Oh, hey there…

Sooo, I’ve kind of been MIA for a while, LOL

It’s been like, a REALLY long time since I’ve posted on here!!

 

Well, we had the wedding. It was AH-MAZING.

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Went on a Honeymoon up the coast of Northern California and Southern Oregon.

 

They we came back and planned and had the wedding reception,

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then was Halloween, then the Holidays, and now it is 2016 already. So that about sums up MY life. I figured I owed you all a little update.

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One big thing I’ve accomplished in the second half of this year: Hypstie

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That’s right, I opened my own jewelry business! Or I revamped one I already had. Gave it a new name, logo, really started focusing on it. I started a website

http://www.hypstie.com

I have an Etsy page, an Instagram, a Facebook, a Twitter account, and a Pinterest page. I sell every First Friday in Downtown Phoenix (so yes I’ll be there tomorrow.)

We turned our Dog room into a Computer room/Studio for me to create and store my wares in 🙂 it’s been pretty awesome! I’ll get back into the habit of posting on here more frequently, I’ve just been so busy! I figured I’d better give you a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to!

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Wedding Style

As far back as I can remember I’ve pictured my wedding in the forest. In nature, with big green trees, and blue skies, and birds, and squirrels, and the breeze blowing. Very Snow Wwite-esqe, minus the dwarves. Like every other girl in the world, I’ve always had a secret pinterest board of wedding ideas, so when the time came, the building blocks of building my wedding were already there.

The idea I had, was very naturalistic, lots of flowers and greenery, wood accents, whimsical touches. Very low-key, just a big casual party with friends and family. A long, romantic, flowy bohemian style dress with touches of lace. Barefoot. Flowers in my hair. You get the idea.

And just in case you don’t, here are a bazillion pictures that I used on my “idea board” for inspiration.

For hair, I definitely want braids, and definitely want flowers:

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For the dress: Flowy, Bohemian, Lace, Long, small train, NOT prom dress, or ball gown-ish. Think 1920’s or Free People Ever After line..

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My Honey will be dressed like the proverbial Hipster

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GAH! This hair..

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MMMM Hmmmm

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No hat

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LOVE this hair

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Yup. This guy. This will be my honey

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Or this. This could be my honey too

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LOL No he won’t look like hulk hogan though

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obsessed with this hair

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My decor was very whimsical, woodsy, casual. Guess I’ll just have to use this for the reception now, since we won’t be having the open wedding

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Updates

my life has been a whirlwind lately, and I just realized I haven’t posted on her for close to two months. The first big thing that happened, is super handy helper man proposed 😆


I know. He totally caught me off guard on a Thursday after work. He did good.

I started planning a big wedding in northern Arizona, and after about a week started stressing, and we decided to do a controlled elopement in Del Norte County in the Redwood Forest of Northern California. That’s coming up in 7 weeks already!!!!! The date is 9-5-15.

I’ll post more details regarding that in separate posts.

We have taken a few trips this summer:


  

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Watson Lake

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The Mogollon Rim

  
  
  
  
Bartlett Lake
We threw two engagement parties.


  
  
  
  
  
  
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Party #1

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Party #2

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
The goaties are growing

  
  
  
  


The chickies are growing (we did unfortunately lose Buffy to the heat this summer) and I got my first “fart egg”

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House improvements have come to a standstill with all the hub bub going on around here, but Josh did manage to build me a barn door for the laundry room,which we will put on a sliding rail. I’ve spent about 2 weeks painting it. I’ll post those pictures when it is finished.
I think that is about it!  We’ve been pretty busy around here as you can see!!!

Backyard Patio Project Part III – The Reveal

Finally.

It is finished.

FINALLY. I have a glorious, beautiful, The Vig style patio, that was totally DIY-able .

Last post, we still had to finish the little walls around the perimeter

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We still needed to install the shade sails and lighting

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We still hadn’t built the little grilling area

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or the accent wall (We had to add this in later to mount the shade sails to, since we went with triangle shade sails instead of a rectangle)

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and we didn’t know we were going to do this, but decided to seal in the gravel, so the dogs and such would stop kicking it up, and i’m so glad we did. We used a product called Sikagard High Gloss Sealer, which is a concrete sealer we picked up at Home Depot, and this stuff worked AWESOME. It isn’t cheap, it ran about $25/jug and we needed MANY jugs to do this whole area, but it was well worth it. The end product is AMAZING. The gravel is stuck… Like stucco. it’s beautiful.

We had put some pretty planters with Crape Myrtle trees in them, along with garden stools along one side with solar accent lights highlighting them at night. I also have a ton of pots with Ruella all over, and they are all blooming. I love the pink and purple flowers 🙂 I’ve posted other pictures of those, but here’s some more

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We haven’t completed the mister system, but we will get to that shortly. No rush since we already have one in place, just not around the entire circumference of the patio like we originally want. We also have kicked around making a built in bar, but if we do that it will be its own post, with DIY instructions.

