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Friday, June 2, 2023

Yearly Porch Cleaning...

and it's that time again! Sometimes here under all the trees, seems like the pollen will never end! What a green dusty mess the back porch was, so on a warm sunny day last week I went to work with a mop and bucket of warm soapy water...and of course the water hose.

far from perfect, but here's our clean porch...chairs fit to sit in again...


Oops! Just realized I took the picture before putting the clean tablecloth back on the table. The old porch floor needs another coat of paint...maybe one day.  

and, the other end of the porch...


Well, the porch doesn't look as pretty as I would like but most of the dirt and dust is gone.

So yesterday I went to work on our little front porch...dragging furniture around while mopping and scrubbing and rinsing away a year's worth of dirt...

and here's the other end of the teeny tiny porch...

My favorite thing about the little front porch is the old cupboard. You can barely see it over to the right in the first picture. I've told the story a hundred times, but the cupboard was a gift from my cousin Patty...

Anyhow, I've taken out all the fall dishes and stuff and added spring dishes...

I had to rake and scrape to gather the right dishes. My next trip to the thrift store I hope to find a pretty flowered pitcher and a few more things. 

Patty and I were texting about the new spring look and she suggested moving the candle to the side instead of in the center...so I did.  Poppy must have thought it looked off balance and centered it again. :(  

Anyhow, decorating the old cupboard added joy to the scrubbing of the front porch.

Better get busy. I'll be doing the farmer's market tomorrow. I have finished three aprons and 4 bonnets this week. Want to show you this cute one with the flowers and bees and butterflies...

and a couple of lavender bonnets...(pardon the messy bed)

Sewing is messy work.  :)   Thank you so much dear friends, and a new follower. Oh my. Thank you!

Love, Henny



38 comments:

  1. OM Goodness I love your porch. I like it just the way it is. I'd be out there sitting all the time. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Henny, I'm tired. First the scrubbing and then the sewing! However, both porches look lovely for sittin' around outside. You will have more sales I bet. Lovely sewing. I'm just not very motivated to do anything crafty now. I do a tiny bit in the winter when the days drag on. But now I just want outside as much as possible. My husband would have "straightened" the candle also, lol. Lynn and Precious

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  3. I love porches on a home, I don't know where I would sit without ours :) Your porch is so cozy just like your home Henny, your decorating is right up my alley .
    You make the prettiest bonnets and aprons, no wonder they sell like hot cakes !
    Job well done on the porch cleaning, now to enjoy it.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  4. Oh Melba, every time I see your porches I simply want to sit and visit. Perfect in all it's simplicity! I've never thought to decorate the outdoors with dinner plates! Cute!

    Grace & Peace
    Pam

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  5. Your porches are just so welcoming dear Henny Penny.. How wonderful to sit out there. Best of luck with your markets tomorrow - hope they go well. xx

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  6. I sure do like your porch. Looks like a great place to sit and spend some time. I actually like the porch floor boards like that.

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  7. What great porches. I hope you take time to sit in them now that they are all spiffed up and decorated.

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  8. You sure had your work cut out for yourself when you tackled both porches!! Now they're ready for Summer.
    That new fabric with the flowers and butterflies is so pretty. Good luck at the Farmers Market tomorrow.
    Granny M

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  9. Your porches look Spic and Span now Henny. What a big job and I bet you're glad that it's done. We have a ton of pollen flying off the trees here too. I love the new apron you made and the pretty bonnets! Hope your sale goes very well tomorrow. Does Shelby go to that sale too? Sounds like a fun one. Take good care! Love ya!

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  10. No way do you really have TWO porch swings? Really? We had one in our front porch of our very first house. I miss that swing so much and have always wanted another one. Now I HAVE to come visit you and sit and swing awhile. I love everything about your porches. I know how hard it can be to get rid of pollen, but you have both looking wonderful.
    The new apron is so pretty and delicate and the bonnets are my favorite color. I hope you are able to sell a lot a the market but most of all have fun and enjoy yourself while there. That's the best part.
    Blessings and love dear Henny,
    Betsy

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  11. Hello Henny! I hope all is going good for you and Poppy!! things are good around here. I love the cupboard on the front porch with the spring dishes in it. So pretty
    Love you Vicki

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  12. I just wanted to thank you for being my inspiration in redoing part of my back yard area!
    I'll post pictures when it's near done...
    Love the porch!
    hugs
    Donna

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  13. Goodness! I'm at the end of a very long queue of
    lovely comments...What else can l say...?
    Just to repeat..the porch looks lovely, l do prefer a
    wooden floor, more than anything else...always looks
    so unique, warm and cosy, even outside..!

    Good luck at the Farmers Market...hope you sell all
    your bonnets, you probably will, they look lovely! :).

