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More yard stuff

We leave for vacation soon and I wanted to get in this quick post to show off my Pip.  He designed and built this bench over our very ugly concrete retaining wall around our patio.  He has no previous woodworking experience.  I think he’s pretty great.  Eventually we will tile the whole patio to cover the “rustic” bare concrete look.  For now we’re so excited to see it all coming together the way we envisioned it.  Sorry about the dirty patio, but the sanding and staining aren’t done so I didn’t see the point in cleaning it twice.  I made the cushions for the bench and will probably put a tuft in the center with some buttons.  What do you think?  Yes to tufting or no?



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What I’ve Been Doing this Summer

I know I’ve been absent, and I’m not really sure anyone even reads this blog anymore but here’s a recap of the last 3 weeks or so.

The day after school got out I drove the kids to my parents’ house where they stayed for the week.  We have a pretty great drive to get to Gramma and Gramps’ house.  It is truly “over the river and through the woods”.  It was beautiful.

I stayed a couple of days and got to see my sister Donna’s book signing.  A children’s book that she illustrated was just published.  Her first!  Here’s the link to the site to buy “The Extraordinary Hat”.

While the kids were at their Grandparents’ being spoiled with activities such as “let’s pretend we’re camping in the front yard”,

I was at home Spring Cleaning (a little late) and tending to some unfinished projects:

That is the shirt Katja for a little miss Gloria.

I finally painted TM’s room.  I’ve had the paint since we moved in but no large block of time that was kid free to get it done.  He likes maps and cars, if that isn’t obvious. 🙂  I still need to replace the pink curtain with a more boyish one and when I do I’ll give you all a photo tour of the room since there’s lots of stuff that I made and haven’t shared here yet.

Since the kids have been home there has been swimming lessons (needs a whole post of it’s own) and Library and tending to the garden.  Today we made a little house for the fairies that choose to make our garden their home. 🙂

We are thoroughly enjoying our backyard and will be headed off for our annual road trip soon.  Stay tuned next month for that one!


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Ok, this may seem like the same picture 20 times, but I’m out of control.  I LOVE MY NEW YARD!

First before:


Woo Hoo! 🙂


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Projects finished

Wow!  Compared with recent history, this blog is a flurry of activity! 🙂

Wanted to show some finished projects.  Yay for finishing!

First: The path- Here is the old crumbling concrete path that Pip took out with his own mighty strength and a sledgehammer.

Here is the new finished path.:)  Pip got some help from my brother in law to make it level, because Tom is the leveling king.  Obviously I did not take the time to go out and sweep the fallen tree seeds and move the wheelbarrow and hose to get a better shot.  You’ll forgive me.  This weekend there will be tilling and leveling in preparation for sod next weekend.  There will be more before and after shots.  Stay tuned.

Next up: More baby booties.  These are for the teacher that I work with.  Well, not her.  She is going on maternity leave in a couple of weeks to have her first baby.  A boy if it wasn’t obvious.  I really like this pattern.  It’s from Quick Baby Knits except I took out the ruffled edge because they are for a boy.  I used Paton’s Grace yarn in some shade of blue that I’m too lazy to go find the exact name for.

 Have a good weekend everyone!



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