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Fashion Friday-Nail Love

When you have a Fashion Tip like this one, it just has to

be shared-this is one gals fashion tip to another. No 

reimbursement or advertisement, just pure facts!

So, would you like to know a little secret about how to have 

set of pretty nails, without the expense, the fills, the 

drill,the damage, the time it takes?

You see, it has always been important to me to have well

groomed nails.

Because I have thin nails, no matter how much milk I drink,

calcium supplements I take- they remain thin.

When I was a young woman the trick to long, sturdy nails 

was to drink Knox gelatin mixed with water - nasty tasting 

stuff!  So I tried, I tried all of these home and scientifically 

proven remedies and still my nails were ridiculously thin.

This how I became a fan of acrylic and gel nails...

So, twice a month I have faithfully marched into a nail spa

to have a fill, color change or new set of nails put on.  I 

know all of the controversy and health hazards.  But truly I 

didn't care, I needed nails!

These acrylic and gel nails are strong-they withstand sanding 

furniture, digging in the garden even scrubbing down 

cabinets. The thing was the longer I wore the nails, the more 

fragile mine became.  Oh, what a wretched circle I was 

involved in.

And then it happened, my nails were shot!

They could no longer tolerate another drill, solution or 


What now...

So many Spring Activities to attend

and me with my shameful ruined nail beds!

You have heard the saying that "Necessity is the Mother

of Invention."  Well, I was in need so I went to my local  

drug store and found these amazing press on nails.  Press

on nails have come a long way.  Both of these brands last

anywhere from 5 to 7 days.  They have tolerated my 

lifestyle  very well, and they will not harm your own nails.

I don't wear them all of the time, but they sure have been

handy for special occasions or weekends out and about.

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Inspirational Thursday- Sunshine Yellow

I have always been a fan of yellow.  In recent years I have moved 

away from using much of this warm, welcoming color to our home 

and I am missing the cheer it brings to any room.

So, I am wondering just what is the best way to bring this

delightful color back into our home?

Should I paint one of my chest of drawers yellow?

Or should I recover an old wing back chair with a friendly

yellow fabric?

Should yellow be on my walls,

A lamp,

A throw...

So, what do you think? 

How should I begin to bring yellow back into our home?

The Brambleberry Cottage

Painted Pots and Succulents DIY

      This is just a fun little Do-It-Yourself Project. 

I had two plastic pots, acrylic paint, leftover daisies, 

soil, sphagnum moss and two cute succulents.  What to do,

what to do?

Some easy little step by step instructions-

Perhaps it appears that I am a bit crazy over sunflowers and


Well I think I am- and this is why!

They are sunshine yellow, and doesn't that lift just about 

everyone's spirit? 

Two, they look happy, who can resist those 

dainty layered petals?

Three, Daisies, symbolize innocence and gentleness.

So, I decided to spruce up some pots with some paint and 

cheerful daisies.  Just add soil, succulents and fresh air.

There are so many varieties of succulents and as you know they are

becoming increasingly popular.  I chose these two based on their 

color and interesting natures.  

For my red pot I chose Cremnosedum Crocodile.  This is such

a beautiful succulent. The leaves on this succulent have rose 

contrasting antique like colors.  I felt the red pot 

accentuated the rose tips of this plant.  I prepared a mixture 

of moss, a few pebbles and potting soil in order to create a 

porous soil. Succulents like well drained soil.  Add bright 

light and do not overwater.

In my blue pot I planted the Sempervivum Arachnoideum   

(cobweb) succulent.  A very interesting plant which

appears to be covered in a web. (This is a baby one and still 

is new at forming webs.)  It has delicate leaves

and will provide soft, delicate rosette blossoms.  Once again

porous soil, do not overwater and bright light.

Place on your favorite outdoor table, pour some lemonade,

put your feet up and enjoy your Sunny days-

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Memorial Day- World War II Remembrance

I am sharing with you my gratitude for the men and 

women and their families who have given their service and 

support in the Armed Forces.

