Showing posts from June, 2018

Reflections Of A Gardener & A Party Too

Hey there friends I am sending you a great big thank you for joining me today! For those of you who might just be getting to know me it is time for me to introduce myself. I thought reflecting a bit on gardening and where I grew up would be a great place to begin. There is also an added bonus today too because we are hosting our monthly gardening party link up. I have been blogging for 5 years at At Home With Jemma; a little bit of cooking, gardening, decorating, writing and of course a whole lot of crafting and whatever else that goes along with home, family and life. I am the daughter of two farmers (Mom worked in the wheat and potato fields too.) I am the wife to a loving man and a blessed Mama and Grami. My family is a big part of my blog too. My readers enjoy tales of family and life. Long before blogging, long before leaving Idaho this is where my life began. Right here in this sweet red brick house is where I learned to play pinochle and garden. My passion for garde

Creating A Simple Red, White & Blue Indoor Picnic

Good Morning and welcome to my easy and festive Red, White and Blue indoor picnic! I am ever so proud to be an American so creating this patriotic tablescape was right up my alley. Throughout most of my life the Fourth of July has been celebrated with a parade in the morning followed by a picnic in the afternoon. ( I do love a picnic) So in keeping with tradition, minus the parade, we avoided the heat and brought the picnic indoors! After I share my Red, White and Blue tablescape with you today, you will find much more festive inspiration at the end of this post with links included too. I enjoy making crafts out of paper and although I am not that great at doing so, I can make rosettes ! They are such a thrifty and super cute way to add dimension and color to your Holiday decorating. I layered our indoor picnic table with a metal tiered tray, a variety of stars, jars, lanterns, flags and oodles of flowers from my garden , then I tossed in patriotic koozies and pop-it

Making It On NBC

>Good Day Friends! I have been keeping a BIG secret! Yesterday I shared some terrific news on Instagram and Facebook and today I am sharing it with you! It involves introducing some great people and a crafting competition too. This purely delightful 6-episode making competition is from two of my very favorite people! They are also the executive producers of Making It! Nick Offerman and Amy Poheler are the dynamic duo from Parks and Recreation and they are bringing their good humor and passion for creating to NBC. Not only is their humor contagious, they are both generous souls with hearts as big as the state of Texas. Our friendly group of contestants will knock your socks off and impress you with their awesome talents and creativity. Hanging out with this much energy, ingenuity, artistry and humor re-ignited my passion for life and sort of left me feeling like I could climb mountains and swim across seas. Seriously I feel as though I need to be pinched to see if

Making Pompoms With My Grandgirls

It recently became clear to me that I have a pompom love illness and I feel better knowing this. Not only do I have this illness, I spread the virus to several grandchildren while visiting North Carolina. It all began as I packed for my trip. I feverishly began tucking several skeins of colorful yarn in my suitcase, scissors and of course my pompom maker. I had a pompom chandelier to make for, Sawyer, the newest member of our family. My goal was to make pompoms on my flight from Dallas to Raleigh. However with safety restrictions, pat-downs and x-rays there seemed no possible way to smuggle a pair of scissors on the flight. So instead I smuggled in nail clippers. I chuckled to myself in an evil sort of way, feeling as though I had outwitted TSA, as I zipped up the inside compartment of my coral colored purse. Seriously, can airport security stifle the creativity of any one person with restrictions and moreover should they even try. If you really think ab

Storytelling Through Embroidery

Years and years ago I would sit beside my Grandmother as she embroidered. She and I would sit together in an oversized recovered champagne hued velvet chair. It was in this chair that she not only shared stories of life verbally, she would also sew them. I would watch in wonderment as her weathered and crooked fingers would magically work the fabric and stitches to create beautiful handsewn flowers and landscapes out of a simple strand of thread. So today it seemed fitting to share this story and my embroidery with you on our monthly Ten on the Tenth . If you are new to my website, Ten on the Tenth is an interesting gathering of nine other bloggers sharing their thrifty and creative finds all under ten dollars. Each month we take different prompts and see where our ingenuity leads us. Our prompt for June is flowers. We were free to take that idea in any which way we wanted, but we did have to abide by the rule of making it all happen for ten dollars or under. ( I love a goo