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We had our first BBQ this past weekend, to show it off and see how it would hold up to traffic. It seemed to do amazing. Nothing like friends, their families, pets, (including goats, chickens, and a mini pig) booze, burgers, and watermelon to get down good old ‘Merican style. Here’s some pictures 🙂

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I love my new patio. Just in time for summer, perfect for entertaining, and a splash of personality. It’s perfect 🙂

New updates the past few weeks!!

So we took Nova up to Stoneman Lake to go camping the first weekend in May. It was set to be too cold anywhere further up north, and as it was it got down to the low 40’s at night, but we had a great camping trip. Who would have thought that Nova is an EXCELLENT camper dog? She didn’t have the littles around to rile her up, and she was very calm and obedient. We didn’t have to leash her the whole trip, with the exception of when we were tearing down camp, she kept trying to stand ON the tent as we were trying to roll it up. She was very protective of camp at night, giving an alerting growl at every little noise she heard, but I like that. Here are some pictures from our trip 🙂

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Secondly, the little chickies are growing up quickly! I had added them to the chicken coop about a month ago, but in a separate enclosure. This past weekend I opened it up and let them out! After a few hours of them being picked on, everyone has settled in nicely and they are all getting along! I’m SO glad that worked out pretty painlessly, because they are still so tiny and I was so nervous I’d come out and have dead babies on my hands. here are some recent pictures of them:

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And last but most certainly not least, Handy helper man is the greatest, handiest, sweetest man on the planet. AND THAT IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT.

I’ve been bugging, and bugging, and bugging, for over a year to get goats. He’s always agreed that yes “someday” goats would be great. I’m sure he thought when we moved to some great big ranch in the middle of nowhere, I could have all the animals I wanted, and he wouldn’t have to worry, because we would have all this space to house them.

But I didn’t have to wait 🙂 He let me get them now. He even agreed on a Friday afternoon that we could go look at them the following morning, made a Home Depot run to buy the materials for their pen, and started raking out the area IN THE DARK the very same night. He woke up early Saturday morning to sink the posts, and drove an hour with me to Apache Junction to meet them, and the hour home with them in the back pooping everywhere, and was totally sweet about it. When we got home he jumped right back into completing the goat area, basically dedicating his whole weekend to my goat whim, and didn’t say a word. He ROCKS.

Here are some pictures during the building process. We put the goat enclosure behind the chicken coop, and gave them a little run on the east side of the chicken coop where there had been about a three foot gap between the coop and the eastern block wall.

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So, without further adieu, here are the newest additions. Siggy (doeling, white and beige with blue eyes, born 2/26/15), and Rollo (wether, tan with blue eyes, born 1/26/15):

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Rollo has an affinity for good beers

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He also likes to give kisses

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Rollo is teaching Siggy to give goatie kisses too.

My heart melts every time I hear them. I love them.

Backyard Patio Makeover Part II – Aggregates

Josh and I have already installed the shade wall of this patio, if you remember from my Patio post – Part 1

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So this weekend, Handy Man and myself tackled the dirtier part of this project. Laying the actual patio. I thought, “Oh we will just flatten the ground, (which we had already done,) buy some pavers, space them out and fill with gravel. It shouldn’t take long at all.” But this is why I have Handy Man. Apparently we needed sand. Since I wanted this DONE (I was so tired of mud being tracked through the house every time we let the dogs in) we had to find someone who could deliver 1 1/2 tons of sand that day. We actually found someone, to deliver it at about 11 AM on Saturday,

In the meantime, Josh had found a guy down the street who posted an add on Craigslist, for free river rock, and we spent two hours Saturday morning carting that home. Two full trunkfulls in the Jeep, Loading it up, and loading it out and wheelbarrowing into the backyard.

So now it’s 11 AM, and the sand guy is here but since they had a giant dump truck, and even though we have an RV gate, it is off our narrow alley. So we had to have them dump it in the driveway and we carted it into the backyard wheelbarrow full by wheelbarrow full. GAH.

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Once we had carted it all into the backyard, and dumped it in a giant pile in the middle of what would be our patio, we headed up to Home Depot to get our other supplies. We settled on 12″ x 12″ Travertine (white) pavers, that I’ll just say weigh 15 pounds a PIECE…. and also picked up 2 3/4″ x 8′ PVC pipes to help with screening the sand. I wasn’t sure at all how many pavers or how much gravel we would need, so decided to aim low and picked up 17 pavers (all they had on hand without bringing down another pallet) and 6 bags of gravel.

