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Red White And Blue - Fourth Of July Wreath

I just truly want you all to know, that I

had planned on doing a Post on my cute 

little Tea Cart.

Which will now just have to wait until 


Because, I remembered that the Fourth of

July was on Thursday...

and I have made my 

promise to re-do a wreath every month.

So here we go, Month Four Wreath Makeover, 

using crepe paper.

The blue burlap ribbon had faded just terribly so it certainly was 

time to remake this wreath. For more information on this wreath 

please go to my earlier post on: Lazy Daisy Wreath

Some simple steps will really transform this wreath along with a very 

simple paper textile ...

Crepe paper- for some really cute little bows!

So, now we have a fresh start-white deco mesh.

I was on a mission to revitalize this wreath

for under 5 dollars and I did it!  I had 

everything that I needed at home except for 

the crepe paper.  I did consider purchasing

some Fourth of July decorations as they were

30 percent off, but I was going to stick to 

my budget.  

I was pretty pleased when I found this 

bandana, pipe cleaners, and an old Fourth 

of July bow from years ago.  

And here she is  Red, White And Blue- 

Wishing you all a safe weekend!

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Inspirational Thursday-Morning Walk

I live in the suburbs, and many times finding and capturing the 

essence of nature is challenging.   I always take my camera 

with me while going for my daily morning walk.  I have several

favorite parks to walk in and today I have a very special one to 

share with you.

This trail is one of my very favorites-I feel as though I have 

found a secret door into a magical land, please come along

with me...

For some strange reason squirrels and I have become friends, 

whenever I take my walks they always pose for me.  I really don't 

think they are the most intriguing creatures, but they do seem 

friendly and as if they want to be noticed.  

This is a Osage Orange which comes from the Maclura Pomifera 

Tree.  Interestingly enough this orange can be found at local 

Farmers Markets-it is believed by many to repel all sort of creepy

crawlies, specifically spiders.

I was quite taken with this leaf-I am really uncertain as to what

is going on with it, it seems to be in quite a predicament.

I find fungus so interesting, all of the little nooks and crannies 

within itself, as well as textures and colors.

I feel as though this must be a Prairie flower.  Our days are

becoming very, very, hot.  Nearly 100 degrees today.  So when I

find little bright treasures such as this one, blooming against all odds,

with no rain and brutal heat, I have a renewed respect for Mother

Nature and of all the wonders which she provides us.

I have saved the very, very best for last -  Do you know how 

thrilled I was when I happened upon this happy go lucky family!

Just look at these baby ducklings-and they are being so well cared

for and so protected.

This pond is at the very back of the trail-I am certain these 

babies will flourish and grow into fine and noble ducks.

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Cherry Cobbler Dump Cake Recipe

This is a delicious, simple, no-nonsense recipe.  It has

tremendous flavor and would be a great addition to any 

gathering.  It is loaded with goodies and lots of butter!  So,

proceed with caution!

This little cake is mighty yummy and mighty easy...

Would you believe me, if I told you there are only six

ingredients in this little luscious dessert?  A child could

make this very easily (adult supervision) and it is guaranteed 

no fail!

I like this recipe for many reasons it takes just a few minutes

to put together, you don't have to keep an eye on it, it is great

for a crowd, children, mother's, father's grandpa's and 

grandma's all like it!

It is such a pretty and tasty dish, if you like- add a dollop of 

whip cream or a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

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Celebrating The Fourth Of July

Woo-hoo! I have some great memories of 

celebrating the Fourth of July!

Do you?

How do you celebrate?

How do you decorate?  

What great recipes do you prepare?

I have a few favorite picks and pins to 

share, please visit my Independence Day 

Board on Pinterest for the links on how to 

create the projects and recipes you

will find on this post.

In search for a Patriotic Wreath?

Do you need a little inspiration to get your 

creative energy flowing? 

Please visit my friend and the Queen of 

creativity- Debbie - Debbie-Dabble

So many ways to add charm and fun to your

Independence Day Activities-without a lot of

expense and fuss.

These cookies are wonderful, made with a mix

and jello. You will find a great tutorial 

for the Flag Blocks, and they are so 

inexpensive and so Patriotic.  Stars and 

Stripes Wreath another easy project wrap and


Looking for all types of DIY ideas for the 

Fourth of July as well as party ideas and 

all things crafty?

Please hop on over to

Samantha Conner-Crafty Texas Girls

Until Monday, be safe!

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Ivy and Elephants

Inspirational Thursday-Walking Thru Shreveport

 Not long ago we were in Shreveport

 for our youngest daughter's graduation from 

college.  While there we took time out to experience some

of the local cuisine and stopped along the way so I could take

a snapshot or two

I truly enjoy experiencing the cultures of different regions that are in 

our own country,  I find these experiences so inspiring.

Isn't this bench charming- we sat here while waiting for a table at 

Superior Grill. I have never seen one like this before, have you?

Love this old retro-sign, as strange as it may seem Superior's claim 

to fame is superior Mexican dining.  I know, I never really thought 

of Louisiana as a Tex-Mex sort of State.

