I don’t know about yours, but my family tends to be a little scattered. We’re busy, some of us live outside the city, life just gets in the way and we tend not to get together as much as I would like – which is one of the main reasons I started Family Art Day. That and my absolute LOVE of sharing the creative process with anyone who shows an interest!


We get together about once a month to visit, share a meal, and make something pretty. We’ve been a busy bunch this past summer and have gotten a out of our once-a-month rotation, but the recent arrival of my new grand-niece (Aug 1) and a visit from her grandma and great-grandma from Florida made it perfect timing to get back in the game! We had a full house this past Saturday and I think a marbelous (pun intended) time was had by all!


First we marbled (thus, the pun 😉 ), then we used our beautiful papers to make darling little accordion books, which we filled with even MORE darling photos of the new baby.


I suspect there will be a whole lotta bragging going on as those little books make their way out into the world this week!


I know mine (#37/100 – the pink one on the left) is definitely going into my purse for bragging purposes. The second book on the right (#38/100) will be going in my shop – soon!!

Family Art Day BragBooks

This day also marked the first official sharing of my brand new screen porch!! This has been all I have thought about all summer – planning, gathering, sewing and crafting – and I guess there was a little construction involved too. We started with this…IMG_0754-001

When the workers left Friday afternoon, I went to work filling it up with all my collected bits and now I have THIS…


There is still a bit of finishing work to be done (brick shifting, gutters and other boring stuff like that), but the part I am enthusiastic about is definitely ready for primetime!! My family was thrilled (as am I) – there were plenty of spots for everyone to sit and visit, a soft spot for the baby to nap, and just the sweetest/coziest little space you ever did see. Here are a few highlights…

  • The sofa is a Saybrook All-Weather Wicker Sofa from Pottery Barn – I got it on summer clearance for about half the regular price. We could not have picked a better time to furnish an outdoor space because every item I added was on sale. Yay!
  • The black and white ottoman is hand-made by me from this Style Me Pretty tutorial. I did alter mine in a couple of ways – first, before I stitched the whole thing together, I added a long zipper to one side seam so I can wash it; second, instead of stuffing with bean-bag pellets, I stuffed mine with blankets! It’s nice and firm, won’t break down over time, better for the environment, and serves dual duty as a place to store blankets. I can always open the zipper and take one out if I need it over the winter!
  • The cushions on the wicker chair were Pier 1 cushions (agaiIMG_0807.jpgn on summer clearance) that I just recovered with my own fabric.
  • The rug was on summer clearance from Target (7×10 Threshold Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Diamond Area Rug – in Turquoise).
  • The blue chair front-right is a Melanie Side Chair from Wayfair. This fun, retro-styled chair is also a glider. I have cushions to recover for it, but just haven’t gotten there yet.
  • On the other side, I have a little bistro set that I got on clearance from Pier 1. I’m planning to add bright cushions to the chairs and possibly another small rug.

All of the side tables, plants and the quilt on the couch were things I already had. I’m also planning to add some twinkle lights and prayer flags and I have a sign to paint that will read, “life is better on the porch.” Because I’m truly finding that a life centered around porch-living is pretty sweet indeed.