A horrible housewife + A horrible dog = A perfect match

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

garden progress

so this is the time of year when the garden starts to dry out and it becomes a chore to keep it thriving.

here are some things that are thriving in my garden this year
flowers (dahlias and zinnias)

here are some things in my garden that are riding the struggle bus
peppers (green bell and jalapeƱos)

the tomatillos are surprising me. the plants are huge and there are many many husks but there is no fruit growing in the husks? so that's been frustrating

the squash plants were thriving at the beginning of the week but when powdery mold set in i lost about 4 plants and tried to save the rest (which seems to be working) by spraying them with a mix of 40% milk and 60% water.

peppers....have no idea whats going on with them

peas....maybe it's just too hot?

i have so many varieties of tomatoes right now i'm not sure what to do with them all!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


 two weeks ago  our friends were celebrating the opening of their fourth biggby coffee location. joe and i were invited to their friends and family night before the big day. we were going to go out for dinner afterward and it was an unseasonable cool night in august. i couldn't believe i actually got to wear my summer jacket. usually i can't bust those out until september.

i love the way the orange ruffle tank plays off the small stripe pattern on the jacket. and you can't go wrong with a white maxi especially because it was on super sale. i have had this orange tank for years. it was one of those tops i purchased on sale at crew on whim and somehow just seems to go with everything!

also can we talk about my luggage? i mean purse? i'm a purse junky and when i saw the size of this bag at a tory burch boutique i HAD to have it. this bag fits everything. laptop, camera, smaller pure, wallet and even a mini pony! ok maybe not a mini pony but if i had a mini pony (joe) i would try to fit it in this bag. as long as it didn't poop a doop in it. i'm getting off topic. things i love about this bag.

1.) it's nylon so dirt and spills wipe right off of it.
2.) it's HUGE i can fit all of my baggage in it
3.) it snaps up into a smaller bag. yep you heard it here folks. the bag has snaps that make it smaller if you are not packing it full. i do not use this feature.

one more thing, can we pardon my puffy eyes and hair (hasn't been washed in a few days). we got the news about the house this day so this is post semi cry face.

outfit on abby

Monday, August 18, 2014

weekend recap

running on minimal sleep here folks so bear with me.

i got home late last night from my parents cottage and literally could not fall asleep. i watched almost all of good will hunting. 

so here we go monday on 4 am of sleep. 

let's do this. 

this weekend was absolutely stunning. we got to pentwater friday night and did our normal routine. check the place out, un pack and head for the antler. 

we met up with some friends afterwards and watched the sun set on their deck and walked back around 11pm. 

saturday morning we woke up early and got right to work. i painted the vintage metal sink ( super big thanks everyone for your suggestions) it worked out perfect. it is setting all week so hopefully it will set this week and i can put the handles back on. 

here is the thing though, i am not nor will i ever be a professional painter. i suck at painting. the work looks good but i can't paint without getting it EVERYWHERE on me. hands, feet, legs, floor. and here is the other thing, primer does not come off easy. i literally bathed in mineral spirits to get it off of me. at first i tried just cleaning my hands with water but it literally just spread like a paste all the way up to my elbows. i looked like a mime. 

while i was doing that joe worked on the bathroom paneling. we have one more wall left and then the bathroom is completely finished! i just have to still decide on the wallpaper. not sure yet. i can't decide on the direction. at all. yikes. i'm horrible committing to these things. 

saturday night we had some visitors drop in. our friends chip and dann made their way from mackinaw to the penthouse. we grabbed dinner at barley and rye ...i know i know i'm obsessed and went back and just talked and caught up on life. we had breakfast the next day and went for a nice long walk around the beach, grabbed lunch and they headed home. joe and i finish a few things up around the house, i put another coat on the cabinet and we headed off to my parents cottage. we had dinner, grabbed ice cream and headed home. 

a great weekend and i know i said i would try to savor the week days but i honestly can't wait to get back up to pentwater and get back to work! 

a recipe i've been working on. baked french toast muffins

endless supplies. 

getting paneling hung!!! now what to do with these posts....

bathroom progress

wallpaper nook....thoughts?

