Friday Favorites–Outdoors

Oregon is a late bloomer, at least in our corner.  We might have a few nice days through June and July, but the sun isn’t really reliable until August.  I think that’s the reason why people tend to be pretty outdoorsy here – they can’t count on the weather anyway, so they might as well go for it year-round.   Today I’d like to share a few things I’ve spotted recently that are perfect for that time we’re all spending outside.

We live near a river, so we have a pretty annoying bug problem.  These Alfresco Bowl Covers from Sew, Mama, Sew would be a great way to avoid that extra crunch in our outdoor meals.

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I love outdoor games, and this Giant Jenga Tower from Instructables user Mtoashirbab looks really fun.  I should have tried this one back when my kids were shorter than me.  I have no chance now.

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Here’s one I still have a shot at though:  Backyard Scrabble from Sunset.

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I have a wood bench on my front porch that I’ve often thought would be more comfortable with pillows.  It’s in a covered area, so I wasn’t worried so much about weather as I was the fabric fading and looking terrible.  These Duct Tape Patio Pillows from Instructables user Annahowardshaw are exactly what I need.

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This bin of Colored Rice from Barley and Birch just looks fun to play in.

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It’s an ambitious project, but this Sun Shade from Secret Pie Shoppe could come in very handy in an area that needs a little break from the heat.

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My absolute favorite thing about this Swimsuit Rack from Ruffled Sunshine is the fact that she used faucet handles for the hooks.  So cute!

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Our house backs up to a cliff, so we don’t have a backyard.  If I did, I would replace my table/fire pit with this Stone Fire Pit from DIY Network.

These One-Step Outdoor Lights from Babyfood Scoops are pretty, and the materials to make them are all easy to find and affordable.

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My son has really been into biking lately, which may subside a little when he gets his driver’s license in the fall, but he’s getting one of these Bicycle Frame Lunch Bags from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories for Christmas anyway.

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Now, I’m leaving the computer and going outside!