Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Charlie Harper Follows me on Pinterest | How About You?

While checking my gmail inbox, 
I came across this


and then this

Perhaps he is expecting

Or he just likes my woody style.
No matter.

Charlie Harper 
is following B3HDtheBlOG on Pinterest!

Never mind that I couldn't actually place WHO 
Charlie Harper was.
But aside from the fact 
that this was one of the 7 boys on Pinterest
who actually hit my radar
and I had a nagging feeling 
that I KNEW this "Charlie" dude
I did a little searching


Gotta say it was a much needed laugh.
How about you though?

Is Charlie stalking you on Pinterest?
And why are YOU not stalking ME on Pinterest?

Just. Saying.
What some people won't do
to increase their pin traffic.

Seriously.
Search Charlie Harper on Pinterest.
Out. Of. Control.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

He Garden's Too - Lawn Care

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As spring is springing up around here,
some of you might think I'm the only one gardening around these parts.
Well, he gardens too.
Although his "gardening" is truly about
keeping our lawn green.
Which is important
because our backyard sits right above the t-box for the 9th hole
At TPC Snoqualmie
Which means our backyard is on tv at least once a year
for the Boeing Classic Master's Tourney.
Right.
When we first moved in,
It looked like this:
Here is what it looked like last year:
Gorgeous right?
Let me tell you how our marriage almost ended over this "progress"
See, I'm a little particular
when it comes to storing my garden supplies.
There is a trunk
on our back porch
that we have to share.
I long ago gave up storing big bags of various supplies
and I pleaded with him to find another option
for all of his various half bags of seed and fertilizer and what not.
To me, it was bad enough
that our perfect backyard oasis

is marred with the shot
of a big old lawnmower
and (now)
a generator
in the mix with the big brown box.
Never mind that all of our bags of magic workers
never ever seem to all fit in the box.
When I heard about Scotts® Snap® Spreader System,
I might have thought for a hot moment that my nirvana had arrived.
Imagine my alarm when I saw him eyeballing one on tv

and searching the internets to get him a new toy.
Thankfully, he had a Costco errand to run so he got a powerwasher instead.
I'm sure that will end up on the back porch heap too.
After powerwashing everything in sight,
he pitter pattered around in the yard a bit.
I could see the wheels turning as he thought of ways to try to convince me
why we needed a Scotts® Snap® Spreader System.
Not like there are not a hundred and one testimonials out there
well, at least this one
You know,
I think I'm game to bring one home and try it.
Our lawn is almost to where we want it to be.
And I'm not a fan of his hand held spreader
because half of the pellets end up in my garden
which is not so good for half my plants.
I'm a little dubious of any system that claims
to take the math out of gardening for you
just because our lawn is a bit atypical.
BUT
I'm willing to give it a try given that
this product promises to
1. Take the mess out of lawn seeding and fertilizing
(the Snap Pack actually self-seals when you take it out of the spreader)
2. Take the back breaking cut and pour work out of lawn fertilizing
(those bags are HEAVY, the Snap Pac is compact and easy!)
3. Keep grass seed (uhg) and fertilizer out of my garden
(the EdgeGuard feature keeps it all where you want it - on the lawn)
What say you?
Worth a try?
 "Like" Snap perks on Facebook
For lots of great perks and contests.
If you win something good,
(or buy a snap spreader), show me your lawn.
I'll let you know how mine comes along this year.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Week 64 Random Pinehurst



Coolest rag rug I've ever seen.
Actually found this last year
at the Goodwill Tukwilla (WA)
and even though I was not sure where I would use it
I couldn't leave it behind.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Week 63 Random Pinehurst

A bit late this week, but here's this week's Random Pinehurst
Especially now that we renewed our Costco Membership and I can print photos
And I'm slowly but surely trying to weed down my hoard stash
and get stuff on the walls instead of hidden in the pile,
here's one that is generally in the right spot.

Just not quite up yet.



She still is pretty.
And 
one day
I'll actually hang her on the wall.

I think it is good enough
reason to celebrate
in that I took her out of the hoarder stash
and got her in to the general vicinity
of where she will hang.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The forgetful gardener - Bulbs in my home

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of iBulb for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Some of you are sitting on your back porch sipping lemonade in your winter parkas
watching the bulbs come up.

Some of you are impatient and have gone to your grocery store, nursery, florist or Home Depot and Lowes to get really cute pots of potted bulbs that are all blooming right about now.

And then there is me. 
The girl still sitting at her computer
wondering where fall went
and why she still has 60ish (okay, 57) bulbs left to plant.

That isn't counting the paperwhites or Amaryllis 
that you Instagram followers know I already forced.

