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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Do you remember those lyrics "leaving on a jet plane..." 

Written by John Denver in 1966 and recorded by Peter Paul and Mary.

A little music Trivia about this recording-

It wasn't until this trio released it, that it became a hit in 1969.

I guess this popped into my head because the Gramps and I will be 

leaving this week, on a sort of Birthday/Anniversary gift to me and us.

We are going back to the Colorado mountains, to embrace the serene,

and natural wonders of our World.

Besides God, family, my garden and the great outdoors, the mountains are 

my passion

You know, it is said that most people are either drawn to the ocean or the 


The mountains just seem to do something to me-the sight of them,

the smell of the pines, soft mountain meadows, sunsets over rugged terrain,

and gurgling streams which seem to breathe life into the marrow of my bones.

I am just wondering what you are drawn to...

I was looking through some of my photos and found these happy

Spring blooming shots and just couldn't resist adding them to this post.

Just because they are so full of energy

and that is what I feel when I am

in the mountains


Cool, dry air. 

Clear vibrant blue skies.

Mountains and Mountains as far as the eye can see.

It seems that I once read that it was important for human beings to be 

around things that

they themselves did not create.

Keeps life in perspective to actually see,

that there are so many wonderous,

and beautiful things far greater than ourselves.

But before I left I wanted to share these photos with you,

but most of all to keep in touch,

because you are special.

Because change is in the air, 

and the world is about to be transitioning,

refreshing Fall,


It is a just because sort of day, sort of post, sort of thoughts.

Just because I was thinking about you,

Just because I am wishing you a fantastic week!


DIY Chicken Wire Hydrangea Wreath

Last Fall I became smitten with chicken wire.

I made all sorts of things out of it, wreaths,  pumpkins,

even a few Christmas ornaments.

Maybe, I was more than smitten, perhaps I was,

a tiny bit obsessed...

Sometimes obsession leads to cool creations...

Well, since I enjoyed it so much, I thought I'd pass on a few 

little tricks I learned about the process, in the event you 

would like to give it a whirl this year.

Granted, it is a bit challenging to work with and I did 

wear gloves on some occasions, but it was well worth the few 

minor scrapes to make my own wreath forms.

I so enjoyed the creative aspect of sort-of making

something out of nothing

It was one of those warm  hot, Summer days in which I did

not want to go out into the heat.

It was on this 105 degree heat index day 

that I made another chicken wire wreath form  

and then added these colorful hydrangeas.

This wreath is not showcasing the chicken wire, just these

cheery and bright hydrangeas and polka-dot bow.

Working with chicken wire is like molding clay...

just pokier...may not be an actual word...wink...

In so many ways the chicken wire frame is so much easier to 

work with than Grapevine, Styrofoam or store purchased 

Wire wreath frames, and I suppose more economical as well.

Once the chicken wire form is made I find that by weaving

the burlap around the form  I am able to tuck and bend

the stems of the flowers easily into the wire and burlap and

they stay securely in place.

It is just  "creating," the form portion of the wreath that is 

a tad bit challenging. 

But as with all things this too becomes easier each time 

work with it.

I have a few more ideas hatching in my noggin on 

other ways to use chicken wire and if they turn out

pretty good, I'll be sure to share them with you.

So, there you go!

Have a marvelous Monday, my friends!

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The Silly Pearl

Dwellings The Heart Of Your Home

Fabulous Friday-Floral Arrangements

It has arrived...the heat...the humidity and my longing for 

gorgeous flowers.

But this will not deter me from having a Fabulous Friday.

So, what better way to satisfy this longing than to dream of

gorgeous floral arrangements and visit one of my favorite 

social spaces...Pinterest


I pretty much fell in love with this whimsical and precious 

pitcher being used as vase, and oh the colors of the 

flowers ithis simple arrangement-such savvy floral 

arranging -so as not to take away from the pitcher.


I am enjoying the varying heights, colors, shapes and styles 

of this assortment of vases and flowers, so interesting, and

full of energy.  Great for a mantle or buffet.


Fall, just around the corner,

and aren't we all pretty much so looking forward to it.

