Mulching Tales, or Cheap Landscaping Redux

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Two years ago I posted about how we mulched the front of our house with a truckload of free mulch that we got a tree company to dump in front of our house. Over time, here and on Pinterest, a lot of people have expressed concern about using mulch (either at … Continue reading

Basement Floors, et. al: A Few Updates

I’ve been asked a few times now about how our basement floors are holding up; I always answer people in the comments, of course, but it seems like it’s probably about time to do an actual official update now that we’re a few months in. But I didn’t want to have a post that’s three sentences long, so I’m tossing … Continue reading

A Fence for the Garden: Sorry, Dogs!

This week was supposed to be the amazing reveal of our new kitchen shelves. But. Problems. And not even with the part where we were expecting problems, so that was too bad. Anyway, there’s some regrouping happening there, but we’re hoping for progress this weekend. So we worked on the garden last weekend instead. It’s more time sensitive anyway, so … Continue reading

DIY Toddler Water Table from Recycled Wood: The Backyard Just Keeps Getting FUNNER

It is not lost on me that this has kind of been the summer of kid stuff here on the ol’ blog. I feel like maybe I need to apologize to readers without kids for being so relentlessly child-focused. We painted grown-up friendly chairs just last week to appease you! And, honestly, I might have more kid stuff coming up … Continue reading

Blue and Gold Star: This Year’s Quick 4th of July Project

Historically, I’m not the best at either decorating for the 4th of July or putting stuff on my front door to make it look all pretty and seasonally appropriate. So with this project I tried to fix both of those things, with mixed results. Last year’s sole 4th of July project was these pinwheels. This year I pulled out a … Continue reading

DIY Swing Set: Wrapping Things Up

The last of the swing set posts! Here we have the long promised cost breakdown, links back to all the posts in the series and a quick tour of the finished swing set, and some final thoughts about the whole big project. First off, here’s a quick rundown on what we built. The tower is six by six feet square … Continue reading

Settling In To Summer

Abe in his swim suit

Thursday was Dave’s last day of work (not forever, just until the end of July), so we’ve spent the weekend letting this lovely reality sink in. There are good things and bad things about being a teacher (and about being married to a teacher), but June and July are definitely two of the good things. We did some long overdue … Continue reading

Abe’s Backyard Play Kitchen

 I love Abe’s new play kitchen. I’ll just come right out with that. I am utterly charmed by it. I might redo my own kitchen as a grown-up version of it, complete with a mulch floor and non-functional plywood stove burners. I’m also excited that it was such a cheap, recycling-heavy project. Especially since I’m sort of shocked about how … Continue reading

The Big House List, Part 3: Outside

We had a very busy weekend around here. Gus had the last three performances of his latest play, Schoolhouse Rock:   (he’s the one on the left, in the green bandana) Dave took his school’s math team to the state tournament….an all day affair two hours away. Go Bears! Only around 40 teams statewide get invited to the state tournament, … Continue reading