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Happy Valentine's Day!  

I sure hope that you are celebrating this day of love with those dearest to your heart.

Just in case Valentine's Day has crept upon you and you need a quick little something to 

give to one of  the loves in your life here is a snappy DIY project.

Choose the fabric and embellishments of your choice, and with simplicity being  the key for 

this project,  you will be able to have these decorated jars and lids finished in 30 minutes or 


Items needed for this project~

1. M&M's
2. Pint size mason jars
3. Ribbon, rick-rack, scrap fabric, buttons
4.Pinking shears
5.Hot glue gun

Fill jars with candy.
Cut fabric approximately into 6 x 6 inch squares with pinking shears, place fabric on top of jar.
Place lids on jars.
Hot glue ribbon or rickrack on metal ring.
Hot glue buttons or any other embellishment on top of fabric and on jar.

Presto, you have a DIY candy jar.

These were some of the little treats that I tucked in those easy DIY Valentine Bags.

Wishing you and yours a very special and loving Valentine's Day.

With love,

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Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #1

Welcome to the delightful beginning of Thoughts of Home On Thursday.

We are so happy that you have joined this gathering.

Our intent is to be a nurturing place of creativity and inspiration. 

Each week we hope that you will share your decorating ideas, recipes, thoughts on 

gardening, or simply what inspires you. 

                              Each link up will be shared on all four of our blogs.

To celebrate we are hosting a giveaway each week for a month.
Anyone who links up will be eligible to win.
Linking up more than one post means you are eligible for multiple entries.

This week the giveaway is being hosted by Laura of Decor to Adore.

This giveaway includes a one of kind flea market apron, mug, loose leaf tea strainer, decorative accent piece, and a $20.00 dollar gift card to HomeGoods/ TJMaxx/Marshalls

tucked into a darling coin purse.

                   This week's selections that truly capture the essence of home:

*Please note that as this is our inaugural post we have selected a post from each of our four blogs. In the future weekly we will highlight four guests who link up the previous week.

      At Home With Jemma shares How to Decorate with Faux Flowers & Wreaths.


Easy and delicious Raspberry and Orange Trifle from Decor to Adore is perfect for Valentine's Day.


                         White spray paint offers fantastic ideas in Raised Gardening Tips.


                      Poofing the Pillows provides inspiration in "A Fresh Look at Our Family Room".

                                                                 Gentle Suggestions:

1. A link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites would be greatly appreciated as it will help new friends to find us.

Laura at Decor to Adore

Stacey at Poofing The Pillows

Jemma at Athomewithjemma

Laura at White Spray Paint

2. Please share up to three of your favorite posts.
             Please link to a specific post.
    Kindly remember not to link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts Of Home On Thursday can
feature your post and accompany 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.

3. In the spirit of camaraderie we encourage you to visit one another.

We thank you so very much for gathering with us and hope to see you each and every week
at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

We can't wait to see what you share, it is time to link up!

Valentine Vignette & A Birthday

We celebrated our little Molly's third Birthday this past weekend, I cannot believe how fast 

time goes by, and I think it goes by faster the older we become.

Why is that?

I remember being a child playing in the warm Idaho sunshine wondering at times why the 

days were so long.

Who would I play with , where could we go, and would I ever grow up.

Do you recall those feelings too?

Molly is my three old granddaughter and I spent precious moments with her and my 

daughter this weekend in Edmond Oklahoma.

One word for time spent with my Molly DELIGHTFUL!!!

Sweet and simple felt heart wreath welcomes me into their home, along with a big hug, kisses and the best words in the world whispered in my ear.

"I love you Mimi."

My heart melts like a snowman on a sunny day.

Three year olds are  much like a mixture of vanilla pudding mixed with cayenne pepper 

served in a gloriously multifaceted crystal bowl.

Three year olds try their parents patience, but not a Mimi's.

Mimi's eyes have seen the passage of time, watched the trees blossoms and the leaves 

wither and fade...

With the gift of time on a grandparent's side our wrinkled brows and eyeglass clad eyes see 

only the magic in those persnickety, delightful, energetic youthful and pure spirits.

Molly runs with the breeze, it barely catches her, as her black patent shoes dance just 

above the ground.

Magic... pure magic...

Love...pure love.

Of a Mimi and her grandchild.

Delight swirls around her world like whip cream topped on a piece of cherry pie.

Wonder collides with innocence on a February day.

Love One Another As I Have Loved You.
~John 13:34

Happy Birthday twinkle toes, I love you!

I think February might just be my new favorite month.


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Decorating With Faux Flowers & Wreaths

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, I thank you!

It is my joy and privilege to have you join me, truly, truly it is!!

You might just know that I frequently write about flowers, and wreaths.

You probably have guessed that I am crazy over family, reconstructing a simpler 

lifestyle and living with gratitude.

So today, let's chat a little bit about flowers and wreaths.

Decorating with them is an economical way to add gentle charm, timeless elegance, 

quaintness and makes a home warm and welcoming.

Wreaths have changed so much throughout the years.

At one time they were mostly found on front doors and usually it was an evergreen 

wreath with a bright red velvet bow, welcoming in Christmas.

Wreaths have evolved and now they are so much more than a decoration on the front 

door or a seasonal thought.

They "say," welcome no matter where they are placed.

When you add flowers and a wreath to a room, it is a winning combination.

The artistic side of me enjoys the process of designing, envisioning, and hand crafting 

many things in our home.

I come from a family that creates-we have always wondered how things worked, how we 

could craft something from bits and pieces.

