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's fresh and interesting to a room.

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


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.


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



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


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


Are you feeling it?

I am.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


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!