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Keep Calm and Pin On

If you haven’t already discovered it, let me introduce you to Pinterest.

At any point in your life, did you have a bulletin board? Did you ever pin pictures or clippings that inspired you? Or did you pin things that made you smile, laugh? Did you pin pictures of beautiful places you wanted to travel to?

Even sans bulletin board, do you clip ideas out of magazines or catalogs? Maybe decorating ideas, workout routines, or DIY projects?

Pinterest lets you do all of this virtually. You create boards, typically around a theme, and then you pin images from around the internet onto your boards. While it seems a little silly at first, you can quickly see how useful it can be.

For instance, one of my boards is “My Dream Home.” When I see house ideas on blogs, other websites, or in catalogs (with images I can find online), I can pin them to my board. When the time comes to build our new place, I’ll be super ready! I’ll know what I want and have the pictures to show for it  🙂

If only I had this when I was planning my wedding. There are some incredible wedding ideas on there!

The other selling point for me…I’m a notorious catalog and magazine clipper. I dog-ear pages, cut out the pictures and ideas I want to save…and have no good place to put them. Now, I have a place – a virtual, space-saving, eco-friendly place  🙂

Here are some of my fun finds:

So many variations on the s’more – S’mores Cookie Bars

Lots of ideas for the house, like kitchens

utensil rack traditional kitchen

And a frightening number of dream laundry rooms.

inspiration contemporary laundry room

Way more important – lots of ideas for our outdoors spaces.

Pinterest inspires me to want to be crafty – like making a dry erase board out of an old window.

And then, at other times, it just makes me laugh…

A few books totally died as I wrote this post.

Squirrel Photo Bomb


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Join me on Pinterest. You won’t be sorry.

Let There Be Candlelight

I’ve said it time and again: I love my backyard! I’m sure I’ll love the backyard of our future home just as much – hopefully even more. But this backyard is pretty cool, in large part thanks to Jason.

As promised, here is the chandelier he built to hang from our pergola over our dining table on the deck.

Jason and I got our hands on a bunch of mason jars last summer, and we decided to use them as candle holders around the deck. Shortly thereafter, in one of the many catalogs we get, I saw a picture of a backyard that included a chandelier. I wanted one! Around the same time, in another catalog, I spotted a photo of hanging mason jars with candles in them as a backyard lighting. (I’m surprised Jason hasn’t started burning every catalog that comes into this house.) An idea was born!

Jason designed and built this creation from scratch!

What I didn’t take a picture of is the base of each jar – it’s open on the bottom. While not a lot of light shines down, there’s just a little hint of it when the candles are lit.

We haven’t “used it” used it yet, but we will have to change that soon  🙂

In other backyard news, Jason got started on a new project, one from our initial, but now revised, project list for this house. Time to start getting things where we want and need them to be when the time comes to sell…

We are expanding the fenced portion of our backyard and adding a new gate. We probably didn’t think through the fence as much as we should have when we put it in. For some reason, we ended it along the back staircase of the deck instead of at the back corner. I don’t know.

Backyard 2011

When we planned on adding a garage and new driveway on the south side of the house, we figured we’d expand the fence the meet the new structure. Since those plans were scrapped, things have sat as they are. That’s about to change.

The new posts are ready for fence.

As part of the expansion, the gate you see will be flipped to the backside of the fence. It will then lead directly to the backyard instead of the side yard.

Once this phase of the project is complete, we will be adding a gate to the portion of fence that runs along the top of the driveway (between the house and the shed in the picture above). This will be a little trickier and will take some strategic planning, but I think it will make our yard feel better. I never realized how much not having a garage would impact day-to-day life. Needless to say, I would love for our future home to have garages up the wazoo  😀  Or at least just one.

I will have more pictures to come!

 

Getting in the Summer Spirit

Jason and I partook in that grand tradition of over-spending in celebration of the season. Yes, we bought our plants for the summer  🙂  Actually, this year was not so bad. Thanks to Menards’ rebate program, Jason’s new deck heater made this a pretty inexpensive planting season.

Saturday evening, despite being thoroughly exhausted from working our family rummage sale all day, we headed out to buy our flowers for the summer. I also picked up herbs and tomatoes that I’m hoping are more successful this year than they have been the past few seasons.

First up Sunday was putting the finishing touches on our deck set-up for the summer. There are still a couple things left to do, including hanging Jason’s “chandelier” (…which I don’t believe I ever highlighted on here – I must fix that soon  🙂 ).

Deck, Pre-Set Up (about a month ago).
Spring/Summer 2011

Ready to enjoy!
Deck, Spring/Summer 2011

Deck, Spring/Summer 2011

After getting more deck stuff out, I spent my time playing in the dirt. In this mix this year…

Tomatoes and belle peppers
Tomatoes & Peppers

Lettuce and herbs: parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, chives, and basil
Herb Garden

Gotta have a few flowers to pretty things up.
Impatiens

The rest of our yard is also coming to life.

These peony trees are cuttings from those used for our wedding flowers.
Peonies!

We thought for sure that this lilac bush would die after the second or third move. But it’s still hanging in there.
Indestructable Lilacs

We also bought a new fire pit. Hopefully, we’ll actually put it to use 😕
Backyard 2011

Let Summer Begin!

I can’t wait for the weather to stabilize so we can enjoy our backyard. We’re still going back and forth between 80 degrees and 50 degrees. Ah, Wisconsin  😐

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb are anxiously waiting, too.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle...

 

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