Monday, July 30, 2012

A Few Touches To Our Front Porch




Over the weekend, I managed to sneak in a little bit of time to work on a few crafty bits and pieces - this was amongst playing ‘taxi driver’ for Paul on Saturday afternoon as he had a work function to be dropped off at and picked up from, doing lots of cooking to stock up our freezer and going out on a few little impromptu family outings.

I finally added a few small pieces to our front porch area which was looking VERY bare and not very welcoming at all.  We had changed our door a while back from an ugly cream to a crisper white and grey combination, but aside from a badly neglected pot plant, there was not much else happening in this space.  However with the addition of a cute stand and some healthier looking plants which don’t mind going a few days without a good soaking, things were slowly improving. 





Yesterday, I got Paul to hang a ‘welcome’ sign I made from a piece of jarrah.  I painted it the same colour as our front door and applied a decal in a white outdoor finish material.  I also painted some butterflies I had bought from a seller of vintage wares on Etsy (they were originally a matte gold) and hung them next to the sign for a pretty touch.  I’m much happier with how this space looks now.  It’s definitely more inviting.   





As for sewing, I only got as far as cutting out my material.  Yesterday morning, we went for an early morning ferry ride from South Perth across the river and had breakfast at a cafĂ© in the Barrack Street Jetty area.  Later in the day, I had a few things to get from Bunnings and then got stuck in the kitchen again cooking.  Then, in the time I had set aside for crafting, we took an impromptu trip to Salt On The Beach in North Fremantle where we met some friends and their children for a little catch up in the afternoon.

Due to a mix up with my decal order, I actually have a spare one like the one I used only in black if anyone is interested in it…  if so, just leave me a comment below and I’ll pop it in the post to the first one who asks…

Hope you are all having a lovely start to the week…  

15 comments:

  1. Hi Amanda, your spruced up entrance looks very welcoming now! Great job :) It makes me want to do something out front here as it is very bare. Maybe a nice potplant is a good start, as you say, something that can be forgotten for a few days.
    Sounds like a lovely weekend out and about, as well as getting things done at home. That's always a good feeling xx

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  2. Hi Amanda,
    Love your very welcoming front porch! I would love your spare decal to make my own porch sign. ...Sandy K 4 Catherine Street Birkdale Q 4159

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    1. Hi Sandy, I'll pop it in the post for you later on in the week x

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    2. Posted it today for you Sandy x

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  3. Hi Amanda, I have certainly done something to spruce up our front door! After two years of waiting for the sailor to finish sanding it so we could paint it. I called a painter, he came and painted it. It is now a shiny big black door...als I am so sad I kinda loved it before with all the old colours on it! Doing a door post soon.

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  4. Isn't that funny.. I was sorting out our porch on the weekend. Except mine doesn't look as warm as yours! Lots of plants needing TLC, clutter and a basket that tends to fill with rubbish. I'm sure I've read somewhere that having a clean, inviting and easily accessible porch gives lots of ticks in the feng shui department!

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  5. Your front porch looks lovely and inviting now. I've been thinking that there are a few areas of my home that are a bit neglected at the moment and the pot plants out the front are one of those places, I'll have to add it to the list of jobs to do:) The girls looks like they are enjoying their ride on the ferry:) xx

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  6. Love it Amanda....looks lovely...and very inviting!
    And it sounds like your weekend was beautiful. I love impromptu trips out.
    Love the pic of the girls & Paul looking out the ferry window :)
    Have a great week x

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  7. That looks beautiful Amanda! It's those little touches that make all the difference I think and you have finished off your front porch so sweetly.

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  8. I love your handmade sign and the little butterflies....looks like such a lovely welcome to your house now! Always nice to have a little of your 'self' on show to i think...great job!
    That ferry ride looks more fun than sewing anyway! my kitchen has been home to my sewing machine all week as it waits for me to finishe everythign else and get back to it...i know if i put it away though the dresses for the twins will never get finished!Sounds like a most social and productive weekend x

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  9. very pretty :) it makes me feel sad for my neglected front porch. I actually just painted the metal setting I have out there, but I am not in love with the colour sadly. Back to the hardware store I go! I wanted to ask you what you think of Simplicity Parenting? I have heard of it, and feel as though I might get a lot out of it. Do you like it? Jenx

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  10. What a beautiful entrance, I love the butterflys they look perfect where you've put them, and the pot plant stands, really nice. I can't wait until I can pimp my front door!

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  11. Isn't it great when you can achieve something you've had on your list for a while?! I feel like things have just been so busy lately, my to do list is looking overwhelming....Oh well! Your entry looks very sweet. Love the greenery too x

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  12. Love the colour of the door and welcome sign, very classic! Looks perfect with your butterflies! x

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  13. Just fabulous, Amanda. You know the butterflies have me hooked! J x

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