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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sprucing The Backyard and Patio


I've planted approximately 30 6packs of annuals, 3 new shrubs and trimmed everything in sight. plus DH removed 2 dead trees.  Now tons of things are still waiting to come back (I hope) from the bad winter, but if all the new things grow, the yard will start to shape up again.  So I thought now was the time to clean up and place some of the yard art back in the garden.

I always have to have my angels in the yard.  She just looks so sweet and she's even trying to smell the flowers.



This rusty bird loves being amongst the bushes.


This guy makes me giggle every time I see him.  Such a smurk on his face.


Talk about bug-eyed, isn't he fun?


Ok, with that part done, I started on the patio.  Remember all this sunbrella fabric my daughter gave me.

Well, this is how sad my old cushions were starting to look, so time for new.


Ta-Da!!!  Isn't that much better.


My little bench looks so much better.


 My dad made this bench for me approximately 40yrs. ago for my front porch in Oregon.  It is one of my most precious treasures.  I sure miss him.  He went to heaven 12 yrs. ago at the age of 91.



Our garden hats are always sitting on the top so we can just grab them and go.  The sign has hung on the patio of my last 3 homes.  I think it is the perfect saying. 


Not a huge patio, but a small space to sit and relax.  The dining table and chairs are on the other side of the sliding door.


A comfy table and chairs to have a snack or meal, or just relax and visit.



                      I spruced up the flowers a little and placed them in my rooster planter.


That's it, but slowly it's coming together.   Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.


I'm linking to the following parties:
Cottaghe Flora Thursdays @ Fishtail Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House In The Roses
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage

82 comments:

  1. Hi Marty!

    It's always so fun to come by for a visit, and see what you're up to.
    Love your yard ornaments. My daughter would love that frog! Your cushion and pillows came out so great. You have such a knack for putting patterns and colors together! Just lovely! Happy Spring!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  2. Everything looks so beautiful Marty. Pollen is getting really bad here right now so I think I'll just wait a few more weeks. Otherwise, I'll be cleaning and scrubbing every thing all over again.

    Have a wonderful evening,
    Gail

    P.S. I love the bench your father made.

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  3. Darling photo's ~ Loving the porch and the bench from your father..so sweet! & all the flowers you planted...hoping you'll link up to Cottage Floral Thursday's as well? such a perfect post for sharing your garden! xoxo, tracie

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  4. What a fun visit I have had here today! I love all the "new" of spring. Your cushions are awesome. I love the colors you used. Made me want to get outside and spruce things up.

    Joyfully,
    Pamela

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  5. Love that gorgeous bench Marty! Man you have been busy planting...everything looks so pretty girl...we have been outside all day...Bill got 3 of the big island flower beds cleaned out in the backyard...going to Home Depot in the morning for mulch...woo hoo!!! lol Have a great Friday sweetie...Picket

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  6. You've got it looking so welcoming! Love the angel and the new cushions!

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  7. Your yard looks great Marty! Lovin' the new fabrics and so glad you talked hubby into removing those trees:@)

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  8. Your cushions came out great, Marty! The fabric looks really good on the bench. Although we haven't had a great Spring so far, the weeds seem to love it. I've got a lot of work to get going on, but it's supposed to rain here this weekend.

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  9. Your bench and the memory of your dad making it made me smile. Your cushions and pillows look perfect. You are talented with a sewing machine. I have flowers to plant this weekend.

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  10. Wow! I am impressed. I don't think I ever planted that many flowers at once.( I don't think I could) Look forward to seeing your flowers this year.


    Pat

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  11. Hi Marty! Your patio looks great! I love flowers, they can really brighten up the space! Your bench looks great with the changes you made. I bet you think of your dear father every time you walk past it.

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  12. You've done such a beautiful job "sprucing" up your yard, Marty. Th pillows are beautiful. I love the piping around the edges. Happy Springtime! ~Susie

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  13. Well, you sure have been busy! Your Dad's bench is a treasure. And I love the new cushions and pillows you recovered. I think I'm going to have to do that thie year too.

