Vanity + Wearables

Long weekend.

Long weekends are always so full of promise. You envision all of the things you’re going to accomplish, all of the projects you’ll be able to complete with the extra time, and yet somehow those bonus days of freedom usually wind up condensing into one long, semi-productive day. I’m not even sure what I did over the past five days I had off.

The weather was gorgeous, we had dinner with my mother and sister, we went grocery shopping, I made roasted garlic soup and carrot muffins, and we went to see Machete (which was AWESOME, by the way—I want to see it again!). Oh, and we did a little bit of work in the garden yesterday. The end! How did that take up five entire days? I don’t get it.

We did assemble our new compost bin, which took all of five minutes. Our old bin was a gigantic, black plastic circle, and while it was effective enough, it was hideous, and the sides were so high that turning the compost was almost impossible. The new bin is attractive, and it’s easy to pull off a row or two of slats to make turning easier.

When I took apart the old bin, I decided to put the first batch of compost (started just about a year ago) to use. There’s something very satisfying about discovering that a year’s worth of raked leaves has produced a nice, rich, black compost full of worms. There isn’t enough space in our backyard to compost all of the leaves that fall around our house, but we’ve been doing as much as we can. I’m also considering a worm bin for the basement—excuse me, I mean a worm chalet. I love the idea of a worm shucking off its boot after a day of skiing and kicking back in an easy chair in front of a roaring fire with a mug of hot apple cider.

I bet worms know how to make the most of a five-day weekend.

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  • Reply beth September 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

    1. your photo is super cute. i can see that wallpaper peeking in the back and it’s one of my fave designs.
    2. i have yard envy. your planters are great. your whole plan is fantastic! even your compost bin is cool. 🙂

  • Reply tamstyles September 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    love what you did there…does your mind ever rest!

  • Reply amy turn sharp September 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

    love it- and we vermacompost- easy and really cool! Just watch moisture levels indoors- or gnats! yuckers. xo

  • Reply Avant-Gardenist September 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

    time is maddening, but at least they’re working on it

  • Reply jenn ski September 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I so need a compost bin! I’m putting Al to work again!

    I haven’t seen machete yet but I plan to, everyone I know really liked it!

  • Reply Suzen Larsen King September 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    OMG you are entirely too funny!

  • Reply Sarah September 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Now that compost bin is snazzy! I’ve got some old skirting boards I was planning on nailing togther to make a compost bin but now I want a posh one like that… or perhaps I could cut slots in my skirting boards. Hmmm.

  • Reply Ryan September 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I can’t get all the leaves in my compost bin each fall either, but I can’t stand the idea of giving my leaves away. I bag them and slowly add them with my kitchen scraps and other fall cuttings. As long as you have room for a pile of bagged leaves you could also get some leaf mold mulch started.

  • Reply jby September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, your fantasy of the worm pulling off his ski boot snapped me back to my childhood Richard Scarry books—I was always fascinated with Lowly Worm’s one shoe.

  • Reply chrispito September 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    worms are the best.

  • Reply Eric September 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    First off, I would like to see Machete, so I’m glad I have an opinion to go on, so thanks!

    Secondly, I love your wooden compost bin so thanks for linking the site where you purchased it from. I think I’ll follow in your steps and get one myself 🙂

  • Reply Ann Hudson September 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    When I saw the title, I actually thought you were taking the weekend off… What was I thinking?

  • Reply Becky September 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Cute compost bin! I know what you mean about long weekends. I have no idea what happened to this one!

  • Reply Bethany Joy September 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    How stinky is an open compost bin? Thinking about starting one here in AZ after it cools down a bit and I tackle yardwork haha.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 8, 2010 at 1:21 am

    @jby: I LOVE LOWLY!! That’s exactly who I was envisioning while describing my worm-fantasy. 🙂 🙂

    @Bethany Joy: If it’s just leaves and other garden clippings, there’s no odor at all!

  • Reply Fat Cat September 8, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Worm bins are the best ! And my plants (both indoors & outdoors) agree 🙂

  • Reply Adam September 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

    That compost bin looks great! Is that more gravel that’s been put down that I see?

  • Reply Dawn September 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Totally unrelated, but in the first pic, even though it’s small, your makeup looks beautiful and your skin looks luminous. Clearly the change of seasons agrees with you.

  • Reply Grumble Girl September 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I know JUST what you mean. Your new composter is so great looking! Wow. Happy you have that now.

    Oh, and you’re so pretty…

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