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Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #16

Welcome one and all to the sixteenth edition of Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

We are delighted that you have joined us, your presence brightens our spirits.




Our hostess this week is Jemma from At Home With Jemma

She is sharing a little about herself with you today on her About Jemma page.




Since Jemma is sharing a bit about herself today, she is also including a bit more about the 

Ladies behind the features.

After all, we are much more than a page on the web!
                                                                 
                                                                            DIY


Joy is blogging over at  a Vintage Green.

Joy's love of vintage kitchen, china, treen and tin, as well as making vignettes from her own 

vintage collections and stenciling, is evident in many of her fabulous DIY projects.

If you do not know the definition of Treen, here is a link.





                                                                  Desserts

Peonies and Orange Blossoms has a passion for French, Swedish and Belgian decorating.

She shares many recipes but her most favorite confections are French viennoiseries and 

patisseries!

Last week she shared this beautiful and fabulous Le Fraisier~A French Strawberry cake.




                                                               Decorating


Maria Elena grew up in Madrid and has had a passion for decorating most of her life she 

enjoys sharing her creativity and inspiration with us on her blog 

Our Home Away From Home.

Such a pretty use of neutrals on her front porch to welcome family and friends.





                                       
                                          Inspiration

Well, Cathy is just cruising around in her darling Shasta camping trailer.

Believe me, this is no ordinary camping trip for she and her hubby- they go glamping not 

camping!

If this is not enough to inspire you, Cathy has a degree in Microbiology and is a Chef too!

Stop by and visit her at 1929 Charmer.




                                                             Gardening


Debbie delights us all with her passion for life, gardening, decorating, family and 

her commitment to her nursing career.

She loves the Victorian time period, her home and thanks God for her many blessings.

In 2013 she had 19 Christmas trees in her home! 

You can visit Debbie at her blog Debbie-Dabble






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Laura at Décor To Adore
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Wandering Wednesday~Caring for Linen

I guess I did not realize how many linen napkins and tablecloths I had until I began to 

unpack them, wash them and iron them.

Hmmm, seems as though they have multiplied while I was asleep.

Are there such things as linen gremlins??




So as the ironing pile grew and grew, so did my curiosity about the nature of linen.

You see, I grew up during the transition period from all natural fibers like cotton, linen and 

wool to the synthetic generation of memory fabrics that required little to no ironing,

also known as permanent press.

As a youngster my Mother would iron weekly, and I remember the clean, clean smell of 

fresh washed fabric pressed against the iron, while the little blue radio on the kitchen 

counter belted out Frank Sinatra.



I was never much of an ironing gal, even in college.

Then came marriage, home making, having babies and raising them, along with PTA, girl 

scouts Sunday School...

Back then it seemed like dragging out the old ironing board and iron took so much time, 

so often times I tossed the clothes back in the dryer just to get a few wrinkles out.

(shhhh...I am speaking in a whisper)

(Although I was big on bleach and did keep everything super white.)




A little History on Linen

Linen is woven from flax, a plant which grows 12 to 40 inches in height.

Flax is referred to in the Bible and the Pharaohs had their clothes made from linen.

Linen might just be the oldest natural fiber.

Just click on Linen History for more information.





Caring For Linen


Washing

When washing your linen it is better to wash by hand or machine wash and actually 

each and every time that you wash linen, it becomes more absorbent and even softer.

Use the gentle washing cycle with mild soaps in a lukewarm to cold water.







(Tip~pre-test your fabric first)

I had some very badly stained linen napkins that were my Grandmother's, I had washed 

them numerous times and still the stains would not come out.

Since I could not use them anyway, I felt that I might as well bleach them.

I soaked them in the sink in a bleach solution of 3 tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.

I completely submerged and soaked them about 5-10 minutes.

Then finished them up by machine washing them in warm water using detergent and 1/2 

cup bleach.

They came out looking wonderful! 


Drying

Linen can be put in the dryer on the cool cycle and it is best to remove when it is still slightly 

damp.

If you have a clothes line you can hang outside or even lie flat to dry.

Ironing 

It is much easier to iron linen while it is still damp, using a medium-hot iron.
If the linen is dry, use a steam-iron.

White linen can be ironed on both sides.

Colored linen is best ironed on the wrong side only.


Storing

Store linens in a cool dry place and avoid cedar chests, plastic bags and boxes.






Thank you for joining me today, wondering if you have any household tips to share?


xo

Please Join Me~

Mrs. Olson



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Garden Party #2


Good Gardening Morning! I
It is our second garden party of the season and today I am sharing my real working
vegetable garden and a few flower beds with you all.
I spend several hours a day in my gardens, weeding, watering, trimming, fertilizing, disease control, bug control and sometimes eating some sweet peas too!

