Photobucket     Photobucket        

Friday, June 8, 2012

Patio Flowers...Vacations...And A Mantle Revamp

This post is about a little bit of everything! I posted a picture of the fire pit patio on Facebook a few days ago and got lot of likes...thanks everyone! I appreciated the nice comments. So I thought I would show more pics here on my blog. I showed it in April before the flowers really started growing. Now they are really taking off! I water every morning and recently gave them a good dose of Miracle Gro. I can always see a huge difference in a about two weeks. That stuff really works!
 We have really been enjoying alot of evenings out here. The weather has been just right to sit around the fire pit and listen to music.

Kevin cooks on the fire pit all the time. We love roasting hot dogs and grilling hamburgers. They taste just like they do when your out camping!

 I recently painted the bench. You might remember it was faded black. Now the cushion needs a little revamp too. The sun is really bleaching it out.
 The flowers around the bird bath have really come along too! I planted zinnias, begonias, and petunias. I think the zinnias are taking over. As you can see I love me some flowers! I just hope Kevin waters them while we are in... 
Washington D.C.! We will be catching a flight early Sunday morning. You might remember a while back I mentioned that Chase, along with two other classmates, won second place at the State National History Day competition for their group website. That meant that they would move on to Nationals in Washington D.C. His trip is totally paid for so that helped! My mom and I are going along with a few teachers and other moms. This trip is going to be all about the museums. Chase and his friends are looking forward to the Smithsonian. They are also going to get to tour the White House with Arkansas State Senator John Boozman! Unfortunately they would only allow a group of six on the tour so some of us have to wait outside. Oh well, at least the kids will get to see it. I really don't know alot of the plans for this trip and have no idea what to expect. I guess we will figure it out when we get there. If you have been there and know of something we can't miss please let me know.  I will be posting lots of pics on my Facebook page.
Normally we are lucky to take one trip! However, thanks to my parents we are heading to Jamaica a week after we return from Washington D.C.! We were already planning to go to Jamaica when the D.C. trip came along. We are all going along with my mom and dad and we are staying at the Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay. I'm sure D.C. will be fun, but I'm really looking forward to this trip! Have any of you been to Jamaica?
And last...as you can see I changed up the mantle. It was boring the other way and I wasn't sure I liked the scrolly piece over the framed metal art. I ended up raising the art and adding books, a box, bookends and lanterns. I think I like this better...for now. =0 It's still symmetrical!

Thanks to those of you who joined my party this week! There are some really great links. I will not be able to post the party next week...so sorry. We are not getting back until 10:00 Thursday night. I will try to post some pics of our trip here on my blog if I can figure out how to do it from my phone...just hoping it's not too difficult. I will definitely be posting pics on Facebook though.

Have a great weekend!!

34 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your firepit patio looks great, Kristen! I love how the flowers and plants play off your cushion colors. I have to try that miracle gro. I just put in a few hydrangeas and I'd love to give them a good start. Right now I'm just making sure I'm watering them well because we haven't had any rain {not that I'm complaining} and the temps have risen these past couple of days to the 80's.

NanaDiana said...

Kristen- You have a beautiful fire pit area. Your flowers are just gorgeous and scream SUMMER! What a fun place to relax at the end of the day.

I am worried about our plants getting watered when I am gone, too. We don't have a lot of "green thumbs" in our family.

Your mantle looks terrific, as it always does. Have a great Saturday- xo Diana

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Kristen:

Your firepit looks wonderful! What a nice place to entertain!

Love the colors in your flowers, they are gorgeous!

Shelia said...

Hi Kristen. Your firepit area is gorgeous and your flowers look so healthy and beautiful. Love how the colors in your pillows blend so well with your blooms. Have fun!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda said...

Love your backyard...such a pretty patio! So colorful with your cushions and the pretty flowers. And what a neat fire pit right in the middle!

Love your living room too!

I need to use the miracle grow stuff...thanks for the reminder!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Lori E said...

I struggle with mantles. They never look right to me. Arrrgghhh.
I am not a symmetrical person. I don't usually do anything that way.
Looking at your fire pit and flowers warmed me up on this gray cold day here. Thanks.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kristen your patio garden looks absolutely beautiful!! I love all the colorful flowers!! Gorgeous!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Kristen, you are just too much ...matching those GORGEOUS flowers to your pillows around the fire pit! Looks magazine perfect!!! :)

Hope you have a wonderful time vacationing in DC and Jamaica. Congrats to Chase on the contest!

