Over the weekend we took a mini-road-trip to Asheboro to spend the day atthe zoo!
The zoo was gigantic and we ended up doing a lot of walking, and not as much sitting and drawing as we planned. Also, next time we will bring a plentiful supply of our own beverages, as they are somehow getting away with charging $6 for a soda there.
There is so much I want to do and make for the wedding, and it feels like it's just around the corner (because it is!). So I've been working on lots of projects, like this stitched fabric banner. Today I finally got some clothespins to finish it up, and I really like how it turned out. There is a second one in the works, too...
Here is our freshly weeded patio with the giant umbrella my dad and deb got us for our wedding shower:
I've never had a brick patio before moving to Durham, and I know it makes me sound like a whiney baby, but I had NO idea how much work it would be to maintain. The last couple weeks one or both of us has weeded every day, just to get it cleared out, and you can see in the photo above that weeds are already growing back in the cracks. It's never ending! If anyone has any ideas or tricks for maintenance, we'd love to hear them. We are hoping to avoid going the toxic-chemical route, but we also don't have an hour a day to devote to the yard... We've heard of trying to grow moss in the cracks to fill them in? We might look into that. Anyway, as promised, here is the before and after, HGTV style!
The following animals all crossed in front of my car today as I was going about my business:
Deer (4) (!)
It was quite a day! The animals were all very nonchalant and moved at leisurely paces... And they all made it safely across the road, of course, or this post would be a blogging equivalent to a panicked wail.
We have a funny little space between our house and garage that is home to a very neglected brick patio. I so much want to have a cute outdoor dining space, but it seemed so daunting to tackle all this. Ready to be horrified? Here is the "Before" shot - an overgrown disaster:
One day I just sat myself on the ground and started weeding it (life lesson: just start somewhere) and have been working really hard to get it into a non-embarrassing state. Eli took the mower into that little back area that is like a mini-lawn. With the jungle of grass mowed, there was just endless weeding. Darby was pretty unhelpful, though she did keep me company.
There were a bunch of mini maple trees growing along the edge if the house:
And this ridiculous "beanstalk"weed - I don't know if you can tell how big it is in this photo, but it's as tall as I am):
I worked on it little by little, for an hour each day after work, and started making progress.
Weed by weed...
And I'm almost done!
Once the weeding is finished, there are still many other plans for this space - lighting and a dining table and some container plants as money and time allow. Hopefully the final product will make for an exciting transformation. I do really like a good "before and after" reveal, you know? (Does that mean I watch too much HGTV?)
I've been working on some formatting editing on the blog so I can show larger images. I'll be messing with the html (eeek, scary) this weekend so let me know if something is looking funky (in a bad way). Meanwhile, here is a paper mache bird I made. Is it a Lulu Bird? I'm unsure.
But seriously, aren't big photo's just so much nicer?