If you are in need of new flooring but don't have much money to spend (or even if you do) then this fits the bill! I created this floor out of brown paper, Elmers glue, stain and
polyurethane. It was easy to do (albeit time consuming) and is very durable. This room is 10 X 12 and cost about $80, but future rooms will cost about $30 since I have plenty of leftover supplies. Click through to read the tutorial....http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2013/03/paper-bag-floors-a-tutorial/
Keeping junk out of the landfill. So I have finally run out of clay pots and have moved on to the next best thing. Coffee cans, soup cans, paint cans, teapots, chandelier parts and even anchovy cans for the feet. Meet my newest garden helper.
My new tomato trellis is working out quite nicely. Very easy to see and maintain the plants and decorative too! That gingerbread molding on the top is 158 years old and my husband fashioned the galvanized tops by hand.
Who doesn't love an Adirondack chair? This set of Caribbean blue chairs is the second set that we've built. We got simple plans from the internet (free!) and made them using plain pine
lumber. Easy, easy, easy! The first set we built I painted in a bright royal blue - kind of like the Pacific ocean! But I knew I needed time in the Caribbean this time around. Our patio is very comfortable and a wonderful place to spend the evening with friends. We light our torches and firepit and sometimes pretend we're contestants on Survivor!
Up from the tumbled paver patio we installed is our deck. This is our dining area during the summer months. The deck is surrounded by Aspens and Lilacs and is very private and quiet. Unfortunately, the deck is failing and will be need to be removed in the next few years. We're planning on extending the paver patio and incorporate a bubbling fountain and even thinking about putting in a sandbox/small play fort for our grandkids in the corner of the patio. What do you think?
This is one of my favorite pics that sums up the beauty I experience every day. My tea pot fountain dances in the background of this beautiful yellow swallowtail as it flits from flower to flower. Just love the long days of summer!
Found these children's boots at the thrift store for 3 bucks, drilled holes in them, filled the bottoms with peanut packing and dirt and found some impatiens that match. Now they sit in front of the hog house lookin cute!
Our hall half-bath was seriously the most vanilla room on the planet until we decided to wallpaper. I found some beadboard wallpaper by Allen + Roth at Lowe's, then browsed books from a
local decorator to find the perfect complement for above the chair rail. Now, the toilet paper holder isn't the only focal point of the space...which is a good thing. Quite honestly, though, although we LOVE the pattern of the paper, it was a pain to hang becasue it came unpasted. If I had to do it all over again, well...I'd probably choose the same thing because we do like it that much, but dealing with wallpaper paste was a bit of a hassle. The prepasted beadboard paper, however, was a breeze by comparison.