Monday, June 15, 2009

I have a crafty gene-finally!

June 16, 2009

I don't usually do these Mr. Linky post thingies, but Kimba at A Soft Place to Land gave me the opportunity to brag on some outside projects that I did. I do so few cool outside projects (other than the Squirrel Thwarter, tee hee..), that I had to show both of these off!

For Mother's Day 2005, my husband and kids gave me this great swing. (Those are my parents and my son sitting in it, sans the top.) I didn't love the fabric, but it was functional. This year, I noticed that the fabric was dry-rotting on the top and on the cushion, so I sewed a new top, cushion, and added pillows! ( I am NOT a seamstress. I can barely sew on a button!)
Also, my Daddy built a pergola for me this spring. He and I put down all the brick and concrete pavers. I've steadily been adding flowers and azalea bushes as the year progressed. I spent the first week in June pulling weeds and briars and then I spread pine straw for ground cover. I also sewed some matching pillows to go in the chairs out of left-over swing fabric scraps.
Once all this was "done up," we threw Luke's 6th birthday party in our backyard. Everyone enjoyed relaxing in the pergola!

21 delightful comments:

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Nicely done! I'm dyin' for something cool in my backyard like your pergola. Lucky girl!

Donna

Jadehollow said...

Great Job.. It looks wonderful! Would be one of my favorite spots for sure.
Debbie

Southern Fried Gal said...

Love the fabric you chose for the swing - looks great! And that pergola is fabulous!

TidyMom said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! - Wish I had a spot to do something like that!!

~TidyMom

Marie said...

Hello Lianne - I'm new to your blog and love it! What a beautiful backyard you have. I love the swing and the pillows you made - looks like you know how to do more than just sew a button on! They are fabulous!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Deidra said...

I am impressed, indeed! Those projects are fab!

Roeshel said...

What a great space! Love it!

Stephanie said...

It looks great!

Tricia Anne said...

What a beautiful swing!! You did a great job!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore the fabric!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

How beautiful!

Rachel said...

CUTE! I LOVE the fabrics - you did an awesome job!

Christina said...

Love what you did with the swing. Your pergola is wonderful too. Wow, love it all.

jennifer said...

You really don't sew? What a fabulous job! I have a sewing phobia or something. I think that is the one crafty thing I haven't tried yet.

The pergola is gorgeous!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That looks great! Anything to stay out of the scorching sun :-)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

It looks beautiful! Love the rest of your garden as well! You did a great job!

Kim said...

Fabulous! I love the fabric you chose.

Audra Lynn said...

Your swing is so pretty. I love the brown and blue.

Kimba said...

Holy cow! I want to come hang out in your yard! Your swing looks beautiful with it's new fabric. I've been wanting a swing forever!

And the pergola is fab! I'm trying to talk The Hubster into building one for us too.

Kimba

Linda said...

Ohhh, I love the fabric,...and the pergola too. Great ideas,...and great pictures!

Thanks!
Linda @ Trutrhful Tidbits

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful! You can't find eye catching fabrics for outdoors like that, most of them are light colored. If I EVER get Joel to hang my swing,I might have to beg you to make me one : )

Love,
Rene