Jul 13, 2012

Friday Finds

I made a new blackboard and on it I wrote 

The Dog Days of Summer

My husband promptly informed me that technically the dog days of summer don't begin until August. (Thanks, Hon.) So I changed it to 

A Prelude to 
The Dog Days of Summer

It feels like the Dog Days of Summer when all you want to do is find a shady porch and lay down under it. Or in our human case, lay down on it. 

In spite of the heat and long lazy days (of July), people are still energetically creating wonderful projects. 

Erin at Rare and Beautiful Treasures turned her old dark and carpeted beach cottage staircase into this bright and cheerful one.

 Jesselle at Oh for Sweetness Sake shares a tutorial for making these adorable rick rack flowers. Jesselle's a new blogger this year, like me, so I hope you'll pop over there and say hi. I think you'll be glad you did. 

 At On Sutton Place, Ann doesn't just make darling pillows for her beautiful front porch. She makes reversible darling pillows for her beautiful front porch.  She's just so smart! Visit Ann to see the rest of her cute summery front porch.

This pretty grouping of flowers in a tool caddy is from Design Happens. I only recently learned that one bouquet from the market will make a bigger statement spread out in small containers grouped together like this. It really stretches your flower budget.

 I've always loved brightly colored oil cloth, so I was smitten by this oil cloth covered sewing table made by Erin at Carolina Country Living. Visit Erin to see the rest of her awesome craft room.

 These cute little salt and pepper shakers are made from little jelly jars. How cute is that?!! See how-to at the Sweet Paul Blog.

 I pinned this incredibly fun and imaginative PVC Pipe Carwash project to My Grandchildren (one day :) Pinterest Board. Michelle at The Scrap Shoppe has a very well-written and well-photographed tutorial to make this. This sure makes me want to be a little kid again.

Yvonne at Stone Gable sets the prettiest picnic blanket and packs her pasta salad in pretty jars. Terrific idea!

Another great idea: watermelon on a popsicle stick! Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs  made these for her daughter's tenth birthday party. To see the rest of her darling party, visit Jo-Anna.

 My husband just took our Friday Night Pizza out of the oven. Perfect timing. 

Thanks, Hon! 

Happy Friday, everyone. 

Have a great weekend and stay cool!


  1. ahhhh - what a GREAT line-up of awesome features!!

  2. That car wash looks so fun! And, that is so brilliant to use mason jars for a picnic! I will have to remember that one!

  3. So many cute ideas! LOVE that carwash... I think I'd set my chair up in there! Have a great weekend Laurel!

  4. What great features! There is just so much inspiration out there!

  5. Thank you so much for including my car wash in your features, Laurel! My boys have been having a blast with it this summer. :)

  6. Thanks for all the fun links of inspiration!

  7. Wunderschöne Ideen, so herrlich und liebevoll beschrieben.
    Ich liebe deinen Blog, liebe Laurel.
    Und nach deinen schönen Beschreibungen kann ich mir die Szenen sehr gut vorstellen.
    Ich bin immer wieder begeistert und habe viel Freude und Spaß, alles zu sehen und zu lesen.

    Dankeschön für den netten Kommentar auf meinem Blog, das hat mich sehr gefreut.
    Liebe Grüße und noch einen schönen Sommer...

  8. Thank you for that very kind shout-out! What fun to see such creativity in all the sizzle of summer!


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