 - Note to non-Instagram followers - 
You can see all sorts of lovely pictures
of forced Paperwhites and forced Amaryllis
if you go over there in my sidebar to the right
and click on Instagram.
Even if you are NOT on Instagram,
that link takes you to a neat website where you can stalk
all of my bulb growing prowess
and all the rest of the random tidbits in life.
BUT WAIT!!
Finish reading this post before you click through there.

As I was saying about those bulbs that I forgot to plant.
Never fear.

I researched what I should do with them.
On pinterest of course.
Because Dig Drop Done has a great set of bulb boards up.

As I sat determined to not let another bulb filled holiday pass me by
I realized that I'm just about in time for Easter - if not Mother's Day.

Surely, I can force some potted bulbs on my dining room table?
Right?

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Here's a really cute, super easy project to try.

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All you need are a couple of small pots of potted bulbs
(mine will be Home Depot or Lowes
whichever Thank You Gift Cards come first)
and some moss to cover up the pots.

Then stop by the thrift store (with purpose people!)
and get a great pot to sit your potted bulbs in.

Voila.
Too. Simple.

 

iBulb is the flowering initiative from Anthos, Hollan’s Royal Trade Association for Nursery Stock and Flower Bulbs. The foundation is, evidently brand new (as in Januar,y 2012 new) and their focus is on the promotion, research and market access to, you guessed it, Dutch flower bulbs. Yes, I know, you are thinking tulips. But if you go to iBulb, you can get your education on in regards to all the neat bulbs that our happy friends bring to our Easter tables.

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Are you forcing any bulbs this year? 


Do you need help figuring out how to do it?
Do you have any neat tips and tricks on how to ensure success?

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Recently Found | Desk Update

Remember how I avoided showing you my 
recently found desk

I think I'm ready.
Gulp.

And, I think I might be a hoarder.
And this may prove it.


 I don't need a desk.



And I definitely not a desk splattered with paint.


However, it isn't everyday
that you find a piece
that fits PERFECTLY under your chair molding.


And it certainly isn't everyday that you find a piece that flows with a space.
Crickets?
Trust me, once I'm done with this bad boy...


Or girl,
she will shine.
because she goes so well with the

Almost, I said there.
(yes, you can, even if you don't have an iphone, view my feed)
to see what plot to take over the world I have in mind for this one.

While you're there if you DO have an Instagram account,
follow me, like some pics
and I'll follow back. Super fun!

What have you been hoarding finding lately?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Best Gardening Invention Ever? | Miracle-Gro Expand n' Gro

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Look what I spied with my weary hanging basket eye:
You know the heartache I've experienced with these baskets
 

And though I loved my tomato plants in upside down bags

Those bags were HEAVY to move
at the end of the season 
and didn't retain water very well.
When I heard about Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix,
I asked myself if this might well be the best gardening invention ever.
I should say that I don't know.
See, I have not tried it.
Yet.
Scour my shelves as I might,
this little bag doesn't exist on my shelves.
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But I CAN buy it on Amazon.
And this is one of those few times
when Amazon PRIME isn't fast enough.
Yes, and I live "in Seattle" and I'm still impatient like that.
No matter.
If this miracle worker allows me to use LESS mass
in my hanging baskets because it expands 3x with water
and it lets me water them less frequently because this magic stuff
holds
up to 50% more water versus the basic potting soil I use now
and
I don't have to fertilize 1x a wk because Expand ‘n Gro™ feeds for 6 months...
I'm in!
If I truly DO grow three times the flowers in those baskets
and three times the tomatoes on those vines
I will roll around in mud, snap a picture and post it to this blog.
Pinky swear.
And guess what? 
That soil will be improved for years to come
if I use this stuff in my beds.
So what say you?

What are you growing this year?
Maybe I'll grow some watermelon this year.
Just. Saying.


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Spring is Springing Up

This post brought to you by Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.. All opinions are 100% mine.
Months ago,
(aka, last year),
I waited forever and a day before getting my bulbs in the ground.
It might have been November,
when I was fondly looking upon my dried alliums and said to myself
"Self, get out there and plant that massive pile of bulbs."
I might have threatened myself with an "or else."
While I dream of a whole field of yellow tulips 
along the hard to grow strip on the side of my house
The reality is that I might get a few giant black tulips in the backyard
and enough long, pretty allium stems
to convince myself their slow growing (but long lasting) nature is worth it.
All of this is to say that I live in the Pacific Northwest
and I am more than ready for Spring to spring on up around here.
So the other day,
I decided to visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more about the various
 types of bulbs I should be trying here.
You know. To get out of tulipville.
Being the avid pinner that I am,
I of course had to stop at the Bulb Inspiration library first.
This was just one of the many images that made me swoon
in the Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done library.

