It’s been a month and a half without a post. Sorry, everyone! I’ve been caught up with work and life; but now things have calmed down again and I’m happy to get back into the blog and update you on the projects that my husband and I have been working on.
Earlier this year, my husband approached me about the idea of landscaping the yard and putting a patio in so we can use it rather than just walk through it… think barbecues and dinner parties outside; board game nights with heat from a fire pit; working on a craft on a nice bench on a sunny, weekend afternoon!
We’ve been working with a landscape architect to create the plans, but my husband took on some of the starting work to save money. We want a natural gas fire pit on the patio, so we had to get a gas line put in… which needs to be 18 inches below ground. Hubby dug all the trenches (with help from a friend or two) and then we hired someone to install the gas line. I’ll post an update once the yard is complete!
My sister showed my husband a Kickstarter that her friend was doing. Instead of telling me about it, my husband backed the project as a surprise for me. I love surprises – no matter whether the surprise is an experience, a gift, or a hidden note. These metal flowers that open and close with temperature changes, even though hubby backed it before the yard project started, are a perfect addition to our yard once it’s finished!
One of our friends is expecting a baby within in the next month. Awhile back, she saw the baby dragon post and let me know how cute she thought it was. I knew that I had to make her some kind of stuffed animal when it came time for her baby shower! So, when I was given a crochet manual called “A Zoo for You,” I knew I’d have to make a few of the mini zoo animals. I think they came out super cute!
Speaking of crochet projects… I went through and organized my yarn recently. And, boy, do I have a lot of yarn! I think I need to go on a yarn-buying freeze until I use some of it… I cannot fit any more yarn into this ottoman! You can see two blankets that I started over a year ago, but never finished. I suppose I should finish those; what else should I do with the yarn I have?
I doodled little notes!
I love doodling. It relaxes me so much! So, sometimes I take a five minute break at my desk and doodle something that inspires me. Here are two of my recent doodles. Many of my doodles are inspired from Pinterest so I can work on new lettering techniques.
I finished a paint-by-numbers. 🙂
It took me well over six months to complete this painting. I only spent an hour every few days working on the painting. There were some moments that it felt like I’d never finish… but I finally did! It’ll be awhile (if ever) before I undertake another paint-by-numbers, but this one is hanging proudly in my craft room.
We had a busy summer, but it was a wonderful one! Now, we’re creeping up on my favorite time of year, and I’m excited to get into more fall/winter activities like holidays and family gatherings, scarves, reading a book by the fire, and sipping on hot chocolate. What gets you excited about fall?