Slow transformations....

Oh yes. It's summer. Finally!
Can you feel it???? I sure can. In my hands, quads, butt, skin...everything.
I'm sore! and bitten to death by mesquitos.

I wish I could say that I get a lot more things done around the house during the summer, but in reality...I don't.
I have projects galore that I want to do and need to do. Well, probably not need in the hubs eyes...but a total need in mine :)

But right now, our priorities are this:
I know. Bad lighting. But the sky sure looks pretty, eh?
Yes! That is sod in our backyard. You are not mistaken!
Oh, and a coop that is almost done! and seems like it has taken just as long to build as it has taken to get the sod in our yard :) 
Not the best before. But you get the picture. It was dirt.
I should have taken the before before when we still had trenches and sprinkler lines everywhere.
Did I mention that those trenches and sprinkler lines were in our backyard since...ummmm...last October??? And then it snowed. and then it rained. and then it got better weather. and then months after better weather, they were finally finished. and then we had to pay the guy again to level out the yard. and then.....yes, I can go on and on. But I won't.
Lets just say that now I am happy :)
It took two and a half years to get there. And now Max can finally go pee in the backyard when its raining and stop ruining the grass around our mailbox. Very Happy :)

Once we get that coop done...and the yard finally settled...and the patio in...and see? there's more. lol.
Anyway...I guess when I get time, I will finally finish the project that I was working on before this all happened.
That little baby in the corner:) 
It use to look like this on the outside.

And STILL looks like this on the inside.
It stinks. Like smells really bad in there. I don't really want to conquer this part of the project...that is why it's taking me so long.
But I know when its finished. I will be so flippn' happy! Cuz then, I could actually open it without vomiting muskiness.

Hope you all had a great Fourth of July!


  1. Nice yard!! :D

    That cabinet looks like a Victrola cabinet for a tabletop player. If that's what it is - those cabinets were known for the musty moldy mildew that grew around the albums being stored in there. I have a Victrola myself and that is a battle that I will be conquering this fall...dreading it... Good luck!

  2. I find a great way to get rid of musty smells inside furniture is to just paint them. I've got a couple of really great old dressers that I insisted we paint the insides of the drawers before using and it worked like a charm. (Our clothes don't stink and I didn't feel the need to bleach them numerous times to get rid of the dirty from strangers. ;-)
    I love that cabinet - and great work in the backyard!

  3. That's really cute. I heard if you sprinkle baking soda in it and let it set for awhile ~ it will take the musty/stinky smell out.

  4. I stumbled across your blog today n abs love it! I am now a follower and look forward to more inspiration. Have a great day! :)

  5. I have heard you can use charcoal (not the kind with lighter fluid added_). Just put it in and close it up tight for a while.


happy DIYing! Alicia