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