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Have you ever seen burlap drapes?

Have you ever seen burlap drapes? My grandmother was telling me about how when she was a young child, when she went to visit her grandparents, her grandmother often sewed things from burlap feed sacks! She was telling me that the sacks actually had pretty patterns on them because the companies knew that the home-makers were going to use the material to make dresses and aprons and decorate their homes! I decided to go online and see if I could see some examples of burlap drapes and I found some plain ones for sale at this website, but I am going to keep looking to see if I can find examples of some drapes that had patterns on the burlap.

House Warming Party

Tonight I visited one of my friend’s new home. She was having a house warming party. I brought her a basket filled with kitchen utensils and dish towels. I found some dish towels that had grapes and vines on them since she is doing her entire kitchen with a  grape theme. They were a cream colored with purple and green grapes strewn about.

Anyway, what really excited me while I was at her house was her bathroom. It was absolutely gorgeous. She has one of the most stunning vessel sinks made of earth toned marble. Her counter tops where in a similar marble color. The flooring was a breathtaking tile that I wish I had in my house. It looked easy to clean and was probably heated too. I’ve always thought heated floors were fancy. All of the linens were a cream color with a brown accent stripe. The whole room looked warm and inviting in it’s natural tones.

The rest of her house was just a beautiful as the bathroom, but I just couldn’t get enough of how lovely even the guest bathroom was. Normally the big bucks are spent on the master bathrooms and not the guest baths. She’s one lucky woman to have that gorgeous home.

Paving Stones with Pizazz

I was going through a magazine as I sat in the doctor’s office this morning. I saw the most beautiful patios with gorgeous paving stone. The colors and designs were amazing. I think my favorite photo of the bunch was one showing a terracotta colored stone in an intricate star pattern. Each stone interlocked perfectly to form a seven pointed star or almost a flower design. It was rimmed with a contrasting deep chocolate color that gave the whole design a richness and made it look very expensive.

I’d love to have a patio like that at my house. I wonder how hard it would be to install patio pavers by myself. I bet I could save a bunch of money if I cut out the cost of labor and just paid for the materials. However, I’m not an expert at this kind of design, so I would probably be better off hiring a professional company to come out and do it for me. Then I would get to enjoy it all and not hurt myself in the process from lugging the stones around.

I wouldn’t stop with just paving my patio though. I would also have my driveway paved in a beautiful matching stone. I might as well go all out and have the whole front redone if I’m going to do it. I bet I could get that large star flower done on the patio and then maybe smaller versions of it as you drive up the driveway. Or, maybe doing just the opposite design would look better. I’d have to see a mock up or digital rendering of what the entire project would look like before I committed either way. I’m sure some companies provide a service like to help their customers visualize their dreams.

Pesky Weeds Just Won’t Go Away

The weeds in my back yard are really frustrating me. There is a corner in the back that I just can’t seem to get a handle on. I’ve tried pulling them, spraying them, you name it I’ve done it. I’m at a loss as for what to do to get rid of them. I’d like my lawn to be free of weeds but I’m almost at the point of giving up.

I guess now is the time for me to either do a bunch more research on weed control or call out the big guys to see what they can suggest. I wonder if I can get a consultation and see if they can give me some advice. I might be better off just having them rip everything out and starting over. Renovating the back yard could be a fun project.

Which Pool is Right for Me?

With the weather getting warmer, outdoor water activities are lots of fun. Right now we generally visit a local community pool, but I’m thinking about other ideas. I’m not sure if having a pool of our own is really what I want but, I did take a look around to see what our options are. One website that I found that has a bunch of options for pools is doheny.com.

Doheny has a few different above ground pools to take into consideration. I was surprised to see quick pools not just in circles, but also in rectangles. All my life I’ve only seen above ground pools in big giant circles. They have eight different sizes to choose from in the quick pools section. They even throw in a free volley ball set when you buy certain sizes. If that’s not incentive enough to buy maybe the four payment plan will persuade me.

The addition of a pool to our backyard will really make the warmer seasons all the more enjoyable. A swimming pool water slide could be an nice piece to add to the pool too! Lady Bug would really have a blast sliding into the pool with her friends. If we want to get a slide though we have to make the commitment to an in-ground pool. Maybe I’ll just start her off with some diving sticks and pool noodles if we get an above ground pool. Either way, I know we’ll be happy.