Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Porch Time

This is my favorite time of year. So is summer. Oh...so is fall! I think the best part of living in Texas is being able to be outside most of the year. I know, I know...people complain about summers here, but I love the heat. A quiet shady spot is always refreshing and reminds me of summers when I was young. We didn't have air conditioning, we sat outside. We didn't know it was hot!

I have this wonderful glider on my patio. We found it in a junk yard in Arkansas while driving back from a mission trip in Tennessee. It was a great find and I was so happy we were traveling in our truck. Just tied it on top of the ladders and tools (along with an old green 1950's sink.) We truly looked like the Beverly Hillbilly's with all this stuff piled high on the back of the truck.

Some really ugly orange and brown plastic cushions came with this glider, but I decided to make all new cushions and pillows to create a move vintage look and feel. I enjoy sitting outside reading and watching the birds in the yard and gliding. It's an easy place to take a nap or just spend a quiet moment.

I also have recovered the cushions of my "WalMart" swing. We've owned the swing since 2001 and the cushions were looking pretty tired and worn out. I used fabric from my stash (didn't buy expensive sun fabric) since the swing stays protected on the porch. I still have the winter plastic cover over the swing - April showers and all. I place all the patio cushions on the swing and pull the cover over when I know it's going to rain. Once our rainy season is over I don't have to worry as much. I keep an eye on the weather - the patio is only covered with shade cloth to make sure I put them away in case of rain.

There is also a shade area in the back that I can sit and enjoy my bluebonnets...still blooming in the yard and garden.

Yeah spring! I love being outside....

2 Cowgurls said:

Kathy said...

What a lovely place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. I love your vintage look and the beautiful bluebonnets.

I'm a Texas girl too -- live about 1/2 between Dallas and Houston on I-45.

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What great ideas you have here....these swings are just delicious! Came via Kari & Kijsa - and glad we did!