Thursday, May 13, 2010

ready for summer?

summertime always reminds me of time to relax, slow down and enjoy life .. i love early summer in texas .. everything seems alive .. the days are warm and sometimes downright hot .. and the evenings are still cool enough to enjoy a little quite time on the front porch ..

here are some pics of gliders and army cots i have transformed for placement on those big front porches the south is known for ..

this is a metal porch glider that required cushions .. i covered new foam cushions and pillows in a cath kidston rose print fabric .. and placed a mosquito net over the setting ..

another glider that required new foam cushions - i like working with this style of glider - i used a vintage blue and off white ticking stripe i had - you can't really see it in the photo, but the front skirt is scalloped at the bottom ..

this glider i covered in a french style fabric i purchased at a close-out ..

this one i covered in an old awning stripe fabric .. i try to keep the gliders in their original state as best i can .. i have never repainted the gliders, though i have had to re-work the springs a time or two ..

this one i used an old plaid patchwork fabric mixed with crisp white eyelet cutwork tablecloths that were about to be discarded .. i used vintage tablecloths to make the accent pillows ..
a folding army cot dressed with pillows, comforter, throw and mosquito net .. i love doing this to army cots ..

another cot i dressed .. and actually, it was the first cot i dressed and it was so well received that i continue to do this whenever i find those old folding army cots .. its a great look and people always seem to get excited when they see one ..

i thought i would throw in a pic here of a mosaic collage i did on an old mirror i had .. the mirror was one of those old buffet mirrors with the rounded top .. the frame work had some damage and to disguise it i added seashells and pieces of pottery i had .. the cockatoo is an old stangl piece ..

enjoy the day and thank you for keeping us in your thoughts ..

love ya'


  1. Troy, you are a genius! Love these gliders and cots. You have done an amazing job with the cushions and pillows. The netting is the icing on the cake!
    take care,

  2. Do you realize just how creative and talented you are! Love all your ideas.

  3. I love the glider in awning fabric...perfection!
    You are so talented my friend!

  4. Everything looks beautiful! I think the patchwork one is my fave!


  5. Your work with the gliders and cots is beautiful! I also love what you've done with the mirror... the cockatoo adds a wonderful touch of whimsy!

    Nita Jo

  6. I love porch gliders so much. I wish there had been a way to grab that one you had at your warehouse last year, *sigh*.

    I love the dreamy ones with mosquito netting, both pretty and very necessary for Summer in Texas!


  7. Gorgeously gorgeous Troy!!!! I was so excited to get my package in the mail yesterday and you exceeded my expectations (as I knew you would)...the chair covers are stunning..I love them and only wish I could afford to do my entire house in "TROY STYLE"!!!!!
    Happy day!

  8. Oops, did I forget to say...THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

  9. You know, I don't DO anything other than buy, dust off and sell. So, knowing you is a pleasure, as your skills and abilities are rockin'. You're wonderful! ~Mindy

  10. Wow, you gave a whole new meaning to the old gliders! I have one in my bedroom that has really cool cushions on it, and I'm totally in love with. And I have two regular sized gliders and one smaller one outside. Now you've got me thinking of some of the great styles you have added to your gliders. May be time to drag those in the house and toss the couch outside!! Way to go!

    Take care, Sue

  11. too cute! The armt cots are my fav.

  12. The cots, especially the cots are great....can go to dreamy land real easy in those!!! deb

  13. Oh my, you have been sewing up a storm. That is a lot of sewing for one guy. You must be doing this 24/7. They are all beautiful, I love the army cots. I see those all the time and never pick them up since I didn't know what to do with them. If I find them cheap, do you want me to pick those for you? I will not mind at all. Happy sewing. Blessings, Marta.

  14. Those photos make me love army cots!

  15. All of them are amazing! I wish I had your sewing talent!

  16. Hi Troy:
    I love the rework on the Army cots. I'm going to have to try this with an old one we have! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. You have a wonderful blog. The store looks so cozy you could move in! Thanks for sharing such fun photos. My daughter and I would love to visit.