Pat said...

Hello Kristen ~ I love your patio area! We are moving home this year, and I think this space would be a beautiful addition to the new garden ~ xxx Pat in SAfrica

Kylie Helm said...

Hi Kristen! My new bloggy friend over at "deep in the heart of Arkansas" shared your blog with me, and I am too excited to find another NW Arkansas blogger! Love your cute creations! And congrats on the new kitchen appliances, they look GREAT!

-Kylie
absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

Gloria Westerman said...

Your flowers garden is beautiful....love your flowers...and I got to get me a fire pit....Washington is so beautiful as you know....it's so clean and I think everyone in the USA should visit our capital....good luck to your son....
Jamaica..yes I've been there and stayed at that same hotel.....it's beautiful ....just a little out dated in the room....but just the same ....so relaxing.....don't forget to do the ski do's snorkeling ..... alot of fun.....tfs

Carol @arewethereyet said...

Kristen - I love your garden - but I wanted to send you a message and ask for prayers. My grand daughter was born Thursday afternoon and had to be transported, via ambulance, to Orlando to a NICU unit. Prayers would be appreciated - and if you could spread the word - we could use all the prayers we can get! Thanks Kristen!
Hugs -
Carol/Nana

Designs By Pinky said...

All your flowers look gorgeous, I can't believe those 2 hanging plants on the hooks! I love your flower combos, I am taking notes as next year we will be in FULL sun at the new house so I have to rethink all my pots! Have a GREAT 2 trips!!!!! I love seeing the Vietnam wall in DC. Have never been to Jamaica, sadly! XO, Pinky

Rooms by Ann said...

Your patio looks fabulous.I love all the flowers.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Everything looks beautiful.....love the mantle

Are you missing market


I have neber been to Jamaica....

Suzy said...

Hi Kristen. Your patio is so pretty! I love all of the different colors of flowers that you mixed together. I've roasted marshmallows over our firepit, but never even thought about doing hotdogs - duh! ;o) The redo of your mantle turned out great. You have some fun trips coming up! Hope you and your family have a wonderful time. Too bad that I'm about 5 hrs away from DC or I would try to meet you!

Kim said...

I pinned just about all of these pictures. LOL!

xoxo,
Kim

The Bashful Nest said...

Wow Kristen, everything looks great! I love your fire pit, this will be a great place for teenagers to hangout in a few years! Have a great time on your vacations, we live in northern VA, maybe we will run into to each other!
Stay Safe - Michelle

The Bashful Nest said...

Wow Kristen, everything looks great! I love your fire pit, this will be a great place for teenagers to hangout in a few years! Have a great time on your vacations, we live in northern VA, maybe we will run into to each other!
Stay Safe - Michelle

The Bashful Nest said...

Wow Kristen, everything looks great! I love your fire pit, this will be a great place for teenagers to hangout in a few years! Have a great time on your vacations, we live in northern VA, maybe we will run into to each other!
Stay Safe - Michelle

Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch said...

Kristen, your patio is amazing! Love the firepit and love all the bright summer colors. Fabulous space! Sooo pretty! Have fun in Jamaica!

Cathy's World said...

Your patio looks beautiful. I planted a bunch of flowers in pots around the same time you did. We live in California and it has been dry and hot. So, my flowers aren't quite as pretty. Most of them are but I have a few that I will be bringing back to Home Depot.

Congrats to Chase. What an honor.
And...Seriously, Jamaica! Have so much fun. I hope we make an island this year. Can't wait to see pictures.
Safe travels.
Cathy

P.S. Your mantle looks great! :)

Debbiedoo's said...

LOVE your patio! So fun and colorful too.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your patio looks great and your flowers are just gorgeous!

Gypsy Heart said...

I've been to Jamaica...stayed at Negril. The beaches are beautiful but there's so much poverty...breaks your heart.

Hope you enjoy every moment!
xo
Pat
P.S. Your flowers and outside seating area look fabulous!

Gypsy Heart said...

