Jewelry, Life

We survived Sandy

So we survived the storm, phew! Looks like Maryland didn’t get hit as hard as expected. I’m stunned by the photos of New York and New Jersey and hope everyone stays safe up there.

My Dad lost a big tree in his front yard that luckily didn’t fall on his house. We don’t have power, but there’s no real damage to our house — we’ll live!


All of the rest of my family is safe, to my knowledge. Thank goodness! I did manage to make a bunch of jewelry yesterday before it got too dark outside. I pulled our sofa up to our bay window and a nice little work station. Check it out… I strung black chain along with the beads! And it is aqua. Love it.




*crossing our fingers for power back soon and thanking our lucky stars that our house was unscathed*


So much landscaping

Saturday was a day filled with dirt, dirt, dirt and more dirt. With the awesome help of my dad (he did most of the work), the hubby and I spent all day Saturday landscaping the front of our house. The weather was fantastic — not too hot, a little muggy, and it even rained to cool us off! Thank goodness it wasn’t too hot.

We started bright and early at 8 a.m. and finished mid-afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Then, I went to bed at 8 p.m. because I was too tired to do much of anything else.

It. Was. Exhausting.

But it was all worth it.

Here’s our house before the landscaping overhaul:

These are the goodies we planted:

And, on top of what we bought at Home Depot, we were able to replant the bushes from one side of the house in another location! Because of that, we took out the rose bushes and moves the spaced out bushes on the right side of the house to the left side of the house. We planted them way better than they were before — you’d never know they are the same plants!

After hours of intense manual labor, here’s how the house turned out!

So much nicer than before and so much more well thought out. The black mulch also makes a world of difference!

I love the new plants, especially my liriope and speedwell (thanks, Ann!).

Once all of the excess dirt washes away the whole front of the house will look even better…. Now, we just need some shutters :p

So pretty. It’s nice that you can actually see our house, now that the rose bushes are gone. Our bay window lets in a lot more light now and looks even bigger than before. I’m really glad we put in all of the hard work to make the front of the house look as nice as the inside.

Happy Monday!


Happy (belated) birthday, Chester!

OK, our yard is awesome. We hosted a mini birthday party for Chester, Remmy’s awesome doggy friend, and the two crazy dogs ran around the yard like maniacs (OK, Remmy ran like a maniac, Chester ran from Remmy). It was a really great time and I’m glad we are able to have such play dates because of our new awesome yard. The hubby and I really did hold out for the right house with the right yard — it’s definitely paying off.

Other outside news… my garden didn’t die overnight! Check out this sweet set up I’ve got:

The entire right half of the garden is different types of lettuce. The darker plants on the right are broccoli and cauliflower. Mmmmm. It’s making me hungry just thinking about all of the fresh veggies I get to eat this summer. Maybe I’ll even try new recipes! … Maybe.

The hubby made fun of me yesterday because I got the hose out to water my garden. He thought I was going to wash the grime off my fairly new car. I scoffed at him and said that Humphrey (my car) could wait to be cleaned, but my garden couldn’t wait to be watered. I love my garden! I can’t wait to plant more. I want an entire bed full or tomatoes! Mmmmm.

The last exciting part of my day yesterday was that the trees in our yard are starting to bloom. I mentioned a while ago how excited I am for spring because we house hunted in the dead of fall and winter. Well, I am liking what I’m seeing. Our trees in the back have little leaves and the trees out front have pretty pink flowers! Those are my trees and my flowers! Holy moley!!!

You should basically call me the Lorax because I am totally loving all of my trees. Speaking of which, does anyone know what kind of trees they are?

I know our yard is going to be totally green and we’re going to gain a ton of privacy because I stalked us on Google Maps. Look at all the trees once they bloom. Yay!

Happy spring! And happy Tuesday!