Gardening Tales

Patio Passion

June 04, 2013

We are outdoor people, my husband and I live to be outside.

Our days begin with a marvelous cup of steamy coffee-poured

into our favorite mugs.  The door opens to our Passion,

 the outdoors.  We are greeted by early morning sun beams,  

birds singing and thankful for the Blessings of the day.

Our day begins right here...

These are some of our most worn and treasured outdoor pieces.

Don't you just love it when your belongings can tell a story?

When love, time and energy has been poured into giving them


But yet preserving them in an old way...

This great outdoor Art was created by my husband.  He used

remnants of  bead board and cedar from some of his other projects.  

 I found some leftover trim paint and stain-barely dipping the tip of

the paintbrush into the paint and going over the beadboard lightly

and briskly I achieved an aged and  weathered look.  I topped it off 

with stain.  For the frame I dipped a rag into the stain and rubbed it 

all over.  My friend Laura, gave me the Texas Iron. 

I am so thrilled that old is the new-new!

This 25 year old wrought iron table is still looking good-a little

mellow yellow spray paint, and new cushions for the chairs.

So much elbow grease has been put into all of these outdoor

pieces.  Sanding, painting, scrubbing and now we get to sit

back and enjoy.

Do you have any outdoor pieces you have given a second chance?

Please join me at these parties:

Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson

A Stroll Through Life-Inspire Me Tuesday

Elizabeth and Company

The Dedicated House

Fishtail Cottage

The Brambleberry Cottage

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  1. Your patio looks so inviting! I can imagine how relaxing it is for your hubby and you to sit out there. Great job on the handmade additions which add the personal touch.


  2. Hi dear blogger friend! I have missed you. Trying to get back to normal after taking a break and all. Your patio looks like something from a magazine! My hubby and I love to eat outside too. Enjoy!

  3. Your porch is so cute! I love the Texas stars!

  4. Your outdoor space is gorgeous! I love the art that your husband created. And you have an inground pool?! I'm envious! :)

  5. What a gorgeous outdoor space you have Jemma! I understand why you love it so. xo

  6. What a lovely and inviting space to spend time! I love the touches of bright colors, too. Lovely, just lovely!

  7. Love your space and we too love spending time in the backyard with our morning coffee! Thank you for stopping by One More Time and leaving such a sweet comment....Tammy

  8. Jemma,
    Just beautiful!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  9. Oh my goodness that is so beautiful - and inviting - I would love to come and have a swim and a glass of tea. Your home is lovely! sandie

  10. Your patio looks so relaxing. And I see a pool! What a fun place to sit back and chill!

  11. The greatest joy from projects comes from the memories of doing them with loved ones. Your projects were lovingly done by you and your wonderful!

    A fellow Texas blogger...


  12. I'm coming for coffee... Looks like the perfect spot to start your day... Ya'll have done a wonderful job.
    hugs, Cherry

  13. I envy such a comfy looking patio seating area. Because we have harsh winters, storage is a big issue for me and the furniture is usually lightweight and/or foldable. I have repurposed pieces in the past and given them a fresh coat of paint.

  14. Amazing what a bit of paint can do to freshen a piece. Your iron furniture looks so nice and summery! I have a simple old bench of my grandmother's that I keep thinking about painting (right now it's "shabby chic" aka old worn paint!). I'd better do it this summer otherwise I don't believe it will last long in the outdoors. Wendy

  15. What an inviting patio area...I will be right over!

  16. It all looks so comfortable and attractive on your patio. Enjoy your relaxing time. No such projects here, just some staining on the shed's trim and some old wooden planter boxes.

  17. Your backyard is so pretty and relaxing!!! My hubby and I love to spend most of our time outdoors as well. So relaxing!!~~Angela

  18. Love your porch! It's so inviting!!

    You've done such an amazing job!!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

  19. Hi, Jemma! I love having coffee on the porch first thing in the morning, too. Just wish my night owl spouse could be there with me. Oh, well, sometimes solitude is better, because I get to be alone with God and start my day with Him. ;-) Your patio and yard are beautiful - love the pool! No wonder you two like the outdoors. Thanks for sharing a little of your lives.
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  20. Hi Jemma, I love your patio and the setting. We live in Texas, too! It's nice to meet you and thank you for your visit.

  21. Your patio is to drool for. Warm and cozy.

    Love your chevron pillows.

    Sweden is still cold and rainy, so my open veranda/porch is in hibernation again.
    But when you scroll on my older posts, you can find my blooming porch (minus the pool) LoL*

    Happy Tuesday.
    /CC girl from D´Box in Stockholm,

  22. Love your patio area surrounding the fabulous pool. Such a pretty setting and all of your furniture and accessories are so lovely. Great space. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  23. Your patio, yard and pool looks wonderful. I would love to see more of your pool area. I love outdoor living spaces! I just found your blog through A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday and I am your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime at
    Thanks, Patty

  24. Jemma, we are outdoor people too. Don't you just love enjoying what God has created for us? Your patio and pool looks so pretty and welcoming! Love the artwork you created. Oh how I wish we could sit there together and chat a while! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. What a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space! You must love spending time here! And kudos to your husband on his outdoor art project!


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