Outdoor Pillows for Summer

By Kate Riley May 8, 2020

What are your weekend plans? I’m picking up some vegetable starts from a local farm and transplanting them to larger pots and planters. Tomatoes, peppers, and beans! My home project this week was spending a few hours sprucing up the courtyard area with new cushions and pillows made with this outdoor fabric. The blue deep seat cushions were delivered from Home Depot, then I picked up the fabric curbside at my local Joanns and made them into accent pillows.

This is a relaxing spot where we meet for coffee in the morning a few times a week. The furniture is almost ten years old but it is still functional so I don’t feel the need to replace it yet and I’m just grateful to have it. I have a group of potted succulents that are really happy here and I’ve been watching them grow slowly for years.


I made the pillow covers using the easy pocket pillow tutorial I’ve shared before. A few cuts and four straight seams and voila, simple removable pillow covers.

Below are a few more brightly colored outdoor pillows to jazz up your porch or patio this season. :)


feather orange (also in blue) / boca print

floral sundance / pastel triangle




caine navy  / abstract dots

abstract strokes (multiple colors)  / marbelish (multiple colors)

panama pink (also in blue) / palm leaves

dark green leaf / cactus leaf

tropical lumbar / multicolor textured lumbar

quinta lumbar (also in blue) / indigo tie dye lumbar



Virtually Wandering the World

By Kate Riley May 5, 2020

Remember when we used to take airplanes to far away places and stand next to hundreds of strangers all looking at famous sights? I miss that, and I bet you do too. My favorite thing is exploring a new city or country but like so many I’m unable to do it anytime soon. I’ve got my fingers crossed I can go somewhere on my travel bucket list in the fall.

I never thought I’d write a post about taking virtual tours of places around the world, but come to think of it, even without a pandemic, it’s fun to explore places we’ve never been. How amazing that we live in a time when we can appreciate the creative works of other travelers and enjoy their walking or aerial videos of all the fascinating places on earth.

I found these virtual tours on You Tube, none of them are narrated so they’re not like travel shows that have the distraction of a host. These virtual tours are walking, cycling, boating, or aerial shots of places around the world, many set to relaxing music. They all feel so special. These won’t curb your wanderlust, if anything they may stimulate your desire to go to these places, at least that’s the effect they had on me. These only scratch the surface of virtual tours that exist, I’ll have to round up more in a follow up post.

Click on the links above the images and they will take you directly to the You Tube videos where you can view a relaxing virtual tour of that part of the world.


Walk the cities and streets of Morocco including Marrakech and Chefchouen.


Get up close with locals of Peru and go inside Machu Picchu.


Enjoy a slow aerial view of Japan including Tokyo and Kyoto.


  Stroll along the streets and canals of Venice in Italy.

Fly over the scenic Northern Islands (Faroe, Lofoten & Senja)



Have you ever been inside the arena of the Colosseum in Rome?


Hear the ocean on this beach walk along the path in Wailea, Maui.


  Take a jog down the famous path in Venice Beach past the Santa Monica Pier..


Climb up through the Alps and fly over scenes of Switzerland.


Take a quiet walk around the Great Pyramid of Giza.


Tour the charming towns of the Cinque Terre by land and sea.


Remember crowds of people? They appear in this walk inside the British Museum.


Want to see the exterior of the Taj Mahal up close? Take a walk around it.


Go on virtual safari to see African wildlife in Kruger National Park.


Explore the landscape and culture of Bali and its surrounding islands.


Fly over the Scotlish Highlands and the Isle of Skye while listening to healing music.


See the natural lakes and waterfalls on the South Island of New Zealand.

Take a nature hike through Redwood National Park set to zen music.

If you miss airplanes, how about a meditative orbit around our beautiful earth.

The list goes on and on my friends, I had to stop somewhere! While watching these videos I let out a big sigh because I wish to explore all the places I haven’t been yet, but these are the next best thing!

I hope you enjoy these virtual tours as much as I do.

above photos via Canva

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