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I am terrible at growing things. I often reminisce about how, when I was growing up, we’d always have houseplants inside and I remember having to go around and water them for my mom and it was just nice to have some living, green plants in the house. It’s a regular occurrence where I’ll remember those times and I’ll go and try to have a green thumb, only to fail horribly and kill the poor plant.

I’m pretty sure the cycle is starting again, and I figured I could record me failing (or hopefully NOT failing!) Maybe this time will be different. 100th times a charm!

I’ve always seen instances where people plant the seeds from the fruit they bought at the grocery store and they grow houseplants from them. I thought that was a fun, good idea to try. You’re already buying the fruit to eat it, so now instead of just throwing the seed away, I started keeping select ones to attempt to grow! This leads to my first “experiment”: the mango.

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I’m not the biggest fan of mangoes but my fiance LOVES them, and if you’re a mango fan like him, you’d know that a rather large, flat seed is housed in the center of the fruit. But how do you get it completely out? Let’s find out!

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Oh hey, it’s been a while. I made this a while ago, but surprise surprise, I’m just now getting around to posting it. :)

I’ve been wanting to make a cat tree for a while but I had been very wishy washy about actually getting off my butt and doing it. However, after I saw a picture of one made with tree branches that looked super cool, I finally got the fire under my butt to go and make one(and to force the fiance to help!)

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Gremlin is spoiled.

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This one is the tree that inspired me. I loved that it was made to look like an actual tree. However, it cost like $700. So of course immediately i thought, “Psh, I can make that.” And you get to see just how I did.

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So you probably remember my post about painting my loveseat and I mentioned how my plan was to reupholster the bigger couch. Well, I sort of halfway did that. While I was trying to decide what kind of fabric to cover it with, we were storing it in the bedroom because we didn’t have any other space for it. I started to think about how even after I did that project, where would I put the finished piece? The apartment could really only comfortably have one six foot couch in it and I didn’t feel like getting rid of the couch I so painstakingly recovered a few months ago. That’s when this new idea popped in my head. This whole time we’ve been in this apartment I knew I wanted to make myself a tufted headboard and after having the couch in our bedroom lined up perfectly with our bed for a while it finally clicked in my head to covert the couch into a headboard.

Here’s a photo of the couches I found at Goodwill. The one on the right is the one I used for this project. I hated that fabric, so it had to go.

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Man I totally forgot to update this on Tuesday. My schedule has been all messed up because I had to evacuate because of Hurricane Isaac! My boyfriend, my cat and I are safe, but the one road going to our apartment is flooded and the power has been out there for a few days so when we finally go home, we will be coming back home to a fridge full of bad food. :( But anyway, less about hurricanes, and more about portraits!

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#33 CS6 (it was my birthday!)

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