March 29th, 2010
PATIO Phase One : COMPLETE.
150 cement pavers on the ground, be-yotches.
What did it look like before? Like this:
You can check out the whole process HERE. It ended up costing about $200 to do this whole fire pit/gravel/patio paver area.
For those of you considering this kind of paver installation: just don’t be like us. Level the area, put sand down first and tamp it flat, add crushed rock and then lay out your pavers after all that – then and only then fill everything in with gravel. Don’t do gravel first like we did, unless you’re a masochist. Or vying for the title of DIY amateur hour champion.
After all the headaches and backaches, I think it turned out alright. Time to move onto PATIO Phase Two : Other hardscape stuff. I’ve got some big ideas and I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t do that all backasswards as well.
Still got a long way to go though…
March 28th, 2010
On our little trip the Boy and I stopped in a little vintage/antique/junk shop. Of course I had to drag him in, but he did spot something…
“Hey, they have that ottoman from the living room outside.”
I was so excited! Franco Albini!!! Too bad it was in TERRIBLE condition, but for $3 I couldn’t resist. The bigger news is this: How well is The Boy progressing in vintage spotting?!? Very well. Now if I could only get him to enjoy thrifting…
The lady was all saucer eyes and disbelief when I bought it. “Well, it sure is rattan…”
March 26th, 2010
The Boy and I took a quick little road trip through the deserts of California, Nevada, and Arizona for a few days.
No reason in particular and with nothing exciting in mind, just got a sudden case of wanderlust to get up and get out of town for a short while. We ended up near Lake Mead but the most beautiful thing we passed were the salt flats near the ghost town of Amboy, Ca.
A salty and desolate ocean in the middle of the Mojave…
Feeling rested and revived to start work on this old brick again.