what i did last summer:

isn’t that what every teacher asked you to write about on the first day of school?  well, today was our first day of school, so i figured i’d share my list!

yes, yesterday i shared what we did last summer, but all of my fun projects weren’t listed on our family list, so now i share!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

i try every season to switch out my mantle.  that said, i still have my summer mantle up even though we’re now working our way into fall…

i love having a beachy summer mantle, but this year i added a bit of color with the tangerine fabric.

summer projects at the pleated poppy

a friend and i also threw a baby shower for jeannett and baby owen

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i finished the kids’ bathroom in the spring, but didn’t put the final touches on it until this summer – so glad its done!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 my parents and i made this adorable 3 tiered tray out of cake pans.  ok, all i did was photograph the project, but i was there at least!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i transformed my button monogram to fit my house a little better.  as much as i love color, the original was kind of… offensive.  the white looks so much better!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i repainted this coffee table

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i gave this thrifted owl a little anthro makeover

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i did a lot of design/decorating work at our school this summer as well, starting with this lamp for the reception room in the admin office.  just realized i forgot to blog about it.  oops!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

i also painted this globe with chalkboard paint – i still want one for myself!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

i took this thrifted $3 table and gave it a colorful new life – details to come soon…

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i made this chalkboard with my dad for our school’s office to post our weekly events – i loooove it!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 we also strung tension wires above the office area and i hung all sizes of paper airplanes, from 4 inches long to 3 feet long!  the ones with the curly cues are my favorite!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

i tried my hand at working with felt and made this pillow for a friend’s daughter

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 while we aren’t any where near finished, we made huge strides toward improving our front yard – yay!

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 i hosted a small shower for a friend (the wife of our new college pastor).  and i forgot to take any pictures until after – boo.

summer projects at the pleated poppy

 and last, but not least, was the quilt i made for baby ezra!

so what was your favorite project you did this summer?  please share in the comments!



  1. 1

    There are so many beautiful things here I don’t even know where to begin.
    That coffee table is wonderful! I love all the fresh colors and whimsy that everyone is decorating their home in these days, unfortunately my husband is one of those “no girly stuff” men and when we married, everything went neutral. but oh i would’ve loved to have you decorate my apartment when i was still single girl! love it all!

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    Wonderful! I love lists that like help you realize how much you’ve done in just one summer! My favorite project this summer was turning a dried flower in wall art! (http://almostcasual.blogspot.com/2012/07/project-6-of-12-rose-petal-art.html)
    My summer was full of trying to brighten up the place, and add art to the walls :]

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    That is a lot of projects! I look lazy in comparison ;)

    I love the bathroom – it turned out great!

    My favorite summer “project” was going on vacation for a month and learning now to schedule every minute of every day. That is a hard thing for me since I am an organized type “A” person.

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    You have been one busy lady! Love the 3 tier project in your bathroom. That is such a great idea.

  5. 5

    I enjoyed seeing all that you did. What a great idea for a post. I may have to copy that. Love your pictures.

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    I’m pretty sure I just fell in love with your house. It’s beautiful!

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    Love all your summer projects! I finally got my pantry door chalkboard done. I also made a list of easy updates to do around the house to make it more ours, cleared out some clutter in the garage, went to the beach, visited friends and family, ate WAY too much, and enjoyed hanging out with our kiddos.

    I clicked on the link to your school. I’m trying not to be jealous. It’s really hard though, because that school is awesome! Wish we had one like it here.

    Thanks for inspiring me! :)

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    SO many cute projects! Love the globe with the chalkboard paint. Sadly, I have not done any DIY projects lately :-(

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    You are such an inspiration! Love all of your summer projects especially the showers your threw! My favorite project this summer was throwing my daughter’s 1st Birthday party!

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    What about your porch daybed? I love all of your projects! I’ve been following all summer, but am still amazed at all you’ve done seeing them all in one post! You are certainly an inspiration :)

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    Can you come live with me and decorate my house? Or I will just come take your house, whichever works lol! Love your style girl!

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    As always Lindsey…you are an inspiration!

    My favorite summer project this summer is the backyard party I just threw for my daughter before she leaves for Italy this Sunday. She has never been so far away from me…so….. I am concentrating hard on being grateful for all of the wonderful experiences she is embarking on.

    Your blog is always so full of family love, creativity, entrepreneurship and honesty. Thank you for doing what you do my dear!

  13. 13

    Girl, you’ve been busy! Wow!

    I LOVE the kids’ bathroom! So cutie!

  14. 14

    Please stop, you’ve got me exhausted, Lindsey!

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    I made this globe, inspired by that snapshot of yours a while back:
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    You are one creative genius! So many great things and ideas. I literally want to take them all-especially the ‘C’ monogram and that globe-it’s beautiful!


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