Tuesday, June 18, 2013

thriftstore scores of the year, maybe...

This weekend I felt the need to go to some thrift stores and see what I could find.

and...

let....

me...

tell..

you....

I found the best stuff ever for having such good pricing.

Really! Every time I find something, it's ether over priced or crappy stuff, but not this time, nope this time I scored some really awesome pieces or at least I think I did.

So let's start with this piece,



Which can be use as a buffet for a dining room, or a dresser in your room, or a TV console in your living room. In my case I will be using it as a buffet. It's all solid wood, mid century style; which is very popular right now. The best part is that it was for sale at 100 bucks but I was able to bring them down to $85. which I dont think it's bad at all comparing to some that are on Craigslist or brand new at a store, all it needs is a good cleaning, maybe light sanding and a new coat of stain.


It has more drawers inside the door compartment, which is kind of neat for storage
along with some funky paper   


The patten in the drawer handle is kind of funky too.


 I plan on hopefully clean it up this weekend and store some stuff in it, let's see how it goes.

Moving on to the next thing...

I found a hutch, a small one anyways is probably only 3 feet wide, but so cute.


I been looking for a hutch for the longest time, and I finally found one it's not as big as I wanted but since I also have the buffet there's no need for a bigger one, plus what can I say, it was only 45 dollars and it's also all solid wood. I convinced they guy to bundle the hutch and buffet together to get a better price and it worked.


It has upper shelving a drawer and bottom storage. I have to replace the handles since some of them are missing and I plan on painting it another color, I'm thinking on using chalk paint so I don't have to use any primer or sanding, I just don't know what color yet.  But isn't it adorable.

The next piece in the agenda is this chair


Sorry about the bad lighting I was trying to take the pictures at night which is never good.
Anyways I got this cute little chair for about $15 dollars at another thrift store I went to and I just fell in love, all I need to do is change the fabric on it and that's it I'm not sure if I want to paint the wood, but I don't know I just might.


I have to say it's really comfortable to sit on and it's in really good condition.

Next...


It's this cabinet like table/bench I guess since it could be both,


I plan on using it as a bench, I will make a cushion on top maybe sand it a little and call it a day, since I'm kind of digging the orange in it. It seems like it used to have doors but were removed. I also love the wheels at the bottom they give it character and makes it easy to move.


It's low enough to the ground for easy sitting which makes it perfect for a bench when you have guess at your house and you need the extra room, or just a table for extra storage. Oh and the price for it $12 dollars. what what!!!! 

As for my last piece...

It's this storage cart, which I plan on using in my craft room


It's still in pretty good shape aside from a few scratches and it was only 6 dollars compared to brand new ones for about 40 bucks or more.

I don't know about you guys, but I think I did pretty good this weekend I spent about 160 for five pieces of furniture, that's not even what you would pay for brand new coffee table. I'm ecstatic to get them fixed and set up in my house, and I can't wait to show you guys.

What do ya think of all the furniture I found?






Monday, June 17, 2013

The New Look, New Name

Hey you guys, have ya checked out the new look and name on the website.

I worked on it pretty much all weekend and even though its still a work in progress, I'm liking the look so much more that the previous one.

From they background, to the logo, tab icon, and much more.

I have also work on the facebook page and pinterest, so go check them out too.

I'm hopeful that it would improve my traffic flow and hopefully get more views along with good content in the blog.

Like I said, I still have to work on it a bit more, like on the link icons for the blog, Facebook, pinterest etc. 

So let me know what ya think of the  blog I would really like to know.
 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Vegetables in the garden box

I'm a few days late but here's the garden box, complete with the veggies.

But first we had to add some base soil.

 

There's about two or three bags of soil just for the base, so in reality even though it might look small in the pictures, it's quite big. 

Now as for the veggies, we had already started some inside, just to get them started before planting them in the ground like tomatoes, bell peppers, and some cucumbers. 


Marbin looked up that making newspaper potting starters was a great way to start seeds, since transplanting plants some times are hard since they might not survive, you can grow them in the newspaper and when its ready to go in the ground all you have to do is open the bottom and plant them, the newspaper will decompose eventually and it doesn't hurt the plants or environment. 
 

To hold them together,  we reused some annual plant holders, which come in handy. To water them and not getting them hurt with a lot of water pressure we use a water bottle and making a small hole to the lid for easy watering. 

Once we open up the bottom of all the pots, they were ready to be planted. 



Some of the veggies had to be planted directly in the ground like edamame  or carrots.
So, once we put all the ones we had already started we covered  them up with more dirt and watered them. I didn't take any pictures once I had plated them all down, I also didn't take any pictures once the carrots and edamame went down, but let me tell you they started sprouting pretty fast. 

 
 As you can see the edamame (tall middle one) got pretty big with in a week and a half maybe.


 The carrots are right behind the edamame, its a little harder to see them, but they sprouted pretty fast too. 


