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Wandering Wednesday~Daily Joys

Daily joys I find at home.

 Which is my sanctuary, where I find simple pleasures.

No matter where or how I far I roam, I always long to return home.

Storm clouds rumble, grumble in a gruff and hurried sort of way.
Rain drops permeate every molecule of air and pungent earthy fragrances linger
on rosy red petals.

I want to go home.

My memories; they shape many of my days, they are the way I saw my life,

through those rose colored glasses.

That I will never ever give up.

Home, there is no place like it.

Where do you find your daily joys?


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Ten Tips On Organizing A Craft Retreat

We are just about 6 weeks out from our first annual Texas Bloggers Art/Craft Retreat.

My goal is to share with you all the journey of organizing and implementing a retreat such 

as this one.  

We are truly blessed to have an active group of Texas bloggers, all over this big state.

Many of them live in North Texas, which is where I call home sweet home.

                   We are blessed in many other ways too.

                   We have this lovely sister like blogger with a heart of gold. 

                   You might just know this fine gal~ Stacey, and she blogs at Poofing The Pillows.

               Stacey is graciously assisting me in coordinating this craft retreat.

A good bit of this tale began when Stacey sort of scooped up us Texas gals like we were 

melting dollops of neapolitan ice cream on a hot August afternoon.

Oh she didn't stop there, she gently corralled us all in as if we were wild long horns on the 

wide open prairie, thats just her natural way, and when she urged us to do so, we minded.

After that she had us all vote because it had to be fair, on our name for a Facebook group.

Now we stay connected in many ways, empowering, caring and supporting one another 

and you know that is a powerful tool.

Women helping women to succeed.

From that point on various events have been planned and well one thing led to another.

This tale has the potential to get wordy, because I am a talker and I am trying very hard to 

stay on track.

First off I just must say that the blogging community is a unique, powerful and uplifting 


At the end of the day, at least for me, it is about creativity and camaraderie.

I am sort of crafty, but not really and truly crafty.

So, I didn't just wake up one morning and say let's have a craft retreat.

It has been a process and well, there have been several bloggers who have influenced me 

in my desire to do this and they probably don't even know who they are.

But you see, we can all be mentored, no matter our age, education, 

expertise, qualification or know how.

One person, or many, can influence you and make a lasting impression on your 

creativity, your thoughts and choices.

When I first began blogging in late Fall of 2012, I felt very small, like a fish in the big ocean.

I was enthused, but I was lost-maybe a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo.


So, I just kept swimming, in a laborious manner.

But then a bright eyed blonde blogger came swimming along at that very time and gave me 

the encouragement I needed.

That special blogger lady is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.

I think I might just have floundered and sunk without her all inclusive demeanor.

In fact, KariAnne is going to be our super cute, super sweet, talented caring and sharing

producer at our upcoming Texas Bloggers Craft Retreat on June 7th, 2016.

She is going to share her Hoffman Fabric Line with us and we are going to be making some

marvelous crafts.

                                                         Fabric and Friends                                                       

Does the fun stop here-no way!

The retreat just keeps going, we haven't even gotten to the sweet tea or handmade sugar 

cubes in the shape of project, this I know I can do!)

We will be creating several crafts to take home with us under the direction of two other 

lovely, articulate, creative, caring and talented  bloggers.

Laura from Decor To Adore and Judith from Botanic Bleu.

These gals have some delightful crafts planned that might just include lace, butterflies and 

vintage book pages and more.

Then there is Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy who has inspired me year after year with 

her creative trips to Southern Exposure where crafts were made, conversations were rich 

and lasting friendships were born.

I have longed for a Texas version of Southern Exposure for a very long time, this is my 

extension of that dream ignited by Jeanie's posts.

Oh, there are many more of you who inspire me.

My sweet family, dear friends, from near and far.

We are a community of bloggers, a vital group of women, who help women to be the best 

they can be.

Next week I will be sharing the importance of the Five C's when organizing a Craft Retreat.

If you have any tips to share, I would love to hear from you.

If you are a Texas Blogger and would like to be added to our FB group, or receive information on the Craft retreat please email me.


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Spring Garden Party

Good Morning!

Today is Monday April 25th and we are honoring life, friendships, Spring, and gardening! 

