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About stephiesbeadsandbaubles.com

I love to create with beads, sequins, old jewelry and interesting other things,to make fun and one of a kind items. I am a wife of 33 years, mother of 4, and grandma to 8 !! My family is the most important thing to me along with our friends !! Besides my family and friends, my passions are beads, photography, writing, art, crafts, baking, reading and when I can, gardening. I love to go out with my husband to yard sales or thrift stores to see what treasures we can find, many end up in my jewelry designs or in our home decor !! I also love to help my husband with his stained glass pieces. Creating is important to me, and I love to create every day !!! We share a lovely old vintage home that I recently started a blog about and plan to share our renovations and updates on that blog !!!

Spring flowers

After all the rain we have had, the flowers are so pretty in our yard. I felt compelled to wander through the yard and take pictures of all the beautiful flowers.

My pretty red geraniums, always so pretty and bright !!!

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Tha potted pansies are still looking good, despite some mid 80 days !!

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This next rose is just so beautiful and the pictures do not do justice to the color. it is a dusty pink , but a unusual dusty pink. After almost dying a few years ago when we had an extreme winter and summer, the roses came back very tiny. This year they are bigger, but I am not sure if they will ever be the big roses they once were !! The color did not change , however. They are my favorite rose of all time.

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I love the vibrant colors of the dianthus , never hard to see from across the yard !!

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My husband loves these single roses, tea roses I think they are called. I really do not care for them, as to me they look like half is missing. I still think the color is good and could not resist this picture with the small bug on the rose !!

 

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my favorite rose again.

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Our Iris did not bloom as much as usual, this is the last one, but most of our iris plants did not bloom at all. Very odd for our plants. Usually we get a ton of iris blooms !!

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I am a huge fan of snapdragons and love the pinks the most. Such pretty little things and the grand kids love making them talk !!!

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We have more rain coming through later this week, I am thrilled as they plants are all loving it !!  I collected some rain water for my few house plants and I am sure they appreciated it !!!

Not much is going on regarding the house, kitchen is still on hold for now. We hope to finish it up in the next couple of months, and that will be a huge relief !!We are all very tired of the half done kitchen !!!

Thanks for stopping by !!

Stephie

Springtime yard !!

I love spring time. I love all the pretty flowers, the trees coming back to life and the promise of a lovely new season.

I took a lot of pictures this past couple of weeks and thought I would share them with you today !!!

the top one is our stunning whisteria. It grows more each year and we love it !!! It is an out growth of a now gone really old whisteria bush/ tree that was here when we moved  here, but eventually died off over the last few years. No idea how old it is, but we are lucky to have this big off shoot in the place the old was was located, a baby one started, several in fact. My husband braided them together and they are growing into a lovely small tree/ bush like the parent was. I will show it later in the post.

This rose was a huge rose, but over the heat of a bad summer the bush almost died , this is when we rented out the house to our kids. I was not there to baby it and it did come back, but as a much smaller bush. By that I mean, smaller leaves and smaller flowers. Still the same stunning color I fell in love with, but so small now !!

 

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this iris bed was planted well before we bought the house in 2002 . We decided it is time, after they bloom, so break it up and plant a few more things, as it got a bit overgrown and we noticed a section in the center never came back. IMG_0091

the mocking birds have been extremely active this year and I have captured some amazing pictures of them this week !!

 

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here is a bigger shot of the whisteria on the fence

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our Oklahoma red bud in full bloom a couple of weeks ago.

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shots of the yard from the top of our new 17 foot ladder. I had my hubby take them as you will get me up on that tall ladder !!!

