Sum Sum Summertime Backyard

It’s officially summer! The preschool I teach at is now in its summer session! No more curriculum! Yippee! Just fun stuff now, like water play and field trips. To celebrate, I invited the other teachers to come to my house for an ice cream social. Just a casual get-together to relax and enjoy each others company. Since I haven’t really shown you my patio yet, I figured this was the perfect opportunity! You saw a little bit with Haley’s graduation party, but this is how it looks most of the time. I still used a few of the decorations because they fit my color scheme too.

Our pretty patio!

Our pretty patio!

I am searching for a great old table, but this folding one does for now. I added the new chairs I bought at Junk Days (I haven’t recovered them yet) and a few other wooden chairs from the house. I covered the table with a turquoise and white tablecloth and a runner of turquoise, blue and lime green. My husband didn’t want the tool tray anymore, so I snagged it and painted it! I added a little burlap, some seashells and a few other baubles.

Seashells in an old tool box tray.

Seashells in an old tool box tray.

Sunny Days!

Sunny Days!

Off to the side, I have a potting table my husband and I built out of old pickets from a neighbors fence. It took me about a year to come up with something to make, but I love this table! We have used it for so many things, but it usually holds drinks for parties. This party was just water, since we were having ice cream!

Potting table/drink station

Potting table/drink station

I added some chrysanthemums I received from one of my students and placed them in my old wooden ice cream bucket from my grandma.

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Love this bucket and the flowers look just right!

There is also a wooden star and a chalkboard sign letting everyone know this is the drink station!

Cool down!

Cool down!

I’ve collected a few hanging lamps over the years, so I hung them from a branch in the tree above. 2015 backyard 5 Next to the table is an old bike I have had for years. When the kids were little, I had their little seat on it and we went for bike rides. Miss those days! 2015 backyard 6 Here’s the other old bike I have. This was my dad’s when he worked at an oil refinery here in my town. He rode this trusty bike all over to get from one side of the site to the other. I brought it home last year, touched up the bright yellow paint, and display it in my yard. I love that this belonged to him and I can have a piece of that history.

Dad's old Schwinn

Dad’s old Schwinn

On this side we have the seating area. I received the iron furniture from my mother-in-law, but the cushions were not my style. So I bought some outdoor fabric and recovered them. This is not as time-consuming as it sounds, because I use hot glue, no sewing involved. I showed how this is done here. 2015 backyard 11 2015 backyard 14

I love the sayings on this pillow. I sums up summer for me!

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Birds that sing, butterflies, sunshine on shoulders, budding branches, warm breezes, blue skies, fresh air

This bowl contains rocks we have collected from the different places we have traveled to. I have the place and date written on the rocks. It’s a fun way to relive some of those great times together!

Rocks from our trips

Rocks from our trips

This deck is right outside our back door. A friend helped Steve build it about 3 years ago, and it’s been wonderful. It’s a great place to sit and relax at the end of a busy day.

Our deck

Our deck

The sun has gone down and now the lights are on. I love how it looks at this time of the evening. It has great ambience and it feels peaceful. The long day is done.

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Relax under the lights.

This picture is a little dark, but you can see all our delicious toppings for our ice cream. Everyone brought a topping, while I supplied the ice cream. It was scrumptious!

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Ice cream toppings

Well, the party is over, but I will leave you with this last photo. I picked up this broken chair and spray painted the seat with chalkboard paint. Now we can announce where the party is and when it’s time to go home.

Broken chair

Broken chair

I hope you all have a great week and a wonderful summer! Sunshine and Blessings


19 thoughts on “Sum Sum Summertime Backyard

  1. 2patkath says:

    It looks like you have the setting for a great party, I do like the tool box feature and all the cool little things in it. The potting table was a great picket idea. Thanks for bringing all this creativity to the #HomeMattersParty .


  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I love your backyard decor and those dragonflies are so cute!

    By the way, I’d like to invite you to post on my new blog hop ( that is open all weekend, if you’re interested.



  3. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful patio. I love all your special touches but I think the tool box tray is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your bit of summer with us at Share It One More Time. Cathy


  4. Shirley Wood says:

    Such a fun place to hang out! I like the lights hanging from the tree. We are so glad you shared with us at Merry Monday! I’m looking forward to your newest additions to the party next week!


  5. klaur2222 says:

    You have created a beautiful space that is perfect for a relaxing summer day! Enjoy your summer!! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! I look forward to seeing what you will be sharing next!


  6. Quirky Homemaker says:

    So many cute things! The picket potting table redo is really cute and what a great use for the old tool box! Love the little collection in it. We really need to do something with our outdoor space this year. We’ll see what happens! Thanks for the inspiration. Stopping by from Lou Lou Girls hop. Have a great week!


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