Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Weekly Wow's

Hard to believe our summer clock is ticking away with only 5 more weeks remaining till school starts. July will be packed with day trips, overnight trips, swimming, tubing down the river, mining for gold and just.....memories.
 I will cherish all except for the one that I encountered yesterday when I fell right on my behind while slipping on a rock trying to get my little one out of the shoals (think river or stream) in my flip flops. Not a smart thing to do. Smarter would have been wearing swim shoes with some traction. So I am doing the smart thing next week and getting a pair. 
 So...how was your week?

Sweet sweet read here if you have boys ready to date or will someday, like my little guys who are running away from the
girls these days
Sailboat art project here
Okay seriously, is this not the best idea since the mason jar was created!

Need to find a use for these tags somewhere. Too cute!
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I hope you enjoy your weekend and every minute of it! Stay off of rocks in flip flops!

Grateful for~
Ice packs

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Restyling my Outdoor Living Space

With the implementation of my 'Operation Summer Sanity' project aka pool for the kids, one thing was for certain... this mama needed to be comfortable while I was outside watching those fish in the water.
 And unfortunately..... this current setup wasn't going to suffice.
It didn't take much to realize my vision.
See, I am a simple gal with simple needs ( contrary to what my husband might say) and I would like to think my requests are rather easy and purposeful....like this repurposed fire bowl turned flower container. You can read more about that here.
 A table to place my beverages on. Have you ever put an orange slice in your water... it's so refreshing.
Ample seating for friends and the kids when they are done swimming all day, okay I exaggerated more like 7 hours. 
Maybe a couch in case one of them or even mama wants to lay down and take a nap!
 Perhaps a table for a basket large enough to hold some magazines, sunscreen and snacks.
That's it.
See, I told you I was easy. Now if I could just convince my husband  of that.
Here's how I pulled my restyled outdoor space together. The couch was a repurpose project from here. The chairs were moved from the other side of the backyard where they were here and the pretty flowers were from my yard here

About the only thing that I had to spend time doing, was cutting the oranges for the water and that's because I made you a glass too!

So when's the last time you restyled your outdoor space and...... put orange slices in your water?
Grateful for~
a backyard for the kids to make memories in


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Stepping" Up the Patio

Creating additional lighting on the patio can be easier then you think if you are willing to" step it up" with a ladder and a few lanterns.
Although not intended to light the entire space, it's perfect if you are trying to create "mood" lighting while dining or entertaining.


I purchased most of the lanterns at Home Goods at exceptional prices. The other lanterns were one's that were already on hand.
Supplies needed
Flat wooden ladder
Jute rope
chain
anchors
eye bolt
lanterns
Step 1:
Layout the desired position of your lanterns first on your ladder.  The length of your ladder will determine the number of lanterns that you need.
Step 2:
Where on the ceiling do you want the ladder to hang? Once you figure that out, secure your eye hooks into your ceiling equal distance apart. I also used anchors because of the weight of the ladder and lanterns. Not a good thing if you are having dinner and a ladder comes down on your dessert!
Step 3:
Because I used jute rope to hang the ladder from the ceiling, I also wrapped the jute around the metal chain on the ceiling so that the look was consistent.

Step 4:
Level the ladder by adjusting the rope on each side. Once you determine that the ladder is level and secure, you can trim the ends of the rope off.
 Step 5:
Tie your lanterns on with the jute. I used varying lengths of rope with each lantern. I also used battery operated candles in each lantern.

The lanterns really create a focal point in an already fabulous space.
And although I wish I could take credit for this beautiful patio, I can only take credit for this project. The patio belongs to my twin sister.
Grateful for~
A sister who lets me exercise my creative juices while at her house

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Repurposing the Fire Pit

Well after 3 years of collecting mosquito larva on the back patio,  I thought it was about time to make some use out of a metal fire bowl that I had bought before we installed our stone fire pit.
Before
After
 After hosing it off I gave it a quick coat of spray paint ( Eden) on the outside of the bowl and sprayed only a couple of inches inside the bowl since it would be covered with dirt and mulch.
The bowl already had a hole on the bottom that would be suitable for drainage. After filling the bowl with some potting soil, I planted some petunias and lantana, perfect for my sunny deck. 
I topped it off with some mini pine bark mulch, sprinkled some water and my new flower bowl is ready for summer.
 And ironically sits right next to the real fire pit.

Some things are just meant to be as the real pit keeps us a tad bit warmer on chilly nights. For more of my outdoor projects go here.
So tell me, what have you repurposed lately?

PS- I didn't get the cart made that I showed you here  but there's always next weekend! 
Grateful for~
Thinking outside of the "bowl" and creating something pretty

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekly Wow's

Happy Summer!
I know in our house it seems like it has been summer the minute the kids got out of school, but today officially marks the first day of summer other wise known as Summer Solstice, the longest period of daylight of the year. Although we don't particularly have anything special planned other then staying outside longer to play, I did find some ways to celebrate this day here if you are interested.  
Before I share some amazing inspiration with you , I wanted to introduce you to the newest additions to the family. 
We just adopted the 6 week old kitty's and picked them up a few nights ago. Once they have names and get settled in, I will share more about them.

This weekend my hubby is going to be making me a cart like this for my patio area.
I seriously want Pink Sunflowers in my garden!! I have never seen these myself , have you?

I can't wait to start color coordinating some of my white candles using this process here from Martha Stewart.
And finally


Whatever your weekend plans, make it fabulous! 
Grateful for~
The excitement that my children have over our newest furry friends!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Knock Knock...Who's There?

Ahhhh  yes......
I like to think that my front doors give you that "You had me at ..... the knock" kinda feel.

You  know the one that makes them want to stay on the front porch just staring at the doors all goo-goo eyed, instead of coming inside and seeing the toys all over, dishes in the sink, laundry piled up and finger prints all over the windows. Yeah....that feeling.
You see us southern gals love to monogram everything. Our shirts, weekend totes, pillows, blankets,wreaths, mason jars and yes our front doors. That's just who we are and what we do. Ask any Southern gent, he'll tell ya.
So my little ole advice to you if you want your guests to have that "You had me at the knock" kinda feel too, try hanging wooden monogram letters instead of the typical wreath. It gets em every time!
And if it doesn't.....have them come inside to help you clean the mess!
So what's hanging on your front door?

Grateful for~
Visitors


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Monday, June 17, 2013

All The Reasons I Love Summer

watermelon
camping
fireworks
having a blast in the pool
sleeping in
staying up late
tan little bodies and white little bums
sandcastles
lemonade
beach
family vacation
learning to swim
playing sweet home alabama on the front porch
running through the sprinklers
barbecues in the backyard
napping in card board tents
going barefoot
popiscles
more popiscles
riding your bike in your pj's
dishes piled up in the sink..... and who cares!
sunsets
reading
riding a wave with your brother
oh how I love summers!
hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!
Grateful for~
Summers and all that comes with it!

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