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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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447: Hobo Porch Upgrade

It's summertime an' the livin' is hobo.

Are you ready for a Yummy Goods Hobo Porch Upgrade?

A month or so ago, my friend New Cindy (not to be confused with Old Cindy aka Original Cindy aka Extra Crispy) invited me over for a movie and Hobo Snacks. We had never talked about Hobo Snacks before but I knew exactly what she meant. I grabbed two Hobo Beers from my fridge and headed over.


Hobo. Perhaps not technically the right word to describe it, but that's what we've come to call anything that is making do, or piecing together from what is on hand, all that good stuff. See, we are both financially strapped at the moment.  It started off as us saying "We po'." But now we say, "We hobo!" and we are having entirely too much fun with it. Everything is Hobo now. Hobo Snacks. Hobo Beer. Hobo Gardening. Hobo Fun!

More on all different kinds of Hobo Livin' in posts to come, but since I have been pretty much spending all my non-shop time on my porch lately, I thought I would show you the totally cost-free , one-afternoon makeover I did to get my porch so cute and cozy.

See how sad it was to start off?

I mean, the furniture is pretty cute - all thrifted or yard saled.  But  it wasn't very inviting and we never went out there. You know how I've been trying to do more summery things, and one of those is to spend lots of time outside, of course. I got a bee in my bonnet on the fourth of July and spent the afternoon foraging for blankets and pillows to throw on the furniture. I scoured my garage for all my kooky thrift finds and extra chairs. I grabbed my dozens of wilty, sad-looking perennials that had been divided and were waiting in pots to be replanted.

This is what I did:

-I watered those poor bee balms, catmints, bleeding hearts amd annise hyssops and tucked them into all manner of pots, tins, plastic jack-o-lanterns and enamel buckets. Annuals, schmannuals!

-I auditioned unused comforters and too-many-too-fit-on-the-couch-anyways throw pillows on the various couches and chairs until I found the combinations that I liked. I wrapped uncovered or ratty cushions in cute vintage sheets I stole from my sewing room.

-I hunted for candles in jars and put them all together on a free-shop-at-the-dump candle holder stand.

-I borrowed some white lights from the Christmas junk in storage and strung them haphazardly.

-I played old-timey music on Pandora. (my current fave is the Charles Trenet and Django Reinhardt channel. I  renamed the station Old Timey Porch Music For Hobos just for you.)

- And I don't exactly remember, but I probably drank a Hobo Beer.

And now I have, like, a whole other room that is outside!

I plan on doing tons more to my cozy outdoor nest, and you bet I'll be blogging the heck out of it. Like I am right now: with my twinkle lights on, barefeet kicked up on the table, and Old Timey Porch Music for Hobos playing.

Have you hobo'd up anything lately? Would love to hear about it!

Now, where my beer at?




Reader Comments (18)

Yes! I summerfied my back deck last month and it grows more hobolicious by the week. A small movement started at first and now I have a march of the rusty lanterns and pails, they march north, adorned with pink and orange candles. It's a comfortable and happy hangout.
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael
What an inspiration! I have been doing things to put my house together, and since I am broke as well, I have been trying to see what I can do with my thrift store finds, etc. My porch and back deck/porch also need to be transformed. I have started, and you are just the inspiration that I needed to get it going!

Thanks, and your porch is looking great! I can't wait to see what else you do!
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
That's super fabulous! I live totally hobo. Why buy something new just to buy it? Instead, let's use what we've got and make it fantastic. Love love the porch! (And I'll adopt the word hobo!)
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermab
Been a hobo for years, as you know! Looks fabulous!
July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane L
Gorgeous! What a lovely relaxing place to sit in the evening with a glass of something! Not sure if it's hobo or boho-chic... Maybe you've invented hobo-boho ;-)
July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyBeeCraft
We all hobo! Hobo beers are the best. Except for that peach beer, that was just disgusting. :)
July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNew Cindy
my apt has a screened in front porch with a swinging bench (gah! the swinging!) that I've filled with houseplants for the summer. it's lovely but has definitely been missing something. now I know it needs to get Hobo-fied! to the Goodwill, STAT! :)

may I also suggest the fine Treme soundtrack for your Hobo listening...

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjess
i'm sorry, i have to write again because the anti-spam captcha I got with the last post was 'pee toy' which made me giggle uncontrollably, and I knew you and your readers would appreciate hearing about it.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjess
It does look like fun people live there and sit on their porch. xo
July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpam
I love it! So nice and summery.
July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Um, ok, so the Hobo Pandora station is my new official FAVORITE!!! It's so incredibly awesome, thanks for sharing! :)
July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve Gail
Your porch looks FAB !!!! have you heard of Hobo QUilts by Debra Henninger ? http://www.amazon.com/Hobo-Quilts-Original-Blocks-Language/dp/1440204128 check it out !!!! I think it goes with your theme !
July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy
fantastic makeover - especially those fairy lights!
July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
Awesome. I am so on board with the hobo lingo! I myself have been an unashamed midden-picker for years. I have two hobo projects on my blog right now: http://amberjunestudios.blogspot.com/2011/07/arithmetic.html and

The porch is lookin' good.
July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber June
We just hobo-tiled (our first time tiling, and a pro could really tell...) our kitchen and need a long washable rug in front of the sink and work-counter...incredible how glass explodes when dropped on tile. We would love a gel mat but they're too expensive. So I got a book with a project for a rug made from old recycled tag sale jeans, woven together using a paper clip. It doesn't look too hard but I'm notorious for not actually carrying out my craft goals. Maybe if I say HERE that I'm going to make myself that rug, it'lll move me to do it??? I would color-out the denim and dye the strips bright happy blues and greens and it would be so soft underfoot. You think? I'll send a photo if I actually compete it. --Love the paintings and the porch.You amaze and inspire us all. So glad to have you back in blog-land. We missed you!
July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni
July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia
love your porch real cool and cosy! and the fairy lights too.
July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa
Nothing like little white lights to make a porch magical at night! Your fix up looks great. Comfy and casual and just the place to be on a summer evening:>)
August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Grace

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