Archives for July 2010

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

Remember when I had no plants for my plant stand on the front porch and it looked kind of sad, lonely and lifeless?

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

Before: Sad, lonely and lifeless.

I finally got some plants! I just love having a cheery front porch to welcome guests.

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

LOVE the colors of this plant. I’d tell you what it is called but I’d have to go look  up how to spell it, it might be coleus? Or is that a disease, I’m not sure.

Other than some new plants, I am totally doing this porch on a ‘use what I have’ basis.

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

This little pot was painted by my son, for me, on Mother’s Day. Ahhh. I love it. Is there anything more precious than a gift your child made for you?

After I killed the plant that was in it, we filled it with some shells we collected together on the beach when we first moved here.

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

We were cleaning out the garage the other day and I found this basket in the pile of stuff to go to the dump! NOOOOOO!!! I had wanted a new planter for my gardenia plant and voila, a tired old rickety wood basket is now the perfect unique and textured planter! FREE! Score.

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

My porch curtains are painter’s drop cloths that I had hanging in my kitchen for the past year. Decided not to use them there so now I have porch curtains. And of course, the bird cage and candlesticks were spray painted last year so no cost there! I want to have new cushions for my chairs but for now, I have a pillow that works just fine.

This is the perfect place to work and sip some iced tea! Nice cool breezes off the lake and shaded from the hot sun, I LOVE WORKING AT HOME!!!! Ah, the freedom.

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

Winston is totally wondering why I set that object in the way of his view of the lake. Sorry Winston, now you cannot see the water skiers.

We don’t live right ON the lake but we can see it, so it makes it fun to be out on the porch. We can hear people out having fun on the water, and quite often in the evenings we hear live music from parties around the lake. I love the ambience of that. I grew up on the water so while I am not right on it, I can still enjoy it.

Inspired By: Updating the Porch

Winston is forever walking in front of my camera when I try to take pictures. But how can I resist his fluffiness?

So, little by little, piece by piece, the porch is getting fixed up. Our best weather is usually August through October, so I’ll keep updating and enjoying this porch through fall! Next step, I want to paint my front door! Can’t wait for that fun project!

What inspired you this week?

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The winners of the Reluctant Entertainer book and Hip Hostess apron and tea towel were announced! Go here to see if you won!

Reluctant Entertainer & Hip Hostess Winners!

Reluctant Entertainer & Hip Hostess Winners!

If only I could look that cute in an apron! That model is adorable!
But cute figure or not, that apron is AMAZING!
I’d hang it in my kitchen just to look cute all on its own!

Thanks so much for entering the Reluctant Entertainer and Hip Hostess giveaway!

By random number selector, the two winners of the book, apron and tea towel have been chosen….drumroll please…..

Debbie from Heart Choices
Julie from Less than Perfect Life of Bliss


If you didn’t win (boo hoo!) but want to buy a copy of Sandy’s book for yourself or for a gift, you can find it here in my amazon store! This book is truly amazing and inspiring, you really will love it! It will definitely inspire you to entertain and ENJOY it!

Reluctant Entertainer & Hip Hostess Winners!
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