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Monday, June 27, 2011


Well, I am off of work for a couple of months.  It feels quite lovely to know I can do some projects, hang by the pool and sleep in.  Actually, sleeping in is out of the question.  My youngest made the decision to work on the summer cleaning crew at our school, so I will be driving him to work every weekday at 7:00 am.  I admire his ambition and it will be good for me to get up and get an early start.  My vacation won't get away from me then. 
I snapped this picture of my front porch.  The flower was a gift from one of my students.  Isn't it beautiful?  The bench was made by my very talented husband when I showed him a picture of a bench I admired in a magazine.  I used to purchase bistro sets for my front porch and the wind wreaked havoc on them.  I love this bench and I am quite happy with my new cushions as well.  We have a terra cotta(brick red) metal roof and white siding with a khaki painted foundation.  I try to get either tan or dark brown furniture or accessories for the exterior of our house.  I thought the colors in these cushions really brought a pop to our front porch. Wait until you see the new shutters the talented Mr. Flatrock Cabin is making.  They are just what I wanted.  I know...I am a lucky gal! 

I made another apron this week.  This time I made a gardening apron.  I used the fat quarter apron instructions from Karen at Sew Many Ways but I made the pockets have more sections and I added a tool loop for my little spade.  The instructions for this apron could not be easier or quicker but the finished product is customizable and very personal based on fabric choices.  This was the third one I made and they are all different.  Thanks Karen!  I really am getting into this gardening thing!  I purchased another perennial and I have no room for it in my two existing flower beds, so you know what that means....a third flower garden! I am lucky my husband is a good sport!  Look at this Calla Lilly, can you see why I couldn't resist?                                       

I want to thank Katie from Katie's Nesting Spot for hosting a giveaway which I was fortunate enough to win.  She is such a sweetie and so generous.  I won this beautiful Vera Bradley wallet and she sent along a little Vera purse notebook as well.  Who doesn't LOVE Vera Bradley?  I think it is cute and filled it up and put it right in my purse as soon as I  was finished taking this picture!   
I have lots of things I want to accomplish this summer and I hope to have time to write more than one post a week most weeks.  I think my next priority is to get my sun porch cleaned up and open for relaxing and eating meals out there.   I have a rolling cart out there with an extremely faded skirt that needs recovering.  Have a great Monday and take care.  Nancy


  1. Well done on your win, the wallet and notebook look great!

    Enjoy your few months off work, must be great knowing you can get some things ticked off the to do list!

  2. I love your gardening apron - just what I need, as I am a keen gardener! Beautiful calla lily, too.

    Pomona x

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Your porch bench is very beautiful. Those cushions look great there. I also like your gardening apron. It's pretty and useful as well. The calla lily is so lovely, and what a great prize you won!
    Enjoy your summer!

  4. i love the apron and your bench is too adorable

  5. Great apron - and what a lovely bench - you and your husband are both very talented!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Cute! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now:
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  7. I love your gardening apron, my husband and I have just started gardening (our old flat didn't have a garden) and this would be perfect for me!

  8. Oh My Goodness! You are speaking my language miss girlie!~ I can't wait to whip me up one of those aprons and I am in total LOVE with your porch!!! Thank you for sharing your WONDERFUL talents with us!!

  9. Oo I love the pillows on your bench, did you make those? And such a cute apron, I have been meaning to make one of those!

  10. That gardening apron is too pretty to get dirty! NICE JOB! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  11. Super cool! Love the bench... Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  12. What a fun apron and I love that bench! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

  13. Thank you so much for linking up this cute gardening apron to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)

  14. I love your gardener's apron and your Calla Lilly is gorgeous!

    Stopping by from It's FUN to craft! linky party and your newest follower. Here is what I shared this week:

    Where in northern NY are you? I am originally from Brooklyn, NY. Our next duty station will be Canada and we will eventually retire up near Watertown, NY.

    Happy 4th of of July!!

  15. Hi, friend! Happy 4th of July :) Btw, I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)