Succulent and Candle Vignette

Succulents are a great group of plants, they are heat tolerant and cold tolerant, within reason that is. I have a nifty group of succulents that I move all around Summer and Winter and they just keep on doing their cute thing. I started  growing  Succulents , just about two years ago this month, and then added to my Succulent collection  in May of 2013. I am using just three of them for this Vignette, the rest are tucked in the Greenhouse until our temperatures get into the high 40's and we are not dipping into the 20's at night. I put together this little Winter Vignette using succulents, candles, milk glass and a basket. I added a little Sand dollar that I found a few years back when we went to Bald Head Island. Once you get succulents established they seem to be a very congenial plant and if one of the "stems," break off just tuck it into a little dirt, water and they will root for you. Presto, you have another Succulent. I suppose the most important thing to remem


Glazed Meyer Lemon Cake

Tis the Season for citrus, you will find oranges, lemons, and limes in all the markets so fresh, zesty and flavorful. One of my very favorite fruits in the citrus family is the Meyer Lemon. Such a classic, that adds an incredible flavor to salads, dressings, entrees and of course desserts. I made a little Lemon cake today, it is a great recipe and whips up so fast that I felt it was a must to share the recipe with you. It is a cross between a bread and a cake with a buttery, lemon infused flaky consistency. You may already know the scoop on this precious lemon but if not, here are some interesting facts. The Meyer lemon is a slice of sunshine, and in 1908 Frank Nicholas Meyer brought this little fruit back from his visit to China. It is an orange,  yellow fruit with a sweeter taste than it's cousin the lemon. The Meyer lemon is thought to be a cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon. There is one thing I know for sure, it


Run With Passion

I am truly delighted to tell you this! During the month of January, some very talented and articulate bloggers will be sharing their own personal stories on living a life with passion. These are five women who take passion and run with it.  Dewena, Jan, Honora, Nancy and Linda  Passion, Purpose and Productivity  A little bit about the project... This project is comprised of women who are committed to living their lives, with intent, awareness, presence, and vitality. We are here to support and nurture one another, in this wonderful, messy journey we all share - known as life. So, no matter your age or lifestyle, we welcome you.       Today I welcome   Dewena's Window .          .    It is a joy to know Dewena, she is such a vivacious, and inspiring writer. I met her a little over a year ago when she and I and a few other bloggers did a Christmas Tour of our homes.   Dewena has charm, class, and personality. After reading Dewena's post your are going to be so inspired. Passion


Baby's Breath In My Window

My window, where I watch a bit of life pass by. I add some Baby's Breath, and the glow of a candle or two. The day is done and the darkness falls like a downy feather from a lonesome bird in flight. I see a few warm gleaming lights of kindly neighbors through the rain and mist. Candles flicker, and then burn bright. Wishing you all a peaceful and cozy night. xoxoxoxoxo Please Join Me~ French Country Cottage Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson Dwellings


DIY Copycat MacKenzie-Childs

This is the year for me to start a little collection of  MacKenzie-Childs  handmade ceramics  but until I do, I did a little copycat DIY of my own.  I have been having fun tinkering away with bandanas, modge podge and my small collection of saved pickle jars, jelly jars, salsa jars, olive jars... I have turned these mismatched misfits into decorative pieces for our home,and here is how you do it... Time from start to finish about 3 hours, with labels soaked off prior to beginning project. This is what you will need~ 1. Various size jars, with labels removed.  ( labels need to be removed or they will show through the fabric) 2.  Bandanas or fabric of choice. 3.  Modge Podge, 4.  Gold paint. 5.  Paint brush. 6.  Scissors. Directions, here we go- easy peasy. 1. Roughly measure fabric and cut to fit jars-don't overlap fabric, as you can see in this picture it will show through. 2.  Cover jar in modge podge with paint brush. 3.  Press fabric onto jar and apply more modge podge over fabr


Passion To Decorate With Flowers

I have received many lovely emails, and thoughtful comments from my last post Aging With Style  , where many of  you were kind enough and open enough to share how living a life with passion makes all the difference for you in your life. It was a joy for me to hear from you and we are going to keep the momentum going. Several Ladies during the course of the month will be sharing posts on their passions and the positive changes it makes in their daily living. If you would like to share your story, please let me know. So, today I am sharing with you one of my passions - flowers. Our home was beginning to feel so bare after all of Christmas was taken down and stowed away. This is when I began to eye my little   Greenhouse  which has many of my beloved and cherished plants and flowers carefully placed and tucked inside her little plexiglass walls. I have come to know myself and, know that January will always be a letdown for me. All of the months leading up to Christmas are joyful, filled