veggies veggies veggies

my hubbies garden goodies

the garden this year is doing great.  josh had a tough time last year getting it going and it didn’t help that the chickies would feast in the box b/c he failed to fence it.  but this year, he went a little overboard with the protection and it paid off.

he planted: cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, edamame, and bok choy.  i don’t have an image but the first batch of edamame was the best edamame i’ve ever had.  they were smaller, sweeter, and so delicious.

Baker Seed Heirloom Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the U.S.A.  their seed catalog is so beautifully illustrated and customer service is excellent.  visit their website at and have fun shopping, gardening, and eating!


buyer’s remorse….

spring is here, the sun is shining, and our back deck is FINISHED.  so naturally, i go shopping.  shopping for outdoor furniture.

not easy. not easy on a tight budget.

of course i started with the idea of upcycling some wooden pallets left in our backyard but then discovered my husband gave them away to a neighbor (who probably wanted to do the same thing).

then i scoured craigslist and ebay and didn’t come up with any alternatives.

so in an almost obsessive manner, i searched online.  after weeks of comparing prices and styles and debating (with myself), i was struggling between 2 sets. 2 completely different sets.

Ammero Collection

Strathwood Balboa Collection

IKEA or an AMAZON brand….hm……which one was going to last? which one was going to look good? which one was priced better?

welll, they were both priced about the same, it was the look & quality that stumped me.  we adore IKEA but acknowledge that outside of their kitchens, their furniture is pretty low-grade.  you get what you pay for.  the look of their new line of outdoor furniture is super cute, but is it super cheap too?  then i convinced myself that the cushions just didn’t look all that comfy.

so i settled with this brand on AMAZON, the strathwood balboa collection.  given that the frames are all wood and will age to a silvery gray, which is what i like, i figured if anything it’ll last longer.

so i placed the order.  3 armless chairs, 1 corner chair, 1 ottoman.

THEN…after i pressed ORDER, i started to regret the purchase.  how could i have purchased furniture online after not seeing it in person? what if it sucks? what if we don’t like it? do i have to disassemble everything and put them back in their original packaging? how am i going to do that?

i’ve never purchased furniture online before, never.  as much as i shop online, i’ve never purchased furniture that i have not seen in person.

now, 4 days later, i have these large boxes delivered from UPS sitting in my backyard waiting to be opened and pieces waiting to be assembled.

ugh…i hope this works out!

leftover pallets…

we have  a number of wooden pallets in our yard, wasting away neglected.  every time i look at them i think, “we’ve got to use that for something”.  but then i walk away and it escapes my thoughts until the next time i walk by them.

so now that the weather is warmer, my excitement about turning these pallets into something grand is returning.

furniture.  that’s what i’ll do.  we do need a side table for the new ipe deck pokes built us in the yard.  or maybe a chair? i’ve seen images of pallets turned into adirondack chairs, but again, it doesn’t really fit the aesthetic i’m going for.

google it is.  i love google, and i love googling images for ideas… so much fun!

i found this first though on…what a fantastic chair!

modern chair by wild cat wood work

or this one? i could make a cute lumbar pillow for it too…

this would make for cute seating for the kids, with a cute colorful pillow on it of course and not one that looks like it’s just for your butt…

designer/maker unknown, found on

i really like this for an arm chair, it’s simple but not sure how sturdy the back is…

found on

i’m so inspired by this image…the chair design is by studiomama and you can purchase the plans for the chair so you can make it yourself.  brilliant!

now i just need our pallets to dry after all this crazy rain we’ve been having so i can get to work…

what i’m in love with…

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