Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
My husband and I are not handy people. Not even an ounce, usually we rely VERY heavily on our two brother in laws - we are lucky that one is a contractor and one is an electrician - we definitely scored in that department! (Thanks Brad & Brian!) However, after watching a step by step video on good ol' Lowe's website, we felt confident enough that we could turn some run-of-the-mill stones blocks and a fire pit bowl into something we could use for backyard entertaining.
First step, take the mesh cover off the fire bowl and place it exactly where you want to start building. Start layering the blocks in a circle surrounding the cover.
Second step - Once you have the first layer around, take the cover out of the center. To start building the second level, staggering each one from the bottom layer as you go. For this particular bowl (35" across) each layer will take 16 blocks.
You can do as many layers as you choose - we did 4 so it would be a bit higher up.
Next, if your fire came assembled as ours did, you will want to remove the legs so you just have the bowl. Most of them will come without the legs on, ours only did because it was a floor model - last one in the store. Place the bowl on top of the stacks and make sure there is enough overhang all around it to secure that it won't fall in.
Grab some outdoor throw pillows and some candles and you have instant ambience! You can change up decorations for the different seasons or events.
64 Stone Rocks from Lowes = $2.48 ea minus 10% coupon = $143
Fire Pit Bowl - $60 on sale
Adirondack Chairs - $68
Total = $271
Not bad considering what some people pay for fancy fire pit installations. Another plus? Its not cemented down so its easily moveable for when we decide exactly what we are going to do do with our backyard.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The family room is where we have our "fun tree" all our ornaments are from places we have been or things we have loved over the years.
This is my "A Christmas Story" autograph wall. I dragged my husband to Cleveland, OH 3 years ago to meet all these characters. What a weekend that was! Best.Time.Ever!
Onto my living room, which I call my "Christmas in Connecticut" room. (Where I am from!) This is our formal tree and strewn about I have my collection of Byers Choice Carolers.
And I couldn't resist posting again my creation on our front yard. This little scene has been getting a little bit of attention from motorists, some stopping to take pictures.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Be back tomorrow with some holiday party tips!