Vintage Pink Lamps

It was a Vintage Lamp weekend 





A little road trip to Oklahoma to visit our youngest daughter and baby Molly...





Pink Vintage lamps that kept calling my name-

I hovered around them like

a bee does to the hive. 

Should I?

Or Shouldn't I?



They were only $ 15 for the pair-

They actually work!



They really and truly "fit," in with my decorating style.  

But...




They are Pink!

Should I keep them Pink or repaint them?


Please join me at these Parties:

Cozy Little House

Crafty Texas Girls

The Thrifty Groove


Fashion Friday-Nautical

I have been thinking Classic and Timeless - Nautical.





It is a look for any age or body type. 






"Nautical Stripes" by amy-phelps on Polyvore
Source


Nautical stripe boat neck.






"Nautical" by wannabchef on Polyvore


Source

Add accessories, but with caution-too much may look more like a 

costume than a trend.



Georgia Nautical Scarf
Blu Bijoux Red Nautical Round Stud Earrings






Small Center Stripe Ella Tote | Womens Totes | ToryBurch.comFilipa Espadrille Wedge Sandal : Women's Designer Sandals | Tory Burch |









We all have clothing budgets and because Nautical is timeless it is actually

a smart way to spend your clothing dollars.



Have a safe and fun weekend, my friends!






Inspirational Thursday-Gecko In My Garden

My Garden is an extension of my life, 

my well-being, my thoughts,

my creativity, my sanctuary. 

When my world seems to have spun out of control 

my garden centers me, comforts me, inspires me.



Do you see my little friend?  My Gecko?





He loves my garden,  

He returns every year,

my garden is his home,

my garden is his sanctuary.



You know, being part of nature is enlightening.  

Being part of nature reminds us of how small we all are-

How fleeting this life is.



How important it is to stop,

to truly listen,

to truly connect,

to truly give.


So for today, let us all go outside- just stop. 

Let our minds rest and feel the power of being a small part of something

so incredible and inspiring.


Sharing this week with:



Viewing Nature With Eileen







My Little Blue Flower Pots

I am so enjoying all of the materials that are available to re-do things.  I know

it is fashionable to be DIY, but gosh it is also just plain fun!!  Everywhere I look

in my home I see re-do's!











I am really wondering what I saw in these two yellow flower pots...

Perhaps it was the design?  




The color of this flower pot wasn't  even particularly flattering to the plants!






So when my husband began cleaning out the corner of the garage where my 

flower pots are tucked away, he asked me if he could throw these two yellow

flower pots away.







I gasped, because I am a bit of a hoarder with my flower pots-you already

know why from my previous posts.  However I did agree something 

desperately  needed to be done.
12-oz. Gloss Brilliant Blue General Purpose Spray Paint
                                                      Source


I knew that spray paint was going to be my choice for re-doing these flower 

pots. I also knew that I loved blue!  Who can resist blue?

What I didn't know was that there were so many glorious colors, shades

textures and finishes.  For $3.97 I was able to have two new flower pots.




So, now that I have discovered the joy in these happy colors, I feel certain

that I will be able to find other little flower pots to brighten up.


Do you have any re-do's waiting for you in a corner?

Please join me:

Elizabeth & Company

Fishtail Cottage

The Dedicated House



Ivy And Elephants


Cozy Little House





Deviled Potato Salad

Well, I don't know if you all had Potato Salad growing up-but I did!  It was a 

major part of our picnic fare-



My Mom, fixed a great picnic-fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato 

salad, black olives, and a dessert.  This wonderful Potato Salad recipe comes 

from Southern Living Cookbook-Second Printing 1971.









I suppose you remember that I grew up

on a agriculture farm in Idaho-with a 

major emphasis on ...

potatoes!

I can cook potatoes in all sorts of ways

and yes they are always, always, 

wonderful!!

You must  cook potatoes in their jackets for this recipe -and I prefer a russet.  

I do know that Yukon's and Red's have a great reputation but on my farm-it 

was and always will be a Russet.



You may be wondering-Southern Living-isn't Jemma from Idaho?

Well, my Mother's twin sister moved to North Carolina after marrying

a Lieutenant during World War II.  She sent Mom this recipe book and Mom

became hooked on many of the recipes.





So, for the presentation of this salad I chose to use my set of Table Arts- by 

designer Debra Cherniawsky. These are such fun pieces and each piece is hand 

painted- Debra is a native of Alberta, Canada.


RECIPE: serves 6 to-8 Prepare a day in advance and chill-makes all ingredients meld together for a spectacular flavor.

DEVILED POTATO SALAD

INGREDIENTS:

8 hard-boiled eggs
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
6 medium potatoes cooked in jackets, peeled and cubed ( 4 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup finely diced celery
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon chopped pimento

Directions:

Cut eggs in half and remove yolk.  Mash and blend yolks with vinegar, horseradish, and 

mustard.   Add mayonnaise, sour cream, celery  salt, and salt; mix well.  Chop egg white; 

combine with potatoes, celery, onion, green pepper, and pimento.  Fold in egg yolk mixture 

chill.  Garnish with tomato wedges and cucumber slices.  (I finely chop all of the vegetables I 

have never liked biting into a large piece of onion or pepper for that matter!)



