06 May, 2010

end of the garden's [phase 1]...

the end of [phase 1] in 
cultivating disregard[en]'s garden.

it is not complete, but on it's way.

remember, everything, was under $70. 
This includes the table & chairs, soil, pots, 
yes all of the pots, flowers, seeds, plants, 
bench, windows (yes, again, all), wood crates, ladder, 
upcycled wood fence, wheelbarrow & 
my favorite water can, ever.

i am excited to begin the next phase. i'll keep you posted.
here are the after photos...

we already have ideas for the next [phase].
adding upcycled wood fence to create a flower bed,
planting our jasmine flowers 
alongside the back wall [i want them to grow up the wall],
planting some more flowers, & bringing in more color....

[not pictured are our pots with our newly planted herbs...
they are just seeds but, once sprouted, will provide
us our homegrown basil, oregano, dill & rosemary. glory].

and don't think i haven't reminded my husband
a million times about my dreamy, creative shed. 
inspiration posted here.
it WILL happen. one day.

we've already enjoyed a few mornings & evenings out 
in our new garden. it is lovely.

i loooove springtime. vitamin d here i come.
please enjoy the outdoors this evening. 
it is good for your soul. i promise.
remember how i was at the beginning of the week? 
[if not, take a look/read here]
outdoors work wonders. 


hell[o] forgotten & overlooked garden...

i am here to the rescue 
(with help from the husband, of course)

poor poor backyard, you have not been cultivated yet...

look at that horrible fence...

here are some other views

[phase 1] in cultivating disregard[en]'s garden
there might possibly be over a handful of phases
please be patient. 
redemption is a process...
but know, i have some amazing help

this backyard will be beautiful.

and, please note that, as we like to upcycle goods & resources,
for environmental, financial & well, because-it-is-more-enjoyable reasons, 
we did not spend over $70 in our first phase.

the photos to come will show you all of the amazing finds 
we came across...

stay tuned. i will post later this evening.


03 May, 2010


you know those days...
the days where you know there are a billion
things you could be doing 
but don't really have the vision & motivation?

at least i do. and today is one of those days.
i'm not blogging this to get a "poor jessica" response.
i just want to blog my process of starting this business thingy.
and this is part of my process...

i am lacking motivation today.
the end.

but really, today i feel like i just need to be reminded
of why i love creating. why i love people. 
why i am where i am....

i feel so selfish. bah!
but in all honesty, i really need inspiration & vision.

so to be reminded of some of these things, 
i thought i'd include them in my blog...

God gave me this
at the beginning of 2009 when i really began pursuing 
the passions in my heart...

this is what my God has to say:

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, 
to preach good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to bind up
the broken hearted, 
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn and provide for those
who grieve in Zion --
{& the best part}
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor."
                              Isaiah 61:1-3


okay. i feel a little better.
though my little business is not yet off the ground,
though i lack sufficient income & cannot see
the fruition of my labor,
i am right where i need to be.

this still does not make me want to go paint the dresser that
has been sitting in my garage
& is 1/3 of the way finished...
but that's okay.

it's a process. 

and there are so many wonderful connections & relationships
i have made in the midst of pursuing this little business.
i am grateful for that.
and i am grateful for days like today where i can
be reminded of who i am, and where i am. and breathe.

and, to end on an even better note, i thought i would include
some of my creations from last week...

my beautiful sewing machine that 
helped me make my creations


 my sewing machine suitcase. 
found by my husband @ a thrift store.
i'm keeping all of my sewing necessities in here....

and with these two things, i made 10 little onesies
for two beautiful babies in my life 
(note: who are not mine)


though these are not upcycled pieces of furniture 
(my favorite things to work on),
i still thoroughly enjoyed making them because 
i could picture them on two beautiful little baby boys.

now on to being content with where i'm at.
enjoy the rest of your monday.