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Trading Spaces

As we visit one another in our supportive networks of cozy kitchen tables, nestled desks,

chippy furniture, silver, and Boho styles there are many of us who are,

or have been in the last year, trading spaces.

I have listened to you, gleaned tips from you, and now it seems it is my turn.

My husband and I are trading spaces, we are leaving the fences of suburbia behind.

Those comforting dividers that keep us all neatly lined up in a row.

Those familiar white picket, brown or iron structures which whisper,

this is my space and that is yours.

This perfectly defined space which is familiar, comfortable, it is what I am accustomed to.

It is home.

We are trading the spaces of suburbia for a little more space, not too far from home.

A few acres in Rockwall County Texas, where the bobcats and coyotes roam.

This is our home site,

imagining all of the possibilities

and at the same time feeling, well....

As though I am living in an ambiguous position these days,

The place where one says-is it this way or that-

I liken it to the scene in the Wizard of Oz, where the scarecrow places his arms

across his chest, and points his fingers in opposite directions to the Emerald City,

not really certain which way is which..

One word-Confusing.

We are in the process of working with an architect and builder to design our "retirement," home.

A melding of a couple of plans into one, with sensible square footage, reigning in the size.

In our area most builders today lean towards designs that are -BIG-

We are not chasing big or snazzy-

Our number one goal is to save dollars on utilities, taxes, water, insurance, you know what I mean.

A comfortable and cozy one story home for us.

While this lengthy process takes place we will be giving the apartment scene a try.

I am learning so much about Architectural Styles, Texas, Spanish , French Country, Shed homes,

Dutch, English Cottage, so many sub categories, so many pretties.

So many designs to choose from, and most renderings are always very charming even

when they aren't my cup of tea.

Just a week ago my friend Sheri, from  Red Rose Alley asked what our dream home might look like.

Would your dream home have a front porch, a nook for reading, a niche for art?

Would your dream location be on a lake or along an ocean inlet?

 Another friend, Melanie over at Comfy House raised another question - city, suburbs or country?

When it comes down to it, it becomes quite complicated, too many choices, too much wondering,

time management, money management...

Especially when those wretched doubts begin to prance in ones head.

We are moving tomorrow, into an apartment while our new home is being built, I will

look forward to sharing my on the other side of fifty view point with you and the journey

of building a new home.

While at the same time reaching out to you for design and decorating tips and coping with the

anxiety of building.

So if something pops into your head email me!

                                                       photos  from  Dream Home Source

Trading Spaces, many of us have embarked on this journey.

Did you trade your space for another, what is your story?


Spring Wreaths Galore

Wreaths are sort of my thing and they have been forever, now.

I just love figuring out how to dress up my front door, a sideboard, hutch, even a greenhouse door.

I am all about burlap, yarn, grapevine and such.

Everyone has a craft that just sort of brings them joy and making wreaths is one of mine.


Well, it is Spring time and Spring is symbolic for fresh and new beginnings.

So, ladies it is time to spruce up our front doors.

I have been busy searching for some creative and inspiring wreaths and here are a few which

caught my eye and  I think you may enjoy taking a peek as well.

                                                      Spectacular Spring Wreaths
Liz from Hometalk asked me if I would enjoy curating a Spring Wreath Board,

because just like you, she knows I love, love wreaths, so for more inspiration just click on the link.

Here are a few others that I just had to share with you as well.


Using vintage book pages, peonies and pussy willow make this wreath very charming.


Smitten with these rosebuds in such soft and gentle hues.


 Love the use of burlap and blocks for a touch of  whimsy and happiness.


Yours truly used some blue yarn for this petite wreath.


Such a vibrant wreath perfect for a larger door.


I thought the birdhouse was such a precious addition to this sweet wreath.

Will you be making a Spring Wreath?


Please Join Me~

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

French Country Cottage

Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Best Fruit Salsa Ever

I have a recipe to share, it is the best fruit salsa ever, no kidding.

Texas gals know their salsa, and I have been here long enough (30 years) to claim residency.

So come on over to my backyard and let me cook some shrimp on the barbie and serve you, my

friend, the best fruit salsa ever.

Growing up in Idaho, garlic powder and black pepper were the most zesty things that I ever tasted.

But once we crossed the Red River and settled in the southwest, cooking took on an entire

different flair, and I love it.

It is going to have some zing and zest to it, because that's how we do salsa in this home.

Serrano's oh yes, garlic, onions, lime juice...oh yum...

It is fresh, healthy and pretty.

Easy to make, just allow yourself a little prep time.

The table is set, the grill is hot, it is nearly supper time!


Please Join Me~

Ivy and Elephants

Style Sisters

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Treasures For The Garden Winner

All my goodies from LTD Commodities, a Time To Bloom showcase, arrived in a very timely

manner, well wrapped, intact and not one thing broken.

