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Simpson Garden Park

Two weekends ago Jonathan and I went to explore a little botanical garden we pass on an almost daily basis, Simpson Garden Park.  It is about a three minute drive from our house.  They had nice paths through acres of garden and open space.  The weather was gorgeous, and while I have to admit I waddled for most of the time, it was nice walk.  Here are some photo highlights:I can’t really even pretend to tell you what types of plants these are.  Gardens and flowers aren’t really my strong suit…but they sure are pretty!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Life, Photography

 

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A comfy place to sit

Last fall I started my mission to make the sunroom a cozy place to relax. Here is what is sort of looked like before.  Two wicker chairs from IKEA and a hammock courtesy of my parents.  I wanted to put the hammock on the deck, but they don’t call this place “Blowing” Green for nothing…that hammock would be gone in an instant!

 So, I started by painting the walls.  They were a yucky beige color and I wanted a nice cool blue.  I used some of the paint from the reading room and lightened it up with some white.  You can see my color tests and the lovely pattern on the vinyl walls here.

You can see Olie tried to help too…

After about two days of priming and painting the walls as well as adding a few pieces of trim the color was done.  

The light fixture out there was hideous. I happened upon an abandoned wall sconce-like fixture at Goodwill, painted it up with some Stainless Steel finish spray paint, added a $0.50 glass shade (Goodwill, of course) and ended up with a pretty nifty little light fixture for under $2.00.  The square piece that juts out happens to be part of the siding that was originally on this side of the house before the sunroom was added.  It couldn’t be removed, so I painted it white and added some quarter-round trim.  Let me tell you, without a mitre box, making the corners of the trim was a feat.

From this:(I had already started to dismantle it before the picture…trust me, it was awful.)

To this:

We picked up a little bistro table set on sale at Menards at the end of last summer season.  It’s actually a bar, but who cares!

Last but not least, we needed a comfy place to sit.  We bought the wooden couch frame at Habitat for Humanity Restore for $10 or $15 bucks and it sat in the sun room for ever. As the weather got warmer and warmer I got  increasingly frustrated that I hadn’t yet made it comfy with some cushions.  I knew it would be crazy expensive to by foam, batting, and fabric to make the cushions, so I scoured Craigslist until I found a new futon mattress for sale for $20.  So what if it was in Gainesville, Virginia?  Let’s face it, the DC Metro/Northern Virginia area has the best stuff on Craigslist.  My wonderful friend Sarah picked it up for me and I got it from her at my baby shower last week.

On Wednesday I set out to dissect it and turn it into cushions for my couch.  I used a 9′ x 11′ canvas drop cloth from Home Depot as my fabric and a few hours later I had a couch!  I make it sound easy, but really I agonized over measurements and mitered corners.  I thought the cover(s) would be perfect because I painstakingly planned.  Nope…I started with one big cushion and cover for the bottom and it was AWFUL!  The cover was too big for the cushion, the cushion too big for the couch.  So, ended up winging the rest of it…I cut the single cushion into two, cut the single cover into two and it worked so much better!  The rest followed suit and I had a finished product I am happy with.  Jonathan came home after three or four hours at the office and I got a “Wow…wow!”

It only took eight months, but we now have a functional sun room. There are a few more little
additions to come. Maybe something to prop one’s feet on perhaps?  I’ll keep you posted!

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Home Decorating

 

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I was spoiled…

Lately I’ve been realizing that I was spoiled for the four years we lived in Florida.  I look around now at Facebook and in blog-land and see pictures of something we’re missing here in Ohio.  The beach.  While we didn’t go to the beach that often when we lived in the Sunshine State, the option was there…about 1.5-2 hours away. We could take a day trip to St. Augustine, one of my favorite places, and just soak in the beauty.  It is strange…there were many times when Jonathan wanted to go to the beach and my response was, “It’s too hot”…”You’re going to be fishing, what will I do?”…”It’s kinda boring.”  Can you believe that?!?  Now I see a photo of a friend at the beach and I long for it.  You always want what you can’t have!  So, in honor of my beach craving, I present some of my favorite beach photos…

Cape Cod, Massachusetts 2004

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii 2008

Vilano Beach, Florida 2010

Somewhere on Oahu, Hawaii 2008

Vilano Beach, Florida 2009

Cozumel, Mexico 2011

Vilano Beach, Florida 2009
(one of my first and favorite pictures of my niece Lily)

~Brynn

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Life, Photography

 

Ten months in Ohio and a lot has changed!

It appears as thought I haven’t written anything since November 1st.  That is a long time and a lot has happened.  Back in the fall and early winter I just didn’t feel like writing.  I didn’t feel like moving from the couch…I blame it on the baby.  We found out we were pregnant at the very beginning of November.  A few short weeks later, I started not feeling so hot…which continued until about last month.  Aside from being pukey, I have really enjoyed being pregnant.  I love watching my belly get bigger.  I love looking pregnant.  It is the one time in my life when I’ve been happy to have my belly stick out! I am almost 31 weeks now, and our little guy is due July 7.

 (at 20 weeks)

In the last few weeks (or months) I’ve been working on lots of baby projects.  Pinterest has been a dangerous place for me.  As soon as I see something for the nursery or for the baby I feel compelled to make it.  Right then and there.  Some of the things I’ve done (or I’m still working on) are:

  • Mobile
  • Rug
  • Dino Loopy
  • Loopy Block
  • “Moby” style wrap
  • Two Ring Slings
  • Curtains
  • Cloth wipes

Projects I haven’t started yet:

  • Changing table/dresser
  • Lamp
  • Rocking chair
  • Rain gutter bookshelves

I’ll get some pictures of everything I’ve done and begin to share my experiences of making a nursery soon.  For now, all you get is my hand drawn floor plan:

I promise not to neglect the blog for six months again.  You have my word.

Brynn

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Life