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Saturday, March 30, 2013

My Favorite Place Down Here in French Lique...

This is my favorite place down here in French Lique... My very own front porch... It looks out on fields of coastal hay and cattle grazing... Birds chirp and "hummmm" all around us... it is peaceful and relaxing...
Earlier this year I posted about my vintage rusty "Bouncing Bettie's" that I picked up from the Curious Boys in Seguin, Texas... I ordered cushions made to their specific dimensions and 5-inches thick... I wanted cushions that I could use for years to come made of outdoor Sunbrella fabric, and I picked blue to match the new blue ceiling on the front porch...
The "Bettie's" are the two chairs sitting side by side in the middle... Depending on the time of day we get different levels of shade on the southern exposure facing porch.. but the "Bettie's" are always in the shade... by design... !
I ordered yellow pillow covers for the chairs in 3 different fabrics and stuffed them with Pottery Barn feather pillow inserts... they're soooooo comfortable!  Now everyone wants to sit in the "Bettie's" and rock..  bounce the afternoon away...
I also got a 3-inch thick cushion for my old wooden glider... I painted it cottage white several years ago... and it's just about perfect chippy white these days!  The pillows on the end were from Marshall's... Storehouse pillows with feather inserts... $14.99 each... what a deal!
and this old lawn chair that I purchased about 4-years ago from Beverly at Glory B's Cottage in Geronimo, Texas... it got it's own custom cushion too!
My favorite flowers... Blue Hydrangea... here in the silk version... From Dollar Tree... for yep... $1.  The yellow tulips came from a closeout at Hobby Lobby last year and the yellow garland came from a booth that Beverly has in Seguin, in the same building as the Curious Boys booths.
The iron piece also came from the Curious Boys (sensing a theme here?).  They are a pair, and I think they were fireplace irons... anyway, I haven't decided what to do with them yet, I just liked them and the price was right, so I brought them home...
My little shy angel, also from Glory B's, is wrapped with more garland and the purple ribbon... it says "Dad"... it was on the funeral flowers that we sent to Ricky's Dad's funeral earlier this month.  When Ricky and I cleaned up the cemetery flowers last weekend, I kept the ribbon.  I thought it looked perfect wrapped around the angels arms, and is a sweet reminder of Dad, every time we see it...
More Dollar Tree silk flowers... you just can't beat the price!  Perfect here in my rusty red flower bucket... (the large tree limb is my walking stick when I go out in the fields chasing cattle...best kept close at hand by the doorway!).
 
I love the shadows from the porch rail in this photo. 
The perfect time of day...
The wall angels, another item I don't know what I'll do with yet, but they were calling my name... I think those Curious Boys told them what my name was... The basket and purple bow, also from the "clean-up"... were perfect with my $1 silk flowers...
 
If you have any ideas for me using the angels or the fireplace irons, feel free to share them here or send me an email... I have a couple of ideas of my own, but there is so much creativity out there in Blogland... I know someone will share something I'd never have thought of!

So... that's it... my Curious Boys/Glory B front porch!  The other end of the porch has a table and chairs for outdoor eating... I'll have to share that side later.. .once I have it all ready for spring...  
 
Easter Blessings...
from down here in French Lique...
 
and now the links:
 
Yellow Pillow Covers from Say It With Pillows
Custom Seat Cushions from Cushion Source
Vintage Furniture and Garden Art from
 
This week I'll be linking up with:
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19 comments:

Paula Scott said...

What a wonderful, comfortable, inviting porch you have! I love all that is going on and what a sense for design and color you have.
Have a Blessed Easter!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Lovely shadow shot! and all your photos are beautiful ~ Happy Easter to you ^_^

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I love a comfy cushion.

robin. said...

dixie...it looks like my kinda place to sit and breathe in peacefulness. lovely, simply lovely.

Norma Ruttan said...

your porch is soooo inviting! I love the blues, my favorite.
thank you for visiting me!
is the Lique pronounced as lick?
since my uncle died, I've not been back to Texas. :( even though he was born in Indiana, he lived in Texas for so long that he had a Texan accent. I miss going there.
Happy Easter!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wonderful, casual elegance in your special place connecting home and Mother Nature! Wonderful colour scheme reflecting sun and sky tones!

CURIOUS BOYS said...

DIXIE . . . We LOVE Your Porch !
Bouncin' Betties never had it So Good !
Thanks for givin' Us the Shout-out,
You've been with Us since the beginning !!
BIG HUGS, JOE & GLENN

Ralph said...

From one who does not have a porch (but a shade covered patio with no roof), this is just beautiful! The furniture resides under cover and in the shade so nicely - the hot Lone Star sun and clouds with tall tops cannot deny the quiet conversations on the porch. A place to relax and reflect without the weather intruding...nice post, great blog!

MyMaracas said...

Oh my. Your porch belongs in a magazine. It looks fabulous AND comfy! I spent many a summer afternoon on our old shady porch, relaxing in bouncing chairs like that. Wish I had those now!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Looks gorgeous!
I love the vintage lawn furniture. The cushions make them so pretty.
And you've added so many pretty touches as well.
Happy Easter,
Cindy

lynn said...

love your bouncing betties, angels and big porch, dixie! my fav is the dad ribbon on the angel--so sweet!

SmilingSally said...

Oh, it's so good to "see" you today! I've missed you.

I love your blue cushions; I used the same company to make my porch cushions. They last and last. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, Dixie.

donna baker said...

They turned out perfect, Dixie. I love blue porch ceilings. Our spring is just settling in so I guess I need to go out and start sprucing the place up.

Dewena Callis said...

I needed this! Maybe it's just the motivational kick to get me to pay some attention to my porch. I love your blue and yellow and you will be so glad you did the 5" cushions on the chairs. Those and the iron pieces are treasures. They're the kind of things I used to see but never run across any more. I haven't got a clue what you could do with them or the charming angels. I get all my ideas from blogs! I'll be watching you to see what you end up doing with them although I think they look nice on your porch.
Dewena

Redlane Geraine said...

I sigh at the beauty of the little shy angel. I love everything that I see on your porch but I love that corner of your porch the most. thanks for the visit.

CURIOUS BOYS said...

Dixie . . . Thanks So Much for buying the 'FRENCHY' POTS !
They'll be right at home with 'BOUNCIN' BETTIE'S' !!

BIG HUGS,
JOE & GLENN

Chubby Chieque said...

I absolutely drool while I scrolled down to view your photos of the porch.

WoW... so cozy. In fact Sweden is still freezing.

Happy day.
/CC girl

chateau chic said...

Your iron chairs are fabulous!! Loving your porch with the gorgeous view. I think I'd be hiding out there a lot!!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Already following,
Mary Alice

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Wow, what a great spot and the view must be awesome. Love the vintage furniture and the colours. Looks like a great spot to relax or visit with family and friends. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I'm following along now too.