Happy Friday! I can’t say why, but some weeks just feel long, and for me, this was a very long week. I’m looking forward to at least one free day this weekend to finish up a new outdoor project. This one is pretty simple, but finding the time has been a struggle. I’m building a light canopy for my back deck. There’s so many ways to go about this, but I’ve decided to build a wire frame for the lights to hang over. I’m far from finished, but I thought it would be good to share in two posts, so consider this post phase one. The materials are simple….3 ten foot wooden posts (the height is important), 60 ft. of 3/32 gauge galvanized wire, 6 wire clamp sets, and 6 snap clips. I bought it all at the hardware store for under $60. The idea is to anchor the tall posts to my existing fence to give the canopy structure height (I’m short, but tall people will hit their heads on the lights if the posts are too low). Each post has an eye hook at the top, and a reciprocal eye hook has been anchored to the house on the opposite side of the deck. I’m building three strands of wire to connect each post to the hooks on the house. To build the wire pieces I’ve used these interesting clamps that pinch the wire around a metal ring to create a secure loop – who designs these things? I love discovering solutions like these…so clever. From there I attach a snap clip to each end of the wire. So far – the most difficult seems to be measuring the wire pieces to make sure they will be taught when clipped to the post and house. I’ll probably have trouble getting this right (exact measurements aren’t my thing). The end result should be a three row wire canopy ready for lights to be strung. I’ve bought commercial grade outdoor lights that can hold a full sized bulb. I like the effect of the larger lights (instead of the christmas light strands). Now everyone cross their fingers for me. I’ll post the outcome next week. Have a great weekend!