Now, put all of these yummies in your favorite bowl and chill overnight.  This

potato salad is a great side dish for any of your upcoming barbecues or picnics!


Please Join Me At These Parties With These Lovely Ladies!



The Dedicated House






Fashion Friday-Palette of Greens

I need a little vacation...

Nothing fancy...

Just a place where I can read a great book...









If I could I would pack a bag 

or maybe two...




I know some friends that would like to join me, would you?










And after a glorious day of shopping, and finding just the best of

everything...



Naturally, we would stop for a delicate and delicious dessert.



Pantone colors for Spring 2013 include a vast palette of greens.  Pistachio, 

Midori, Cool-Blue-Greens, Cool Mints, Beachglass.

The Key words are: Easy and totally relaxed.


So, my dears, enjoy and have a relaxing weekend.





Inspirational Thursday-Bluebonnet Spring

As an update to this post-A Fertilizer Plant in West Texas, near Waco, had a 

major explosion last night.  My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to these 

individuals and their families.



Living in the Great State of Texas we have a beautiful little flower that blooms 

gracefully and faithfully all along the highways and byways of life...





This bright blue flower is the bluebonnet and is the state flower of Texas-It was 

designated our State flower many years ago-1901.  It has been called the wolf 

flower, and buffalo clover.  Some say it is the Shamrock of Texas.



The home of this bright and shining flower has an interesting origin, it grows in 

one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America-it is the prairie.  I 

suspect it is at risk do to what we call "progress."




The Bluebonnet typically blooms from late March to early April.  The Bluebonnet 

seems to always be a favorite object for artists and photographers and always a 

favorite background for children and family photos.







Another treasure is the Post Oak-it is a majestic and honorable tree whose leaves

burst out beautifully on warm April days.  It is drought resistant- perfect for the 

prairie. They are slow growing and reach a height of 50 or more feet.  They live a 

very long time up to 300 or even 400 years!



I just feel so certain that this Oak may actually be several hundred years old.

When I look up through these massive limbs and see the width of this trunk, I 

feel in awe of the beauty of nature.

So, despite the heat, drought and my frustration with keeping my garden thriving.

Texas does have it's charm, even it's beauty.  It is after all, the prairie, a unique

and challenged ecosystem.





As I finished my afternoon stroll through our neighborhood, this quirky little 


squirrel was just begging me to take his picture.  So, I  indulged his whim and 

snapped this - he even was gracious enough to fluff out his tail and give me his

best side!


How do you embrace your Spring?!

Dear Little Red House


The View From Right Here

Fishtail Cottage







Container Gardening-Confessions of a Plant Lover

Container Gardening, I have a Pinterest Board on this very Topic.  I would have never thought that I would be such an advocate of  growing plants this way, but I am and this is why...







May I be completely truthful?

I hesitate to be this open...

I love Texas and I also don't...




Ah...

Such a relief..

There, I said it...



Do you think that being totally honest with yourself and others is well-

therapeutic?



I need to be honest...

Why?

Because I am writing this

and devouring chocolate chip cookies. 

That can't be good...


Truly, I am a gardening, plant and flower loving addict...







And, in order for me to get the blooms,

vibrant color,

abundant and hardy growth,

magnificent show...
 
I have admittedly resorted to containers...

Does this make me less of a gardener?

Or just a wiser one?

If I could I would choose a flower bed.

However, our lack of water,

Our scorching heat,

Our incessant sun,


Has brought me to this...


What would you do??


Please Join Me:


Fishtail Cottage Garden Party

A Stroll Through Life

Ivy and Elephants

Savvy Southern Style







Lazy Daisy Wreath

Challenging myself to reuse all of the wreaths I have made in the last 12 months.  First challenge is:
Keeping it simple by using the White Deco Mesh Wreath From Easter.


When I started thinking about wreaths, I realized that I had too many!!  
So, what better place to start than with the most recent wreath that I have made.








After removing all of the Easter Embellishments, and storing them in baggies.  I ventured over to Hobby Lobby.  I found this delightful Blue Burlap Ribbon.  I like the contrast of the light and airy deco-mesh with the heavier Burlap. 
I wasn't really sure at first, but now I think mixing the two textures adds a bit of interest.




I had these bright and happy daisies in my craft box-just waiting for a good use.
Aren't these little darlings so realistic? 







I added five of them - experimented with placement before securing with florist wire.  







I love working on my projects in this room-it is one of my very favorite rooms- my kitchen nook-I love this light!!





 I made my bow and added it and then brought the wreath into our bedroom to see what I thought. 
 I always move my creations from room to room to see what I think...





We have always had trouble hanging wreaths on our front door-
I have tried everything from "official," wreath hangers to clear suction cups.
  We came up with the idea of hammering a small nail just above the lead glass and then tying fishing line to the wreath - then the nail. It is secure, light and invisible!



Do you have any projects that you are thinking of re-cycling?