Saturday, May 12, 2012

Summering up the deck

I love summer!  I love to look out on the deck and see flowers and sea shells and lights after dark…

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I painted my vintage metal glider again this year…last time I painted the glider was here.

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I finally moved my umbrella outside…the living room looks a lot bigger now!

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I planted a very few pots, will do more later after my finger heals up a bit (I had a cyst removed from my index finger).

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I dug out my outdoor pillows…they look so great with the new glider color!

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Nice place to sit and read the Sunday paper!

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I drug out my sea shells…who says you can’t hear the ocean in Missouri?

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I hung up my new paper lanterns (battery operated from Pier 1) which I bought with a gift card from a coworker for Nurses Week. 

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Then I strung lights under the railing of my deck…I have no outside lights on that end of the house, so I strung three sets of 100 light strands around the deck (cost me 3 x .39—I bought these last year after Christmas).  Makes it cozy out there and also helps me see! 

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All my pitiful house plants have been repotted. 

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Hanging pots have been added.  I feel like I got quite a steal on these babies this year, I had some Add Sheet coupons (like Groupons) and hanging pots usually are $24 each and I got 4 of them for $56 each ($30 I had already paid when I got the coupons) and also got 5 four packs of bedding plants.

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This one is black eyed Susan vine…

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I couldn’t resist this old fashioned purple petunia.

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The fourth hanging plant is under the umbrella…

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I am linking to these great parties!

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15 comments:

Jill said...

What a beautiful place you have to relax now Ellen! I imagine you'll be spending a lot of time out there! Just lovely!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Terrie said...

Everything goes so well and a GREAT place to enjoy summer. Even the cat loves your taste. You've a nice theme of blue.

Little Bit said...

So pretty, I love mixtures of blues and greens too. Little Bit

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

So pretty and serene. The fluffy white cat with the content expression is the perfect finishing touch! I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

Carrie {My Favorite Finds} said...

Very, very pretty and classy. I especially love the lanterns! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!

Rosie said...

I love the shade of blue you have chosen...it's absolutely up there with teal and mint green. Gorgeous. I want to live on your deck and stroke your cat. (Rereading that statement, it makes me sound creepy!)

If you have time, I would love it if you could share them at my festival of the outdoors link up.

http://craftbotics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/festival-fever-week-3.html

Rosie xx

Rosie said...

I love the shade of blue you have chosen...it's absolutely up there with teal and mint green. Gorgeous. I want to live on your deck and stroke your cat. (Rereading that statement, it makes me sound creepy!)

If you have time, I would love it if you could share them at my festival of the outdoors link up.

http://craftbotics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/festival-fever-week-3.html

Rosie xx

chateau chic said...

Your deck looks so pretty with all your flowers. The blue glider adds a great pop of color. Love it!
I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

Jane Craske said...

LOVE the electric blue that you chose. Hmmm...now I know where to find one of those vintage gliders C:

What a terrific spot and thanks for sharing.

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Looks like the perfect Summer place to cozy up with a good book and some lemonade!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You have a lovely spot to enjoy summer and being outdoors. Great makeover on the umbrella and the glider is such a fabulous colour.

Jen said...

What a beautiful relaxing spot!
And I'm in love with the metal glider!!! Great color!

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

What a great spot to sit and relax! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again this week.

Taylor said...

Thank you so much for linking up this great deck updo for summer at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week. I hope you'll link up again soon!
http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/05/unveil-your-genius-link-party-12.html

Angelina Garcia said...

I love the simplicity of your deck, Ellen. The chair and the paper lanterns added a nice contrast to the whole picture. I would digress a bit, as I see that you’re deck is quite spacious. Are you planning to change things come summer? I would love to hear your plans!