Al Fresco ... finally!

Being a southern girl, I live for outdoor dining ... any time. Breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We have a beautiful deck and we try to spend every possible moment on it during the summer.  Winter is long!


School is almost out ... so we are in full wind down mode this weekend!


Another thing that happens over the years ... silverware goes missing ... does it get tossed in the trash when kids are clearing the plates?  Does it get taken to friends' houses?  This leaves me with having to make a sort of "mixed" set at many places.  Found this year I am missing 2 good silver forks and 3 stainless knives.  I need to fix this.


Erin and I like arts and crafts.  Remember when Don was traveling last weekend?  Not only did I do the Chair.  We also wrapped a few wine bottles!



There was a little chill in the air, but once the wine was poured and everyone was here we paid no attention!







The boys think the food is for them ... they were big helpers as we were getting ready.


Byron giving Murphy some love.


My favorite time ... when the sun goes down and the candles glow.


Summer will be in full swing by the end of this week.  What have you got planned?

xo,

kim

Weekend DIY ...



I mentioned yesterday that I didn't have many predetermined obligations this past weekend.  A perfect time to jump into a quick chair fix!  I am in the process (slow birth actually!) of turning my unfinished basement/laundry/workout/junk room into my office.  It currently IS my office, soooo uninspiring!!  So without the ability or desire to completely transform/gut/rebuild this space I am slowly trying to pep it up a little!!

A friend's sister was moving ... and she didn't want this chair ... my sweet friend knows my obsession!  It has been sitting in my "office" for about a year now!


You know I'm a Krylon girl ... but Home Depot was out of Krylon Kelly Green.  I have to say, I am kind of enamored by the Rust-oleum.  It just might sway me.  I am flexible like that.


Found this orange/white/pink chevron fabric for $15.99 a yard.  I only needed two yards.  I could splurge!



You can see the original faded and stained blue/white toile.  While I am a very loyal toile fan, this was not my vision.




Ready for placment!


 Close up of the fabric ... hard to tell, but that small stripe is a "pale" hot pink!



Don was traveling ... I could make a mess in the dining room without his knowledge. Who am I kidding?  He is totally used to this.  I think he tries to run away on occasion!

xo,

kim

Weekend DIY



Well, it wasn't a HUGE project ... but a fun one!  Last week during Hurricane Irene, we lost power for 5 days ... so we spent ALOT of time at my mother and father-in-law's house!  We showered, we chatted, we watched tv, we reminisced!    My mother-in-law, Alice, was showing us some photos of their family dog "Ringo" ... she was chatting on and on about how they could dress him up in anything and how he loved it!  I, on the other hand, noticed the retro sunburst clock on the wall!!  "Where is that" I blurted out before I caught myself and was horrified by my lack of manners.  Alice sometimes doesn't see my love of old things ... but it makes her laugh anyway!

Alice said ... "that old thing" I think it is in the basement.  So an all out search ensued and she found it!  Well, here it is in our home ... in need of a little love and updating.  We knew exactly where we wanted to hang it!  We have a little bar nook by our fireplace that is a little dark ... it was waiting for something shiny to perk it up!




Now, another thing you must know about me ... I LOVE Krylon spray paint.  Seriously, you can change the look of ANYTHING with Krylon!  I paint everything!  I'll share plenty of things over time that have been re-created by me and Krylon.





That is Emma and Helaine, by the way ... two hand painted roosters that made it home in a box under my arm from Honfleur, France!!  I don't care how trendy and "out" roosters become - or are!  They will be with me forever!


 

TA DA!!  It definitely brightens our little bar area!  And, another reason I love old things ... it is sentimental for Don, he grew up with it ... and ... I didn't buy it from HOME GOODS!!!!


So, now we enjoy the clock, enjoy the fun we had doing it ... goes to show there are hidden little treasures everywhere!!

Happy Monday!

Kim