Fall Porch 2014

Fall Porch 2014

Gosh, I can hardly believe it’s October!!!

I must admit I LOVE IT!!!

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love Fall what with all the smells and colors and temperatures finally beginning to drop (a little)!

The Fall Porch is finally complete!

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I had the most fun making these pillows for Plaid.  You can see that post HERE!

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I added a little fall color to the entry stairs….

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…….it’s amazing what a little “dash” of color will do!!

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My door wreaths were super easy to make.  You can see how I did it with the help of Laura from Top This Top That’s wreath tutorial!

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I put the black and white pillows along with last years fall pillows on the swing!

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I never get tired of classic black & white!! This year I added some burlap pumpkin pillows to the mix!

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They’re cute and fun and can stay there through November!

Of course, little touches are scattered here and there.

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I took my daughter’s rubber cowboy boots and added some fall foliage along with a pretty ribbon….

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….and placed them next to my sandwich board with a simple seasonal sentiment!

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My mini goat wagon got a touch of hay, ghords, an extra little pillow and a battery operated candle lantern!

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A very simple vignette in the corner that definitely says “fall”!

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I updated my pie basket by adding more foliage, some Dollar Tree pumpkins painted white and another candle lantern!

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Just adding a few metal leaf sprigs into my faux greenery turned this corner into fall.

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Last, I added a two more fake pumpkins from Dollar Tree that I painted white and stained with dark wax to the fern on the other side of the front doors!  I LOVE Dollar Tree’s pumpkins!! A stained glass lantern and a cream “funkin”, which I also stained rounded out the look.

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I just stuck the “R” sticker (you can find these at Hobby Lobby) on the pumpkin!

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Today, I turned my lantern around to show the “jack-o-lantern” side!

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That rounds out the porch!  Hope y’all are enjoying your Fall!  We were finally able to open some windows yesterday and air out the house!

WOO HOO!!!

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Until next time……….

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Adding Fall Color!

Adding Fall Color!

adding fall color

After finishing up the Fall touches on the front porch, I decided my urns and “orbs” needed a little something, something….

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Y’all know how I love my Orbs!!!  Last year, they were a different color….

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I decided to change them from black to cream and I have really enjoyed the change but when I set the white pumpkins in the cream orbs, they kinda disappeared.  So, I had to come up with a new idea!

I needed a little color!!!

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I purchased 2 large candle ring wreaths and 4 small candle ring wreaths that were 40% off at Hobby Lobby.

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I cut them in half……

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I simply placed the two halves of the larger wreaths into the orbs

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…..and placed my faux greenery orbs back in!

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I did the same thing with the small halves by placing them in the smaller urns and placing those greenery orbs on top!

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It was just the right amount of color and I love the green and orange together.  I think it’s a great way to transition from summer to fall since our temperatures are still topping 90 degrees!

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Sometimes I tend to over think decorating.  This was so simple and inexpensive.  I spent a total of $20 and I think it created a major impact!

The “Summer to Fall” Porch is just about complete!  Now, if only our temperatures could fall too!

Until next time……….

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Easy Stencil Pillow!!

Easy Stencil Pillow!!

 

 

This is a sponsored post by BluePrint Social, Plaid and FolkArt Stencils and Paints.  Although I was compensated, all opinions are 100% mine.  

Stencil pillow

Y’all know how I love to decorate my front porch for the seasons, so when a box of FolkArt Stencils and Paints arrived at my door, I was so excited to create a new look for Fall!!!

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The selection of colors I received are so vibrant and perfect for fall and since you can buy all of them, and more, at Michaels, it’s so easy to create something beautiful yourself!

I decided to create a couple of pillows for my rockers.  I used two muslim pillow covers I already had and began creating!

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First, I applied the FolkArt Stencil Adhesive to the stencil.  I love this adhesive!!!!  It’s so easy and simple to use and cleans up with soap and water!  Just follow the directions on the package and it’s a breeze!  Once I applied it, the stencil was repositionable and I didn’t have apply to any more for the whole pillow!

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Now the fun began!

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Next, I began painting! I decided to use all the colors except blue…..(I’ll save that for another time)!  In addition, I created another color by mixing Engine Red and Fresh Foliage Green to create a brown!

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The paints mix so well and don’t dry too quickly so I had plenty of time to create!!

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So super simple. After painting a different color in each circle, I then easily repositioned my stencil to the next section of my pillow cover and repeated step two.  The quality of the FolkArt Painting Stencil is amazing!  They’re durable laser cut designs that adhere securely with the stencil adhesive and wash up beautifully.

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Wallah!!

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The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.  The paint is not stiff and the pillow still feels soft!

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Since these paints are “multi-surface,” I decided to give another surface a try!

I had some grapevine “mini” balls that I painted to coordinate with the “dots” of the stencil!

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Again, very easy to work with!  The paint just glides on with no dripping or splattering!

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Putting it all together was so much fun!

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The pillows are perfect for the transition from summer to fall!

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After removing the stems from the grapevine orbs, they look great in a glass cylinder vase.

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I even had some paint leftover to stencil a ribbon which I tied around the lamp!

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The porch is ready for fall!!

I would highly recommend trying the FolkArt Multi Surface Paints, Stencils and Adhesive!!

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Until next time……..

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Fourth of July Porch!

Fourth of July Porch!

You’re a grand old flag………..

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……….you’re a high-flying flag……….

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………..and forever in peace may you wave!

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Well, the Porch is dressed and ready for the Fourth of July!!!

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All I needed to do was add FLAGS!!!

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A trio in the fern is just enough!

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Remember my unusual door “wreaths“…..

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….adding a couple of flags to each and they’re ready for the 4th!!

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None of the decor has changed from the summer porch….except for adding flags!

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Along with a flag pillow!

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And, the swing is complete with another flag pillow!!

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Even my child’s galoshes received some patriotism!!

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I placed some patriotic fabric in my patriotic basket….

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….added some faux green apples, so the deer aren’t tempted to nibble!

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My version of “as American as Apple Pie“!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!!!!!

Until next time…..

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New lamp for the Porch

New lamp for the Porch

In my quest to perfect my Summer Porch, I decided I needed a new lamp!

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Although I love my bird lamp, (and he will be back), he did not go with my color scheme!

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So, off to Goodwill I went in hopes of finding a lamp for cheap that I could paint!

I scored BIG TIME!!!Continue reading

More Rubber Boots!!!

More Rubber Boots!!!

I don’t know why but I have acquired this “fetish” for rubber boots!!

Maybe it’s from growing up in Oregon where it rains  A LOT and now, living in Texas where it rains VERY LITTLE, it reminds me of my childhood!

Do you remember last year when I took a pair of my husbands old rubber work boots, painted them and turned them into planters…….

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…….and this year when I found these lovely beauties at the thrift store and added some faux flowers for the front porch.

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They’ve moved to the side porch as they didn’t really go with my theme but I really longed for more boots so, I found the cutest little pair of children’s galoshes on Ebay for $3!

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Aren’t they adorable????!!!!

All I did was add some faux flowers, set them by my message chalkboard and they are perfect!!!!!Continue reading

Spring Porch–first signs of Spring!

Spring Porch–first signs of Spring!

After taking all the Valentine decor down, the porch needed a little “lift”!

Nothing too major…….

…….just enough to show signs of spring are in the air!

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Winter Porch

Winter Porch

I finally finished my Winter Porch…….

…..will probably tweak it next week for Valentine’s Day!!

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Like many others, I’m beginning to embrace the feeling of barrenness after the holidays and decided to keep it that way on the porch

I found some simple green fabric with tiny white flowers and created some pillows!

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I really like the green against the black and white!

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I found this beautiful pine cone fabric….

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It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but the pinecones are traced in gold….

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Finished off my fresh cedar door swags with a couple of simple bows!

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Also added a simple throw to the swing!!!

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Just right for winter, I think!

Today, I heard the birds chirping……

a sure sign that spring is just around the corner!!

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Until next time……..

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A Patriotic Porch

A Patriotic Porch

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy…….

A Yankee Doodle do or die……..

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Have you got the song stuck in your head now?

You’re Welcome!! :)

Patriotism appears on our front porch from Memorial Day Weekend thru the Fourth of July.Continue reading

“Bee” utiful Porch Rug!

“Bee” utiful Porch Rug!

Happy Day my blogging buddies!

Remember my front porch spring makeover and my rug I “snagged” from my laundry room?Continue reading