I've been to Jamaica...stayed at Negril. The beaches are beautiful but there's so much poverty...breaks your heart.

Hope you enjoy every moment!
xo
Pat
P.S. Your flowers and outside seating area look fabulous!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love your patio....pinning away from Debbie Doos....I am a new follower too!!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your firepit looks really nice. I love your living room.

Dee

ღ Jans Life According To Milo ღ said...

Those colors are gorgeous! Love those flowers, I'm sure that we would all love to come and sit in your back yard! Great job!

Colleen said...

Wow! such a beautiful patio. I love all the color in your flowers. You must love being out there! lovely!

Dani said...

You have such a beautiful home and I love the colors you've used! Blessings, Dani

momMYsliceoflife said...

I love your style!! Your patio is beautiful and so is the mantel!

Nancy said...

So pretty! I love your taste in decor! Love the outside!

~Shelly~ said...

First of all I love the patio & the mantle! Gorgeous!! Ive been to DC recently and LOVED every min of it! I went with school on my 8th grade trip but now being almost 30 I appreciated it a lot more. I think my fav thing we did was the Smithsonoian-National Museum of American History. You CAN'T miss the Star Spangled Banner there, as well as the first ladies collection :) I also loved the National Archives. So much to do there! And Jamiaica.. we went to Ocho Rios (Sandals)..but getting there was a bit crazy! Have fun!
(Kelly's Korner)

Featured in Country Woman Magazine fall 2012 for kitchen and crafts

My Photo
I'm a 40yr. old mother of 1. I've been married for 19 years to a wonderful man, Kevin. We have one son together named Chase who is 14. We live in a small town in Arkansas and have a dog named Sassy, a cat named Coco and now a chinchilla, Tiki. My husband is a Database Administrator and I have my own business called Kristen's Creations where I make and sell a variety of crafts. I worked in a shop as a floral designer for 15 yrs. until it closed. My former boss decided to retire and lease out her building. I enjoy crafting, decorating, and hanging out with my family. E-mail me at Kristenscreations@hotmail.com

To subscribe through email, add your email address below.

You are welcome to pin anything from my blog

Follow Me on Pinterest

Total Pageviews



The tip junkie featured my snowman mesh wreath!

homemade crafts

Popular Posts

BlogCatalog

Decorating Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

Sassy Girl

Sassy Girl

Cock a doodle doo!!

Cock a doodle doo!!

Wish we were here!

Wish we were here!

