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Show Mom how much you love her!

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Show Mom how much you love her!

With Mother's day approaching, our siblings have a tradition for our mom. A fresh spring cleaning and redo of her front porch! Kathy and I do all the work and Jennifer (Show Me Decorating San Antonio team) and Tim (our talented,woodworking, welding brother in Amarillo) participate by helping pay for all the goodies! We plant beautiful new flowers in her pots and front flower beds! We love to give her a great 1st Impression! Mom always tells everyone that she gave us all her creative talents. While she really does not lack for creativity, she is very happy to let her girls take over and do! We are truly the creative, independent, business women we are today because she always let us, encouraged us and allowed us to create, experiment, paint, wallpaper and redo our home as we grew up! So mom, this one is for you! Happy Mother's Day!

[caption id="attachment_4324" align="aligncenter" width="225"]"Finished" Front porch "Finished" Front porch[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4294" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Mom's front porch "before" Mom's front porch "before"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4295" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Pots "before" Pots "before"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4303" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Lisa Frost  Flowers and Butterfly banner was our inspiration Lisa Frost Flowers and Butterfly banner was our inspiration[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4297" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The front porch loaded with all the plants, pots and new doormat, let the work begin! The front porch loaded with all the plants, pots and new doormat, let the work begin![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4298" align="aligncenter" width="225"] New light fixture is installed  New light fixture is installed[/caption]

When we assed the porch, we discovered that the current light fixture was too small and not the right proportion. Thank goodness Mark was on hand to assist with the electrical! We also took in to consideration when purchasing and planning the pots and plants, the sunlight that the porch receives. Hint "look at houses that face the direction yours does and duplicate the plants that are thriving. With our drought, the pots and flower beds closet to the front door are priority for color and impact. These can easily be maintained with hand watering. ( I collect water in containers in my shower to keep my entry beds watered)

[caption id="attachment_4300" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ceramic pots are easy to maintain and do not allow the hardwater residue to collect on the outside of the pot as do the clay pots Ceramic pots are easy to maintain and do not allow the hard water residue to collect on the outside of the pot as do the clay pots[/caption]

Knock out Roses, geraniums, petunias and moss rose have been hits for this front porch. We matched the pots to the Lisa Frost Flowers and Butterfly banner and complimented them with flowers in red, yellow and purple.

[caption id="attachment_4302" align="aligncenter" width="300"]A Knock out Rose was planted to the right of the doorway for color and balance with the other side. A Knock out Rose was planted to the right of the doorway for color and balance with the other side.[/caption]

The Texas A&M stepping stone matches the burgundy pots and shutters and adds interest to the flower bed. For more information on the Knock Out Roses, check out P. Allen Smith article on growing  Knock Out® Roses.

[caption id="attachment_4301" align="aligncenter" width="300"]We purchased our supplies with one trip to Lowes! We purchased our supplies with one trip to @Lowes![/caption]

The new porch light looks perfect and now to add a bench with pillows for comfort and color. We like to treat the front porch as a small outside room. Mom and Dad can enjoy their morning coffee or watch the grandkids play basketball!

[caption id="attachment_4325" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Iron Bench adds seating and completes the outdoor room Iron Bench adds seating and completes the outdoor room[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4324" align="aligncenter" width="225"]"Finished" Front porch Happy Mother's Day![/caption]

Kathy made 1 final trip to @Hobby Lobby to find the perfect bench and pillows to complete our outdoor porch makeover! The butterfly garden stake is a compliment to our Lisa Frost Flowers and Butterfly banner! Come and enjoy a cup of coffee!

MOTHER'S DAY CONTEST

For your chance to win a lisA fRosT banner, leave a comment below about what your mom has taught you. Share with your friends for more chances to win! Drawing will be held on May 1, 2013 with a random drawing!

Winner get's to pick a banner for their mom or for themselves...

Mom's Day, Mother's Day, lisAfRosT,

ENTER NOW BY COMMENTING  BELOW-WHAT DID YOUR MOM TEACH YOU!

Tips:

top 10 ideas for creating a great 1st Impression!

Clean and trim up the yard, trees and flowerbeds, keep well maintained.

Spruce up the front door with a fresh coat of paint.

replace the door's hardware and kick plate

replace worn light fixtures and update with a finish that matches new hardware

Place a new welcome mat at the front door

pots of flowers or plants

clean your windows to sparkle and shine

place new house numbers in clear sight

enjoy!

Happy decorating Y'all,

Becky and Kathy

Comments (19)

  • Renea Tutt on May 01, 2013

    My Grandmother was the one who taught me the most, she lived on a dirt farm in Muleshoe, TX. I always was so happy and excited to go visit and stay with her. She has a beautiful yard with soft, green grass and lost of vivid, colorful flowers. She taught me how to garden, cook and sew. She raised 13 children on as close to nothing as you could get. I was married with a child of my own before I realized how poor my grandparents were actually, they always seem so rich. They were happy and used what they had and made do. I miss her everyday and I’m still amazed that no matter how many came to visit at Christmas or another holiday, she always made you feel like you were so special and that she was so happy to see you, even though she had 75 other people at her house, (she did have 13 children, 75 grandchildren).

  • Marjorie Kropp on May 01, 2013

    Long ago, when I was about in eighth grade, I asked my mother what she’d think if I started smoking. She thought for a minute and replied: “I’d think you were crazy”. Those few words stayed with me; am happy to report I never became a smoker!

  • Frances Smith on April 30, 2013

    My mom, bless her soul, is no longer with me. However, you never forget what you mother taught you. My mom loved flowers, anything bright. One of my favorite memories is with my brother. We were about 5 and 10. A small nursery opened down the road from our house and we walked there and picked out several little pots of bright flowers and took them home to mother. My mothers favorite saying was “cleanliness was next to Godliness”. And she meant our bodies, conversation, the house inside and out. I could use use a mop and broom at a very yound age. She was special and I still miss her.

  • Lona Schwab on April 30, 2013

    Lona
    My Mom taught me to be a strong independent woman. Love of God, family, country and life. Her mantra was the “Golden Rule”. She was always there for me and encouraged me in every challenge. She was artistic and creative, encouraging me to enjoy the same. I have wonderful memories , she made everyday special!

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