Tuesday, September 8, 2009

~IT'S HOME..TO ME~

~Thanks to Susan of A SOUTHERN DAYDREAMER for hosting our day in the outdoors.



I didn't wander far today...just out onto the patio...but next year I hope to have a garden and more flowers to show off through the Spring and Summer and into the Fall!

This patio is becoming dear to me as I watch it evolve into a place we can enjoy and relax...
A large braided outdoor rug helps warm up this large space.... though it certainly didn't need warming up today...soon though...I hope.



And this is my favorite bird house. Yep...I think I could live there if I were a Mama bird...with seven eggs? :)



And this is the rug I found this Saturday at a garage sale for $8.00! Brand new! Did you hear me? BRAND NEW! The woman said her son bought it and then moved away and left it.
Makes me smile just to think of it!!
It's got the black...and the deep reds... see me smile? :):):)
And did I tell you it was BRAND NEW?

I love old windows.
My first attempt to paint roses..so..please do NOT enlarge! Wait! Do NOT ENLARGE!



My pumpkin bird house..its been rained on for years and has survived.


My favorite old wood bench. (OH NO! My box of kleenex is down there! Oh well. :)
I used to keep the bench inside..but since the patio is covered I thought I would leave it out.
I'm still working on this area. Who am I kidding..I am always working on everything!
~The End~

I hope your Wednesday is wonderful. Howard is off to Maine in the early A.M. and I will miss him!

Love and hugs,
Mona

49 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I wanted you to know I took a class in painting roses and yours look better than mine ever did. If fact, the teacher told me, some people just have trouble with roses. Hint? Love yours! Martha

xinex said...

You have a very beautiful outdoor area, Mona. It looks cery relaxing...Christine

Ebie said...

Oh, Mona, you have a beautiful patio. A very cozy place to have coffee or tea. You are too modest, the painting is pretty and dainty!
Enjoy your week!
Ebie's Watery Outdoors.

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Your patio is very welcoming Mona!! I also love your rose window very much!! Better try and try again then never try at all. :) Hugs. Tammy

Light and Voices said...

Your patio looks like a good place to share a glass of Arizona Sweet Tea and chat awhile. Wonderful images!
Joyce M

Diane said...

What a lovely patio and porch. You have excellent taste and well...can you come a decorate my porch??? *wishing*
Blessings

Riet said...

What a lovely patio you have and very nice pictures. have a nice day

womanwisdom said...

a lovely day to you Mona!

you are such a lovely person too! you have a beautiful blog, but your home is indeed more beautiful! and the patio...what a refreshing place to be...and that BRAND NEW rug, yes, i heard it right! it's beautiful!

have a great day and bless your beautiful heart!

Snappy Di said...

So can I get dibs on that bench when you are done with it? Gosh, I really need to start getting up early on Saturdays and do some garage sale buying.

Di

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow Mona! That rug was a fabulous find, oh I am so envious! What a beautiful patio you have created~ It's warm, cozy and just plain pretty! I love all the little fabulous touches! Hugs, Cindy

PAT said...

What a gorgeous place, Mona! Happy ODW!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful patio! I love red oriental rugs and especially finding them for cheap at garage sales. I found one once for $10 at a church sale, it still had the $350 price tag on the back!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your patio is wonderful! And of course I HAD to enlarge to see your painted roses on that vintage window. They are fabulous! You have some talent there lady!!
Hugs,
Penny

Stacey said...

Your porch looks so fallish and inviting! I love the pumpkin bird house. :)

Amy said...

Mona,
I can see why you love your covered patio so much. You have it filled with things you love and did I hear you say you got that wonderful rug for cheap, cheap!!! Good find! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

What a lovely patio and porch you have! Your birdhouses are precious! It looks very comfortable and what a great NEW rug you found, good for you. Thank you for coming by my blog and leaving a sweet comment, I love "meeting" new friends! Hugs, Cindy S.

Bonnie said...

I could really relax in that porch, too. Just give me a cup of coffee, some gardening magazines, and a nice rain. I think that would be my perfect evening.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Mona, what a beautiful patio. I love, love, love the tall birdhouse.. I mean really love it.. your cottage patio is absolutely darling. I can see many relaxing hours out there. hugs ~lynne~

Oma Nijn's Country Huis said...

hallo Mona.
lief dat je bij mij geweest bent,je foto"s zijn heel erg mooi.vooral je vogelhuisjes van pompoenen.
Je stijl van wonen en inrichting past bij mij,leuk hoor.
oh ja, ik heb een TRANSLATE,liefs van oma nijn

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Mona, excuse me while I just gawk!!!!!! Oh, would I love to take a book and glass of peach tea out there!!!! It is beautiful.......!!

Hugs, Barb

Mary said...

Your porch is beautiful and very welcoming. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us.

Kathleen said...

