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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Garden Therapy: A Reading Retreat

     Summer is fast slipping away and signs of fall are becoming more apparent everyday. So before we are in full blown fall mode I'd like to share a project we did in our yard this summer. When we first moved into our house my husband built a place for a hammock.

The top two pictures show the beginnings in '94, the bottom photo is the following summer.

     We had this for several years until one day my husband's brother went to lie down in the hammock and it broke. Fortunately brother was fine but the hammock was done.  So we decided to change things up a bit. And this is the result.


      It even served as a back drop for one of four weddings we've had in our backyard. 

This was taken spring of 2010

     This year I was feeling in the mood for a change. My husband cringes when I say "I've been thinking". He knows it means work for him. 

As you can see we went back to a hammock

     My husband basically lowered the platform from a bed to a floor. After I got the hammock and started putting things together I decided I needed a rug. But I didn't really want to deal with a real rug, so I painted one.

I measured the size I wanted then added stripes with the painters tape.

I protected the surrounding area with newspaper and spray painted the blue. I let that dry overnight then re-taped for the green.

I'm pleased with the results. Although it might have been easier to paint the whole rectangle blue and only tape once for the green. But it really wasn't that difficult or time consuming.

It makes for a relaxing area to read or just snooze.
(The paper lanterns have a light, lovely at night. A dollar store score.)

Here's the grandson enjoying some video game time.

Cheers! A toast and farewell to summer. 

A Thought to Ponder:" The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking."                                                              Christopher Morley


  1. Jackie, I love your many different looks. Such a pretty bride too. Hope you get more use from the hammock before it is time to put it away. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. It ended up being really cute.I love your painted rug....

  3. Hi Jackie,

    What a beautiful spot you have! I love the rug too! Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  4. This is outstanding! I appreciate the creativity and work that you put into this.
    You couldn't of picked better colors for this retreat.
    Enjoy you time reading, sleeping of just day dreaming,

  5. Such a wonderful place to relax. Isn't it wonderful to have husbands who can take our ideas and make them reality?

  6. How fun to have the hammock back. I love the painted rug! I did that in a playhouse once also. Kind of fun to do. Thanks for sharing with SYC.