Monday, November 22, 2010

I ♥ ♥ ♥ Pottery Barn Sale items....

So yesterday Adam and I went shopping in Malbis so I could use a coupon I had for Ann Taylor (which turned out to be awesome, because everything I got was on sale, minus 30%, and then I got an additional 30% off the entire purchase! WOO!). We also stopped in Pottery Barn, and I was so excited to find that they still had some Halloween stuff and it was on Clearance! YAY!!

I wanted these glitter spiders the first time I saw them, and was going to make my own but never got a chance. They were originally $19 for 16 of them. YIKES! But yesterday, I got my own set for only $6.99!! SCORE!!

I also picked up 2 boxes of these cute little mice!! :) They were originally $12, but were on Clearance for $3.99! YAY!! :)

And of course when I saw these I had to grab a box. They weren't the best deal, but I knew I needed some, and didn't want to use real ones, since ours in Pensacola are teeny tiny anyways. These were $16 regular I think and I got them for $10. Not too bad. :) And I got 54 of them, so they should fill up the bottom of my glass vase nicely!!

Finally, I got a penguin. He was not on sale, and yes I already have one, but I wanted another so Adam and I could each have one for tree. I just LOVE him. :) haha post signature

Monday, November 15, 2010

Back Porch Redo

Awhile back we finally finished the little extra space on the side of the back porch for our grill! It was so easy to do, and only took us about an hour and a half! Since our patio is small to begin with and our table and chairs take up most of the room, we really needed a space for the grill! Yes, those are shutters leaning on the wall. We had to take them down when we had our hurricane shutters installed, and they are waiting to be painted before they get put back up. :) We'll get around to that one day. ;)
At first we left a little border around the edge with the rocks, but afterwards decided to go ahead and make it a little bigger by adding another row of pavers. I think this cost us about $20 to do which included the pavers and sand. Oh yeah, we bought a few pieces of sod too, to go around the edges, so that was probably $5 more, so total $25 for this project! :)

First we raked up all the weeds, grass, etc. and flooded sprayed the area with weed killer. Then, we brought in some extra dirt from the front yard, and leveled it out. Once it was leveled out we added plastic and landscape fabric on top to help keep the weeds out. On top of that we added some rocks to make it even more level. Once we pounded it flat with the tamper, it was time to add the pavers. We copied the pattern that Home Depot had laid out, and it helped so much that we took a picture of it to use as an example. I ended up changing it just a little, but in the end it worked out great! :)

Here is the finished product with the sand in between the pavers and the grill in it's new home. I probably need to add some more sand now that it's had time to settle, and water that poor grass. We had a HOT summer here, and my poor grass took a beating. But it's raining today, so FREE water! :)

I wish I had a before of how UGLY this little area was before we leveled it out and put the pavers down. Grass would never grow there for some reason, so it was also muddy, mossy and weedy. ICK!! Plus, the previous owners had this NASTY pile of wood that had been dry-rotting for forever that they left for us when we moved in. I was so glad to get rid of that mess! It's super pretty now! YAY! :)

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