 You can see them better on this picture, as for the bottle you see, well its corn mean. We're having problems with ether bugs of something else eating the carrots and edamame, we looked up that corn meal and beer are really good at getting rid of bugs that like to bite on the leafs, and its better than spraying the vegetables with pesticides. 

Over all they're all growing pretty good, all we have to do is wait and see if we do grow some veggies, hah 

Well there you have it, an above ground garden box. What ya think. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blog update news

As I had mention, keeping up with the short blog post is just one of the updates I have been working with,  in my blog.
I have also been wanting to change my blog name to something shorter and to own my own domain.
It has been taking me a while since I was tying to find a shot catchy name, I have looked at several blogs and most of them stick to a three word name, I also wanted to make it some thing that could be monogram with my husbands and my initials; it also had to be something to do with what I do. I believe that every one has the chance to make something they have theirs, in my case like my house. We're making it ours, a little bit at a time by adding our own style to it.

In the end I came up with "yours two make" I decided to go with ''two'' instead of ''to'' just because we're two, my husband and I, and even though most of the time he just attributes with money, and emotional support hah!! it's still something important to the projects.

So here's something I have come  up with so far. I'm still a little undecided on the colors or fonts but I do believe it's a much better improvement from what I have right now. 


I'm still not ready for the whole change but hopefully soon, it be up and running  in the blog.

What do yo guys think of the look??

Monday, June 10, 2013

Above ground garden box project

Man I really need to keep up with my blog is been a while since I wrote anything, in reality there has been some projects going on, but some times I just can't find the time to write any post. I have come to realized that making long post sometimes is not the best, as I keep learning from blogging some times is not necessary to make long post all the time, but to write more in order for people to keep up with your blog, and is something I have decide to do. I don't always have the time to write a long post but if I just take a few minutes to write something I might be able to grow my views. I really want to be able to connect more with the few viewers I do get. 

Moving on with the kind of short blog, since we been working with the front and back yard according to my liking, the dear husband was complaining that I'm just growing stuff that looks pretty, but nothing that we can actually eat.  I decided to compromised and give him some space to grow some vegetables. There's this corner at one end of the yard that gets a lot of sun and is not so visible to the rest of the yard.

 
Now at first we were thinking of planting everything directly to the ground, but as we dig a little we notice it was nothing but clay which was a problem with the rest of the yard, and was also gonna take us a while to remove all the grass and put all new dirt, not to say that when it rains the water gets stall there. For all those reason we decided it wasn't a good place for vegetables that need a lot of care, good soil and drainage. That's when we decided to built a above ground garden box.


We started with a few pieces of fence wood.


Since we need it a 7' x 4', but the length of each piece was just 6 ft, we just decided to make it smaller to a 6' by 3' so we didn't had to make any more cuts than need it.

At first we were gonna ask someone at lowe's to cut the wood for us, since we didn't have a saw, but since Marbin knows how much I love tools and I put them to good use, he told me to go ahead and just buy one, since more likely we would use it more than once, and can I just say I love it. I know other girls love to get purses and jewelry and so do I, but some times getting the tools to improve my projects is just as nice. Those were some good 200 dollars right there, mostly with all the other projects I would use it for.   


At first I was a little nervous since I had never really used one, but let me tell you, once I cut the first piece of wood I was on a roll.


Once I had all my pieces cut, it was time to put them together.

Now here is where I got a bit lazy, I really wanted to use screws since it has more support than nails, but I really didn't want to go to lowe's once again since I didn't have any deck screws and regular home screws weren't cutting it. I just stuck to wood glue and nails


Which I think it would still do good, but only time would tell.


Since each piece was just a half a foot deep , we made two sets, so that we could stack them together and make it at least a foot deep when adding dirt.


Before putting them together, we added the bottom planks so there was more support.


I actually laid it down to nail the rest of the boards but I didn't get a picture before lifting it up.
We also did a little sanding as we went, to get rid of any splinters that it might of  had.


 To put both of them together we use some extra sticks of wood we had for support of the both along with some glue.


Finally all there was to do was painting it for a little weather protection.


I went with a canyon brown deck stain and sealant in one, I'm sure I could of had added another coat of polyurethane but lets see how it goes. It supposed to have really good water protection and  mildew.


The color is awesome, I was thinking of keeping it the same natural color of the wood, but the stain just brings it to the next level of a more custom piece.


I was also planning on staining the whole thing but as I was going I kept thinking of the two tone look, so I went with a while for the bottom part, just make sure its a oil base so its better resist to outdoors.

Once dry a day later, it was really to be put outside.
as for all the bricks, we used them as an elevation for the box, since like I said that place floods when it rains or the sprinklers are turn on, so the bricks will help it avoid sitting on any extra water.





















Putting the box against the fence gives us enough space to walk around the whole box when it comes to pick any vegetables, once if they do come out.


So here it goes all done.


I have to tell you, at first I wasn't so into the whole vegetable thing, but now I'm a little more into it once I saw the progress and how good it looks, I don't know about ya but I love it. I think it came out better than I thought. Tomorrow I will show you how all the vegetables came out.