Best of July!

August 3rd, 2012

Happy weekend everyone, it’s roundup time!  Can’t believe it’s August already and later this month, back to school!  And then it’s fall, and then *gasp* the holidays.  What?  I know, don’t even say it.  Looking back, July was crazy busy, we accomplished so much but I’m reaaaalllly  hoping August is a lot slower, I could use a break!

Here are the top ten not-to-miss projects and posts from July.

1) We’re so proud of the Alma Project kitchen remodel; 2)  I hacked some IKEA Vittsjo shelves for the study;  3) I live with an orchid whisperer and so 4) I revamped this wood and white chest of drawers for him.

 

5) We built this X base table!  6) outdoor pillow covers are easy to sew 7) the garden is in bloom, take the tour; 8) inspired by PB Kids, I painted my friend’s son’s dresser; 9) hey we also built a potting bench, and 10) I shared ten tips for new bloggers.

To see the entire “Best Of” list from each month in 2012, look here.

The winners of the past two giveaways were announced here and here, emails sent to the winners so check your inbox.  Another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ coming up on Sunday, it might be the best roundup yet!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Two Weeks to a Greener Lawn

August 2nd, 2012

It’s the hottest month of the year and my lawn is brown and yucky!  Or at least it was until I decided to do something about it.  This is that patch of flat lawn in our backyard where the kids kick the soccer ball, play badminton, capture insects, and play with their friends, but it was getting prickly under their feet and becoming such an eyesore.  Our front lawn stays nice and healthy, but this one in the rear yard was looking really sad.

 

I went down to my local True Value to see what I could find in their garden department.  The store manager recommended ammonium sulfate for a quick fix to green it up again, applied in the evening after the hot sun fades and given a healthy watering to dissolve the granules.  Knowing little about lawn fertilizers, I took his advice.

I was surprised how quickly the lawn turned lush and green again, I had it in the back of my mind somehow that these things take a lot of time, but the ammonium sulfate was a great quick fix – here’s the result two weeks later.

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