Photobucket     Photobucket        

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

~~Summer Decks And Porches Party~~

Hey everyone! Things have been kind of crazy over the last several days and time got away from me! I have been planning a trip to Dallas and Branson. I am leaving Friday for Dallas and Tuesday for Branson...I'm excited about the trips, but I have been a little sad...our sweet old cat Coco is not doing well. She is probably around 17 years old...not sure. Her kidneys are starting to fail. We took her to the vet a few months ago and they said it was only a matter of time. So, we are taking care of her and keeping her comfy. As long as she is not in any pain we are going to let her live until the time comes. :(



Anyway, those are some of the reasons I have not been thinking clearly lately! Not to mention I have a house full of boys all the time! lol...It's definitely summer time!





I know that alot of you have all seen my patios before. However, I couldn't miss out on the summer blog party over at At the Picket Fence . Today's party is hosted by Kim at Savvy Southern Style. If you have never visited her blog you must! She has a beautiful home and wonderful ideas!



Everything is in full bloom right now! It might go down hill from here, so I'm glad I got some good pics while I could. lol...Kevin better water while I'm in Dallas! Luckily it will only be for a few days...whew! As for the Branson trip his uncle will be watering for us...and he picky so my flowers might look even better when I get back! lol...Anyway, You might remember from my last patio post I bought the conversation set at Wal-mart and had the striped pillows made to coordinate. Are you wondering what's in that terracotta bowl by the iron rack?





My turtles! My neighbor found one of them on the street a while back. Well, I couldn't believe it but Kevin found the other one in our yard! Weird! The only thing we could think of is that it got washed up in our yard when we had so much rain. I love watching these little guys swim and bask in the sun. When the glass door opens they think it's time to eat and they look up at me and swim just as fast as they can looking for the food! lol... I think I have mentioned that I am a turtle lover!
I love having the metal rack out here to display garden items and flowers. I spy some turtles!

Here is a complete view of the conversation set we bought at Wal-mart. It's on sale now! They also have it in a tanish color.

We are loving it! It's too hot during the day, but in the morning and night it's perfect to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea.

My begonias are thriving!

I have two of these hanging baskets and they are just beautiful! Wanna know my secret? Miracle Gro Shake n Feed, Continuous Release.
That stuff works!


Love the creeping jenny hanging on the brick.

I found this cute metal bird at Dallas market. Hobby Lobby has him now if you are interested.



Here is a view sitting on the sofa looking out on the fire pit patio.






Here's the fire pit patio! Sassy loves to sit out here sometimes and get some sun.





My flowers are doing great out here too. We have been doing alot of cooking on the fire pit!






We bought the bench a few years ago. It's about time for a paint job! I recently had the cushion and pillows made for it.



Love all the colors! Makes me happy!





Let's take a look at a few things growing in the garden...To hear me describe this cantaloupe you would think it was the size of a basket ball! lol...Ok, not quite, but it's getting big!




The tomatoes are looking good too! It won't be long...can't wait!



Kevin is proud of his peppers!



Well, I went wildflower picking again. I found some black eyed susans and butterfly weed. The butterfly weed is the orange cluster flowers. They grow wild and attract butterflies, I drove several miles to find them! lol...Do you notice anything funny about my candle holders? I mentioned that I always have a house full of boys. Well, this is what they did when I wasn't looking. lol...In a way it's kinda cute!



But of course I fixed it...



I will be sporadic about posting over the rest of this week and next, so bear with me. Also, I am not going to post my "Show and Sell" blog party this week or next. I am actually going to change things up a bit and give the party a new name. I would love for you to participate! I"ll tell you more about it later.





New items coming to my Etsy store tonight!





Have a great week!!
















16 comments:

Nancy said...

EVERYTHING is just gorgeous! I love all the color! So sorry to hear about your cat! Animals r really become part of the family! It's so hard to watch them age! Have fun on your trips! Nancy

Donna said...

Kristen,
All of your flowers are gorgeous! Going to Walmart tomorrow to get me some Shake and Feed :)
Love all the color in your yard!
We had a cat for 16 years and it broke our heart when it was "time".
Hugs,
Donna

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kristin, what a pretty outdoor area you have. So sorry to hear about your cat. That is what happened to our seventeen year old Rusty. I hope you enjoy your trips. Thanks for joining the party.

Rhondi said...

Hi Kristen
Love all the pots of flowers.and the colors you chose. You have two great areas for sitting and relaxing.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

First off Kristen I am so sorry to here about your cat, I know how hard that is! Your patios are just beautiful and so are all your flowers!! Martina

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so sorry about your kitty...

You have such a green thumb Kristen...

Safe travels....

Kathy :)

Liz said...

Kristen, I am so sorry to hear about your sweet cat. ((Hugs))

Your patio is gorgeous and you have the most beautiful array of flowers. I would love to sit out there and sip ice tea looking at all that beauty! You've done a great job!