First up I wanted to share these darling bright eyed sunflowers they have grown tall and sturdy from seeds.
I decided to try a different variety this year, these sunflowers are intended to be used in
floral arrangements.
They grow about 3 feet tall and have medium size blooms.



This is my first year to grow Tomatillo Plants, I have two of them,  you can see the tiny fruit forming now.
I will be making some wonderful salsa with them in just a short time.


Every garden really should have some Nasturtiums, they are edible too.
They are super easy to grow and add such vibrant color, next to them you will see some
carrots.
Great for kiddos to grow too as they are so hardy and grow quickly.



In the garden now are the garden peas to the right, center row beet greens, to the left
tomato and pepper plants.
Beyond that are the pole beans, corn, watermelon, squash and lavender.



This week will be having some beet greens.
I still can't decide if we will have them in a salad or steamed.



I scored big this last week on this Fiddle Leaf Fig.
You do know that these house plants are thee plant to have, right?
I stumbled upon mine at our local Home Depot, they had only 6 of them, so I grabbed this one as fast as I could.



Our roses are really taking off and I will tell you why I think they are.
I scatter about a half cup of Bone Meal around the plant, work it in and then water it in.
Bone Meal is a super food - a phosphate that roses really need.









We moved into our new home a week or so before Christmas, this past year.
We had these four hydrangeas put in as part of our landscape, no sooner than they went in, we got a frost that wasn't predicted and every one of the leaves froze and fell off.
I thought for certain that these hydrangeas were a goner, but low and behold they came back to life and look at them now.





I found this little terracotta hen pot at a fantastic organic store in Mesquite Texas.
It is such a hassle to drive to this store, but it has the coolest things and also my favorite organic garden concoctions.



We have been enjoying peas and strawberries from the garden.
The pole beans are looking good and so is the corn, I suppose that is what will be up next.
Now it is your turn my friends, to share you garden party with us.

Please visit these fine gardening friends too!

Art and Sand

Poofing The Pillows

White Spray Paint

Decor To Adore









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Tips On Magnolia Market at The Silos

We made it to Magnolia Market at the Silos while Amanda, Preston and the children were here.
We woke that morning to fabulous clear skies, good spirits and the anticipation of what we would find.
We are fortunate to live in such a centralized part of Texas.
Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Waco are all within a reasonable driving distance.
Waco especially and that is where the famous Magnolia Market is.
Just 1 1/2 hours driving distance from home.


I have some thoughts from that day which I have been wanting to share with you all.
I like Waco and Magnolia Market!
Both Waco and Magnolia are filled with Historical and Old Fashioned goodness.
Waco has lots of trees and some cool places to grab a bite to eat.
Magnolia Market is a wonderful and nifty place to visit, they have really done a fabulous job of preserving the area.
I am partial to grain Silos anyhow, growing up on our farm in Idaho we naturally had Silos too.
I love old, preserved, and cherished Farm equipment and supplies.
Now that we have our couple of acres, we need to invest in some outdoor rustic goods.





Tip 1- When to Visit Magnolia Market

Best days to visit Magnolia Market Tuesday thru Thursday.
Worst day Saturday-everybody is out and about on that day.

Visit the Silos if you can during the week, we went on a Tuesday morning and there was easy parking and what I would call a normal amount of people for any regular shopping day during the week.




Tip 2- Strollers-Not so much

The inside of Magnolia Market is a tad bit tight with wee folks and especially if you have a stroller.
There were many Mom's with little ones that were shopping with strollers but we felt were an annoyance and fearful that we'd knock something over.
Good we had the Daddy of the little folks with us, he took them to the well thought out open play area where Wyatt could swing and kick a soccer ball.





Tip 3- Is it a Retail Store?

Magnolia is a Retail store and many of the items for sale are mass-market goods.
Some of the items in this photo are very pretty and they are made in China too.
However, many other items are designed by Joanna and made by a local artist.
The displays were amazing and we truly enjoyed every moment.






Tip - 4 Evolving Merchandise.

The market is host to wonderful Seasonal goods, as well as everyday living.
At this time the market merchandise is more or less home accent items and gift items.
When we visited it felt like Spring had infused every corner and that nature had burst open in the market. 
We enjoyed strolling through the market and it had a gloriously old time feel to it.





Tip 5- What is the price point?

