These Shoes are Made for Walking

These Shoes are Made for Walking

Mr. Menace and I are joining his sister and our brother-in-law on a trip to New England in just a couple of weeks, so I wanted to get a couple of pairs of shoes that would be easy on my feet as a tourist. Normally, you will see me in heels. I like the way they look. I like the way they make me feel. However, I am practical and when I am doing a lot of sightseeing as I expect to do, I want to have shoes made for walking!

 

I bought these silver Ecco walking shoes last year before we went on our cruise to Mexico. I wanted something cute but good for excursions. They are great. I wear them any time that I expect to be walking very much and I highly recommend this brand.

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

These are NOT affiliate links. Just adding them to make it easy for you to find the product.

This European brand does not come in 1/2 sizes, so order down, as they run big. I wear a 7 1/2 and ordered up thinking I’d need to but had to return them for a 7.

Walking Shoes, Shoes for travel, Comfortable shoes

 

 

Cute sneakers have been on my wish list all summer, so our upcoming trip was a good excuse to find some comfortable and cute ones. These Puma in white leather with yellow trim are CUTE and very comfy. Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

Click on the small picture to see a bigger picture.

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

The little kiltie on this shoe is SO cute!

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

There is just a touch of sparkle/glitter on the yellow portions which I love!

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

 

 

My athletic shoes were totally worn out anyway, so I ordered some of those too. I ended up with these black Women’s Flex Running Sneakers from Finish Line .

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

They are extremely light weight and very comfortable and the pink swoosh is cute!

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

 

I also ordered these black floral Sketchers.

Walking Shoes, Comfortable Sneakers

The insole is memory foam and is very comfortable, but they are a bit high on my ankle bone and rub it a bit. Hopefully, they will be ok when I wear them a few more times.

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

The embroidery is spectacular!

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

 

Now for the ones that didn’t make the cut:

I love the idea of a slip on. So quick and easy! And these are so light weight, its like wearing nothing at all.

walking shoes, comfort shoes, cute sneakers

I ordered the size 8 and they were just enough too big, that I was afraid they would slip on and off my heel too much. I could have returned them for a different size, but I really didn’t like the way they looked on my foot. They do come in some awesome colors though.

 

These sky blue leather Nikes are gorgeous. In fact I love anything that is what I like to refer to as Carolina Blue.

Walking Shoes, Comfort Shoes, Cute Sneakers

They were the prettiest of all the shoes I ordered and I wanted to love them, but I just couldn’t. The exterior was extremely stiff and hard. Nothing about them was comfortable.

 

I will be wearing my new shoes all over New Hampshire, Maine and maybe Massachusetts also during that week and I can’t wait to tell you all about where me and my shoes have been when we get back.

 

 

 

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Grandmother Bloggers Linkup AND The Ongoing Project Goes On and On…

Grandmother Bloggers ~ Grow Your Facebook

Followers Link Party 3

AND

The Ongoing Project Goes On…

 

The ongoing project goes on, as we unexpectedly made progress on it this weekend.

But first, we are having a LINK UP for Grandmother Bloggers!

LINK UP:

Welcome to the Party!
For Grandmother Bloggers to Connect on Facebook

Starts Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:05 am central time (US)
Ends Friday, September 22 at 11:55 pm

Grandmother Bloggers - Grow Your Facebook Followers Link Party

This party is hosted by:

Dee from Grammy’s Grid

Clearissa from Clearissa Coward’s Command Center

Teresa from Aging Like a Fine Wine

Nikki from Gwin Gal Adventures

RULES ARE SIMPLE:

Grandmother Bloggers Only, please
add your Facebook page link, personal profile, or both

• Link up, follow, and like the other grandmother bloggers

• Come back after the party ends and like those who joined after you

• Thank you for linking up, sharing the party, and inviting other grandmothers

Ok, let’s party!
Grandmother Bloggers – Grow Your Facebook Followers Link Party
Please don’t link up if you are not a blogging grandmother. Thank you!


Please don’t link up if you are not a grandmother blogger. Thank you!

 

 

ONGOING PROJECT…

We had a new deck built early this year which you can read about HERE. It was intended to make our new hot tub more convenient to use and more aesthetically pleasing.

