My Alpine Home

Friday, July 31, 2015

Embracing Summer. . .

Hello my friends,
Hard to believe that July is coming to an end and before we know it the kids will be heading back to school and we'll be diving right into Fall.
 
Our weather has been cooler lately and I have felt a touch of Fall in the air.
 
It's going to warm up and be right where it should be for the month of Aug.
 
So I decided that I would not wish away the summer, but embrace it instead!
 
 
I've decorated the front porch in shades of pink, red, and aqua.
 
I made a little summer banner to drape across my old window.
 

 
It's very simple and took little time to make.  I simply cut banner shapes out of poster board and added scrapbook paper with spray glue.  Then I modge podged chipboard letters and sprinkled them with red glitter.  Again I used spray glue to adhere them to the banner.  A few thrifted beads, scraps of ribbon, and bakers twine. . .
 there you have it.
 
 
This urn that I found on clearance at a local shop, Dear Lizzies was the inspiration for the colors.
I tucked a piece of burlap inside to hide the pot.
and
look at this beautiful geranium I picked up marked down to $4 at Walmart.
 
I deadheaded it and gave it a shot of Miracle Grow.  Should put on a show soon.

 
I threw in touches of aqua because I still had the old filing cabinet out there and didn't want to move it.  :)


 
I brought out my chippy chair for a pop of pink.
 
 
 
 And I brought my bike around from the back yard.

 
 
 
Of course we couldn't stop there.  hee-hee!  My pink cabinet needed to come out as well.
 
 
I placed a few of my old clocks in it for 'summer time'.

 
My Herb Cemetery is doing well and I just moved them around a little bit.
 
 
A pink watermelon hangs on the door.
 
 
 

The Agapanthus planted in the urns on each side of the porch and my hanging geraniums add more floral color.



The Daisies have gotten huge.  In fact, I had to cut one down because it was blocking the sprinkler.


 
This Kale came back from last year.  We had such a mild winter.

 
It truly is a jungle out there!  lol!  These sunflowers reseed every year.  This is the first year that I don't have any large ones.  Next year I will pull them out.  In fact, I'll be pulling these out soon.
But for now, the birds are loving them!
 



 
How about you?  Are you anxious for Fall or embracing summer?
 
hugs,

41 comments:

Stacey said...

You're so good! Everything still looks so pretty at your house but it is because you have that touch of fall in the air. Your flowers all look so pretty and I absolutely love all of your cute touches. That banner is adorable.

We are living in an OVEN. I won't complain though because at least we have sufficient water. :)

Susie said...

Jann, It's beautiful at your house. I love all the sweet things on the porch. Your geranium is perfect colors. I love the bike too. Blessings to you Jann. xoxo,Susie

Rita C. said...

Jann, I'm embracing summer too! I enjoy all the daylight and early morning walks, and today our humidity was low so the high temps didn't feel so high, comparatively. Funny, I didn't get any sunflowers to sprout this year! If you remember, we talked about the volunteers last year. I had cleaned up the seeds under the feeder (I guess) a little better than last year, so none sprouted. :( All of your outdoor decor looks great - love the herb cemetery. :)

Sandra@Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Your porch and yard truly look inviting and so wonderful with all the pretty blooming flowers and plants. I do love the geranium you purchased at Walmart. Quite unique. I do think I would like to embrace summer for just a bit longer. Fall will come soon enough!

Sarah said...

A touch of fall, did you say? Oh, how I'd like to be able to experience that! We are well into triple digits. Yuck! Wish my geraniums were looking as healthy and perky as yours. ;-)

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Your porch is delightful! I am also embracing summer, but I must admit that I am looking forward to the cool, crisp air of fall! I am crazy about your bike...love the color!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

Carmen Whitehead said...

What a wonderful and welcoming front porch Jann! I love it! I'm anxious for Fall to get here, Summers in Phoenix are too log.

Consider It All Joy said...

Well, for us school has begun for some and the rest start Monday, so that part of summer is over. I never like to wish away my days but summer is so awfully hot that, I do look forward to a bit cooler temps. Your patio display is so nice and I love the colors you have chosen! Enjoy the days of summer as you sit and sip your tea! Blessings, Cindy

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Can't wait for Fall. Starting to decorate for it on August 1st. Though I love all the efforts you made to celebrate Summer, I'm ready for a cool Fall.

cynthia lee designs said...

Everything looks so pretty!! I'm so ready for Fall to get here.
~Cindy

BarberryLane Designs said...

We've only had about 10 days of real summer here in Chicagoland…so no--not ready for Fall.

Love your pinked porch…cute and yes-embrace today, summer is so short for some of us.

Laura Lane said...

Everything looks beautiful. After I take my daughter to work in awhile, I'm going to sit and sew on my dress. Finally. I need to make time for things I enjoy.

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Laura

Debbie said...

Jann your plants & yard are so gorgeous! As for me...I'm embracing SUMMER...here Autumn is just pre-winter...and I hate winter! Bring on Summer into October...or beyond!!!

