Party On The Outside: Do-It Herself #womensforumdih

*Honest Blogger Found Here: I was invited to this event & given gifts without any writing requirements or obligations. Opinions are 100% mine.

Yard

Here is our back yard.

We call it our “bubble,” mainly because we are so surrounded with greenery that we can sit undisturbed by the rest of the world. It’s our place of sanity; an area where we can relax and regroup before the hurriedness of life returns for the week. A small garden, a courtyard, pots of herbs and flowers, honey bees and rabbits (and sometimes stray dogs) keep us busy but interested simultaneously.

It’s nice. Although, while sitting on the porch, enjoying a hot cup of morning coffee, I can’t help but dream. Dreams of friendly cookouts and twilight dinner parties with white whispy table cloths and candles…dreams of fresh tomato salads and cheese boards and house martinis with sprigs of freshly grown mint. Just dreams…

Not only do we have a back porch area, we also have a large glassed & screened front porch. Yeah…there’s a lot.of.porch. Often, I sift through beautiful magazines, looking for ways to decorate outdoor areas. Repetitively, I read that you should make your outdoor areas feel like indoor areas. Dude. When you’re on a budget, that is really hard to do. It’s not like I can just go out and purchase thousands of dollars worth of ourdoor furniture with beautiful cushions and fireplaces and lighting. Don’t get me wrong…I would LOVE to do that…LOVE LOVE LOVE. But, the reality is, we have to find ways to do projects on the cheap and mainly find the knowledge on how to do them ourselves. For instance, as soon as the weather cools a bit, we’ll be fixing the cement in the brick walkways. Fifteen bucks with some man power and we’ve got an easy improvement.

DIH

(Some photos provided by Women’s Forum)

At a recent WomensForum Do-It Herself Girl’s Night Out Event, I learned that Home Depot offers free weekly do-it yourself, do-it herself and kids workshops. This particular event was a special “hands on” workshop where we broke up into groups and learned how to make an Adirondack chair. Would something like this improve your outdoor party space? These chairs can be made for around $30, but sell for $100 or more! They can be stained or painted and softened with colorful bolster pillows. Or,  maybe you have a pool area and need a place to sunbathe? What a great way to add to your backyard without breaking the bank.

I’m crossing my fingers, hoping they have a “How to Plant a Money Tree” workshop soon…new railing, entertaining meals, scents of flowers wafting through the evening air…a girl can still dream, right?

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