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2861  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! 
2862  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!

2863  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap - June 2013 discussion thread on: May 28, 2013 03:40:54 AM
June is a tough month for me, but I think I'll join in July if this swap continues. 
2864  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: The Secret Garden on: May 28, 2013 03:38:50 AM
I knew this was yours from the thumbnail photo.  Just gorgeous!  Good luck at the fair.   Smiley
2865  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Lion cake on: May 28, 2013 03:34:50 AM
Awww r. craftwright, I bet your mom was thrilled!  Is there a special significance to making a lion for her?
2866  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Memorial Day cookies on: May 28, 2013 03:32:30 AM
Wow, these are just gorgeous!
2867  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Giant Burger Of Awesomeness on: May 28, 2013 02:56:00 AM
Yum!  And I love that you craft at your dining table.
2868  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Triflin' Strawberry Banana Trifle on: May 28, 2013 02:54:43 AM
What a great summer dessert!
2869  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! on: May 27, 2013 06:20:57 PM
I know your boys loved those, texscrapper!
2870  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Re: Message eyechart and tile push pins for dad on: May 16, 2013 04:47:42 PM
What a great gift for dad, thanks for sharing!
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