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Inspirational Thursday-Country Roads

Do you remember Country Roads,

by John Denver? 



Well, I had the opportunity to explore 

very similar roads to those with our 

daughter Rebecca and our granddaughter 


They do not live in

 West Virginia, but they do live  


Acres upon acres of cornfields which meet  

seemingly endless horizons. 

Sweet earthy smells of fertile soil.

Creeks filled with abundant water.

Livestock grazing in gentle pastures.

I left the confines of the city far behind.

Blinking lights, horns blaring, engines 

idling, not here, not now. 

Bull Frogs croaking, crickets singing,  

mooing, neighing, comforting sounds of 


Soothing, calming, quiet, restful.  

Precious time spent with precious family.

Have you traveled down any Country Roads 

this Summer?

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Savvy For Blue Style

A cool blue door, a blue chevron bow on a  wreath, two blue 

antique jars, a shimmering blue pool.   What could all of 

these items have in common - Blue - and when you live in a 

State as hot as Texas, anything that looks cool, will make you 

feel cool, and that has to be a good thing.

Our daughter recently re-painted her front door. I love the color

she chose-cool turquoise. When she asked for a welcoming 

wreath, I made my way to Hobby Lobby and grabbed the last

roll of blue chevron ribbon.  As I was adding the last twig of ivy..

And adjusting the bow, I put her wreath on our antique 

armoire.   Amazingly enough just that touch of blue seemed to

make our bedroom feel cooler and breezy.

This is when I began to think about adding more blue to our

own home.  

I found these darling Blue vintage mason jars at a little antique 

store in Oklahoma, while visiting our youngest daughter.  The 

owner of the booth shared with me some information 

on choosing vintage jars.  The more defects the jar has, the 

more of a collectible it is. I suppose this is because it 

verifies that they are not reproductions.

You might notice the pink I have sneakily added in! 

Wink, know I love my pink!

And then, there is the beautiful outdoors and the cool waters

of the swimming pool.

Soft blues, vibrant blues, there are a myriad of choices.  

Do you have a favorite blue?

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Southern State Of Mind

A Stroll Thru Life

Cozy Little House

The Dedicated House

Ivy and Elephants

Industrial Chic-DIY Napkin Rings

While I garden and water I find myself daydreaming.  Sometimes 

my daydreaming is of wonderful and mysterious places.  Other 

times it is wondering what I could do with various left over parts of 

gardening equipment. Seems as though I should be able to do 

something creative with some of it.

I had been dealing with a leaking hose for some time and was tired

of wasting water.  I really didn't want to buy a new hose so I 

decided I could repair it with couplings.  Repair work went well,

all leaks taken care of.  As I was gathering up these leftover 

couplings, I couldn't help but notice how cute they were...

 I thought the turquoise was especially trendy and fun.  And

the silver screws add just the right amount of glitz.

We were having a little get together the following weekend, my mix

of paper plates, silver chargers, and roosters were the perfect blend

to add my napkin rings to.

My marigolds are thriving and have such nice sturdy stems for


A little mix of garden fresh marigolds and twine seemed like a great 

way to finish up the look.

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The Shabby Creek Cottage

Elizabeth & Co.

Savvy Southern Style

Ivy and Elephants

The Thrifty Groove

Inspirational Thursday-Mama Chris and Her Tea Set

Mama Chris, is my very special mother-in-law who has embraced 

me as her own daughter for 11 years plus.   Mama Chris has some 

beautiful, collectible Tea and Chocolate Pot Sets.  

While we were on our Southern journey we spent several days with 

she and Papa.  

Mama Chris and Papa will be celebrating their 80th Birthdays, this

August.  Although many things in their lives have changed-many 

have not and that is their love and warmth. 

Their lovely gracious Southern home reflects their entire lives.  A

vase here, a photograph there.  A screened in porch, draperies 

carefully chosen, a certain color for a particular wall and the tea 

sets. Oh, the many tea sets carefully displayed and cherished. 

I love the charming colors on this particular tea set-and the detail 

of each flower, petal and scroll.

These cherished and fragile Tea sets are much like Mama Chris

and Papa.  They have seen the changing tides of time, lived 

through many seasons.  Some days are better than others,  less

aches and pains when they rest and yet through it all they both

have truly stood the test of time with a certain amount of dignity 

and grace.

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A Return to Loveliness

Rose Chintz Cottage

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The Dedicated House

Decorating With A Pop Of Pink

Now that I have become a fan of adding a pop of pink to my 

decorating,  I see adorable accent pieces everywhere I go!

You might be surprised to find out where I found these three cute

vases and the price I paid for them...

I found them in Destin Florida, in a little antique shop that

had just the most wonderful goodies ever! 

These three little vases were regularly priced for 11 dollars 

each.  Reduced price for a quick sale-drum roll... please.

3 dollars each!!  Now, is that a bargain, or is that a bargain?

We were Blessed with lots of family time, white sugary sand 

beaches and colorful skies.

