Independence Day! 

In hopes of starting a new tradition, we hosted the Fourth of July at our house this year. What a blast! Not nearly as big of a shin dig as mom and dads hog roast but it’s a start. Just realizing I didn’t get any pictures of our fireworks. Hahaha. Guess they were that good! What are your families traditions for Independence Day? I’d love to hear about them. 

Homemade Garden Tea

Yeah I’m that girl, that girl that’s trying as hard as she can to do it all! I’m not huge on fertilizing my garden but this year it needed something. A boost. So I did some research and came up with this mix. Take a half gallon Mason jar, put a cup of used coffee grounds and a cup of crushed egg shells in the jar. Then fill with water and let it steep for about a week in a dark spot (I put mine in my cabinet) When it’s done it should look something like this. I ran it through a screen to get out all the shells and grounds then added about 1/4 of the mix in my watering can, fill the rest of the way with water. Feels extremely satisfying to make my own fertilizer with stuff I could have thrown in the trash. I must warn you though, if you do actually try this. When you open the jar and can be under a little bit of pressure so be careful that it doesn’t spray you. Also it really does smell like poop water! Please feel free to ask any questions. Please share your experience with homemade fertilizers. Thanks everyone! 

Function and Form

Hello again, so glad you enjoy reading my posts! I want to share something today that may seem like such a little thing but I assure you I am overjoyed with the new function in my sewing. I used toe separators (you know like for pedicures) to organize my bobbins!! Cheap, cute and keeps all those bobbins ready to go and easy to see! I’m that girl, that girl that’s always looking for ways to make my life a little bit easier. Anyway, hope this helps you or someone you know that sews. Happy sewing! 

The Tiny House Project! 

We were given a playhouse for my son about 6 years ago. I put some fresh stain on it, built a platform for it and he loved it!!! Since then he has outgrown it, but had a little sister come along who now wanted to use it. After that many years it needed repaired. So we put it in the garage and repaired away! ​


We painted almost every inch of this thing including the inside, which had never been painted. Our little lady was quite the helper!! If you look close you’ll notice that Edyth is wearing the apron I made for her and wrote about in a previous post. 

​We also built a new deck for it out of the old deck my uncle gave us, that I also wrote about in another post. Approximately 45 hours of painting and deck work and it’s done!!! She loves it!! We all know I’m that girl, that girl that reuses everything she can!! 

Growing Mushrooms on Your Kitchen Counter!!

So we were in our local Home Depot and they had these grow your own mushroom kits. I was a little skeptical about this kit thing. Usually I would just start whatever I’m growing from seed and that’s that but this is everything I needed to grow mushrooms on my counter! I’m that girl that likes to try new things and I Love mushrooms, so I tried it. First I had to take the bag out of the box and cut an x in the plastic and soak the bag in a bowl of water. Then I put it back in the box and set on the counter. I took pictures as they grew, the process was rather quick. 10 days I do believe it was and we were eating mushrooms!! 

We pan fried them in some butter, they were delicious!!! Did you try one of these grow kits? I’d love to hear about your experience!! 

The Potting Bench Project! 

We were given an old deck off of my Great Aunt and Uncles house. They no longer wanted it and had plans to burn it. So we salvaged it and made a potting bench! We also built a new deck for Edyths playhouse, but that’s another story. This is where we decided to put the potting bench. I nicknamed this space my hot box garden box years ago when I moved in. A large box tucked up in a corner in full sun most of the day. 

I happened to have some old skids lying around that I disassembled and used for the backer boards. Which I think turned out just lovely! We also added a rain barrel and garden boxes. We were also given some old lattice that I painted and used for the potting bench. I am that girl, that girl that loves reusing and repurposing!! There was even enough skid stuff left over for a stand for a super cool metal trash can to store my potting soil in!! This has made gardening so much more fun!!! What a transformation and all with repurposed materials!! A dream come true right here!! 

New Tomato Cages! 

Every year now for as long as I have gardened, about 13 years now, I have fought with metal tomato cages. Flimsy little things that have never been able to handle the huge tomato plants I grow. So we searched for ideas and inspiration for something better. This is what we came up with. Nice sturdy cages that we can add to as the plants grow! They are working fabulously!! No more bracing off metal cages to still have them collapse under the weight of these massive plants!! Yay!! Happy gardening folks!! 

Sprucing up the Front Porch! 

As I wrote about in the post about the potting bench, we were given an old deck and a few other old materials by some family. One of the things we did with these materials was added some privacy to our front porch! We took it from this-To this –I know it’s not the prettiest, but it’s previously used materials. So I think it’s flaws are gorgeous and only add character!! Form and function right there! I love my front porch!! 

The Fire Drill

We upgraded our pool this year. Because we went bigger we didn’t want to fill it with our well, so I looked into other options. Evidently in some areas the local fire department will come out and fill your pool! Awesome! My husbands son, uncle and cousin are all on the Pleasant Hill fire department so we put in a call to them. They said for a donation they would come out and asked if they could use it as a drill!!! Perfect! We said of course, that would be great! We sat out that evening in the yard awaiting the fire trucks. Such a strange feeling waiting with excitement for fire trucks to show up to your house. Especially after we watched our neighbors house burn just this past winter. I figure it’s not to often that they pull up somewhere to smiling faces, so that’s probably a nice change of pace. 

What a great experience for all of us!! This was far more than just getting our pool filled. A great way for the kids to learn, up close and personal! We all know I’m that girl that loves to make everything an adventure and this one was a huge success! Thank you Pleasant Hill fire department for all that you do!! They even left here with lights and sirens going!! ​Here’s a little video of our adventure!!