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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Outdoor Living

We've been doing some cleaning, sewing, painting, and even a little bit of construction, to spruce up our outdoor living space. Everything on our screened porch always needs a good scrubbing in the spring. And, a little touch up painting keeps everything looking good and protected from weathering.

Our patio of brick pavers had become very uneven due to tree roots that had grown and spread over the years. We had the tree trimmed earlier in the season, so my husband decided it would be safe to trim the tree roots, too. He pulled up the uneven bricks and chopped out the offending roots. He also repaired a drain line to take water away from the house. After adding a little bit of sand for filler and replacing the bricks, the patio is as good as new.

I made new cushion covers for our furniture on the porch and added some comfy pillows for lounging. The pretty tropical print fabric that I found on clearance sale a while back looks great with all our flowers and plants surrounding the porch.

Here is the end result!

A view from inside the porch.

Momma bluebird stopped by to feed the babies while I was taking these photos.

Our cats love to spend time relaxing on the porch.

This is Sabrina in her morning sunbath ritual.

A view from the porch out on to our refurbished patio.
It feels great to have everything clean and refeshed - ready to enjoy all summer!


Beedeebabee said...

Hi Cheryl! Your yard and porch are just beautiful. I love your furniture and the pillows you made are perfect. It looks like a wonderful place to relax and bird watch! ... Your clematis plants are amazing. I've never had luck with mine. They'd get 5 or 6 flowers and that was it. Yours look very happy! Your cats are gorgeous! Enjoy your holiday weekend! xo Paulette ;)

Linda Ruthie said...

All your hard work sure paid off. What wonderful living space you have for the warm weather. Now you just have to make some iced tea and enjoy. :-)

californiablue said...

What a beautiful porch - the cushions are especially lovely! I grew up with porches and miss them.

Love your kitties too!

La Alicia said...

how beautiful! no wonder the animals are all hanging out at your house! ;)

Lori said...

It's so beautiful! I'll bet you love relaxing on the porch and patio - so inviting. Our screened porched is still covered in pollen and I really need to get started with the scrubbing, too. Enjoy.

BeadedTail said...

Your yard and porch look beautiful! Love the photo of Sabrina demonstrating how comfy the furniture is!

Felt Sew Good said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments! We really do love our porch! It's great for relaxing and entertaining and I often take a sewing project out there with me.

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Melissa said...

Love your birdhouse!