I always feel like when I travel on vacation that I need a secondary vacation to make up for the energy spent traveling somewhere. It was really nice to just be home and relax. We did make the most of our time and got a fair amount done around the house/yard.
When we purchased our piano a few months ago, we decided to convert our formal dining room into the room with the piano. This ended up meaning that we had to change the table in our eat-in kitchen area to be one with leaves in it so we could seat everyone for large families dinners. I don't have a picture of the new table yet, but it was delivered last week while we were home.
In addition to the new table, we then had to find some comfy chairs to put in the room with the piano. We both hate furniture shopping. Most of the time you don't find anything you like and you end up frustrated and feeling hassled by the sales folks at the stores. This time, we did find some chairs!
This chair was at the 3rd furniture store we went to (over 2 weekends), but we fell in love with it. Its comfortable to sit in and looks very nice. One of the best parts.. its actually a recliner! It looks like any normal chair (even from the back), but that square section on the front...that's the foot rest. They will be perfect in the room with the piano and will let one of us sit and relax while the other plays.
Besides a bunch of yard work being done last week, we also spent some time at my in-laws where they live on a lake. We went up twice and enjoyed swimming and kayaking.
Finally since I haven't shown many garden pictures this year.... The catchfly is flowering and is a very pretty orange-red color.
My orange coneflowers are also finally blooming. They seem to be happy this year, which is good considering we thought we were going to have to replace them since they just didn't do it last year.
I hope you all are enjoying your summer and those of you in the south aren't wilting from the heat too much yet. I did get a small amount of quilting done on vacation, but not enough to even consider taking pictures. Hopefully I'll get my mojo back soon and will start making progress on a few things.
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations