by laura janning

Showing posts with label outdoor projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoor projects. Show all posts

Santa We are Ready...Outdoor Lights

December 22, 2014

Suffice to say, I think Santa will find our house this year, out here in the country, in the middle of nowhere, thanks to the bright LED glow that surrounds the house and along the driveway.

It seems like the arches that we typically do, were presenting some issues to the Fed Ex man, my kids the dogs and the wind. PVC pipes loaded with lights can get a bit wonky with a gust. Here's the lights from last year.

Simple Classic Holiday Entrance

December 21, 2014

I love simple, red and classic, and so do my front doors...obviously.

And side entrance

Woo's At The Door....3 Step Fall Wreath

October 1, 2014

There's no telling who you will find greeting you at the door around Duke Manor , it could be one of 5 barn cats, 5 fish, 3 dogs, 3 kids, 1 pony, 1 donkey, 2 crickets, 1 chicken or..... an owl.

The ultimate tree fort adventure

September 10, 2014

I will never forget that sunny afternoon we bought our first cedar play fort. Driving home, my husband was thinking strategically about all the pieces that needed to be secured together, while I grew nostalgic.... thinking that I wanted it to be their forever play fort . The play fort that they would grow old on....  The play fort that lifelong memories would be created on and that visions like this would last forever.

How To Love Your Garage Again

September 8, 2014

I wasn't sure if I was going to share this fear of being judged. I mean seriously who paints graffiti on their own garage walls....although I will admit the sentiment that my husband painted with our initials is so sweet. But still....who does that!
FYI-  We aren't really graffiti artists. We used some of the garage in late winter to paint the kitchen cabinets, and the walls were used to test the paint sprayer, knowing that we would be painting them down the road.

Finding Beauty in The Most Strangest Places

September 3, 2014

A few weeks ago I was out in the garden and happen to look over at the tractor, which we affectionately call Bubba. I noticed something inside the engine compartment and quickly called my husband as I thought perhaps it was a snake, and I am a bit to wimpy for those things.

Create an Outdoor Shower

August 19, 2014

If you were to walk around the house and stand right here next to the beautiful summer blooms in the garden with butterflies fluttering around and bees buzzing about......

How to Snaze up the Garage Steps...Simple Steps For Painting Steps

July 29, 2014

I am back from a week in Tennessee with the kids and..... I missed you. I was in a location that had no cellphone coverage ( only text) and limited internet. I take that back, I had to drive down the road to make a call and when I posted anything to instagram or facebook it took 2 hours to upload. Although as remote as it sounds, it was the ideal way to unwind and relax the last week before school starts.

I must admit, my garage had been looking a tad bit disgraceful for many months now.  Complete eyesore, as in the minute you pulled your car in, you would want to pull it back out. Seriously. If you don't believe me, ask my car.
So we did a few updates to tidy up the place like building some shelves to help with the organization and painting the walls, but one thing I did that completely changed the way I feel when walking through the door, was painting the stairs.

Summer Porch 2014...5 things every Southern porch should have

June 18, 2014

Welcome to one of the most popular hangouts at my house....The Front Porch. 
The other.....The back porch. My typical summer rant "out front, out back, in or out"
From Friday night date nights, to afternoon chit chats with friends......this is the place to be. Where all the cool people hang.

I have rounded up my list of 5 things every southern summer porch should have.....although all other porch loving friends regardless of where you live, should take note.

1. Comfy seating paired with pillows. This year I bought some cute striped covers from here  (they were super inexpensive) to mix in with my already paisley cushions and pillows. Since this porch is covered, I buy indoor fabric and spray with scotch guard to protect from the elements, dogs and kids. Don't want your guests sitting on something nasty.

2.  Something to drink. From sweet tea to cold water with lemon, to homemade moonshine...okay , not really about the moonshine, please have a cold beverage for your guests to sip on.  This is a must, especially when its hot outside.

3. Ferns, and lot's of them. It's like the staple for the Southern porch. Ferns are the easiest, fullest and inexpensive porch plant to have. I buy them as annuals at the beginning of the season and they will hang in there until the first cold snap. I have Boston ferns on my front porch.

4. Color. Mix in a favorite color or two for your containers, flowers and accessories. I sprayed the containers and monogram yellow and then added some yellow lantana in with my Eugenia Toparies. These Eungenia's are so easy to grow and make a great statement by the front door. 

5.  Conversation, laughter and fun. No restriction to how much, time of day and how often. Although, the more the merrier......especially after a few shots of that moonshine.

