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My Birdhouse

If I were a bird I know just the type of house I would like to live in.

One of them would be this one, which I was so fortunate to win from one of the sweetest 

little giveaways this side of Lake Ray Hubbard.

Carole at Garden Up Green is such a tremendous resource for Texas gardening and she 

just recently had a giveaway.

I entered, I won and we met at Hobby Lobby!!!

We chatted just like we had known one another for ever.

So fun.

I  have tried my Birdhouse in several different spots.

For now this charming Birdhouse, which is a perfect mix of rustic and feminine is 

tucked along side my happy geraniums and as you can see there is already a little Bird who 

has landed here.

Thank you Carole, so much!

My recent win has sparked an interest in Birdhouse's for me so I am sharing some creative 

and unique styles with you today.

Just look at this one with a penny roof.

Great way to recycle clever.

Since we are Texans I am just thinking that this Cowboy Boot Birdhouse, would be a perfect 

fit for our backyard.

If you were a bird would you like this one???

I found this great website, for ordering Birdhouses.

They seem to be using recycled poly lumber milk jugs to make   Recycled Plastic Bird 


Isn't this Rustic barn birdhouse sold on Etsy so nifty.

I will be spending the next ten days with my sweet family.

Thoughts of Home will post as usual, but other than that-this Mimi/Grammy is going to be

basking in the joy of family time.

Have a wonderful week my dears!


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Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #12

Has it really and truly been three months since we began our little Thursday party?

Well, it surely doesn't seem that long to all of us.

It might just be because you have all been sharing so much amazing inspiration that you 

have gotten us all through those transition months from Winter to Spring.

We are all in awe of what you are sharing at the garden party too!

Truly, your creativity is over the top gorgeous.

The garden party is open for your garden pretties all the way to Mother's Day, so 

please continue to share as your garden's bloom and thrive.

                        ~ Thank you for joining us, now on to this week's features~

                                                            ~  Decorating ~

Maggie Overby made a dramatic change in her master bedroom during the

One Room Challenge, how did she do it you may ask?  With Rit dye!

                                                              ~ Recipes~

Joan always creates magic in her kitchen and shares step-by-step tutorials too.

Wouldn't these cookies be perfect for a shower or Mother's Day.

                                                              ~   Gardening ~

Ron shares his love of gardening that graces his charming Southern home.

                                                                      ~  DIY ~

Robin transforms new bargain buckets from the dollar section at Target.

Great tutorial included for this project.

                                                        Inspiration ~

Linda has shared a sunshine yellow tablescape with roosters and sunflowers that would 

inspire any occasion.

                                                      We ask that you please:

  1. Link back to this post and follow any one of the four hostesses at these blogs.

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                                               Jemma of At Home With Jemma

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Wandering Wednesday~Daily Joys

Daily joys I find at home.

 Which is my sanctuary, where I find simple pleasures.

No matter where or how I far I roam, I always long to return home.

Storm clouds rumble, grumble in a gruff and hurried sort of way.
Rain drops permeate every molecule of air and pungent earthy fragrances linger
on rosy red petals.

I want to go home.

My memories; they shape many of my days, they are the way I saw my life,

through those rose colored glasses.

That I will never ever give up.

Home, there is no place like it.

Where do you find your daily joys?


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Ten Tips On Organizing A Craft Retreat

We are just about 6 weeks out from our first annual Texas Bloggers Art/Craft Retreat.

My goal is to share with you all the journey of organizing and implementing a retreat such 

as this one.  

We are truly blessed to have an active group of Texas bloggers, all over this big state.

Many of them live in North Texas, which is where I call home sweet home.

                   We are blessed in many other ways too.

                   We have this lovely sister like blogger with a heart of gold. 

                   You might just know this fine gal~ Stacey, and she blogs at Poofing The Pillows.

               Stacey is graciously assisting me in coordinating this craft retreat.

A good bit of this tale began when Stacey sort of scooped up us Texas gals like we were 

melting dollops of neapolitan ice cream on a hot August afternoon.

Oh she didn't stop there, she gently corralled us all in as if we were wild long horns on the 

wide open prairie, thats just her natural way, and when she urged us to do so, we minded.

After that she had us all vote because it had to be fair, on our name for a Facebook group.

Now we stay connected in many ways, empowering, caring and supporting one another 

and you know that is a powerful tool.