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I love how he got the roof and the front yard and our picket. You can see I still have a couple of repaired panels to paint on the inside !! DSCN5474 DSCN5473

My husbands old truck, Mater, the kids named it that as it  used to be rusty, sits in what we call the back lot until he can get the time to do the repair he needs. The kids swing set is next to him but needs some major shoring up. The back lot is very overgrown and needs a mow badly !!

the side of the yard, between the picket and six foot, is stuff we need to get rid of, and some stuff we are going to do something with, branches, old wood, and some neat old chain link gates and a metal bench there are plans to use. We have a lot to do in t his yard. Note the three spindles as you walk into the back lot. Got them free, not sure what we are going to do with them at his point !! DSCN5469

a shot of the iris bed we are goign to thin out.  There are more iris under the big wisteria vine on the fence, they are yellow and do not bloom much so we want to move them to a better location as well. This shot was taken before they started to bloom a few weeks ago !!

 

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some of our potted plants. Many are gifts that I have had a few years, some are new plants we just potted !!

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I took this Easter weekend. Two of our grandaughters  were checking out the whisteria and I got  some cute shots of them before they caught me and started posing !!

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our flowerbed in front of the back lot !!This was taken when we planted it a couple of weeks ago. I will take an update this week, they have all grown already !!

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Well, time to get moving !!

I just wanted to s hare some of my spring pictures here !!

Thanks so much for stopping by !!

Stephie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Kitchen reno, ongoing …..

We have been working on our kitchen for a year now. I cannot believe it has been that long, but it has . We have gotten a bit over half done, but the sink and area around it, still are not finished.

this is our kitchen when we bought the house in 2002 . It was pretty awful,  cheapie ugly faucet, everything was pink  , so pink. Note the ugly grape border in the kitchen and family room. That was the first thing to go !! We also painted all the wood white, that was pink and tried to paint the counter tops black, but that back fired on us as we did it all wrong and it chipped off almost from day one. A nightmare I had to live with for years. Some of these are pictures of pictures.

the faucet was so small  the water would bounce and puddle that is why I had the rolled up towels behind. We later bought a larger, much nicer faucet we are still using today. Not for much longer, soon I will have a counter mount sink and not have a wall mount any more !! 
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we removed the island eventually as well, it was just not practical. IMG_0237 IMG_0234 IMG_0236

later my husband built the shelf next to the stove for storage and pulled in the door way  between the kitchen and family room so we could eventually put the fridge by that door and move the door over, and put in cabinets on the other side. It was too shallow for cabinets as the excisting ones were much more shallow , too shallow for a built in dishwasher so we have been using a portable dishwasher all this time . Soon we will have a built in for the first time in this houses 90 plus  year history !! There is still a door to the then dining room at this point, but that went later as we made the dining room into a fourth dining room permanantly. We did buy a shiney new stove and fridge at this time, which was 12 years ago in in 2004 . 100_0081 100_0070 100_0080

this was the dining room , you can see the side of the fridge through the door , note the pink carpet, which is still living in our front living room, circa 1989. Gotta go soon. He sealed up the door to the kitchen, sealed up the door to the living room and built a closet and made a door to the main hallway. Fourth bedroom. I sometimes miss this pretty room, but that fourth bedroom has been a real help over the years.

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I had never seen a triple bunk bed, but she found one and ordered it, stained it and put it together. IMG_0248

So, it is pretty and new for them while they all live here !! Far cry from the dining room it was when we bought the house !!!

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my husband used the orginal door jam for the living room to make the closet door jam. We did have doors on it before our daughters family moved in, but we had moved the bedroom door to open up to the closet so it would not open on to the bunk beads and then we had competing doors. They just have it open and are fine with it that way . IMG_0361

So, we started to tear out the old kitchen walls and my husband moved the kitchen door to the middle of the wall and moved the fridge where the door used to be. That way we had room to put cabinets where the dinning room door used to be on that wall !!!

taking down the first old cabinet, which are now using as a base cabinet in our master bath !! DSCN1684

it was so excting to see it come down , little did we know a year later we would still be working on this project !! 
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above you can see the old door opening and he has opened up the wall where  the new door will go in the middle of the wall.

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view through the new door !!! wall where the old door jam was !!!

What a mess, with seven people in the house, yikes !! the new door jam is in, the old stove is still in place. Little did we know we woudl be without a stove for months. Oh, we had one, brand new in the box, but not a usuable one.

