Welcome back, did you have a good weekend? Our big project got rained out….again. We did get to squeeze in some smaller projects and I managed to surpass lobster red when I mistook bug spray for sunscreen. Please don’t touch me, I’m sizzling. More aloe please.
While we are on the subject of plants that heal. I challenge you to do some planting of your own. Yup, permission to be a tree hugger…not that you asked for it.
Did you know that 3 trees planted strategically around your home could cut energy use by 50%. Not only are they helping you out, one acre of trees can absorb the same amount of CO2 produced by a car driven over 25,000 miles. Not to mention they are pretty.
If every family planted a tree today, one billion pounds of CO2 would be reduced ever single year. There are so many gorgeous trees to choose from, Tim and I are thinking we need a fruit tree or maybe a Bradford Pear. I have always been a fan of the Dogwoods, you know it being the state tree of Missouri and all.
Have you ever planted a tree?
Have a favorite tree?
Do like breathing oxygen?
I have been oogling the Kate Spade Keds for quite some time now.
There is one problem….I am cheap. If I pay a pretty penny for shoes that cute then they are going on a shelf, not on my feet. So I did what any cheap girl lusting after shoes does, I got another credit card.
Just kidding, I made my own. In my favorite colors.
I stayed on the lookout for a cute (and cheap) pair of white shoes. Finally found a pair at Old Navy that were calling my name, in show tunes form. How can I resist that?
Then I came home and got out Pantone’s color of the year paint, you may remember some handsome pots that got a makeover with the same paint. The hardest part was finding something to make the polka dots with. I ended up using a set of foam ear plugs that Tim keeps around so he can ignore my snoring. What as if I actually snore, c’mon.
After about twenty minutes of dotting, I busted out the gold paint pen and glitzed up the toes. Say ello to my new favorite shoes.
I think they are fun and funky and perfect for all our summer shenanigans.
Even Asti approves.
Have you ever made your own shoes? When I was in eigth grade I took sharpies to a white backless pair, they were my favorite shoes for at least two months.
Have you entered to win? Get on that.
You know that lately I have been backyard dreaming. Longing for days of margarita sipping and sun soaking. So obviously when Sherry, Katie, Renee, and Emily announced the Spring Pinterest Challenge my attention went straight out the window.
My original plans were to build a grotto ala Mr. Hefner but Tim put his foot down when I said the only bunnies making an appearance would be furry.
So I turned my attention to a few of my favorite pins.
We already have a welcome mat surplus, so I started making plans to bring color into our backyard oasis in other ways. Enter stage left, the wooden wind chimes.
I have a weak spot in my heart for the tink tink of a wooden chime. You too? Well, here let’s make them together. Go put your patience pants on, and bring a pair for me too.
I began by painting one little chime while sitting on the floor. Then it dawned on me, I would be painting one chime at a time and holding it until it was fully dry so that I didn’t get paint everywhere and ruin my project. Then I put on my thinking cap.
I grabbed some yarn and hung the chimes from a hook in our ceiling. My smartest move to date, thank goodness for thinking caps.
I used my thumb to pull the chime out and give it a quick thin coat, then let it dry for a hot minute. On to the next one.
I will not lie to you and tell you this project is incredibly easy and you can finish it in ten minutes. These windchimes took over my life for seven hours.
It was as close as I have been to throwing in the proverbial towel, especially when I decided that you couldn’t see the orange and red paint well enough.
So those chimes needed to be sanded and repainted in the “cool” colors. There may have been a nervous breakdown, or at least a lot of ice cream consumed.
Luckily, the result was marvelous and I couldn’t be happier.
I have already hung them up and forced Tim to sit outside with me admiring their cheery disposition. I just can’t get enough.
Are you a fan of windchimes?
DIY anything neato lately?
Need a gallon of ice cream?
The weather has finally decided to cooperate with my desire to be outside.
Bout time Ma Nature, bout time.
We’ve taken full advantage of this blip of sunshine by working on the backyard & patio every chance we get. Clearly that means I’m daydreaming of decking it out in color while Tim struggles to yank weeds out.
We already have big plans for our exterior including a new paint job and a pretty pergola, but I think the details are the best part of any makeover. To convince Tim I had to make a moodboard, see Tim.
The details are always the best. They are the creme-filling to a delectable donut. The sun-drying to fresh crisp sheets. The waffle to your fries. (I thought of a million of those and they were all somehow food related…hmmmm).
Do you have a backyard paradise?
Have a Kelly Green affection?
What does your dream backyard look like?
This is for all the ladies in the midst of brackets and basketball.
We can make our own March fun, right?
We can call it mantel madness, you down?
A couple weeks (yes weeks) ago I decorated the mantel for St. Patty’s Day.
What can I say, I am excited.
Once again I have to ask for photography forgiveness. Mantel is directly across from our fish tank. Hence, lots of blue glowiness and glares.
I had lots of yarn left over from my St. Pat’s wreath, so I channeled my inner Martha and made lots of yarn poufs and called it garland.
Have you been decorating in green and gold?
Got a fancy mantel? I’d love to see it.
The other day I showed you my classy Irish gal outfit.
I also told you that I won’t be be rocking it.
As a holiday that highly revolves around the drinkity drank, I feel like these are more my St. Pat’s style. Bring on the whiskey.
I feel like I need to own every single one of those tees.
For the sweeter little dumplings (you know the ones that I don’t have) there are tons of cute options. I’ll take one of each. Two of the toddler.
Can I get a chubby leg warmers Amen.
Do you already have your parade attire picked out?
Hate getting pinched?