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May After Party

Subtitle:  Where Did The Time Go??

Can you believe it’s already the last Friday of the month? That means it’s time to share some before and  afters! Did you make any changes to your home or your life this month? Do tell!!

My big plan for May was to recover my headboard, re-do my bedskirt and add new shades in our master bedroom. Like the last time I committed to getting the bedroom finished up, I detoured and worked on a totally different project. In fact I have several “projects” to share with you today!

These first two are still works works in progress but WOW, how far they have come! I can hardly believe how amazing these projects are turning out. Are you ready???

Here is the first one……ten years in the making!

That yummy baby who used to shimmy backwards under the couch turned double digits this week!!
WHAT????? How on earth could that have possibly happened??? Boy of a million funny faces, wacky sense of humor, and most affectionate and loving kid on the planet, I adore you!!

This next project is twelve years in the making as of the end of May!

In the blink of an eye my quiet, sweet, shy baby girl blossomed into a chatty, outgoing, energetic girl who fills up the house with laughter, music and crazy dance moves. Kooky, zany twelve year old girl, you are a ray of sunshine in our lives!

Those are my two favorite projects ever for the month of May 🙂

And yes – despite the fact that I have yet to post any home improvements or DIYs this entire month, this is still a home improvement/DIY blog!! What is it about me committing to working on my master bedroom and then getting distracted by other projects??? (Like my dining room table that I made over in February instead of working on the bedroom….are you seeing a pattern here?)  Well, I didn’t get the headboard, bedskirt or blinds crossed off my list but I did manage to surprise Mark with a little labor of love for his birthday.

I haven’t blogged much about the changes we’ve made to the exterior of our home, and it’s actually been pretty dramatic. When we bought our house in August, 2010, it was a heavily treed lot. So heavy, in fact, that our roof had moss, mold and GRASS growing on it!

From the driveway the house was barely visible. It was lovely and shady, and while we appreciate the trees, there were just too many! A huge fenced-in dog pen took up half the backyard and we tore it down right after we moved in.

Trees came all the way up to the deck.

We had somewhere around 20 trees removed, loam brought in and grass sewn, and 21 months later….

 it’s a great yard for the kids to play in!

We are thrilled to have a great open yard, but now it needs some gussying up.
To surprise Mark, I removed bluestone pavers from one of our front gardens……
(they led to a side door on the garage that we never use)….
….and set them to make a stepping path to the deck, and create a little seating area.
Eventually two of these wicker rockers that are “staging” my mom’s house right now will come home and be used in this space – I’ve already scrubbed them with a metal brush and given them a fresh coat of spraypaint for the 2012 season!
I also took the window boxes that were on the front of the house, completely obscured from view by the tall shrubs in front of them….
…and with the help of a very cute double-digits assistant, prettied them up a bit. The plants will grow up and add a nice splash of color to the space over the summer (if we remember to keep them alive!)
These window boxes are a little scrolly for my taste but then again they came with a pretty good price tag, like the pavers – FREE!
And last but not least – the true birthday present for Mark was the fact that I moved all the firewood that we stored on the deck for the winter down to a pallet in this alcove, so that he wouldn’t have to do it!
My firewood stacking skills are not so good, but the deed is done, and the firewood is ready for summertime fun around our firepit.
I have a little space reserved for a potting bench, inspired by Pam’s fabulous makeover, and I’m on the lookout for a little coffee table.
I love being able to use this little area now. Little by little our vision of what this house can be is coming to life, and it’s so gratifying and fun to make it happen!

I wish you could join me in this very spot for a glass of wine or a fun summer mocktail!

What have you been up to, my friends?? Link up before-and-afters of any kind and share what you’ve accomplished!
*Please include the party button or a link back to the May Party in your blog post.
*By linking up a before and after project to this party, you give your consent for me to use your photos with a link back to your blog if I feature them. I would love to share your awesomeness!

Happy weekend all!

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Calypso In The Country

Thursday 31st of May 2012

I made it in for May - hurray! Thanks for hosting! -Shelley

Jennifer L. Griffin

Thursday 31st of May 2012

What a huge difference on your home's exterior! It's an absolutely gorgeous setting, and that back yard...perfection! Lots of hard work in the process, but definitely worth it in the end!

Lisa - A Room with A View

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

You have a beautiful piece of property - so lush and perfect for playing, relaxing, entertaining and you have been busy beautifying it even more, Lisa! I am inspired to tackle my front and back yard - not enough time, though.

pam {simple details}

Tuesday 29th of May 2012

Wow, Lisa! I don't think I've ever seen an exterior shot like these, your setting is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the sweet shout-out, hope you find a potting bench to add to your perfect family yard!

Urban Orchard Interiors

Sunday 27th of May 2012

What a transformation to your yard! I am so jealous of all the room you have--it's so nice to see your family outside playing in the grass. And what a nice surprise to your husband. Moving the firewood alone was a great gift!