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wall down, stove gone, stress level up for all !!!!

next the stove came out,and the real work started !!

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we do have the pretty new fridge in by this point though, so that was fun !!! By now the corner of the cabinets are gone and just the sink/ drawer base is left, and is still there by the way. DSCN2406

I will continue you the story soon, have to take a break. Lots more to share.

Thanks for stopping by !!

Stephie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring time at our cute vintage cottage

I will be posting a lot more as we work on our house this summer. But spring is here and I wanted to share some pretty pictures from our yards. Front and back !!

I do not know what kind of iris this top one is, but after thirteen years they have really spread out and are so pretty !! We have a lot of purple as well, but this dusty pink is just so pretty !!

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we purchased some new rose bushes to plant and this is one of them , a pretty yellow rose !!

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the iris bed , very wild, and a lot of baby trees. After they are done blooming and the flowers die down, we will pull them and everything else out of this flower bed and move the iris around the yard. We have some yellow in different parts of the yard and we will plant them around some of the trees in the front yard and our light in the front yard, just leaving a few in this flower bed so they have room to spread out, they are very crowded now !! We plan to make the flower bed smaller as well.

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Our wisteria were stunning this year. They are almost bloomed out now, but were just stunning a few weeks ago.  Of course I took a million pictures , so I will share a few below this picture !!

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We had to tame it a bit and my husband wired it to the fence to keep it off our neighbors roof and from going under the eves of her garage !!

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this is our wisteria from thirteen years ago. It was very old and finally we lost it a few years ago. The new one on the fence is a baby from a runner off this orginal, but even better is the new one that just started a year ago in almost the same place as the old one. So, David put a decorative ring around it and we are hoping one day it will be as big as the original. We are thrilled it lives on in the new vines. Our house was pink, the fence was six foot, and there was no fence around the outside of the property, and the car port was open. Now it has a gate, and lattice, the inside fence is a picket and there is a six foot on the outside edge of the property !! Things have changed a lot in thirteen years !!

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there is another baby next to it, so we are letting them both grow. The bigger one is actually three vines that David wove together and tied with plant tape. We are going to take very good care of it and one day we hope to have another beautiful big wisteria tree / bush like we used to !!

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I love our rose bush in the front yard. We let it go wild until it finishes blooming and then David cuts it way back for the year, shaping it and keeping it trimmed. It only blooms the one time, but the scent of the pretty and dainty roses is worth waiting for , they are just stunning !!

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just so pretty , perfect shade of pink

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this is how small they are. My hands are not that big, and average womans hand,  so they are pretty tiny.

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I do not care as much for the fully bloomed flowers, but they are still pretty. A wonderful display over our front gate every spring !!! It will bloom for couple weeks. DSCN0977

So, spring is sprung here  and I am enjoying every minute of it. We will be doing a lot of projects this spring and summer I will share. Repairing our picket fence, repairing our front porch, almost rebuilding it,  putting in a shower in the front bath, new carpet and paint in parts of the house. We have a very long list as well as a lot of stuff in the yards. Plants to put in, and plants to come out. I am really looking forward to the changes to come and look forward to sharing them with you !!

Thanks for stopping by !!

Stephie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then and now !!

I thought it would be fun to show how the house looked when we first bought it , these were taken two years after, and show how different it was, pink no detail painted, the front trim was all pink, except for the squares. YOu can see in the currrent pictures how we painted the big white board and molding accross the front and under the eaves, bright white, which really made the house prettier !!

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The back porch taken a year earlier and again, that large board on the back is painted the same color as the house !! We also still had a really ugly storm door and one of those really old doors with the diamond shaped window in it, not like the pretty door we have now in back !! The new door, well, over five years ago new, was a result of getting locked out of the house by a tricky door lock and having to kick the door in, which I have never regreted as we would probably still have that ugly door, lol !!! And yes, I kicked the  door in, which is not as impressive as it sounds as we found only two large nails held the entire door frame in, so we were fairly horrified !

