Showing posts from September, 2016

Gardening In The Fall

Fall | September 25, 2016
Some of the strangest things happen in Texas this time of the year and one of them is that it is time to plant seeds again.  As long as I have lived here, it always seems so frustrating to me that during the Summer our gardens slow down and then as the temps cool it's time to start all over again. Oh I get the part about the heat, the lack of water and all of the chemistry sort of details, it's just that seasonally it seems to me illogical not to have a vigorous vegetable garden in the middle of Summer. Well, there is an upside to this and that is that we can grow a Fall/Winter garden too! Right now I am still enjoying these amazing zinnias and as you can see so are the butterflies. I wanted to share with you some drought resistant plants, that I have had great luck with and also you know Fall is a great time to add plants to your landscape. What to plant that is drought resistant. Plants do not produce well in the middle of a Hot Texas Summer, except drought tolerant plants. I


DIY Stenciled Fall Jar Candle Holder

Crafts | September 20, 2016
Do you enjoy a craft challenge? If you do I hope that you will stay awhile and also visit these six other bloggers, listed at the end of this post to see how they took this Fall Jar challenge and created their own Fall decorative jars. I would like to thank the  Jar Store  for generously providing us with these 64 oz. Anchor Heritage Hill Glass Jars. I positively love the versatility of jars, and the endless possibilities that go along with customizing them. Such a perfect time of the year to customize and display them too. Today I am super happy to share with you how I took this clear glass jar and stenciled it, added twine, metal ribbon and then tossed in a few pine cones along with a mercury votive candle to create this stenciled Fall jar candle holder.  Then I  placed it on a clear cake plate, tucked it into  a natural wicker basket, added a few faux pumpkins, autumn leaves and wooden letters too. Sometimes just a little goes along way! If you have a few hours to spare over the wee


Tiered Trays In Review & Giveaway Winner

Autumn | September 19, 2016
Good Morning all! So happy to be able to share with you some of the trays from the  Tiered Tray Extravangaza , as well as  announce the Darren Gygi Maple Leaf Winner  chosen by  random.org . Our winner this month is Katie Clooney from  Preppy Empty Nester . Katie if you will email me your address I will  get this beautiful giclee art print sent out to you this week. Bj's Sweet Nothings  brings Fall into her home by styling her lovely tiered tray with treasured ceramic pieces and flowers. September Violets  has used her fabulous creativity and talent by combining real and faux Autumn treasures, including a real deer antler, to her stunning Fall tiered tray. Life and Linda  brings Fall into her home with her exquisite French Tiered tray, styled beautifully with full and abundant goodies from the Harvest.   Quaker Hill Farm  shares her festive and creative display of baskets and blooms with her DIY Tiered Tray display. Camp and Cottage Living  shares her love for Fall with a cute Ma


Tiered Tray Extravaganza

Decorating | September 13, 2016
Welcome to our Thoughts of Home Tiered Tray Extravaganza! We are so glad you are here. To celebrate the beginning of fall, we- your hostesses at Thoughts of Home on Thursday- wanted to give you all an opportunity to share a tiered tray that you have especially decorated for fall. To get us started, here are ours .   Laura @ White Spray Paint   Jemma @ At Home With Jemma    Stacey at Poofing the Pillows   Laura @ Decor to Adore We look forward to seeing your fall trays. Features will appear on our blogs September 19th.  Enjoy the inspiration and let’s get started! By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided. An InLinkz Link-up


Five Tips On How To Style A Tiered Tray

Decorating | September 12, 2016
Welcome to five Fall tiered tray tips and a prelude to our tiered tray extravaganza link party which will be open on Tuesday September 13 at 6:00 a.m. central time. Today I am writing this post from lovely Sunny California where I am about to hike with my daughter on a portion of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). Today we will be hiking 7 miles, reaching the peak of Thunder Mountain at an elevation of 9,400 feet. The air is cool and dry and it feels SO good! When we get to the summit today it will be a wonderful 57 degrees! Sometimes styling a tiered tray can be overwhelming so I put together five simple tips for you today to style your own tiered tray. I am also sharing two different ways that I have  styled my vintage tiered tray. Tiered Tray Tip #1 Tiered Trays are a perfect way to add seasonal displays, as well a food and beverages for special events. Tiered Tray Tip #2 Tiered Tr