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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Evolution of a Patio: Part II

Last month I started sprucing up my sad little patio, and had hoped I would be finished by the beginning of July.  Well, reality hit and here we are at the end of July and I am still--working on her.  Since then, I've added a couple shrubs, that are supposed to do well in containers (let's pray they're right), a couple of cute pillows, lights and a new table.  






Last year, while visiting my sister and her family, I noticed this large electrical spool.  Knowing my BIL was probably going to get rid of it, I asked if I could have it.  They looked at me like I was silly and obliged.  I had seen a few diy table of these floating around blogger-town and knew I would use it somewhere.  My patio, was the perfect space.  I sanded her down, slapped on some stain and some wheels...voila!  Instant side table.  

Isn't she adorable?










I am still set on some kind of water feature and some kind of focal piece of art...or something.  And even with my patio, still coming together, I have been enjoying my little "space" outside.  I love that I have some place to sit and the kids aren't overtaking it.  Sometimes you just gotta say "No".  


Hope your week is turning into a good one...

Happy Tuesday, all!  




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Drawing & Horses

Friday, I started my Drawing class, in which I've already had three assignments due.  Crazy, right?  Thank goodness drawing has come back to me, like driving a stick shift.  My first project was a self portrait and like I said, it all kinda came back to me.  I'm no artist, but I'm a step up from chicken scratch, so I wasn't too embarrassed about posting it to my class.  And speaking of animals...let's talk horses.

Now, I'm as far from a country girl or equestrian, as you can get.  Don't get me wrong, I love the outdoors and camping, shooting n' stuff...but have only been on a horse once and wouldn't know how to milk a cow if my life depended on it.  But lately I've been enticed by the horse decor that's been floating around lately.  It's not country-esqe or rustic, I guess you could say.  I love how they are mixed in with contemporary, modern and traditional style rooms, it gives it that little extra something.  I love it when rooms throw in a curve...it's fresh and interesting to a room.


These folk art paintings from Ballard Designs would be gorgeous in a child's bedroom, very whimsical.

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This photo, from an Etsy dealer, would be awesome enlarged.  It seems so quiet and calm and I love the detail you get in it.

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This image, from Atlanta Homes Mag, is perfect.  Different angles of the horse, and displayed gallery style.

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One of my favorites from Lonny...is this chic white horse photo displayed in a very chic decor; nothing country about this one.


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And because I can't live without a little gesture drawing...

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Are you feeling it?

I am.





Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Entryway









For over a month now, this print has been sitting in my closet, as I have been searching high and low for a bargain frame.  I mean seriously..can you believe how much frames are?!  I guess I was a little over zealous when I bought the print...and didn't realize it might cost me an arm and a leg to frame her.  Thank goodness there's a way to fake it.  Buying the frame at half price, from my local craft & hobby store, then using a little magic we call, Rub-n-Buff, in Antique gold, to finish her in gold.  She looks like a million bucks.  And for the moment she sits on my console table near the front door, since I haven't really decided on her placement just yet.











And as I'm sitting here writing this post, I realize I haven't given much thought as to what our plans for the 4th will be.  Most of my family is out of state, visiting with a sibling who is blessing their newest baby girl.  (Man, I wish I could be there).  So tomorrow's festivities will be just me and the kiddies, I presume.  Probably a parade, some swimming and some George Foreman hamburgers (since I don't know how to even work a bbq). 


Hope yours is a blast!