All posts tagged: DIY

higgledy-piggledy garden wall

When I moved into our home nearly 19 years ago, I was eager to create a lush garden, but like most new homeowners with a single income and a 7-month-old baby, money was TIGHT! I quickly became queen of the free plants. I was happy to take in anyone’s unwanted plants as they thinned out their gardens. Irises, daylilies, hostas, and liriope/lily turf where widely available to me at what time. I had long been an avid Saturday morning PBS fan. This Old House and The Victory Garden taught me everything I knew about gardening. Of course, my friend Martha taught me a lot too. So I took my garden hose and arranged it in an attractive curve and laid out my first garden bed in my front yard. I took all that free liriope and divided it up into little chunks and used it to plant a sweeping border, separating the garden from the yard. Darn it, hindsight is 20/20. The liriope that I was given wasn’t the beautiful little plants that behave, nnnoooo, …

Sew Junie: Flooring Fix

Here’s another instillation of the #sewjunie camper series. Want to start reading all about my camper reno from the beginning? Click here! Today I’m going to show you all about how Mr. Modern June and I fixed the laminated flooring in the camper. To have more space for my sewing set-up, I removed the two closets against the far wall, and I ended up with a bit of floor space to patch up. I knew that the previous owner had put in a floating laminated flooring that came from a big box home improvement store, so I took a few photos of the floor and went shopping. Thankfully I found the right flooring and I bought a single box. It seemed silly to have to buy a whole box, but I was thankful after I miss cut a plank or two!! I started by removing the pieces that had been notched to fit around the closets. Sadly, I wasn’t able to just slide in a full panel along the bench seating like I had hoped, …

Sew Junie: The Calm Before the Storm

Several weeks after buying the camper, my daughter and I became very fond of hanging out in my little Junie! She even started sneaking in when I was working at MJHQ. We were constantly hanging out in the camper painting, drawing, and the occasional nap! Every few days I’d add a few more arts and crafts supplies to our stash in the camper–it was quickly becoming our little get-away! Eventually I knew that I would need to remove the cute bucket sink mounted in the counter so I could get my sewing machine up and running. It was early July, and it was raining, and raining, and raining, and it took time to find a semi-dry day. After several days of near-horizontal rain, I finally got out to the camper and removed the sink and the lower shelf so I could sit at the counter and sew. I had planned to fill the big hole in the stone counter in some clever way, I just needed a wee bit of a nap to figure out …