Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #229


Messy Messy Fail - We recently sold my 2017 Champagne Camry (I called her Cecilia) and upgraded to a new 2018 Pilot.  We really like having the extra space but it feels so strange driving so high up off the road now!  Unfortunately, when I was cleaning out all my old CD'S (yeah remember those?!?!?) for the Camry before the new owner came, I left them in a plastic bag in the garage and the soon to be UPK'er found them.  He thought they were frisbees, my Radiohead The Bends CD in particular, and it now is quite scratched up and no longer usable.  

Tidy Victory - So I THREW IT OUT!  Aren't you proud of me???  The dump can have my Radiohead CD!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #228



Messy Messy Fail - For our recent family vacay, I was determined to bring our Sony camera to take some nice pictures on the beach.  Our iPhones take nice pictures, but there's nothing like a picture from a hand-held digital camera.  Too bad I forgot the power cord and I had about 12 minutes worth of power left.  

Tidy Victory - The rest of our Outer Banks vacation was fabulous - gorgeous weather on the beach with family.  A little vitamin D, read a good book, lots of good beer!  I highly recommend any vacation to the OBX, and the booking company we use is Surf or Sound.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #227



Messy Messy Fail - The weeds overtaking my garden are seriously insane.  At first I thought it was astilbe, but then I realized astilbe doesn't grow EVERYWHERE like this plant seemed to be.  One good plant identifier app later - we are plagued with bishop's weed, an invasive plant that spreads widely underground, so pulling the plant out doesn't do much good.  Not sure how I can take care of this one, it's seriously everywhere!

Tidy Victory - We got some seeds finally planted in the raised bed last week - some quick growing lettuce, carrots and pumpkins.  I've never had a veggie garden before, so we are taking it easy and just experimenting to see how it goes.  So far I see little pumpkin plants coming up!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #226



Messy Messy Fail - Did you know that chipmunks and squirrels are able to destroy a plastic bird feeder in one chewing session?  I left the house in the morning with the birds enjoying the bird seed but returned to pieces of the feeders strewn across the lawn.  I guess that's what I get for spending $5 on a feeder.  

Tidy Victory - I have never planted a veggie garden before, but with the raised beds that came with our new house, I had to give it a try.  I purposely bought seeds that could be planted outdoors later in the season (May-June) to just give it a try and see how it goes.  We are waiting for carrots, lettuce and pumpkins to show their little selves.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #225



Messy Messy Fail - One of my favorite scented hand lotions literally blew up in my purse today.  Everything smells like rose & carrots (if you can imagine that).  To see what it smells like, try it out yourself Rose + Carrot Hydrating Cream.

Tidy Victory - The garden is slowly but surely getting weeded out. I discovered we have what is called bishop's weed and it is quite invasive.  I'm trying to pull all of the roots out of the ground, we'll see how it goes!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #224


Messy Messy Fail - It's official - my second thyme plant is dead.  I seriously have no idea what I did.  It has little white specs all over the stem and on the dirt around the stem.  Any ideas folks?

Tidy Victory - I made the cutest cupcakes EVER for my sister's Velveteen Rabbit baby shower - pictures to come on my Instagram and Facebook profiles!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #223


Messy Messy Fail - I have still successfully not grown ANY succulent from the seeds I purchased.  At this point I think it's safe to say the seeds are shot - nothing is growing.  Well that was disappointing.

Tidy Victory - The peonie bushes all around the house are starting to bloom and I cannot tell you how gorgeous they look or how amazing they smell.  I've always wanted just one peonie bush, but here at Starry Acres I think we have at least 10!  So lovely to have fresh flowers in the house!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #222


Messy Messy Fail - Still trying to make my succulent seeds grow - the saga continues.  

Tidy Victory - We kidnapped a telescope from my mom's house last summer.  We realized when we got it to our new home that the main lens was missing, but Nana Patti found it and brought it to us this weekend.  I knew Jupiter and Venus were out so I got the lens in, found the planets and WOW!  I have never seen a planet that close - we could even see Jupiter's moons!  Really spectacular!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #221



Messy Messy Fail - In my funny Facebook purchasing problem, I got 100 succulent seeds for $6 (S&H) that I planted at least 3 weeks ago.  Haven't seen a sprout yet.  I don't think I am keeping the soil wet enough, and if I keep the plastic cover over the container it grows mold.  I tried putting some holes in the plastic cover to see if letting a bit of the moisture out helped.

Tidy Victory - I cannot explain the amount of rhubarb that is growing out of the garden.  It's actually quite overwhelming.  I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to bake yet, but there will definitely be a strawberry rhubarb pie!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #220


Messy Messy Fail - I had some leftover cake and frosting in the fridge, so I thought I'd be super clever and make cake pops.  Looked it up on Pinterest but it was a total fail.  I only had popsicle sticks to use and they were too big, so they essentially just fell apart.  Lesson learned - don't use popsicle sticks for cake pops.  No cake pops for me!

Tidy Victory - I was so excited to have found my hummingbird feeder in a box in the red barn - I cleaned it out, filled it and hung it in a tree right away. Almost no sooner than I got in the house there was the cutest little dark hummingbird enjoying the sugar water.  So darn CUTE!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #219


Messy Messy Fail - What does one do when one runs out of dish washing soap to wash dishes?  One uses hand soap.  Soap is soap, one says.

Tidy Victory - I am super excited to share that I have been selected to be a Grove Collaborative influencer!  Check on my Instagram and Facebook pages for some sweet demonstrations of their latest products!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Museum Trees - A Review


Messy Messy Fail - There are literally gusts of up to 60 mph going on outside this old farmhouse right now as I type.  Mother nature is pruning- and we'll be picking up tomorrow.  That's what small children and a little red wagon are for.

Tidy Victory - New material - IT'S A MIRACLE.  Keep reading and have your #mindblown!