So, where are you hangin out this summer?

Regardless of where you are sitting or where you will be, I hope you will enjoy the Summer time. Come back know where I will be! To see last years summer porch, click here.

I hope you will visit my other Southern Pals for more Outdoor Living Ideas.

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How I am "Chillin" over the summer

June 17, 2014

Georgia summers can be brutal...but beautiful,  especially when I get the chance to sit outside.

Just sitting in my backyard surrounded by lime green polka dots and with a slight gentle cool mist running through the air....all while I sit and munch on my apple and take in a good read.

And to take this totally amazing experience over the top, I attach my Artic Cove Bucket Mister to the top of a polka dotted bucket filled with water, and ...... chill. 
Ahhh. These hots days don't get any better then this...and it's cordless too, so I am free to roam all around the property....misting and staying cool.

If you don't believe me, just ask her. 

I think she'll also agree that this Artic Cove  Bucket Mister  is just amazing!
How do you chill out when it's brutally hot outside?

PS-  I thought my customized bucket would look much cooler with a  fun  coordinating pillow. Sorry Home Depot. You said "Let's Do This"..... and I did.

PPS- The winner for the Mohawk Rug giveaway has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered and stopped by the craft room!

I was given the Artic Cove Mister to review but all the opinions about being cool are just mine..... and her's.

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DIY Summer Ice bucket

June 6, 2014

A cold drink anyone?
One or two.... no problem, they are chilling on the back deck as we sit here and chat on a hot summer day.

I figured it was about time to find a way to keep drinks chillin outside, instead of running back and forth into the house every time I was parched, so I created a striped ice bucket out of an old plant stand and planter.

This was an easy paint and chill project..

Step 1:
Clean off your stuff

Step 2:
Spray paint your stuff one color

Step 3:
Tape off your stuff for stripes and paint in your other color. I choose a color called Eden for my green and white for my stripes.

 In between these steps, take the paint off to reveal your stripes.

Step 4:
Ice your drinks

Step 5:
Enjoy a cold beverage...and conversation

Look for more summer inspiration. I am joining up with these bloggers to share some great summer decor and projects. Hope you will visit them all....and have a fabulous summer!







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Spring Wisteria Wreath

May 5, 2014

Us Southern gals are at it again, this time....... with flowers. 

I definitely feel more accomplished with my gardening skills then I am of my culinary skills...and lack there of.  In fact, I would rather be digging in the dirt , then cooking in the kitchen any day. 
Which is precisely where I was, putting this beautiful Wisteria Wreath together.

One of the first plants that I planted in my garden 11 years ago were 2 Wisteria vines. Each year, they come back bigger and prettier then ever. Every year I have to prune them multiple times so they don't look completely out of control, like my hair on some days. 

The funny thing is, I had never considered using the cuttings for a wreath....until this weekend. So with shears in hand, I snipped about 15 clippings and attached them to a grapevine wreath using floral wire. 

 Snip, attach and hang.

I decided to hang it on one of our feed sheds near the pasture. Now, feeding time is met with a big ole smile, by me....and the animals. 

The donkeys like the wreath too!

Be sure to visit my other pals for more flower inspiration.

grateful for~
seeing my mom and sister this weekend

PS- If you missed last months 'Oh My Word....Monograms, click here.


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St. Patricks Day Wreath

March 3, 2014

It's not everyday that white carnations tipped in a kelly green color speak to me....but they did.

Not that I am even Irish, although I would love to go to Ireland one day and I love Colin Farrell's accent, but something inside the Dollar Tree on that particular day, told me that I should make something that would make even my non-irish eyes I did.

Supplies Needed for Carnation Wreath
1 clapboard wreath form
5 bunches of faux carnations ( I got mine from the Dollar Store )
Hot glue gun
White paint
Craft scissors

Step 1
Spray your wreath form white, this way it blends with the flowers a bit more.

Step 2
Snip the stem of the flowers off with the scissors. This is so when you glue the flowers on the wreath , they will lay flat.

Step 3
Begin gluing down the flower tips around your wreath form. Place the flowers as close to each other side by side. 

Step 4
If you have any holes, fill those with your extra flower tips, if not, your done.

Step 5
Hang your wreath listening to Irish Eyes Are Smiling sung by this absolutely beautiful voice here.

And I leave you with this......
May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door...with your beautiful carnation wreath of course.

Grateful for~
Wonderful family time over the weekend

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