05.20.2013 § 1 Comment
Last year I made a vertical pallet garden inspired by the many that I was seeing on Pinterest.
But what I hadn’t seen on Pinterest was how to deal with a pallet garden that sat on a deck in the sun and high heat for a majority of the day. This left me dealing with daily (sometimes twice daily) watering and, even then, by midsummer I’d lost about half the plants.
So this year, I changed my strategy.
Instead of the plastic pots that drained too easily, I went with terra-cotta pots. Instead of placing them behind the pallet slats, I thought I’d try hanging the pots on the front of them. And instead of planting flowers that needed a lot of attention, I went with some succulents and a few geraniums for color.
Here’s this year’s finished product:
And here are some visual steps on how I got the pots to hang:
Oh. My last bit of advice whilst palleting … wear sunscreen. I got overly into my little DIY project and didn’t realize how long I was on my deck soaking up the sun.
Now I know how last year’s pallet felt.- etc. - If your pallet garden will sit in a little more shade and less heat, here’s the how-to from what I did last year: Vertical Pallet Garden You can also see my second, flat pallet garden how-to that I used on my back deck for vegetables: Flat Pallet Garden And don’t forget, can always find great pallet ideas on Pinterest -
05.18.2013 § Leave a Comment
This past week I was in New York on an overnight trip capturing photos for work. It was a gorgeous day, so after I checked in and dropped off my bag I decided to walk the 30ish plus blocks from the hotel to the event.
And I’m glad I did. On my walk, I heard two of my new favorite quotes.
The first was from a man talking to two of his friends about another one of their friends (I assume):
“Wearing yellow is a privilege, not a right.” – unknown man
The second quote happened as I walked by a woman who was handing something out from a messenger bag. As she saw me carrying my bottle of water, she said to me:
“If you love water, you’re going to love this …” - unknown lady
I declined her offer, but it has been bugging me ever since. What would I have loved more than the water I was carrying?!
Regardless, it was an exciting 24 hours in the city.
Maybe on my next visit I’ll be bold and wear yellow … and try something that’s more exciting than water.
05.10.2013 § Leave a Comment
I work from home from time to time.
And in between emails (and on my fourth cup of coffee) I realized that my workspace is quite color-coordinated. So much in fact that I think it could stand to be its own paint swatch.
Hmmm. Is this what my subconscious really worries about? Coordinating my life into complimentary color palettes?
I surely hope so.
05.07.2013 § 3 Comments
Don’t google “lampery.” It’s not a registered word. Well, not yet anyway.
But you can find the definition right here on natepk.com.
lampery (lampə’rē) n. an act of DIY where one restores an object that would not typically be expected to emit light into a functioning lamp that does.
Use that in a sentence, you request? Surely: ”This weekend, my dad and I practiced successful lampery when we turned an old family telescope tripod into a functioning (and beautiful) lamp.”
And really, all we had to do to be successful was buy a lamp kit, similar to this one from Lowe’s (lamp kit), drill a hole into the plate that the telescope would attach to, and top it with a lamp shade. For a total of under $30, I now have a fun new lamp in my dining room (plus the sentimental value factor) that would have cost me well over $250 at Pottery Barn or $1,300 at Restoration Hardware.
Yes, I can say we’re now official lamperists.
05.03.2013 § Leave a Comment
Letter came from my bank this week.
The envelope was labeled with “Important Information.” And I use quotes, because they used quotes.
Is that banking sarcasm? It’s either “important” or it’s not. Don’t play with my emotions by putting it in quotes.
Now, all I’m picture is a group of people at my bank sitting and stuffing envelopes with one person having a stamp with quotes and one having a stamp without quotes. Then they make judgment calls right there and then on what is “Important Information” and what is actually Important Information.
Either that, or someone official actually called it “Important Information” at some point, in which case it should read:
“Important Information” - Bank person
It could even make it on an inspirational poster someday.
“Just a thought.”
04.30.2013 § Leave a Comment
04.28.2013 § Leave a Comment
Just so you know, Teddy Grahams, I normally do a pretty good job at shopping the perimeter of the grocery store.
But I still find that on nearly every trip in recent memory, a box (or two) of Teddy Grahams has found its way into my cart. Yet, oddly enough, I’ve never really paid attention to the details of the nutrition label. Particularly, serving sizes.
Well, not until today.
Yes, that’s right. I’ve been proudly eating snacks that are explicitly labeled for children under four.
I sort of feel like Nabisco and my grocery store’s rewards card now judge me, and that is upsetting. Well. Not upsetting enough for me to stop eating them. Maybe just one more line of info made for snackers over twenty-five would be nice?
Only a suggestion.