Saturday, May 25, 2013

Quaker Christmas is finished and a new kitchen!

I cannot believe that it has been over a month since I last posted, the weeks are just flying by, can you believe that we are at the end of May already???
Quaker Christmas is done, sorry for the side view sometimes this new computer just defies me.
Aside from all the yard work I have been doing, my stitching has gone to the wayside, but we have moved forward with the kitchen remodel. 
Here is a photo of the new island with a farmhouse sink.  The color of the island is a dark cranberry red with a black glaze.  The granite is a beige base with various brown/tan/redish markings. 
Instead of a smooth shiny granite surface, we went with a "leather" finish which is still smooth but not totally flat - has a bit of texture to it and the shine is dulled down quite a bit.
 The cabinet maker thought it would be a better use of space to put the refrigerator in the corner and boy was he right on with this.  We ended up with more cabinet space and good walking room and very little wasted space behind the refrigerator.  The cabinet to the left has slanted separators for my  cookie sheets and jelly roll pans.
 Now off to the yard - DH really liked weeping Japanese Maples especially this one which is a Red Dragon.
 Below is just some photos of the back yard.  Still have lots to do, but the rains have been frequent so the yard is just growing away.

 The yard actually backs up to a 40 acre parcel behind us of all foresty/woody area.  We go back quite away, but we only clear out just to the back of the gazebo.  Some day I will push back a bit further.
 Next year would like to put a fern garden just past the archway.
 Lost another tree last year and once again the tree fell to the woods versus towards the house, you can see the stump just to the right of the arch.  Thinking about putting a large potted plant on the stump.
Well, if you made it this far, thank you for staying with me and for visiting me.  I keep saying to myself, self you need to be more diligent with your blog posting.  Maybe that will happen once the hot weather sets in and the yard work will be greatly curtailed.

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Thank you for stopping by ------------------  Roberta


blue star stitcher said...

Your backyard is just amazing, it must be so nice having such a large wooded area right out your backdoor.

Margaret said...

Love your Quaker Christmas finish! And your kitchen -- wonderful! I love the idea of the fridge in the corner! Your garden is looking gorgeous!

Penny said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! Love the new kitchen and your yard is looking so pretty!

hazel c UK said...

Such a beautiful garden Roberta I never realised it was so big.

Your Christmas Quaker is stunning and look forward to see it framed.

Love the new kitchen so spacious and will be a joy to work in I am sure.

Hazel c (UK)

woolwoman said...

Roberta - your kitchen remodel is just wonderful ! Love the quaker christmas - what a stunning finish - your gardens are so beautiful and it shows the hours you've been spending in them. Maybe I'll get to visit you one day. Hope you are enjoying a lovely Memorial Day weekend - Melody

Heather said...

I love Quaker Christmas. You did a great job.

And your new kitchen? *swoon* It is stunning! I also love your garden. Man, my condo suddenly feels three times smaller. lol!

Brigitte said...

Oh Roberta, what a great finish this is, a BAP finish indeed. Congratulations! And congratulations on your new kitchen. I think I'd love the colour as well - cranberry.

Brigitte said...

... and your garden looks gorgeous. Must be a pleasure to get up in the morning and have a look outside.

Carol said...

Just gorgeous, Roberta!! Congratulations on that beautiful Quaker finish! And wow--your new kitchen is so impressive. I would never have thought of putting the refrigerator in the corner, but it looks perfect! Enjoy :)

Melanie said...

Ooooooo, I really love the remodel! The cranberry with the granite is amazing. Love the Quaker finish too. :)

Gabrielle Jeromy said...

Everything looks great, Roberta! How long did it take to finish remodeling? I can see that the kitchen looks good, so I wouldn't mind spending hours cooking and creating new recipes there. I'm actually planning to renovate my kitchen as well to have more space and cabinets for my utensils. Thanks for sharing!

Gabrielle Jeromy @Majestic Renovations

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