Monday, August 24, 2015

Ready For A Backyard Barbecue

Summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors.  When we moved into our home, I was looking forward to having dinners on the patio with our kids and having friends over for backyard barbecues.  I see spaces like these and long for gatherings outside.  Just having friends over and doing what my hubby loves to do, throw down on the grill!  My hopes are to one day install a pergola to create a little oasis in the backyard.  They just seem to add an elegance to the patio and create a covering to protect you and guests from the summer heat.

Who wouldn't want a space like this?  I love the lanterns and table.



This space screams backyard party.  I like the two seating areas and the wooden deck is beautiful.


We've already got a patio set but I would like to add a dining table.  It would be nice to have it for a separate seating area.  Here's our patio from last year.  The rug didn't hold up well and I never replaced it so it's looking a little bare out there now.  I love the colors and think the outdoor patio is a great place to add bright and bold colors.  Adding the color in throw pillows and rugs allows you to change things up season after season.

 
I have quite a ways to go but I can dream right?  Here are some of the things I would love to see in our patio.

You can't have a barbecue without food.  I found some recipes that look delicious!  

For me, it's all about the burgers!  This American-Style Double Cheeseburger has my mouth watering.


How about a loaded baked potato?  Yummy.

 

Since Labor Day is creeping up, I may be able to put something nice together before the summer passes us by.

 
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Back To School: Locker Accessories

Well, we are back in school mode this week.  My daughter went back on Monday.  She had been looking forward to this day all summer.  She's more of a social butterfly and likes to be around her friends.  During our school supply shopping, I noticed all the cute locker items.  We won't be needing those for a while since she's only in second grade.  

I thought it would be fun to put together things I would have in my locker.  There are so many more things to choose from than when I was in school.  I would want the inside of my locker to be bright and colorful and be a moment of peace, and checking my hair, before heading to the next class.



What would be in your locker?

 
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

DIY Wooden Arrow

My son's nursery is slowly changing.  I guess I shouldn't even call it a nursery anymore since he's two.  I don't really see him as a baby now since he's doing so many things on his own and talking non-stop.  We've removed the front rail from his crib and he gets in and out of bed like a big boyIt kind of makes me sad to know he's the last baby we'll have.

I want to start making changes to his room.  I still love the gray and orange palette.  I've been drawn to the rustic, industrial look and I think his room is the perfect space to add those elements.  The first project to begin this look is a wooden arrow.


I started with a leftover poplar board from the board and batten project and a couple of large paint sticks.


Using my miter box, I cut a triangle from the poplar board.  This will be the arrow point.  I cut two pieces from one of the paint sticks for the rear of the arrow.  I used another paint stick for the body.  I didn't measure anything, I just eyeballed it.  I tried several times before it looked right to me.  I glued everything together with wood glue and let it dry overnight.


I applied a coat of dark stain, I believe it was dark walnut, to give that contrast I was going for.  Using command strips, I hung it on the wall in the nursery.


It fits nicely right above the shelf and dresser.  You may remember we used the dresser as a changing table while he was a baby.  The changing pad sat right on top.  We just removed the pad and now we have a dresser he can use for years to come.




I like how this little arrow turned out.  I've got more leftover wood so another arrow is bound to pop up somewhere else in the house.

 
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