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Front Porch Appeal

Issue #34 May 2012

Porch News and Ideas for Porch Lovers

May days have almost come and gone! It has been quite a month and we are excited to share a new feature on More details below.

More importantly, this coming weekend celebrates Memorial Day and we take time to say thanks to our military and take a moment to remember and honor the sacrifice of so many that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

WWII Memorial If you have a family member, neighbor, friend, or acquaintance that is a WWII veteran, be sure to check out Honor Flight. It is a wonderful organization that takes our veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veteran. Mary and I participated in such an event some time ago and it was a wonderful experience.

Please help spread the word. Our WWII veterans are dying at the rate of over 1000 per day; there is not much time left.

"We can't all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers

Old Glory on hometown front porch
Iconic American Front Porch

100 Top DIY Sites

Top DIY Sites We are featured as one of the Top 100 DIY sites for Home Improvement Fanatics. Check it out to see a neat list of top DIY sites! Also if you know someone interested in a Construction Management degree, this site keeps a current database of US campuses and online schools offering related studies.

Front Porch Designs Illustrator

We have been working on this project for quite some time and are excited to share it with our site visitors.

We always find it difficult to explain how a new or remodeled porch will change the overall appeal of a home. We know it can be dramatic, but how do you convey that to someone?

We found a way, our Front Porch Designs Illustrator. Using a basic ranch and two-story home, we show over 30 different porch designs, from small porticos to large expansive porches (and everything in between). Get landscaping and walkway ideas too!

We encourage you to take a few minutes and use our Porch Illustrator (one-story) and Porch Illustrator (two-story). Let us know your thoughts; we'd love to hear from you.

Project - Homemade Porch Curtains

large porch with porch curtains

Outdoor curtains are perfect for almost any porch. Lori shows us how she used Tracy's tutorial (which we featured in a previous issue) to make these wonderful porch curtains. You will be delighted to know it is easy to do and you will love the results.

Porch curtains are very popular and not only add charm but also can provide protection from wind and rain to extend your porch sitting time!

Vintage Your Porch

Want to dress up your porch? Add more appeal and charm to your home? Consider using vintage-style porch parts to do just that.

Running trim, brackets, vintage sawn balusters, and even porch columns can be added or changed (most relatively easy) to create a fun and charming front porch.

running trim and brackets on front porch
Front Porch With Dentil Moldings, Running Trim, and Brackets

See our Vintage Parts Headquarters for more details and options.

Lookie What We Found -
Americana for Your Porch!

We found some really neat Americana decorations iconfor your porch. Great any time of year but especially during the spring and summer months - Flag Day, June 14th, Independence Day, July 4th, just to name a few. Here's a few of the many patriotic porch items we want to share with you:

patriotic bunting for front porch wooden flag accent piece

patriotic metal stars table covers for porch

Free! Family Handyman for the iPad

Handyman Magazine promo photo Handy guys and gals! If you are already a subscriber (or want to be) the June issue of the Family Handyman for the iPad is available as a complementary download until Father's Day, 6-17-12.

It is available as a complementary gift to new and current subscribers. You can download it from the iTunes App Store or through this link.

From The Porch Steps

Mary and Dave on front porch steps Mary and I are very grateful for finding a way to leave the corporate world and do something we really enjoy. We are also very grateful for the financial security it provides.

We know; however, that many people still continue to struggle financially, whether they are employed or not. We also know from our own friends and family that many people long to do something they really enjoy.

We are careful to only recommend porch and outdoor products that are of value to our site visitors. Although this is not a specific porch product, it is something that Mary and I really believe in and want to give you, our readers, the opportunity to share it with others. Someone you know could really benefit from our advice and experience.

We created using a set of internet tools that not only showed us how to create a business but also educated us about the internet to increase our chance of success.

FPIAM home page Our site is proof of that system and our own efforts. We are not internet gurus. We do not sell anything directly (with few exceptions), we do not ship anything, nor do we stock items. It is clean, simple, and so much fun.

Not everyone can do this. It is not a get-rich-quick venture but rather a business built with effort and consistent action.

You do not have to know how to create a web site in order to have a successful income producing internet business (the tools take care of that).

It does; however, take desire and consistent effort over time. Read our timeline; Mary documents our progress periodically and we make it available for all to see to show what we did and how long it took.

Know a student needing money for college, a stay-at-home mom (or someone who wants to be), a retired person or couple, or someone who is ready to change their life?

Forward this newsletter to them and have them investigate one or more of the following links:

Tell them about our site, Let them see for themselves what is possible. We created a business about "porches"; just think what they might be able to do!

Mary and I are very proud of what we have accomplished. It took a lot of work but it was well worth it. Using the right tools made all the difference.

We trust you will trust us - we know this could be life changing for someone you know.

Sincerely from the porch steps,
Dave & Mary

Porch Design Ideas eBook

Front Porch Ideas Generator Looking for some great ideas for building or remodeling your front porch?

Before you lift a finger, get some wonderful ideas from our 140-page eBook, The Front Porch Ideas Generator!.

At just $9.97, you'll be happy you saw our ideas and amazing transformations. More...

Join our Porch Community on Facebook

You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches.

Share Your Porch Photos

Would you like to share your porch photos with us? We would enjoy showing them off for you. Just upload your photos here. Tell us a little about each of them. We like to know the details.

summer side porch

Mary and Dave

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.


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small rocking chair

A Few of Our
Porch Favorites

Outdoor pillows Pretty outdoor pillowsicon

A wooden porch swing
A wooden porch swing

is an all-time favorite

Outdoor curtains Wispy outdoor curtainsicon
add a touch of privacy to your porch

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