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A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

Last weekend we started a big project for the kids. This new clubhouse has been our favorite part of after school during fall since it’s been built. Yes, in just a week, we’ve decided we love it so.

This weekend, after Tucker’s soccer game, we headed to Home Depot again and picked up paint, mulch and landscape bricks to start phase two of our backyard spruce up.

When we got home, Mike finished up the railing on the clubhouse while I painted the shed and outside of the clubhouse to match our house colors. We still have the inside and railing to paint but it’s really starting to come together. The new potted plants might have helped a bit, too.

Then we moved on to another project back there. Over the summer, we had a big blue pool in the backyard for the kids. It started to leak a lot towards the end of the summer, so Mike ended up taking it down. That left us a big circle in the yard of mucky dirt. We decided to turn that area into something fun for fall (and beyond). We used the landscape bricks to build a fire pit. Super easy and it cost about $30. We used the mulch to finish the area off, and I have big plans for Mike to build some rustic bench seats to go around it. We even tried it out Saturday night with a little hotdog roasting & s’more making.

 

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Tonight, we ate dinner out there and Mike and the kids had fun playing soccer. This is really becoming a backyard oasis for us and the little start of fall weather is really helping, too. Phase three will be painting the rest of the clubhouse, sprucing up the inside with some decorations and then putting a new roof on the pergola. Once that’s done it will be time to just sit back and enjoy our new outdoor space.

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My saving grace.

The kids used to have one of those prefab wood playgrounds. It was something my inlaws had gotten them one Christmas at our suggestion. It worked out well for a while, a slide, a few swings and a little “clubhouse” feel to it. This summer though, we realized it was on it’s last leg. Mike took it down towards the end of summer and we’ve been debating about what to do ever since.

A few weeks ago, after getting a little taste of fall here in Florida, I decided we needed to finally make up our minds. After school a few days, I wanted to be able to just open up the back door and have the kids play, but I knew there really wasn’t anything out there that would keep them occupied all that long.

When I asked Mike if he was ready to build something for the kids, he was game. I’m lucky he agrees to my crazy ideas so quickly. Tucker had soccer practice on Saturday morning, and then the rest of our weekend was spent building the kids a clubhouse of their dreams. I know this, because I totally would have loved a little space like this when I was their age.

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I had put on Instagram this, “So the kids just closed on a one room, with a view and a pretty fancy side door. It’s a fixer upper, needs a fresh coat of bright green paint on the inside, the front porch needs some fresh white rails and maybe a hanging basket & a potted plant. Furniture to come, too.”

We’ve got a lot left to do. Mike only did one side of the rail (you can see how the right side is just laying in place) because he ran out of the right screws. Once he’s done with what he has to do, I’m going to pain the inside of it a fun (& bright) green. I think it was called Granny Smith Green maybe. We’ll decorate the inside with a few stools from Ikea and a spool table (I’ve had these big spools in the garage for a while and haven’t done anything with them yet). The porch rails will get painted white, I’ll add a few potted plants to their porch and probably a little landscaping to hide the cinder blocks. I also need to finish the curtains, I just threw them up tonight to get an idea of what they need to look like.

Eventually it will all come together.

& to get an idea of where my idea came from (and kind of how I’d like it all to look in the end):

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Is this not the most adorable “handmade hideaway” as she calls it over at The Handmade Home!? Ours will hopefully be a close second when all is said and done. & mostly. I can’t wait for it to be my saving grace come this fall when the weather is nice and the doors are open in the afternoons after school. I’m sure I’ll have to drag the kids in each night. ::fingers crossed::

In need of a little project time.

I started redoing the girls’ room during spring break. We painted, rearranged the furniture, and put out their new bedding. Since then I haven’t done much more. A few accessory pieces here or there and that is about it.

There is a lot I still need to do, I just haven’t had the time to do it. I’m hoping once summer starts I can get a little project time in. Here’s a little bit of what it looks like right now.

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I picked up these desks from Ikea. They are really part of a storage system, but work out perfectly for the girls. I love them because the set up we have here (with the shelf above) is just like my desk. Something that the girls love, too.

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I love when I find the girls in this space, just enjoying it.

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Can you tell they love these twirly dresses? This was before we went to a party and they were testing them out. On this wall is their dresser. I want to paint the drawer fronts, I was thinking ombre with shades of turquoise.

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The butterfly garland was made by my mom. I love it. The two orange hearts represent the girls. The gallery wall isn’t finished. I need a few more prints and to change up a few things, as well. On the bird canvas I plan to repaint it white and do some polka dots (something I saw on Pinterest).

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I also want to put the girls’ names above their beds, just under the butterfly garland. I’m thinking about doing it with scrapbook paper and stringing it on something pretty (ribbon or yarn).

So, that’s that. Now I just need to get the project bug back and get on it. I think the last project I really worked on around the house was their room, so that is a little odd. Usually I’m raring to go when it comes to DIY around the house. Gotta get out of the funk.

Valentines Day Ideas & More.

With a couple of holidays coming up in February (I say that because Mike’s birthday is on Groundhog’s Day & he expects us to celebrate it & his birthday. He really thinks people should be putting inflatable groundhogs in their yard like they do snowmen at Christmas) I thought I’d share some fun things we’veContinue Reading

Laundry room re-do, before & after.

Before the new year even began, I had an idea of what I wanted our first project of 2014 to be. Besides the garage (Mike is horrible at keeping it clean but has vowed to try better this year, we’ll see!) the laundry/pantry is one of my least favorite parts of our house. Until nowContinue Reading

Christmas crafting: reindeer stenciled shirt

Today we are heading to Mount Dora for the weekend. We are going to start with their Christmas Parade this morning, and enjoy shopping & eating around their cute town during the day. We are staying at a charming bed & breakfast (reminiscent of the hotel in Dirty Dancing if you ask me) and weContinue Reading

Lucky Us Printable

Last week I shared the gift I made for Mike for our 7th wedding anniversary. I’ve gotten quite a few requests for the Lucky Us printable, so decided to make it available to you. Makes it much easier than having to email it out to all interested, I’m just so glad so many of youContinue Reading

Copper: Traditional 7th Wedding Anniversary Gift

When I looked up what the tradition gift was for a 7th wedding anniversary, I found copper & wool as the answer. Seeing as it’s the dead of summer, I figured something in wool wouldn’t really be fitting, but figured I could do something with copper. After looking on Pinterest (of course) I put aContinue Reading

WIWW: Tie Dye for Summer

I know I keep mentioning our summer bucket list, get used to it, I’ll be blabbing about it & the things we do all summer. First up on our list? We tie dyed shirts. I had seen someone on instagram do it last summer and tucked it away for this year, knowing the kids wouldContinue Reading

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