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look how small the crepe myrtles were eleven years ago and how much nicer the picket was although it was already showing signs of decay even then . We took off the metal awnings to let light into the house, which helped a lot.

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this was earlier this year, they are even bigger and prettier now !! they go above the wires now, which means we will have to trim them this winter so the city does not next spring !! The second picture was taken yesterday !

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We noticed this past week how the grass is going dormant already, you can see it in the above picture taken yesterday,  despite being heavily watered, so we are not sure what that means for winter, but maybe an early one, which would be wonderful !! It has also really slowed down and is hardly growing any more. Weird for Sept. fount an inside shot of that ugly door from nine years ago, I  used to tack a cloth napkin over it for privacy, our colors are much different, no more brown and red,
We hated that door and love the one we have now with the windows on top !! Brown carpet and brown paint, with the celing painted the same color, makes a cave, will never do that again !!

this is the back family room, we have a full formal living room up front, that is the big window in the front of the house, next to the porch !!

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the room is a lot different but still has some of the same items, the hat rack is down but will re hung next to the tv behind the door, the new tv is much taller and it was hidden behind it, so that is going to be back up and I have a picture to hang above the tv with all the colors of the room, purple, sage green and nuetrals and we will be painting it purple soon , a pretty rich color. For those observant people, it is a huge bottle of bubbles for the grandkids, that somehow  just got left there !! The room is much brighter with the brown paint off the walls and ceilings, and we will paint a pretty shade of purple mauve and repaint the ceiling a bright white, it is a tan now, which was just a top coat to cover the cave like brown.

 

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Well, that is all for now, kind of a rambling before and after post. I hope to share many more projects for this ninety year old house !! We have a lot to do on it !!

Thanks for stopping by !!!

Stephie

 

Back porch clean up.

Our back porch was a mess, so bad I forgot to even take pictures, but this was from a few weeks ago and you can see the mess we had going on !! IMG_0544

My husband started by extending the flagstone extension to the patio and putting the grill on the other sides improving our sight lines from the house !! Instead of seeing a big black cover on the grill, now I can see the yard from the family room

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We had a big table on the porch that had four old blue folding chairs around it, we put them away and made two small seating areas instead !! IT was nice to get it all cleaned up and pretty again !!

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table spool from work , benches from a yard sale cheap !!

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a coffee pot too !!

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it is a pleasure to spend time on our back porch now, we still want to get some nicer furniture for it, but for now, it is nice and neat and clean !!

Thanks for stopping by !!

Stephie

 

Southern charm and yard work !!!

I love our beautiful property but I would be lying if I did not admit it is a lot of work, especially in the spring !! It is a  bit more work this spring as we had rented the property to our daughter and her family for two years and they kept it up as best they could , well mowed yards, edged and bushes trimed, with full time jobs and two kids, but it is just not the same as you living in your own house. This past winter was pretty brutal and caused the demise of a few long term plants which was sad, and then spring hit, just as we moved in , my husband was working massive overtime and then we got the gift of a week long visit from my mother in law. The yard , put in simple terms, is a mess !! Weeds, bushes taking off and getting unruly . My husband and youngest son, who is living with us while he saves to buy his own place, have kept up the lawns. But the flower beds have been a lot of work to get back in shape and the usual spring weeds are in full force !!

I thought I would take you on a tour of both the mess,  and beauty of our wonderful yards !!

Starting in the back  yard, which has been our focus both because we live in the back of the house and look out at the pretty back  yard, and come in through the back door and most importantly had our Easter egg hunt back there, so it got the most work, but still needs some !!

We call the back half of our back  yard the back lot because when we bought the house it was unfenced accross the back and side and had a six foot fence where the picket it now so it was not used for the first couple  years as we did not even see through the six foot fence and gate.  In 2004 we had the fence put in around the entire property, back and alley side of back lot, and side of back yard between us and our  neighbor, as we were open to our neighbors yard that first two years as well and hated it, no privacy or protection at all !! We had a wedding here ten years ago too and made the six foot fence in between into a picket just accross the back for better flow for the wedding.