I would say the items are affordable, but not cheap nor a "deal."
Silk flowers $9 and up, signature candle $26, magnolia wreath $95.
If you want to shop the market, but haven't made it this way here is the link-
Magnolia Market on line




Tip 6-Farmhouse Feel

Chip and Joanna have created a very warm, welcoming and detailed architectural space.
Be prepared to feel sort of cozy and down home.
Lots of silk flower displays which give you the feeling they were just picked from a large field just down the road.





If you go be sure to enjoy the variety of food trucks too.
Oh, and yes, there are even real Magnolia Trees with real blossoms at Magnolia Market!




Have a Lovely weekend everyone!
xo

Please join me~

Cozy Little House


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Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #15

Hi everyone and welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
This is Laura from White spray Paint, and I am delighted to be your host this week.
I just wish you could see how excited and appreciative we- your TOHOT hosts- are each week as you invite us into your homes, show us your latest project, share your favorite recipe, or take us on a walk through your garden.
 
Now to this week's features.

Inspiration 
Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul treats us to another of her thoughtful, beautifully elegant posts in 
Decorating
 Richella of Imparting Grace in her post The Evolving Door
reminds us how the beauty we strive to create in our home is really
all about living.
DIY
Zan of Flourishing at Home does wonderful DIY projects. These
painted terracotta pots are just one of many.
Gardening
Just wait until you see Terry's garden. It is stunning. Her blog Forever Decorating is always full of creative ideas.
Recipe
And then there's Julie's BBQ Chicken Naan Bread Pizza.
Oh my is all I can say. Her blog Live From Julie's House is full wonderful recipes and home inspiration.


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The 4 C's of Organizing an Art/ Craft Retreat

We are steadily making progress on our upcoming craft retreat which is just around the corner.

Tuesday June 7th will be here before we know it and I am thrilled to be part of this exciting event.

I really want everything to be beautiful and so special for the Ladies who will be 
gathering together at our home.

More than anything I want them to feel welcome!

So, a little while ago we looked at the journey of how Texas bloggers became a community plus Ten Tips on Organizing a Craft Retreat.




Today I thought we'd focus on what I believe to be 

four extremely important fundamentals for the success of any retreat that you are 

considering organizing and hosting.







1. Cohesion-Why it matters.




No matter the type of retreat you are organizing it is important to be cohesive in order to accomplish successful and strategic planning and implementing the retreat.

Working with your retreat team is an ideal opportunity to develop leadership roles, enhance communication, engage and encourage creativity, and facilitate new ideas.

When creative juices start flowing there is an incredible energy and anticipation.

I have enjoyed visiting with Judith on the phone, meeting Laura in person and getting a sneak peek at the pro-types for her crafts.

Discussing the retreat luncheon plans with Stacey, and having Kari Anne so graciously
share her Hoffman fabric line with us.


One of the great things about this team of ladies is that they are all so talented, capable and inspirational!
Thank you again to each one of you for your commitment in making this an exceptional
event!


2. Creating-Define the Focus of the Retreat & Create An Experience.





After defining the type of retreat that you want to host you will need to insure that all of the necessary supplies and equipment will be provided by the host, craft leaders or that the participants will bring some of them to complete the projects.

Hobbyists will most likely be content to work in a shared space, and will look forward to time spent socializing.
Providing an inspiring spot to create is just as important at the project!

Most art and craft retreats include a little getting back to nature atmosphere.
Adding some chairs and tables in surprising places and creating outdoor nooks lends itself to soothing and inspiring creativity.



3. Connecting-Retreats are events that participants hold in their hearts for a lifetime.


Since most everyone leads such busy lives it is essential to create an atmosphere where 
participants can connect with one another.

Bringing together a group of like-minded individuals and watching friendships blossom  is exciting and rewarding for everyone.

Many times retreats are often a life-changing experience for many people.

Retreats not only connect you with other people, they can help you re-connect with yourself and re-discover some of the talents that you might have forgotten that you even had.



4. Communicating-Retreat is not an end in itself.



No matter what the purpose of the retreat you are organizing or hosting is, it is not an end in itself.

The retreat is truly a stepping stone in forming a organization, a team, community or a group of like minded people to continue to have ongoing activities and communication.

If you are one of the leaders it is vital to the success of the retreat to communicate with one another as well as the participants.

There needs to be ongoing communication and clarity about the retreat goals, projects, and expectations.







We currently have 20 confirmed participants and have room for 3 more.

If you are a Texas blogger and would be interested in joining us please send me an email by Friday May 20th.

Registration closes on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Cost for the retreat is $15.00 which includes materials for crafts, lunch and door prizes.
Fee is due upon arrival.

Retreat begins at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 7th.

Can't wait!

Wishing you all well.
XO


Please Join me~

Cedar Hill FarmhouseLove Of HomeLife and Linda