But! I'm so happy about what we're doing that it's not funny. Poor Liam is going to have to deal with all this new stuff when we're gone different places, but ooooooh! It looks sooooo shiny!
Lemme show you!
This is what the front of the house used to look like:
Icky grass, UGLY hedges, and not a flower in sight...
Well, this is what it looks like now (or at least for the next few hours...then there will be MOAR stuff!):
Tomorrow, the last of the ugly shrubs are going to be pulled up and more roses put in, I think. There will be climbing roses on the columns of the front porch, and another climber on the wall next to the established climber. Tomorrow, we finish putting in the roses, re-lay the soaker hose and and take shameless advantage of the city's free mulch program.
The front of the house look SO much more inviting, already. Granted, we're going to have to learn to take care of roses, but I think we can do that. I've already found a great feeder/insect control/disease control solution from Bayer, so I'm thrilled with how it's all turning out.
This is the upstairs hallway. The niche that was there, and is now covered in books, appears to have been *made* for paperback bookshelves. Since no one actually *makes* affordable paperback bookshelves (AKA DVD shelves, which are STUPIDLY expensive for some reason....), my Best Friend of Awesomeness and Kitten, and her Husband Who Does Not Suck, came down to help us make these. YAY! Now, since we know how to do it, we'll be making a LOT more of them. In fact, there's another spot, on the opposite side of the hallway, that will have deeper shelves in it, such as craft books.
Seriously, why is it that I can get sorta-kinda decent bookshelves...okay, never mind. Good shelves, for ANY thing, are stupidly expensive. The total cost of materials for this set was probably $175 total.
Evidently, what I *really* want is purple-blue or blue-purple, with bright white. Or a mushroom-y grey brown, but I think that's loosing ground steadily.
This first color is called Magic Spell, by Behr. For some reason, it's coming across horribly grey, and it's not...it's very very vibrant.
This is another purply-blue, called Merlin by Valspar. This is a little closer to the true color palette, but wow, it's just not as deep. Of course, this is computer monitor, so I guess I should hush.
The final color I swatched is called Creek Bend, by Bahr. I was hoping it was more grey and less mud, but...not so much. If you look at it on the screen, it looks EXACTLY like the color on the walls already, but...not so much. On the wall, it's MUCH more grey-brown, like, well...creek mud.
Here's a shot of them swatched on the wall. From left to right, it's Magic Spell, Creek Bend and then Merlin. This first wall gets a lot of natural light from the large window just to the right of the tub. The second wall is in the small commode room and gets a lot less light.
Tell me what you're grateful for?
(For the record, I did go and get new weatherstripping. Now, I just need a hacksaw and the time to put it on Real Soon Now.)
Ioannes and Helena Dalassene, Liam Gordon and The Fighting Company of Hells Gate would like to invite you to Beer, Bruises and Barbeque on Dec. 20, 2008 in Jarrell, Texas.
Although it's close to the holiday, we're holding fighter practice and a housewarming party, as well as a chance to lay stick on a Soldier on R&R from Iraq (at his request!).
Our front and back yards are big enough to go a few rounds before enjoying some cold beer and hot food with friends. Please join us!
Where: Helena, Ioannes and Liam's place. Email me for directions!
Why: It's a chance to get some stick time, have some adult beverages, and some good food. Children are welcome!
When: 20 Dec 2008 at 12 pm, but feel free to show up later!
Please let us know if you can make it, and whether you can contribute to Beer or Barbeque. (We're all expectiing to contribute to Bruises!)