26 July 2016

Favorite Faux Flower Arrangement

I am super excited to introduce Susan from Love Of Home.

Susan inspires us daily with her gentle love of home, family, life and creating a welcoming 

home for those she loves and then she shares it with us!

How fortunate are we to have a blogger like this in our lives.

She believes in creating within a budget, and who doesn't love that...her tips are always

winners and her beautiful 1890's Farmhouse home is filled with three bright and beautiful 

children and her loving husband.


                                                        Faux Flower Arrangement

                                                           Contributor ~ Susan Duane

Hello, I’m so happy to be here with you today! My name is Susan and I blog at Love of Home. Jemma thank you so much for having me share with your readers today! I have an easy project to share with you today, it’s one of my favorites.
 I have a favorite faux tulip arrangement that I bought years ago, they look so real. I think the clincher is the "water" they are in.  I love flowers but it's not always possible to have fresh flowers so this is a great alternative to fresh and it's so much cheaper to make these faux arrangements yourself. This project has been on my idea list for months! Since I'm working on decorating for Spring I thought it would be the perfect time to make it come to life. Make your own faux flower arrangement. Love of Home
 Here's what you'll need: Faux flower stems Quick water - Here is a less expensive one on Amazon *affiliate link A vase of some sort, I used a mason jar Wire cutters Container to mix the acrylic in and a something to stir it with Directions: Cut stems to their desired length for your container. Follow the directions on the box for the quick water. Mix according to directions and pour into a clean container. Add your faux stems and let set overnight. Decorate! Make your own faux flower arrangement. Love of Home This project was super easy. It took me less than 30 minutes, cost me around $15.  This is a bargain compared to the faux arrangements you can buy! I used the water solution to make a second one with a bunch of flowers I already had at home. Make your own faux flower arrangement. Love of Home
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25 July 2016

The Simple Things That Bring Joy

Are you feeling as joyful and inspired as I am, maybe even a little giddy with the pure

goodness of life that these talented ladies have been sharing with us.

Haven't we been treated to just some wonderful projects, decorating and recipes!

Today a tried and true friend as well as a beloved blogger kicks off the beginning of our 

second week in the Summer Break series .

You might just know this talented gal Laura from White Spray Paint.

Laura seasons her decorating posts with just the right amount of storytelling and life lessons

for us all, and then there are those ranch recipes and oh her zinnias!

Pink chairs, pink umbrella, beach, sand


Today we are taking a gentle stroll through a portion of Laura's lovely Texas home and 

enjoying a sweet story too.

The Simple Things That Bring Joy

Contributor~Laura Harrison

Blue and White Porcelain

Many, many years ago, when my husband and I were first married, and we moved into our
first home-a garage apartment teetering on top of a carport in Kingsville, Texas.
We had the usual furnishings of that era:  bookshelves made out of cinder blocks and boards, lots of stereo equipment and albums, college mementos and impractical (at the moment)wedding gifts.

white table, gold table, summer vignette

I didn't need to worry however, because within a day my mother of White Spray Paint fame drove in from the ranch-her car loaded to the top-followed by my father pulling a cattle trailer.
Out of that trailer came my white bedroom furniture, a couch and chair, a small dining table and two chairs and lamps.

blue and white chair, table, inspiration, decorating

And then the relatives arrived.
My Uncle Jerry put down the carpet, my Aunt Sherry painted walls, my Murchison cousins brought gifts, my grandparents brought all sorts of small appliances, all while my mother helped me make this simple bare place into a home.

Also, on that day, unknown to me because that was his way, my Father had a side of butcher wrapped beef delivered to Gafford's Meat Locker on 14th street as a gift to us.

simple, joyful, decorating, living room

The message here for me, which is the ongoing message of my blog White Spray Paint, is that it is about the simple things in life and enjoying what we have.

The flea market finds in the photos above, from the botanical birthday prints, to the lamps, to the brass tray table are all simply ways we make our house a home.

Summer break series, guest post Laura of White Spray Paint
                                 You Do It Too I know you do


I am so honored to post these thoughts on Joyce's blog today.
Every time I read one of her posts, I fell I am connecting to a kindred spirit.
Her lovely home, and her gardening and love of family all appeal to that young woman you just read about from many years ago, who stood in that garage apartment while her mother guided her in how to make a house a home.

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23 July 2016

DIY Country Red Chair

Our Summer Break series welcomes the creative and talented Susanne from

She is a city girl who has been transplanted to a small country town of 400 and lives her life

inspired by her husband, children and grand littles.