A few months back I dried some beautiful red roses and 

shared a post with you- Drying Roses.  These are those same

roses clipped shorter.

My dried roses and rose vases, seem like a perfect match.

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Rose Chintz Cottage

Elizabeth & Co.

The Dedicated House

No Minimalist Here

Southern Banana Pudding

We had wonderful food on our trip down South and when we came 

home I felt as though we had to gradually wean ourselves off of all 

those rich and flavorful foods.  My solution was Banana Pudding!

You do know, that banana pudding is best served 2 or 3 days old.  

All of these sweet little vanilla wafers absorb the pudding and whip 

cream filling to turn into a mouthful of heavenly bliss.  

 Don't you just love the way the pudding layers itself around each

of the wafers-Southern Banana Pudding is not only incredibly

delicious it is a beautiful dessert to serve.

I am happy to report we are back on track with our usual healthy 


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Inspirational Thursday-New Orleans

Our trip came, it went, and it was 

delightfully memorable. It could have been 

the music that set the tone for our 

travels. Or it could have been that we went 

with open souls and hearts.

Our first stop New Orleans.

These musicians were actually 

good, we stopped and listened to several of 

their tunes.  The man with the washboard 

played very well! 

Every corner and turn beckons to the 

traveler, with a different selection of  

sumptuous desserts, coffee, beignets and 

seafood galore -

Whatever your palate desires you will not 

leave this city hungry.

Did I mention that I have a sweet tooth?

Yes, Aunt Sally does make the best Praline!

Verified and stamped with approval by yours 

truly.  Don't you love the method of drying

these marvelous confections-

Everything is tattered, rusted, bent, 

sagging and molded and I love it!  I love 

the rich History, the Folklore, the Tales,

my imagination runs wild with images of

the past. 

We walked and walked and walked until I

had several blisters on my feet.  I didn't 

mind, I was captivated!  We toured

the Mint, walked to Old Ursuline Convent, 

rode the streetcar. Visited the Garden 

District and Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

(Oh, I have some fascinating photos of the 

cemetery and a equally good tale to share!) 

Of course we did the tourist thing and 

walked along Bourbon Street.  

I marvel at the architect.

All of the colors are so intriguing.

The City seems to have a glow all of it's 


It was a little bit of everything and to sum

it all up is nearly impossible. So I will 

leave you with this quote from Chris Rose.

"I'm not going to lay down in words the lure of this place. Every great writer in the land, from Faulkner to Twain to Rice to Ford, has tried to do it and fallen short. It is impossible to capture the essence, tolerance, and spirit of south Louisiana in words and to try is to roll down a road of clich├ęs, bouncing over beignets and beads and brass bands and it just is what it is.
It is home."
Chris Rose - Author -  in 1 Dead in Attic

Taking a Trip

The husby and I are going on a little road trip.

We are leaving the Texas Sun-

We are leaving the Windmills behind...

Our journey will take us to New Orleans, Florida and 

Mississippi.  I hope -fingers crossed-

that I will find not only relaxation, laughter and fun.

But some wonderful inspiration to share with all of you.

I will be snapping pictures of antique shops, marvelous food,

flowers, rivers, and the sea-

Please join us on our trip on Instagram.

When I get back I hope I will see you here!

Have a very, very safe and happy 4th of July-

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Tea Cart Vignette-Love Pink

I really did not see it coming but I have 

fallen head over heels in love...

pink, flowers, marigolds, roses, seas shells, sand dollar, decorating

With pink!

I think it was the pink vintage 

lamps which created this spark.

crystal candy dishes, fresh flowers, Summer style decorating

Oh, I have found the perfect place for them

as well, but that is for a future post. If I 

had not found those lamps I would have never

considered pink for an accent color other 

than a bedroom. And yet, this pink is adding

such grace, style, beauty and vibrancy to 

our home.

Add pink to your dining room, pink vases, pink flowers,

I do believe that I have been too rigid in 

my choice of accent colors. I am just really 

ready for a change!

I have incorporated vintage vases, chubby 

little porcelain vases, vintage crystal and

sea shells. 

entertaining, summer, pink, parties,

I adore this double decker vintage Tea Cart-

Do you know it was a very drab brown rattan 

up until a couple of years ago.

I painted it this wonderful gold and now 

just about everything looks wonderful on it.

Of course...wink, wink-PINK!

And then,

I looked outside and naturally there was 

pink in the garden, so in came the little

roses, periwinkles and just because I 

could...yellow marigolds!

decorating, pink, crystal, flowers, baby shower, bridal shower ideas
I will be adding more and more pink into my

decorating-just because I fell in love!

fresh flowers, pink flowers, marigolds, roses, periwinkles

Blending pink and gold together makes such 

a beautiful, feminine and elegant statement.

This vignette would be charming and lovely 

placed anywhere in your home and would also 

be perfect for a Bridal shower, baby shower 

or ladies luncheon.

Summer vignettes are some of my very 

favorites because they are so light and airy.

Thank you for joining me today!