Remember the weekend that Papa Pea and Sweet Pea went away? Well, I spent that weekend painting the brick on our house.
And I ran out with this much left to go. Rats!!! I had to quit for the day due to other commitments. Went to the hardware store on my way home and finished the next day. Then, I put the paint on and finished that before Papa Pea and Sweet Pea came home. (Don't tell anyone, but it's amazing how much more quickly I can get things like this done when they are gone!)
I stood back. Didn't like the color. It was too light and too yellow. Dang it! The swatch perfectly matched the house.
Back to the paint store for more swatches and a new can of paint.
Then, when Papa Pea and Sweet Pea came home, they both helped me with the final coat.
This is much fresher, I think. Of course, then we noticed that the shutters were REALLY faded. And so was the trim. (And so it begins....) So, Papa Pea gave them a fresh coat of paint, too. I think it brightens up the entryway a lot. (Oh, man...lots of hornets' nests behind those shutters! Not fun!)
We still have to paint the shutters on the garage. Maybe you can tell the difference with how faded those are. Today, Papa Pea is working on getting forms for the sidewalk built and getting that all graded. We decided the dirt was too high up on the foundation by the garage with how high they had the sidewalk before. So, we're going to add a step up to the front porch and lower the rest of the sidewalk a bit. That will get the dirt a foot below the siding, like it's supposed to be.
We are still trying to figure out what to do for a front door. It is so dark inside that foyer. I want a full sidelight and a door that is 3/4 window. We are looking at some. Also trying to decide what color the door should be. Now that the brick is tan, I think it could handle an accent color. Maybe sage green or blue? I'm going to upload the photo to Sherwin Williams and see if I can try some door colors. I'm very happy with how this is shaping up.
On the lighter side, we have been promising Sweet Pea a swingset forever and a day. We haven't been able to find one we're happy with. So, in the meantime, Papa Pea said, "Let's build you a tree swing!"
They went out to the workshop and cut out this flower-shaped piece of wood. They sanded all the edges. Sweet Pea was out there with her safety glasses on and everything. (Oh, see the John Deere stuff behind them? We sold it for what we wanted to get! Yay! Paid 2/3 the cost of the new mower and cleared up the shed!)
With her dad, she painted the seat purple. (These are all paints left over from painting her room and our kitchen.) Next, she wanted to paint some pink petals and a yellow center. I offered to pencil in some lines for her, and she did the painting. She painted the edges of the petals, too.
She wanted to do polka dots on it, too. So, I gave her one of my sponge daubers from my scrapbooking days. She's just like her mama. She had to sort of measure out and plan where she wanted each color of dot to go.
As I left for work this morning, she was already dressed and ready to go out for some more swinging. It was not too difficult a project, and she loved the fact that she did so much of it herself, too. A nice father-daughter project!
I'll be back with more quilty stuff tomorrow. Friday Night Sew In photos from last week! And I actually have a small finish to report! Woo hoo!
Have a wonderful day!
Untill next time,