Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fading summer...

Summer is beginning to wind down ~ shorter days, even the occasional evening chill in the air. A couple nights ago, I took a tour around the yard to see how things look as the season begins to fade. Everything is still lovely, especially in that soft early evening light.
How are things where you live?
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend full of beauty...

All photos by The Pink Home

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Easy summer beauty...

Who knew baking cups could be so cute and multi-functional? Martha, of course. I was looking for ideas for summer entertaining when I came across these on her website. The idea of using straws and paper cups to make flowers is adorable and simple, though I would probably use these for a quick centerpiece ~ just splash some pretty pink and yellow lemonade in a few different sized glasses and plop a couple of these in ~ rather than actually drinking from them. The idea of using baking cups for glass covers is an ingenious way to keep the flies at bay, don't you think? Easy, inexpensive, cute and functional, all in one. Love it.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Busy, busy, busy...

I've been somewhat absent of late, I know, but it's not without good reason. I have been busy, busy, busy working on getting my Etsy shop, The Pink Home, ready to open. I thought I'd share just a few of the things I'll have in the shop when it opens next month ~ framed art, greeting cards, etc. I've been busy with paperwork and photographing the items I'll have for sale and it's all really coming together. I'm so excited to know my little shop will be open soon ~ I can't wait to share my little bits of beauty with the world and hopefully brighten someone's home.
Stop by my other blog, The Pink Home, for more on what I've been up to lately.
Wishing all of you a wonderful week...

All photos by The Pink Home

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fresh air rooms to love...

I was perusing the Better Homes & Gardens site when I came across these outdoor rooms ~ or fresh air rooms, as they call them ~ and fell in love. Each one is glorious and lovely, perfect inspiration for the sunroom on the front of my house back East. I'm going to file them away in the house ideas folder I keep on my computer. And while I doubt that my fresh air room will be as elaborate as these, it's still fun to dream, isn't it?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The beauty of fresh eggs?

All photos by Ray Kachatorian from Country Living. Click here for the slideshow.

A few months ago, I came across an article in a magazine about these people who built their own chicken coop and have a few chickens that give them fresh eggs. The coop was so adorable and the idea of fresh eggs appealed so much, I thought, hmmm, we might have to try that one day. While we don't live on a farm, neither did the people in the article, and they seemed to manage fine. The more I read, the more I was convinced I'd love to do that.
Then, today, I spotted an article on Country Living's Website about the very same thing ~ different people, but they had built their own coop and were raising their own chickens, living in a city. The coop is absolutely adorable, as you can see from the photos, as are the eggs their hens produce.
Seeing all of this, I'm beginning to wonder if having your own chicken coop is a new trend, especially after a conversation I had last week. I was talking to a friend of mine who just moved into a fabulous old house with plenty of yard and she was telling me about wanting a little chicken coop for a few hens so they could have fresh eggs. I told her what I had seen in the first article and how I was thinking it sounded like something I'd love to do, and then we talked about various ideas for cute little coops and the beauty in having your very own fresh eggs. So now I'm curious ~ do any of you have your own chicken coops? If not, is it something you've ever thought of doing?

All photos by Ray Kachatorian from Country Living. Click here for the slideshow.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Scents of the season... Summer

When I think of how summer smells, I always think of the beach ~ that blend of salt air, the ocean and that coconut scent that seems to abound in summer creams. One whiff of that heavenly blend and I know it's summer.
Of course, there's also a need to wash off that scent (and the sand) before you head indoors. For that, you can't beat an outdoor shower. This is perhaps one of the coolest things about our new place that I haven't shown you ~ we have our very own outdoor shower, right next to the back door. It's heaven.
I'm off today to file paperwork for my little Etsy shop, so I won't be putting it to good use. But there's always next weekend...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The last edition of Furry First Fridays...

Welcome to Furry First Friday! I hope you will link up your pet posts and then hop around to visit. You can link up through Sunday.
I've decided this month will be the last edition. I think it's been fun, but with the move and not doing it for a month, I nearly forgot about it, which has happened a couple times. If my blogging buddy Kathie hadn't asked about it this month, it would have passed me by completely.
For the last edition, I thought I'd share this photo I snapped of Russ, Nick and Emily as they head into the house. I'm also linking up to some recent photos of shared of our Emily. Hope you enjoy.