Thursday, June 18, 2009

Snails

We found this little guy in our backyard this weekend. Sad to say that this is the first time I've encountered a snail in the "wild" (except the kind at the beach). He (she?) has a really cool shell with the black stripe spiraling around the way it does. I didn't want him near the vegetable garden or the flowers, so we put him in the wooded area next to our driveway. Hope he's safe there.

Down the Driveway

The bushes along my driveway have been so beautiful for the past week or so, but I wasn't able to get a photo of them until yesterday when the sun finally decided to show itself for a while. I think I'd like to plant more white flowering plants along the left side to balance it out and make the experience of walking (or even driving) through that much better. I don't know what type of bushes most of them are. There are honeysuckles which are obvious, but the other two types are a bit of a mystery to me. Does anyone know what these are? They aren't too exciting for most of the year, but in June they are beautiful!
I'm also a bit obsessed with the moss in my driveway. I know it's probably not good for the asphalt it's growing on, but it's just so pretty. It makes the driveway feel a bit more like a garden path than a regular driveway. Look at all the different varieties and shades of green. It would make for an interesting abstract painting, or maybe not so abstract.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Me on AT!

Well more our porch than me really. Our porch was featured on Apartment Therapy last Friday. Thank you for all the kind comments. I will post more pictures after I make a few more improvements. I will be making a cushion for the wire chair to make it a bit more comfortable and cleaning and/or painting the wooden table between the two chairs. I also have a very old folding card table that I will be sprucing up so that it can be brought out for dinners on the porch. I'll show some before, during and after pictures for that as soon as I get to it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Better Late than Never

Well, I know I promised a post over the weekend, but Wednesday's close enough, right? This weekend I decided that my porch desperately needed some sprucing up. My mom had seen a wicker loveseat on sale at Pier 1 that matches my to wicker chairs perfectly. Once we got it home, I noticed that it made the rest of my porch furniture look that much more shabby (and not in a good way). I decided to take inspiration from Anna at Door Sixteen and paint the fabric of my glider chair. I had made new covers for it a few years ago which faded - a lot - and I know that there was no way that I would have the time to recover it again in the near future. I took some old leftover paint and painted right over the pattern of the fabric. I was originally going to put a few coats on to make the color opaque, but when I put the first coat on and saw how it allowed the pattern to show through, I decided to keep it that way. My fiance and parents thought I was a bit crazy, but I like how it turned out.
I may decide to spray paint the rusted steel base to the chair to make it look more like the aluminum of the rest of the chair, but not right now. Here it is with the rest of the porch furniture. I'm going to make a pillow or two to tie things together a bit, and maybe get one of those outdoor rugs.On another note, while at Pier 1, I also found a light fixture for over the dining room table. I know I said I was going to do the DIY one from Apartment Therapy, but this one is more transparent and doesn't have as much visual weight in the room. Sorry for the blurry photo, I didn't have my tripod with me when I took it. My only concern is that it matches too well. I'm trying not to let this room get too matchy matchy and formal, which is starting to happen. Also, there's a lot of brown in the room (especially if I paint the radiator bronze). I think need to make some fun seat covers to brighten things up a bit.What do you think? Is it too much?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm still here!

I know I've been AWOL for quite a while now. I apologize. I've been pretty busy with work and evening review classes for my licensing exam and not focused enough to think of ideas of what to post. I promise I will try to post something this weekend! In the mean time Retro Renovation has a great post with a link to an article by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on window repair vs. replacement, here. I'm a big fan of old windows despite their problems and wish more people would take the time to fix their old windows rather than replace them. Old windows that are properly weatherstripped can be very energy efficient. Part of the reason we bought our house was because it still had it's beautiful old windows. I'm sure at some point I'll be cursing them while trying to strip off paint or repair a broken sash rope, but they add character to the house that no new window could come close to doing.

image credit: Tom Reichard
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