Using a gourd as a vase is unique, natural and perfectly

perfect for this radiant, luscious bouquet.


Such a cheery and melodic bouquet, I think I would like

to place this on a night stand or dresser.


Such heavenly hues of lavender and green all nestled in

this simple, yet rustic crate. So earthy and natural.

Such an exquisite neutral urn with soft pink roses.


Gorgeous roses doused in radiant russet Fall shades with 

added touches of acorn and ferns.  Complete the look by

wrapping vases in wood looking wrapping paper.

Happy Sunflowers and bright yellow marigolds snugly

tucked in a vase wrapped in natural burlap and secured with

twine, what a perfect addition to a Fall entry or table.

A few fresh flowers picked from my tired August garden. 

Given to me, by a  very dear granddaughter, then placed in 

vintage glass creamer.

Wishing you all a Fabulous Friday!


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Silly Pearl

Fabulous Friday Colorado

I Love Fabulous Friday...

For me it is a week in review, what popped, what made me happy, what excited me,

what inspired me.  

We recently returned from a family trip from the marvelous State of Colorado so I am

sharing snippets of that week today.

On one fine Summer day, we took two grand babies and a couple of their parents and went

on a little adventure and this is one of the little creatures we saw.

This is Nathan, can you believe this handsome fellow?

Just look at his gorgeous feathered feet. 

Can anyone tell me what sort of Rooster he is?

We met him at James Ranch, in Durango Colorado. 

Nathan lives here on this amazing and awesome family ranch that is going beyond Organic.

Of course no mountain adventure seems really complete without roasting something over an 

awesome fire.

Six adults suddenly turned into kids once the roaring flames burned down and turned into

glowing embers.

We toasted marshmallows until they turned a golden brown and nestled

them between milk chocolate and graham crackers for the quintessential delicious s'mores.


I just loved Vanilla Cream Soda as a kid, so just had to give this a try-

Honestly so, so  good!

Made fresh in Durango with pure cane sugar.

Have you noticed how blossoms bloom a little brighter and happier in cooler climates?

This little buck was resting until we walked by.

                                                                   Lemon Lake

Beautiful Lemon lake built in the 1900's to irrigate the lower-lying farmlands, 16 miles 

Northeast of Durango, a recreational spot for fishing, hiking, biking and boating.

Of course a generous amount of natural beauty for all to enjoy.

What makes your Friday Fabulous?

Wishing You all a Fabulous Friday !


Summer Grapevine Wreath

Such a busy Summer but not too busy to make a wreath or two, so today I am sharing

with you one of my my late Summer Wreaths.

I enjoy the process of collecting materials to assemble my wreaths, sometimes I even 

challenge myself to shop the bargain aisle to see just what treasures may have been 

overlooked by weary shoppers.  

I was in luck a few weeks back when I found these 75 percent off flowers and butterflies.

I was also feeling a little bit whimsical, our Texas heat had not set in yet, and the notion of

fluttering butterflies, fairies and magic actual seemed a little bit possible as I strolled along

the byways of life.

I adore nature, I revel in the beauty of it all and I am always amazed and thrilled by

the glorious creatures that our Heavenly Father has created for us.  

This little wreath is a reflection of those thoughts and feelings.

Maybe it is because I was raised on a Farm, 

Maybe it is because I grew up embracing nature in the beautiful West,

Maybe it is because it is just the way it is meant me to be,

But it matters to me to cherish and nourish those feelings that nature

brings my way.

The magic,

hope, wonder, and beauty

which we sometimes loose when

we "grow up."

  And do we ever truly grow up?

  And do we ever truly want to?


I suppose it was just a magical sort of day in general, because even the early morning

shadows caught my eye.

So, when I finished twisting the last wire and placing the last dollop of hot glue on this orange 

polka dot bow, I stepped back and snapped this photo.

It was just that sort of day...

Leaving you with one of my favorite poems from Emily Dickinson. 

I took this photo just a couple of weeks ago while we were in Albuquerque New Mexico,  I 

was thrilled when I saw the Sandia Mountains and could not resist the late afternoon 

shadows as well.

                                                                   Sandia Mountains

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Natasha In Oz