Friday, May 15, 2009

A Splash of Pink

One of the things I love about doing my kitchen all white is that I can add little splashes of color now and then for variety.  I love fresh flowers and I tend to get white flowers more than anything (Really, are you surprised?).  But now that my kitchen is all white, adding hot pink peonies, for instance, has a really lovely affect.

And to think I was disappointed when I learned my nine peony plants were various shades of pink instead of white.

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Vegetable Garden Journey Part 3

The beds have been filled with dirt.

My little seedlings were not 100% successful.  About a third died and many of the rest don't seem to be growing much.  I even broke down and bought a few replacement plants.  

I decided to plant everything I had left and see what happens.  I never claimed to be good at this!  What I lack in proficiency I make up for in enthusiasm. . . too bad you can't eat enthusiasm.

Obviously I have a lot of work to do to make my garden look lovely, but at least they are functional.  We plan on putting a couple more beds against the garage . . .as soon as Rob doesn't remember how much work the other five were! 

In the meantime, let's just hope my plants don't get eaten by the bunnies . . .and deer. . . and birds. . .and bugs. . .and moles.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

And Again with the Kitchen. . .

We finally got our tile installed this weekend--and I LOVE it.  It is really amazing what a little tile will do for a kitchen.  

Maybe I should have put the outlet covers back on before I took these pictures!

I ended up using a light grey grout instead of white--the white was whiter than my tile and made it look kind of tan.  

 My dad came up for the weekend with all his tools to help us.  (Thanks Dad!)

The grout was different than any I had used.  It was colored with glass rather than dye, so the grout does not need to be sealed and never stains.  

I still need to caulk and paint the window and door trim, but I see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.