It’s Day Three of the Blogger Block Party! Today we are sharing a little bit of everything…porches, decks, a little summer fashion and some outdoor dining…Whew!
First, let’s head over to the NW and pay Vanessa a visit!
Welcome to Oregon! No, you’re not seeing things…that is actual BLUE SKY behind my house!
It may not last long so let me quickly show you around my outdoor spaces. We just got a new lawn put in this year and my hubby couldn’t be happier. They told us that we had about 12 different varieties of grass and that the Horticulture school would probably love to come out and take a look at the “experiment” we had going on in our yard!
Come a little closer and you are on our front “porch”. I still have big plans for this space (painting the trim being one of them), but in the meantime I did a quick makeover just using things from around my home.
I wanted a little table but didn’t want to spend any money. So I pulled out this big planter and added a glass top that goes with those inexpensive round “decorator” tables.
I have about 5 of these stashed away and now I’m glad I held onto them!
And now let’s head out back to our deck! There were plans to remove the old deck and replace it with a 2-tiered one this summer but…well…we bought a car instead. Isn’t that the way life goes?
So, it just got spruced up a bit and filled with plants to help cover up as much of it as possible!
And just because I love Jenn from Green Door Designs, I’m doing something I never thought I would do. I’m participating in her Summer Fashion Party and actually sharing what I wore yesterday. Yikes!
Most of the day I spent in my “grubbies” as I worked in the yard and around the house.
But we did have to go to a Birthday party in the afternoon so I had to put on non hole-filled-covered-in potting-soil-clothing and here is what I wore.
Ummm…this will probably be the only time I do this so…here goes!
That picture isn’t just hazy from the photo editing…that is one dirty mirror in my kid’s bathroom.
One more reason not to do this very often…who wants to clean the mirror every time!
I’m pretty much a walking TJ Maxx Billboard with this outfit. Everything (except the bracelet) was purchased there right down to my Steve Madden sandals and my $12 bag!
My hubby must have liked that I wasn’t wearing sweats for once because he made me one of my most favorite summer meals last night. We may not have a fabulous pizza oven like Miss Judy but he manages to make this scrumptious pizza on our regular ol’ grill.
The recipe for this Grilled Pizza with Sausage, Peppers and Onions and Oregano Ricotta is a Bobby Flay specialty and can be found here.
And now, I’m heading down the block to visit Heather. If only it were as easy to do in real life as it is in Blogland!
Hey there’s some blue skies here in Kentucky too!
Believe it or not we haven’t seen a lot of this so far this summer. Usually the South is sunny and hot this time of year but I think Vanessa decided to share some of that Northwest rain with us because we’ve had more than our share of rainy days so far…I’m ready for the hot, lazy days of summer to arrive permanently! We always host several summer parties at our house and spending the 4th of July with us has become a tradition for many of our friends. This year is no exception! In honor of the Summer Blogger Block Party I wanted to deck my front porch (heh. pun intended) out a little more than I normally do.
Of course it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a ginormous flag out front!
I think my favorite spot on our front porch has to be my porch swing…we wrote it into the contract when we bought the house: MUST LEAVE PORCH SWING! Did you spy my herb garden basket that the girl and I made a few weeks ago? It decided to get in on the patriotic act too with a few small flags! It’s doing really well!
I added a few quilts to the back so on a chilly evening we can curl up out here and watch the fireflies in the woods! They put on an amazing show every night…it’s like nature’s own fireworks! I often find the girl curled up here with Bear swinging in the breeze and it makes my heart happy!
Here is where you will often find Bama Boy and me on a summer morning. We love to come out here and drink coffee together and watch the world wake up
You can get a glimpse here of my no-sew patriotic pillows! They add a nice touch of the 4th without being too over the top.
This summer I decided to add a little more seating to my front porch since we often have several people wanting to sit out here during a party. I added this little table I’ve had hanging around forever in this empty corner by the front door. I found these two faux wicker and iron chairs at Family Dollar for $13 each and thought they matched perfect! Now it wouldn’t be a party in Kentucky without some Ale 8!
Ale 8 is a regional soda and we were introduced to it when we moved to the Bluegrass State. I love to keep a bucket of drinks on the porch and deck during a party so our guests can help themselves!
We often end up with a pile of muddy shoes and flip-flops on our front porch as the neighborhood kids traipse in and out for popsicles and a glass of lemonade. I like to provide a basket in the summer for them to put their shoes in. It keeps my porch looking nice and Bear from stealing a flip-flop or two, or three…
Well it’s time to head on in out of the heat. I can offer you a glass of sweet tea or how about one of Bama Boy’s special mojitos? I’ll be sharing the recipe on Friday at my Fresh from the Garden post! If you decide to stay awhile, you can join us back out on the front porch tonight where we can sit by the candlelight, listen to the cicadas sing their song and the fireflies dance!
My front porch…my favorite place to be!
P.S. I’ll be teaching you how to make that no-sew 4th of July pendant banner next week so stay tuned!
We are sharing this post with Kim from Savvy Southern Style for her Porches and Decks Party, Jenn at Green Door Designs for her Summer Fashions Party and Judy at DIY by Design for her Outdoor Cooking and Dining Party! You can also join Kara over at Elements Interiors and share your DIY Summer Projects! That’s a whole lot of parties on the block people! Thank you for joining us on this leg of the Blogger Block Party now head on over to the parties above and link up!
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Thanks for joining us today on our porches and decks at the Fence,