Looks so cozy! Great deal on the rug..
And you know you shouldn't have said, don't enlarge..we all did! LOL..
They look lovely, Mona!
I love your leaf border too!

Nezzy said...

What a great place to kick it back with a good book and a tall glass of tea. It all reflects the sweetness of your spirit, Mona. I would love an area with plush cushions and the like but the critters would have a heyday with them. We have cougars, bears, 'coons, and on and on and on. You have a most blessed day!!!

Sherri said...

Hi Mona,

Your porch looks like such an inviting spot, especially with those comfy looking cushions at your table. I could just picture you and I sitting there and having a long conversation over coffee or tea!
I love all your baskets of pine cones, and that cute pumpkin birdhouse too!

Don't sell yourself short on the flowers you painted on your window either...I think you did a great job!!

It was so nice of you to come by to visit me as well, and thanks for leaving such a nice comment.

Have a nice day!
Sherri:)

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I think that Your patio looks so comfortable and welcomming! I like the two birdhouses too! I´ve never seen any one that looks like a pumpkin before :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Kelly B said...

What a deal you got on that rug!! It is beautiful!! You know that everyone probably enlarged it when you said not to. Kinda like when someone drinks something really gross and everyone else has to know how bad it tastes...!! Funny thing is, I thought they looked great!! I could never paint anything anywhere near as good as you did!! Kudos for you!! I could spend forever on that patio!! :)

Mary Ann Miller said...

I LOVE the beautiful pictures. You are a wonderful photographer.

blushing rose said...

How inviting your patio, Mona. It brings such warmth to the pics of your respite. Your roes are very nice, they look really great on the window panes. And, that CARPET for $8, you go girl!! Steal of the month, lucky you.
TTFN ~Marydon

Terry said...

Such a beautiful patio. Great buy on the rug, I love a good find. Aren't you sad...garage sales are almost over for the year, at least they are in Pennsylvania. If you live in warmer climates, you probably still have a lot of them.

Kitty Valerie said...

Lovely porch. I love your autumn theme. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day,
Val

jlshall said...

Your patio looks like such a lovely, inviting place! I loved all the photos, especially the one of the wood bench with all the pinecones. (And I wouldn't have noticed that box of tissues if you hadn't pointed it out!) Have a great Wednesday (what's left of it)!

Karen said...

Stopping by to say hello and to thank you for entering my giveaway!
You have such a lovely porch. It looks so inviting. I have certainly enjoyed my stay here.
I'll be back soon.
Blessings,
Karen

Lori E said...

I am a tole painter and your window looks great. I too have painted them on an old window but the elements have erased most of it even though it was sealed.
Your patio looks like a good place to read and relax.

Brenda said...

I love this space of yours. Garden or no. It's so cozy. Think I could just curl up with a decorating or gardening magazine and while away an afternoon.
Brenda

Tammy518 said...

What a beautiful patio! It looks like a great place to relax. Good deal on the rug! I love the birdhouse and the windows, and I think you did a fine job of painting the roses.

ellen b. said...

Hi Mona! I really enjoyed the light in your photos!!

Joy said...

I love your outdoor space. The pumpkin bird house, the roses on the shade and the bench
all look great! I can't believe what a bargain you got on the brand new rug too!

Karen said...

Your patio looks so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing! Karen

Lisa Shatzer said...

What a wonderful patio. You've made it so warm and cozy. Looks like a wonderful place to relax and to have fun times with the family.

Dena said...

Mona!!!! What a wonderful cozy space you have created there! I would never go inside if I had that little spot! I love the roses by the way ;) Wow!

Hugs,
D

James said...

Your patio is beautiful.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Dont enlarge! Are you kidding! Those roses are beautiful. Thanks for showing us this favorite spot -- It looks like a wonderful place to visit! Sending happy wishes from East coast to West!

Shelia said...

Hi Mona! Your porch and patio are so lovely! Now that deal on the rug is great! Good for you! Hope you're feeling better about things and I always love it when you come to visit.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;) ...yes, Ross!!

Tracy said...

OK Mona, I enlarged! LOL you know I had to just because I was told not to... I am a rebel haha! Girl, they are beautiful! You did a great job and your patio is lovely!
Tracy

Lucy the Cat said...

What a lovely patio! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Doggies are always welcome too. :)

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh that is so lovely. I love your outdoors.

kate said...

oh so pretty, love your porch, and your house
kate

English Cottage in Georgia said...

LOL!!!! Mona, don't you know telling someone NOT to do something works in reverse:-). I blew up the pic and am amazed, your roses are beautiful...first time, surely you jest.
I too love old windows and am tempted to put some on my porch, but then another part of me yells, "QUIT CLUTTERING!" Hah, the internal struggles of being me.
Your porch is beautiful- I would love to sit and visit on your glider. I'll make the sweet tea:-)

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