Saturday, August 25, 2012

Footloose and Fancy Free

I love Saturday mornings.

Steve has a long standing tennis game every Saturday morning so after our beach walk, I am usually "footloose and fancy free".

I began my morning by meeting up with KC in Montecito.

She is in Santa Barbara for a Bachelorette Party and we met up at a charming outdoor cafe for breakfast.

I was back at home by 9:30 with a full day ahead.

Ideas have been floating around my head all week for a weekend project.

I decided to do something with this old bench.

Steve surprised me one day last year by splurging on this bench.

He paid $1 at a neighbor's yard sale.

It isn't is the best of shape, but I love it.  

It has been in the front yard next to the door. 

But, I decided to move it to the garden so I can sit on it when the sun is too much for me.

I dug the white pillows out of a cupboard.

I originally made them for the fire pit bench, but when we added on, the fire pit was too close to the house and we never use it anymore.

The pillows are made from  a set of chenille bedspreads I had in my childhood bedroom.

There is still a lot of chenille in an attic cupboard and I often use it for the back of pillows.

The old watering can is something Steve found in my parents' garage 35 years ago.

 I debate painting it and letting it chip and fade to a lovely patina, but I have yet to touch it.

As soon as I was done gardening, I plopped myself on the bench and thumbed through Romantic Prairie Style.

It was a lovely summer afternoon to be relaxing outdoors.

And, I got a great idea for my Sunday afternoon project.

It was a Saturday well spent!

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  1. Sounds like a perfect Saturday Carol - coffee out, creating and then relaxing in your gorgeous garden !

  2. Sounds like a lovely day! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  3. That looks like a perfect place to sit and read a book! Great job!

  4. Oh Carol,
    What a lovely place to relax. Sounds like you had a perfect Saturday :-) How about Sunday? Did you feel the quake? I've lived in California all my life, so I've been through quite a few but they always seem to shake me pun intended :-) Hope you are okay.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  5. I just found out that the furtherest north the quake was felt was Del Mar...I believe you're further north. :-)

    Hugs and Kisses,

  6. Sounds perfect! Love how you cozied up this bench with your pillows and throw!

  7. Hi Carol, I love that bench....great find Steve!! How fun to be able to make pillows from your childhood chenille blanket! Also loving that you got time to read one of my FAV decorating books ever..Romantic Prairie Style. Love reading all about your adventures and your projects!

  8. chenille from your childhood--so sweet, carol! love the cute bench, too!

  9. Oh...What a perfectly peaceful setting! I spy chenille...something I have such fond memories of as a child. I would lie down for naps on my Gramma's bed and snuggle closely on her sweet smelling chenille bedspread. Ahhhhh!
    Thank you for your kind visit and comment on my blog, my friend,