    Best get on...lot's to do...every thing is outgrowing
    me..out front needs seeing to...the Virginia Creeper
    has gone mad...it's covered half the front room window!
    And...and that will never do..Oh! Well..."Onwards and
    Upwards"...! :O).
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  14. Your porches both look lovely and comfortable! If I lived in your area I would come to the farmers market and buy one of your aprons!

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  15. HENNY ME ENCANTAN TUS GORROS ESTILO PRADERA Y EL DELANTAL ES MUY VISTOSO Y COLORIDO, TAMBIEN HICE UNO PARA MI, USE UNA TELA RUSTICA RESISTENTE, LE BORDE LA PALABRA MAMI Y TAMBIEN FLORES Y ABEJAS, USE UN RETAZO DE TELA DE COLORES Y LO UTILICE HACIENDO EL BOLSILLO Y LA PARTE DELA CINTURA, ME QUEDO LINDO PARA MI, AMO LOS DELANTALES Y YA TENGO OTROS EN MENTE, TU PORCHE ES TAN PACIFICO Y TIENE ESE AIRE ANTIGUO, QUE BENDECIDA ERES EN VIVIR EN UN LUGAR ASI, LEJOS DE TODOS Y SIN VECINOS MOLESTO, ORO A DIOS PARA QUE NOS DE UN SITIO TRANQUILO Y ALEJADO DE TODOS PARA PODER VIVIR Y DISFRUTAR CON MI AMADA FAMILIA, SABES QUE YA PASAMOS LOS 60 (YO 63 Y MI ESPOSO 67) Y YA NO SOPORTO A LA GENTE, EL MUNDO SE HA VUELTO UN LUGAR MUY MALVADO, MUY SALVAJE, MUY INTOLERANTE, ESPERARE A VER LO QUE DIOS NOS DEPARA EN EL FUTURO. BENDICIONES Y MUCHOS EXITOS EN TUS VENTAS,¿ PASA POR MI BLOG QUIERES?

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  16. Hi Henny! You have the most adorable porch. I would love to have a porch like yours to put my glider, ahh the things dreams are made of. I think the floor of your porch is just perfect.

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  17. Your porches look so very nice. I especially like the old cupboard and its new summer look. Your wonderful new aprons and bonnets are going to be a huge hit at the Farmers' Market. Best wishes for a great day.

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  18. Oh my, this sure takes me way back. I grew up with a big screened-in front porch just like your back porch! I miss it to this day, and I am old now. Your porches are wonderful! And the cupboard looks so pretty with the plates and flowers. I love the beautiful lavender color of your bonnets!

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  19. Henny, your front porch is welcoming. I love the cupboard! I love your sewing room too. Dan is helping me remodel part of our sunroom for a sewing room, and I'm very excited about that!

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  20. I have missed your posts while I was not blogging. It feels good to be back. Love your porch,,it looks so inviting to pass an evening or a quiet morning away. Have a blessed SUnday!

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  21. You have such wonderful, nap-inducing porches! Esp. with that little cot/day bed. I would nap there happily.

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  22. How lovely to have a front porch to while away the day. Love the rocking chairs and the spring look with the pretty china is a sweet touch Hope you have a wonderful day at the markets. The new apron is a pretty one.

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  23. Good morning Henny! I love your porches, they are so comforting to look at! Just like anybody could walk up and sit down and chat the morning away. I am loving that lavender bonnet, it is just beautiful and the craftmanship -- maybe there's a reason why those bonnets disappear! I love the aprons too, maybe you can make mix and match sets! Hope you had a great day at the market! Love Terry

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  24. Everything on your porch seems to 'homey' and 'cosy'. I love sitting in rockers, watching the world go by. Have a great week.

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  25. My kind of porch. Love a front porch.

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  26. I love your porch it looks like a great place to sit awhile!

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  27. I love your porch..it looks so ready for peaceful Summer sittings. :0) . I haven't cleaned our back screened porch yet for the same reason..pollen. I know once I clean it I will be down for a few days with a pollen attack..so waiting for a time I want to be zapped. :0( ... lol I really love your dish display and the cabinet..Enjoy your hard work and beautiful home.

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  28. What a nice looking porch. Great place to spend endless hours out there. I see one of your dogs love the porch to sleep on. :) I also like the look of the floor, it looks rustic. Enjoy your week.

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  29. Good work, Henny! The porches look lovely! Can I come over? My husband likes things centered, too. He tolerates my mumbo jumbo ways most of the time.

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  30. I love love your porches! I did the same with mine-mopping and washing. We live near the farm road so it's dusty.

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  31. Your porches look so sparkling and inviting, Henny! I'm glad to now be subscribed to you blog. (My grands live in Raleigh with their parents)

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  32. ........ and that isa lovely porch.

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  33. Your back porch looks like a fine place to hang out. It would be fun to sit there and shell peas or snap beans.. Great place.

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  34. Oh, the perfect porch! Lucky you!

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  35. I just posted a comment above but didn't intend to post as Anonymous so posting again. The perfect porch!

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