Showing posts with label outdoor projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoor projects. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Porch 2014...5 things every Southern porch should have

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.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How I am "Chillin" over the summer

Georgia summers can be brutal...but beautiful,  especially when I get the chance to sit outside.


Just sitting in my backyard surrounded by lime green polka dots and with a slight gentle cool mist running through the air....all while I sit and munch on my apple and take in a good read.


And to take this totally amazing experience over the top, I attach my Artic Cove Bucket Mister to the top of a polka dotted bucket filled with water, and ...... chill. 
Ahhh. These hots days don't get any better then this...and it's cordless too, so I am free to roam all around the property....misting and staying cool.



If you don't believe me, just ask her. 


I think she'll also agree that this Artic Cove  Bucket Mister  is just amazing!
How do you chill out when it's brutally hot outside?






PS-  I thought my customized bucket would look much cooler with a  fun  coordinating pillow. Sorry Home Depot. You said "Let's Do This"..... and I did.

PPS- The winner for the Mohawk Rug giveaway has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered and stopped by the craft room!





I was given the Artic Cove Mister to review but all the opinions about being cool are just mine..... and her's.



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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Hey there! I have been a bit MIA this week as we were enjoying a wonderful family vacation at the beach. A week to disconnect and reconnect at the same time.  If you follow me on instagram or facebook (if not, I would love you too) you may have seen images that I captured with some of the fun we were having.





Great times...for everyone.
And during afternoon siesta time, I happened to stumble upon some pretty awesome projects that I thought you would want to see. 

AMAZING table from Bliss Ranch


I just may make one of these for my craft room.  From Thistlewood Farms.


One word....Devine.


Express your love from here ...on the wall.



My pal over at Atta Girl Says for has some great ideas to celebrate your next patriotic event including this red,white and blue sand candle.



Well, this weekend I will be doing the typical loads of vacation laundry and getting back into the groove....darn.
What are you up to?
Talk to you next week!



Grateful for~
every moment spent with my kiddos and husband





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Friday, June 06, 2014

DIY Summer Ice bucket

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!




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Monday, May 05, 2014

Spring Wisteria Wreath

Us Southern gals are at it again, this time....... with flowers. 



I definitely feel more accomplished with my gardening skills then I am of my culinary skills...and lack there of.  In fact, I would rather be digging in the dirt , then cooking in the kitchen any day. 
Which is precisely where I was, putting this beautiful Wisteria Wreath together.



One of the first plants that I planted in my garden 11 years ago were 2 Wisteria vines. Each year, they come back bigger and prettier then ever. Every year I have to prune them multiple times so they don't look completely out of control, like my hair on some days. 


The funny thing is, I had never considered using the cuttings for a wreath....until this weekend. So with shears in hand, I snipped about 15 clippings and attached them to a grapevine wreath using floral wire. 


 Snip, attach and hang.




I decided to hang it on one of our feed sheds near the pasture. Now, feeding time is met with a big ole smile, by me....and the animals. 


The donkeys like the wreath too!

Be sure to visit my other pals for more flower inspiration.





grateful for~
seeing my mom and sister this weekend




PS- If you missed last months 'Oh My Word....Monograms, click here.



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Monday, March 03, 2014

St. Patricks Day Wreath

It's not everyday that white carnations tipped in a kelly green color speak to me....but they did.





Not that I am even Irish, although I would love to go to Ireland one day and I love Colin Farrell's accent, but something inside the Dollar Tree on that particular day, told me that I should make something that would make even my non-irish eyes smile...so I did.

Supplies Needed for Carnation Wreath
1 clapboard wreath form
5 bunches of faux carnations ( I got mine from the Dollar Store )
Hot glue gun
White paint
Craft scissors

Step 1
Spray your wreath form white, this way it blends with the flowers a bit more.

Step 2
Snip the stem of the flowers off with the scissors. This is so when you glue the flowers on the wreath , they will lay flat.


Step 3
Begin gluing down the flower tips around your wreath form. Place the flowers as close to each other side by side. 


Step 4
If you have any holes, fill those with your extra flower tips, if not, your done.

Step 5
Hang your wreath listening to Irish Eyes Are Smiling sung by this absolutely beautiful voice here.


And I leave you with this......
May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door...with your beautiful carnation wreath of course.

Grateful for~
Wonderful family time over the weekend






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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Porch Tour - Day 3


It's day 3 of the Fall Porch 2013 Tour. I hope you have enjoyed the tour so far, but there are still more fabulous porches to see.

If you missed my Fall Porch that I shared yesterday, you can see it here.



Here's the schedule for the week. I would love for you to stop by and say hello to these other fabulous bloggers.....and their porches! 


Have a super fantastic day!

Grateful ~
to have a porch to sit on



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