All through the dog days of summer we wait for the weather to turn crisp and cool, when we can start enjoying fires on our back patio. This year I decided to change up the seating, move the vintage iron sofa elsewhere, and use a couple of our Adirondack chairs out here.
Curling up in a comfy chair, with a roaring fire and a cozy blanket, what could be better?
We built this patio after installing our pool in 2000. All of this brick was reclaimed from a house that was being leveled down the street. Maurie hauled it load by load, in the trunk of my old 2-door Acura. We started this 10 x 10 patio without really knowing if we even had enough. Good thing that we made it, because we found out after that these antique bricks go for over $1 each, and we were recovering from unexpected expenses that happened while building the pool. I think we finished with only 10 bricks left over. There are over 500 in this little patio!
But on to the pillows! You will want some of these for yourself once you see how simple they are to do.
I bought a good amount of burlap at JoAnn's when I had a 60% off coupon last week. I wanted it to be soft, so I washed it. Yes, I did! With laundry detergent and some baking soda to help with the burlap-ey odor. Soaked it for a while then spun on delicate. I laid the length of fabric outside to dry, then tossed it in the dryer for 10 minutes, twice. It kept balling up so I had to shake it out a few times. Do this outside, believe me. Also, I did hem the cut edges first so they wouldn't fray like crazy. I'm so happy with it now, it's super soft, and doesn't have a bad smell at all.
This "H" was cut out of card stock with my Cricut. It would work just as well to print your initial using a font that you like, then cut around the outline. I pinned it on and traced around with a black Sharpie.
Then filled it in! I had a really complicated way of picking the paint I used -- it was in my stash of craft paint. I painted the edges first, then filled in the rest. It dried in about one hour.
A quick stitch and I was done! Easy, easy. I did use another piece of burlap to line the front piece so the pillow wouldn't show through. No fancy piping for these pillows, though. The squirrels will have them nibbled in no time, along with my pumpkins, so I made this as simple as I could.
Unfortunately we won't be able to be outside without our citronella yet. I gussied up this pail with a little more burlap, tied on with jute twine.
I sure hope you will try some of these initial pillows for your patio! Enjoy your beautiful fall days, and evenings, where ever you may be.
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Cindy's Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Donna's Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
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