Thursday, August 12, 2010

The $5 Adirondack Chairs

Hello everyone!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week:).

We are still reeling in all of the fun we had with family. Oh, did we have a good time, and boy did we cram in a month's worth of activities in 7 days.  It was such a blessing to see people we love and meet new additions, too.

My sister, Charity...a.k.a. Cheech...as we like to call her, was so nice to guest post. Thank you for all of your thoughtful comments! Isn't my niece a cutie pie? Charity is one of my best friends in the world. So sweet, warm, genuine, and positive. I know I can always count on her for an honest answer and uplifting words. She is also a VERY talented seamstress! Her work is impeccable. I can't even begin to pretend I am in the same league when it comes to my sewing:). I hope each of you are blessed with a sister or friend that is such an important part of your lives. I am lucky enough to have Charity,  dear sister in laws {love you Dani:)}, and friends so sweet I could call on them day or night:) .

I have other exciting news...I bought a camera off of Craigslist. It is a Nikon D50 and WOW am I in heaven. There is a huge learning curve in trying to figure out light and balance, but I am thrilled to be able to take pictures again. {Thanks Cheech for letting me borrow your camera for so long}! 

Here are a couple of photos I captured this morning on the farm...

Wheat in the garden.
Rosie in the morning sun.


 I just love that even as a total beginner, the camera makes your photos look half way decent...haha! 


On to my favorite find this Summer! My $5 pair of Adirondack chairs. When I bought them three weeks ago, they looked like this...




A bit on the rough side...even though I love chippy paint.

My sweet boy volunteered to sand and paint them, as I had my hands full preparing for visitors that week. He did an absolutely beautiful job. I can't believe that he is so skilled at the age of 12! They are smooth and comfortable, and he applied two coats of glossy white paint. The color is Dutch Boy's "Whipped White." 


I was so excited to have them this past week! They were the seat of choice and oh so comfortable:).




This next week, I am going to be busy preserving peaches and nectarines. On Monday, I tried my hand at Dilly Beans, as we picked over 10lbs. of green beans out of the garden. 
Is anyone interested in a picture tutorial on how to can?
 I am going to include them soon on my sidebar. Preserving is such a wonderful way to capture the season's best at peak harvest. The flavors are none to be matched when it comes to freshness. It is one of my passions and I hope to share it with you soon:)

Hope you all have a lovely day! 

~Julia


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10 comments:

Leslie said...

those pictures with your new camera are amazing...i love the wheat. what a good boy to do those chairs for you. they are gorgeous and such a bargain!!!

La Belle Vie said...

I love your chairs!! The colour is wonderful!! Lovely. ♥

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Beautiful photos. I love how your chairs turned out. Your blog has such a nice peaceful feel.

I'd definitely be interested in a canning tutorial. My grandma used to can like crazy.

Stef said...

I was just thinking about your chairs and wondering how your time with family was going. I think I missed your sister's post, though, while I was on vacation, so I'm going to have to check that out. I would love to know how you can tomatoes - when I've tried it in the past, they just seemed very watery and not flavorful enough for the dishes that I cook with canned tomatoes. Seems like there are always too many tomatoes, although this year, there haven't been nearly enough yet!! Also, any good pickle recipes?? I suppose that I can't can up eggplant or zuchinni, huh? There's always too much of that, too. :)

Robin said...

Julia,
The pictures of your farm are GORGEOUS!!! I love your newly painted chairs too! What a nice son you have! I would love some tutorials on canning. I just learned to can jam for the first time this year and had a blast! I'd like to learn more though!
~Robin

Carlan said...

Love your sister, too!;) Beautiful pictures of the wheat, especially the rosie one with!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Wow your chairs turned out great! i remember when you got them, I was wondering what had happened to them. Have fun with your new camera!

Simply Bungalow said...

What a transformation. They are lovely.

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Beautiful photos and man oh man do I ever want to sit in one of those chairs with my coffee right now!

:)
Sarah

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Great redo--I have one that needs a fixin', hasn't happened yet. Thanks for sharing!

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