Fashion Friday-Crush Worthy

I know, I might just be rushing into Fall. I really can't help it-it truly is my favorite time of the year.  Leaves crunching, fires burning, cozy warm sweaters. I love this casual look and it is a great  style for anyone, and any age. Simple and  timeless and oh the colors-yummy.   I must admit I am a bit of a dreamer.   Like this Burberry purse! (Isn't this just sooo beautiful!)  A little leather, always looks good. Isn't all of the detail just a delight- Love this neutral top and the feminine cut. Of course, a pop of color for the nails. And a tint of color for the lips! I love Fall! All of these items are from the same  Source  .


Inspirational Thursday-Be Ever So Still

Be ever so still, be ever so quiet, let the rush of the wind caress your weary limbs. Seek not to hear with your might...                                           But your soul. Rest quietly on these steps and hear the singing of the cicadas. If you listen carefully the rhythm of their song will quiet you. You will hear the perfect cadence of the life that has been designed for you and you alone.  You needn't question, wonder or worry. The smallest of creatures know their perfect plan.  Let nature engulf you and comfort you with the knowledge that you are right where you need to be. May peace reside in your soul always... Thank you to my daughter and her husband for these photos   they were taken at their home in Ft. Benning Georgia Please Join Me At These Parties: Travel Photo Discovery Fishtail Cottage


DIY Mid-Summer Wreath Makeover

So, seriously is Summer passing as quickly for you as it is for me? Seems as though June was just here and I was  busily preparing for  the 4th of  July.  I enjoy the traditions of this holiday, the potato salad, cookouts and  such and I always make a 4th of July for our front door and this  year was no  exception, but this Holiday is long gone and it is time  to do a wreath makeover. Well, Red, White and Blue are wonderful for the 4th, but not so  much for the upcoming months. So let me share with you how I took this Patriotic Wreath and  transformed it into a Mid-Summer Wreath, that will easily  transition you into Fall too. As cute as this was, it had to be taken apart.   Which I did, and only  left the white deco mesh.   Oh, I was really so close to cutting off all of the deco mesh too, but then it occurred to me, the fuller, the better.  I don't know why I suddenly had this epiphany, I should have know this all along. So, with snips here and there the old was gone and the new


Inspirational Thursday-Balcony Gardening In New Orleans

As you know our journey to  New Orleans was a delight.  We  enjoyed good food, listened to great music, and appreciated the  natural beauty of a well loved City.  We also took a little walkabout and with camera in hand - this is what we saw!  Beautiful Balcony Gardening in New Orleans, where abundant  flowers and foliage are mixed together with wrought iron,  rich and  vibrant hues and a colorful History. Ferns and trailing vines grace this terracotta colored stucco home, I  could  almost envision a Historical figure  emerging from one of these  illuminating grey  doors.   Such a beautiful balcony garden graces this charming and cheerful  yellow home.  Planters with tumbling sweet potato vines,  periwinkles, and graceful trellises.   We watched tentatively as a mysterious looking fellow carefully watered each  and every  planter. Variegated spider plants, lime green foxtail fern, and a forest  green  pine tree enhance this nestled balcony. Perky peach blossom tinted balconies, accented


Pecan, Coconut and Strawberry Cupcakes

Forever and ever I have loved  caramel frosting.  I remember Mom making this frosting, and me waiting for the smooth, rich, and  buttery  crystals on the spoon that had been used for stirring.  Heaven, I tell  you!  Well I whipped up some of this luscious frosting  and then I  needed something to frost!   Oh, you might think I should have baked first and then made the  frosting.  But, by now you know me- and well, this isn't the first  time  that I  have been known to put  the cart before the horse... For the sake of sensibility,  this recipe will begin with the cupcakes! I have been in the mood to experiment with cake mixes, this is one of those recipes and it really is quite delightful and simple.  I wanted to incorporate the fruits of the season into this recipe. Fresh strawberries are in the batter along with coconut.  I topped  the cupcakes with fresh blueberries from our local Farmers  Market  and spruced them up with white sprinkles. 


Fashion Friday-Winning A Dress

I would like to begin this post with a thank you to all of you who  spend time preparing your blog, for sharing your lives, joys, talents,  inspirations and dreams. Thank you to those who read my blog-the  connections which I make with all of you add substance, interest  and joy  to mine!    I follow a variety of blogs and this brings  me to one of my favorite  photography blogs:   Photo by:  A Rural Journal A Rural Journal  -  Nancy is the creator of this beautiful photographic journey of her Rural life in Nebraska.  I encourage you to hop on  over  for a visit-you will leave a little happier-I promise. So, it was  about a  month  ago Nancy had a giveaway... I have never ever entered a giveaway before-but when I saw this dress I was taken with it! I decided to enter Nancy's contest and  let the chips fall where  they may- Oh, I knew I would not be able  to  wear this darling dress- but I  knew I had a daughter who would!