Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
May Spring Take Root Where You Are
Issue #91 April 2018
Hopefully you are seeing vibrant signs of spring now - like this little guyIf winter temperatures are still in your weather forecast, that's alright. Spring will be here soon for you. Mother Nature has a way of making sure that happens.
April has been a cool and rainy month for us in Nashville, but also a month that our flowers and trees taking on new, wonderful life. The good news is that we haven't had to water nor turn on our a/c.
Wonderful Backyard Gazebos
A backyard gazebo can be a beautiful place for a personal retreat, for family photos or for backyard curb appeal. A gazebo is a little "getaway" where you can take your glass of tea and a good book and head to the backyard for some leisurely quiet and calm.
Please take a look at the gazebo pictures we gathered here for you.
Create a Bit of Privacy on Your Porch or Deck
Create these panels for treasured privacy on your porchGet our instructions for these privacy panels here. The vinyl lattice privacy panels you see above on our porch provide filtered privacy, something we treasure on our porch. Dave created a video and documented an overview of how he made them for us.
In addition to the nice privacy, we love the look our back porch has gained from this wonderful black square vinyl lattice.
If you like the black square vinyl panels like we have, you can get the black lattice panels here.
This is our affiliate link but the cost is the same price to you.
Spring Porch Decorating with Forsythias
Last month we gave you a sneak peek at our spring porch. To be honest, it wasn't ready yet. We had just started.
Now we're happy to show you how we decorated with a theme of forsythias. It's my favorite spring porch so far. Please stop by to see it. I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to paint "marks" that resemble forsythias.
Five Mother's Day Gift Ideas for YouSunday, May 13th is Mom's Day. It's always nice to have a few gift ideas to celebrate the special moms in our lives.
#1: Would a Mom in Your Life Love This?
This poly glider comes 80% assembled and it won't weather like woodOn the porch, in the back yard or side yard - wherever this glider goes, we bet a sweet mom would love the time she spends here. We love that this glider is said not to weather or crack as it's made from poly recycled lumber. And cup holders on each arm.
If you like this idea, here's our link for this glider. (affiliate link)
#2: These Are a Gift from the Heart
Easy DIY painted rocks make a sweet giftGive the gift of your time and artistry by painting a few rocks for the flower garden. I painted these rocks with the craft paint we already had on hand. Dave put a coat of polyurethane on them to (hopefully) preserve them from the weather.
What can you paint on a rock? Anything - flowers, butterflies, lady bugs, polka dots, sunshine and clouds, really anything. Even a monogram or rainbow - or a quilt pattern or favorite food like strawberries. Maybe something that person really enjoys.
We haven't had these rocks in our garden long enough to know if the polyurethane will keep the paint from chipping. But they are sure to be a welome gift and could sit on your covered porch too.
#3: Picnics Are Always in Style
Do you have memories of picnics with your mom?Growing up with our boys, our picnics were simple as we would usually combine them with a hike. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - sometimes chicken salad - along with carrot sticks, graham crackers and grapes.
Your picnics are probably more sophisticated, but no matter what, a picnic is a loving way to spend time and make good memories.
#4: A Welcoming Gift to Keep Toddlers Happy
A happy toddler is also a gift to a momWe hadn't seen a horse swing like this before, but isn't it fun? Knowing how much our young grandchildren loved the wooden rocking horse that Dave made for them, we know little ones would also love a swing like this.
And guess what - it can be used indoors or out. If you like this idea, here's where you can get it (affiliate).
#5: A Give That Transcends Time
A custom portrait of your homeOur friend, Leisa Collins, is an artist who specializes in painting memorable portraits of people's homes. Portraits that are framed and kept for many years. Imagine giving this gift to someone - like your mom - of a home that she cherishes.
See more of Leisa Collins' engaging house portraits on our site or contact Leisa directly here.
Our Gift to You: Download This Free Shed Plan
Perfect for storage or use as a playhouse for the kids, a potting shed, or other fun structure.
1. Depending on the internet browser you are using, the actual document may not appear on your screen when you first open it up. We noticed that it doesn't show up in Firefox. Don't panic! Just save it to your computer and open the file - and it shall re-appear!
2. These are actual construction blue print plans. You will need to enlarge it on your screen to see the print or print this plan on either 18x24 or 24x36 (preferred) inch paper. I emailed the document to our local Staples store. It cost me $7.82 for printing all four pages on 18x24 inch paper.
To save a few dollars, view the plan online first to determine if you actually need the last two pages which are construction options you may not choose to do.
3. Feel free to send this to friends, etc., who you think may like a free shed plan - all compliments of Mary and I and Family Home Plans
Download this free shed plan today! Be sure to read the notes above.
Enjoy Springtime, Friend
May you enjoy springtime wherever you are. Spring is a time of hope and happiness; buds appear and flowers begin to bloom after a long winter of hibernation.
Enjoy gentle, warm breezes from your porch and let yourself feel calm and at peace.
May the fresh air and chirping birds lighten your heart and fill you up with a sunny spirit.
A Beautiful Porch in Springtime
Lastly, enjoy this wonderful home and porch. Can you picture yourself sitting here on this delightful porch?
We hope it gives you a carefree feeling and a longing for days outdoors on your porch or wherever your heart desires.
Thank you for reading our newsletter and we'll see you next time, friend.
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Happy porch sitting from your friends,
Mary and Dave
Life is short. Enjoy your porch.
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