Showing posts from 2018

DIY Hanging Kitty Perch !!!! as seen on OutOnThaPorch

In honor of National Black Cat Appreciation Day I thought I'd finish a post about a Hanging Cat Perch I started several months ago. Here is the link to the Step-by-Step SnapGuide to make one for your kitty ! This is Yoda.   He rules the roost around here at Pate Meadows.  I'm sure you saw my OutOnThaPorch video on Facebook featuring my Hanging Kitty Perch or Cat Bed.  If not, check it out Here . It was for our Yoda. Yoda is our 3 year old black beauty.  He is a rescue from the Williamson County Animal Center here in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee. When our other two kittys contracted some crazy virus and died within a week of each other, we were heartbroken. So this time, I was determined to get a black cat.  I've heard that people don't want them because of superstitions and sometimes they are euthanized.  So when we saw this tiny little fur ball, we knew he was the one for us.   When we brought him home he was pretty much a f

No Sew - Dual Purpose - Table Cloths to Curtains

Hey Y'all !!!   If you're here you probably saw my latest OutOnThaPorch video on Facebook.  If not, Click Here to see it. In March, we had a baby shower for my daughter, Kasey to welcome the newest member of our family........... Wittle Baby Xander.  Isn't he just a doll !!!! We knew it was going to be a boy so when I set out to make the bumper pads and curtains for the nursery, I knew I should probably keep the fru-fru to a minimum.  That's really hard for me.   So one day while going through the mail @OutOnThaPorch one day,  I found the invitation amongst all the bills and junk!   Didn't take me long to decide exactly what I was going to do.  (And yes.....his middle name is Xander ELVIS.  It's a family name, guess it's better than Caterina Eugina !!! ) For the curtains, our Cuff Top Panels Pattern is my go-to pattern in a boy or girl nursery - if we are


Y'all know I'm all about pondering on ways to improve things ..... making my life easier or more comfortable..... We all get inspiration from from each other on Pinterest and Instagram. So one morning, while I was trying to relax OutOnThaPorch on my favorite swing bed  to do my morning social media trolling...... and I say trying to because the sun was blinding me.  I couldn't seem to get away from it no matter where I moved.   Come to think of it, I noticed that during certain times of the year, standing at the kitchen sink in the morning is also terrible now.   Turns out, the new, larger, open sections on the porch has opened up a can of worms.   True, we have this wonderful new space and the view is fabulous all year long, BUT..... it just so happens, that during the exact time when I'm rushing around, washing breakfast dishes or having my coffee on the swing, the sun is unavoidable .  I had to come up with a solution.  Blind

Easy Dining Chair Slipcovers For Every Season

It's almost Easter!!! and I'm ready OutOnThaPorch now but I went down a "Rabbit" Trail to get here (Ha Ha - Rabbit Trail - get it ???)    When we finished the deck last October,  the nasty, off white cushions needed recovering and I didn't really know what I wanted to do.   YUK !!!!!! I didn't want a lot of color but we use these A-LOT so it needed to be something I could clean easily. So while relaxing OutOnThePorch one day I kept going back........ Way back........ to the first time I covered these same chairs - It was the 2011 article we did for Southern Lady Magazine in the October/November issue .  The article was about how we changed up my elegant dining room to be a little more casual with painter's drop cloth.  This was my very first experience using painter's drop cloth.  It was also the first time we used the Chenille-It along the edging. Chenille-It allowed us to simply serge the edges so we didn't have to