 
Exploring a little more, I  clicked on the Bulb Browser
where I used the drop down selection menu to select a Spring bloom time
and then clicked the button to "show me some bulbs"
I didn't worry about the light requirements
because true to my life,
I have some shady spots
mixed with a ton and a half
of sweet, sunny moments.
Boy was I in for a treat with the next set of generated images.
Dreamy Giant Alliums (which I admit, I covet) and sweet crocus...
Then I did a bit more exploring and I came across the Garden Guru tool
    United States
These tools are always tricky for me
because I have no sense of distance
and often put my "place" a good 200 miles east of where I really am.
In El Paso, TX and even Las Cruces, NM
it was always obvious and easy.
No matter.
I noted that I
1.) live in the US,
2.) picked out a color spot in the PNW that  looked like Snoqualmie and noted that I
3.) wanted an April bloom time.
This is the planting guide I got back:
 
  As I was back browsing through the galleries to learn more about
 scilla, it was about this time
that I noticed the ladies hanging out in the side bar.

Bulb Tip from Evelyn - Summer flower bulbs over winter
 
Though the tips were cute and the ladies kitschy,
gotta say I didn't stop for tea with any of them.
I did like that Evelyn, in all her charming glory, noted that
bulbs in pots on the porch are a must.
Now THAT is a woman after my own heart.
Did you know that our BFF @TaniyaNayak teamed up with Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done
for the awesome Curbside Chaos.$5000 yard makeover contest?
All you have to do is enter a picture of your yard  by April 15th
to Curbside Chaos for a chance to win.
I bet some of you are thinking "really, I don't have space or patience for bulbs."
I'll tell you from experience that forcing bulbs indoors
- and I'm not talking just paperwhites and Amaryllis at Christmas time -
but regular spring bulb forcing indoors is
super fun, super easy,
and a super crafty gift to give.
This time of year, I take a rotation of potted bulbs in to my office to have a splash of bright yellow as I look out at the dark gray March and April skies.
I could wait for May flowers.
But really, Why wait, right?
Are you super impatient for Spring?
Well then you should take a cyber stroll over to www.digdropdone.com.
It is such a fun website full of tips, trick and know how and hey - who can't use $5000 and the help of Tanyia to redo your yard.
If that isn't your thing, at least stop by real quick to share the contest on Twitter.
For every share, Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done will donate $1.00 to Rebuilding Together which (as a Junior Leaguer) is a program near and dear to my heart.
All said, I need to go find a photo to upload.
My sideyard could use some bulb help.
That is for sure.
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Deep Spring Cleaning Secret Weapon

Whoa! Two posts in one day!
The world is ending.

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So.
We all KNOW that the only thing
I hate worse
than waking up early in the morning
to drive an hour each way to work,
is getting up
on any day
with the notion on my mind
that I NEED to clean something.
Now.
Before it gets way too far out of control.

I admit it.
Once,
I had help.
Those were the best 17 weeks of my life.
Not having to worry that things
were getting too far gone
because someone else would clean it up 
no longer than 14 days later.

Don't you judge me.

You know what I missed when my cleaning lady came?
Sure.
The house looked clean.
And it didn't smell like anything.
And that was the problem.

When I was growing up, 
THIS was the best smell ever


Original Scent Pine Sol meant that my mama was cleaning.
At the time,
I didn't appreciate having to get up on Saturday mornings
to clean my room.

But man, when I open a fresh bottle of Pine Sol, 
I flash back to some of the best years of my life.

My mother - she's awesome like that.
She STILL cleans like it is no one's business.
But that is not the reason why I want her to move in with me.
Definitely not to clean up after me.
I'm a grown woman after all.

However, if she cleaned her own bathroom here with Pine Sol 
and the smell wafted up the stairs...

Heaven.

Anyhow.
This weekend,
I got it in me,
that I would clean something.

Those somethings were my downstairs living room
(eeew...puppy)
and my master bathroom 
(ewww...just, ewwww).

So I got dressed


And I grabbed a spray bottle.
My secret cleaning weapon for the bathroom?


I diluted some Pine Sol in my spray bottle
and went to TOWN in the bathtub
yes, the same tub that we had 
washed a certain muddy puppy in
and promptly left the mud to dry on.

I'm far too much of a lady to show you photos of that
(ashamed)
but trust...that Pine Sol not only got my tub
from brown to white
(no doubt on that one)
but I went from Grumpy Dumpy Puppy Mommy pissed that she had to clean
to Super Sentimental Reminiscent Memory Lane Walker
soon as that Original Scent Pine Sol hit my nostrils.

By the time I got downstairs to steam clean the carpet,
I was so ready to clean, but only had managed to cart down 
the Dyson and the spray bottle.

Nothing lifted my mood better than being able to clean
EVERYTHING with that spray bottle.
From the rained on window sills
to the bar counter tops
to the kicked and played on grime on my walls.

I was shocked, awed and happy as a clam
that I had found a new deep spring cleaning secret weapon.

Who knows.
I might just like cleaning after all!
Okay...that's a bit extreme.



Are you a little extreme when it comes to cleaning? 



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