Yard Tour

Yard Tour 2014

I thought that it would be fun to give you a small yard tour today!

 Yard Tour

This is at the end of my driveway.  I just added my chalkboard door this summer and I am loving it.  Also the crate on the far right is an orange crate that I got at the Wanship Antique Sale.  I love that it still has part of the original label on it!

flower pots

I love having flowers in my yard and I am a little bit crazy when it comes to planting pots.  But I love the spot of color that they bring to my yard and the fact that you do not have to weed them!  Pots are easy to take care of, but you do have to water them every day or every other day!  Thank goodness my son in law was willing to take that job over for a couple of weeks when I had my accident!

patioIf you were to stand at the railing in the picture above and look down, this is what you would see.  This is my back patio.  I love my little fire table, it is perfect for making S’mores when the kids are here!

waterfall and pondThis little waterfall and pond are directly beneath the railing, to the side of my patio.  We have loved this little pond even though it is a lot of work to keep it clean and running properly!  My neighbor just text-ed me this afternoon and told me how much she loves listening to it from her deck in her yard!   As you can see, we have little gold fish in the pond.  These are the little feeder fish that you get at Pets Mart to feed to other animals.  These fish have wintered over for a year and they are actually starting to get to be a pretty good size!  My problem now, is keeping the kids from trying to catch them!  :(

rock landingThis is a new addition this year.  I made this rock landing and rock pathway down the side of my garden.  These stairs are off the side of the patio.  I do not have a big garden, but I have a peach tree, an apple tree, raspberry bushes and strawberries.  I only planted onions, tomatoes, and herbs this year!

tool box planterI love this little tool box, that I picked up, again, at the Wanship Antique Sale!  I love that it is all rusted out and how the colors in the flowers just stand out against the rust!  This was one of my favorite finds!

front yardThis is part of the front yard.  I am not sure of the name of the big purple flower.  It is like a clematis because it climbs anything close to it.  It is growing on a metal trellis, but I had to wind it around and around the trellis, because it was growing up into the tree above it!
Front porchThis is my front porch.  This is not the best picture, because I had just watered!  (Duh)  But it shows SOME of the pots that I have in my front courtyard.  I have a bench off to the left side of this picture with pillows, etc.  And I have an old wooden wheelbarrow directly behind this picture with a big potted plant in it!

So that is my yard tour for this year.  It has been more of a chore to keep it up this last month and I am already thinking about when I can pull it all out for the fall!  But I guess that I had better wait for another month or two!  It will soon start to cool down a bit and they won’t be so much trouble to keep up. Right?

Hope that you all have a great summer day!  Thanks for visiting!

boxed cupcake

Oreo Sunflower Cupcakes

Today I have a fun food craft that you can do with the kiddos!  I am back to tending two of my grandkids a couple of days a week and I decided that we needed a project to do.  I still have some limited use in my right arm and hand, but I can cook again, so we decided it would be fun to make cupcakes!

Oreo Sunflower Cupcakes


Coral Reef Swim

Today I have a fun guest post from Coral Reef Swim.  If you are in need of swimwear you need to check this site out!  Where else can you find swimsuits at this price?..and they are offering a special discount just for Pink Polka Dot Creations readers!  It doesn’t get much better than that!  ________________________________________________________________________________

Have you heard about Coral Reef Swim yet? If not, it is a must! They are a local Utah company that has designer quality swimming suits at an extremely affordable price.


rustic frame

Rustic Picture Frame

Medical update: I am getting a little bit stronger every day.  I think the thing that fooled me the most was how weak I am and how little energy I have!  I guess that is from the blood loss. I feel like my arm is getting a little bit stronger every day and my incision is healing well.  The good news is that the numbness is slowly leaving…the bad news…I can now feel it!  I still have my super glue on the top of the incision, but the bruising is almost gone.  (My arm just looks a little bit dirty where the bruising is!)  I can now start lifting 10 pounds, but I cannot yet rotate my arm outwards all the way.  But all in all, I would say that I am doing super!

So, I still cannot do very many projects, but I would like to share one with you that I picked up at a little boutique during our town celebration:

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BBQ Beef Salad Pizza

BBQ Beef Salad Pizza

My husband and I went to a small restaurant awhile back, in Heber City, Utah called the Spin Cafe.  I ordered a version of this salad pizza and it was so good that I wanted to try to duplicate it at home!  I changed it up a bit, by adding cheese to the crust because I think that makes it more like a pizza!

This recipe is perfect for all of these hot summer days!  You only need to heat your oven for a short time and you can use any veggies that you already have or use up some of those fresh veggies from your garden!

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chalkboard yard

Chalkboard Door

Hi everyone, here is my first project post since my accident!  I want to thank everyone again for all of your kind, sweet comments and for your support, they both mean the world to me!

Obviously, this project was finished before my injury, but it is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed while I have been recuperating!

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Blogging Hiatus Update

Well, it has been over a week now since my accident and I am so happy to say that I am on the mend!  I am even typing this post myself! (My DIL typed for me last week!)

My cut is healing well and the bruises are turning beautiful colors, so that is improvement.  I cannot lift anything over 10 lbs for another week or two, so I am still very limited.  I do not have any external stitches, rather, they super glued the top layer together, so that is great that I do not have any outside stitches that will need to be taken out.  My energy and strength are slow in coming back, but I will just take it one day at a time.

My family has been amazing!  My daughter has stepped right in and taken over with so many different things, that I don’t know how we would have done it this past week without her.  And all while she worked full time too!  She is a keeper.  My son in law text-ed me and ask if he could come and water my pots, and he knows how many pots I have and he still did it.  It has been in the 90′s all week, so they would not have lasted very long if he had not done that!   My husband has literally been by my side the whole week and has done everything from laundry, to cooking, to getting me dressed.  He has been a great little slave!  :)  I think that I must be the luckiest girl in the whole world.

I have also had so many friends, family, and neighbors that have called or come to see me and cheer me up and offer their help.  I am truly blessed when it comes to friends, and neighbors…they are the best!

I also want to thank so many of you who left comments, emails and Facebook comments.  I am sorry that I could not respond to any of them, but I want you to know how very much I appreciated your kind comments and prayers and your support.  I was brought to tears many times.  THANK YOU!!

I am learning to slow down…it is hard for me to learn that, but I guess this was a good wake-up call.  I have a couple of projects that I had done before this all happened that I will try to post this week.  I will only be posting a couple of times a week for a while because it is hard to do projects with one hand and especially when that hand is my left hand and I am very right handed!

Sometimes when something happens to you, you start to wonder why…not why did this have to happen…but why am I so very blessed!  

Thanks again for all of your support!  Have a great week everyone!



Unexpected Blogging Hiatus

I had an accident on the 4th of July and had my first ambulance ride! I was washing out a glass lemonade jug and it broke open in the sink, cutting my arm. It hit one of the two major arteries, unfortunately, and I am pretty much out of commission right now! I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next little while. I’m doing better but it will take some time to heal before I’m back to blogging. 

I am so fortunate that my kids and husband were here to help until the paramedics arrived and have been so much help these last few days. My husband even did his first batch of laundry in 38 years. So it’s not all bad, I guess!

Have a great week!


Happy 4th of July

Hey everyone!  

I hope that you all have a very happy and safe 4th of July!

4th-of-JulyI am so grateful for this great country that I live in and the freedoms that I enjoy every day!  As we celebrate our nation’s birthday may we all take a minute to remember what a wonderful country we live in and all those that have sacrificed so much for us to enjoy these freedoms every day!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that you will get to spend it with those you love!

Thanks for Visiting!