Monday, July 6, 2015

July in the Garden

Good Morning!

Hope you all had a great weekend.
We did. 
Family, food, and fireworks.
That's what it's all about for us on Independence Day.

I stepped outside this morning to record the garden pictures for the beginning
of July. We've had so much glorious rain and truly, our yard has been
transformed this year.

I kind of love the picture below because from this vantage point it looks like a cottage.
Is it? Nope, we live in a brick and stone Texas style house. 
No sign of a cottage but a girl can pretend. :)


Our Autumn Joy Sedum is in full bloom already.
I'll come out soon and trim it back so it will bloom again.
Love that plant! It does great in full, hot sun.
The Purple Cone Flowers are in their prime right now too.
This has been such a beautiful summer for us.

Is your garden doing well?

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Monday, June 29, 2015

My Entryway Bugs Me


Our entry is beautiful but challenging. 
I've said that before and I'll say it again.

The other day I rounded the corner and looked at our entry table
and realized it was just wrong!

The lamp is glass.
The cloche is glass.
The mirror is large and the frame is silvery white.
The furniture is white with mirrors in it.

The area looked naked.

This happened kind of on purpose in my effort to lighten up a dark area.
Stark was not the look I was after!


We have several pieces of artwork that rotate in that spot throughout the year but on this particular day there was nothing. Just naked.
To please myself momentarily I grabbed the red tray and put it in the back there.
I like it.


There's something about this bugging me though.
A week or so ago, Miss Mustard Seed said she realized she was reusing something in her decor because she didn't know what else to do.  
Can you imagine? 
I'm being sarcastic here because oh. my. goodness. her home is beautiful!

So let me just say that the cloche in this exact arrangement has been with me for probably 5 years.
Just like this at the last house..white urn on red transferware...little plant...keys hanging.

I'm a smart girl!
I have a million and one pictures on Pinterest!
But still the same cloche.

What would you do?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Good Morning! 

 I'm heading out of town to visit my sweet dad in just a few minutes but wanted to update you on my Summer Reading List.

Just finished reading
Whistling Past the Graveyard 
by Susan Crandall last night.

Oh my goodness!

No kidding this is one of the best books I've ever read.
The story is hard and so heartwarming all at the same time.
The language is incredible!
Susan Crandall knows how to tell a story really make you understand
how the characters feel and what they experience.

The use of similes and metaphors mixed into the southern vernacular 
hooked me from the first 
paragraph.


There are rumors that there could be a movie made from this book.
I can totally imagine it but then again...aren't books so much better than movies?

Read this one y'all!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Mantel


You all know that I don't change things all the time.
I'm more of a get it the way I like it and leave it for a long time kind of girl.
You inspire me though so this week I tweaked the mantel...just a little. :)

First, I brought out my favorite summery print that I've had for 2 or 3 years. 
I always look forward to putting this out because the colors are so pretty and make me happy. 
Besides who doesn't love the farmers market?


Then on a girlfriend trip to HomeGoods the other day I ran across the 
blue bottle with silver wire on it. I thought the wire would look neat with the galvanized
metal on the lantern.  I think it works and that pop of blue color is amazing.



Thank you for always being an inspiration to me girls.
You are decorating geniuses and I enjoy hanging with you. 



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Rainy Summer Wednesday


Today has been...

a rain falling....

vignette playing....

kitchen scrubbing...




candle burning....

coffee drinking....




floor mopping....

kitty shooing....


cup towel switching...


happy to be home kind of day.


How has your day been?

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Monday, June 15, 2015

June in our Yard

Welcome to our June garden!

This is our third year in this house and the garden is coming into its own.
We made the front flower bed really large and deep and filled it will lots of  layers.
We are so happy with the way it's all doing now.

Our neighbor across the street told me one day that he thought, 
"it was kind of weird to put in such a big bed in the front yard but it sure looks nice". 
That was a sweet compliment because he has a beautiful yard too.



Our beds are mostly filled with perennials and each year we add in a few annuals.
My favorite cheap trick is to include zinnias planted from seeds.


In the backyard we followed the same general ideas.
Our backyard overlooks a greenbelt that gives us so much natural beauty to soak up.


Belle keeps guard over the bunnies and birds.
She's pretty sure they fear her.
They don't. :)


What's the snout?
We have a concrete pig...don't you?


We love our backyard. It's a place of peace and relaxation.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015


Hello summer sky!
You sure are beautiful.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Super Cute and Comfortable Sandal Alert


There's a strange truth behind the way I found these adorable sandals. 
And because we are all girls here, I'll share my story. Guys...walk away.
 I took my husband to the airport a few days ago and from our house it's a one hour drive. 
So I drove him there drinking iced tea and then drove towards home drinking iced tea. 

(Yes, I know I have boney geezer feet)

Do you know where this story is going?

I suddenly had to stop - pronto!! 
The closest stop was going to be at the Dillard's I was passing. It's true...I'm not making this up.

These sandals called to me as I was doing what my best friend calls
"the tee tee walk" towards the bathroom.
(Please tell me you do the tee tee walk too.)
They said we are leopard and we have comfortable padding and we are on sale!!

I heard them loud and clear and I'm not sorry.
Just goes to show that you never know when the perfect sandals might call out your name.

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