Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Decorating

With the cooler temperatures upon us in Kansas I have started my fall decorating.



Europe 2013

I can't believe it's been an ENTIRE year since I last posted. Where has this past year gone?!

Let me share a few photos from a recent vacation to Europe. It was such a blessing to be able to travel with my husband and two sons to Ireland and England this summer.










 More to come!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

2012 Backyard Project

The plans for our backyard project had been materializing in hubby my minds for nearly two years. It's so great to finally see and feel the results of our thorough planning.

First, the before photo.



As much as we love the outdoors... We hardly ever stepped foot in our own backyard. When we wanted to sit outside, we sat on the front porch because the backyard never seemed inviting.

Don't get me wrong we have always loved our nice size backyard. But what we didn't like is that we had set of stairs which led straight down into the grass. Something we knew when we purchased the house we would want to change someday. There was not a patio or anywhere for outdoor furniture to sit just grass and more grass.

So we drew up plans that changed several times until we ended up with this... And even after our final drawing and 2 years of dreaming this up, we still changed some things!



Then we..
Got bids and lots of them.
Applied for a city building permit.
Hired a deck company to build our deck. Picked materials and how we wanted it constructed (screwed not nailed).
Hired a light specialist/ electrician to install our deck lighting. Decided on lighting fixtures and where we wanted them.
Hired a patio installer to install a stamped patio (picked a design and color).
Had our sprinkler company move our in ground sprinklers.
Hired a stone company to build us a seating wall and fire pit with drain.
Hubby installed lighting in the seating wall as it was installed.
Grass ended up a mess so we started building some landscaping beds to avoid looking at our dead grass until this fall when we had planned to work on the landscaping.
Decided to go ahead and plant one tree and install landscaping lights.
Hubby and I stained deck.
Oh and somewhere along the way we bought deck and patio furniture and shades for the deck.

After photos...












We have been enjoying the deck and patio and feel like we added a lot of living space to our home. We love every part of it! Looking forward to landscaping around it all this fall when the temperatures drop.

We are already dreaming up our next few projects... Master bathroom remodeling and in a few years a screened in porch off our formal dining room (which we planned this project around).

I hope everyone is having a productive summer like ours!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Yoga is Amazing!

I have been wanting to learn how to do yoga for years but I just didn't know where to begin. I bought a groupon for a month of unlimited yoga and finally started  at the end of last year (because I didn't want to not complete that resolution!). I figured I would just learn what I needed to and start doing it at home.. but I am really enjoying the classes.

YOGA is amazing!

I am not a flexible person by any means, so I thought it would be a perfect new challenge for me, and it has proven to be.

I wasn't sure where I would fit it into my schedule. so I found a time I'm usually not even awake...5:30am! I started doing it a few times a week and I can't get over how great it makes me feel.

Yoga makes me feel...
Balanced
Energized
Aligned
Peaceful
Strong
In Control
Independent
Calm

I look forward to every opportunity I get to practice yoga on my pretty mat. Somehow the moments I'm on that mat make every other moment of my life more enjoyable.

If you haven't tried yoga you should... it is truly AMAZING!

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Year's Nails

I know it's early... but I had my nails done for the new year's celebration. They are shellac so hopefully they will hold through January 1st. If not I'll go get them redone.. because they turned out very festive!!
















I found the confetti idea on www.pinterest.com where I spend a lot of my time these days! ;)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Repurposed Furntiture, Antiques and more!

I went to a sale at Good Ju Ju in Kansas City today and was truly inspired! They had tons of amazing re-purposed furniture, antiques and so much more!













I like the bright fun colors of some of the furniture pieces. Some people are much braver than I!




I also like the decoupage done on some of the furniture. Wallpaper, musical notes...






























Some of the items put me in the Christmas spirit!



I like some their display ideas too... Check out this ladder hanging with things hanging off of it.
 












Or this twig tree with coffee/tea cups for sale..

It was fun to not only shop but be inspired by all of the creativity around!
There was a vender there that makes art from old auto tags.
This idea I love... Chalkboard platter!

There was a lot of old vintage stuff to purchase too.


Here are a few things that caught my eye.
I almost bought this table.. even called my hubbie about it. I decided however that chairs wouldn't be able to be pushed in so I passed. It was beautiful though!














Needless to say, I was in heaven at this sale. However, believe it or not I spent so much of my time looking at everything I hardly purchased anything! I ended up with a jar of buttons, some gift tags for inspiration and a Christmas tree ornament made out of an old water facet handle and buttons.

Monday, November 28, 2011

One of my favorite poems- When I say, "I am a Christian" by Carol Wimmer

When I say, "I am a Christian,"  I'm not shouting, "I've been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost!  That's why I chose this way"

When I say, "I am a Christian,"  I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble-needing God to be my guide

When I say, "I am a Christian,"  I'm not trying to be strong
I'm professing that I'm weak and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, "I am a Christian,"  I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I'm worth it

When I say, "I am a Christian,"  I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, "I am a Christian,"  I do not wish to judge
I have no authority--I only know I'm loved


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Want to visit: Cotton Plantation

I was  blog hopping and happened upon Christine's Home and Travel Adventures blog. She wrote about a recent visit to Frogmore Plantation & Gins in Frogmore, LA. I am adding it to my bucket list. I've never been to a cotton plantation and this one seems like it has quite the history. Visit the plantation's website for tour information, Frogmore Plantation.