Friday, June 19, 2020

refinishing the patio table and some new candles

Summer is well on its way here in the DC suburbs,
and since we are not going anywhere,
it is nice to eat/drink on the patio.

But some of the furniture I made for the patio in 2015/2016
were starting to look a little tired.
Too many long winters!

and that brought back that little corner to its former glory.

from our old deck.

(the house was repainted last year!)

I never updated it on the blog, but I added some wood all around it for a more finish look.

I spent hours sanded it, bring it back to the light wood:

I liked the look of "naked" wood but it needed some protection for the elements,
so I tried teak oil on the bench like in the past, but that has a country look.

so I went with this oil instead :

it is darker than "naked" but the wood doesn't have that yellow color,
so I am happy with it!

With the table looking so nice,
I wanted to add some candles to the tabletop.
A while back I had seen this cool tutorial at Remodelando La Casa
and decided to make one too,
and it turned out perfect:

I followed the tutorial Cristina wrote, just changing the color of the spray paint to sea foam 
instead of aqua.
And I do not have any sand or seashells, so I used stone dust and flat rocks.
I even had the same little glass containers, 
I guess we like the same desserts!

So now we are ready to enjoy some nice meals on the patio:

Happy Day!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

sewing card

This Sunday is Mother's day in France,
so I sewed this sweet little letter for my Maman:

I really enjoy these little projects from Minki Kim,
previously, I made this sew illustrated card

Here it is before I added the little bobbin of thread:

sticking to my design board,
and before attaching it to the card.
I used a watercolor card, so a pretty heavy card stock
 to handle the weight of the fabric.

It makes it a very personal card
(we both like sewing so it is a current theme between us!)
for a very special lady!

Happy sewing!

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