Monday, April 29, 2013

Earth movers & Sunsets

 I wasn't sure if I wanted to write a post about this, but I thought why not, because this is our new reality for the time being. We moved to our current home about two years ago and one of the reasons we chose this home was the open view behind our house. I blogged about our pretty view last year. We loved the big open field without houses or fences to spoil our view. 

Our view has now been taken over by new home construction.

 These homes have all went up in the last six months. In the last month they have plowed up most of the field behind us. 

Of course we knew this was going to happen eventually and we have been preparing ourselves for the invasion. I think my hubby is a little better prepared than I am.

We once considered living here with this view our field of dreams.

Now it's become our field of screams! We have lovely plastic sheeting and spikes for  a fence. We decided on holding off on building a fence, but the time has definitely come.  And after all the lovely rain, we officially have a mud pit behind our home! 

At least we still have the trees as part of our view. 

We also discovered that our lot is a little smaller than we thought, but it is  such a small yard anyway it doesn't really matter. We'll still have room for a small garden and an area for the pets to run in. 

They've already added the sewers and water main. I have to say my hubby is enjoying watching them do the excavation work much more than me! By the way, there is the lovely fire hydrant!

This is my least favorite piece of construction equipment. They don't call them earth movers for nothing! He drives his bulldozer over and over the ground to move the dirt and level it out. It is quite annoying to us. We should challenge him to mud wrestle!  It's not his fault that they have to do all this work behind us, but it just feels like bad karma to us! Of course we have been assured that our home is solid and will not be affected by all this construction. I certainly hope this is true. I have promised myself I am not going to dwell on it, unless I get further annoyed that is! Thankfully he is almost done with his job and it appears they will be moving on to the utilities and installing the road.  

We used to have such a pretty view of the wetlands in the west. 

We've had so much rain that it has flooded this area that they plowed and turned it into a mini wetland too. 

This time of year the sun moves further northwest and we can actually enjoy the setting sun.

When night falls we can still enjoy our pretty sunsets and of course we know that in the grand scheme of things this is just a mere speck. I'm trying to keep things in perspective.

Since it's close to summer we're hoping that the construction will go smoothly and quickly. Well we can always dream can't we. 

  It is a big adjustment for us, but I know it will end eventually and in the meantime we have the beautiful sunsets to enjoy. If you have an annoying or amusing home story please share. I could use a good laugh. I'm just trying to keep it real in my little corner of the world. 

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Burlap door basket & thrifty finds

Sometimes its the little things that make you smile. I was trying to come up with a way to decorate my metal basket with burlap and add my metal flowers, but I couldn't find a graphic that would work. 

Then I found this sweet frog in a garden graphic at the Graphics Fairy and decided to use it. I thought the frog graphic looked almost magical so I thought I'd combine it with my burlap for a different look. This is the same basket I used for St. Paddy's day. I always like to reuse things I make as much as I can because as I've mentioned before my storage space is limited. Along with my creative abilities at times! Although it's hard to read, the words on the graphic say Sweet Home. 

I love  yellow and purple flowers together this time of year so I added those to some greenery. I added a piece of burlap for the front and some burlap ribbon for a bow. I wanted to use my metal flowers so I added some pearl dots to the centers. 

I'll change this graphic when I find something that goes better with the flowers and burlap, but for now I'm enjoying the frog  in the garden. 

I also wanted to share  a few of my thrifty finds.  I love the little blue  bowl with the scalloped edges and found these plates nearby at one of my favorite thrift stores. 

The rooster plate has such pretty colors and it definitely has that frenchy farmhouse look. It goes well with my little bowl and plates. 

I like the little farmhouse style ceramic container and the metal tray too. I'm looking forward to creating a vignette with some of these spring finds that brighten my day. I've also added a  tab at the top with scenery of the Pacific NW or you can check here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Door basket & Spring at the lake

Spring is in the air but you couldn't tell by the weather we had this weekend. It's been rainy, windy and cold the last several days. It wasn't a good day to take pics outside, but I did the best I could because I wanted to share my spring door basket. 

In my previous post this basket was white but it didn't go well with our front door, so I painted it a soft gold color. I made a small banner out of card stock that was lavender and green and decorated it with a floral background stamp. I then added some rub on letters. They were on clearance at Joann's and even though the adhesive backing was loose they still worked quite well. You position the letter over what you want it to transfer to and rub the entire design with the small stick and it transfers completely. It's just another easy way to add letters or designs to your projects. 

I love burlap but I don't always like working with it, so I bought some burlap flowers on sale at Joann's to decorate the basket. They had some multicolor cream and tan ones in the 3 dollar range, that might have looked better so I'll have to go back and get those too. So much easier than making them!

I wanted to add light green and soft blue to my basket so I added a combination of flowers from Dollar tree and Joann's. I took these pics between rain showers. April doesn't just bring showers to the Pacific NW, it brings overcast skies that can last awhile. 

The weather that we have now is in sharp contrast to our Easter weekend which had clear skies and temps in the 70's.

We were really fortunate over Easter weekend and had beautiful weather. After church we spent some time with friends for Easter and had a lovely dinner. I wanted to share some of these lovely  flowering trees. I love her pretty magnolia tree and the rustic porch swing. 

These flowers have an almost rubbery texture to them and a soft pink color with a light fragrance. When she said they were magnolias I thought I would love a small tree in our yard. Then she told me how they shed in two stages. First the lovely blossoms fall, then the stamens drop off later so I changed my mind! 

We also stopped at one of our favorite places, Lake Sacajawea in Longview and I found this lonely cherry blossom tree. It was the only cherry blossom tree in bloom and I liked the contrast of it with the lake and budding trees in the background. 

I love the shadows on the tree branches.You can almost see a few ducks on the lake too.

Love the soft fragrant flowers.

We always enjoy visiting the ducks. These two were quacking away before I took this pic. I love the rustic look of these rocks at the edge of the lake. 

These ducks were just minding their own business when I approached them and they became quite annoyed. 

They squawked a bit.

And promptly walked away. They were so cute!

Hope you enjoyed my little post of of things that I've been doing recently. Thanks for stopping by!


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