We have debated about putting a roof over our back porch, and I have remained resistant because of how dark it will make the two rooms with windows in that area. It does present a problem, however, because when we are inclined to sit out there--at dinner time--the sun is blinding. Also, it just does not feel very cozy or private with all the foot and car traffic. It's just part of living in the city.
I saw some sun sails in a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens and decided to try to make some for cheap--because I love for cheap.
painter's drop cloth, $13.98
I cut some rings off of belts that Tessa no longer used in staying with my for cheap theme and got some black stuff from Kelly's key chain stash.
I treated the sails with Scotchguard, and then I took my life in my hands with my bad back and bad foot and braved the ladder to install some hooks. Ibuprofen is my friend.
In the middle of the installation, Kelly and I had a brainstorm about a hammock that I had bought several years ago for cheap. She bought one too. And neither of us have ever figured out what to do with them. Well, today, I turned mine into a privacy curtain on my porch.
By the time we were finished, the sun was no longer in our eyes, so tomorrow will tell if we placed the sails in the right place.
Tessa is really into photography lately and was experimenting with my camera all weekend. I sent her out to get a few shots for me to share. The one below is of the mailbox I got for cheap ($20) at a community store nearby and the unbelievable post that a friend made for it.
Our neighborhood is so pretty in the spring. It seems that every week, a different tree is blooming. We walk to church every Sunday--rain or shine--but this season is my favorite!
My sister sent the flag below to me this week, and it is very special. It is to be displayed in the window of families who have someone serving in the military during a time of war. Both she and I have sons in the army. My nephew, Greg, and my son, Ryan, are both stationed at the same base in Colorado. Greg is in Afghanistan now and Ryan will be deploying sometime this summer. We are very proud of both of them.
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