With the weather warming up, I want to be outside all the time. Are you with me? I live in Portland so when the sun’s out, I soak it up as much as I can and most definitely don’t take it for granted! I love going on walks in the neighborhood and admiring all the pretty flowers in our neighbors’ gardens.
Our home has a front porch that fits a small coffee table with a wooden swing and sitting bench. The other day, I stepped outside and noticed how dusty our porch had become over winter. I took out the garden hose and the big broom and got the job done! Ah! Now it feels so much better!
Now that our porch is clean, it’s super cozy and welcoming so it’s the perfect spot to hang out at home and still be outside. The reason our porch feels inviting is largely due to our “porch decor.” That’s right. Kind of like home decor but then for the porch!
I have a colorful outdoor rug that feels soft even when we walk outside with bare feet. Bird feeders attract cute song birds that are a joy to watch. I also created a huge stained glass hummingbird mosaic artwork on a vintage window pane that looks especially beautiful when the sunlight shines through.
Have you taken a look at your outdoor space lately?"
Have you taken a look at your outdoor space lately? Does it feel boring and bleh or cozy and inviting? Besides the typical spring cleaning, can the space use a spark of joy?
If you’re looking to make your front porch, garden patio or screened-in porch feel more attractive and cozy, here are a few handmade items from my etsy shop that would add a joyful touch to your outdoor living space:
I created these art pieces from Pacific Northwest foraged driftwood. The designs were permanently burned into the wood through pyrography or wood burning so the art will not disappear even if displayed in outdoor areas.
If you're creating a cozy nook to drink your morning coffee and read a book, this sign is simple and cute!
These pieces of art also make thoughtful gifts for Mom's Day and Dad's Day!
Stained Glass Mosaic Bird Feeders
I have three stained glass mosaic bird feeders left in my shop. I'm not planning on making any more of these in the near future so grab one before they're going....going....gone!
Colorful Driftwood Art
I would recommend these art pieces for covered outdoor spaces as well as indoor home decor. They already have hooks installed on the back for easy hanging.
I hope this blog post gives you some inspiration to make your outdoor living space as joyful as it can be. Even a few small changes or the addition of an attractive art piece can make all the difference.
1. Step outside and take an objective look at your outdoor living space or porch
2. Decide what you can change or how you can add joy to the space
3. If any of the art pieces above might work in your space, click on the individual images or head on over to my etsy shop to see the entire collection.
Also, I'd like to hear from you!
Do you have a patio or porch you enjoy spending time? What activities do you enjoy when you hang out in this outdoor living space?
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Hi everybody! Exciting times here at Presents of Love! The weather has been absolutely delightful here in Portland this week. We've been having cool and crisp mornings with gorgeous sunshine in the afternoon. My favorite weather during my favorite season! So.... I decided to celebrate this joyful feeling by hosting a JOYFUL event:
a Fabulous Friday in Fall ART sale!
This coming Friday 9/28/18 (in two days...eek!), I'll be offering all my handmade artwork as well as stained glass mosaic bird feeders and art prints for sale. The art sale will be from 5pm-7:30pm in Portland, Oregon. For questions and specific location, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This art sale is just one evening only so if you're local, this is your chance to shop for meaningful, handmade gifts for your friend's birthday or do some early holiday shopping before life gets really crazy. If you're not local, most of my artwork can be shipped worldwide so please check out my etsy shop.
Thanks for your continued love and support!
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Last night was very special. After working on this large mosaic for a small eternity, my sweet hubby helped me on the final stage: hanging it up! I can't tell you how gratifying it was to see my artwork hanging up on our front porch... complete! After months of painting the frame, cutting glass (and perhaps my fingers at times...ouch!), arranging each individual piece, attempting to glue the pieces without getting glue in my hair and even getting my dad involved in the muddy process of grouting during their visit... it is complete! A visual sign that baby steps will eventually get us there!
I took this photo as the sun was almost going down and there was barely any sunlight to shine through the colored stained glass but it didn't matter! Because it's about celebrating the moment! And we live in Oregon. We don't really have any light for a good part of the year so there. :0)
While there are plenty of flaws in the artwork for the critical eye, this is my hope: that people who see my mosaic will simply be reminded of the beauty of nature and be inspired to cherish the simple joys in life. May all who walk past our home, be lifted up like a hummingbird in flight. I know that all sounds a bit sentimental (which I try to avoid most days because you know, I'm Dutch) but that's my hope.
Some of you may not know that in addition to creating cute illustrations for my online shop, I also create stained glass mosaic artwork with simple, modern designs in pretty colors. Well, I have some exciting news to share!
My mosaic artwork will now be sold at the gift cottage at Heirloom Roses, a family owned business known for growing the most beautiful “own root” roses. What you may not know is that you are welcome to visit their seven acres of gardens which are open to the public, free of charge. They have thousands of beautiful, fragrant roses in bloom from May through October.
What you don't want to miss out on this weekend? The gift shop at Heirloom Roses will be opening for Valentine’s Day weekend this year. At the cute cottage where the gift shop is located, you will find a variety of fabulous gifts for home and garden. You can look forward to spring, start planning your garden and enjoy a fun weekend outing with your Valentine!
Here is the display of my handmade mosaic bird feeders and rocks next to Stephanie Burgess' beautiful artwork.
You will find my mosaic artwork on high quality cedar bird feeders as well as beautiful river rocks which you can display as home decorations or use as paper weights indoor. They would also look lovely in a planter or in the garden outdoor. I put a lot of attention and care into each one of my handmade mosaics - they make wonderful gifts!
Heirloom Roses is located just 25 miles south of Portland in the Willamette Valley. The address is 24062 Riverside Dr. NE in St. Paul, Oregon. They will be opening this Friday February 12th through Sunday February 14th for Valentine’s Day weekend. After this weekend, they will reopen for the season starting on Saturday February 27th.
I hope you have a chance to visit Heirloom Roses this weekend! What plans are you making for your garden? Do you love to feed birds? I would love to hear in the comments. Thank you!
Illustrations and nature inspired, handmade art that celebrates simple joys.