Gate is 99.9% Complete

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Okay, okay. I neglected to factor in the recent daylight savings time change. The project got stretched out over a couple weeks. I even took a half-day off last week to wrap up the first half of the build. I finished the main gate build this past Sunday and it’s looking passable! After a small …

Gate Update

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I took a half-day from work on Monday of this week to continue the gate project. It was cool and rainy out, so why not build stuff in the rain, right? So the Titan Post Anchor seems to be holding up nicely. And shame on me: there’s a small detail about the post anchors that …

Gate Plans

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So Erin and I adopted a dog from Operation Kindness and he is a lovely little devil. And up to this point, we have left our fence in its current state. Because we did not require a completely gated-in back yard, we left it open on one side. And it has been great… up to …

benches - the process begins

Benches

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Last week I completed a refinish job on a couple of benches. We got these benches from the old location of Matt’s El Rancho in Lakewood. When they closed, the offered up a ton of furniture at fire sale prices. The benches were great! One was yellow and the other one was bright pink. All …

Flagstone Patio – Part 1

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When Joslyn and Bryan re-made their back yard last summer, they had some left over flagstone. And they offered it to us; we are 100% grateful to have it! We borrowed their mantis (which is a totally kickass landscaping tool, btw) this weekend and got to work. So our Sunday consisted of 2 trips to …

Succulents – April 2012

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I think it was about a month ago when I picked up some new succulent plants from Northhaven Gardens (which is my favorite nursery in Dallas, btw) to fill in the gaps around the plants that lost their fight from last summer’s drought. This time around, I wanted to see what sorts of succulents would …

New Pendant Light

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We got a good deal on this beautiful Stonegate pendant light. It fits perfectly in the space, and with our sense of style. I’m very excited to have Robin and Keynan visiting – they are very handy and have made so many cool changes in our home in the past few days.