Since then, I have had the ongoing project of decorating the new deck on a budget.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

It has been a FUN process, but it is a process that is taking a while. I want the most bang for my buck, so I have been searching the internet for clearance sales on patio furniture for six months now. I found beautiful sets, but I just can’t afford to pay in the thousands of dollars for outdoor furniture and it looked like that’s what it was going to take to get what I wanted in a pretty color. WHY are the pretty colors more expensive???

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

Saturday, after our trip to the local Farmer’s Market, Mr. Menace needed to go to Lowe’s to get some wood for a project that will be shared at a later date. I fully intended to spend that time wandering around the garden center, just drinking up the fall ideas.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

Before going out to the garden center though, I decided to look through their seasonal items. They had some really cute Halloween stuff on display, but I was more interested in the summer clearance.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

We would have to come back with a trailer to get it, but there was ONE outdoor sofa sitting there reduced $200, dropping it down to a very reasonable price. It was beige, of course. Mr. Menace marked it SOLD and we headed to the checkout.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

When we got home, we hooked up the trailer and went straight back to pick it up.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

Hard to believe all that stuff was packed into that one box and I am very glad that I don’t have to try to fit it back in.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

Putting together the first one was a little time consuming, but once I figured it out, they went together quickly.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

It is very beige.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

But it looks fantastic with the beige TASSELED umbrella.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

I moved the obelisk down to the end of the deck from where I had placed it in my last update post.

patio furniture, patio decor, deck decor, deck furniture

I see it’s time to replace a couple of the solar lights in my solar chandelier.

Deck Decor, Patio furniture, Outdoor furniture, Outdoor Sectional

Once the deck gets stained, an upcoming project, I can see some spa blue blankets and tasseled pillows, and a pretty blue rug. It will come together. I can see it in my head.

DECK DIVISIONS:

The new deck has evolved into three separate sections.

Deck Decor, Patio furniture, Outdoor furniture, Outdoor SectionalThe sectional sofa makes a great lounging, reading, relaxing area.

Deck Decor, Patio furniture, Outdoor furniture, Outdoor lounging

A “sun worshiping” and reading area.

Deck Decor, Patio furniture, Outdoor furniture, Outdoor Dining

And the cooking and dining area.

Deck Decor, Patio furniture, Outdoor furniture, Outdoor Sectional

Now on to the next step!

 

 

 

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Date Night Style for MidLife

Date Night Style for MidLife

Every Friday night, Mr. Menace and I have a standing date night. He doesn’t really care for the idea of such routine dates because he feels like he is being forced to do something and he balks strongly at being made to do something, rather than doing it because he wants to. However, when I explained to him that I have cooked every single night during the week after working all day and that I was ready for a night out where not only was someone else cooking, but someone else was cleaning up also, he then realized that I needed a break and so he takes me out to eat on Friday. We don’t usually do anything else, so it’s not really much of a date, but once in a while we will add a movie or a dance night and he picks those nights, so he still feels in control of dates.

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Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

faux leather top and black jeans from Stitch Fix

Anyway, I miss the nights when we were actually dating and I’d take so much care over my appearance and so would he and the anticipation of seeing each other again after a week (or two!) was great, so now, I really enjoy fixing up a bit even if we are just going to eat.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

pom pom top and wide leg jeans from Stitch Fix

It’s still usually pretty casual, but amped up with higher heels, bigger hair, sparklier makeup, and fancier jeans.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

floral jeans from Stitch Fix

So many of my clothes now are from Stitch Fix. At least one piece and usually two in each of these outfits are.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

cut-out top and wide leg jeans from Stitch Fix

I enjoy fashion and staying up on trends. And I love not spending my weekends at the mall, when I’d rather be outside in my garden.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

purple jeans and kimono from Stitch Fix

I love the service. I love the surprise of opening the box. I love seeing what my stylist has chosen. I love trying it all on. And most of all, I love coming  up with different ways to style the pieces.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

black jeans from Stitch Fix

If you’d like to know more about Stitch Fix, I wrote more details HERE. And if you have any questions, please ask me.

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Skirting the Issue

Stitch Fix Reveal

Fifty and Fashionable

How to Feel Like Cinderella

 

 

 

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Following the Crowd

Following the Crowd

I do not like following the crowd. It makes me feel like a copycat and I much prefer being unique and the first one to do something.

