Yet - I still found pockets of time here & there to chip away at the long list of ideas for the brick patio. While I admit, I am not ready to lay all these out in tutorial form yet, I figured it would still be fun to play around with the camera so you could see what's been changing, and so you know I didn't fall off the face of the earth.
So, here is where we are right about now -
I turned it into this:
Now for the stools! (If you haven't seen the bar area, click here to go read)
Sunny & bright!
- Extreme Yellow
- Smiley Face
- Yellow Jubilee
- Banana Mania
- Vanilla Ice Cream
Up next, a random angle shot that highlights the fun fluorescent pink table we have. I guess I could have cleaned it before taking a photo, but you know how it goes. I'm lazy. These two metal tables were also thrift store finds, around $12 each:
I was browsing craigslist for tables when I saw a bamboo & glass coffee table that immediately begged for me to email the owner. I imagined solid white, with a glass top, on top of this crazy rug, but alas, it was sold. But the simple, glass table idea stuck, and now we have these pups.
Close up of pinky, with it's possible accessories:
Ah... another fun blurry & colorful shot... so happy the deer are completely uninterested in this fern:
I folded the blanket in half, and sewed it up like a sleeping bag, leaving the top open:
find it here!) it's shredded poly, and was about $14 for 13.5 cubic feet! Shipping was around $16 to California, and came in a small cube the size of a milk crate. But expanded to this once I opened it:
Again, in another tutorial I can over-explain how EASY it was to get the filling into my sleeping bag type pillow, and sealed it up to be this:
Another project was taking one of these oh-so-common light fixtures & turning it into a planter. You see a lot of people turning these into terrariums, but some of the glass was already broken so I had to improvise...
I chose a perennial I hoped would survive, and planted away:
So there you have it, I'm still around, still balancing too many projects, and finally feel like I'm seeing the finish line on this back patio. On a dose-of-cute note, we adopted a new kitten from the shelter... his name is Hamilton. See, Winchester moved in a year ago, and he's an indoor maine coon who loves to play, and we felt so bad that he was all alone in here! (No more outdoor kittens, the cars drive too fast here & we lost Reuben that way) The other two cats (you read that right, other TWO) only come inside for about 5 minutes a day - Tyler moved out (he fell in love with the neighbors, and they are all very happy it's adorable) and Charcoal loves the outdoors, so we hang out with her out there. So Winchester, now has Hamilton (anyone from Campbell will know those street names!) and the two absolutely love each other: