.

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