She is an newbie blogger, interior design nut and views blogging as a wonderful and

inspiring new adventure. 

She loves to share her DIY and when you see this project that she has created you will

certainly "get," her passion for inspiring other to create and begin something new!

Photo credits given

DIY Red Chair & Belts

Contributor~ Susanne Stewart

This past weekend was a DIY trifecta for this city girl! After helping the hubby finish up his yard leveling, grass seed sowing project (okay, I only helped with the grass seed sowing part ;)  )  and while he took a nap, I went to town on a few projects of my own.  I finished up staining and lacquering a vintage ammo box (details on that to come) and made a planter out of an old galvanized WASH TUB.
My final project of the day involved digging an old chair out of my stash in my storage room in the garage, along with a bag of old belts I had been saving for this project.  It has taken me 2 years to get around to doing this project, if that tells you anything about the stash I have in that storage room!
DIY RED chair with belts
Materials needed for this project:
  • 1 old chair
  • 20 belts (give or take depending on the size of the belts and the chair
  • staple gun and 1/2 inch staples
  • fabric shears
I had already painted the chair red so I sprayed it with the Valspar's Clear Satin spray to keep the red paint from rubbing off on the wall (yep that has happened) and carefully picked out which belts I would use.  That is not as easy as it sounds!  You need a few wide sturdy belts to start off with to help with the sturdiness of the seat.

red chair

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I started by putting 3 of the sturdiest belts, 1 in the middle and 1 on each end, and then stapled them in place.  I stapled one end then pulled as tight as possible on the other end to make sure it didn't have very much give when I pushed down on them.

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Then I added the rest of the belts using the same technique.  After they were all stapled on I took fabric shears and cut off the excess of each belt.  I chose different colors and different textures of belts to have a patchwork effect.  Check out that white one with the little animals on it!!!  Isn't it just the cutest?!!

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Now on to the second layer, the basket weave layer.  Starting at the front I wove the rest of the belts into the design, making sure to keep them close and tight, making this seat even more sturdy. Over and under, over and under, over and under...well, you get the idea.
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I wove all of the belts in first then turned the chair over and stapled them using the same technique as I did with the first layer.  After they were all stapled I used the fabric shears and cut off the excess.
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There were a couple of belts that were a little too thick so the hubby (after being woke up to go on a fire run, he is a volunteer fireman) helped me by shooting 3/4 inch nails in them with a nail gun.  Make sure to check after to make sure they didn't shoot all the way through, air staplers are pretty forceful!  Then I turned it over and tested it out, it held my weight!!!  Success!!
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Then it found it's new home in the family room.  It's a big room, plenty of room for more projects ;)
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When looking for belts for this project I suggest shopping your hubby's side of the closet, source them from friends and family members(everyone has a stash of old belts, except me), or check at garage sales or your local thrift stores.
Do you see yourself trying this project?  Are there other belt projects you have done?  I would love to hear about them!!

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22 July 2016

Summer Time Coffee

A Summer break just doesn't seem complete without a tasty and refreshing drink recipe to share with all of you and just in time for the weekend too!

So today Debra, the happy and talented creator of Shoppe No5. is going to share her
Summer Time Coffee recipe with us.

Debra enjoys sharing recipes, and projects on her blog as well as creating a piece of 
unique furniture that won't cost a fortune.
She attended Ringling School of Art in Florida, but as often times happens life got in the way and her dreams were set aside for more practical matters.

Today she is living her dream, creating, imagining and add magic to furniture and more!

Country, rocker, Summer Break contributor series
                                                  Summer Time Coffee
                                                  Contributor ~ Debra Pashkowsky

A Coffee Drink To Make Anyone A Milk Lover

I don't know about you but as an adult I love my coffee, but milk I don't drink much of.

A coffee drink to make anyone a milk lover, well this recipe is for you.

I discovered it years ago in a Southern Living magazine.

I must get the majority of my favorite recipes from Southern Living Cook Books.

What is also nice about this recipe is that most of us have the ingredients on hand.

I always like recipes where I have most of the ingredients, if not all.

A Coffee Drink To Make Anyone A Milk Lover

Now the recipe below is the one from the magazine or the cookbook which I have.

I do tweak it from time to time,  I happen to love caramel so sometimes I substitute the chocolate syrup for the caramel syrup. Oh and sometimes I like to add some Kahlua and make an adult drink, that really tastes good. 

The other day I discovered Salted Caramel Kahlua, oh my it is so good in this recipe.

A Coffee Drink To Make Anyone A Milk Lover

You have to plan ahead so the coffee cubes are ready.

