Happy Friday sweet friends! Fallish temps are present in North East Georgia. How about where you live? This week I tried to do everything I could to avoid the news. Don't know about you, but the whole Ebola situation completely freaks me out. A virus that we know little about, limited to no vaccinations available, misdirection and innocent people getting infected....and some succumbing to this virus. What are your thoughts? These amazing projects brought some well needed distraction from it all.
Hello October!! These next few months always seem to be so fast and furious, don't they? Fall and all it's natural beauty helps to level set my mind and also serves as a reminder to slow it down. What helps you slow down? We are enjoying some amazing family time this week with the kids on fall break but found a few other things that made me smile. Loving this apple wreath from The Wood Grain Cottage
I am not sure who created the saying 'Silence is Golden' but I will abide by that mantra today and take you through what Fall looks like outdoors, around our property all still, quite and beautiful..... because isn't that what nature offers us. Ahh...Fall. If you are new to Top This Top That, Welcome and know that I am not a big fan of that golden rule. Are you?
Although we have some amazing things going on in July, it's not one of my fav's when it comes to the temperatures. Way too hot. When you walk from the house to the garage ( approximately 8 steps) and sweat is already dripping from the forehead..... too hot.
Here's a few highlights from June, in case you missed any of it.
We are in the patriotic spirit around the house with my mantel here
and a fun tablescape here that I created out of .99 duct tape.
Enjoying my hot tea and cheerios here in our Summer breakfast room.
I am ready for you on the front porch here where I shared 5 tips every porch lover should have.
I turned an old plant stand and planter into a fun ice bucket. Perfect for those hot days outside.
and after a few long months, we finally finished the kitchen and revealed it here.
How was your month? Got any fun things planned....besides sweating?
I had a little fun with some .99 duct tape (you can read about here), and created this 4th of July table setting and patriotic mantel, as we get ready to celebrate our nations independence this week.
Our 4th of July tradition around here is a backyard barbecue with tons of watermelon and messy popsicles, accompanied by a firework display hosted by dad in the backyard. One of his favorite highlights of the year....kids too.
We top our evening off with smores around our firepit and talking about our favorite highlights and fireworks of the day, and hoping that the day would not have to end. What do you have planned for the 4th of July this year?
For this great nation
PS- to make my stars and stripe pillow before the holiday, click here
For the record, I have never used duct tape for decorating or crafting purposes...ever. There I said it. It's out there.
I have sat back and ohh'd and ahhhh'd over all the ridiculously creative projects done with duct tape, in hopes of one day being accepted into the duct tape Hall of Fame...... by giving you that same ohhhh and ahhhhh moment.
So here goes.
I thought maybe that time could be today, and the project could be my 4th of July patriotic tablescape . A project where I was inspired by a pack of duct tape that I picked up at Home Depot....for .99.
I was hoping that you might be inspired by these green plastic plates that I turned into patriotic chargers with a little white spray paint and duct tape around the perimeter.
And with it's festive flair down the middle of the table, my very used burlap runner ......with some duct tape.
The glass jars that use to hold pickles, spaghetti sauce and beets, will now be used to hold utensils and then for serving up some of my famous Georgia sweet tea, got the once around with some tape too.
And remember those fun wooden buoys that I used in my Summer mantel here, well they got a little dressed up for the soiree too.... with a little duct tape. They are sitting on top of an old wicker charger that I sprayed painted red and then placed what is technically a candle holder, but using it as a vase, for some hydrangeas and ferns that I cut from here.
Duct tape perfection.
So tell me, did it work..... am I in? I will be back tomorrow for some more of my 4th of July ideas....just in case.
Are you apart of the Duct tape Hall of Fame? If not, you should be. But hurry, I don't know how long that tape will be in stock.
To live in such a great country, that I love
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Welcome to one of the most popular hangouts at my house....The Front Porch. The other.....The back porch. My typical summer rant "out front, out back, in or out" From Friday night date nights, to afternoon chit chats with friends......this is the place to be. Where all the cool people hang.
I have rounded up my list of 5 things every southern summer porch should have.....although all other porch loving friends regardless of where you live, should take note.
1. Comfy seating paired with pillows. This year I bought some cute striped covers from here (they were super inexpensive) to mix in with my already paisley cushions and pillows. Since this porch is covered, I buy indoor fabric and spray with scotch guard to protect from the elements, dogs and kids. Don't want your guests sitting on something nasty.
2. Something to drink. From sweet tea to cold water with lemon, to homemade moonshine...okay , not really about the moonshine, please have a cold beverage for your guests to sip on. This is a must, especially when its hot outside.
3. Ferns, and lot's of them. It's like the staple for the Southern porch. Ferns are the easiest, fullest and inexpensive porch plant to have. I buy them as annuals at the beginning of the season and they will hang in there until the first cold snap. I have Boston ferns on my front porch.
4. Color. Mix in a favorite color or two for your containers, flowers and accessories. I sprayed the containers and monogram yellow and then added some yellow lantana in with my Eugenia Toparies. These Eungenia's are so easy to grow and make a great statement by the front door.
5. Conversation, laughter and fun. No restriction to how much, time of day and how often. Although, the more the merrier......especially after a few shots of that moonshine.
So, where are you hangin out this summer? Regardless of where you are sitting or where you will be, I hope you will enjoy the Summer time. Come back anytime...you know where I will be! To see last years summer porch, click here.
I hope you will visit my other Southern Pals for more Outdoor Living Ideas.
A cold drink anyone? One or two.... no problem, they are chilling on the back deck as we sit here and chat on a hot summer day.
I figured it was about time to find a way to keep drinks chillin outside, instead of running back and forth into the house every time I was parched, so I created a striped ice bucket out of an old plant stand and planter.
This was an easy paint and chill project.. Step 1: Clean off your stuff
Step 2: Spray paint your stuff one color
Step 3: Tape off your stuff for stripes and paint in your other color. I choose a color called Eden for my green and white for my stripes.
In between these steps, take the paint off to reveal your stripes. Step 4: Ice your drinks
Step 5: Enjoy a cold beverage...and conversation
Look for more summer inspiration. I am joining up with these bloggers to share some great summer decor and projects. Hope you will visit them all....and have a fabulous summer!