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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
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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.                                                                                Source 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 th
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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! xoxoxo Please Join Me~ Ivy and Elephants Style Sisters Cedar Hill Farmhouse
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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
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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 pr
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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 togeth
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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 rea
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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.                                                                           Source 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.                                                                          Source If you find something you like and would like to be entered into this drawing just leave me a little note wh
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