#2,262 Picket Posts.

Man oh man, the posts were set today for the picket fence in our front yard. Josh said they look a little “meaty,” but we’re thinking they’ll look proportionate with such big columns around the porch. I can’t believe we’re really doing it, finally! Anybody know when it’s safe to plant pretty annuals in the porch pots in Mississippi? I really feel like we’re safe from another freeze… Because I typed that, it will freeze this week. P.S. There is much freedom from anxiety in writing a list. I wrote a list tonight while working more on the business systems and I […]


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Man oh man, the posts were set today for the picket fence in our front yard. Josh said they look a little “meaty,” but we’re thinking they’ll look proportionate with such big columns around the porch. I can’t believe we’re really doing it, finally! Anybody know when it’s safe to plant pretty annuals in the porch pots in Mississippi? I really feel like we’re safe from another freeze… Because I typed that, it will freeze this week. P.S. There is much freedom from anxiety in writing a list. I wrote a list tonight while working more on the business systems and I […]


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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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#2,260 Productivity & Pickets.

There’s not much to tell you about today except that we have been rocking and rolling working on systems to keep our businesses going while we’re away filming for most of 2016, so we just left the studio after 12+ hours at the desk. There was one quick meeting with our friend Hunter who does landscaping to discuss our plans to build a cute and cottagey picket fence with flowers growing all around it in the front yard, sort of like this: (Photo by Roger Davies for Cottage Living magazine a million years ago) And I can’t stop listening to this […]


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There’s not much to tell you about today except that we have been rocking and rolling working on systems to keep our businesses going while we’re away filming for most of 2016, so we just left the studio after 12+ hours at the desk. There was one quick meeting with our friend Hunter who does landscaping to discuss our plans to build a cute and cottagey picket fence with flowers growing all around it in the front yard, sort of like this: (Photo by Roger Davies for Cottage Living magazine a million years ago) And I can’t stop listening to this […]


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Monday, February 29th, 2016

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#1,773 The Great Shop Clean Up.

We’ve been spending every waking minute hustling around getting things done around the house and at Lucky Luxe for the last several days (and will be the upcoming weeks) getting it all ready for the filming, and the biggest of those tasks was marked off the list today—cleaning up the garage. Since it was finished back in June, Baker moved in like he owned the joint, bringing mayhem with him with every swash of his fat fluffy tail. He’s basically an enormous clumsy dust mop, and it was reaching the point where little mountains of dirt and dust were piling […]


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We’ve been spending every waking minute hustling around getting things done around the house and at Lucky Luxe for the last several days (and will be the upcoming weeks) getting it all ready for the filming, and the biggest of those tasks was marked off the list today—cleaning up the garage. Since it was finished back in June, Baker moved in like he owned the joint, bringing mayhem with him with every swash of his fat fluffy tail. He’s basically an enormous clumsy dust mop, and it was reaching the point where little mountains of dirt and dust were piling […]


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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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#1,704 Gone.

We started building the new backyard garage on May 17. Today, after sweating about 10 gallons in the heat of the day, Ben and Byron tore down the very last of the rotten, feeble old shop that was its predecessor. I thought it would never be finished. Truly, I began to think of ways we could just leave it and make creative use of it (squirrel habitat?). Yes, we made a burn pile of some leaves and tiny wood scraps. No, that’s not legal in the city limits. Yes, we watched it closely. But if anyone asks, it was a […]


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We started building the new backyard garage on May 17. Today, after sweating about 10 gallons in the heat of the day, Ben and Byron tore down the very last of the rotten, feeble old shop that was its predecessor. I thought it would never be finished. Truly, I began to think of ways we could just leave it and make creative use of it (squirrel habitat?). Yes, we made a burn pile of some leaves and tiny wood scraps. No, that’s not legal in the city limits. Yes, we watched it closely. But if anyone asks, it was a […]


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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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#1,663 60s Saturday + Walker’s First Fourth/Fifth.

I spent the morning listening to this: While I painted these: And Ben listened to this out in the backyard: While he kept on insulating and putting in walls and shelves: And then it was time for the 5th of July party with my family at mama’s. I have nothing to show for it except for some adorable photos of Walker, looking old enough to go to college in a few weeks. He’s getting so big. I can’t believe it!


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I spent the morning listening to this: While I painted these: And Ben listened to this out in the backyard: While he kept on insulating and putting in walls and shelves: And then it was time for the 5th of July party with my family at mama’s. I have nothing to show for it except for some adorable photos of Walker, looking old enough to go to college in a few weeks. He’s getting so big. I can’t believe it!


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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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#1,662 The Great Cleanout + July 4.

