Monday, June 26, 2017

A little bit of gardening done


I have been MIA for a few weeks now.  We closed the shop for 3 weeks and I have been trying to get some projects done around the house.  One of the projects that is completed is the garden on the South side of the front porch.  As usual I forgot to take a before picture.  The picture below is from when we first bought the house.  The quality isn't that good but you can see that there is pretty much nothing there but some ornamental grass and a lot of rocks.




The first thing I did was move all the small rocks out and put them in the front yard by the street since that area was looking pretty barren.  Let me tell that was not an easy job.  I was filling up 5 gallon buckets and had to use a dolly to transport them to the street.  I was using 5 of them and probably loaded them more than fifty times.  I also dug out the ornamental grass. It gets way too tall and is such a mess in the Fall.

Now this area has flowers and mulch.  It looks so much better now.  The next area to do is on the other side of fence.  It is pretty much the same but does have a few daisies planted that I can work with and two more mounds of ornamental grass that I need to dig out.  Here is how it turned out.



Here are a few close ups.






I know it doesn't look like much right now but in a few years this will be all filled in.  As I was taking pictures I notice mama and baby next door.  I tried to get as many pictures possible before they moved on.




How cute is this fawn.







Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The beginnings of a country porch

Since I have my wicker rockers on the front porch I thought I would decorate it more country for this summer.  I have a few things done but need to do more.  It is a little windy today so I didn't want to put any pillows out.  I also need to make a few flower arrangements.  For now I have the bones done.


I need to repaint the small milk can and add a few more touches around the crates.  I need to find things that won't blow away or I can tie to the crates.



I will be adding some pillows/throws and a nice tall flower arrangement to hide the outlet on the wall.  Also I will adding more decor to the table.


I seem to have a hard time getting good pictures of this area.  There are three brick columns that block the view and most of the time I have to stand in the flower bed to try and get some pictures.


I am not sure when I will get the rest of this done.  We are on vacation for a couple of weeks and I am trying to get many small projects done inside the house as well as the outside.  Wish me luck.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The babies are here

Look what I saw tonight by my garage after taking the dogs for a walk.  When I was coming up the driveway I looked over and there it was.


Isn't that the cutest thing you ever saw.  I have never gotten this close to any of the fawns before.  I didn't see mama around.  I was able to get a few more pictures before it took off.




I was able to get a picture of it walking along the side of our yard before it took off down the hill.


I am not sure how old it is but the back legs were pretty wobbly when it was walking away.  This is when I love the deer in our neighborhood.  Not so much when they eat my flowers.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New wall art for the front porch

I love to hang wall art on the outside of my home.  But it can be tricky with  a brick exterior.  That's when the hubby comes in handy with his trusty hammer drill to make the holes for me.  I found this wood and metal piece at Hobby Lobby.


It looks good all by itself but I also found a wood and metal star hanging that I liked but it looked too small for the porch so I decided to combine the two.


I like this look much better. Here is another look at the first hanging.


Now the after one more time.


Now I need to get the rest of the porch decorated.  First I need to get everything cleaned up.  We closed the shop for vacation for a few weeks so I can get some of my projects done around the house.  I have a long list so I better get started.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Stage 2 of new patio furniture

I was able to get more done on the side porch this past weekend since my rug arrived on Thursday.  I added a few more touches and got some flowers potted.


I have a difficult time getting a good pictures with the columns in the way.  That is the only thing I don't like about my wrap around porch. Here are some pictures that I took from different angles.





I am still having difficulties with how to decorate the corner shelf.  I added a couple of items but not sure what I want on here.  The metal wall art is new also.  I plan on layering other art on top of it for the seasons.  I have a large red metal star that I will be using for Summer.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tuscan meets French Country

I love Tuscan and French Country and try to incorporate in every room of my home.  Some rooms are French Country and other Tuscan.  In the dining room I have combined the two.



Here is a full view of my dining room from the formal living room.


Over in the left side is my corner shelf.


I have my wine barrel next to the buffet. I got this chalkboard sign at HomeGoods and I still need to get something written on it.  I was thinking maybe "Seat Yourself".


These next pictures were tricky.  It is impossible to get pictures of the bottom of the buffet as this room is small.  So I got underneath the table to take these.




All I have left to do in this room is get new curtains.  I am changing out the fabric on the cornice board and adding some panels.


Here is the what I have come up with.  I have chosen a panel in a solid color that I will recover the cornice board with and I have two options for the panels.  Please excuse the wrinkles these are fresh out of the packaging.


Both panels coordinate with the solid color but I am leaning towards the one on the left.


I like that the colors go with my rug.  The other one is more neutral so I might use them to make some pillows or maybe a table runner. I might even swap them out during different times of the year.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Another snow day

I woke up this morning to snow.  Yesterday the forecast was for snow starting Thursday night not Wednesday night.  Now I am afraid we will be getting more than a foot of snow.  Right now the snow is falling in big heavy wet flakes.  I hope that I don't lose any trees this time.  I have been shaking the snow off but I have to get to work soon. 



The rule of thumb here in Colorado is to wait to plant after Mother's Day.  This is what happens sometimes after Mother's Day.  I bought a bunch of annuals but I haven't planted them yet.  It is suppose to snow through Friday with the weekend being warmer.  The next two days are going to be in the 40's.  I didn't think I would be wearing sweaters and snow boots this time of the year.