Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: With Good Friends

Ok, so maybe it wasn't a tablescape as much as an ottoman"scape" ...

And maybe it wasn't exactly with good friends ...

but BEST FRIENDS! Yes, indeed. There are nights when Scott is hard at work, or when he's fast asleep where I sneak down to the coziness of my living room, plop myself down on a cushy down pillow, fix myself a delicious snack of lemon curd cookies with sweet vanilla icing and ripe, but tart white grapes and catch up on my weekly reading.
With so much happening around Casa de la Vanderdogan, I've had a hard time finding hours in the day to enjoy my best friends: Veranda, Canada's Style at Home (thanks to MrsBen), House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Living Before and Afters "Special Print", and of course - what collection of friends would be a true collection without Martha, Stewart Living that is.

Tonight, cookies in my grasp (which look beautiful on the gorgeous blue and white plate Rhoda at Southern Hospitality sent as a gift) and Scott's delicious fresh brewed raspberry iced tea I intend to spend some time with these best good friends, laughing, oooing, ahing, and maybe even cringing. You're welcome to join in! And make sure to head over to see Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, and all the beautiful tablescapes that participated this week.

Holy Soreness Batman ...

If you have been reading this blog for long, you'll already know about the plans I had to put a reclaimed brick patio at the back of our property near the garage. If you didn't know that, you can read about it here, here, here, oh and here, and a little here, here, and again here.

Yes, I was all too excited to talk about it, but when it came to doing the labor that was necessary to clear the area for a level surface ... that was a different story. There always seemed to be something that kept Scott somehow otherwise preoccupied, and I just didn't have the courage to get started on such a large project on my own. Until ...

Sunday my friends Dorothy and Dan came over with a roto-tiller. Dan made a few passes over the area, in less than 1/2 an hour, the soil was completely loose about a foot deep. I of course thanked them over and over again, and then got started moving around the soil. Now, I could show you pictures of where the patio stands now - unfinished, but oh so close to being perfect - but I think it would be better to do an entire post on the complete transformation of the area on one of Susan's Metamorphosis Monday's.

For now, I found some great inspiration pictures that show off the herringbone pattern I fell in love with and decided to use for our project.

There isn't much about this gorgeous home and garden that I don't like - but I'm in love with the curved herringbone brick walkway weaving through the very happy garden. There is something about a washed gray shingle side house with beautiful gardens that always makes my heart go pitter pat.

And again here, the herringbone in a walkway - this time covered with a moss that is just oh so natural! I haven't quite decided if I would like this look for myself - but I'm sure if I were walking the path of this beautiful paved walkway, I'd be pointing out the moss to whomever were on the trail with me.
So there you have it. I can tell you that the patio is near complete ... a project 1-year in the making! And there are more surprises to that area, too! So stay tuned! I hope (weather willing) I can get everything finished in time for Share a Garden Sunday/Met Monday. Have a great Wednesday!