photography by Brittney Hydrick
Showing the new area rug some love
We visited dog beach at Ocean Beach this morning for the second time since moving to San Diego. There’s no question about it - THIS is my happy place.
The dogs ran like there was no tomorrow…
We spotted several seaweed specimen…
… and even taste tested one.
Of course there was a lot of swimming, too.
Sitting at our feet is a sign of exhaustion (and working up an appetite).
So we walked into town to grab a slice at a pizza bar for lunch.
When a restaurant has posts for your dog to wait at while you go inside to order, you know you’re in the right place!
There is no greater elixir in my world than the combination of sand between my toes, salt in the air, and time spent splashing around with these three…
My future in-laws have the best garden. Duke and Dutch were eating tomatoes just as fast as I was gathering them this afternoon - mostly right off the plant! Next up… strawberries!
Today’s gathering -
While we still have access to more tools than we can count at our temporary SoCal residence, Patrick and I (with the help of his dad as well) made our own urban garden planter boxes from corrugated metal and wood. They’ll be perfect for housing future herbs and veggies that we plan to grow on our patio at our new place.
Multitasking at its best. I was asked to sand down the rough corners of the wood planks and I was working on getting a tan in my new neoprene TRIANGL bikini at the same time.
Here the boys are measuring, marking off and cutting the steel.
Next, Patrick cut all of the boards to size to complete four planter boxes.
Then we applied two coats of stain to every piece of wood. And as you can tell, the dogs were thoroughly entertained during this process.
Once all of the wood was dry, then came assembly. And yes, I gave him a hard time for using that tiny hammer (which has been surprisingly handy).
While Patrick was working on lining the assembled boxes with pond material, I was busy tracing Dutch’s body in chalk. She was not amused.
Here’s what the planters look like on the inside…
… and here’s the finished product!
We decided to make them self-watering for less upkeep, so there will be a few more little steps involved with adding a reservoir and another pipe to each planter in order to get the water into the bottom. Those photos will come later when we’re getting set up to plant. We’re starting from seeds, so it may take a while to produce results. But I’m not too worried about it considering we live in a place with endless sunshine and perfect year around temps!
Over the course of a few hours between shopping for materials, assembling the table and then staining the wood, Patrick and I completed a project for our new home in sunny California. I can’t wait to get it into our living space and fully utilize its functionality by filling it with books and other decorative accessories!
Shopping at Home Depot with Duke and Dutch!
Items purchased include:
4 wooden crates from Michael’s (which I later discovered that Home Depot sold as well) for a total of $50.
Bolts and nuts for $6, stain and a brush for $20, four iron casters for $22, and the plywood was free since the clerk couldn’t find the item on the computer to ring it up (score!) - all purchased from Home Depot.
An appropriately sized glass container for $7 and a variety of succulents for $25 were bought at Walmart.
First Patrick quickly sanded the crates down. Next, he bolted them together and attached the plywood base followed by the caster wheels.
Here’s a shot of the bottom of the unit and a photo of the top. You’ll notice a square hole in the middle of the table that we decided to insert a shelf into in order to add a planter.
The next step was staining the wood to our desired walnut color.
Here’s a shot of the bolts we added to serve as pegs for supporting the interior shelf from underneath.
The last step was to arrange my adorable succulent garden…
…and here’s the finished product!
So for about $130 bucks, we made our very own 28 inch square coffee table - isn’t it cute?! I’ll feature it again once we can begin using it, so be sure to follow to see it in our new living space. We’ll be moving from our temporary residence in just two weeks, so it won’t be long!
Today’s meeting ensemble received a few compliments from strangers, so I thought I’d share the details of my outfit…
Cropped Blazer - H&M
Floral Grid Patterned Blouse - Banana Republic
Patent Lucite Belt - Ann Taylor
Fuchsia Cropped Pants - Banana Republic
Suede Bow Pumps - Sole Society
Got the most creative gift I’ve received in a long time from a dear friend today during our usual brunch. I’m really going to miss my girls; may we always be able to ‘assemble’ no matter where life takes us!
I just received my $1 amazon.com order in the form of William Wegman’s ‘Dogs On Rocks’ book and I am completely infatuated with EVERY. SINGLE. IMAGE. This collection is so stunning and beyond inspiring to me!
A few of my favorite obnoxiously mushy images from our engagement photo session by Laury Arce Photography…