Friday, August 15, 2014

finally friday

thank God.

This has been such a stinking busy long week.

i've spent about two days going around to the stations to hang bathroom signs. ick. but now it's time to make the rounds again for the customer appreciation days around the stores then a nice long relaxing weekend in pentwater.

we have the tools packed, more paneling bought and some paint.

joe is hoping to continue hanging walls and i'm going to tackle that rusty old farmers sink. and rip out the old cupboard that hangs directly above the stove. i'm hoping to put in some open shelves but stay tuned.

we also have the sailboat races and "homecoming" weekend in pentwater so it should be packed with fun and activities.

sunday night we are going to my parents cottage to have a family dinner before my little sister heads off to college! tear.

here's to hoping we can get a lot of stuff done!

repair this bad boy. 

goodbye awkward hanging cupboard 

goodbye terrible wall paper 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

honey bee

i always get asked "where in the world do you find all this stuff!?!?"

i've been doing this for about 5 years now and you just naturally find sources if you dig hard enough.

but sometimes you get super lucky. like i did about two weeks ago when i was on my way to work and i found the biggest honey hive of vintage garage sales i've ever seen. they were not advertised there was one sign that said "vintage".

my palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy (sorry to get all eminem on you) (bonus if you can name that tune) anyway i have 30 minutes before i had to be to the office. power shop time.

luckily my friend lisa was at the same sale and she could snap some pics of my outfit and furious shopping.

this is one of my absolute favorite skirts i've ever purchased from anthropologie. it seriously goes with everything. and it's super comfy. and it has super pockets. i love love love pairing black with mustard even if it does make me look like a honey bee. i don't even care. i love it and i also happen to love honey.

also the jackie cardi by j.crew is a life savor. whenever this top goes on sale i always have to snatch it up!

last but not least comfy shoes. these tory burch nude sandals have been the best staple i've purchases all summer. not only are they comfortable, they are a great thing to just quick throw on and go. (and haul a dresser back to your car).

outfit on abby
hair: humidity 

wall garden.

i've always always always wanted to try my hand at a pallet garden and honestly never had the time to just sit and do it. i actually had a saturday not too long ago when joe was out of town and i had the house and tools to myself.

i went the warehouse friday after work and had one of the nice gentleman get an old pallet for me.

i went to the depot and picked up some supplies.

here is what you need

a pallet (duh)
landscaping liner (the stuff that is supposed to keep weeds out)
i bought some chicken fence wire for extra durability
a heavy duty staple gun
lots and lots of dirt. go with a good one like miracle grow. these gardens tend to dry out a ton and need something that holds moisture.
plants - i am making a michigan perennial herb garden* so if all goes according to plan... i don't have to replant next year.
sharpie (if labeling)
stencil (optional)

* a note on perennial herbs in michigan, the only herb i have had come back year after year is tarragon. I leave them all in pots over the winter. i think in the ground they would have more of a chance. i'm hoping if i store this in my garage over the winter they will survive. to read more about perennial michigan herbs click here.




start by stapling the tarp/mesh to the back of the pallet. i stapled the shit out of this thing. i do not want it to give way. i went over it again. 

stretch the chicken wire over the canvas. staple the shit out of that too. i did this because i did not want the winter and moving it around to wear away at it. make sure that you stretch everything out around the bottom of the pallet. so things don't fall out the bottom. leave the top open. 

line your plants up in the order you would like to plant them. 

i thought it would be fun to label. pallet would is very coarse. i tried paint marker, no go, paint was too messy with the stencils. the best thing that worked on pallet would was a big fat sharpie. 

next move the pallet to the location in which it will stay. it's heavy when filled with dirt. 

fill each slot up with dirt. pack it in tight because it will all shift down when you stand the garden up. 

plant your herbs in nice and tight. leaving the top herbs off until later when you stand the garden up. 

pet your dog. 

let the garden lay flat for at least two weeks so the plants can take root and hold things in. MAKE SURE TO WATER these dry out quick!

after two weeks have passed and it seems fuller (thanks miracle grow)
stand them up and admire. 

stay tuned to see how it comes back next year!