My backyard is my favorite place to hang out when the weather cooperates. I love to spend afternoons tending to my vegetable garden and potted plants. As of now, we've only carved out a little spot contained by the picket fence, which was a great solution when the kids were smaller, but I dream of putting a big privacy fence around the peremeter of the yard so that I can enjoy the big live oak tree at the corner of our property and I no longer have to stare at the back of my neighbor's house.
Man, my little garden is doing so well right now, I almost hate to blog about it in fear that I'll jinx it. Some of my patio plants have yet to come back (boo) and others are off to a slow start, but over all everything is doing well.
My first attempt at growing vegetables from seeds is going well. Look at those beans! I finally got around to building a simple trellis with bamboo this weekend. The beans were starting to reach the fence. As usual, my little garden is overcrowded. I suppose I'll have to expand it yet again next year. For reference, this was my garden less than 6 weeks ago.
Look, little green tomatoes! I can't wait for those.
The jasmine is intoxicating.
The hydrangeas make me so happy.
My re-vamped patio furniture. Do you remember when I got this set? It was a free from my babysitter's neighbor.
All my cushions are from Costplus World Market and Pier 1. These matched the tablecloth I purchased from World Market last year. I shopped around for outdoor fabric to make my own, but in the end, it was easier to just buy them all ready made. I've finally figured out my problem - because I can make things, I feel like I should, but in the end this holds me up and keeps me from finishing anything because I don't have the time to make EVERYTHING. I felt a little guilty, but I bought the cushions and called it done.
As you can see, my Corks-n-Canvas paintings found a new home. This is where I originally wanted to hang these.
The kids helped out with artwork for the other side. These wooden pieces were in the packaging of my new bar stools. Alex painted the more subdued one, with the help of Lily, and Ava and her friend did the more colorful one.
This table was the first table Matt & I bought when we got married. It is made from reclaimed fencing. We used it as our dining table for a long time, then as a desk, then as a catch-all table, then a dining table again, but that proved to not work well with 3 messy kids. Do you know how hard it is to get sticky rice from the cracks in that table? And what a pain it is when spilled milk flows through the cracks all over the floor? I needed an easy clean up solution, so this much loved table became the patio table while we got a new table to dine off of (which turned out to be a piece of crap, but that's another story). The plastic chairs will eventually be replaced with benches. Hopefully one day this table will make its' way back inside, I do love it so!
Have I ever shown you this Singer treadle table? My dad gave it to me a few years ago. I think some one was giving it away???? Thankfully he rescued it and gave it to me. I love it and think it works perfectly out here. (yes, I have twinkle lights strung through the lattice, but I need more)
There are still a few things I need to do, like attach and fill some flower boxes with ferns to add some privacy from the back door, but other than that, this space is complete. Anybody care to swing by for Birthday Happy Hour on Friday? We'll have cake & ice cream (and margaritas) on the patio...