Monday, July 10, 2006


If you've seen me lately, you'll know that our new deck is definitely one of my favorite conversation pieces. Lame, eh? I know it's lame to get so excited about something so superficial, but I can't help it. It's like we just got a new room for our house and NOW I GET TO DECORATE IT. And that, my friends, is such an exciting drug of choice. Tonight when it was too dark to take pictures, I put together some cute planters for the stairway. It's going to be a bit of a struggle for me to not fill the stairs up with plants, and go ahead and leave it open for dumb old things like walking into the house. Some people would say that I'm turning into my mother. Next, I'm going to plant all the way along the front and side of the deck to hide the footings. I'm hoping that Linder's still has some hydrangea left. Oh, and I'm also hoping to find some sort of vine to grow across the arbor. It seems like so many of the vines I'm seeing are for shaded areas. We have zero shade, so that's a bit of a challenge. I also don't want something that's going to crap out little flowers everywhere.

Here's another tribute to Frida. Zander's mom (who should have her own website that I could link to right here) recently gave me this awesome t-shirt. It's pretty boxy on me, so I took in the seams on both sides. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the sleeves. I like that they're still a few inches above my elbow, but they stick out too much. Any suggestions? The coordinating polyester number is from one of my favorite thrift scores. 2 yards of fabric for really cheap and then an extra 25% off because I bought it on a Tuesday sale. JACK POT. I used Simplicity 5505 to make some of it into an A-line skirt. (The view that's hem is straight across) It's one of those skirts that really doesn't need a pattern, because there's really only a front and a back to it, but it sure made sizing it a lot easier.


LA said...

That porch you have going on is beeeea-u-tiful! I totally don't think it's lame to get excited about something so cool as a new space to decorate. I sit in my basement and imagine what it will look like when we are done with it. It's exciting, dude!

Anonymous said...

I say turn that deck into a House and Garden DREAM!! It's too late--you are turning into your mother!! (scream) And notice the !!!'s XXOO Me

Betsy said...

Your deck is fabulous!!!!It just looks great--no wonder you want to put flowers all over it! Can't wait to see it in person.

Ps--turning into YOUR mother isn't a bad thing--we should all be so lucky!

Betsy said...

Regarding the sleeves on your T-shirt:

You could sew rickrack around the hems--maybe 2 or 3 colors. Then you could put in elastic just above it to make the rick racked part a little ruffle. People may think that you ARE Frida!

Reb said...

Oh my god is that deck beautiful!! Kudos to Josh! Whatever you paid him it wasn't enough. Wowee! I'd be super excited and talk about that 24/7.

Seriously it's very nice and he did do a marvalous job!