Friday, May 29, 2015

Rocking chairs


Ever since we moved in I have wanted chairs for our porch. I started looking and fell in love with these beautiful ones.

Charlottetown Natural All-Weather Wicker Patio Rocking Chair with Quarry Red Cushion

However they also come with a lovely price tag we can't afford at this time.
So I searched our local Craig's list and found these.

They were priced at $150 each. Once again way over our budget so I watched them. On day 16 I decided to. Text and offer. $100 for both. They took it, but they were moving soon so I needed to get them ASAP.
I drive a cute little honda civic so this is what I got to do. 
One chair in the trunk.
One in the front seat!
I could only use gear 2 and 4 but I got them home!

On my porch and the beautiful chairs.

No shock, I decided to paint the white one. 
Not a fan of the colors!

Beautiful!!! :)

I used about 3 cans total of
Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X12 oz. Satin Dark Walnut General Purpose Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X 12 oz. Satin Dark Walnut General Purpose Spray Paint

I love the color difference!
I bought the new coushins from home goods with the help of my little men.
Liam picked the "Give Hugs" pillow, and ewan just wanted the tags of them!

Total Break Down
-Buying from HD: $139x2=
TOTAL  $288 
-Chairs local = $100, 
- 3 cans spray paint = $12
-Pillows 2@ $11 = $22
-Cushions $42
TOTAL: $176

Not a huge savings but defiantly a fun project! 

What do you think? 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Garden boxes

I have a thumb! ;) actually I have 2 of them!! "SHOCK?!" Lol well at the moment they are a mix between peach and white colored. My goal is to turn them green!! :) we will see if that happens. In our last home we were able to successfully plant and grow some tomatoes and a whole bunch of herbs.  Now that we have our house it's time to try again.
This is our old house Garden! 
Once we do step 2 of our yard next year (pavers and waterfall) We plan to do this, but for now I need Cheap! 

I researched for weeks trying to decide what to use for our boxes. We have a lot of long term plans for our yard, but for now we need something. Cheap.
I went through many choices, and thanks to Pinterest who took my 2 ideas and gave me 100+.

I started with our size. We have 10ft between our house and property line, so not a lot to work with, but enough to make the space requiring a lot of time and energy.
My first idea was 16ft long 4 ft wide by 24 in deep.  On the "property side" and 2-2x4 boxes next to the house. 

During my search I learned some really important things. Wood is Expensive! (Common it grows ok trees!) 
My first choice was a beautiful 2x12x8,which I soon learned costs $12 each.  So for my garden we were looking at a simple 16 boards putting us at $200 in wood!' OUCH!! Gardening isn't cheap!!!

Next we moved to cinder blocks, which would be fine, but each one weighs about 25 lbs and we would only need about 100 of those. Suddenly 2500 lbs of moving and still at about $170 didn't sound too nice.

#1: DIY build your own (wood & stone), #2: buy them, and a few others! 
Image result for garden cinder blocks home depot Image result for garden box Greenland Gardener Landscaping Supplies 42 in. x 42 in. Raised Bed Garden Kit 105981

Here are my ideas and costs

Cinder Blocks => 4.6 ft x 18 ft x 8 in  16" x 8" x 8"  34 of them = approx $63 
Wood; => 3 ft x 18 ft x 10 in 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 6'  16 of them: approx $48  (ours ended up costing alot more then this, HOWEVER still the best option, since I did more then originally planed) 
Prebuilt => 4 ft x 8 ft x 8 in BOX = 51.50 (half size of others)  or  4 ft x 16 ft x 8 in = $103

I decided after a lot of time searching and planning, simple cedar wood was the most cost effective and best suited for our garden for now. We need it to last just a few years so seemed like the best option. And the idea of a 6'x5"x1" (approx) at $2.50 was great.

I decided to start with some and work from there. I took the 6' peice and cut it in half for the sides, so a bit smaller then planned. 
Here is what I bought. It took a few days planning, buying, building, and re buying and building.

I made 3 smaller ones and put them all together.  I used
2-  2x2x8 
1 box:dry wall screws

-cut 4 (5 ½ in) of them in half at the 3ft mark.
-cut 1 (3 ½ in)in half
-cut 4 (2x2) into 1 ft pieces
-cut 8 (2x2) into 8 in pieces

I chose to put all 3 parts together.  And stacked the 5 ½ in boards on top to make the two sides 10in and the middle piece 13 in.

I also decided to use a spray sealer that is safe for food.  

I chose to use Home Depot links, they are the closest hard ware store to my house and have the best prices!  I am in NO WAY associated or compensated for my ideas or materials!  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Project ideas!

I love pintrest and I spend way too much time pinning things rather then doing things sometimes.

We are still big time in the yard working on lots of things and many posts with step by steps will be coming soon.

2015 Projects

-Organize (KonMari) 
-Yard step one
-Laundry room
-Big boy bedroom

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Going Live!

So i've been typing here for over a year, but been scared to share.  Not really sure why and what my concern is but I have fear.  Well time to concur the fear and here goes NOTHING!!!  Here's alittle about me, now that I'm putting myself out there.

I am Ashten!  I am married to my wonderful high school sweetheart, whom I affectionately call my Handsome Hubby! (HH)  I use other pet names for him, along with run of the mill Chris.  He is a very loving and supportive man.  Who is always coming to me with great ideas and research projects for this blog.  

I have my bachelors degree in Finance from one of the universities in Utah.  I was raised in Utah county and we now live closer to the city.  I am TOTALLY a city girl through and through.  We started building a home just over a year ago, and it was an AMAZING experience. 

We have two amazing boys Liam 7 and Ewan 2.  They both are totally AMAZING and I love my little Irish/Scottish men! They challenge me every day and I am so grateful to have them.

I work full time in a financial job.  It is not quite my dream job, but it's getting there. I have been here for just over a year and am going through the ranks to work with clients in the capacity I want.  For now I'm learning so much, getting lots of tests out of the way and licenses in hand. And as Liam would put it I "help people with monees" 

When I was young I always wanted to be a stay at home mom (SAHM) however after staying home with my Liam for 10 months (I worked nights PT) I went NUTS... I love working too much.

Long term I hope to help people manage their money, we all could do better and I love helping others.  I have a firm foundation in Christ and I have some very strong christian beliefs, that will come up from time to time in my view of teaching.

I hope that I can help anyone out there who might need that little push to take control of your money.

Luke 14:28
- Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

And when all is said and done

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
                                                       Acts 20:35