We are all serious readers in our house, although the topics may be different, however we do have Harry Potter in common! I saw similar signs on Pinterest that were hung on a stake in the yard. This tree is visible from my top deck and I hung my hammock from it, so I thought it would be a good spot for some signs. I chose some of our favorite children’s books, Peter Pan, Narnia, Peter Rabbit (my fave as a kid) and Winnie the Pooh, along with Harry Potter. I liked the look of the old pieces of wood I had, so just gave them a quick brush of different paints and hand wrote the letters. They are fun & quirky! Happy Saturday!
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I wanted to make a Solar Light Garden Post for some time and finally had a chance to complete it. We have limited outdoor lighting and a long driveway so it really makes it difficult if you are carrying things in at night. I have been pricing outdoor solar lanterns, but they are out of the budget, so I went to Lowe’s with a vision in mind.
The supplies needed:
4x4x8 foot post cut in half $9
2 solar lights-mine were $4.97 each
Clay pot clips Wal-Mart one set $5.98
House numbers I paid $1.29 each
Pansies $5 6 pack
4″ clay pot/saucer
2″ clay pot/saucer
I painted the post in two coats of semi-gloss white and simply screwed in the solar light. Here is a similar solar light cap: Solar Light Cap
I attached house numbers and found these awesome clay pot clips at Wal-Mart, but there are similar ones here-Flower Pot Klips
I attached one on each side. I planted pansies and added the clay pots to the post. I dug a fairly deep hole and secured the post. It really gives off a good amount of light and I love how it looks at the end of my walkway and for about $20 a piece you can’t go wrong! Hope you enjoy this Solar Light Garden Post!
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I had a bunch of old concrete blocks from a fire pit that I’m redoing, so I searched Pinterest to see if there were any ways to reuse them. Sure enough, I saw the coolest bench at
http://kaylasbasement.blogspot.ca/2012/06/diy-outdoor-bench.html. I put this together myself in about 2 hours. The most difficult part for me was carrying the 8ft posts to the back yard! Not easy with a bad back!
4- 4x4x8 posts
Paint of your choice
Deep seating lounge cushion
Put 6 blocks on each end about 7 feet apart on a flat surface. Put the posts through the opening. Simple as that! Enjoy!
I painted my blocks black as well as the posts and bought the cushion at Job Lot.
We finally have a beautiful day today, so I’m taking advantage of it and enjoying the outside. Love days like this where I can just piddle around, the housework is done, dinner’s in the crockpot, time to refresh and plan for the normally hectic week. I made this sign many years ago- it is what we all see as we leave to start our days. Sometimes I forget to just breathe and today as I was cleaning up the porch I looked at this with the beautiful trees in the background and thought about it for a moment.
Having a 17 yo driver in the family we seem to have an abundance of old tires (no offense Amanda) so I figured I’d put them to good use. I drilled a few holes in the bottom of the tire and cleaned it up then added a few coats of spray paint in a brick red color. As it is still cool, I added a pot of pansies that I can bring in at night until it warms up, although it does say it can survive frost. I hung it on a tree with a plant hook. It may not be for everyone (in fact I do believe Sanford & Son was mentioned by my neighbor!) I love it! It makes me smile when I see it and it makes my daughter smile when she sees the tire that she used to take out my mailbox, lol!! Happy Saturday!
Although it is officially Spring, it doesn’t feel like it, but I’m ignoring that and working in the yard and decorating my porch for Spring. I spend a lot of time on the porch-even when it’s cold I’ll bundle up and sit on the swing and read. I was searching Pinterest for porch decorating ideas and saw the coolest ladder from Ashbee Designs. Mine is nowhere near the quality of hers mainly because once I get an idea in my head I literally cannot sleep until I create it so I went searching in my backyard for branches. I couldn’t find thick enough ones so decided to make a smaller version and I’m pretty happy with it, although I still covet Ashbee’s. Maybe if Pepe has thicker branches I’ll make it. Anyway I put the ladder right by my swing and added little jars of tea lights. It looks so cool lit up and I know I will love reading with my newest book boyfriend by candlelight 😉
I’ve been very lucky with finds at the thrift store lately and picked up this beautiful ironstone pitcher at Goodwill for 5.99. I filled it with some beautiful silks and an adorable moss bunny from Pier1. I don’t know what it is with owls lately, but they are everywhere and while they used to scare me, I now love them. In fact, my daughter has a beautiful mug that I keep trying to make my own :). I found the white owl at Michaels and set them on a silver tray along with a bunny candy dish.
I love this time of year and enjoy decorating my front porch with the changing seasons. I am just about finished for the Summer season and thought I would share some of my favorites.