Archives for August 2013

Giant Jenga Game!

Giant Jenga Game!

As you know, we are preparing our backyard for a “post wedding” party for my son and future daughter-in-law.

One day we were at brunch and the lounge had a giant Jenga game on the patio and everyone was having a super time!

My hubby and I looked at that, looked at each other, and said “we can make that“!!!

So…….

……..we did!

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Stenciled Patio Rug

Stenciled Patio Rug

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With all the sprucing up in the backyard, it was time for another change!

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I’ve had this rug on my back patio for about 8 years.  I leave it out all year-long thru rain and intense heat, and it has held up surprisingly well.  It still looks pretty good….from afar!  If you try to pick it up to move it…..it cracks!

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Very crisp from the elements so it was time for a change.Continue reading

Pallet Swing!!!

Pallet Swing!!!

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When the patio addition to the pond was finished, we had some pallets leftover!

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Hubby was going to trash them and I said “oh no we’re not“….

“I want to build a pallet swing with them”!! IMG_5309

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Paved Patio Addition to Pond

Paved Patio Addition to Pond

As most of you know, hubby and I have been building a pond this summer!

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If you missed it, you can see it here!

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In addition to the pond, we wanted to extend our paved patio around the pond and connect another patio we built a few years ago that houses my hubby’s “hammock”!

IMG_3883That’s the space in the background!

By this time, we’ve become fairly familiar with how to lay paving stones (if you’d like to see more walkways and patio spaces, click here) but, I thought you might enjoy seeing the transformation!

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This is our space before………..

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……..and after!

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Backyard Pond

Backyard Pond

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We’ve been wanting to add a backyard pond for quite sometime and we had an empty space that was longing for new life!

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We positioned a garden hose in the shape and size we wanted…..and hubby began to dig!

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Sisal, Sisal Everywhere!

Sisal, Sisal Everywhere!

Have you noticed one of the latest trends is SISAL???!!!???

Well, I’ve fallen into its web of fascination, myself!

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After seeing Laura at Top This Top That give an ordinary bargain priced vase (or vessel) a new life…..I was a goner!

I didn’t even know where to buy sisal til Laura taught me!! Thank you, Laura!!

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I headed to my trusty Home Depot, picked up some and went to town!!Continue reading

For the Love of Silver Plate!

For the Love of Silver Plate!

I love silver plate………

platters, trays, cups, bowls……anything, really!

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We’re hosting a post-wedding party in our back yard in October for our son and future daughter-in-law.

My vision is crisp white cotton tablecloths with a splattering of black and white checked linens, lots of burlap, crystal, candelabras, mercury glass, mason jars, candles, fall flowers such as mums and sunflowers, along with some hay bales and, of course, pumpkins, and lots of silver plate pieces!

So, I’ve been stocking up!Continue reading