I am particularly partial to the garden Angel, she reminds me a bit of a Santos Cage Doll.

Sarah, who oversaw this give away was on top of everything and I appreciate that so much.

Congratulations to our winner Marigene from Mimi In the Middle Of No Where

Marigene enjoys finding treasures from thrift stores and creating charming tablescapes.

I am sure she will find something to strike her fancy.

If you haven't met this talented lady stop by and say Hi.

Marigene, please send me your email, and I will give you the instructions to claim your gift card.

I wish there was a gift card for each one of you, my sweet readers and friends.

I appreciate your thoughtful comments and friendship so very much.

There will be another giveaway soon!

       Until then, get out your camera and snap a photo of your favorite gnome for this

        Let Your Gnome Roam Contest, with an opportunity to win some prizes.


A Slice Of Fashion

I am sharing a slice of Fashion today and a review of a dress.

Along with some pretty picks for Spring, a little makeup, some nail polish and some

cute clothes for kiddos too.

I have never reviewed clothing before, but when I discovered that eShakti has the capability of

custom making dresses, slacks, blouses and even Wedding and special event items,

I thought it would be of interest to us all.

As I age, less is more, and natural is so much more appealing than overdone.

I enjoy the lightweight feel and coverage of Revlon's PhotoReady BB Cream

plus it protects with a SPF 30 sunscreen.

I despise wearing stockings, and pale legs aren't so attractive, so I have tried many bronzers.

My favorite is Ulta Bronze Glow Tinted Sunless Gelee, it is streak-free and natural looking too.

                                        eShakti provided me with this dress but all opinions are my own. 


eShakti has such a lovely variety of styles, fabrics, colors and prints to choose from.

I actually had difficulty making a choice, but when I saw this chambray dress

with embroidered flowers, my search was over.

As a new customer, register and receive $40.00 off your purchase, plus an extra 10% when you

enter athomewithjemma in the promotional box.

Today I am combining a very comfortable neutral pair of Karen Scott espadrilles, with this dress.

They are on sale at Macy's now, extra 15% off-use promo code STOCK.

eShakti has an amazing ordering process where you can customize every item to your specifications

from the comfort of your home and offering sizes 0-36W.

On most dresses you are able to select your neckline, sleeve length, dress length and whether or not

you would like pockets.

On top of this you give them your measurements so you know your dress is going to be custom

tailored to your body type.

Customer service was top-notch, which is a very big deal to me.

For cool weather, or Church I added a 3/4 sleeve bi-stretch jacket from White House Black Market

I have always had difficulty with thin nails, breakage and polish staying on.

I have so many bottles of nail polish that has dried up, so when my middle daughter suggested I try

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme, I did and I love it.

BB cream and Polish are from Target.

I just love ruffled leggings with everything and headbands with bows.

The coolest fellows always add a striped Polo to a pair of jeans or chinos.

Boots and skirts are always in style in Texas or Oklahoma.

Layer a denim jacket over a dress on a windy afternoon.

Of course when you are two, five or nine you look fabulous in everything!

Thank you to our children for the blessings of Grandchildren, we love YOU!!

Have a lovely weekend and as always...


Please Join Me~

StyleMind Chic Life

A Grandmother's Rocker

This was a Grandmother's Rocker, a rocker that sat on a Texas porch.

Creaking as it swayed, wobbling as it is rickety- in the soft, sunny and humid days of

a steamy Texas afternoon.

I found this treasure at Angels Attic, a mission store that our Church operates in our community.

I volunteer here a few times a month, in the Furniture Hospital, and on this particular morning I was

greeted with an extra dose of cheerfulness.

"Good Morning," various volunteers chortled as I walked to the back of the store.

"Something great, just came in and you are going to love it."

And I did the very moment I saw it.

My volunteer friends know me well, I am becoming known as the "Stuff Collector."

You know how some people are known as the crazy cat lady.

You get the picture....

Anyway, whenever you spend a few hours or a day volunteering , you are sure to enjoy the

fellowship from the various personalities of the ladies who work here.

Always a tale to share, mixed together with merry laughter, and always a positive attitude.

So you see, Angels Attic is a service not to just the community but to it's volunteers as well.

It seems as though I rarely leave, without a treasure, last July I found this Wicker Suitcase,

at Angels Attic.

I am leaving this rocker just as worn, just as chippy, just as is,

well except for tightening some bolts, because, well it is perfect "sold as is."


Please Join Me~

The View From Right Here

Cozy Little House


French Country Cottage

The Other Side of Fifty

Will you walk with me as the storm clouds move West, and the sweet scent

of rain caresses the rolling meadows, while cheerful Bluebonnets dance between blades of grass.

Just beyond the fence posts we hear the powerful rumble of thunder,

Mother's Nature signal that the Season's are changing, just as you and I are.

