Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Backyard Freshened Up

Last week I posted about a new umbrella I bought for the backyard at the Xavier Ct. House..... you can read about it here......

You know how it is... when one thing gets gussied up, sometimes the other things around it look, well, a little drab...I was loving the new umbrella, the aqua, the bright print, but it did make the rest of the yard look...drab!  I was out running errands this weekend with daughter number 3 and in our travels happened to find 4 aqua colored cushions that we thought might work in the backyard.  50% off and home they came.

Unfortunately, they were a just a little too big for the bench...fortunately for us the cushions had zippers.....so daughter number 3 took out the foam cushions and cut them down to size. Perfect!!  But kinda boring!


Soooo...I got to thinking about the little bag that the umbrella came in... the one you are supposed to store the umbrella in...we had the extra foam from trimming down the cushions.....sooooo.....

I decided to make a pillow for the bench seat.


Patio furniture cushions are fairly expensive, so I try to get several years out of my cushions....it was certainly time to retire the ones from three years ago!!

So tired and faded looking!!

And now fresh and inviting!!

I have enough fabric from the umbrella case to make two pillows for the chaise lounges!

Linking up to Share Your Cup Thursday with Jann at Have a Daily Cup from Mrs. Olson
chris

17 comments:

  1. I am so loving aqua this year. Way to go on making things work...like the umbrella case for pillows! That must have been the prettiest umbrella case ever! =D

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  2. Too clever!!! The pillow looks perfect and it's exactly what those cushions needed!

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  3. So bright, fresh, and updated, and how smart of you to use the umbrella cover for pillows! Love it! laurie

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  4. Love the aqua cushions - and making the pillow was just so very clever of you! It all looks great!
    xoxo Jane

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  5. Such a great color, and so perfect for summer Chris!! Creative thinking!! Love it!! xo Heather

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  6. I really love the pattern of your new umbrella. Great idea to make a pillow with the umbrella's storage bag! Your yard now looks very inviting. =)

    Question....Could I have your email address so I can respond to your comments on my blog? Your settings have you as a no-reply blogger so I can't respond. If you want to change that, I can help you. =)

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  7. Now that is really using your head!!! A wonderful repurposing idea!

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  8. Luv the colors, so summery & cheerful! Using the bag to make a pillow was a brilliant idea!

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  9. The colors are beautiful, things are coming together nicely. Thankfully, Shabby Blogs corrected the problem we were experiencing yesterday. xo

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  10. Love the colors. My favorites!

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  11. Love the summery, aqua colour and the floral/bird fabric on the small cushion is so pretty.

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  12. So resourceful! Such a great combination of print and color, and so "right now"! That bench is fabulous. Reminds me of fun times in days gone by. I found your post at Have a Daily Cup From Mrs. Olson. Hope you'll stop by and see me at Quirky Vistas some time!
    Liz

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  13. Very creative to use the bag for pillows. It really gave the pop that was needed. I decorate under my pergola with aqua and red. Love the color combo! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  14. I'll be right over so I can enjoy your "new" backyard!

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  15. This looks so inviting! Very cheerful!

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  16. wow! pimpin’ baby. I would absolutely love to have not just the hammock, but the space to have the hammock. Sublime
    More Info> chaise lounges

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