Do you have an artistic passion that directs your decorating style??

My Mother and Father were the original DIYers, it wasn't so cool then, it was a necessity.

Saving money was the catalyst for making parts last on tractors or making a quilt from 


Depending on the materials you use wreaths can add rustic elegance, charm, or whimsy 

and often times they add just the right touch to those challenging niches or crannies

I began this project with a heart shaped grapevine wreath, dried flowers and ribbon.

I mentioned in my Pretty Posies post that I was going to dry some asters and roses.

I did, and here are some of them.

For some wretched reason, most of my roses fell apart and I am not sure why, I have dried 

them before and never had this problem.

Has this happened to you?

Since I had poor luck with my roses, I felt this wreath was just a little too plain and lacking 

some lustre so I added some faux flowers and greenery.

It is very acceptable to mix different elements together, so don't feel shy about 

experimenting with what you have in your craft room, we love our craft rooms...

I was pleased, that just by tweaking this wreath a little, it made such a difference.

I enjoyed sharing a little decorating in our Dining, perhaps we could even say this was a 

prelude to Spring!


Please Join Me~

French Country Cottage

Share Your Cup

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Thoughts Of Home On Thursday

I woke up thinking of what thoughts of home meant to me today.

Different days, I think of different things.

Some days thoughts of home mean gardening, canning, planting.

Other days I think of baking, slicing, chopping, cooking.

The list goes on for  me, as I am sure it does for you all too.

Thoughts of home change throughout the days and even sometimes minutes.

But today I looked at these collections that my Paternal and Maternal Grandmother's had 

collected, along with my Mother and myself, and they "felt," like home.

I love my family, I love my home, I love my life.

Perfect, unflawed no-and that is what makes me love it all the more.

This is my youngest daughter's kitchen table.

Her Thoughts of Home look like this-a perfect collection of blue and white.

Treats carefully set out and waiting for Molly and me.

Our middle daughter with her midcentury home and master retreat, soothing, calming.

Thoughts of home for her look like this.

Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

A collection of our lives, the joys, the laughter, the love; the real deals, the snippets the 

marvel and wonder of life, that make thoughts of home a lasting impression.

Please join us this coming Thursday the 11th and share your thoughts of home.


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DIY Valentine Gift Bags

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I always enjoy giving my sweet Valentines 

little gifts of love.

I do believe that Valentine's Day is one of the best holidays around.  

It is a no pressure, let me love you sort of day.

So, over the next few days I will be sharing some easy, pleasing and cutie pie ways

to show your love.

Today I am sharing a simple way to make these colorful and loveable Valentine Gift Bags.

Really cute gift bags have become way too expensive, so let's start this project with some 

inexpensive bags and spruce them all up for those sweet ones in our lives.

Could we say this looks like an interesting assortment of whatnots?

Oh, goodness and interesting they are-let imagination, wonder and delight be the guide to


I picked up these whimsical Valentine gift tags at a craft show in Oklahoma last year.

Supplies For DIY Valentine Bags

1. Assorted gift bags
2. Rickrack 
3.Paper doilies 
4.Assorted material
6.Heart buttons
7.Wooden arrows and heart
8.Pinking Shears 
9.Trusty glue gun 

Next step is to make sure you have plenty of chocolates to nibble on why you heat up that 

trusty glue gun, and of course save a few for gift giving

Did you know that chocolate enhances your creativity...I am not certain that this is a fact...

so please don't quote me!

My glue gun is my BFF, do you have a favorite craft gadget??

So, heat that glue gun up and glue all of these little whatnots on those bags, until you are 

satisfied with their appearance.

Can't wait to show you what little treat I tucked inside of these Valentine Gift Bags!

Looking forward to seeing what you all will be sharing next Thursday-mark those calendars

and share the love with Thoughts of Home on Thursday!

Have a lovely weekend my dears.


Please Join Me~

Julie's Lifestyle

An Extraordinary Day


Life and Linda

Cozy Little House

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Change Is Good & A Blog Party

I am sure that during the course of  life you have heard that change is good for you.

However, change can be challenging and difficult.

Relinquishing the familiar, where safety resides like an old friend, then trading it all in for 

uncharted sailing where we could find a rough and treacherous sea.

Change inevitably means letting go of what was, and trading it in for something new.

Change is futile to resist, it arrives like a gust of wind on a Spring day.

Our backyard today.

"Life is a series of spontaneous changes.  Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality. 
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
-Tao Tzu

Our backyard in May of 2015

"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
-Albert Einstein

Our home today

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building on the new."

Our home last Fall 2015

We have had many changes this past year and I have had to call upon some calming 


Each one of us has stress and anxiety in our lives and it is discovering those "secret 

weapons," that create a feeling of harmony in which to help us find a sense of calm and 


Some find solace and comfort surrounded by the stillness, beauty and serenity of nature.

"Change your thoughts and change your world."
- Norman Vincent Peal

Others find balance and tranquility in preparing the soil, nurturing the seed and 
embracing the flower as it blooms.

"What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself."
-Abraham Maslow

Sometimes change is the catalyst to open a new door to supportive 

and nourishing friendships, new projects and dreams.

More changes are happening here and I would like to invite you all, to join 

four Texas Ladies for a new weekly link party.

Thoughts of Home on Thursday, is a serene and gentle spot, where we welcome you to 

share decorating, recipes, gardening and inspiration that transforms your house into a 


Our first Weekly blogging party begins Thursday February 11th, 2016.
And just like any good party, there will be some exciting surprises.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!


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