Remember my plan to makeover my backyard patio in the spirit of Better Homes and Gardens? Well it's still a work in progress. I've been doing little projects here and there and I'm already feeling so much better about it. The impetus for this makeover was my No-Fly-Away Tablecloth that I made out of a shower curtain. I am happy to report that it works beautifully and I still LOVE the bright, fun flowers.
So next on my list was an offset umbrella to provide some relief from the Texas sun. I found one at Hayneedle.com. It was only $100 with FREE shipping! What a deal! The stepping stones used to weigh down the umbrella legs were just too boring for words, so I bought a bunch of plants and turned it in to a little potted garden.
My next job was to find something cute and weather resistant to house all of the outdoor toys that collect in and around my new "oasis." I found this cute, rubber bin at Garden Ridge for $7.
I simply drilled some drainage holes in the bottom and voila! Unsightly toys are now tucked away...out of sight.
(Ok, so maybe we had more trucks than I had realized and might need to make another run to Garden Ridge for a second bin.)
Finally, now that I put plants in all of my pots that had just been sitting empty, full of dirt, my children no longer had anywhere to dig. So I bought a couple of inexpensive pots (also at Garden Ridge), drilled drainage holes and filled them with dirt. Now my kids can help me "garden" without actually digging in my flowers.
So there you have it. Not Better Homes and Gardens yet, but I'm working on it!
Weekend Wrap-Up with I Heart Naptime