Friday, May 1, 2015

A Shed for a Garden

We're finally building a shed by our garden beds.  After searching for one, we decided to build our own.  We modified some designs found on The Family Handyman to help us with cuts and dimensions.

We found a great tip for building the foundation and making the shed level (our backyard has a gradual slope).  We dug 4 holes, packed with paver sand and placed a cinder block at each corner.  I will later plant hostas around the shed will look less angled.

Base getting set up:

Brother helping haha

Flooring down: 

Picking up materials for the walls (Obviously far too early for this girl, Husband is as dashing as ever)


Walls going up: 


Rainy day, we built the roofing in the garage and carried it down and covered for next weekend.



Time to paint!  Choosing the color, I painted a piece of board white which will be the trim color and a metal conduit to show the roof color.

Crossing our fingers, we'll have this done this weekend to show off!!


 
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CC Hart Millinery Etsy Store Open!!

After months of work, and to be honest a bit of anxiety over starting all of this, I have listed a few of my fascinators and opened an Etsy Shop!

It's basic looking right now, I need to create a look for my shop and start thinking of business cards soon too.  I make a few hats to keep and wear around, when people ask about them I can easily hand out business cards with my Etsy Store link and my contact info.

Here are a few of the hats I have listed in my store!
Ivory and Gold Fascinator

Aqua tear shaped fascinator

Purple Renaissance Crystal Fascinator
Vintage Inspired Fascinator
Go check out my shop for the rest: www.etsy.com/shop/CCHartMillinery



 
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Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Resolutions

2015 New Years Resolutions

2014 was a chaotic year. I've had 4 jobs in the past 2 years, had several illnesses, gained a lot of weight, and have been battling depression for years.

It wasn't all bad though, I am working again and love the people and company I am working with now.  

My husband and I went to Germany, Switzerland, and France last February 
Fondu is WAY better here OMG, we actually came back for a pizza they light on fire with cognac... and more fondu


Mont Blanc, France

Chateau d'Chillion
 went zip-lining for our anniversary
My family came out to visit me from Colorado a couple times, which I loved and totally needed :), I completed the MS150 Ride bum knee, freezing rain and all.

So, here it is.  It's a small list, I actually had a hard time not putting a bajillion things on here, but I read somewhere to write down your big picture intentions rather than resolutions.  I have this odd habit where I intentionally sabotage myself by "rebelling" against my tasks... it's super annoying and I think most of it has to do with my depression.
  • Get healthy!  I want to make sure I don't get sick this year
    • Loose 50 pounds! Work out 45 minutes, 5 days a week, have one fruit smoothie and drink a gallon of water a day
  • Write more: blog once a month and work on my book
  • Get organized, and get rid of crap. (You should see my craft room... I'll probably blog about it, who doesn't love before and after shots?!)
What are your resolutions/intentions for 2015??

Bandannas on kitty and pup, they loooved it, can't you tell?!



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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Switzerland, Trains, and Vineyards!

We got up nice and early to catch the train from Mannheim, Germany to Geneva, Switzerland!
Unfortunately, there was construction on the tracks so we had a 45 minute delay.  So, we grabbed breakfast at Coffee Fellows at the train station. I had the world's best Croissant and Latte Macchioto.  My husband had a bagel sandwich of lettuce, prosciutto, pesto, cream cheese, tomato, and pepper served warm.  They don't mess around with bagel sandwiches or pretzel sandwiches for that matter.  I also grabbed a pretzel for the train ride.

The landscapes were beautiful, we sat in a private cabin all the way to Switzerland where my husband could get some work done and I read, wrote post cards, and worked on my travel journal.  Sorry about some of these pictures, I took them out of my window of the high speed train.




Clouds covering the Alps


Vineyards with stone wall pathways


Here are some of the cutest houses with tiny gardens and vineyards in their back yards!



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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mannheim, Germany

Being in Europe is easy, getting there is a different story, especially when you get 12 inches of snow and you can't get out of your driveway, and highways are poorly plowed before you even think to start getting to the airport. Thankfully I used Rover.com, which the gal I used was fabulously accommodating and I loved having a family take care of my pup, which gave me plenty of extra time to make it down to the airport.

Anyways, back to Germany! I stayed at the Maritim Hotel, which is located in a stunning Art Nouveau style building located across from the Congress center. 

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We had an amazing view of the 18th century Romanesque water tower called der Wasserturm. Which if you can see below, was being set up for Carnaval.




I have a huge love of architecture, so I took a few pictures of the surrounding buildings and Cathedral.









There is a long street shopping mall that we perused and ate at a little German restaurant called Gasthaus Gentrale that was pretty good, I was looking for some good traditional German spaetzle, ended up with a pork schnitzel that was a little to heavy for me, but pretty good.

Here is my husband enjoying a Krusovice (I loved the lamp basket in the background)



Next up, off to Switzerland... by train!





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