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The Difference a Summer Makes…

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I thought it was time for a stroll through the backyard.  After all, a summer makes a huge difference, and for any plants on their second season, it’s an even hugeR difference!Let’s just get to it, shall we?But first, here are a couple “way before” pictures - from 2 summers ago, when we moved in:And now, starting from the gate: (The plants are looking a little more tired than usual because 1) we’re still about 10 degrees above the usual temperature for this time of year and 2) my usual trimming and upkeep has fallen a bit to the wayside due to the pregnancy.  My watermelon of a belly just isn’t engineered for gardening I guess.)Remember the Karl Foerster grass divisions I got from my mom earlier this summer?  I planted two here along the south (HOT) wall of our house, and they’ve grown up pretty nicely to help camouflage the rain barrel.  I’m pretty sure they’re not Karl Foerster grass, too, but we don’t actually know what they are, so Karl it is!Back in May or so, this bed looked lik…

Baby’s First Furniture…a Crib!

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Stinkin’ adorable!It seemed a little small until I remembered the last time I saw a crib I was probably still in daycare – so my perspective has changed a  bit!Next up:  window treatment, finding a dresser, wall décor, storage …

A Blanket for Baby

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Back when we decided on a black and white nursery, (actually, a black and white and teal nursery), we had no idea what we’d find out in retail land which would or wouldn’t match.Now we know:  nada.But luckily for us, we’re not really into the premade bedding sets and coordinating nursery themes, as ADORABLE as some of them are, so we weren’t too disappointed.  After all, most baby things come in white (score! half our color palette!) which makes decorating a little easier and laundry – no doubt – a little more interesting when the time comes.A little decorating challenge is a small price to pay for a neutral nursery color scheme that’s still fun and vibrant.  (Yes, vibrant…because “pastel” isn’t in my repertoire.)Anyway.  Soft goods like baby blankets, bedding, and window treatments just didn’t come cute enough or in the right colors from the store….so I’m making my own.  The exception is the bedding, since we’re only doing a decorative fitted sheet and a white mesh bumper – no pillow…

And Then There Were Moldings…

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Hellooooo!  I am so happy to report that the beautiful black moldings in the baby’s room are DONE!Of course, it’s all the little finishing up that takes a while, like getting around to filling nail holes and touching up paint, but we finally got there.Two weekends ago we actually put UP the moldings with the help of a new pneumatic brad nailer and compound mitre saw…and in the evenings last week we finished up bits here and there. This post was actually supposed to be done last Friday, but my computer didn’t want to read the card from our new camera until Mr. Computer TwinkleToes could blink at it and make it work.  (That would be my husband.)What can you do?  Anyway, the nursery is still bare bones.We do have a crib….in a box…in the basement…. and a glider has been ordered so we’re getting there But in the meantime….here’s the room in its bare-nekkid glory:For some reason, the phone jack in our new office doesn’t work, so the modem and router have to live in here.  Gorgeous, right?  …