The ladies from Share Your Cup and Thoughts of Home on Thursday welcome you to a

Spring Garden Party.

Today we welcome you to link up what grows on your patio, in your flowerbeds,

veggies in the garden or herbs in terracotta pots.

What ever sort of plantings inspire you.

Today I am sharing my Texas gardening spots (except for the veggies.) 
Oh, and my youngest daughter's new puppy Captain...
smile...I could not resist!

Since our home is new our flowerbeds are working hard to grow strong and full.

So, while they fill in and grow full and abundant I have focused on adding pops of color in 

all sorts of pots and containers.

You will find herbs, petunias, ferns, impatiens, geraniums, succulents and such.

Later on this week I will be sharing my favorite plants for Summer time, and a peek

at my hydrangeas...squeal!

Some information on growing hydrangeas.

My Garden...

is my...

Happy Place

Muddy fingers, broken nails and sun soaked skin revel in the magic of what nature 

gifts us.

How can one tiny seed or fragile plant give birth to these glorious blossoms...

One can only sit, wonder and marvel at the divine plan of it all.

And watch in quiet mediation as the vibrant rays of the day slowly meld and soften to a 

sleepy evening glow.

The energy of the day relents to the persistent nighttime cloaking of the sky.

My Texas Garden welcomes you and now it is your turn to share your garden.

Please visit these Lovely Ladies~

Carol of Art & Sand  Jann of Daily Cup  Laura of Decor To Adore

Stacey of Poofing The Pillows  Laura of White Spray Paint

What joys do you find in gardening?


Earth Day 2016

Forty six years ago today began the modern environmental movement, which we 

now refer to as Earth Day.

I have curated a few little projects with links included that you can easily make today or this 

weekend along with a little history too.


"The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.
At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news."

A tutorial on how to make a fashionable hat, from one of my favorite bloggers and she just happens to be my daughter:) smiles...Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls.
(That is my granddaughter modeling her hat!)

Earth Day and recycling go together, right? 
Did you save those plastic Easter eggs...such a cute project from
Angie at the Country Chic Cottage.

Maybe crafting is not your "thing," but baking is.
Just look at these edible and "earth friendly," confection delights.
Thanks so much~ Taimmilee Tips.

Debbie from Confessions Of A Plate Addict shares her tutorial on these pretty decoupage pots.

With Fairy gardens the rage for any age, just look at this one with night lights included!
Stop by Crafts by Amanda, to get the full scoop!

Happy Earth Day!

DIY Spring Lemon Wreath

When I woke up Saturday morning, a "ting," when off in my head and I realized that I 

had forgotten to take down my Easter Wreath and replace it with a Spring Wreath.

Wreaths are sort of my "thing," so how could I forget?

I know now what it was.

I didn't really want to take the time away from my garden to be inside.

Can you blame me...

So I have a 20 minute wreath makeover that streamlined the entire process.

It involves using those wonderful floral garlands that you can find at any craft store,

or discount store too.

Then wrapping and swirling and whirling them all about until well you have an amazingly 

easy wreath to add Spring zing to your front door.

It really is a no-fail project and aren't those just so fun!

You know by now that I am just a little bit obsessed with Lemons this year, I recently made 

Lemon Icebox Pie.

I have added lemons to my Real working kitchen-vignette.

I am still eyeing those Lemon Trees at the garden center too.

That's a whole lot of lemons!

Well, you see this project all begins with a wreath from the Autumn retreat home tour

those whirly, wispy, colorful floral garlands, lemons and just a little bit of time.


1. Grapevine wreath
2. Faux flowers
3. Floral garland
4. Lemons
5. Hot glue gun and sticks


1. Use a new or recycled wreath. 

2. If using a recycled wreath from a different season remove all those seasonal stems and bow.
Set aside and save in a plastic bag for another use.

3. Gather up all of your supplies including that wonderful whirly garland.

4. Heat up the glue gun to glue those bright and beautiful lemons on your wreath.

5. Wrap, tuck, and glue until it looks good to you.

Hang the finished wreath on your door!

Coming up this week and for the next 8 weeks will be a step by step guide on how to plan 

an Art and Craft retreat at your home.

Yes indeed, I am hosting a Texas Bloggers Art/Craft Retreat and one that I hope will 

become a yearly tradition.


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