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Flower Garden Growth October 7, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:00 pm

The plants have started to fill in…the garden is starting to take form. 

Everytime I work in the front yard I have people stop to talk to me about the plants and or about how beautiful it looks.


I am quite fond of it myself and Ash even stops to look at it with me. The compliments from him, on how nice the yard is looking, mean the most to me. 

Now I get to build another garden and watch it grow. The umbrella I ordered arrived and I put it up. Now I can sit out there, read and enjoy the yard when my work is done. On top of adding the umbrella to the yard, I replaced some of the smaller plants in the pots and added a couple more to the ground. When I bought some of the first ones I thought that I had a more sun than we really do. So some of them did not survive.

Now that all the planting is done I am adding bark. Over the holiday weekend it was on sale 5 bags for $10. That means that I must stock up on it, right? Well I think so but I don’t think that Ash agrees with me LOL.

Not all of the area will be barked in right now because I am still placing the plants and planning the pathways. At least the additions of the bark around the plants will help reduce the amount of weeds/crab grass that I have to keep cleaned up. But the time I am done it will all be bark and pathways, no more grass. 


Brighter and Larger September 15, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:40 am

Last week I shared out updates to the dining room and how it made it look much brighter. Well the following day I put the matching rug in the living room. First I moved all the furniture that would be in the way and washed the floors. Don’t want a build up of yuck under the new rug after all.

Once the floor was clean I laid out the rug and put the co0uch back.

The couch helped to weigh it down while it flattened out. Once it was flat, I loved everything else back into place.

I love the way it made the space look larger and brighter. I admit I was not expecting the rugs to be that light of a color but I still love them.


Dining Room in a New Light September 8, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:10 am

Our dining room, like all our rooms is smaller so space has always been an issue. Personally I loved the dinning room table we had. It was my great grandma’s with I restained. I was the only one appearently because Ash bought us a new table and I bought the at new area rug.

The new table looked nice but there was not enough to light to be able to see the entire table. Before I put the new rug in place we went to Ikea and bought a new track light to replace the ceiling fan. 

I left to the boys to replace because I didn’t want to do it, even if I could have.

Once the new lighting was in Damion helped me roll out one of the new rugs.  Appearently it was a hard task so I let him rest on the rug for a minute =).   

Then we put the table back in place.  

There is so much more light now, we are seeing the dinning room in a whole new light. It is the little changes I love. Such a difference from a small amount of work.


Constantly Improving the Stay of Guests August 25, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 4:05 pm

I love my guest room and I am constantly working on ways to improve the feel and look of the room. Doing all this while of course keeping the he crafts organized  there. 

Recently I bought a beautiful comforter for the bed.

Then the other day I used the desk in there for crafting and I felt like there was not enough room. This is unacceptable to me so I decided to remove the desk. Of course there was no room I the remainder of the house for the desk. My big challenge became what to do with the desk. Luckily I was able to find a place for it and make someone very happy. My neighbor is down due to back injury so she wanted to find a desk to do some sewing. I brought the desk over to her and we set up her machine. Now she can do something to pass the time while remaining off her feet.

This opened up some space so I moved my hope chest to the foot of the bed. I swapped out the items inside the two hope/cedar chests we own and made room for the spare blankets to be stored in the room now. Then I moved around the smaller dresser and done.

Small things but big difference to me


New Flower Garden has Begun August 18, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:00 am

After fighting a losing battle  of planting flowers in the backyard to the dogs, I have come up with a new strategy….I decided to make a small backyard flower oasis. Ash will still have space to expand the patio and make this outdoor kitchen area and the dogs will still have space to move and play. I plan to move my tall patio table set to the small yard where the shed is and an an umbrella then plant some fun colorful flowers. 

Ironic that the area originally started out as a dog pen but things chance. Plus I was running out of room in the front yard and on the patio. 😆

Before I even had time to love the table I started planting. I got a couple of pots. Plastic for now because my Mom was not available to go with me to buy nice ones. I know you may be asking why I could not go without her and that is a valid question. I made a promise to my Mom that I would not go to our new favorite nursery in Sacramento without her. Well at least not to buy flower pots LOL.