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  14. It's all so pretty Marty. I especially love the bench your Dad made you decorated with the pillow fabric from your daughter.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  15. Looking good, Marty. I love the fabrics you used. I have a ton of work to do outside. Now that Leila has gone home I can get some done.

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  16. Everything looks lovely, Marty. I love all of your fun lawn ornaments! You worked hard today...take a long, warm bath!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. I've never seen a more darling bench, Marty! What a wonderful keepsake to have from your father. You have delightful things in your yard.

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  18. Love that bench! What a wonderful blessing to have had your father until he was 91. Those fabrics are gorgeous and look so good on the bench. And I do love yard art. I plan to do a post on mine in the next day or two...I hope! I always love seeing all your projects...they're always awesome.

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  19. I always love the weekend in spring when we set up the back patio. You know that summer is on its way! I love your bench, and all the beautiful flowers!

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  20. Marty, The cushions for your bench turned out great. I love the patterns and colors.The bench you dad made is a treasure.. so well crafted. I don't blame you for loving it. I like your patio. Please come and do something with my deck. We spent 4 hours in the yard planting flowers today and I'm pooped and I still have peppers to put out. I'd much rather blog. :)
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  21. Marty, your little angel is so very cute in the garden! I love the bench your father built for you! That is a true treasure! Cushions look great on it.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  22. Love the bench Marty and it looks brand new and so pretty with the new pillows that you sewed. I bought three today at Lowes, can't wait to put them on the porch, we usually do that the first week of May!
    Have a great evening!

    Rondell

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  23. Everything looks very pretty - nice job on the pillows and cushion.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  24. Hi Marty, You sure have been busy planting all those annuals! Our ground isn't ready yet--still danger of frost so all we can do for annuals are pansies. Your bench from your dad is beautiful. I lost my dad 4 years ago and I still miss him every single day too. The new cushions really spruced up your outdoor area! And the little angel with the yellow petunias is so pretty. I have an outdoor angel too--she is sitting and reading a book and reminds me of my daughter! Have a nice day and enjoy your outdoor time! Linda

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  25. Marty your yard looks great, love all the pretty flowers you planted and I love the new cushions!! Martina

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  26. I envy you so much. I have not even started. Everything looks so beautiful. A great job you have done.

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  27. So glad to see you link up to the garden party...such a pretty post & i envy the petunia's in your garden already! xoox, tracie

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  28. Hi Marty,I had to swing by for a visit and I'm so glad I did... loved how your cushions turned out... the colors and patterns go wonderfully with your overall color scheme and your father's bench looks so inviting on your patio... congratulations to you for getting featured!!! I loved that front porch post...
    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  29. Marty, your flower beds and patio look so cheerful, I especially love your adorable toad and frog... they gave me a big smile and giggle!

    Hugs, Sherri;)

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  30. Hi Marty,
    Your garden is looking lovely. I think the bench that your Dad made for you is the cutest bench I've ever seen. I love the cushions that you made for it. It fits perfectly on your patio.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  31. Marty,
    Everything looks so nice, love the new cushions and I think your patio is just the right size. Isn't it just the best feeling to clean up and move outside. It is still a bit early here( too cold still) I envy you because I just love spring. Have a good week.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  32. Hi Marty...
    Your garden and home is so pretty...just love the white centerpiece on your outdoor table...your outdoor space looks like a wonderful spot to sit and relax with a glass of iced tea or lemonade :)
    Hoping you have a nice weekend!
    Big hugs,
    Queenie
    P.S. Your table top party looks like fun, I am gonna link up to it one day soon :)

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  33. I just love that colorful pop of Sunbrella color! And....I want your garden! Delightful.

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  34. The flowers and whimsical statues are so festive, but my most favorite part of all is the bench your dad made. Love the pillows and the hats perched on top.

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  35. Great job! I love your bench's new fabrics....simply gorgeous!