Women helping women to succeed.

From that point on various events have been planned and well one thing led to another.

This tale has the potential to get wordy, because I am a talker and I am trying very hard to 

stay on track.

I really do have worthwhile tips to share, so please don't doze off just yet...

First off I just must say that the blogging community is a unique, powerful and uplifting 


At the end of the day, at least for me, it is about creativity and camaraderie.

Would some dollars be nice, well sure. 

I don't know anyone that would turn down a paycheck...I do have a plant habit after all...

I am sort of crafty, but not really and truly crafty.

So, I didn't just wake up one morning and say let's have a craft retreat.

It has been a process and well, there have been several bloggers who have influenced me 

in my desire to do this and they probably don't even know who they are.

But you see, we can all be mentored, no matter our age, education, 

expertise, qualification or know how.

One person, or many, can influence you and make a lasting impression on your 

creativity, your thoughts and choices.

When I first began blogging in late Fall of 2012, I felt very small, like a fish in the big ocean.

I was enthused, but I was lost-maybe a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo.


So, I just kept swimming, in a laborious manner.

But then a bright eyed blonde blogger came swimming along at that very time and gave me 

the encouragement I needed.

That special blogger lady is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.

I think I might just have floundered and sunk without her all inclusive demeanor.

In fact, KariAnne is going to be our super cute, super sweet, talented caring and sharing

producer at our upcoming Texas Bloggers Craft Retreat on June 7th, 2016.

She is going to share her Hoffman Fabric Line with us and we are going to be making some

marvelous crafts.

                                                         Fabric and Friends                                                       

Does the fun stop here-no way!

The retreat just keeps going, we haven't even gotten to the sweet tea or handmade sugar 

cubes in the shape of project, this I know I can do!)

We will be creating several crafts to take home with us under the direction of two other 

lovely, articulate, creative, caring and talented  bloggers.

Laura from Decor To Adore and Judith from Botanic Bleu.

These gals have some delightful crafts planned that might just include lace, butterflies and 

vintage book pages and more.

Then there is Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy who has inspired me year after year with 

her creative trips to Southern Exposure where crafts were made, conversations were rich 

and lasting friendships were born.

I have longed for a Texas version of Southern Exposure for a very long time, this is my 

extension of that dream ignited by Jeanie's posts.

Oh, there are many more of you who inspire me.

My sweet family, dear friends, from near and far.

We are a community of bloggers, a vital group of women, who help women to be the best 

they can be.

Next week I will be sharing the importance of the Five C's when organizing a Craft Retreat.

If you have any tips to share, I would love to hear from you.

If you are a Texas Blogger and would like to be added to our FB group, or receive information on the Craft retreat please email me.


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Spring Garden Party

Good Morning!

Today is Monday April 25th and we are honoring life, friendships, Spring, and gardening! 

The ladies from Share Your Cup and Thoughts of Home on Thursday welcome you to a

Spring Garden Party.

Today we welcome you to link up what grows on your patio, in your flowerbeds,

veggies in the garden or herbs in terracotta pots.

What ever sort of plantings inspire you.

Today I am sharing my Texas gardening spots (except for the veggies.) 
Oh, and my youngest daughter's new puppy Captain...
smile...I could not resist!

Since our home is new our flowerbeds are working hard to grow strong and full.

So, while they fill in and grow full and abundant I have focused on adding pops of color in 

all sorts of pots and containers.

You will find herbs, petunias, ferns, impatiens, geraniums, succulents and such.

Later on this week I will be sharing my favorite plants for Summer time, and a peek

at my hydrangeas...squeal!

Some information on growing hydrangeas.

My Garden...

is my...

Happy Place

Muddy fingers, broken nails and sun soaked skin revel in the magic of what nature 

gifts us.

How can one tiny seed or fragile plant give birth to these glorious blossoms...

One can only sit, wonder and marvel at the divine plan of it all.

And watch in quiet mediation as the vibrant rays of the day slowly meld and soften to a 

sleepy evening glow.

The energy of the day relents to the persistent nighttime cloaking of the sky.

My Texas Garden welcomes you and now it is your turn to share your garden.

Please visit these Lovely Ladies~

Carol of Art & Sand  Jann of Daily Cup  Laura of Decor To Adore

Stacey of Poofing The Pillows  Laura of White Spray Paint

What joys do you find in gardening?