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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


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 smile...so 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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Fall Porch Tour - Day 3

October 16, 2013


It's day 3 of the Fall Porch 2013 Tour. I hope you have enjoyed the tour so far, but there are still more fabulous porches to see.

If you missed my Fall Porch that I shared yesterday, you can see it here.



Here's the schedule for the week. I would love for you to stop by and say hello to these other fabulous bloggers.....and their porches! 


Have a super fantastic day!

Grateful ~
to have a porch to sit on



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Fall Porch Tour 2013

October 15, 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Front Porch Tour. I am so happy that you stopped by 
Top This Top That.


It's no secret how much I love the Fall season, 
the outdoors, nature and........
my front porch.



This porch ushers in more then just the beautiful colors of the season. 

It's a place of comfort
  A place of celebration
 A place of calm


A place of reflection, a place where I dream.
A place to think.



A place to witness family time, playtime, the occasional date night and..... 
life in the country


It's a place where we welcome you. A place where we invite you in. A place where we hope you will want to stay.


to visit, laugh and......
 talk


Talk about....how pretty the mums are, how acorns really aren't that big in the country because you bought them that way or how everything looks so "fall festive" with a coat of Pumpkin colored spray paint on it.



Or....... how this wasn't the best year for corn in the garden because we had too much rain and the critters got whatever little cobs that we did grow....but we do have an abundance of husks to use in our fall decor.



The front porch......A place that you will love.
A place that was meant just to do that.

Happy Fall!

To see more of my Fall home and projects click here.

To see my Creepy Birds Side Entrance click here



I am joining these other 'porch loving bloggers' today, sharing their Fall Porches. 



I would love for you to stop by and say hello, and don't forget to visit all the porches this week.

Sponsored in part by:
Front Porch Ideas
and
Hometalk.com





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A Summer Day around Duke Manor

September 19, 2013






So long summer, it's been a great few months. And while we are getting ready to welcome the first day of Autumn in a few days, I wanted to leave you with a few images from around Duke Manor that capture the essence of summer on our property.








 



We are looking forward to fall.... all of us. How about you?


Grateful for~
The beauty in nature, animals and people 




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The Easiest Orange Burlap Pumpkin

September 16, 2013

I am a tad bit embarrassed to admit this, but sometimes I even amaze myself.......but only when it comes to burlap pumpkins. Doesn't happen often but when it does, look out all you Orange Pumpkin heads out there!


Well not really. I'm not all that amazing.... to my kids anyways. See, I created what I thought was a pretty awesome orange burlap pumpkin , complete with stem and leaves and when I asked them about it, they thought it was a tree. Oh well. That will put a orange burlap pumpkin maker in her place real quick!


Maybe if they saw how the wreath was made , they might just change their minds.

Perhaps if they saw me spray paint the burlap garland before I weaved it in and out of the metal 18 inch frame using my original burlap wreath tutorial here.........



Next, if they saw me search for the perfect piece of wood in the yard for a stem, and how I secured to the wreath frame with floral wire.......


So it  kinda looked like this


And finally, I took 6 paper leaves (from Dollar Store) and sprayed painted them green. When they were dry, I layered them around the stem and secured them with hot glue. 


Sure does look like an orange burlap pumpkin to me. But if I can't convince my kids to change their minds, I sure hope I can convince you that it's a pumpkin or that I am amazing.......whichever comes first.




 I have come up with another colored wreath with a few "creepy" looks for your Halloween door. Click here to see them.

Oh, I love fall .....and my orange burlap pumpkin, even if my kids don't think so.


PS- Remember the words "before" when spray painting your burlap garland.
PPS- To see more of my burlap  journey click here and here and here.



Grateful for ~
inspiring husband who totally came up with the pumpkin idea




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