09 May 2011

if you want it done right...

sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do!

and this time, it was brick laying.

for about a year i have had two brick columns, dry stacked, in my garden.

since i have been making some money (burlap junktion), i thought i would hire someone to do this small project for me.  i explained my project to him and he said no problem.

but this (pillar on the right) is what he left me with...

seriously?  you are proud of that?!
when i said it was "a little more rustic than i had envisioned" he assured me that
it was because i was using reclaimed bricks.

uh, how about it is because you used concrete instead of mortar? 
what a mess i had on my hands.
i fired him and told him i could not pay him for the work he had done.
then i started chipping off all the concrete and tackled the job myself.

the pillar on the left is the one that i did. with the same 'reclaimed' bricks.
mind you, i have never in my life done any brick work.
but with the right materials, and some determination
i am thrilled with the end result.

so here is to all you girls out there who think you can't
just use some common sense, prayers and determination.
this job was back breaking, but nothing that a hot shower didn't cure.

what projects have you tackled ...that you thought you couldn't?


Heather said...

Looks fantastic! Well done!

9405018--Pat said...

Girl you rock again great job!!!

A Cottage Muse said...

I am woman hear me roar!!
Great job!

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Carrie said...

They look even better in person! Great work:)

Marci said...

Good work! Looks wonderful!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I once tried to help my husband stucco an entire house by ourselves... no we could not do it. When the stucco guy came I bowed down to him and said , I thought rodeo guys were the toughest guys on earth, but I was wrong... it is stucco guys. He looked at the house and said he did not have the man-power to do it either. He only had 8 guys working for him... the house is now bricked. You did a great job with your brick. I love to do a job myself and have tackled alot. Most of the time I find I can do it.

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