Our Screened In Porch and Online Fabric Stores

porchOnce I find a good source for something, I  am pretty much a repeat customer.  So, I was very happy to find some outdoor fabric when I wanted to spiff up our screened in porch.  I already had cushions I liked which is Sunbrella in cocoa but I needed new accent pillows to coordinate. Actually the pillows I had before were nasty I was not about  to embarrass myself with “before” pictures.  Trust me on that one!!

I  found some outdoor fabric I liked at Fabric Guru, ordered a sample and was thrilled when the sample came and they matched!  They matched so good it looked as if they were meant to be coordinating fabrics.


 I used cream colored burlap on the tables – and a shutter I had in the  garage


 I love to read…………and our porch is a perfect little hide away!!

porch6This iron chandelier is from our pergola we had in Texas.  It is meant to have candles for lighting purposes but honestly in the heat of the summer they just melt – and it is a big mess.  I learned that lesson the hard way.


I found these lamps at an estate sale a while back ……………. they were avocado, gold and dark brown. They were anything but pretty!  And the lamp shades were as tall as the lamp itself!!  I will let you know in my next blog how I finished them.


My resources I used on the porch:

  • Our furniture and cushions is what we had when we lived in Texas
  • The end tables are those kits with the screw-in legs meant for skirted tables
  • Fabric for the cream & taupe pillows is from fabricguru.com.  The name of it is John Wolf Basalto Solarium in Jute.  $8.95 a yard! ( I actually saw it in another fabric store for 28.95 a yard.  Score!
  • The Blue toile is also from fabricguru.com and the name of it is  Robert Allen Lake Paradise in Spa.  Also 8.95 an yard.

Thanks for visiting!! Hope you come visit again soon!


More on Monograms

Here is another monogram project I did for outside. I used the same technique as in my last post, but this time I used some leftover Sunbrella fabric I had. I saw these Pottery Barn pillows when they went on sale this summer and loved the red and green colors – and realized I had some fabric to coordinate!! Always exciting to use up leftover fabric. It seems you’re doing it for free!!





Stenciled Pillows for July 4th

We have a bench in our front yard – and I think that any bench just looks better with pillows. So, this last weekend I tried stenciling some leftover sunbrella fabric. Sunbrella is an outdoor fabric that will not fade plus it cleans up easy. I also had this stencil from our last home.

I started by cutting the fabric the size I wanted.

Place the stencil on top of the fabric.

Time to start painting. I used Tulip fabric paint in marine blue.

This part is scary – taking the stencil off!!!

Sorry about the shadow! But, that’s what happens when you do outdoor projects at high noon! Whew – it was hot, hot , hot!!

Just one stencil looks kinda lonely doesn’t it?

I let the fabric sit in the hot sun for several hours – then made them into pillows.

When I make outdoor pillows I use the plastic grocery bags for my pillow forms. I take one bag, turn it inside out, then stuff that bags with more of the plastic bags until I get the result I want. It is a great way to recycle the bags and it is free!