After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana I decided I couldn’t go back to New Orleans to the Essence Festival to party without giving something back to that community. Having been to the city in 1999 and 2001 for the festival many of the images I saw in the aftermath of Katrina left me feeling devastated personally as I recognized so many of the impacted areas. In 2012, I decided I was finally mentally ready to return to New Orleans for the Essence Festival and started looking for a rebuilding project to work on during my trip. As a house captain and […]
As Do It Yourself-ers there are times when we jump into a project without thinking about our safety, especially with things that we’ve done a hundred times before! When planning a project whether around the house or at any other location including the necessary safety measures is of the utmost importance. Paying close attention to you what you are doing and working deliberately and thoughtfully will save you a lot of heartache, headaches and injuries in the long run. Wear the proper protection for every task Be sure to wear gloves that are made for your tasks Chemical Resistant gloves […]
Now that the soil is prepared a trip to the nursery is in order to purchase vegetable seedlings for planting. Sometimes I’ll luck up and catch a sale. This was the case this trip to Lone Cedar Farms – a big sale – 50% off and loads of plants to chose from. YIPPEE!!! I made a mental list of what I wanted and was able to find: Bell Peppers Thai Hot Peppers Hungarian Wax Peppers Cayenne Peppers Okra Sugar Baby Watermelon Cantaloupe Eggplant Mountain Gold Yellow Tomatoes Black Tomatoes Caspian Pink Tomatoes Roma Tomatoes Supersonic Tomatoes Yellow Squash In addition […]
Community gardening is a wonderful thing to engage in. I have been doing it with my Dad since 1997 and enjoy it immensely. If you don’t have any space to start a garden where you live community garden is a great option as many neighborhoods throughout the country have plots available. In some areas there are such huge community gardening movements that many end up on waiting lists to get a plot for one or more years. Whether you are gardening at home or in a community setting preparation always has to take place before planting and harvesting. Today was […]
Most of my life I have been a
As a young girl I fixed the toaster and my Mom swore I should become an engineer. Growing up I was like the “son my Father never had!” I learned carpentry, automotive repair, painting, dry walling, plumbing and a multitude of other skills. Eventually all of this evolved into me fixing cars – yes fixing – changing oil, filters, brakes and many other things – refinishing furniture, interior design, picture AND room framing, home improvement, sewing and many other things. Between my Grandmother, Mother and Girl Scouting I became quite the seamstress able to sew a multitude of things. I took an upholstery class and learned that skill as well.
For the bottom line has always been I have much more time and talent than money and where every I can save money doing something myself affords me the opportunity to bring in licensed folks for major tasks – usually plumbing and electrical!
Ladies and gents I possess no magical powers – just the willingness to learn and try to make, design or repair anything. Having the knowledge is the key as well as the willingness to share your talents with others. Bringing all of this together birthed – Vicki McGill – THE PROJECTS CHICK!
A friend’s yard sorely in need of TLC! A weedy mess before me, I had seen this many times and could look at it no more!!! SOOOOO I started planning. Sorely Neglected – Nonexistent Flowerbeds Supplies and Tools Weed Blocking Fabric – Contractor Grade Shovel Plants Potting Mix Marble Landscaping Stones Red Rubber Mulch Initially I had a shovel with a flat end not realizing that this was no regular soil! The builder didn’t finish the yard with top soil, instead they left “back fill” – a mixture of sand, dirt, and gravel which isn’t the easiest mixture to work […]