In each pot I planted a taller plant and a couple plants that will grow to fill in and drop over the sides. In the corner of the yard by the patio I planted a pomegranate bush that my friend gave me. Around the pots I planted some salvia, canna and day lilies. I love those 3 plants.

In over to get a more space accurate plan in place I has Ash help me move the table and chairs into the yard. We also found a third chair that is similar to add to the set so that they have are 3 chairs now. 

I finally added a plant to the window box of the shed, a succulent plant, and moved a couple of my patio pots into the shade provided by the shed. To be honest I will probably move things around a bit more before they find their final place but that is part of the fun.

During our last trip to my parents house we went out to a couple nurseries. Shocker, I know right!?! During this trip I picked up some new interesting flowers for the new garden and Ash picked out a climbing rose bush. He would like the combing rose planted ont he fence that runs by our bedroom window. It currently has potato vine growing on it but it is not filling in as the Passion flower vine of the other option of fence. You can see the difference in the fence lines just by looking at the picture here.

So he thought that the rose could grow in to cover the metal wire fence while also looking beautiful. I always ask him for his opinion and I was happy to have it on this. Of course I made him pick the color roses while he was at it lol! Really how could I not have him pick since it was his idea heee heee. As much as I would have loved to plant them right away, we did not get home till late from my parents house, as usual which for the record I love. When the weekend came I was more then ready to plant. But I made myself do the maintenance to the front yard first. Weeds needed to be pulled and plants needed to be trimmed. Thankfully I love the work and it did not take too long. The front yard has changed so much since I started that it makes me smile when I see it. 

Moving to the back yard was exciting. I placed the new plants in location, reviewed the sun/shade requirements to ensure they would be happy and got to planting. The ground was a bit hard because it was not getting watered since it was changed to drip line but that was ok. I watered the area with a sprinkler and worked on over maintenance in the mean time such as cleaning up the remaining branches from prunning the butterfly bushes and re working the drip line so all the plants are getting water. While working I noticed that my raspberry shortcake bush, which is a raspberry bush that is thornless and grows in a pot, was not getting enough sun so I moved it to a new home in the yard as well. Working in the yard is envigorating and exhausting exercise at the same time. I was a sweaty dirty mess when the weekend was done but progress it being made. 

I was not able to get everything done due to the heat but it was a great start. Only have 4 plants left to plant. One is still recovering in a pot from the first transplant so it might stay that way for a while.

Now I need Marmie to come visit so we can get some pots and then I need to start placing bark around the new flowers. For now I will content myself with the progress I have made and start working on growing some of my plants for seeds. Didn’t have much luck last time but that is not going to stop me from trying again.


Train Time August 11, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:30 am

Donovan came up with Marmie for a weekend of fun. They arrived on Friday night and we went to Chevys on the river. While waiting for our table to be ready we went down to the docks and put our feet in the water to cool off. During dinner we enjoyed watching the boats and learning Spanish words.

He loves trains so Marmie got us tickets to ride the train in Old Town Sacramento. He was so excited and couldn’t wait for our ride

It was a relaxing ride and the Stewart .

After the ride one of the conductors was nice enough to take a picture with him.

Then we played on the way to the train museum where Ash met us.

}It was fun watching Donovan explore. I am so glad that we were able to spend the time together.


Marine World August 4, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:30 am

For Father’s Day the family got together, almost all of us together. Just missing Ash because he was sick. It had been a long time since we were all together and doing something fun. Maureen and her family got their early with me. To distract the kids we went into the stores and played.

We still had time to kill so I paid for the kids to have their cartoonist pictures of themselves.

While they were being drawn we looked at the dolphins and took pictures in front of the fountain.

I was so happy to see the fountain was still there. Maureen and I took a picture in front of the fountain trying to mimic the photo we took there as kids.

We went to see the sting rays and the penguins.

Then I got the call that the rest of the family was arriving at the gate. So Keegan and I headed to the gate, taking so fun pictures.

We arrived at the gate first.

Finally they arrived.

We went all around seeing animals and butterflies.

We rode some rides.

It was a fun day.