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  36. Your yard & patio look very pretty, Marty. I had to laugh when I saw your first frog. I immediately thought "Jaba the Hut" (sp?) from Star Wars, only a miniature version!

    Wow, you didn't just get bargains at that garage sale, you got "steals!" The placemats are just beautiful! Oh, I can't wait to get to the big city where they actually have million dollar houses. LOL!!!
    CAS

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  37. Hi,I'm come back.
    How are you? I loved your table ,is gorgeous.Hugs,Fatima.

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  38. Looks Great, Marty!! I like the new combinations!

    I know how hard it is to keep things clean & dust free out there. Constant struggle but soooo worth it!
    Your entry looks very welcoming.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  39. You've been a busy bee! Love your new cushions and pillows! They really look nice on your patio. Enjoy all of those flowers that you worked so hard to plant!

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  40. I just love that fabric, Marty!! The flowers look so fresh and makes me ready to get moving on my outside, too!

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  41. Good Morning my Dear friend, Your yard looks wonderful and that bench is just PRICELESS girl..I love having family things around me..and what's with the fat toad ha ha!! Many blessings to you my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  42. Marty,

    Well your garden is coming alive!! Don't you love it...I know what you mean ...I've started planting those little six packs everywhere...we are having a really bad outbreak of storms today ...so inside I am reading everyone's blogs and enjoying the views! I love your garden bench your sweet Dad made you...what a treaure!! Your garden and patio is looking awesome..love those new pillows too!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  43. You're a whiz with pillows and draperies, Marty! I don't know what's going on with the darned wind here. But every week we seem to get this huge gale. Blows stuff all over my yard, and mine is pretty protected. Then I have to go out yet again and clean it all back up!
    Brenda

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  44. Hi lovely lady. Your Garden and Patio is looking so good. I started working in my Rose Garden so I can use my flowers in my Tablescapes. I hope you have a Great Weekend sweet lady.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  45. Marty,
    Adore the bench made by your father! Your new pillow are gorgeous. Just the little "pick me up" we've all been craving after winter. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I've been putting off putting the chair cushions out...reason...I now know...I need new ones!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  46. Just gorgeous Marty! I love the new pillows, they are so pretty and the cute garden decor!
    Your patio looks so wonderful, what a great place to spend some time!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  47. I know how much you must love that bench. It's wonderful and your father is there every time you see it.
    Cheers!
    Rita

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  48. Hi Marty! You are fast! I love your new pillows and cushion! And I love your bench too. I remember seeing it before and loving it. What a sweet memory attached to it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  49. Wow, you really brought the garden goodies. I have just started buying a few plants. We still have 2 more "winters" to go thru...blackberry and I just went totally blank! Oh well! I think locust winter. Love the new decor for you bench....timeless treasure!Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Marty,
    your backyard and patio look wonderful!! Love all of your yard ornaments!!
    The cushions came out beautifully and i love that magnificent bench! What a treasure to have from your dear Father!
    I also love those beautiful linens and the great purse!! Terrific finds!

    Have a great weekend!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  51. Marty, the bench looks great! Love the yellow petunias, and the angel smelling them! Have a great weekend and sit and enjoy what you have done!

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  52. we are "just" starting to bud out here, so your photos are so inspiring!! Love you new sunbrella cushion and pillow and the bench is wonderful. When we lived in Portland, Oregon my dear father sent me a Texas flag, so I wouldn't forget my roots! I miss mine too....
    happy weekend!
    joan

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  53. Your garden looks lovely, Marty. That is certainly a lot of annuals. The burst of colour will be lovely. The new fabric really makes the bench.

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  54. Looks beautiful Marty. Love the fabrics you chose too for the bench..looks ready for Spring and Summer.

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  55. Marty, everything is looking beautiful and Spring is in the air!

    Love the Frog! I need to get started in my yard if the weather would decide what it is going to do!

    Lou Cinda

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  56. Your yard looks wonderful! You are always busy as a little bee! The bench and cushions are great! Love that sign about family!