Today I find myself remembering the stories my Dad and Aunt

would share of their experiences of being a soldier and nurse

during World War II. 

Dad was in the infantry and Aunt Madge 

was a nurse stationed on the tiny Island of Guam.  Both of 

these dear people came home safely and lived full and 

abundant lives after the War.  However their stories of passion

for our country resonate in my heart and soul.  

Dad received his basic training in California - then was 

deployed.  He traveled to his duty station on a ship, over the

rough Pacific Ocean, it took many weeks, which to him-

seemed like it took forever, so many of the men became 

seasick.  Aunt Madge shared stories of service people getting 

Island Fever. ( a term used for being "stuck," on a rock and 

longing to get off of it.) The Island of Guam is very small. 

(Guam is only 30 miles long and 4-12 miles wide)

My Mom, my sister and my Dad-prior to his deployment.


Mom would tell stories of how the women had to give up 

wearing stockings because the material used for stockings had 

to be used for the war. Since the women did not have 

stockings,  they would then draw a line up the 

back of their legs to resemble the seam on their nylons.

This is my family and although they have died.  They will

always be with me.  These are the people who helped to build 

our Nation.  Not only through their service but through their 

hard work.   Let us never forget what they each gave to 

every American that walks this Country on this Memorial Day 


Thank you Dad, Mom and Aunt Madge- I am proud to say you 

all were mine.

Fashion Friday-Handbag and Bling Love

Fashion Friday is finally here!  

I am reaching out to all of you to let me know what interests 


Fashion Friday is here because of you!  

This last week our dear blogging friend  

Diane from Lavender Dreamer requested a Fashion Friday

Handbag love post.

So, as I was browsing for handbags I also found some

great "bling!"

Here are some of my favorites-please don't let the price 

frighten you away-this is inspiration for our wardrobes.

These are some of my favorite Bling picks.  I am truly

enjoying adding some sparkle to my Fashion Statement.

A little bling, a few handbags and whole lotta style-

What do you feel that your fashion style says about you?

Would you like to incorporate some color, animal print or 

bling into into your style?

Do you feel you need some updating? 

Start out slow, incorporate a trendy color, then when you 

feel comfortable with that add add some sparkle.  

All of the items on this post are available in department 

stores and on-line.  Pick out where you want to spend your

dollars and then work off that piece.  It can be a handbag, 

slacks, tunic, bling. 

Most of all enjoy yourself. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Inspirational Thursday-Prayers For Oklahoma

My thoughts, my prayers, my heart are with those who

have been impacted by the recent Tornado in Moore Oklahoma.

Sharing with you an Irish Blessing...

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May GOD hold you
In the palm of His hand.

Fairy Gardens For Kids-DIY

Two weekends ago Gramps and I had Maisy and Afton for the

weekend.  I believe in having crafts and worthwhile activities 

planned for the youngsters. 

This craft is perfect for little hands and exuberant hearts...

I knew that when the girls came over I wanted to have a 

magical craft ready for them to do.  Maisy is three and Afton is

seven, so it was important to have a craft that they would both

enjoy and find interesting.

I made a trip to Michael's and the Dollar Store for the 

supplies.  To make this project I used:

1. Three small bottles of acrylic paint
2. Two bird houses
3. Two floral chargers
4. Two packages of colored glass stones
5. Paint brushes
6. Decorative birds
7. Decorative moss/succulents
8. Ladybugs

My goal was for the girls to make a craft that they could

also use for play. By using colored glass stones instead

of dirt they were able to rearrange their gardens over and

over.  They traded their birds, moss and succulents and

even bird houses without any fuss or mess.  The stones were

also great for counting and identifying colors and creating

patterns.  These gardens are also great for storytelling

and imaginative playtime.

I highly recommend this sweet and happy craft for a Summer Time


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Fashion Friday-Favorite Picks

I have been doing some serious browsing for Fashion this week.

