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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Starbucks Backsplash (NEW PICS ?'s 07/12) on: July 13, 2012 01:49:31 AM
So over three years ago I did this. The first picture is of the guard over my sink.


Recently we developed a roach problem when some neighbors moved in. Previously the apartments were empty for over a year. So Between the exterminator and Raid I have gotten the problem controlled. However, the splash guards could have been harboring bugs. They weren't as the double sided tape killed anything near it but they are showing some serious wear and tear. The one over the sink has fared better but the one over the stove, well it needs work. So what do you think? Fix? scrap? Go to Lowes and by back splashes at $20+ a pop? Would love to know if anyone else did this, how they did it and if it is in good shape some years later.

Here is a now picture with them off the wall on the floor.


Notice the missing pieces and grease on the cards my little butt couldn't reach on a regular basis to clean.

P.S. all the cards were donated from either friends and loved ones or the local Hollywood video that closed down down the street from me. I have new ones from friends to replace the lost ones if I decide to go that route.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Favorite Jeans Fit Again! on: July 31, 2009 12:39:25 PM
Great job. I did one last year with black velvet pants and yummy purple. Too big now time to alter them again hehe....Thanks for reminding me.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wedding Day Corset on: July 31, 2009 12:16:54 PM
WOW totally hot.....great job and awesome and the no 'waste' wedding. Really great. Mine cost $41. $35 for the liscense and $6 for parking...no waste, no fuss, no stress. One of my best friends is a minister for the UU so she did her thing, ten minutes later we were done.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: this year's garden :) on: June 19, 2009 07:10:02 PM
yum yum it so warms my heart to see garden pics. I am so addicted to garden porn it's not even funny.

Happy Sowing!!!!!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Yay June, updated PICS of how doth my gardens grow@!! on: June 17, 2009 04:38:02 AM
As long as the weather stays relatively cool, you can plant spinach.  If the temp get over 80, don't do it.  We plant every two weeks, for a continuous spring/early summer crop.

I love to hear about peppers, especially serranos, because they are perfect for salsa.  I planted cayenne seeds for the first time this year.  I have little baby plants, about three inches high.  The cayenne peppers are supposed to grow a foot long.  I love cayanne for my chili.

I am also growing brussels sprouts for the first time.  They are about a foot high, grown from seeds.  They are supposed to get eighteen inches, then grow little tiny cabbages.  I'm excited for them.

I'm experimenting with beans this year as well.  I have limas, cherokee purple beans, and my usual pole green beans. 

And red onions.  I have so many red onions that I have no idea what I'm going to do with them.  We bought a flat of starts and planted them.  I swear, I think every one of them came up. Cheesy

Last year, I grew six plants of cayenne, I have so many left over from last year. I have them everywhere. Mr. Kitty asked for other peppers. I have only a plant or two of each. Jalapeno, serrano, hot wax, sweet wax and one other mystery one I got free because they lost the label at the herb festival.

As for Cayenne I eat it daily with tumeric, black strap molasses, baking soda, I switch in and out herbs and such but always the first three....so I prolly will need another harvest next year.

I had some critter eat the brussels to a nub, if might have been my cat....he loves that stuff. If I try again I will net it. Same thing happened to my strawberries, I hung a pot as an experiment....no more issues. I go two hanging bean plants, next year all strawberries. Can't be deer. I live in the middle of the city.

I do not do well with onions. They take up too much space. Mr. Kitty and I decided beets instead because we use those so much and getting them Organic is expensive. I have some growing n but not as much as we'll eat. We bought starts last year. We let them get to pickling size and pulled em. Mr. Kitty made the best pickled onions but the space seemed wasted. I am growing from seed this year.


The only thing I did in a reasonable logic of succession planting was Lettuce. I just planted two heads last night. The rest is more of a knee jerk. Starting to bolt, rip it out replant. Dang didn't germinate, get something else. My pepper seeds seem to never germinate. I only have a couple of peppers started from my seed.


I am going to chance it and plant a couple seeds of spinach. Thanks.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Yay June, updated PICS of how doth my gardens grow@!! on: June 16, 2009 06:22:03 PM
I'm in OR.  We have had some seriously hot days.  Just enough to ruin the spinach.  I just planted some more, because the temp has come down to the mid 70's.  Spinach and lettuce you can plant over and over again. 

We've been cold and rainy, really cloudly. The Romaine loves it. I just noticed I got my first two serrano peppers forming @squeakkkk. Never grown those before.

Yup I just pulled two heads  of Romaine from the memorial plot that went weird overnight. Harvested the good part and had Mr. Kitty plant two more.

I have an actual question. The spinach seeds I have are the winter bloom variety. Should I wait till fall or chance it and sow 'em since we have been so cold? The stuff that seeded was a flat I got at the farmers market. Mr. Kitty LOVES Spinach so I bought him a flat.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Yay June, updated PICS of how doth my gardens grow@!! on: June 16, 2009 01:55:44 PM
Our spinach bolted this year, too.  Everything else seems to be doing ok.  I'll post pics soon.

Can't wait to see hehe. Not sure where you are but in MD the weather has been seriously atypical.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Yay June, updated PICS of how doth my gardens grow@!! on: June 16, 2009 11:40:37 AM
It turned out really great.  I'm glad that you stuck with it.  Very rewarding.  Good job.

Oh sticking with it was never ever a question. My triple failure at garlic is just that, three failures. I am confident this October I will succeed. I am going to plant them in the concrete plot where the carrots are now. It's easy to cover and keep warm so I might even make it into a cold frame by adding glass to the top we shall see.

The weather hasn't been kind, Spinach bolted, cilantro, dill....all a mess so replant replant the mantra for this month hehe.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Yay June, updated PICS of how doth my gardens grow@!! on: June 15, 2009 05:52:00 PM

This is the concrete plot we commandeered. Shhhh it's poe-tay-toes.
Potatoes, Cabbage, Carrots, Onions



And More Pots on Porch and drying herbs.
Holy Basil more Cos and Cilantro. Dill and Sweet Basil in Peat Pots
I got Oregano, Rue, Comfry and Dill drying out woot.
Plus you get my beets from my main plot showing through, couple tomatoes and some basil back there.


Pots on Porch and a bonus shot of my 19 yr old Sascha Bear, yup 19 this month keep on rockin' girl!
We got Horseradish, White Sage, Carrots, Beets, a Cedar Tree, Chocolate Mint, Spearmint, Basil, Celery, Nettles, Rosemy, Celery, yup in a pot! Cilantro, Parsley, Catnip and more.




This is the memorial plot
Tomatoes, Arugula, an Apothecary rose, Marigold, Cabbage and Cos. Yup this is the one the new neighbors made a mess of. All better woot.



This is my BIL Plot, outside my brother in laws, apartment.
Cucumbers, All manner of peppers<chilies>, tomatoes, calendula, marigold


Phew and that isn't all of it....happy growing and thanks for looking~!!!

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: vermicomposter...finally on: May 01, 2009 04:41:37 AM
Fear of worms CHECK. It took me a long time to get to the point I could deal with the thought of it. The first night I had nightmares I was terrified. It got better as they didn't rush out of the box or bite me or anything. Yah I was pretty phobic. I still have issues touching stuff in the box....BUT I am working through it.
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