I enjoy flavored coffees, my favorite brand is Joffrey’s.

I generally order the different flavors from their website or go to a local coffee shop. So if I plan on making this, I make a little extra coffee and make the coffee cubes. And I try to make the flavor that will match or go with my syrup I am using.

A Coffee Drink To Make Anyone A Milk Lover

I also make a half recipe, it is so refreshing and is truly a coffee drink to make anyone milk lover, did I mention the recipe calls for reduced fat milk?

So you can enjoy this delicious drink with minimal guilt.

I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think.

A Coffee Drink To Make Anyone A Milk Lover
This post contains some affiliate links

Coffee Maker Blender 2 Cup Glass Measuring Cup Measuring Spoons 5 oz Measure Glass Ice Cube Tray Affiliate links may be contained in this post. That means if you click on one of those links, I will receive a small commission. You won’t be paying a cent more but it just means I will make a little money for your purchase. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Ingredients 2. Process coffee ice cubes, 1 1/4 cups milk and chocolate (or caramel or both) syrup in a blender until smooth. Dollop evenly with whipped topping, and sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Serve immediately Let me know if you need anything else, Debra Group: Main Ingredients (this label is not shown) Quantity Unit Ingredient (required) Notes 1 Cup Strong Brewed Coffee 2 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp 2% reduced fat milk 1 1/4 Cups 2% reduced fat milk 2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup You can substitute Caramel Syrup or a Tbsp of each 3 Tbsp Fat free Frozen Whipped Topping thawed I use Whipped Cream 1 tsp Chocolate Shavings Optional Kahlua Optional in place of syrup 1. Stir together coffee, sugar and 1 Tbsp milk in a small glass measuring cup. Pour into ice cube tray and freeze at least 2 hours or until firm.

Thank you so much for joining me in the Summer Break series!
We are in Santa New Mexico today and on to Colorado in the morning!

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21 July 2016

Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #24

Welcome to week 24 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
Our hostess this week is Laura from White Spray Paint
All of us at Thoughts of Home appreciate your participation and your creativity.
You are all gifted bloggers .

Now to this week's features.
Strawberry pie, recipe, dessert
Liz at Eat Move Make shares a recipe for 
Strawberry Cream Cheese Jello Pie that is
as pretty as it sounds delicious.

Thoughts Of Home On Thursday link party and decorating ideas
Maria at Simple Nature Decor shares her lovely home
from a recent summer home tour.

Link party, inspiration, motivation, positive thinking
Leslie at Gwen Moss Blog
inspires us as only she can in a wise post about owning our story.

Thoughts Of Home, link party athomewithjemma
Mickey of My Bashful Life shares her wonderful DIY party decor.

Thoughts Of Home On Thursday link party number 24
And Amy of Get Busy Gardening shares her suggestions for 15 Colorful Plants for Shade Gardens.

We ask that you please:

 1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites. 

 2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

 By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided. Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.

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20 July 2016

Southern Living & Blueberry Granola Parfait

Welcome to day two of our Summer Break series, if you missed day one you

can catch it right here.

Today I would like to introduce you to our charming guest contributor Maria from

Simple Nature  Decor

Maria is sharing her fabulous outdoor space and a blueberry granola parfait recipe. 

Maria's combines her appreciation of nature with timeless, simple and classic designs in 

her home and her outdoor spaces.

She refers to her South Carolina home as "my nature house," be sure to pop on over and 

visit Maria, you will certainly see why!

Southern, patio, bay, Summertime, nature

Her home and her family are her heart and her genuine kindness truly leaps over her blog 


                                         Southern Living & Blueberry Granola Parfait
                                                       Contributor ~ Maria Brittis

Maria is a guest contributor at athomewithjemma

Thank you Jemma, for inviting me to share a post on your lovely blog. I love spending time as much as I can outdoors. One of my favorite things to do and I need to do it more often, is having breakfast outside on my patio. As a blogger my days can be pretty hectic, trying to meet deadlines and taking care of my family. So taking 15 to 20 minutes to myself to have a quiet breakfast starts my day off in a positive way.

...so I thought I would share a healthy recipe and my little patio space where I love having breakfast when I can.

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low-fat plain greek yogurt

...to make your own home-made blueberry granola parfait.

  1. Spoon 1/3 cup of yogurt in the bottom of a wine glass, (that's what I use) add 1 tablespoon blueberry and 1 tablespoon granola. Repeat the layer and eat right away or chill in fridge until ready to eat
  2. For a touch of sweetness drizzle a little honey over the yogurt or have it plain and let blueberries naturally sweeten it.
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