Saturday, November 21, 2015

DIY Porch Cushions for the Holidays, UH OH!


So much for Fall and Thanksgiving, apparently---ALL YOU~~~
* Christmas* people have WON! *O* !

Last night, with the snowy forecast in the news, I began covering my porch furniture in all those vintage plaid table cloths I bought here. This is the first year we are leaving the furniture on the porch. So I purchased OLD acrylic plaid table cloths in various tartans to REDO the settee, two chairs and the swing to protect the cushions a bit from the elements.

I got the swing and settee done about 8:00 pm on Friday. I simply cut the cloths in half and utilized the finished edges. Then used huge pins to secure the fabric underneath. Matching the plaids was entertaining the first hour,  and for the 4 cushions on the settee and the double cushions on the swing, I used a package of 40. I will need to get the dogsled going tomorrow to get some more.

I came inside because I was cold after doing the swing cushions, they were larger than my available space in the livingroom. So no picture, and hour later we looked outside, 9pm CST. NEW fallen SNOW! I forgot to take a pic of the swing, because the snow was so gorgeous. We were like little kids running from window to window to look at the snow. Big, HUGE, fluffy flakes, just like on a Christmas card.



Nothing sets off snow like orange lights, snort.


So here is the swing, all covered in the OLD tartan, LOL. See it's there...just under the sliding 6" we had at 8am. So we bundled up and shoveled, correction pushed the snow---too wet to snowblow or lift, for old people.


Thanksgiving decorations...Pfffft. Here is our blow-up turkey...he's still blown up just buried and bent over.


And our pretty maple tree...and our orange lights, nothing looks wierder than candycorn lights on snow.

 

I filled the birdfeeders during the storm lull ---at 10am. We haven't fed them since mid-summer because of all the available natural feed, I'm sure they will be pigging out today!


My pond kids...Ice fishing apparently in the frozen pond. That's a GREEN blooming Hibiscus plant and a blooming royal blue Iris you can barely see behind. WIERD YEAR!  5pm update they are totally buried now. nothing sticking out but the poles.


This is 1:00 pm and the storm is still going strong.... and in the background...

Those are CHRISTMAS TREES for sure, now to go dig out the pumpkin lights along the walk...Happy Thanksgiving!

5 pm Saturday update....16" and counting. Hopefully it will stop soon. We are in the NW suburbs of Chicagoland.


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16 comments:

  1. 16 inches, YIKES! We received our first snowfall today and we received 3 inches. I know in a few months we'll be so sick of the snow, but that first falling of it is so beautiful.

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  2. Oh my goodness ... what a snow and so beautiful. Love the soft, fluffy, wet snow.
    Enjoying the great pictures. Here in the 'heart of Texas' we have cold wind and expected freeze tonight but no moisture. Has been unusual weather here.
    Blessings and stay safe.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  3. Oh gosh, if we had snow like this I would be decorating for Christmas full force! lol! Nothing like a winter wonderland to get me in the mood. Your plaid cushions turned out so cute. Great idea to use old tablecloths!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  4. When I saw your comment, I just had to come over and see if you had posted all the snow. WOW....we get very little snow here in Eastern New Mexico, so it is quite a treat to see this much snow....I love your idea of covering the cushions with the plaid...looks great ...hugs

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    1. Hee, hee, I orderedit just for you...and now it's in the teens so it's all frozen. When I can sleddog out...I will get more pins and finish the two chairs...It took a lot of pins. Your porch would look great with plaids..if you could find a bunch of those white/gold plaid table cloths! thanks for peeking, Sandi

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  5. HOLY COW Sandi !
    I can't believe my eyes - that's just unbelievable considering Montreal is so far north of you guys!
    I'm hoping it doesn't start until I finish decorating outside - now it doesn't seem that it's too early at all LOL
    Your tartan covers are just gorgeous - get out there and sweep the snow off them - think of how they'll pop against all that white !
    I'm leaving this open to show John when he gets in - just to prove I'm not so crazy for decorating in November LOL
    XOX

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  6. LOVE those plaid cushions!! I have left one chair out on the front porch so Joe and sit and have his smoke. I know, bed habit but he does not drink so I can deal with one vice...... I should do something like this on that chair. Thanks for the inspiration and THANKS for visiting !! Love the snow but i do long for the days when i do not have to drive in it anymore as hospitals do not give out Snow Days!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I unburied the swing yesterday...and we will see how they hold up. Either way, 4 table cloths for $14.00...can't beat that!. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  7. Hi Sandi, LOVE those plaid cushion covers you made. What a great idea. Have you ever tried, duct tape to secure the underside? Works like a charm. Your snowfall is gorgeous. And wow you sure got a lot of it. It is fun to see the first snowfall. I can just see you two running from window to window to see. Enjoy and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings xo

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  8. Hi Sandi, LOVE those plaid cushion covers you made. What a great idea. Have you ever tried, duct tape to secure the underside? Works like a charm. Your snowfall is gorgeous. And wow you sure got a lot of it. It is fun to see the first snowfall. I can just see you two running from window to window to see. Enjoy and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings xo

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    1. doing shows for 35 years+ I was Queen of Duct Tape. However...for this I chose the pins as I may wish to wash the fabric after a season if it doesn't fade badly. And I know from all my table display cloths---for shows...that the dryer and duct tape, don't agree, LOL. Happy Thanksgiving, back at you!...Sandi

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  9. Oh my unbelievable snow for this time of year, but oh so pretty! We had about 3 inches here in mid central Indiana. Have a great Thanksgiving! Lynn

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  10. Beautiful pictures of pristine snow. Love it and miss it much.

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    1. It was very heavy and very wet....and disappeared in a few days. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  11. would really like to be in that wonderful snow fall.

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  12. What a clever idea, Sandi--love the look. LOL about matching the plaids--sewing things is almost never as easy as I think it's going to be! Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm :)

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