blog ranking

Lifestyle Blogs - Blog Rankings

Blog List

  • [image: Shakespeare In The Garden by Mick Hales]With gardening on the mind these days, I’m sharing one of my favorite gardening books, one I purchased per ...
    57 minutes ago
  • Hello Lovelies~ Things are crazy around here right now. But crazy in a wonderful way. Today, I thought I'd share with you all of the excitement happenin...
    1 hour ago
  • Welcome to Wow and our first party this fall! We are enjoying gorgeous weather here that actually feels like fall. Speaking of fall did you check out the F...
    3 hours ago
  • It’s been a whirl-wind of a few days and I feel like I haven’t “talked” to you in forever! I wrote all of the posts you’ve been reading over the past fe...
    3 hours ago
  • [image: Homework time doesn't have to be a pain! This Homework Station Turntable keeps all homework supplies at your fingertips! | MomOnTimeout.com | #cr...
    4 hours ago
  • Hey there! How are you on this lovely fall day? I’m back with a few more quick tips on sprucing up fireplaces – I shared how to open one up and clean the...
    11 hours ago
  • I love decorating for Halloween!! And I love making wreaths. Each Halloween I like to change things up with new decorations. This year I am really into B...
    12 hours ago
  • He's our #1 son and when he comes to visit we want him to be comfortable. Before this room was dark and the bedding had flowers. He didn't like either of t...
    13 hours ago
  • I didn't share this part of the patio yesterday cause I wanted to save it and the other post was getting too long. I do NOT want you all to be bored!!! Our...
    14 hours ago
  • Today I am sharing a post over at Eighteen25. These sisters sure know how to put on a Spooktacular September! Lots of Halloween ideas have been shared an...
    15 hours ago
  • [image: SONY DSC] I left off in my last post with the Fall decorating I did from our front door in through to the living room. You can see that here. ...
    15 hours ago
  • [image: Caramel Apple Pound Cake by virginiasweetpea.com] It’s finally fall, the perfect time for a dessert with one of fall’s food pleasures, apples. Car...
    16 hours ago
  • [image: stylemakers-event_thumb.jpg] It’s been such a pleasure to be invited to events by different brands while I’ve been blogging all these years and the...
    17 hours ago
  • Welcome to the 235th Inspire Me Tuesday. As usual you guys are really killing it when it comes to Fall Decor. There were some fabulous links, so be sure ...
    1 day ago
  • *Hi everyone!* I know what you are thinking....*the beach?* In the fall? YES! That's my favorite time to go and I just returned, well rested and full of ...
    1 day ago
  • *It is amazing where you can get inspiration* *from! I was standing in line at * *Hancock Fabric Store buying some fun* *Halloween fabrics to make napkins...
    1 day ago
  • Happy "almost" First Day of Fall! As I watched our home "virtually" being built, one of the things I loved about it was the sunroom right off of the kitche...
    1 day ago
  • *Are you ready for some great Fall finds that are on the softer side of Fall?* In my search for the SOFTER SIDE I ran across a few items that I feel w...
    1 day ago
  • It's been a while. I've been gone!!!! On Wednesday I left town with my two of my best friends to go to Dot Mom. We drove to Memphis and spent the night...
    1 day ago
  • Happy Monday, all! I just thought I’d check in with a couple of things. Cold 2014 has hit our house with a vengeance, so it has been a lot of groaning, sne...
    1 day ago
  • I like to switch things up around the house so recently I made some changes to our dining room. I replaced the plain cream silk curtains with patterned w...
    1 day ago
  • Welcome... come on up and stay awhile. This year the decor around the front door has an asymmetrical look using grapevines...cornstalks...and plenty of br...
    1 day ago
  • Hello, Dear Ones! I've finally got to a spot where I could actually sit down and write a post. I hadn't downloaded my pictures since we left Galveston last...
    1 day ago
  • I found this darling dining set in an unloved corner of Goodwill. It was just what a client was looking for. [image: 1-IMG_7865-003] It was a well buil...
    1 day ago
  • My house looks better in the Fall. It just does. It’s like it’s been patient all year just waiting for this time. For the flip-flops to be replaced with ...
    1 day ago
  • Life. It’s a peanut butter jelly sandwich and all that, isn’t it? It’s as sweet as a baby’s breath. As fun as an afternoon of playing in the rain. As s...
    1 day ago
  • [image: FALL VIGNETTES-Laurie] Fall is coming to the sunroom at our house. [image: FALL VIGNETTES 1] In the plate rack, I’ve used leaf place mats behind...
    1 day ago
  • I find myself enjoying the changing of the Seasons. We've been fortunate Continue reading... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,...
    2 days ago
  • Happy Show & Tell Saturday! I hope you are enjoying some nice fall weather. Have you pulled out any fall decor yet? Working on anything new? Grab a link...
    3 days ago
  • [image: image] Recently, I reviewed the book “One Man’s Folly” about the antiquarian Furlow Gatewood, a designer in his 90s living at his childhood far...
    3 days ago
  • Welcome to the September 19th Foodie Friday, where great food is always on the menu! Zap continues to improve and is enjoying trips to Home Depot! I'm vi...
    5 days ago
