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2741  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Tablecloth Weights on: June 02, 2013 05:17:23 AM
It's really windy where we live so I knew I needed to find a solution to keep our tablecloths in place.  After a stop at the auto supply store for alligator clips and the sporting goods store for fishing weights, I got out my jewelry making supplies and fashioned some tablecloth weights.  Besides the clip and the weight, I used a head pin (like the ones you use to make dangly earrings) and two beads.  They worked great!  I need to make another set for our bistro table. 


I made the tablecloth, too, from some heavy weight cotton I got at JoAnn's for half off. 
2742  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! on: May 31, 2013 03:19:30 AM
You'll enjoy Craftster even more now, mandykaye!
2743  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Deck Do-Over on: May 31, 2013 03:18:16 AM
We're planning to get a propane heater eventually, LimeRiot.  If you find a good source, please let me know!

One of the first things I asked our contractor was if the rail was required by code, TheMistressT.  I was happy to find out it isn't.  We do plan to incorporate a few built in planters and a bench around some areas of the perimeter. 
2744  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Deck Do-Over on: May 30, 2013 05:32:19 PM
Thanks!  Hubby installed two exterior ceiling fans today so it's even more inviting in the heat.   Smiley
2745  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/30/13 - Lots of fun new features including a new Tutorials Portal! on: May 30, 2013 02:51:35 PM
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2746  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: You "Plus" Me = Quilt! on: May 29, 2013 01:03:28 PM
Just beautiful!
2747  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Deck Do-Over on: May 28, 2013 05:15:39 PM
Come on!   Cheesy
2748  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! on: May 28, 2013 04:29:45 PM
That's an awesome (and colorful) package!
2749  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Deck Do-Over on: May 28, 2013 11:14:49 AM
Thanks for the kind comments, everyone.  Smiley  We need to throw a deck warming party! 
2750  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Deck Do-Over on: May 28, 2013 08:39:11 AM
Something that's been on our to-do list ever since we purchased the farm is to redo the back deck, and we finally got it done!  For the longest time, we didn't have a clue what we wanted.  We felt the slope of the back yard really limited our options.  We finally got out a measuring tape and figured out how far back it could be pushed out then drew up some plans.


Here's a before shot.  It was an oddly shaped eyesore, too narrow to comfortably sit at our outdoor dining table.  The handrails were a mess of peeling white paint and the floorboards were starting to curl and come unattached in places.


Here's day one of construction.  We hired a contractor for the heavy work but my husband and I did the entire demolition of the old deck. 


Here's a shot under the new roofline.  We're still playing around with furniture placement so it doesn't look like the garden section of a Home Depot. 


We got the little bistro set on sale.  My husband is going to run electricity out there and install two ceiling fans and some galvanized metal pendant lights we have on order.  He also plans to put a handrail around the spa and build a few planters and benches out there.


We've had every single meal out there since it was finished.  I'm so happy it was finished in the spring so we can enjoy it all summer.  I can't believe it took us so long to figure out what we wanted and am so happy it's finally done!







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