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 readhere if you have boys ready to date or will someday, like my little guys who are running away from the
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 backyardwhere they werehere 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?
a backyard for the kids to make memories in
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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.
Flat wooden ladder
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.
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!
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.
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.
A sister who lets me exercise my creative juices while at her house
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 likethis for my patio area.
I seriously want Pink Sunflowers in my garden!! I have never seen these myself , have you?
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?
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Hi, I am Laura and I am so happy that you stopped by Top This Top That! My blog is an expression of me and who I am, shown through my decor tips, crafts and DIY projects that hopefully will inspire you to create something beautiful today!