Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

June 20, 2018

Stepping into Summer

One more day until the official start of the Summer solstice but the preparations for its arrival have been in the works for weeks now.
 Grab a coffee and come on through, to see how Greenacre is stepping into Summer.
We had alot of colder than usual days this Spring so I used them to update some furniture and DIY Summer projects. 
The first update was a wood cabinet that holds all our roller skates in the breezeway.
I had to sand it down because it had a very thick layer of varnish. 
Then painted the accents gold and proceeded to stain the rest of the cabinet.
Layering it with light blue paint to make it look weathered and aged like a fine wine.
Here is how it turned out after all that layering.
Still, have to locate some gold rope ties for the curtains I made out of the leftover fabric from the reupholstered wingback chair.
I recommend watching some of the tutorials on youtube to guide you. Stock up on some coffee, patience and invest in a good stapler.
Next came upcycling some old wooden children's puzzles into beach-themed signs for outside.
Again I layered the paint with light blue and some pale yellow to create a more textured background so the fish and seashells would stand out.
Maybe a little much but we LOVE the beach and all things associated with it.
The solar lamp post above was made from leftover wooden post pieces and boat rope. A small hole was drilled on the top to place the spike inside so that the lamps could be changed out.
A neighbor's cat destroyed my cushions which prompted me to make some new covers.
That gave me the idea to add a hula skirt to the canopy and grabbed some watermelon pillows to make it even juicier.
Of course, after falling in love with the tiki chair, I decided to grab some more hula grass skirts and hang them around the porch roof.
Looks really cool when your underneath them too. Gives you that vacation feel and you don't even have to leave your backyard.
With flowers like, why would you?
This chair was one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought over 20 years ago. It was dark green but I used the blue stain from the cabinet to give it a facelift. Not very successful with the rope weaving but the lizards don't seem to mind.
Anyone up for a tour of the gardens?
These pair of cranes greet you as enter the forest.
While the blue crabs remind you of what you might need when going to the pool.
Mother Mary stands in the middle of it all.
This arch is all that is left of a gate that once used to guard the front walkway.
A walkway that leads you to the front garden that now resembles a meadow.
Something is always in bloom at Greenacre.
As Rudolph looks on.

Hope y'all enjoyed the tour and are stepping into Summer overflowing with joy!

September 19, 2012

Farewell Blue Beach days

Saying goodbye to Summer is not an easy thing to do...especially after spending it at the beach.
Picture perfect waves.
Watching the girls play and enjoying nature.
Not worrying about anything but putting on sunscreen.
The Blue Flag program is designed to inform people of clean and safe beaches anywhere in the world. The closest one is about 3 hours away and we did make the trip last year to Port Stanley. It was not worth the 3 hours one way with three children under 6 kinda beautiful. Blue Flag Org
My friend introduced me to this beach which is around the corner from Greenacre and it is now the family beach! 

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."  ~James Dent
    My late Summer bloomers put on quite a show!
Sunny and hot almost everyday which was great for everyone except the plants.
Sunny, dry and hot made for some really large cracks in the ground. Something I have never seen before in my life. 
Making my love of succulents even bigger!
My front garden looked awful because I didn't water much and it needed to be trimmed. I got a little trimming happy last year and was wondering about the proper rules of trimming and came across this great website in case y'all wondering too.
"Once you find blooms that are beginning to wilt and turn brown, or even seed heads that may have already formed, you should remove them back to the first set of leaves. For instance, if there are other healthy blooms or buds near the dying ones, cut them off to the point where it meets the other stems."
 Strange doing my Fall garden chores during the Summer but everything is a month ahead of schedule. Fall seemed to have happened overnight.
Don't mind the soybeans being early because they remind me of the beauty to come as Fall takes over.

"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many."  
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Knowing what is coming helps saying goodbye to our beloved Summer easier. 


July 18, 2012

Summering at Greenacre

Spring kinda turned into Summer this year at Greenacre.
I kicked it off with the big girl bedroom makeovers.
The gemelas were constantly in Cesina's room and  the time had finally come for her to have her own space . A wonderful space where I can not worry about the gemelas breaking something . A place where Barbie and Draculaura can chill out with the Zooballs  and not worry about going MIA or losing limbs.

 Hot pink which was chosen from a Hello Kitty bag that my husband took to Home Depot to get as close a colour match as possible. Accented by cheetah print and glitter...lots and lots of glitter|
 The first step was to empty the nursery. In other words...
The milestone of giving away the last crib 
starting another milestone
The nicest fabric in stock was this rainbow cheetah print that was Cesina`s first choice. I stapled the fabric on to the old computer chair & hot glued a piece of  fabric to the lamp.
The final touches were some wall decals and flowers.

 I used the a raspberry toned pink for the dresser and a lighter pink for the walls.
Accenting with the `special Cesina room pink``. Ajelandra handed me the paintbrush as I was painting Cesina`s room and knew that was the ticket to their transition. ...  A pinkalicious bedroom.
 This room is still a work in progress. .I need to make a bed curtain  for the bottom bunk to shut out the  light because Summertime brings the it doesn`t get dark until 9:30 joy.
 It was so warm that we and I mean my wonderful husband, opened the pool early. A whole month early to be exact and it has been our BFF ever since.
My baby graduated Senior Kinder garden.
Printed off these fabulous free print ables but never got to use them so I will scrapbook them instead.
My tiger lilies that are always in bloom for Canada Day and have to be trimmed by the end of July. In a week's time to be precise. Half way through Summer already mi gente...half way through Summer.

Won the lottery with this Red Lobster like garlic biscuit recipe I found on Pinterest.
 Then suffered the heartbreak of Italy losing at the Euro cup but had an amazing Italian flag manicure and pedicure.
Took going to the water park off the Summer bucket list.
Added chasing seagull around.
Watching the drought progress and it's affect on my plants.
Feeling very grateful for our famer's market!
and I'm not alone on that one.

Hope your Summering is wonderful and all you dreamed it be.

Having a fabulous time Summering at Greenacre ya'll! xoxo

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