Post 8: DIY Projects

It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these posts, partially because nothing major has been going on (this is a good thing) in my life.  I’ve been working on a DIY project that I’ve been waiting to share until it was completed.  Well, the time has come – I finished it yesterday & I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself.  So, without further ado…

Take It: Vertical Gardens

About a year & half ago I pinned some garden ideas on Pinterest, some of which were vertical gardens.  My goal was to beautify my garage wall in my backyard; from my couch I look directly at this wall – it was tan & boring.  I’ve rented this house for 4 years now, & have done lots of things to cutesy it up (especially the curb appeal), & have a constant battle with the yard.  I have tons of things I would do – if I owned the house – but since I rent I don’t want to do anything too permanent, too costly, or something that would ultimately piss off my landlord.  He & his wife are super cool & my rent is so cheap for the area I live in!!!  It was a great find & a cute little “cottage”!

My friend Ruthy brought me a pallet from her husband’s (Paul) work, Karbach Brewery (shout out to some super delicious beer).  The pallet has been sitting in my garage for over a year (I kid you not).  Last weekend, the first weekend in a long time that I haven’t been booked with stuff, I got up at 7am (my attempt at beating the heat – didn’t work) to start working on the garden.  As you can imagine, I had very specific ideas about how I wanted it to look.  If you knew me personally then you would know that I am very particular about most things, but in a good way. 🙂

The pallet needed a few replacement boards & minor repairs, which I did myself.  #dustofftheshoulder  This is what I started with:  Pallet Before

Okay, so I replaced a board, cut down boards (using an old school hand saw) to fit inside the pallet to create “shelves,” sanded the entire thing, primed it, painted it, polyurethane’d it, & added a protective fabric to the back so soil wouldn’t fall out.  Phase 2

Please ignore the poor excuse for grass.  My entire yard is 90% shade 90% of the day, which is great for my utility bills but horrible for growing anything other than moss.  If you have any suggestions please share!  Yesterday, my mission was to complete the garden with shade loving plants.  My favorite are fuchsias, but the season has passed for them (at least in the Houston area).  Whomp, whomp.  After looking high & low yesterday, I found enough plants to fill the pallet & a small flower bed.  Phase 3

I love my vertical garden!!!  It was harder than I thought it would be, I am a novice after all, but didn’t take as long as I thought it would…once I actually started it.  Shout out to the amazing garden lady at Ace Hardware for giving me some Wandering Jew cuttings for free!  The only thing I would change is that ideally I would have mounted the pallet itself to the house.  Once again, I rent so thought it might behoove me to make it less permanent.  The plants you see are succulents, begonias, cyclamen, ferns, Wandering Jew, & a couple others I cant remember.  I’ll eventually add some herbs & what not in there.


Leave It: Lack of Time

Nothing terrible or dramatic is going on in my life – just the way I like it – but I could use some more time.  Can’t we all???  I feel like I’m being pulled in a couple different directions, which I allow so it’s a “me” issue.  I either need a caffeine drip intravenously or more time to myself.  I’m an only child, so I really thrive & value having “me” time.  My goal in the next few months is to commit myself to things a little less.  I used to read 2-3 books a week & now it takes me several weeks to finish 1 book – I’d like to get back to the former.

I have a few other personal projects going on, & once they yield results (one way or the other) I’ll share with y’all.  Thanks for reading & hope y’all enjoyed.

Kiss Hug,

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