You might be twenty, forty, sixty, eighty...

However rest assured we are all aging and with grace we will all be on the other side of fifty one day.

So please stay and visit awhile, you won't be disappointed,

I dare say there is something here today for all.

We all are at varying season's of life, for some of us the walk may be slower, the eyes not as bright.

But the spirit...oh..the spirit is alive, vibrant, eager and well.

Anxious to embrace it all, run with the wind, sing in the rain and grab each moment.

Some of those precious moments slip by us,  and then as age teaches us- so many life lessons,

we notice certain things and say to ourselves "oh, I really get it," why did it take me so long.

Today, Linda is sharing a few of her insights and defining moments during her fifty year journey.

As Linda and I have exchanged e-mails we did sort of a casual interview on what keeps her

focused on being a Productive, Passionate and Purposeful woman.

We just had to chuckle, because throughout the process of our correspondence we misplaced various

e-mails and blamed it on well you guessed it - Age!

I suppose in our youth, we might have become impatient with misplacing notes, lost photos,

posts that were delayed, but in our process of aging-

we have gained insight into the joy of and satisfaction of patience.

We narrowed our questions down to five and then three and here are the reply's which Linda gave.

How is Aging Changing Your Perception of Life?

On some level I have always enjoyed the “simple things’ in life but they seem to have taken on new meaning and significance during this decade of my life. (I am a fifty-somethinger.)
Do you remember that scene from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy has been hit in the head and she is unconscious?

She sees her family members and other snippets of her life flying around her in wild chaos.  Years ago when our family schedules were busy and often conflicting there were times I felt a similar sort of chaos, as though I was going through the motions, in a subconscious state of mind while all of these wonderful things were going on around me. Dorothy wasn’t kidding when she said “there is no place like home”….…….lesson learned.

Moments spent with my family, my husband, my dog, my friends, my sewing machine, hiking and enjoying the absolute beauty of nature and even literally taking time to smell the roses are a few things that I may have taken for granted over the years.
Now I see these once ordinary things and recognize them for the true gifts that they are and feel infinitely blessed.

Why is Aging with Style Important to You?

"Aging with style is important to me because I have seen both sides of the coin:  those who are old and cranky, focus solely on the negative and withdraw from life and those who exude nothing but a positive can do attitude who continue to live life with gusto. Guess which ones are more pleasant to be around?

I hope to retain a positive mindset well in to my golden years, continue all of the things that I am passionate about and be willing to learn and try new things along the way.
The world can still be our oyster even as we age!
My sense is that I have a few more pearls waiting for me out there in the great big world, and I plan on hunting them down and harvesting them!"

From One Woman to Another, what would you like your daughters to know about the journey?

"One thing I would like to share with my daughters is something I learned at a very early age.When I was in Girl Scouts, our troop leader took us all on a camping trip.After we set up camp, she sat us all down and explained that there would be rules.
One of the rules was that we would be leaving the camping area in better condition than we found it. For some reason those words really resonated with me as a youngster and they still do today.
No matter what situation I am in, I always try to leave my “campground” in better condition than it was found.

My hope is that as my daughters seek and discover what it is that they are truly passionate about, they will be energized and inspired to contribute positively to something larger than themselves."

I hope they will all leave their “campgrounds” in better order than it was found.

 After the interview Linda left me with this quote...

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson on the purpose of life, …….”it is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

What does your journey look like?

Thank you to all who leave a comment, I just know we are inspiration for one another.


Please Join Me With Brenda at her Cozy Little House.

Treasures For The Garden

You know by now, that I love to Garden, whether it be in Containers, Greenhouses, raised

Flower Beds, or a traditional garden spot and I know that many of you all do too.

So, when  LTD Commodities offered a gift card for you and I to purchase some goodies from

their awesome website, I said of course.


I wasn't certain how to go about hosting a giveaway, so  I contacted Brenda form Cozy Little House.

She kindly walked me through the steps and presto here we are-thank you -Brenda!

LTD commodities is sponsoring a Time To Bloom.

They have some great gardening tips, facts, as well as a very nice selection of gardening goodies.

If this sounds of interest to you just follow the link above and see what strikes your fancy.


If you find something you like and would like to be entered into this drawing just

leave me a little note when you comment, to be entered in the $25.00 gift card give away.

I will put your names in a hat and have one of the grands draw one winner.

I will contact the winner through an email.


I have already placed my order and now I am just waiting for my Treasures for the Garden

to arrive.

I have ordered the Angel, Toadstool and the Gnome on the Lady Bug.


Oh and snap a few photos of your favorite Gnome in your garden, and enter your photos

into a Let Your Gnome Roam Photo Contest.

LTD Commodities is offering a $100.00 gift card to, two first place winners and secondary

prices of $25.00.

This post is sponsored by LTD Commodities.


Happy Gardening.