Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

Putting the bed together.

If you missed: bed part 1,2,3

After we hauled the headboard up to the roof and through the window, we got to work on a base for the mattress… Our mattress is one of those tempurpedic memory foam things, and they are supposed to sit on a solid platform, not a traditional box spring.

You can buy a platform to match the mattress, but it’s essentially plywood covered with fabric, so we just made our own.  (Aside from being less expensive, our old house’s stairwell was even tighter than this one; assembling the platform in the bedroom was the only way to get it upstairs.) So we already had the components to build/retrofit a frame that would accommodate the bed.

On a side note, if you have an old house/narrow stairwell, the memory foam mattresses are far easier to get upstairs. They are flexible and sort of smushy… Which is going to come in handy here shortly.

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Garden photos & the dahlias I’m growing this year.

Up until last summer, I avoided the really huge, dinner-plate dahlias.

I have enough garden-chores without making more work for myself by committing to the staking of non-essential plants… Plus, anything that cannot survive rain is a ridiculous garden-choice.

However, I am a ridiculous person so I do not know why I disavowed such a fundamental plant-match.

Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers— especially for cutting.  See my best varieties in bloom!

vassio meggos

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I am only one yard sale away from an episode of hoarders.

Every fall, our neighborhood has a town-wide yard sale. I wake up that morning feeling like I have been injected with pure meth: excited.  I love being able to roll out of bed, walk out the front door, and start yardsale-ing RIGHT AWAY… no traveling, no wasted time, no waiting.

It’s not unusual for me to be one or two houses ahead of Paul because I like to yardsale FAST… I have anxiety that other people are beating me to the good stuff, so I try to go twice as fast as everyone else.

Paul on the other hand, likes to talk to the neighbors and his leisurely, garden-party-mentality makes me insane… This is not a social event. This is war. Someone will win, I would like it to be me.

Ideas for upcycling vintage yardsale finds… I repurposed an antique box into a pretty table decoration.

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