Thursday, July 9, 2009

Simply Home Outdoors

Hi, everyone!! Sorry I don't really have anything to post. I've been in a slump since the 4th of July and I can't seem to snap out of it! :( Hopefully, it doesn't last too long!!

I do have some pictures of my outside that I'd like to share with you. We don't save our do-it-yourself skills for just inside. We've done a lot of work outside, too. Over the years, we have installed new windows, sided the house, built a garage, set up a pool, built a new side porch and pool deck, created a grilling area from stones we got for $30 at a masonry "yard sale", put in barn stone planters and poured a new driveway and colored, stamped patio! (My hubby has his own concrete business!) And, yes, we've done it all ourselves!! We feel a sense of pride whenever someone pays a compliment on our home because we've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it. And the best part is, we saved a lot of money doing it ourselves!!

The only major project left is to install a new roof. Hopefully, we'll do that this year. I'd also like to replace our front sidewalk sometime. I don't care for the pavers anymore. I'm tired of getting ants building nests, or whatever they're doing, in between the joints. I already have a color and stamp pattern picked out! ;)

Well, hopefully, it won't be so long before my next post. I NEED to snap out of this sluggishness!!! I have things to do, I just don't feel like doing them! NOT GOOD!!!


  1. u have a beautiful yard, love that grilling & pool area!! Great work you and hubby have done!

  2. Oh Kris! Your home is absolutely gorgeous!
    We do all of the stuff around here at our home takes quite a bit longer to complete, but it is the satisfaction of a job well done that we love! So I understand completely where you are coming from!
    I will have to show Joe your home...He too will love it as much as I do!

  3. I just love your outside!...MY OH MY!...when are we grilling out?!...I'll bring the side dishes and my towel!

  4. Kris,

    I love your home it's gorgeous. Your yard is beautiful! As good as this looks you deserve a break. :)


  5. What a gorgeous home you have!
    I'd have trouble picking out a spot to have my iced tea. :)
    Every area is so lovely.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Your exterior handiwork is beautiful! We're do-it-yourselfers too ... which is why our "To Do" list is still so long ;)

    You and your hubby make a fabulous team!

  7. Love your home. Looks so inviting especially your cook-out area. Enjoy each special area and make lots of memories! Sherrie from S.C.

  8. Your yard is beautiful. The patio area looks so relaxing. You guys did a great job!!!

  9. Absolutely beautiful, Kris! I was oooohing and awwwing over every picture that came up! You and your hubby make a great team! There is a big sense of pride when projects like that are accomplished. We are do it yourselfers do (out of necessity)! :) But I really enjoy working together! I'm going to show my hubby your pictures!

    Have a great weekend, Kris!

  10. Hi Kris,

    I am in a slump too, but I have to snap out of it before tomorrow when I start my kitchen countertops : ) I forgive you for being in one because I have been in one since we got back from the beach and I just can't shake it.

    Anyway, Your home is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and it is so tastefully decorated and your grounds surrounding your home is so neat and perfect. Let me know when the next cookout is and I will be right over with a dessert and my towel... yep, I'll be with Char : )


  11. Kris your home is beautiful.The only way to go is to do it yourselves especially these days.It always makes us feel so good to sit back and say we did this.It gives us such a sense of accompolishment.I know it is alot of work but well worth it.Great job,it's gorgeous.
    Hope you get out of your slump soon,I love your tutorial on the clock.Hope to see more!I get in those slumps too and I think it's cuz I am trying to work and keep up the house and the things I love to do get put on the back burner.I am going to start taking one day a week and just work on my crafts or just do something I love to do.I am going to shut all the phones off and go into hiding so no one knows I am home,LOL!Now if I could only get the clothes to wash themselves!Have a great weekend:0)Sherri

  12. What a fantastic outside & yard you have! I see an awful lot of work here! Just beautiful. I love the big boulders around your flower bed. Thanks for sharing! Jayne

  13. OK, I'm so in love with your yard! It's so beautiful! Pretty, Pretty, Pretty! Sorry your feeling "slumpy". Chin up..... Take care. ♥

  14. Kris your yard looks so gorgeous and inviting!!! I just admire your decorating talents inside of your home and the outside.JUST PERFECTION!!!


