Instead of having a formal living room, we put in a theatre. The seats were bought off of ebay from a real theatre, I think from Maine.
The kitchen has gone through a major transformation! We sanded and painted the oak cabinets white and create a glass panel effect on a few of the doors! New slate tile floors and corian countertop. We added the moulding after we painted the walls.
The "Pub" area is the eat-in kitchen section. J.D. found these booth seats from a restaurant in D.C. They were a little dingy, tore off the fabric and foam, customized them a bit to fit in the space, and I refoamed and reappolstered them. The table was a $20 find from an estate sale! love that! He stripped it, sanded and applied a rich dark stain, that turned out really well! One corner that leads to the garage has been painted with chalkboard paint. I think that has to be the most interactive corner of our home! (And lots of fun at party's!)
In the dining room, I was trying to go for an outdoor seating area somewhere in France. It's still trying to get there! Maybe this fall/winter I'll be motivated to finish it up.
It's nice when our plans come together and look good for two people that don't have a clue about what they're doing! A lot of the things we do have very minimal planning. Which leads to a lot of trying and being displeased and trying again. We're pretty pleased and excited about our latest installment, the Great Wall! It keeps the upper yard looking level and finished off, and we have a decent pathway from the deck to the side. It was J.D.'s last minute thinking to add the firepit to the end. Seriously cannot wait for cooler weather to roast some marshmallows now.
The pool is awesome! J.D. works so hard to keep it looking as refreshing as it does! We're lucky to have neighbors with pools, who have been more than helpful, in understanding how to keep it maintained. Of course there have been days where we would love to just fill it in with dirt, but when it gets hot, or when we just want to relax and do nothing one weekend, it nice to just for a dip in the pool!
So that's all! This fall/winter, we'll hopefully get the upper floor done, so we can have more pics to show!
Just wanted to share some spur of the moment, I had a second to spare at work to put together a few office friends. My boss brought in a huge HUGE box of these magic clay packages, and I felt like a kid at a candy store... so awesome!!! They're just kinda hangin out in my cube hole. gotta make friends some how... :P
aargh... I know I'm not going to have time to do anything detailed, so I'm offering a mere sketch of what I wanted to submit... sowwy...
Even though they had a few differences, they were quite a match for each other. aawww... yay for love!
My other ideas were to have a guy farting on a match which caught his friend on fire... oops.. the other was of a matching dc tourist couple (since I see them all the time... with matching t-shirts... so cute & funny!)
J.D. and I take pride in the home that we are so lucky to have. A lot of thought goes into the landscape, and I won't even go into the interior yet! We moved in a little over a year ago, so any accomplishment we make is a happy moment!
So here are a few happy moments!
We watched a hornet (that thing is huge) wrestle a dead cicada. I wonder if it was trying to fly away with it. It eventually gave up and flew off. (and later tried to carry my husband off to its nest!)
And our Pool!
More of a funny/wierd moment than a happy one. In early spring our dryer decided to call it quits, so we were going to put it out with the trash. But before that could happen, J.D. wanted to see the inner workings of a dryer, and tore it apart. When he got to the dryer drum, he thought it'd be cool to use that as a fire pit, and kept it. So the fins came off and hundreds of different sized balls fell out and rolled like marbles every which way across the garage floor. It was the most bizarre thing.
All these years of tumbling clothes, when we could have been in the business of manufacturing lint balls...
Hooray! I'm always excited when I get an illo in before thursday! You may want to click on the image to make it bigger too see all the details... 'specially to see what the baker's up too!
This weeks inspiration came from the ever growing popularity of cute cuddly plushie animal-ie food products I'm seeing everywhere. I don't own one yet, but I can't wait to get my hands on one! mmmm... Yum-Yum Bun!!! btw. My husband thinks I'm nuts, because I can't stop saying that. It's catchie :)
Well, after all these years, who'd a thunk-it, that IF would bring two long lost friends back together!!! I'm really happy that we're back in touch! Joy!
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I felt a little morbid at the time. I also was feeling a little overwhelmed with thoughts in my head, and probably thought about what would happen if I powerwashed my head... probably exactly what happened to this poor guy! berr--aaaaaaiiinnnzzzz...
I first sketched it out in my sketchbook, then copied it onto velum paper, which is great to color, and my scans are cleaner.