Patio Fun

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When the spring temperatures began to warm, I took a break from painting my kitchen cabinets and worked on my patio. Summers are short here in Colorado, and I want to enjoy as much time outdoors as possible. The kitchen can wait. Prettying up my outdoor spaces comes first. 


In between cleaning and planting and decorating, I dealt with two days of illness due to the second COVID vaccine. At the same time, my water heater died and I was without hot water for two weeks while I waited for a part from the manufacturer. Then my evaporative cooler died. Due to its age, I decided not to repair it, but instead bought a portable air conditioner. Next, my repaired water heater died again, and I was without hot water for four days until the plumber replaced the entire unit. Whew! It's been kind of hectic around here. All this to say I haven't been blogging as much as I would like. Now that I've got a prettier blog thanks to Linda My Fairy Blog Mother, I feel inspired to post more than I have. 


Anyway, getting back to my patio, I wanted to build on what I did last year.


My Patio 2020

Over the winter, I collected containers, baskets, plant stands, and decorative items found at thrift stores. It was fun to go through my stash and add these things to my patio this year, along with a new garden flag to remind me to "Enjoy the Little Things."



I dressed up the bland fence with vintage floral plates. 







The birdhouses are a craft project that I created from a thrift store basket, Dollar Tree birdhouses and pastel acrylic paints. 



The galvanized tub is a Christmas gift from my son and daughter-in-law.




Do you remember the Irish and Scotch Moss I planted between the flag stone pavers last year?


Irish and Scotch Moss 2020


All of it survived the winter, and is thriving. I'm very happy with the way it has spread and filled in. 


I see it sending out shoots daily. It's pretty incredible.



Last year I dubbed my patio "My Happy Place."  Now it's an even happier place.

Soon I'll show you what I've done to my porch. The happiness continues.

Hugs,

17 comments

  1. Nancy it's a wonderful thing you have your lovely patio to relax and enjoy. Because I would say some of the other things have happened lately don't sound at all relaxing. You certainly have decorated your patio area into just a lovely Secret Garden. Once again your crafty ideas are delightful and whimsical. Painting can surely wait until you've had time to enjoy outdoor weather longer. Lynn and Precious

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. Summers don't last long here, so I'm going to enjoy my outdoor space as much as I can. xx

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  2. It looks like a tiny secret garden! Isn't it funny how it's never just one thing that goes wrong but several?? Glad you were able to get it all repaired. Have a happy week! xox

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  3. Good Morning all...Nancy it's all just lovely, from the banner to everything about the patio. What a wonderful place to sit, think and just be happy in it. Blessings to you and everyone on this beautiful Sunday morning here on Maryland's eastern shore.

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    1. Hey, good morning, Wende! Thank you for your sweet comment. Hope you have a beautiful day on "Maryland's eastern shore". That has a wonderful ring to it. I would love to be near the ocean. Enjoy! Nancy

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  4. Nancy, you have your very own piece of heaven out there on your patio! You've created such a welcoming and comforting space. I'm always amazed at your thrift store finds. It makes me want to search for treasures, too. May your patio always bring you peace and joy!

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    1. Thanks, Pam. I have truly been blessed with access to several great thrift stores in my neighborhood. They have saved me a lot of money, not to mention provide hours of fun. xx

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  5. Nancy! This is gorgeous! What a fantastic corner to spend lazy summer afternoons. I hope you have a lot of fun times here. And I love the new look of the blog!
    Amalia
    xo

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  6. Nancy,
    Linda did a great job on your blog. Very pretty. Your patio area is so sweet and beautiful. Happy Sunday. Have a great new week. xoxo Kris

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  7. Nancy I remember when you bought the place and you showed us the then rather bare spot. Well you had a vision and it’s a magical place now! Enjoy it for the rest of the season!

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. It's been very rewarding to see my patio come together the way I had envisioned it. Fortunately, the hard and expensive work like the fencing and the pavers had already been done, so I had a lot to work with. Have a great week!

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  8. Your patio looks wonderful! That moss is filling in so nice.it all is so pretty. Hugs,

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  9. What a delightful spot! Full of charm and happiness!

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  10. Very pretty patio. Love the flowers and those darling plates. A sweet little secret garden to relax. xo

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  11. It looks like a very, very happy place, Nancy!! I adore all of your crafty touches and the way the moss came in. Perfect for your cottage home!! Hugs!!

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