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    Tuesday
    May282013

    What wine drinkers do on long weekends

    Let me start by saying that Jim and I are not lushes. Fact is, 90 percent of the wine bottles you'll see in the photos below came from our youngest and oldest daughters — and their friends, too, to be fair.

    My daughters aren't lushes, either, they're just always happy to lend Mom a hand whenever asked. Let's just say they were extraordinarily zealous in their assistance this time.

    Here's the thing. About a year ago, I saw the following on Pinterest:

    wine bottle border

    I thought it was a creative way to upcycle wine bottles and add a bit of whimsy to our unusual back yard. So I asked my daughters to start saving their wine bottles for me.

    Boy, oh, boy, did they save wine bottles, unloading them at my place each time they'd visit.

    This past weekend, Jim and I put all those wine bottles to use, creating a border similar to the one I'd pinned on Pinterest.

    wine bottles

    wine bottle lineup

    planting wine bottles

    wine bottle border

    wine bottle border

    We did bury our bottles deeper than those in the pinned photo. Plus, we chose to stagger rather than line them up perfectly — perfection is something that just plain doesn't fit our wild and wacky back yard.

    I planted wildflowers several weeks ago in the area the bottles border. Now we just have to wait for those flowers to grow. And for the bottle labels to weather away. (Note to self: Soak off the labels next time I do such a thing. And consider convincing Jim to dig up these bottles then rebury them after I remove the labels. My money's on labels weathering away sooner than exhumation.)

    I'll share photos a few months down the road, once the flowers have grown. Stay tuned. And feel free to enjoy a glass of wine while you wait.

    Just keep the bottle to yourself, when you're through. I've had more than my share, as you can see. Of bottles, that is.

    Today's question:

    What did you do over the long weekend? And was drinking wine involved?

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    I'm still trying to figure out where the long weekend went?! Certainly nothing as industrious as your awesome project.

    In charge of the puppy Grand dog, icky weather in Chicago called for an indoor BBQ, grocery shopping, visiting my Mom, and a sleeping Grandchild in the next room that I'll soon need to take home to get to work. Oops! I hear a little voice calling me...well, I've had my coffee :)

    Does a wine cooler count?

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I think your wine bottles will look very cool....fun idea. Lots or chores and errands for me this weekend in preparation for leaving town on Thursday. We did have a fun family cookout yesterday....no wine, but lots of beer.

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    How fun!
    How colorful.
    You have a great husband.
    You have helpful daughters.

    Once the wine bottles come, it will be hard to stop them from showing up.
    At least it would be for me, not because i drink a lot of wine.
    It's just once I start "seeing" something it's hard to stop.

    Keep us posted!

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

    I'm not sure they'll weather away, unless you're watering that area.

    No wine here, but we did go see the new Star Trek movie as a family.

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    NonnieKelly: Geez... you need a long weekend to rest up from your long weekend. Busy grandma, you!

    Jeanie: Jim and I are typically in line with your kind of BBQ — more into the beer than the wine. We've recently started truly enjoying a bottle of wine not and again, though. Maybe all the empties brought by our daughters led us to seek out full ones.

    Christine: Thank you so much for the enthusiastic reply. I was a wee bit worried I'd look rather hillbilly to readers, burying wine bottles and all. :-D

    Ginger Kay: I've worried about the same. Definitely watering there, though. Considered adding some "goop be gone" sort of thing to the bottles, but that just might kill my wildflowers. Hmm... must think of something, though, or the labels will ruin the whole thing for me and each time I look, that's all I'll see.

    May 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    LOVE you wine bottles! What a great idea -- I can't wait to see it when it is filled with flowers.

    We had wonderful weekend with out of town visitors and lots of silly antics by some children. And yes, I did a glass or two of wines over the 3 days. A friend introduced me to "White Merlot" not to be confused with White Zin -- and I love it -- but in moderation!

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Wow, those are alot of wine bottles-LOL! I love that idea and since we are wine drinkers , I may have to try it and it looks great in your unique yard. Your grandsons are really going to love it.

    Did do some stuff around the house and yard this weekend, getting ready for my mother-in-law's visit. No wine but I did try one of those Bud Light Lime-a-ritas....it was refreshing on a hot day.

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Your husband is a good sport. Mine would never participate in such a project. I did have a glass of wine or two over the weekend. We were guests. It was just to be polite to our hosts.

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    No wine (nor beer bottles) from this old tee-total-er but that does make quite an interesting edging for your wildflower patch.

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    How clever! I'm impressed with your Jim pitching in to help! LOL My Jim would never do such a thing; he did put the umbrella up and help me rearrange the deck furniture! We had fun sprucing up our deck and yard..... and enjoyed a bottle of Riesling with our steaks on the grill yesterday!
    Can't wait to see how these colors and textures blend with the flowers when the bloom! That will be a fun photo to see!
    Joan

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    Bet the labels start to fall right off....great idea! It looks just wonderful.

    May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    hmmm . . . . I see target practice for a kid with a bb gun :D
    We planted a few tomato plants and a few flowers, did yard work and laundry and had a family cookout.

    May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelley
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