  15. Wow Kris, your outdoor areas are absolutely beautiful. You and hubby make a great team. We are do-it-yourselfers too, and I'd have it no other way. We get to do things our way exactly the way we want. :)
    Sorry you are in a slump. I think we have all been there at one time or another..
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful outdoors!!!

    Prim Blessings.

  16. Kris, your yard and garden and landscaping is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love that big chunky rock and I love the stacked wall it reminds me of the rock walls in Ireland..I love how beautifully decorated your home have done a wonderful job..sit back and enjoy it..:)

  17. Kris ~
    Your home & yard is just gorgeous. You and your dh should be proud of all the hard work you have done. It's beautiful. I hope you feel better soon. I think we all go thru that from time to time.

  18. Kris, what great pictures you have shared. Everything looks gorgeous. And to think you did it all by yourselves. What talent. Thanks for sharing...Sherie

  19. JUST GORGEOUS, Kris!!
    Love everything you and hubs have done. We have done everything to our home too...inside and out-takes a bit longer, but oh do we appreciate it...I think ya appreciate it more doin it yourself?
    You have a very very nice home, I can tell you both LOVE working on it :) It shows!

    Have a happy weekend.

  20. Doesn't look like you have been in a slump to me!! Your home is beautiful!!! You and hubby make a great team doing all that work yourselves.

  21. You should be looks great!
    We are get into one of those will snap out of it and be better than ever! Beth

  22. After all that work outside, you deserve a slump Kris! It is all just gorgeous. I can only guess how hard you worked to make it all look so wonderful! Love the stone borders ad walls!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful yard and home!

    hugs, Linda

  23. What a beautiful home and yard you have Kris. Personally I wouldn't change a thing. I could sit out in your yard all day and never get tired. Well that is providing someone else is doing all the upkeep for me.
    Sorry to hear you are down in the dumps. I too have been feeling the same way lately. I just don't have the desire to do anything these days. So much needs done but I just don't do it. We need to find something to motivate us and get our butts going. Sure hope its found soon.

  24. absolutely beautiful~love it all!

  25. Hi Kris....just beautiful, neat, tidy and very pretty. I love the stone work. Now, your "gorgeous outside" should be in a magazine!


  26. I love it all! What a beautiful place you have made for yourselves.

    We all get in those slumps sometimes - it will pass, I'm sure!

  27. What a beautiful home! I love your gardens! Great blog too!

  28. Makes me tired just reading the list of all you've done. All I can say is "you're hired!" I need a colored, stamped patio behind my house. Everything looks wonderful. It's nice that you have different levels. Our house was built on a cornfield so no levels here.

    I think it's safe to say we've all been in a slump at one time or another. I think it's your body's way of telling you that you need a break. Just take things one day at a time and enjoy all that you've accomplished.

    Take care ~ Tonya

  29. Kris,
    All your hard work shows. What a wonderful home and yard you have. You and your husband should be very proud.
    Have a great weekend.

  30. OMG Kris! Your house is absolutely gorgeous on the outside! I'm jealous! Hee hee. You and your husband did an excellent job, girl! :0)


  31. Hi Kris!....I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind words about my new paint color....your home is so very lovely and I see it is just as beautiful on the outside as well! are truly talented!....I hope you snap out of your funk too! Janet

  32. Hi, Your house is absolutely amazing. Nice pic's.

  33. Love your window planter with the candle sitting inside. Looks great!! My windows aren't wide enough to sit candles in...but I really would like to find a way...

  34. What a GORGEOUS home!!!!! I love everything!!!! (sure makes mine look shabby! Yikes!) I love your creative ideas, too!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I really enjoy your blog!

  35. Your home is absolutely beautiful!!
    I love the landscaping and all the stones!!
    Hugs, Shan

  36. WOW WOW WOW - your outside is amazing and beautiful and congrats on doing this all yourself - it's perfect. You've given me some ideas for summer for next year here at my farmhouse. Just found your blog and LOVE IT

    Hugs - karen


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