Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Front Porch

One of my goals this summer was to fix up my front porch, and I pretty much accomplished that!
I found this wicker chair at the Vintage Arts Marketplace, and recovered a cushion I already had.
This butterfly chair used to be purple corduroy. I recovered it in recycled blue buffalo plaid fabric on one side and polka-dots on the other.
I've had this birdcage for years. I wanted to find a chandelier to hang on the front porch, but had a sudden vision one day of the birdcage made-over to be a sort of chandelier. I found the prisms at a craft store in the wedding department, added a votive candle, and hung it up.

I spray-painted my old wicker furniture, and recovered the cushions with recycled fabric.
I also painted the trim around the ceiling and all of the wrought iron, and pressure-washed the concrete floor. What a difference!
I've always loved the mail slot on the house, but it needed to be enhanced - an easy job!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Late Summer Flower Garden

Today is October 9th, and the seasons are a'changin' outside my back door. A couple of weeks ago I walked around the yard and took pictures of some of the flowers and scenes in my yard.
Beautiful coleus.
Elephant ear. I will soon need to dig up the bulb and replant in the Spring.
I love the bright blue of this salvia.
Rosemary. I love to give it a pinch as I walk by.
This poor little African impatient never did bloom this summer, but still looks pretty next to my geodes.
Hollyhocks. I remember hollyhocks growing wild in the alley when I was a child.
Love this picture of mums about to bloom.
A knot on the sweet gum tree.
Butterfly bush.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Harp

A couple of weeks ago, I took my two middle grandchildren to an event at the Benton House, a historical mansion in a nearby neighborhood. As soon as we got out of the car, we could hear the beautiful notes of a harp floating through the air.
And I think the music set the scene for our visit that day. We toured the Benton House and visited the exhibits set up on the lawn. And then the kids decided we should take some pictures.
We found a little garden and they very solemnly posed for me.

I think it was the music in the air. We felt like we were in a movie. We were all kind of slowly strolling around to the music, just enjoying the day.
This one found a perfect place for an angelic photo!
And this one insisted on a glass of lemonade, but all she really wanted was the strawberry at the bottom.
Who's that knocking at the door?
And as we were leaving, we noticed a man in the tree! Really!

It was SUCH a nice day!