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Whats up with me lately…

Sorry i have been MIA lately…

Sometimes i am super motivated to blog and sometimes not so much…

Right now, it has been a little of lack of motivation as well as just being busy.  There hasnt been one thing in particular keeping me busy, just a bunch of everything.  Santi has been out of town a lot lately and normally those are my times to get some projects done, but the last couple times that he has left for a few weeks i have just been taking it easy for the most part.

And now that the weather is starting to get better, we have been working like crazy in our yard.  I really like yard work so i dont mind that at all :)  Plus we are doing some fun things in the yard this year and its always more fun to work when you get something awesome at the end.

SO – these are just lots of random pics, i think all from my phone (so not the best quality) – its just a hodgepodge of whats going on with me lately :)  I just wanted to check in and let ya’ll know that i am still alive.


First up is our front yard, sadly we have really neglected the front flower beds for a couple years while we were working in the backyard.  This year we spent a couple weekends and ripped out lots of plants that we didnt like and then a few bushes.  We have added all new mulch,ripped out a bunch of grass and added in a new flower bed on the left side with a few new trees, and are just waiting for everything to start growing again.  We plan to add in some more bushes/plants in about a month.  We need some color up front, so i cant wait to buy some flowers because its looking pretty bare right now!

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We just started a new project in the backyard last weekend.  If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that we just started ripping out our waterfall.  Im so glad!  It never really looked good because we never really got it finished and it always leaked, plus the maintenance on the pond part is a lot of work.

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Santi rented a jack hammer and got to work ripping out all the cemented in rocks – lots of work and it was a mess!  We had to fill in the old pond area and get rid of a lot of rocks.

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This is basically what i looks like now…

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And to go in the waterfalls place – an outdoor fireplace!!  Im am SO EXCITED about this and cant wait until its done.  I think we will use it all the time because we use our backyard tons.  Plus i have always wanted a firepit, and this will be even better :)  This is basically what it will look like except we will build ours with stacked stone and a big chunky wooden mantle.

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Then for the inside, not much has really been going on it seems like.  We did move Santi’s office downstairs and will be using his old office for the kids office (we need a quiet space for homework) – this room is right off the front door so it needs to look cute.  I have lots of ideas on how i want it to come together, but its not 1st on the list right now.

I did get all the walls painted as well as hired someone to move in our new (to me) piano.  Oh – did i tell you that i got an old piano for basically free!!  Well, if you follow me on Facebook i posted about it a while back.  (the piano is going in the kids office)

I still need to get it all put back together, but here it is…

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Oh, and remember my entry drama from a while back?  Well, it still hasnt come very far.  Basically i painted the old cupboard that i had and hung it up.  Still not feeling it and thats why its just been sitting like this for a couple of months…

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I started to put together a spring mantle, but not feeling that either so its all coming down when i get something that i am so excited about on wednesday – cant wait to get it in my hands and use it for my mantle decor :)  I will be sure to post about that as soon as its done.

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The rest of the house from my “Great Clean Out of 2013” has pretty much been put back together – i still have lots of smaller stuff though left in the basement that i need to decide what to do with..i have sold tons of knick knack stuff but the rest is stuff that i really like but basically dont have homes for right now.

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My craft room is a giant wreck from looking for some fabric a couple weeks ago.  Tonights project is to get it cleaned up because i have a sewing project i want to do.

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Ummm, i cleaned out my fridge and this is what we have going on…milk for cereal and fresh salsa – those are the staples right?!  When Santi is out of town those are my free nights and normally i dont cook – clearly he is out of town this week :)

I promise you my kids arent starving!  Normally we go to the store each day and just buy fresh veggies and meat for dinner so we dont keep a lot in the fridge anyways :)

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As for whats going on in the shop.  I have been doing lots of customs lately so thats why i havent been posting too much furniture stuff.  I have made a good dent though on my own stuff and this is what i am down too, pretty good considering just a few months ago i had a 40 ft connex filled to the brim with furniture!

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I tried out something on a piece of furniture the other day and it didnt turn out as planned.  I wanted the raised parts of the dresser to look like an antiqued mirror so i sprayed them with a chrome/metallic type spray paint and then hand painted the rest of the drawer.  As soon as i glazed the drawer, the glaze took off all the spray paint!  Bummer…i was really excited about this one.  Oh well, gotta try new things to see what does and doesnt work!

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And all the while when i am working on projects and Zailee isnt playing outside, she is torturing the dog!  Poor dog gets dressed up in so many outfits and carried back and forth from crib to stroller – its too funny!  But Charley puts up with it :)

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SO thats basically whats going on around her lately!  I have so many things to post about, so many emails to return and questions to answer, so im trying to somewhat manage my time better and get to some of these things sooner rather than later :)


9 Responses to Whats up with me lately…

  1. Elissa Newcomer April 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Most days I wish Mary Poppins snapping your fingers to get the job done really did work!! Good luck!

  2. Kristi April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I’m redecorating most of our house right now, and have been giving some stuff to my sister, and saving the rest. I’m working in our loft right now, and I still don’t know what I’m planning for downstairs so I don’t want to toss too many things in case I can use them down there.

    I’ve been talking about going to the store daily for months now, and my husband always acts like it’s a bad idea. I told him yesterday finally, that it’s my job so I’ll just do it the way I think is best. We waste sooo much food when I shop weekly.

  3. Mindi April 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    It is great to know that I am not the only one that doesn’t cook when my husband is out of town! lol! Great to know you are still there! Good luck with all your projects!

  4. Susan April 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    do you mind sharing what paint color you used on the old cupboard in your entry way? It looks like a great creamy white. I crave pieces painted that color. I have two rooms in my bungalow that i keep moving around and can’t make up my mind how I want to use them. It is my project before summer hits, to get them both organized and get rid of the stuff I don’t need. It is a never ending project. Your fire pit is going to be awesome.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} April 17, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      its actually blue/green – funny how different monitors show the color so differently!! But, i dont have the color, it was a mistint that i used

  5. Susan April 17, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    Oh I can see that now on the bottom piece – I was talking about the piece that is hung up over the bottom one – it is showing up a creamy white and thought you were talking about that piece when you mentioned painting it – either way they are both gorgeous….great taste!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} April 17, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      ha! I didnt even think about that one! That one is sherwin williams dover white :)

  6. Jaclyn April 18, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Hi Sausha:
    I was wondering from your backyard photos if you have any color/stain on your concrete? Or is it just wet from water that’s giving it that terra cotta color?

  7. Shelley Smith April 25, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I love this update, and are you KIDDING on the back yard!!! It looks AWESOME!!!!!!

    You’re such a hard worker and always have the best ideas

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