My soul-sister Meg at House Notes tagged me to share my 6th post earlier this week...or weekend? I can't keep track of days anymore! Because Meg invited me to participate, I couldn't refuse. Actually, this originated as a 'share your sixth blog picture' party from Londen at Sixty Fifth Avenue, so I went back to August 31, 2009 to find the 6th (extremely undersized) picture I ever shared on this site. It was this one:
The post was all about the hundreds of flagstones that were buried all over our yard. Boozie Susie alert!! I heard from a neighbor that the back yard had a custom-built flagstone planting bed that probably cost $$$. Well, it was demolished and all the stones were conveniently placed on the ground, then covered with dirt and grass seed. Wha? Why? Why? Why? Imagine creating a planting bed (where you thought there was none) and every time you put the shovel down, you hear a CLINK of stone. That sound is forever ingrained in my memory and causes my blood to boil just thinking about it. Planting one shrub turned into an hour-long ordeal complete with sweat, swears, mutiple tools, and lots of beer. NOT COOL, BOOZIE! At least some of them she was too lazy to bury...
Either way, we had the last laugh because we used all those stones to create a new, curvy planting bed that goes the entire length of the back yard - which you can see in my header. And the 'after' to the 6th picture above? Well, we dug up that entire side yard, moved 11 tons of dirt, and created a 300 sq foot paver patio ourselves.
It is fantastic, and surprisingly still intact from last summer! Check out the how-to post here. And please share your 6th blog picture with us! It's too funny to see how much your writing and blogger skills have improved since the beginning.
My name is Sara. I am a home owner/renovator, photographer, and stay at home mom in the Chicago area trying to cram all kinds of projects into the time my son is at school. Ashford is 3, and I had our second baby Zach December 2015, so things are pretty busy around here! I like slightly inappropriate humor, wine, and stalking house blogs. I love starting new DIY projects and sometimes hate finishing them. I love taking portraits of families, children and couples whenever I can. This blog is all about the projects my husband and I tackle, the projects that fizzle, and the funny things that happen to us along the way.