I came up with these favorite picks and fashion trends.  

Several of my dear followers have shared with me that they would 

enjoy seeing a few more pants, comfortable tops and sandals.

Tunics are wonderful, flattering, trendy and comfortable.

I can hear some of you say-skinny jeans not me.  But let me share 

this with you, skinny jeans come in a variety of "skinny."  If you will 

purchase a pair of tapered white jeans or slacks, top them off with a 

gorgeous tunic and a pair of metallic sandals you will look fabulous-

truly fabulous.  This is an extremely flattering outfit.

Some of these fab finds came from J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Chico's,

and Nordstroms.  Metallic, animal print, stripes, tangerine, mint,

and white pants are musts for Spring and Summer 2013.  By 

incorporating some of these fashion trends into your wardrobe you

will be updating your wardrobe little by little.  This will save you 

time as well as money.

Happy Hugs!

Inspirational Thursday-Rose Garden and A Daughter

Last week at this time I was writing a tribute to my Mother.  The

incredible lady with a passion for gardening and a green 

thumb to match.  As you know, she loved her gorgeous rose 

garden.  I too, love to grow just about everything that 

blooms, including roses.

When I got home from work yesterday, a package was waiting

for me, from Jackson & Perkins.  My Mother's gold standard

for roses.

The package was from Amanda, Preston and Wyatt.  They  

sent me this potted Lady Bird Hybrid-Tea Rose, for Mother's 

Day.  This elegant Hybrid-Tea rose, was personally chosen by 

Lady Bird Johnson (former first lady) for it's large petaled 

flowers, vibrant color, wonderful scent and energetic color.

You know, I am so tickled with this loving and thoughtful gift.

Rose Lady Bird Hybrid Tea

Oh, I will love, nurture and care for this rose always. But what

means everything to me, is that Amanda took the time to care.

And isn't that what we all are looking for? 

Time to listen,

Time to love,

Time to give of yourself.
So, my beautiful rose is planted in her special flower pot, 

nestled delicately in a special planting mix. She will grow and


I will always be reminded of the time, that my daughter took

just for me.

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From Drab to Fab-A Patio Makeover

You too can change your patio from drab to 

fab with some of these eye-catching colors 

and decorating tips.

Samantha, Afton, Maisy and I recently  took 

a weekend trip to visit Josh, Rebecca and 

Molly in their new home.

Josh, Rebecca and Molly just moved from 

Louisiana to Oklahoma and are in the process

of decorating their home and patio.  They 

are a young couple just starting out in the

world.  Brings back so memories of how it 

feels to be so young, anticipating all 

the joys and wonders of adulthood, marriage, 

careers and a very young baby.

I love this table transformation, this

young couple did this with spray paint.

Rebecca is a natural homemaker and has 

always had an eye for what is trendy.  She 

has incorporated a vibrant color palette   

colorful pots, blooming plants and 

succulents into her decor.

By painting her patio table and chairs, 

mixing floral throw pillows with a stripe 

patio swing she has completely transformed

 her outdoor living space from mundane to 


Hasn't this become such a wonderful and 

welcoming retreat?

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Summer Sunflower Grapevine Wreath

This is Month Two of My Wreath Makeover Series.

I am continuing my mission to use the many wreaths which I already 

have and update them.

At one time this was a very pretty wreath, it has lost 

it's appeal and color.

Florist clippers are a must for the individual who

enjoys making crafts.  This little tool cut off all of 

those ugly old berries.

I did this painting in the garage as it was a windy day.  

Take care when painting with spray paint-cover up 

to protect what you don't want painted.

Step by step this wreath is improved, with craft products that

I already had.

As you can see, it was important to maintain 

continuity.  I used the blue burlap mesh from the 

wreath on the front door for my bow on the burlap 

wreath.  Keeping with yellow, I added sunflowers on 

the grapevine wreath.

Next step-yellow fabric for some snazzy pillows on my 


Should I use solid or print fabric?

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