 

One day Mr. Menace and I went on a drive and ended up at his grandparents old home site. I immediately noticed daffodils blooming where the circle drive used to be. It was overgrown and even had mature trees growing, but the shape that the daffs were in definitely pointed to a circular drive. I wanted to explore more.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

As we wandered into the woods, through the briers, we located some of the foundation of the house, just a few blocks.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

We also saw an old heater.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

Almost hidden, and definitely camouflaged, by the huge vines, I found an old bedframe.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

A lot of people were re-purposing old bed frames into flower beds, and I knew I didn’t want to follow that trend.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

That is, until I found Grandmother Gwin’s bed frame.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

It was going to take some saws, and pruners and a lot of work to get that bedframe, but I was certainly coming back to get it. In the mean time, we went exploring a little more.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

I would love to live on a piece of land that had a creek behind it. It was so peaceful. We sat there on the rocks, listening to the water falling, Mr. Menace with his memories.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

We came back with shovels, pruners, and saws. The headboard was rusted in two and to protect my car from this sharp jagged edge that didn’t fit into the car, I rigged up this friendly waving protectant. Hopefully, it gave a few people behind me a laugh as it bounced and waved all the way home.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

A few of Grandmother Gwin’s daffodils now live at my house.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

This enamel pitcher also came from the old homesite. I can’t be sure that it belonged to Grandmother but I sure like to think that it did.

Gardening, Herb bed, Old homesite

I said I wasn’t going to do it.

Gardening, Herb bed, Old homesite

Because EVERYONE was doing it.

Gardening, herb bed, Old homesite

And I don’t like following the crowd.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed

But I couldn’t help myself.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed, Bed Frame Garden

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed, Bed Frame Garden

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed, Bed Frame Garden

I love my new herb bed.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed

I think next spring, I might plant my herbs to resemble a quilt.

Do you follow the trends?

 

 

 

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Sentence a Day ~ August 2017

My August in a Sentence a Day:

August 1

Rejoicing on this 5 year anniversary of Mr. Menace’s quadruple bypass and thankful for the ever advancing knowledge of medicine.

quadruple bypass, thoracic surgery, heart surgery, hit the knee

August 2

Feeling of pride and contentment from a job well done for the past week and a half.

August 3

Getting a budget in order for the month feels kindof good.

August 4

I love dancing with my honey on date night to the live music of Razz ma Tazz at Bar 31.

Dancing, Bar 31, Razz ma Tazz

August 5

I almost let the birds beat me out of any fig preserves this year! Note to self: check fig trees in July.

August 6

I wish I was with my mama today as it is her wedding anniversary and I am positive she could use a hug.

parents wedding anniversary, August 6, 1954

August 7

Short staffed this week with the yearly conference happening, but the customers keep calling anyway.

August 8

I was once asked what would indicate to me that I had “made it” in life. My reply was “to be able to afford weekly manicures, or even monthly pedicures.” #notthereyet

luxury, pampered, pedicure

August 9

Aren’t Wednesdays suppose to be slow days at work???

August 10

It’s finally 4:21 pm and the end of the work day is in sight and I am hoping the rain holds off until after dark so I can relax in the hot tub for a while.

August 11

I am excited to see Mr. Menace tonight since he has been away all week at a business conference. Although I suspect our date night will be preempted by his lingering sinus infection.

August 12

Our little town had its first ever Farmers Market today and it was a huge success. I hope to have my garden up and going by next spring so I can participate and not just buy stuff, but here’s what I scored:

Hueytown Harvest Farmers Market, Farmers Market, Garden Harvest

August 13

It’s my brother’s birthday and I just cannot figure out how that aggravating boy that teased me and annoyed me and was a general pain you know where, became a 60 year old man. I love you Bubba.

August 14

Bacon & eggs, and Biscuits & Figs. It’s what’s for supper.

August 15

Called my mama. Oh to be like her.

August 16

Spent 1/2 my lunch hour in the garden center at Lowe’s and bought what they had left in the herb department.

August 17

Found some delightfully blue fall flowers at Dollar General! BLUE!!! So I hit all 5 Dollar Generals that are within 5 miles of the office. 🙂

August 18

Happy 80th Birthday Mama! You are the best.

August 19

It’s a beautiful Saturday and I’ve worked on my Herb Bed, but it’s HOT outside!

August 20

We are driving to Nashville today, to my daughters house which is in the Eclipse Totality area. I wasn’t totally enthused at first, to spend my birthday this way, but it is probably a once in a lifetime chance to see a total eclipse. (And writing this in hindsight, I am extremely glad I got to see it!)

