Another Reason to Love Summer Evenings

Backyard lights! I’ve actually had these hung since last fall, but up until a few days ago the poles were an eyesore – white PVC…adequate, but not cute. Earlier this week I finally replaced the PVC poles with wood 1×2’s that I painted to match our deck. End result – lovely! Much sturdier, much prettier. This was such an easy and inexpensive upgrade; the backyard suddenly feels like an outdoor cafe every evening. Love…yardlights2 yardlights4yardlights3 yardlights5Also, thanks to an outlet adapter, I can now turn the lights on and off with the flip of a switch – so much nicer than plugging and unplugging an extension cord.

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Black Walnut

Check out the newest addition to our living room – a handmade (by us) coffee table made from a piece of black walnut I bought on the Eastern Shore last year and hairpin legs I ordered on-line. I spent $34 for all four legs (on sale from $96) and the wood was only $50. Overall, a great price for a one-of-a-kind wood table…and a really fun project. DSC_0014I spent a day sanding the wood and applying several coats of poly, and then Alek attached the legs for me. I love the grain lines and the bark along the edges…and mostly, I love that we made it ourselves! DSC_0016DSC_0018 DSC_0020 DSC_0021

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4 going on 14

Just a quick bit of Amelia to start your day off…
(Make sure your volume is up and that you listen closely from the very beginning)

Amelia – 4 going on 14

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Young Chef’s Academy

Here are a few pics from a birthday party Amelia attended yesterday at Young Chef’s Academy (she’s on a birthday party streak, by the way – two parties last weekend, one this weekend, and one next weekend!). The kids made mini-pizzas. Amelia was less than impressed with her finished product, but she had fun during the preparation.DSC_0006 DSC_0009 DSC_0011 DSC_0014DSC_0015And of course, leave no speck untasted…DSC_0018 DSC_0019 DSC_0020

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Pillow, Pillows, Pillows

Here’s what I accomplished yesterday and today…xmaspillows1 I just got my acceptance email for the craft show I’ve been hoping to do this October. It’s the first juried show I’ve done, so I was a little worried about whether or not I’d be selected to participate. I’m really excited about getting accepted. Hopefully these Christmas pillows will be popular…especially since with this bunch I now have ten of them ready to sell!xmaspillows2 xmaspillows3

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Mermaid School

Here’s a look at Amelia’s “Mermaid School” lesson last week in Hatteras. She was mesmerized. The fin was pretty tough to operate in the water, especially since Amelia can’t even really swim on her own yet, so she hung out on the stairs most of time, but that didn’t matter. She still loved every minute.7_1a 7_1b 7_1c 7_1d 7_1e 7_1f 7_1g 7_1h

(The other little redhead in these pics was also part of a family we stayed with at the beach house. Their faces look quite different, but from the front or side they look identical. We were getting them confused all week.)

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Superdad at the Beach

Their own personal Superman…7_3a 7_3b 7_3c7_3d 7_3e 7_3f 7_3h 7_3i 7_3j 7_3l

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