  • We all know that Brides want to follow Wedding Etiquette, but did you know that there is etiquette to followed when you are a guest at a wedding? I love t...
    5 days ago
  • Not! We are definitely in the doldrums of summer here in AZ. By now we are sick of the heat, we are all over it. I did manage to finish a creation for a ...
    5 days ago
  • [image: Garage Organization – DIY Workshop] I know most people think I am crazy that the first project in my new house is organizing my garage. I am jus...
    5 days ago
  • *Hey everyone!! So sorry I haven't been around in so long! I have been really busy with my cake business and haven't been doing any decorating. I am starti...
    6 days ago
  • Did you notice my new rug in the recent post Curtains Hung And Unwanted Guest? I had been searching for a living room rug for months and had finally decide...
    1 week ago
  • An old photo of Dan and I Old and fuzzy as it is and not at all flattering, I love it. I remember it was a moment of such laughter, that whatever struc...
    1 week ago
  • Have you decorated your home for fall yet? I can feel the nights getting cooler, but the days are still pretty hot, however I feel fall weather is close! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The crazy thing about blogging, you can time travel. How about we go back.....lets say 14 years. Are you ready? Bless my heart. It was pretty cool ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Has it really been over a year since I wrote in here?!! I really had no intentions of getting back to blogging,but I made a promise to someone (who shall r...
    3 weeks ago
  • Hey guys..Tootsie Here....Frustrated beyond words. Remember last year when I got locked out of here and it was right off the internet for the whole month?...
    3 weeks ago
  • I have been keeping a secret for a few months... and it has been hard not to give it away! Thank goodness I can finally tell you today!!! After 4 1/2 y...
    1 month ago
  • I can’t believe that it has been almost two months since my last blog post. Where has the time gone? Hopefully, I will get back on track and start sh...
    2 months ago
  • Balsamic Roasted Turnips with Thyme - ButterYum
    3 months ago
  • Hello Lovlies, You are cordially invited to join me at my new blog, Larkspur Interiors. WHEN: Now! WHERE: www.larkspurinteriors.com R.S.V.P.: Not necessa...
    6 months ago
  • Hey there everyone!! THANK YOU so much to everyone who responded to me after my post this weekend! Meant so much! But I wanted to do a 2nd little post t...
    7 months ago
  • *ALAT PEMBESAR PENIS* - Adalah Salah satu Penemuan spektakuler abad ini untuk terapi pembesaran penis tercepat, sudah banyak di buktikan oleh hampir 98% pr...
    8 months ago
  • On the twelve days of Christmas, My true Love gave to me..... *December 14, 2009* Dearest Dave, I went to the door today, and the post man delivered a par...
    9 months ago
  • *Hello!!!! Thank you for visiting!!! BPB has NEW PRETTY home! Click the link below my photo and you will be redirected to the new si...
    10 months ago
  • I've been busy creating very special MiMi Turkey tops for little girls - I decided that I wanted to create a Grandmother Turkey that is gray - so I could ...
    11 months ago
  • It's Friday once again. Can you believe it? And it's time for another great house tour. Today we're snooping around Jenna's home at Rain On A Tin Roof. ...
    1 year ago
  • *A day filled with frustration, a scary day beyond belief.* *No way I can possibly answer each one of you but your words and prayers have literally kept us...
    1 year ago
  • I’ll be honest…it wasn’t intentional, but it WAS fantastic. Am I done for good? I don’t know, but I suspect I am. In the mean time, I’ll be busy doing this...
    1 year ago
  • Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Oscar Pick": *Why make fun of someone you do not even know. It is sad when you try so hard to be someone you...
    1 year ago
  • *This blog has been so neglected this year for many reasons, but mainly because LIFE JUST HAPPENS....I am sorry I did not fill it with more tree pictures. ...
    1 year ago
  • I have a secret....... And it's a dirty little one..... I have been living in shame for some time with something I dared not mention... For fear of being...
    1 year ago
  • The Finished Product Well, it's been awhile since I've been on here. Don't know why, just busy I guess. I went back to work full time so that doesn't lea...
    1 year ago
  • * * Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day! * Ohhh boy...I am having sooo much fun revisiting a few of my past autumn posts. I really do lov...
    2 years ago
  • Projects, projects, do they ever end? lol There is always something to add to the list, isn't there? I had wanted to add bead board to the ends of our ...
    2 years ago
  • Are you looking for a festive adult beverage to serve your guests for the 4th of July? [image: DSCN4230_281] This one will get some ohhhs and ahhhs and it...
    2 years ago
  • Seems I have the hardest time getting this house all decorated the way I want….or do I….sometimes I just really feel CONTENT and really don’t feel the ne...
    2 years ago
  • Wow, how time flies?!?! This time of year is busy for everyone, that I know, but this year has been an even more busy and hectic (and let’s add “flat ou...
    2 years ago
  • [image: DSC00081] [image: DSC00082] [image: DSC00083] I found the antique book at one of my favorite stores in McKinney, Texas called SMITTEN! I have...
    3 years ago
  • Why does the confining upgrade grade the disorder?
    3 years ago

Designed By: