Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Bougainvillea

One of my favorite flowers are the bougainvillea. 
I planted this last year and all winter she just looked a little sad. 
Her leaves are coming back now and she's are really bright pink.
I'm going to train her to grow completely over the arbor I had built for her.

This is the bougainvillea up close. 
The pink isn't really the flower, those are part of the leaves. 
The more stressed a bougainvillea is, the prettier she gets.
She is at her best during a drought.

Those tiny white flowers are the actual flower on the bougainvillea.

I also love the hibiscus!

I have a lot of them planted around my house.

This is my double flower Hibiscus below.

I've been planting some pineapples and will post those soon.
They are really fun to grow!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Master Bath Makeover - Before and After

The Master Bath is finally finished. It was a very plain builders grade little bathroom and on top of it all, I hate the tile. I'm not willing to rip all of the tile out so I had to work with it the  best I could. I suppose it was an attempt at beige, but it looks pink to me. Just like my other bathroom in my last house.  With a little paint and decor, I tried to dress it up the best I could on a small budget. 


In the photo above, you can sort of see where I tried to patch up a hole in the wall. They had removed a medicine cabinet and just left the hole there! Thanks guys!  Meanwhile my a.c. is going out and the heat is getting in. 

Painting the cabinets black was the easiest project and seems to have made one of the biggest impacts.

Next I removed the shower stall. 
I didn't think I was going to be able to do it by myself, 
but all I ended up having to do was remove the doors...

...then remove the screws that held the frame and cut the caulking around it.

The grout between the floor tile was dirty and very discolored. 
Sort of looked like a pink? Maybe a pinkish gray?
Not sure if they intended that or what happened.
I stained it charcoal gray.

It turned out quite nice and I'm very pleased with the results.


Makeover on a budget!
It didn't cost very much to remodel this whole bathroom.
Here is a breakdown of the cost.

$30. for the glass hardware on cabinets. (Hobby Lobby)
$40. for shower curtain (Ebay- Coyuchi, regularly $171.00)
$15. for hooks (Ebay)
$20. for towel rack (Home Depot)
$10. for grout stain/sealer (Home Depot - Polyblend )
$30. for paint (Color Benjamin Moore Pebble Beach) 
$15. for black/white enlargements (snapfish)
$8. for frames (thrift store)
$12. shower rod (Bed Bath & Beyond)
$15. throw rug (Tuesday Morning)
$40. Bamboo Shade (Home Depot)

$235.00  Total

The photos are some I took when I was out at the beach.
I was so happy to score the beautiful shower curtain by Goyuchi, 
I couldn't quit thinking about it since the first time I saw it.

I love  having hooks instead of a towel rack because when I'm in the shower and go to grab for a towel, it just comes off so easy. Sometimes the towel would get stuck in the towel rack and I would have to jerk it a few times to get it to come out. Does that just happen to me?

Love having the small towel rack right under the sink so it's easy to get to. 
It doesn't stick out too far and doesn't get in my way. I'm 5'6", so there's plenty of room there.

I have a ton of projects I'm working on.

Next...   master bedroom, office and back patio.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Door - Big Difference

There was a white solid door to my kitchen that I never liked because it blocked out the light and it just didn't feel right.  A simple fix, replace it with a glass door.

I purchased an unfinished door from Home Depot and stained it myself, to save a little money.

1.)  Sand it first.

2.) Stain it.

3.) Get the handyman to put it up!  :)

Love it!

It lets in the light from the laundry room
but still blocks out the noise from the washer/dryer.

I would love to put a glass door on my office, too.

I'm still working on remodeling my bathroom and I'm almost finished.
Things are still taking double and triple the time that I anticipate them to,
but this generic block house is really starting to feel homey to me.  :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Little Laundry Room

Here is my little laundry room. I've been wanting to put these shelves up instead of having everything sitting all over the dryer. Now I have more space there. If you remember,  my last laundry room was huge, but I'm just happy to have a laundry room. A lot of the  houses here I looked at when house hunting didn't have them, laundry hookups were out in the garage or outside somewhere. The other house I put an offer on had the hookups on the back patio. 

There wasn't much to do to this room although I did install some bi-fold doors to the right that you can't see that covers up the ac unit that was in there. 

I put up the bamboo blinds, the clothes drying rack, painted the door black and put the shelves on the wall.

This butcher block wood was left over from my counters in the kitchen I had installed. The edges were rough, so I sanded them down to round them off, then sealed them with Watco Butcher Block sealer. Black brackets are from Home Depot.

I also saved the piece of butcher block that was cut out for the sink area, too, and will show you what I am doing with that piece when I finish it.

I'm back working on all sorts of projects for my home after taking a break. I've been remodeling the bathroom and it's almost finished. So pics of the Master bedroom and bath coming soon!

Here was a pic of the laundry room before just for reference.


Friday, February 28, 2014

A Happy House Anniversary

Today it will be 1 year since I closed on my house.  It's been a great experience and I really love living here and being back so close to the beach again. When I went house hunting this time, I tried to make sure I didn't make the same mistakes with this one as I did with the last one. Not that my last home was horrible, but there were little things about it that bothered me... lack of big windows, no back door to the backyard, no covered patio, noisy dogs/neighbors, too many trees (mosquitoes), yadda yadda...

As you can tell from those little house peeves, I like spending a lot of time outside, so now I have a huge screened patio where I spend most of my time, a huge yard for Little Foot to run, huge windows that when I open, an amazing ocean breeze comes through. Did I mention I'm only 10 minutes from the beach?  :)

I didn't get as much done on the house as I had hoped, like I've said before. I'm still waiting around on a neighbor to get back over here and help me finish. If not soon, I will be on the search for another handy man.  I still have my New Years list to tackle. I'm working on my bathroom right now.  I do keep going from room to room and working on a little at a time instead of finishing one room and moving onto the next, another reason it's taking me a while to get finished. Finished? Is there such a thing?

There are no pics of my house to post right now, but I promise, I will be coming up with some VERY soon, my laundry room is almost finished, too. Just have to put the shelves up on the wall.

I've been keeping a new little blog page to post all of my inspiration pictures, so you are welcome to browse these pics. I add new pictures almost daily, so feel free to keep coming back to see more.  Here is the website...

Natural Casa - My other blog of Inspiration Photos

I've posted another link to Natural Casa at the very top of my page so you can easily get to it. I'm really drawn to natural textures and earthy colors, with my splash of turquoise thrown in of course, which really shows in the inspiration pics.  Hope you enjoy them and don't give up on me yet, I will get more pics up soon of my home, it's really starting to come together nicely!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014 Goals List For the Home

I was sitting out on my back patio this morning making up my new To Do list of goals for the next year. I really thought I would have finished everything before this year was up, but my neighbor that was helping me sort of starting working on another project and my projects got put on hold. Hopefully he is finishing up soon or I can find a new neighbor to get this ball rolling.  :)

I've owned my new place for almost a year now (purchased Feb 28, 2013) and everything has worked out great. I chose this place because it was only 10 min from the beach and I did get to frequent the beach a lot this year, more so than I ever have before. I'm loving the warm beach life year 'round. Hello - 85 degrees in December!!!  

Here was my original To Do list when I first moved in...
Move In To Do List

2014 Goals

  • Update Kitchen door
  • Put wood on garage wall to organize tools
  • Put hooks on garage wall
  • Shelves on garage wall
  • Clean clutter out of garage
  • Shelves for Laundry room
  • Wall Clothes rack for Laundry room
  • A table for the living room (to go between the 2 chairs)
  • Drapes for dining rm
  • Rug for dining rm
  • Put lights in dining rm
  • Table for office
  • Terrazzo floors professionally cleaned in office
  • Throw rug for office
  • Window treatments for office
  • Organize office closet
  • Window treatments for Master Bedrm
  • Put a door on Master bathrm
  • Paint Master bathrm vanity
  • Add hardware to vanity
  • Paint Master bathrm walls
  • Hang pictures in Master Bath
  • Remove glass stall in Master Bath
  • Get grout in bathrm cleaned
  • Small nightstand in both guestrooms
  • Tile the back patio
  • Hang pictures on walls
  • Fence off the rest of the yard
  • Get Little Foot a doggy door
That list doesn't look too painful. Hopefully I can get all of this done next year. 

 I did landscape the front yard, but the leaves all fell off of my bougainvillea and I'm waiting for them to grow back before I take the picture. All the plants and trees are babies right now, so they need time to mature some. 

I have been working on all of the rooms, I just don't have any completely finished because instead of finishing one, I keep doing a little bit at a time to each room. I'm going to focus on the garage next though so I can show a picture of it finished. I brought a bunch of my dads old tools down from NC and am organizing them on peg boards and shelves that need to be finished. I put a piece of peg board up myself from watching how my dad did it in my shed at the last house I lived in.  It turned out great! Dad would be proud.  :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Farm Fresh

There is nothing better than eating fresh picked food from a garden. The way nature intended for us to eat. I've heard a lot about CSA's, Community Supported Agriculture, you can join so you can benefit from local farms in your area. I finally took the plunge and joined one. Some CSA's let you work and be part of the experience in return for the food, others let you pay a small fee. It depends on the local farm and how it's set up. 

I joined a month ago and I've had farm fresh produce coming out of my ears! I live alone, so it really is way too much food for me, I'm having to freeze things so they won't go bad. If you have a family, it would be the perfect amount. 

I pay $25. a week (paid up front) for a basket like this.

You walk in, empty the contents into your own bags that you bring and it always fills up about 3 bags. They stuff A LOT in these baskets. It also comes with a list of recipes to use your produce up in. I made some baked acorn squash stuffed with apples and it was divine.

Everything is local, in season, freshly picked, and only organically treated. 

If you would like to find a CSA in your area, go here
and type in your zip code and hit search. 
It will give you a list of all the CSA's and local farms that participate close to you.

For those that live in or near the Brevard County area here in Florida,
Rockledge Farm is right across the street from Rockledge Gardens on US-1.
Here is their website.

They will let you pick the food yourself, too.
I picked strawberries the other day. It's really neat, so they can get more in, they vertical garden and use hydroponic production. 

Check out these strawberries!

More of the farm.

You can also buy produce there without being part of the CSA. They have it set up like a farmers market in the front of the farm, so you can just go in and grab what you want, pay and go. I may end up having to do this instead since the CSA gives me more food than I can handle. I'm so glad I found out about this place.  :)

Picked my own strawberries.

There are so many reasons to get your food from a farm than the grocery store. One of the things I like about it is, there are no guessing games about what is in season and what's not. Everything they grow is obviously in season, it hasn't been shipped hundreds of miles from around the world using who knows what types of pesticides and farming practices.  You can see with  your own eyes how the vegetables are being taken care of and you know you are getting healthy food. No waxed up artificial things being done to it trying to make it last longer or look all shiny. Just fresh raw food the way we are intended to eat.  

Have I convinced you yet?