Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer time: Part 2

Along with redoing our TNT boxes, I summer-ized our mantel. I am a huge fan of white so that was my overarching theme. It is still a work in progress, as is everything in my life, but we are thinking about continuing the white frame look all the way up to the ceiling. As much as I loved having our TV mounted above our mantel when we first moved in, it is really throwing a kink into my design plans, so...why not decorate around it? We may try it. Also, those speakers are becoming quite an eye sore, but I have a feeling I won't win that battle given my husband is an audio engineer.

Speaking of white... I attempted to spray paint some mason jars last week.. you must be warned... I am not the best at spray painting and it really erks me that my husband is better at it than me. So I tried it out and man was mine a drippy mess, but of course hubs comes and home and tries it out and it could be in the next PB catalog...not cool. But I got over my jealousy and am using it in my center piece on the kitchen table. What are those gorgeous flowers you might ask? They would be my $5 dahlia bouquet I purchased down at the farmers market this weekend, it was so large I was able to have multiple groupings around the house.

Next project... a burlap wreath..I have only had the supplies for 2 months.. I'll let ya know how it goes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer time: Part 1

I cannot believe it is already the middle of the summer, it has flown by! We have stayed busy with working and traveling some.

 In May we ventured to Florida for Chris's best friend's wedding near Jacksonville..
a few things we learned from that trip:
-fill the gas tank up at 1/2 a tank ( we almost ran out of gas twice)
-directions are not my strongest suit even though sometimes I am confident that they are (we travelled a good distance to find a BBQ restaurant and when we got to the destination it was an open field which almost led us to running out of gas)
-in the future we will be flying to Florida, not driving

In June we took a trip to Bristol to celebrate our anniversary and visit with family. Chris and I thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner at The Tavern in Abingdon, Va. We had some great conversation about the past year and the future (we highly recommend doing this on your anniversary, its important to reflect and see how you have grown and what you want for your marriage in the future). Also, we were able to spend some time with Chris's parents.

At the end of June and beginning of July, I took two trips to the Chesapeake Bay to spend some time with my family. These pictures are four years old and taken by my best friend Laura, we have shared some fun memories over the years.

My Grandpa's tractor

The view

Had to throw it in there
The rest of the summer we have two vacations planned to South Carolina in August, but until then we will be working hard in the daily grind.

A few fun things we have done thus far:
Summer spruce up

Favorite piece: framed piece of one of my favorite fabrics

Color time

Frame to Chris's outdoor table

Finished product, plans from
Now we just need some chairs