Saturday morning I headed off to the hardware store in search of ferns and spray paint.
This year I decided to re-paint my patio pots bright yellow. I loved the aqua from last year, but this year I needed yellow!
Next up was to divide the ferns I bought: one into four; the other into two. I had forgotten how difficult this is, and am now crossing my fingers that they will all survive. I put the two halves in the planters under our long garage windows. The four quarters go into the four smaller yellow pots, which sit in the corners of our 'urban gazebo' on the deck.
The other pot I painted holds the violas that used to be in the garage window planters. It now sits on the patio table under the gazebo.
I really wanted bright colours for outside this year, so only the yellow and orange flowers made it to the back. The purples and pinks are staying out front. I got the yellow straw mat from the dollar store, and the mosaic candle holders are the ones the kids made last year at my 'summer camp'. I realize now that the yellow spray paint I picked is the same colour my bedroom furniture was painted when I was a kid. No wonder I love it!
This is a picture of our back deck from the kitchen. I hope the ferns live because they are a nice low-maintenance plant that will last the whole summer. I think the yellow pots will make up for the colour usually supplied by the flowers I normally put there.
Once all the work was done I told everyone I was just going to cross stitch all weekend, and that's pretty much what I did. I wanted to try my new dyed floss and thought this design of fall leaves would showcase them well.
I used 8 different shades of green, yellow and orange in this free design I found here: Le Blog de vava. This design is on page 6 of the Grilles gratuites/Freebies link on the right hand column. This talented stitcher has 36 pages of free designs so get a coffee if you plan on perusing it! I think I may have exceeded my download limit here alone:)
Oh, and what's cross stitching outside without a little summery drink at hand?
The kids got to crafting as well: I bought two unfinished birdhouses at the dollar store and now we have two more colourful decorations for our yard:
We also had two very interesting comments from our kids:
We had to go to a funeral home for a viewing on Saturday. We didn't know if it was going to be an open or closed casket, so thought we would prepare the kids just in case it was open. It turned out to be a closed casket, and as we were speaking with one of the family members My Favourite Boy came up and asked: "What's in the box?" It was just a little awkward!
On Saturday at dinner My Favourite Girl told us she was going to become a vegetarian once she finished her meal. Mr. Crafty World asked her why and she replied that it was cruel to eat animals. I said, "You know you are telling us this as you're eating about three kinds of meat in those meatballs".
"I know", she replied, "that's why I said I was going to become a vegetarian after I eat my supper!"
Those two make life so much more interesting!