Monday, February 7, 2011

Artsy Wine Stuff and Yard

We’ve been saving the bottles of wine we drink.  I applied an adhesive to some of the labels several months ago.  Then, after waiting a couple months, I tried to take them off.  It didn’t work that well.  I filled the bottles with boiling water, which helped take the label off.  Unfortunately they don’t look perfect, but that’s probably as good as I’m going to get them.  I still have a lot more bottles left.  I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with the labels.

Chris and I have been saving the corks as well.  I hadn’t really thought about what to use them for.  I figured I would figure it out someday.  The other day I randomly got a thought for what to do with some of them.  It’s going to be pretty difficult and time consuming, but I think it’s worth it.  I want to take the outline of a wood letter and fill the inside with the corks.  I didn’t find my idea online, so I printed out my own letter, cut it, and stuck corks in it.

DSCN9816    No, B is not for Boy.  I am not pregnant (though I know a few who wish I was).

I’m not sure how we’re going to do the wood.  One option is to get block letters and cut out everything but a thick border.  I’ll have to see what Michael’s has.  It’ll be a pain to measure and cut all the corks so that they fit and look nice (as well as the wood). 

We had the utility people come out and mark the lines where the utilities run.  The good news, it doesn’t interfere with our plans to finish building the backyard fence.  The bad news, it basically ruins most of my plans for our side yard.  I figured this would happen, so I was trying not to get my hopes up.

DSCN9818Looks like someone went crazy

DSCN9822  Our front yard.  I had planned on doing a picket fence around our front yard.  That way we can play with our dog in the front yard and not worry about him getting hit by a car.  Also, I have always wanted a picket fence.  Now, we’ll have to bring the fence 5 feet into our yard.  I think it’s worth it; Chris hates how much it would come in.  If we do that, I plan on taking out the grass in front of the fence and putting in pretty border plants. 

DSCN9828  I can live with everything else.  This is the cable that completely ruins my plans.  It runs right through the middle of our yard to the corner of the house.  It’s the communication cable, which I’ll pay to have moved.  The hill on the side of the yard is better viewed on the second picture.  I had planned to bring in the bricks about 6 feet to make it even with the other part.  Then, put a bunch of retaining walls up to make it look nicer.  I plan on planting mostly vegetables in that area.  Also, I plan on taking out the flower bed that’s in the middle of the lawn and putting grass in. 

We’ll see how everything all works out.  I plan on measuring and recording slopes and where everything is before we leave so that way I can plan while we’re in Belfast.  I love planning things, even if they don’t happen.  I just like thinking about it.  Chris hates planning and listening to my plans because all he thinks about is how expensive it will be.  I try not to let it get me down.