Have a fun and safe trip! XOXO ~Liz

debbies said...

All of your flowers are gorgeous! If by chance you are going to market in Dallas and find another crystal heart like one you had on a frame I purchased, I would love to order another frame. Have a fantastic trip(s)!
Our 15 yr. old cat, Simba, passed last summer. My thoughts are with you.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Sorry to hear about your cat. We have a very young cat that just fell out of a tree twice, probably about 50 feet high. Last night she had a kitten (we weren't sure she was even pregnant). Needless to say, my girls are thrilled! :)

Your deck looks gorgeous. Love how you brought it all together to look like an extension of your house. Beautiful.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love how you've coordinated your cushions and flowers, Kristen! That set you got at Walmart is perfect and I love how the green cushions here pick up on the greenery you've got around it. I need to get a new set, but I think I'm going to wait until we actually move so I know what I have space wise.

Gail said...

Obviously, you've taken excellent care of Coco for her to live 17+ years.
The reds, yellows, greens in both porch and firepit areas in the pillows and flowers all flow nicely together.

Molly said...

Ummm Miracle Gro Shake and Feed? Well, going to get some today! Your metal hutch inspired me to purchase one off of Craigs List for my patio! I love it. Thank you for the inspiration. Your yard is beautiful. Sorry to hear about your kitty. It's hard to lose a beloved pet!

Becca said...

So pretty, Kristen !! The furniture ... the flowers ... the vignettes ... and the vibrant colors !! I know you guys must enjoy it very much. And, what cute turtles, too. :) xoxo

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

I love the fire pit area...We have a stone fire pit as well and have been working on doing some stonework in our yard...I don't know about you but I have to take a lot of my cushions and decorations down almost every night when the rain starts rolling in...Do you have to do the same thing? (It's a pain but looks so beautiful when it's nice out)

Fishtail Cottage said...

Popping over to say hello for the "Blog Party"! i host a garden party on Thursday's & would love to have you come by to peek around or even link up?!? hope to see you sometime! xoox, tracie

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

I just wanted to let you know I showed off your pretty tray on my blog yesterday. :)

Featured in Country Woman Magazine fall 2012 for kitchen and crafts

My photo
I'm a 42yr. old mother of 1. I've been married for 21years to a wonderful man, Kevin. We have one son together named Chase who is 14. We live in a small town in Arkansas and have a dog named Sassy, a cat named Coco and now a chinchilla, Tiki. My husband is a Database Administrator and I have my own business called Kristen's Creations where I make and sell a variety of crafts. I worked in a shop as a floral designer for 15 yrs. until it closed. My former boss decided to retire and lease out her building. I enjoy crafting, decorating, and hanging out with my family. E-mail me at Kristenscreations@hotmail.com

To subscribe through email, add your email address below.

You are welcome to pin anything from my blog

Follow Me on Pinterest

Total Pageviews



The tip junkie featured my snowman mesh wreath!

homemade crafts

Popular Posts

BlogCatalog

Decorating Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

Sassy Girl

Sassy Girl

Cock a doodle doo!!

Cock a doodle doo!!

Wish we were here!

Wish we were here!

