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

Monday, March 3, 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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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall Porch Tour 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Front Porch Tour. I am so happy that you stopped by 
Top This Top That.


It's no secret how much I love the Fall season, 
the outdoors, nature and........
my front porch.



This porch ushers in more then just the beautiful colors of the season. 

It's a place of comfort
  A place of celebration
 A place of calm


A place of reflection, a place where I dream.
A place to think.



A place to witness family time, playtime, the occasional date night and..... 
life in the country


It's a place where we welcome you. A place where we invite you in. A place where we hope you will want to stay.


to visit, laugh and......
 talk


Talk about....how pretty the mums are, how acorns really aren't that big in the country because you bought them that way or how everything looks so "fall festive" with a coat of Pumpkin colored spray paint on it.



Or....... how this wasn't the best year for corn in the garden because we had too much rain and the critters got whatever little cobs that we did grow....but we do have an abundance of husks to use in our fall decor.



The front porch......A place that you will love.
A place that was meant just to do that.

Happy Fall!

To see more of my Fall home and projects click here.

To see my Creepy Birds Side Entrance click here



I am joining these other 'porch loving bloggers' today, sharing their Fall Porches. 



I would love for you to stop by and say hello, and don't forget to visit all the porches this week.

Sponsored in part by:
Front Porch Ideas
and
Hometalk.com





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Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Summer Day around Duke Manor






So long summer, it's been a great few months. And while we are getting ready to welcome the first day of Autumn in a few days, I wanted to leave you with a few images from around Duke Manor that capture the essence of summer on our property.








 



We are looking forward to fall.... all of us. How about you?


Grateful for~
The beauty in nature, animals and people 




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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Easiest Orange Burlap Pumpkin

I am a tad bit embarrassed to admit this, but sometimes I even amaze myself.......but only when it comes to burlap pumpkins. Doesn't happen often but when it does, look out all you Orange Pumpkin heads out there!


Well not really. I'm not all that amazing.... to my kids anyways. See, I created what I thought was a pretty awesome orange burlap pumpkin , complete with stem and leaves and when I asked them about it, they thought it was a tree. Oh well. That will put a orange burlap pumpkin maker in her place real quick!


Maybe if they saw how the wreath was made , they might just change their minds.

Perhaps if they saw me spray paint the burlap garland before I weaved it in and out of the metal 18 inch frame using my original burlap wreath tutorial here.........



Next, if they saw me search for the perfect piece of wood in the yard for a stem, and how I secured to the wreath frame with floral wire.......


So it  kinda looked like this


And finally, I took 6 paper leaves (from Dollar Store) and sprayed painted them green. When they were dry, I layered them around the stem and secured them with hot glue. 


Sure does look like an orange burlap pumpkin to me. But if I can't convince my kids to change their minds, I sure hope I can convince you that it's a pumpkin or that I am amazing.......whichever comes first.




 I have come up with another colored wreath with a few "creepy" looks for your Halloween door. Click here to see them.

Oh, I love fall .....and my orange burlap pumpkin, even if my kids don't think so.


PS- Remember the words "before" when spray painting your burlap garland.
PPS- To see more of my burlap  journey click here and here and here.



Grateful for ~
inspiring husband who totally came up with the pumpkin idea




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Monday, September 9, 2013

Our proudest outdoor moment and our DIY Water Feature

Truth be told before we moved out to the country and built Duke Manor, my husband and I were not the DIY types. Not even close. We were fortunate to hire the professionals to do the landscape,  clean the windows and paint the house. Then we moved and things began to change.




Then, instead of looking for a new car, we were looking at tractors. Nights of watching Melrose Place was slowly being replaced with the DIY Network.   All of a sudden our will, determination and passion started to emerge towards things we never would have considered doing prior to moving like painting, landscaping, cleaning windows and ..........building a water feature in the backyard.


Oh, I still remember the day we heard the trickling sounds of water for the very first time, it was our most proudest outdoor DIY moment ever. The first fire in the pit was pretty glorious too! And although it took two summers to complete, more concrete and rock then I we care to count and lift, it was totally worth it.


See, after the other stone projects here and here, my husband and I felt more comfortable tackling a project like this especially when the backyard looked like this waiting for it's turn at something magicial to happen. But like the old saying goes, good things come to those that wait.


The water feature was done in two phases over two summers. Meaning ,we liked the first little pond so much we decided to make another. Thank goodness for a portable concrete mixer and a good man.




And prior to getting a pool this summer, the water feature served double duty for the kids as their 'watering hole' which was perfect for those hot summer Georgia afternoons. Heck we even attached the slide from the play set since they were having so much fun.
 Yes, proud.


And ever since the kids have moved their location to a more appropriate watering hole, the pond has gone back to a more quieter, serene area that we really enjoy and a great addition to the backyard


....even for the dog.
So tell me, what's your proudest outdoor project?


Grateful for~
The projects, my home, the pond

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