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Entries in yard (18)

Wednesday
Jul172013

my outdoor patio space

While my backyard was spiffed up (for our tour), I snapped a few photographs of our patio area. It all started when we moved in, beginning with our diy patio. Much has evolved over time but currently our space looks like this:

For kicks, let us peek at what this space looked like three years ago.

Obviously, we've crafted this space to feel like our own and it's now a highlight of living in our little bungalow. By sectioning off the yard into different areas, we feel like we actually have more space on the lot.

We love entertaing outdoors, and often have movie nights and bbq's throughout the summer. Even just my husband and myself relaxing after a long work day is wonderful.

Another (hopefully) short note. My insecurities too often prevent me from posting images like these. I fall prey to the expectations that my life "should" look a West Elm catalog. Partly because I believe I COULD style a West Elm catalog (don't kill my dream!), but mostly because it's human nature. Especially in our post Pinterest/Instagram world. CLEARLY I do not have a West Elm budget (or home or photographer), so why the unrealistic standards!?

A quote I find super helpful, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.” ~ Steve Furtick

I'm being intentional to do better. To not let comparison stifle my own creative sharing. How about you? Do you find you hold back because of expectations?

Wednesday
Jun262013

sustainable backyard beginner

This past weekend we participated in the St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour. About this time last year I posted about attending the tour. This year when I saw the tour needed more homes in our area, I figured "Hey we have a fun yard, especially one that would appeal to eco newbies". Many of the yards have solar panels, bees, wind turbines...ok maybe not turbines but they are intense!

Our yard offered 5 "beginner" steps towards a more sustainable backyard. The 1st is a standard rain barrel, that I desperately try to disguise with clusters of plants. Because though I love her, she is not a pretty lady.

The 2nd eco project we have is our bokashi compost, which many people were more interested in than I anticipated (and they label themselves granola!). Oh, you don't know about indoor composting? Shame on you (said in a very judgemental tone).

Number 3 & 4 were our upcycled furniture. The wine bottle torches are from the Design*Sponge tutorial, and still one of my favorite patio elements. The pallet table is my internet superstar—my Pinterest one hit wonder.

 

Lastly we have the 5th sustainable element—our sweet hens! Bonus is their coop is made from a doghouse we found on Craigslist. Someday I'll do a full post on how much I love these girls, but for now just a peek.

We certianly enjoyed the 5+ hours of conversating with 50+ strangers, in the crazy summer heat, but it was definitely exhausting. I do like showcasing a yard that appeals to people just starting to be interested in a green home. Sometimes the "greener" lifestyle feels intimidating or you wonder where to start, but these are just a few of the very practical & simple ways to start. And hopefully aesthetically appealing ones too!

Thursday
Apr112013

inspiration comes from ::: the work of my hands

This blog has never been consistently stable for editorial content (like diy's and columns). It's never been all that great as a lifestyle blog either. I do not consider myself a writer, and much prefer looking at pretty photos to reading & writing. I've bounced around in my blog journey, unsure of my actual goals as a blogger.

Bluntly, this is my journal of life as a creative and my various projects. So I want to get down to brass tacks, and write a few posts about what motivates my heart from its very depths. Those small parts of life that truly cause a yearning to thrive from within, you know?

Every spring is a miracle to me. I chose to invest in my dirt because it was an eye sore. Little did I know that every year would emerge a new joy to wash over my soul.

Sickly winter twigs suddenly sprout the smallest beauty.

From rocks there arises new life. Like pure magic.

Each year I forget what to expect. You can find me outside just staring at the ground, waiting to catch a glimpse of something new. It's like the anticipation of Christmas, but completely different. Unexpected and faithful. Sporadic but sustained. A reflection of grace renewed.

Like any baker or builder, there is a mountain of gratification with a job well done. Do you have any insprirations that offer continual surprise?

Monday
Jun252012

a sustainable backyard tour

Hello Monday.

Yesterday we took advantage to poke around houses in our neighborhood through The Sustainable Backyard Tour. While most yards weren't too revolutionary, there are a few noteworthy projects from the yards I visited.

Above is a bicycle rack made from an old fence that had been thrown away. I have no idea how many hours went into restoring and constructing, but I was impressed with the final.

Below is the roof of a garage. Learning about green roofs was really interesting. It's like a giant terrarium! Benefits include reducing temperature 50%+, longer roof life span, increased real estate value, better water drainage, and storing hot/cool air inside the structure. Isn't it cool (literally and figuratively!)?

Here's to you having a fantastic week!

Monday
Jun112012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 3

Happy Monday!

Another herb garden post for you! I needed a way to store leftover seeds and after seeing these Williams-Sonoma envelopes, I decided to make my own. And of course I HAD to share the FREE DOWNLOAD with you too. Be sure to pass along if you know a gardener!

If you missed the first two posts, be sure to check out the links below.

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Thursday
May312012

lovely bundle {beekeeping}

May is over. Hard to believe. The above inspiration is for my weekend, which includes learning about beekeeping! While I have become extremely interested in sustainable homes as of late, this isn't in my future plans. I just think it's fascinating! Bees are cute/scary/elegant/discusting all at the same time.

Any unique plans for your June weekend?

Image Sources: 1. Mimi Giboin, featured on Remodelista (via Pinterest) // 2. Graphics Fairy (via Pinterest) // 3. Lauren Lemons // 4. Roost < I am OBSESSED (via Pinterest) // 5. Leo Patrone for Kinfolk Mag //

Wednesday
May232012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 2

My how starting from seeds takes time. Remember when I posted my herb garden part 1? Just recentely I felt they were worthy of the title garden. And yes, I cheated by adding a purchased lavender, chive, and dill plant. In case you were wondering why everything looks so large and plush.

For garden markers I didn't get too crazy. Popsicle sticks with stamped lettering is all I need for this simple bucket o'herbs.

Anyone else have herb gardens to share?

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Monday
May212012

summer fun // bucket list //

Happy Monday!

In order to slow down and not let the summer pass me by, I've decided to create a summer "bucket list". Aaannndd of course I feel that you need one too! Below are downloads that you can edit to create your customized list. There is also a circle option to throw into your bucket as you tackle each activity.

It's official. Enjoy your summer.

Thursday
May102012

a few spring flowers

I hope your week is going well! Mine is absolutely flying. I wanted to snap a few quick photos of my current blooms before they disappear. Unfortunately my prize specimen—peonies—were destroyed by hail 3 days after their first bloom. Grrr. The hollyhocks and hydrangeas will have to do this year.

It's almost Friday, people!

Wednesday
Apr112012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 1

One of my projects in the making—an herb garden! It has taken some serious patience to wait for these little guys to grow enough for pics, and hopefully soon I will be able to transplant them into pots (and then someday eat). It takes so long...ugh.

To make these starters, I used an egg cutter to cut off the tops of the eggs. Using eggs is just more fun than egg cartons or seed containers. I also used the wrong soil (contains plant food) but most of them have sprouted so I think they'll turn out ok.

How about you? Any edibles in the works?

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