August 21

I am happy to be 56.

August 22

Hair color day I love you.

August 23

My whole forearm aches. I got stung by a yellow jacket the other day and those things HURT!

August 24

Granddaughter’s middle school football game. But I’m just watching the cheerleader. 🙂 She is on the bottom of the second lift from the left.

August 25

I’m glad it’s date night. I am looking forward to some good food. Did you see my favorite restaurants HERE?

August 26

Spent the entire day outside: working on my herb bed, mowing grass, rearranging outdoor furniture and pots. Perfect day.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed

August 27

Visited with a good friend today. She seemed like her old self, before the dementia.

August 28

I am absolutely positively sure that I answered one million and one phone calls today.

August 29

Today, I totally dressed down (read: sloppy) and SURPRISE! we had visitors come to the office.

August 30

I am not ready to give up summer! But I sure have seen some cute fall decor at the stores. I feel a shopping trip coming on this long weekend.

August 31

Ah….. chicken nachos, I love you.

 

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Springing Into Fall

Springing into Fall

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Remember last October when I did the 10 minute FORCED INTO FALL  post about decorating my front porch quickly and easily? Yeah, decorating ideas don’t often come to me that easily. In fact, I never did get the spring decor done before I was springing into fall!

Well, fall left and spring came but my front porch remained the same. AND thanks to me forgetting to water them the drought we had last year, it was even sporting a couple of dead plants.

So.

What to do?

I remembered how quick and easy the fall decor was and I started trying to figure out how I could make a change for spring, just as quick and easy. What did I have on hand already that would work?

Thanks to Jann at Share Your Cup for featuring this post!

And thanks to Marilyn at Thursday Favorite Things for choosing this post as her feature.

Marilyn's Treats Thursday Favorite Things Feature

Gardening, Home Decor, Spray Painting

Well, yes. It IS a dead tree. But wait! There’s more…

In early April, we had a cold snap that knocked back several of my plants that thought it was already summer. And this eucalyptus bit the dust. It did not kill the roots, however, and it sprouted back out.

Gardening, Home Decor, Eucalyptus

What if….

What if I took these D-E-A-D branches and transformed them? If it were fall, the brown would work fine! But it was spring. Things should be green.

 

Home Depot and Rustoleum spray paint to the RESCUE! I pulled out my sage green, and white, and silver, and grayish blue. Since the eucalyptus is SO brown, I decided I better use the white as a base coat.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

I didn’t try to totally cover the brown, but I did put a good amount of white. Then, I hit it with the sage green.

Gardening, Home Decor, Spray Painting

I decided I liked them with just these colors, so I took them to the front porch and put them in the milk can.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

It was a good start!

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

My granddaughters helped me replace the dead plants in the pots.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

The front porch looked SO much better! But not good enough. There was no spark of interest.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

And so it stayed.

Boring.

And then, all of a sudden, it’s the end of August and everyone is decorating for FALL!

WHAT???

I was walking around in Dollar General this week and noticed they had put out their fall decor.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

And there, among ALL that orange, was a hint of dusty blue.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

I guess they weren’t sure anyone would buy the blue for fall, because there was only one in each box, and there were only three boxes.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Luckily, we have 5 Dollar General stores within about 5 miles of the office. So I hit them all.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

 

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Now that’s got a spark!

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

And so.

That’s how I ended up springing right on into fall.

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

I loved it!

But I also thought I’d like a touch more blue.

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

I found some dusty blue pillows at Big Lots and a throw blanket that combines the gray look of my church pews and the blue fall decor. The design looks like leaves to me.

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

If you missed it, be sure to check out how I updated my antique church pews HERE.

I can’t believe its the first of September and I’ve already decorated for fall! Have you?

 

 

 

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Who’s That Hanging Out in my Garden?

Who’s That Hanging Out in my Garden?

I’ve seen a lot of characters hanging out in my garden during August! Just take a look…

Rosemary, Insects, Mushrooms, Fungi

Rosemary, Insects, Fungi, Mushrooms

Insects, Fungi, Gardening

Insects, Fungi, Gardening

Insects, Fungi, Gardening

Gardening, Insects, Birds

Gardening, Insects, Birds

Gardening, Insects, Fungi, Mushrooms

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Millions of Jiminey Crickets! ha!