We spent the entire day getting everything out of the old shop, grouping by type: car stuff, yard stuff, wood, tools, paint, seasonal, tarps, etc. It took every bit of the day to do this, and clean all the dust and nastiness off of it. Ben got one of the new shop walls insulated and walled up so we can put in shelves tomorrow, hopefully, and get everything organized and in its place. Which means we’re one big step closer to tearing the little one down. I can’t imagine our yard without it there and I’m so ready to see […]


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We spent the entire day getting everything out of the old shop, grouping by type: car stuff, yard stuff, wood, tools, paint, seasonal, tarps, etc. It took every bit of the day to do this, and clean all the dust and nastiness off of it. Ben got one of the new shop walls insulated and walled up so we can put in shelves tomorrow, hopefully, and get everything organized and in its place. Which means we’re one big step closer to tearing the little one down. I can’t imagine our yard without it there and I’m so ready to see […]


Erin

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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#1,645 Let There Be Light.

The electricians came today, and now the shop has lights! I know you’re sick of hearing about the garage. I know. It’s just that we’ve been dreaming of doing this since we bought the house and it doesn’t seem quite real. Ben’s been dreaming of having his own garage since he was about 10 years old actually, so… You could say it’s a 20 year dream realized. Tomorrow, Jesse is going to start moving everything we’re keeping from the old shop into the new one. Woo! Still no movement on the landscaping front. I’d honestly just settle for some sod. […]


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The electricians came today, and now the shop has lights! I know you’re sick of hearing about the garage. I know. It’s just that we’ve been dreaming of doing this since we bought the house and it doesn’t seem quite real. Ben’s been dreaming of having his own garage since he was about 10 years old actually, so… You could say it’s a 20 year dream realized. Tomorrow, Jesse is going to start moving everything we’re keeping from the old shop into the new one. Woo! Still no movement on the landscaping front. I’d honestly just settle for some sod. […]


Erin

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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#1,642 Staining + Pre-Father’s Day.

I stained the shop doors today! WOO!   That’s some hard work, y’all. For real though. I’m struggling to get up and down tonight. Now there are just 2 things left to do, and I REALLY need your help. REALLY! We’re waiting on the electrician to wire the lights (can’t wait to show y’all!) and then… Got to get serious about landscaping around the shop. I really want it to feel like it’s been there forever, with a wild English cottage type feeling with any plants, maybe with some sort of ivy or confederate jasmine growing on the walls, maybe […]


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I stained the shop doors today! WOO!   That’s some hard work, y’all. For real though. I’m struggling to get up and down tonight. Now there are just 2 things left to do, and I REALLY need your help. REALLY! We’re waiting on the electrician to wire the lights (can’t wait to show y’all!) and then… Got to get serious about landscaping around the shop. I really want it to feel like it’s been there forever, with a wild English cottage type feeling with any plants, maybe with some sort of ivy or confederate jasmine growing on the walls, maybe […]


Erin

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

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#1,639 Shop Doors + Benadryl.

They finished builing the double shop doors today and now all that’s left to do is for us to stain them a deep reddish mahogany color this weekend to match the doors on our house. I can’t get over how fast they did all of this and how it looks exactly the way I imagined it. The only thing we’re rethinking are the windows, which we just used from the old shop to save money… Gosh it’d be cute if those were white window frames. First world problems, right? Baker’s liking the new shop. We learned today that if you […]


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They finished builing the double shop doors today and now all that’s left to do is for us to stain them a deep reddish mahogany color this weekend to match the doors on our house. I can’t get over how fast they did all of this and how it looks exactly the way I imagined it. The only thing we’re rethinking are the windows, which we just used from the old shop to save money… Gosh it’d be cute if those were white window frames. First world problems, right? Baker’s liking the new shop. We learned today that if you […]


Erin

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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#1,631 Shop Apron.

Y’all! They finished building the shop before we left for St. Augustine, and they’ve been doing the odds and ends like paint, the ceiling, and today… The apron/driveway. There’s a brick basketweave pattern around the edge, then just regular old concrete in the middle. We might stain the brick to match the brick in our existing carport. I wish I’d remembered to take photos of my favorite little details—our hand and paw prints with initials, and a Laurel brick in each corner. Tomorrow I’ll post those. They’ll be finishing up the paint, building the garage door, and doing the electrical […]


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Y’all! They finished building the shop before we left for St. Augustine, and they’ve been doing the odds and ends like paint, the ceiling, and today… The apron/driveway. There’s a brick basketweave pattern around the edge, then just regular old concrete in the middle. We might stain the brick to match the brick in our existing carport. I wish I’d remembered to take photos of my favorite little details—our hand and paw prints with initials, and a Laurel brick in each corner. Tomorrow I’ll post those. They’ll be finishing up the paint, building the garage door, and doing the electrical […]


Erin

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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