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Basil in a claw foot bathtub

Kim and Roger’s Back Yard

Last Saturday Daniel and I drove over to his parents house to get some pots and soil, which is only about 3 minutes down the road from us. We had to go to the back of the yard where the shed was to get the pots, and I was quickly reminded of how much I love their back yard. It is quite spacious, and has such a warm personality. It’s so silly how we forget about the simplest and sweetest of pleasures. I am looking forward to spending lots of summer days and evenings in their back yard, playing with Abram and enjoying my family.

This is my favorite accessory of their back yard. Kim had an old claw foot bathtub going to waste in her shed, so a few years ago she took it out and started planting basil in it. Now each year around this time, it is FULL of basil leaves. It’s so pretty.

This is also a favorite of mine. This tiny red car belongs to Daniel’s Uncle Jerry. He drives from Fort White to the house to get his lawn equipment, and parks this car here during the day. Then when he’s done, he leaves his truck and lawn equipment here and takes the more fuel efficient red car home.

This huge deck provides many hours of play time for Abram, and it’s also where we had our wedding reception. A beautiful venue, whether used for play or party.

So what about you? What places, sometimes forgotten, do you enjoy most?

 

 

Top 10 List: My House

There has been lots of talk around the Webb home lately about possibly purchasing and doing some massive renovating of the house. It’s all up in the air right now, but if it is meant to be, then I bring on the Ikea kitchen!

In thinking about all of the possibilities, I realized how much I like this house already. Sure it’s falling apart (literally at the seams sometimes), but we’ve made it our home. The reality is, we have a roof over our head with air conditioning and heat, clean running water, comfy furniture, a yard to play in and food in the fridge. We live in abundance and have beyond what we could ever need. I am incredibly grateful for that.

With that said, I wanted to share with you the top 10 things about my house that I like. There are plenty of things to complain about, but what’s the point in that? I want to stay positive and thankful.

10. Spare bedroom: the fact that we even have a spare bedroom is incredible. It’s a hot mess, but we are slowwwllly working on it. Thankfully it has come in handy for the times my family and friends have come up to stay. It wasn’t a visual delight, but it served it’s purpose.

9. Makeshift Music Studio/Den: The previous owners of the house closed in the garage and it kind of ended up as a junk room. Last year, Daniel turned it into a room where he could be an audio geek, and we even recorded a Christmas album in it. The egg crates are for sound.

8. The corner by the front door: This small part of our house is unassuming, but it makes me smile. I’m a purse junky (not to be confused to an expensive purse junky) and I enjoy looking at them everyday, along with these cute canvases I got on clearance at Urban Outfitters a long time ago.

7. The space above the coffee bar: it’s just sweet to look at. I found these old pancake flower bags at Webb’s Antique Mall and had to do something with them. They go well with our Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer. Also, the wall/brick is heavenly compared to what it used to be. Imagine mint green painted walls with red and black brick….

6. The wooden shelving that separates the living room/dining room: It makes for some great memories.

5. The rose bushes growing against the old fence in our front yard: I didn’t even know they were there until a few weeks ago when Daniel’s mom came over and revived them. Now they are growing so fast!

4. The hall bathroom wallpaper: it’s still growing on me.

3. Our teal room (which I realize looks blue in this picture): I really enjoy the color of our room. The dark teal walls blend so well with our antique cream-colored furniture and our vintage ivory window curtains.

2. Abram’s room: I mean, look at it. The kid lives in Neverland.

1. The small hole in the eroding wooden fence at the front of the house: This is the most simplest of treasures. It is perfect the perfect size for Titan’s cute face. I never want to get rid of this.

Decorative Clothespins/Bagpins DIY

I’ve found over the past year that I NEVER have enough clips for bags of food like chips, rice, frozen veggies, etc. I remember growing up we used the left over clothespins from the line to clip stuff in the kitchen, but there was always a shortage. Soooo… I ordered a 50 pack of those wooden clothespins from amazon. Paid like 3 bucks. Booya.

Well hopefully by the time summer commences, we will have a clothes line up in the backyard. I’ve been thinking about the good ‘ol fashioned wooden clothespins, and how fun it would be to decorate them. If you do have a clothes line, it is just one more thing that will put a smile on your face when you use the sturdy clips to hang your fresh laundry. Or if you are like me and want everything in your kitchen to be cute, then get out these supplies and start creating!

This is a really simple craft to work on! The best part about painting them is that the paint dries super fast, so you don’t have to wait long to add other colors or a second coat. I think this might be one of my new favorite obsessions…. maybe I’ll come out with a fancy new collection of clothespins for my Etsy shop!