    Katherine

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  57. Hi Marty, Thanks for stopping by the farm house!! I love popping in to see you and get some inspiration from you!! Just loving those new fabrics..
    Suzyq

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  58. Hi Marty, you have worked hard inthat yard and it looks gorgeous. The sign adds a nice little touch. Well done. Happy Sunday.

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  59. What a treasure that bench is! You were blessed to have your dad for so long.
    Here from Seasonal Sunday

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  60. Oh my...you are ready to enjoy some wonderful outdoor living. Your garden looks lovely...all of the cute little ornaments, my favorite is the frog ~ adorable!

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  61. Marty,
    You have a wonderful outdoor space! I love how you redid the cushions on that lovely bench your father made. How pretty that is. Thanks for linking this up!
    Sherry

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  62. The wooden bench is great and love the new fabric...my fav is the frog in the flower bed. Happy Easter. Tiff

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  63. Your outdoor area is looking so good, Marty. I love the bench your dad made for you, it looks very cozy. It is so nice to see pretty colorful flowers...Christine

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  64. Very pretty Marty! The first pictures were so sunny and spring filled. Loved the bench with the hats on it...I always leave a straw hat or two on the back porch too!

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  65. Everything is lovely, Marty. The flowers, the patio, the special bench your dad crafted for you, and the fabric for your cushions.

    I hope you'll take lots of short breaks to enjoy your patio and flowers.

    Hugs from Heidi

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  66. How pretty Marty!! Everything looks wonderful! I LOVE your updated pillow & cushion covers! Those were really great prints for the unbrella fabric you had to work with. I like the way you pulled it togther! Looks GREAT!

    I think our Fl "Spr-all" season has ended and I can now finally get to cleaning up our back patio too. THX for the inspiration!

    :D Lynda

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  67. That old bench is so gorgeous. I love the pillows. Bet you are glad that planting is done. Have a great evening.

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  68. I planted today too, but not that much. I'll quite whining. Love your angel and I love love love your new pillows. you did an excellent job. Love the rooster planter too.

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  69. Love your bench! Came over to visit from Between Naps on the Porch.

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  70. Your bench is so sweet and precious. What a lovely memory you have of your father. My father is 91 right now and was a carpenter. He made lots of lovely things for us too and I know how special that must be to you.
    Your ground sure looks dry ~ I wish I could send you some of our never ending rain.
    Cindy

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  71. looks like youre all set to enjoy some time outside relaxing now! How lucky that you have the wonderful bench your dad made.
    Happy Easter!!
    vivian

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  72. I always enjoy my visits here. Your outside living space is as pretty as the inside. That bench your dad made you is just fantastic. What a great job you did on recovering the cushions. Love the little angel who looks to be bending over and all the other whimsy you have in your pretty flowerbeds.

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  73. Marty, your yard looks beautiful! I LOVE the flowers you planted and all of your fun yard ornaments (your bug-eyed frog is too darned cute)! The bench your father made looks lovely with it's "new" cushions ... so inviting ... I'd love to sit there for awhile and enjoy your wonderful yard! *Becca*

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  74. Oh how I love your patio. That bench is wonderful. Everything is so welcoming. I can picture myself sitting there and having a cup of tea.Hugs and I hope you'll stop by and enter my latest giveaway to win a gorgeous dress!

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  75. Your flowers and new cushions...well, everything look fabulous!! Hope you have a lovely week.

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  76. Still cold here even spit snow yesterday. What a great bench your father made for you . Love to sit on your patio so inviting.

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  77. I love the new cushions! Nicely done...everything looks beautiful!

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  78. You sure have been busy! Looks like you're ready for Spring. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  79. I love the new cushions on the bench.

    Dee

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  80. Hi Marty, I am new to the blogging scene and I so enjoy your blog. Recently moving from Central New York your blog has encouraged me, especiaslly with exterior decorating. You are inspiring. Hugs, Gen

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