7/31/2014

Project Yard Makeover

This past month we have both been so busy working in our yard.  After we got the pool area done and backyard all redone we started on the front yard.   The past three years I was unable to really work in the yard and flower beds and it got so disgusting.
 
This is our front yard right out off our front porch.
 
 
This is the weeded and barked revision.  The landscaping company we bought our backyard materials from offered us wholesale prices for the rest of the summer.  How could we not take them up on that? (next project is painting the milk cans--john's grandparents-- and the hand molds to the left.)



This is the side of our front yard and is a huge space ......I am sure the neighbors were so tired of looking at our sad weed filled 'garden'. One of them actually was caught spraying weed killer in our garden earlier this spring.


Cleaned up, it is so pretty and we have had so many neighbors come over and compliment us and ask us to redo their yards. Ha! (The only one who has not said a word is the one with the weed killer. He has always been very vocal about our weeds blowing over to his yard across the street.)


                     This is looking directly towards the back yard on the side yard.  A jungle!



               Now we can see back to the fence and the trees and flowers have room to show off.

               
                    This is the flower bed along the front of the house under the dining room window.

 
                        Now it invites you into the yard as opposed to staying on the porch.


           This flower bed was in the back yard and the only space left to do over.  Most of our junk resided here.

 
We enlarged the space, weeded it, added some flowers, then added the fabric and bark to polish it off.
 
 
We worked out in the yard every single day between 6 am -12 or 2 pm, depending on the weather.
It has been very hot here----80's-100 for most of the month.  We pushed to get it finished by the end of this month so that we could actually enjoy our yard and pool for the rest of the summer season.
 
It feels so good to have it all completed.  It was an enormous amount of work but we reaped an enormous amount of beauty. Two of our daughters were here last week to help us lay all the fabric and bark to get it completed.  They helped so much and kept us laughing the whole time.
 
I hope whatever yard projects you have going on, are keeping you working together and making you smile as much as we are.

7/12/2014

Where Bloggers Create

It is time for the annual "Where Blogger's Create" Blog Party, sponsored by the lovely Karen Valentine @ My Desert Cottage.    This is my 3rd year participating and I love visiting the different studios out in blog land.

Pull up a chair and a cup of cold lemonade or iced tea and welcome to my creative space.



My studio is a first floor bedroom.  I look out into the front yard and can see part of our neighborhood when I am working at my large work table.  My sweet hubby built it for a birthday present a few years ago.  It even has a  safety glass work surface.



I have rolling drawers hidden under the table for added storage.  I have a ton of supplies junk.


I love fun cabinets and drawers.  I found this at a garage sale for cheap but it was painted a lime green.
I painted it pink with Annie Sloan chalk paint...red with an added white to get the pink I liked. I just painted the cabinet fronts and the rest is painted black.


                           
                                         On top of this cabinet I have more storage for vintage what nots.


My little 90 yr old neighbor and good friend gave me this green wicker shelf so I have it filled with some special momentos.  She also made me this little gray and blue elephant in a ceramic class.



More cabinets.  I decoupaged the top library cabinet. The bottom one held tools and still has the original tags.  I had planned on painting this black but maybe later this summer/fall.



                                This shelf unit holds books/sketchbooks and jars of stuff.


This is my favorite piece of furniture in the entire house.  It was my grandmothers.  I want to paint this black.

                         
                                         It holds part of my button collection and many things I hold dear.


This is my bride doll--I actually have two---both Christmas gifts when I was about 7. I also have had the two cupie dolls since youth.


I love mannequins and heads. 


More storage and my favorite rocking chair.  I spend a lot of time in it working on hand projects or my laptop.


                                                The closet affords me more storage above the door


and more storage on many shelves.  I am glad I can hide it all!


This sewing machine is my other grandmother's and still works!  My mom made all of my clothes and hers on this.


This Tv is new.  I used to have a little 12" tv up on one wall by the closet.  Hubby kept removing my shows I wanted recorded to record MORE sports. When he did that with two shows that were not available to see past shows, I got upset.  The second time he went out and bought me this new TV and now I can record my own shows and it doesn't interfere with his sports and old movies!  I usually watch cooking shows and listen to music channels on it.



                        My chandelier is from the house I grew up in. It was over our dining room table.


                                          I love funky containers for all of my junk stash.


                                                                  I love hands and hearts


                                        I also like my tools and art supplies out where I can see them.




                               This is a vintage petticoat and I thought it added flair to my chair. Callie loves it too!
In case you haven't noticed Pink is my favorite color and I like COLOR.  It invigorates me and makes me smile.

I also do stained glass and can't do it up here in this studio because of the toxic lead.  I don't want to drag it around our main living area.

So I set up a work table and space in our basement in the furnace room. It is perfect.  It has a cement floor.



I hope where ever you create it brings you joy.

Please follow this link to visit other creative spaces .  Thank You Karen.

Where Bloggers Create