Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Free is good

It has been raining for 3 days now. A good hard rain Monday and raining off and on since then. That is unusual for this West Texas I am loving every minute of it. I have not left the house since Sunday and that makes me so happy. It makes me AND my gas tank happy! Tomorrow is going to be my errand day. We are about out of food!

SO to pass the time during these rainy days I drug out all of the old pillows and fabric I could find and dumped them on the floor in the living room...Missy and her Clifford are just an added bonus. She thinks it is time to play anytime stuff is dumped in the living room floor!

It was time to make cushions for my find of the century.

I emptied out the linen cabinets in the bathroom. Old pillows, they were old when I took them to college... geez 18 years ago!!
Decorative pillows that no longer go with decor...
An old slip cover....
And an old box of unfinished quilt tops and squares that came from hubs granny Erma. These could have sat in the cabinet for the next 50 years until I die and then my boys would give them to Goodwill....or even worse throw them I decided to make use of and enjoy them NOW!

This is my favorite kind of patterns just cutting and sewing. But that is what is called for when you have free wicker, old quilt pieces and random other parts!!

Now I have a place to curl up with some lemonade, a magazine, a good book with blonde rascal, a glass of wine with hubs....the list goes on and on!!!
There is still more to be done on the patio, a little sprucing, a little painting of perhaps an old lamp, a fountain, etc...

We had a problem with the dang little finches building nests on the ceiling fan and speakers. They are cute little finches of course but they are RELENTLESS when it comes to building nests. I would knock one down and the next day it would be rebuilt. The problem with the nests is that where there are nests, there is poop. Poop and a relaxing porch do NOT go well together.

Hubs took down the speakers and the ceiling fan. He put up this light fixture.......which I am happy to say birds cannot perch on!

A few Craigslist purchases thrown in the convertible, again a la Beverly Hillbillies style,...awaiting a new paint job...Black, white, whimsical, shabby....what to do?

Procuring abandoned wicker out of a cotton field, cleaning out the linen cabinet, random sewing, a few Craigslist bargains awaiting a new paint job, eliminating bird feces...and I have a low budget patio to enjoy!

Now I am off to torture my son this morning. I bought some workbooks to keep him sharp over the summer and now we must do a few pages. This is a fate worse than death in his opinion. Wish me luck.


Patti said...

You crack me up! I enjoy your posts so much. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Shannon said...

I enjoyed reading through your posts! It was really entertaining. Honestly though I do NOT know how you deal so well with the snakes and spiders!!! :) This was a great project. I love all the quilt pieces! ANd I can't believe you FOUND that wicker!

Handmade Housewife... said...

The "new" pillows make everything look so comfy and inviting. I'm still a shade of green over your free wicker!! Lucky girl :)


jona said...

You've been a busy little bee! I love the pillow re-covers. I've been wanting to re-cover mine I just can't make up my mind about how I'm going to do it.