It is open to the actual back yard for around ten years now , but it is still called the back lot. We have a lot of plans for back there, more trees , a playset that is in the side of the yard in pieces ,  and eventually a raised garden bed in the middle !!  It is a good size yard, our entire property from the street to back fence is about 225  feet deep and around 85 feet wide. It is a really nice sized piece of property !! The back lot is the 85 feet wide and I am not really sure how deep it is !! Pretty good sized though. Some day it could have a built in pool back there !! That has been a long held dream !!!

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When my wonderful hubby mowed he avoided my beautiful primroses, in Calif they were called Mexican primrose and you could buy them at the nursery, here they are wild flowers/ weeds ,  and they call them buttercups, even though they are pink , lol !!

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We brought a gate from our other house, left over when we fenced the house for our kids when we traded  houses to come home , and it will be a trellis for our beautiful climbing rose we just bought, a bright red !!! He has a way to go to even reach his trellis !!

In the picture is our four year old Oklahoma Red Bud, love that tree !!!

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My nasty clugged bird bath, filled with pecan tree  catkins and leaves and muck, just from two days without being cleaned !!

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My clean pretty bird bath, with squirrel turned right way, not sure why he was backwards, think grandkids might know something about that, lol !!

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sorry these are blurry, my camera gives  me trouble with the macro lense every so often !! today is one of those days !!

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somebody new, Our daughter planted him while we were  gone, only one that took as it is the only sunny corner of a shaded all but early morning , flower bed !! I planted the rest with hostas and impatients and they are very happy there !!

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another wild flower in the back lot, have no clue what it is , but there are a few around and I love them !!

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The playset for the kids our younger daughter got rid of when they bought thier house, I am thrilled to have it and cannot wait for my hubby to rebuilt it a bit stronger and install it !! You can see my  red metal potting table that I am not using because of where it is, our kids stuck it there because they were not using it while we were gone and they rented the house !!

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Now, the front yard, which is really wild right now and in bad need of everything , but I will start with our beautiful climbing rose !!

These were  taken through the french door in my studio , which is the front bedroom off the porch. Hard to not be happy looking out the windows at this all day while I work !!

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Now I went around and took some up close

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Our other front yard roses , two combined, one a bush, one a climbing, LOVE them both !! this is the climber

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this is the bush

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The full shot of the flower bed and then the second picture is  the other weed bed, um, flower bed, empty, white rose in front died, some Mexican primrose, and just a ton of weeds to deal with , opposite side of porch from roses I just showed in t his first picture

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One of our crepe myrtles out in front of our fence got hit hard this winter, he is the smallest of the five but  the rest are fine, we will have to cut him back to give him a fresh start. They are all the dark pink ones.

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the bushes to the side of the house took off like crazy, they are top priority now that we got most of the back yard under control, they are way over the windows !!

 

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The picket fence is another issue, it is just a mess, but we will get that done over time, it is all around the entire front yard and looks pretty bad !! We have some gaps and breaks and it was done poorly before we moved in and the 12 years we have been here, minor  repairs and many  paint jobs have just not been enough, we are in the middle of major repairs now. One panel at a time !! You can see one we did last year, this year this entire side will get done and hopefully most of the rest of the yard too !! That is not vinyl either, my husband cut and I painted primer and two coats of paint on each stringer and picket !! Solid wood !! The posts are fine, they were pressure treated. Cannot wait until the entire yard looks like the nice one , but it will take time, we are doing the worse ones first all around and then will slowly fix the others.

 

 

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So, that is the tour, I hope to be sharing a lot of pretty pictures of cleaned up and replanted flower beds, repaired and rebuilt fence panels !!

my final picture, some free flower pots left by a trash can at a park when we took my mother in law out of town for the day,  nothing was around close to the trash , so you could tell they were for someone to take , so exciting, the one is huge !! Two are terracotta and one is ceramic !! My wonderful hubby helped me put them in the trunk !!

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So, anyway, glad to be home, and look forward to getting this place where we want it to be !!

Thanks for stopping by !!

Stephie