We headed home, and started to screen the sand. How Josh did this was, he would lay the two pipes parallel to each other about three feet apart, on an open strip of the patio. Then working in several foot sections from one end of the pipes, you shovel sand on top until the pipes are just about covered. Then he would drag a flat board across, to create an even flat sand surface. once he got to the end of the pipes, he would slide them down and finish the strip. i would go along where he had already “screened” and fill in the holes where the pipe had been laying, then hand trowel to smooth it over. Once that strip was done, he would pick up the pipes very carefully, and move over to do the next strip along side the first. We were constantly having to go back and hand trowel the section before, because as you screen section number 2, the board would drag along section number 1, and the next time we do this i’m sure we will use a board that is a bit shorter LOL

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Here are some photos of the end of this process. Josh Screening, my pavers in the background:

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As Josh finished sections, I would go along and lay the pavers. I started with one in the far corner where I wanted it to start. Josh had cut a square of cardboard for me to use as a spacer, so as I laid one paver, i would put the cardboard on the sand above the paver, stand on the paver I just laid, and put down the next paver, always using the cardboard spacer. That was It was a very uniform checkerboard pattern. As I finished a row, I would use one of the PVC pipes laid along the edge of the pavers to square them up so I didn’t end up with any cockeyed pavers. For the next row, I used the cardboard spacer between the two first pavers to have even spacing between the rows. I continued doing this behind Josh who was flattening the sand.

Now I ran out of pavers pretty quickly. I actually only made 2 rows with the pavers I purchased the first time. I had one left to start the third row.  We also needed way more gravel. So Josh and I ran back to home depot and bought FIFTY more pavers. That’s a lot of pavers. I’m not going to go into the nightmare we dealt with getting 50 – 15 lb pavers home in a Jeep Patriot, but it was not fun. Looking back we are idiots, very lucky idiots, and will forever rent a home depot truck in the future until we get our own truck. ANYWAY… By the time we got the pallet home (yes a pallet. of pavers. in my jeep) and unloaded it, 2 were broken. So at this point we knew we were going to have to go back to the dreaded home depot yet again.

Just pavers down:

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Josh and I screened sand and laid pavers until 9:30 at night. Plus it was raining. And we both pretty much hated life by then but were determined to get this project done. We get to the end and realize that in addition to the 2 broken pavers we would need ONE additional paver to finish the patio. ONE. We both drank like 15 beers and went to bed.

LOL just kidding.

Here are some pictures of the progress of Saturday night:

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Sunday Morning –

Wake up and head straight to HD. We buy ONE MORE PAVER, and exchange the two broken ones, as well as an additional 15 bags of gravel. We come home and lay the last three tiles, and start filling in the rest of the gravel. It’s looking pretty good! We finish up with what we have, and place where our table base will go in the center of the patio. The table top is so heavy that we will need help moving it. We still need to lay a bit more river rock before we can finish up the gravel, but need to grab the river rock from the Craigslist fellow another day…

So Josh and I jump in the car and decide to head up north and go play. We NEED a play day after Saturday. So we head up into nature and do some hiking and exploring.  We drove the hour and a half up north to Camp Verde. I maneuvered  through a hellacious downpour while on hairpin turns, I look over and see Josh sleeping. Thanks bud. Then, In Camp Verde it was partly sunny, partly rainy. in the low 60’s. Walking along a creek in the forest with it babbling alongside of you and the wind and the gentle drizzle coming through the trees…. it was glorious. Then we saw three baby deer. So amazing. Then we found this dope piece of driftwood for our dry riverbed. Even more amazing. So all in all this was a triple score of a little day trip. We jumped back in the car with our driftwood and headed home. Upon arrival Josh sprayed the bejesus out of the driftwood to kill any little creature that could be living in it. I’ve been lucky to never have a scorpion in over 2 years on my property and i’m not about to start.

Here are some photos Josh took Sunday evening. (I REALLY need to get some pics of this bad boy during the day!)

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Monday – We buy the rest of the gravel we need to finish the job, and tamp it down, with the exception of a little strip on the west side. I’m going to fill that area in with more smaller river rock, and want to wait to lay the gravel until after I’ve done so. We enlist the help of two dear friends to help us move the ridiculous table top, and the patio is mostly done!!

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Today we will go to collect some more river rock from our Craigslist fellow, and fill in the strip missing gravel on the Western side. We also fill in some spots on the dry riverbed (where i stole boulders from to create our river rock border) and add our driftwood accent 🙂

We still need to:

  • put up slats for our north facing brace wall
  • install the other two posts for the east side of the patio
  • put up our shade sails
  • install accent lighting on west wall
  • put up our patio lights
  • make a mister system and install around the perimeter
  • Built in seating?
  • Built in bar?

Stay tuned for Backyard Patio Project Part III – Finishing touches!

Molly the Water Warrior

I just had to share. This dog is a nut. She gets really amped up when I water the yard lately, and attacks the “water monster”. Since last year I’ve always just played with her, and the other day I happened to have my phone so I took some hilarious pictures. Here you are. You are welcome:

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Too bad I can’t post videos 😦 I have some great ones LOL