We took a little stroll along the Red River, when I saw this cute

little retired boat sitting next to a field and hay, I couldn't resist- still

makes me chuckle...

I seem to equate Southern with wrought iron-so naturally I had to 

have a photo of the heavy black wrought iron fence.

I could not resist this brightly painted fire hydrant-love this color


Of course an old and abandoned Office supply building always, 

always has so much character.

So, a look through a lens - a walk thru Shreveport, and a greater 

appreciation for the wonders of the United States.

Wondering what region of the United States inspires you?

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China Hutch Treasures-A Cup Without A Saucer

Well, after I finished making my grapevine wreath and hanging 

it on the door of my Hutch, I got a bee in my bonnet to move 

some of my treasured China pieces around.

I have an eclectic assortment,  for a while I stayed with 

monochromatic but I was feeling a bit adventurous with color

and just sort of went with it.

So many of these delightful pieces are actually missing pieces.

A cup without a saucer, a sugar bowl without a lid...

And yet these missing pieces actually make them more 

endearing, I am wondering why.

I think it is because they have a story to tell.  Perfect they 

definitely are not-they have survived births, deaths, weddings, 

moves, wars, and each one of them is well, wonderfully 


You know, I truly would not have them any other way.

And why is this?

Because-perfection is just an illusion.

Do you have any treasures that have a story to tell?

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No Minimalist Here

Grapevine Wreath and Chevron Bow

You might remember me mentioning that I was going to 

remake a wreath each month for one year?

Well, so far so good- I am on my third month!

I am crazy over green!  Why- I really can't say...

Perhaps it is the vibrant nature of the color and the way it provides

the perfect accent to our home.

I have several-grapevine wreaths.  This particular one came from my

Easter Vignette.

This was a very simple wreath-a few snips here and there.

Now it is time to add all of the Pretties-remember I am in-love with 

fabulous, glorious green!

Presto! A new wreath is born!

Loving the green chevron ribbon!

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Welcome To Our Home

Please come on in-we welcome you to our home.  I have a 

plate of cookies warm from the oven, and some fresh brewed 

Ice Tea.  Please sit down and let me share with you some

treasures of my sentimental life.

A chippy sofa table welcomes family and friends to our 

home.  In It's early days it had an oak finish, it is where the

children would place a book or two-the legs had been drawn 

on with markers...sweet memories.

Anthuriums love the light here, and as your can

see I have a variety of treasures. A mirror from the Red

Door,  bookends that were once white - spray painted gold.

I am not quite sure where the little brass bell came from-but

the Grandchildren enjoy ringing it!

Each table in our Formal living room I have hand sanded and

painted with my own concoction of paint. I am seriously 

considering repainting the coffee table, my concoction has it 

almost looking like metal- I am thinking a bit much! You see the 

painting behind the sofa, I love it- I chose this painting 

because it reminds me of where I grew up.  

The medallions I  purchased on a trip to see my oldest 

daughter when she lived in Louisiana. You see, my decorating 

is centered around my sentimental journey through life.  

As you can tell, I love my plants both outdoors and indoors.

Even during the Winter months they thrive.

We are so fortunate to have lovely filtered light-

Such a comfy chair to curl up in and either read or crochet.  It 

has held many a Mother and her child.  And the decorative egg 

on the end table a sweet Easter gift from a loving friend.

When I look at my knick-knacks, treasures, what-nots, they all

tell a story.  Many of my treasures were given to me from loved

ones.  Some I purchased on various outings with a family 

member or friend, now they are reminders of the special time

that we shared on that particular day.

Home symbolizes safety, security, love, compassion, 

warmth, understanding and a refuge from the world.  It is 

the one place you should always be welcome.  A cozy bed,

a soft  chair, a shoulder to lean on-this is our heart this is 

our home. 

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a little of

my sentimental journey.

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Inspirational Thursday-Sweet Magnolia

I had never seen a Magnolia Tree until I moved away

from home, and when I did I was smitten.  The 

Magnolia Blossom is the state flower for Mississippi 

and Louisiana. However, they grow beautifully in Texas 

as well. Even their leaves are striking- as they are very 

waxy, deep green and large.  

Our neighbor has two magnificent Magnolia Trees and she keeps

me well supplied with several blossoms each week-I just had to take 

some pictures and share them with you.   

I found this little poem to share as well-

The Magnolia Tree-By Patricia Neely-Dorsey

There's a majestic, old Magnolia Tree,
That stands in my front yard;
It's a tree that's grown there for ages,
And whose beauty you cannot disregard.

She spreads her branches quite nobly.
She spreads her arms so commandingly,
As if certainly crying out to be seen.
Shes the center of much activity,

And I know a squirrel family lives there;
I'm sure she affords them much comfort,
For her branches don't ever go bare.
There's so much that has gone around her,

I'm sure that so much could be told;
But she keeps all her secrets well guarded,
And simply remains a sight to behold.

Did I mention their fragrance?

One word heavenly!

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