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

 

 

And a couple of pictures that were not in MY garden…

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

This huge dragonfly was at the edge of a partial dried up pond near Nashville, Tennessee. He was the biggest one I’ve ever seen!

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Locust? Cicada? I don’t know but it was a strange empty shell, at the same pond in Tennessee.

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

My daughter’s new friend. He would not leave! She took him off and he went right back several times.

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

And this was in my daughter’s butterfly garden in Tennessee.

 

Who’s been in your garden?

 

 

 

 

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The Ongoing Project

Decorating my new deck, which you can see HERE if you missed it, is an ongoing project.

Outdoor Decor, Decks, Outdoor Rooms

It dawned on me last weekend that I needed something tall to offset the lone window on the bottom, when I remembered…

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

This obelisk was not being used! It was just sitting behind my (adorable) shed, which you can read about HERE, waiting for the perfect time and place to do its thing.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

BUT FIRST

Rustoleum and I have a job to do!

One Coat:

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Two Coats:

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

It just BARELY fit, but it fit!

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Can’t you just imagine it with window boxes on those top windows??? What? YOU missed my window box idea?? Check it out HERE. 🙂

 

 

 

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Hiding the Mess

Hiding the Mess

Our original deck is high off the ground, leaving walking room underneath. When we bought our house, I thought that underneath the deck would be a great place for a patio sitting area. But as moves often go, a lot of junk was put under there. I eventually got it cleaned up and set up a seating and dining area. The heat made it unbearable. And it didnt take long before it got junked up again. Hiding the mess became the only solution.

Gardening, Outdoor Decor,Decks

We had no outbuildings at the time, so our lawn mower had to be stored here.

Gardening, Outdoor Decor, decks

It was regulated to this first spot. The middle two sections were blocked by some shrubs and the last section was not totally covered and it would get rained on. So, even though the mower isn’t the most attractive decor, it claims the most prominent area.

Home Decor, Gardening

Home Decor, Gardening

As you can see, there are big messes under the deck. I’ve cleaned it up on a couple of occasions, but it always ends cluttered back up looking a terrible mess.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Stopping the Eye

So I have been working on ways to camouflage the messes. I have some ideas in my head that are more expensive long term, so in the mean time, I have been working on some quick and cheap ideas. My first thought was to hang this old window on this last section and use the metal porch rails as shutters for the window.

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I really liked the way it looked after Mr. Menace got the shutters hung on either side of the window. My next brilliant idea was stacking bricks into a faux wall underneath the window. I got them about 1/2 way stacked and then realized that I needed to change something in the way I was doing it. So I started over. This time it was working great and as I stepped away to take a look ….

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Crash, boom, bang! The wall fell. And it fell again. And a third time before I gave up. I did not want to permanently attach them so I decided I should just go a different route.

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First I added my solar lights.

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Creating an Outdoor Room

Then I moved my swing into the newly created outdoor room. (after I moved all the fallen bricks of course)

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And already things look better! The piles of junk under the deck are not nearly so obvious now!

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The window definitely needed a curtain!

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I took the window down and turned it over to the back side.

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Starting in the corner, I stapled the curtain at the top and then all the way down the left side because I didn’t want it billowing outside the edges of the window when the wind blows.

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Then skipping about an inch or two, I folded the curtain to form a pleat and stapled it at the top, right on the fold. I didn’t do any measuring to get it completely even, but I did then go to the middle of the window and staple the end of the left curtain exactly in the middle of the window and then worked from both directions to get a semi- even distribution of folds.

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I then repeated the process from the other side with the second curtain.

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So far , so good!

 

A Simple Shade Cover

I have been planning for ages to replace the swing’s shade cover that had rotted years ago, but had just never gotten around to it. My idea was to use a twin size dust ruffle or bedspread that I purchased from the thrift store.

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I thought this dust ruffle would work splendidly since it matches my painted solar chandelier (click to see my How To)  and other decor on the new lower deck.

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The dust ruffle was slightly too wide, so I pinned it up to where it fit the shade cover bar.

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I am quite pleased with the look! I almost don’t notice all the clutter hidden behind. The shade cover does hide my window though, so I have not decided if I will leave it there or move it down. My next step I think will be to try exchanging places with the swing and the potted plants.

 

What do you think of my clutter disguise that only cost $3.99 for the dust ruffle?

 

 

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