Green Thumbin’

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!

Eric and I spent our holiday weekend in Bakersfield. As always, we talked, laughed and got wrapped up in projects. Almost every time we visit, Eric and his dad spend a bit of time in the garage, working on some big project. We always end up leaving with a custom creation in the back of the truck. This time was no different. Except we left with five new items — a patio table, two chairs, and a planter box for our new tree!

Since Sacramento weather is perfect this time of the year (especially at night), we have searched for a small patio set to enjoy the outdoors. My desire for a little patio oasis was further inspired by Eric’s aunt and unlce’s house in the Bay Area. Their home is surrounded by beautiful trees, flowers, neatly trimmed bushes, and a vegetable garden with not one, not two, but over forty tomato varieties! {Hopefully we will get to taste some of this deliciousness soon}.  Feeling the oasis love, we wanted to try our luck with at least one plant of our own. Despite the fact that I have killed every orchid I ever owned within its first month, I have successfully taken care of our succulent and a mysterious plant at work. I hope that makes me qualified.

So this weekend, Eric went to work with his dad and built an amazing plantar box from reclaimed wood and steel. We decided that it would be a home to a small tree by our front door.

I went to work as well. While Eric and his dad were busy building the plantar box in the garage, I went antique shopping with mom Linda and Annie. To my surprise, we found a little white folding bistro table, and spotted a couple of old French green folding chairs.The chairs were pulled out of a window display and bargained down to $15 a piece. Can’t beat that.

The white table screamed French country. Not my preference, but nothing that a fresh coat of paint couldn’t fix. So after a little painting session in the backyard and night of drying, it was perfect. Not perfect as in it didn’t have any flaws, but perfect because it was so unique and special.



On our way home, Eric and I stopped by a few nurseries to browse, and finally settled on a Japanese Maple tree that we named Kodu. Yes, we name things. That’s just what we do. Kodu is supposed to grow up to 10 feet!

Now we can finally enjoy our little patio with our new tree.



Is it really Tuesday tomorrow? Have a good week!

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  1. Laura
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Awesome tree choice! My parents planted a Japanese Maple in their front yard 26 years ago and it is the focal point of the yard. It is so lush in the spring and turns the prettiest colors in the fall. You guys are going to love it!

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      How cool! I was drawn to it because it changes color, and the guy at the nursery said that it will turn bright coral in the winter.

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