Art and Sand said...

I have just decided that you are amazing!

I live in a house probably 1/3 the size of yours and the same with my garden. I can barely keep up with my small space. How in the world do you keep everything decorated, neat and tidy?

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Jann you always amaze me. I love the wire basket, and the colors that you have used are awesome. You have inspired me to use these colors in my Christmas decor this year! Hugs, Jo

Adrienne said...

Very nice~ I like it! =)

Rose L said...

I love the planter bike, the pink pot holder and the chippy pink chair!! All would look great in my yard! wink wink!

bj said...

I really love your bike and your banner.
and I am no where NEAR ready for fall...this has been the shortest summer ever. We will have summery weather here in West Texas thru Sept. So, yep, I am totally hanging on to summer with all I've got.

Jeannie Marie said...

I think the pink wire urn is my favorite with the cute "rescued" geranium in it. It's all lovely though, you really place things nicely!

Susan B. Mead said...

Gorgeous Jungle out there! I'm your neighbor at Natasha's Down Under party

Lulu said...

Summer is such a short season in Maine so one has to embrace it and enjoy its bountiful beauty.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love the pink and aqua! It all goes great together. Fall is my favorite season but I am still trying to embrace what is left of Summer. Going to a Red Sox game today at Fenway Park!

Mary Ann Potter said...

I absolutely love this summer décor, Jann! I wish I could say that it's at least cooler here in NC --- waiting for that. Still embracing this season, though --- thanks for the reminder. Sending blessings!

Ann said...

Your front porch vignette is perfect! The filing cabinet adds just enough chippy love. The banner is so cute too.
Ann

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love all your pink pretties on the porch!That little hutch is adorable!
Hugs,
Patti

chateau chic said...

Not ready at all for fall, but I'm afraid it'll be here before you know it. Our temps are so hot, we're still in summer mode. But I'm loving your porch decor, Jann!! So much chippy and vintage goodies along with your gorgeous flowers. The banner you made is so cute too.
Mary Alice

20 North Ora said...

Jann - I swore last winter when we had such awful cold temps that when summer came, I wouldn't complain. But, we went straight from rain, rain,and more rain to stifling heat! But, I have survived

Judy

Down Sprigg Lane said...

I love your porch!! That is the cutest banner and those clocks are awesome!!

Halle said...

Your porch is so inviting and lovely.

Alayna said...

Very pretty porch. I'm with you - while I love fall I'm not ready for summer to end yet. So we are still trying to fit in as much swimming, hiking, and outdoor time as we can before school starts.

I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The current party ends tonight but another one will start up on Friday. http://alaynascreations.co/2015/07/31/home-matters-link-party-48/

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
Thanks for dropping by!! I am enjoying my new Part Time schedule....
I love all your pretty Summer decor! I am so looking forward to fall though. The heat and humidity here in NEPA has been awful....I do not do well with that from an arthritis stand point so I have really been feeling it.....
Hugs,
Deb

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Jann,
I love your beautiful flowers in the garden and the colorful banner is just so cute for summer. Thanks for joining and sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

The Charm of Home said...

I love your bike!!! It's fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Jan! What a sweet way to decorate a summer porch! I love your pink accents and your banner so cute! I do not even want to think about autumn! Warm summer weather has only been here for a couple of weeks! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comment!

Stephanie said...

Good evening, sweet Jann. I always love seeing your home - you have such a gift for decorating.

We have had a touch of autumn here in the mountains...I cant believe how quickly summer has gone by! Thanks for joining Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Those daisies are insane, Jann! LOL It's been a very hot summer here, but the flowers I planted are doing fantastic. I just keep them very well-watered and feed them weekly with Bloom Booster. They reward me with beautiful blooms. Love all the pretty summer touches on your porch. Pink and aqua are lovely together. I enjoy all the seasons, but summer has to be my favorite. I love having the windows open in the morning and hearing the bird song. Hugs, Nancy

Jess said...

Such cute ideas you have here! Love them!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Conniecrafter said...

Such a sweet porch, love your summer banner... we have had a lot of temps in the 90's with heat index in 100's, but this week suppose to go down to the 80's so that will be nicer, I do love the fall but it seems to turn from summer to winter pretty quickly, I would love a longer fall season

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Will you come out here to California and make my porch look like yours? Oh my, I love everything about it, especially your filing cabinet. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Janet Garon said...

Jann, I love how you have decorated the porch. It is such a happy place with the pretty colors. I am crazy about your bicycle! You obviously have a green thumb! I am very envious of that. My poor plants are ready to retire, it's soo hot here.

Debbie said...

I'm not just embracing summer, I'm holding on for dear life!! I am not ready for fall just yet!!
Your porch looks darling with all the colorful pieces of furniture, baskets, and flowers!
I love the country accents in the flower beds as well.
Your front yard definitely says SUMMER! and I LOVE it!!!
Have a great weekend.
Debbie