blog ranking

Lifestyle Blogs - Blog Rankings

Blog List

  • How Shout Color Catcher Saved My Favorite Shirt
    45 minutes ago
  • I am always amazed at how sometimes a really small change just makes so much difference. Living in the desert, AC and a ceiling fan in every room to keep ...
    1 hour ago
  • When I first walk into a bathroom my eye is immediately drawn to the shower curtain. The shower curtain really is the deciding factor on whether your bat...
    2 hours ago
  • Will Holden - how is possible that you are TWO today???? It really seems like just yesterday you were born. And we all fell in love with you! And we ...
    3 hours ago
  • When I was out shopping a couple of weeks ago, this piece caught my eye the minute I walked past it. I leaned over to my mom, who is a great shopping co...
    9 hours ago
  • I’m pretty sure the #1 rule of blogging is to keep a consistent schedule. Awkward silence….. Sorry–life just gets too busy for me to keep up with it, so pe...
    11 hours ago
  • Buying new furniture is an important part of putting together a home and we all take that seriously when it comes to shopping for good quality as well as...
    17 hours ago
  • Seriously y'all I keep laughing at what has been going on lately and wonder if I'm secretly being filmed for Candid Camera or some other reality show. Life...
    1 day ago
  • *This post is sponsored by CommercialSilk.com.* Today I want to share with you a small refresh I worked on in my living room. I was contacted several mo...
    1 day ago
  • [image: Best of the Weekend Party] Welcome to Best of the Weekend! We are glad that you are here and are starting your weekend with us. This week had a ve...
    2 days ago
  • It’s that time again! Bravo’s hit show – “Southern Charm” just started it’s fourth season and it continues to be one of their most watched reality sh...
    2 days ago
  • Best Friday Features! Welcome back to me and Desi’s Best Friday Features! We have so much fun every week, and we hope you do too! We’ve been pinning more ...
    2 days ago
  • Well hello! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the weekend! This has been a busy week and I'm ready to nap sit on the sofa for hours. Bliss. (Althou...
    2 days ago
  • The sun porch is one of my favorite rooms in my home, it's the first room you see when you come in the back door. A few years back I painted the walls this...
    2 days ago
  • Pillows or no pillows? Folks, these are the kind of serious, hard-hitting questions we ask here At the Picket Fence. Really, though, I’m looking for some...
    3 days ago
  • I wrote this post around the same time last year and I think this is worth reading again, in fact I read it as a good reminder to myself. * Know Yourse...
    3 days ago
  • One of the many things I enjoy about *Foodie Friday and Everything Else* is finding like-minded women. We share a love of home--decorating, cooking, remod...
    3 days ago
  • Greetings all! I haven’t mentioned it here but I am today. I’ll be attending the Haven Conference in Atlanta in July this year, it’s been so long since I’v...
    3 days ago
  • [image: Spring Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie] 2016 I'm still putting away dishes from our Easter dinner, so today, I'm sharing Spring tables ...
    4 days ago
  • Good morning! Today I'm sharing the most beautiful colors and thoughtfulness that came all in one fun package! I just participated in the Tea Cup and Mug ...
    5 days ago
  • Good morning! I hope Spring has sprung where you are. We are having a roller coaster of temps; 87 on Easter Sunday and by next Sunday it might not get out ...
    5 days ago
  • Hi everyone and welcome back to The Scoop! I hope you had a joyous Easter and Passover weekend with your family! Here...warmer temperatures are becoming t...
    6 days ago
  • [image: 5 Yummy Easter Treats] Easter is only a few days away and with it comes many things, one of them being yummy treats and candy! I only wish I had e...
    2 weeks ago
  • I have already picked up a package of French Palmiers from Costco to make my favorite Easter salad. You can check out this cute salad and the gorgeous cabb...
    2 weeks ago
  • *This light and luscious meringue cake is perfect* *for spring, when you feel the sunshine and the flowers* *burst forth in their gorgeous colors, and you*...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fans of the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper” will soon be able to get an extra dose of design tips. A new spin-off series called “Fixer Upper: Behind the De...
    4 weeks ago
  • Hello, Dear Ones! Well I haven't posted in a while and I wanted to thank you for your comments, prayers and good wishes for my Mr. Precious. We have found ...
    4 weeks ago
  • Coconut Hot Chocolate - ButterYumA few weeks ago we were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures here in Virginia, but this week we've been suffering thro...
    5 weeks ago
  • Welcome! Today I am addressing a serious topic. I have been getting a lot of emails regarding this specific issue, and thought I would re-post this very...
    5 weeks ago
  • Happy Friday, friends! Did you get snow this week? I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the amount of snow we have NOT gotten this year! We usually ha...
    2 months ago
  • Have you seen or should I say drooled over all the blogs showing their flocked christmas trees? Well, I can say I drooled...just a bit over them! So much t...
    4 months ago
  • Today. This is our life for now. And boy am I blessed! For those of you new to what's been going on, I will start from the top. It rained... etc... Fo...
    8 months ago
  • Hey y'all! I haven't blogged for awhile, buy y'all know I have to stop in to give my pageant picks! Miss USA 2016 will be crowned this Sunday evening an...
    10 months ago
  • Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought I’d share a couple of the Valentine’s I’ve made for my oldest granddaughter (the 5 year old). I used a couple...
    1 year ago
  • Hi there friends... Welcome back to this weeks Share Your Style Party!! ~~~~~ Our host this week is Kelly from The Essence of Home! Take it away Kelly! ...
    1 year ago
  • These closet doors are dreamy!!! *Dream Book Design *turned an unattractive closet door into something I want!!! Learn *how to build a barn door for a...
    1 year ago
  • This Miniature Pewter-Like Teapot with Lid that lifts and tilts is adorable at the height of just 1 1/2 inches tall, and matching teacup, saucer, and disp...
    2 years ago
  • *Hi! I have been decorating for Christmas this week and finished the piano so I wanted to share.This will be a short post, I am working hard to get my hous...
    2 years ago
  • I have been keeping a secret for a few months... and it has been hard not to give it away! Thank goodness I can finally tell you today!!! After 4 1/2 y...
    2 years ago
  • Hello Lovlies, You are cordially invited to join me at my new blog, Larkspur Interiors. WHEN: Now! WHERE: www.larkspurinteriors.com R.S.V.P.: Not necessa...
    3 years ago
  • It's Friday once again. Can you believe it? And it's time for another great house tour. Today we're snooping around Jenna's home at Rain On A Tin Roof. ...
    3 years ago
  • Projects, projects, do they ever end? lol There is always something to add to the list, isn't there? I had wanted to add bead board to the ends of our ...
    4 years ago

Designed By: