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Tablescapes, Remember When

Remember when there was a phone booth on every corner And a newspaper on the front lawn Now it’s all cell phones and computers Those old days are gone Campaigns slogans were promising a “Chicken in every Pot!” Now it’s Immigration, Abortion, Oil Pipe line or not~ Remember when you’d write a note, just pick … Continue reading

August paint bucket

The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket

August is here 😳 Soon the bounty of summer produce will be fading away… 😢 But! It’s fun to start thinking about pumpkins, falling leaves and cooler weather…and of course football!  🏈 The August Bucket List is full of recipes to celebrate the last of summer and some with a gentle nod to fall~ I … Continue reading

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Creations, Bottle Bling

I have been collecting these gray Mer de Soliel Silver wine bottles because they are just so cool I have really enjoyed the Doodle Bottles I made earlier this year For this project I didn’t use chalk paint, but got out the spray paint instead I may or may not have sprayed the grass orange, … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Netting Crabs

I was Feelin’ Crabby recently So I set a table by the soft blue sea Crabs and shells joined me there Sit right down, pull up a chair I’ve netted some crabs and shells and things Old wood buoys make my heart sing Fish glasses are ready for a cool glass of wine and Shell … Continue reading


Take-out Tuesday, Slow Cooker Rodeo & Summer Meal Ideas

I am about to cry “UNCLE” to Mother Nature Enough of this heat already!! To help keep my mind off the sizzling summer temps, besides having a lot of watermelon, I started thinking about fall recipes and the slow cooker… I created a Pinterest board  so I have a quick visual record of my own … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Strawberries and Cream Pastry

This is just a simple, old fashioned recipe to enjoy the last of the sweet summer strawberries Add food coloring to cooked berries to make them more red Enjoy! You might also like Strawberry Margarita Dessert Tacos Creamy Chocolate Strawberry Tart for another printable version of Strawberries and Cream Pastry click here Get your strawberry … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Master Bath Make-over

I’ve been helping out with Baby Boy since his daycare doesn’t begin for a few more weeks,  and DD’s maternity leave is up I asked her if I could share her master bath redo… I love spending time in her house, it’s full of light and the shades of gray decor is so serene and … Continue reading

zucchini asiago cheese bake

Recipe Box, Zucchini, Corn & Asiago Tart

Do you ever take a favorite recipe and tweak it a little?  The main reason I love to cook is because it is another world of creative expression and it’s fun to invent and reinvent favorite dishes Even though this recipe is very similar to my Zucchini Garlic Gruyere Galette,  it deserves a turn in … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, “Coquille” & Candlelight

I am a sucker for free shipping, are you?  Even though I’m sure the cost is built in there anyway, I’m still a sucker… I found these runners at for under $14 each.  They are lined and edged with a burlap fringe and look like handpainted watercolors…      I couldn’t resist    😳    These practically … Continue reading

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Creations, Rudolph! Christmas in July

It’s time for a little Christmas in July! 🎄 Today I am sharing a painting tutorial and a GIVEAWAY opportunity from Patience Brewster!   Let me show you what I’ve been working on It’s a Christmas stocking for Baby Boy I “borrowed” Rudolph from my JMdesigns glassware line and enlarged it for this stocking   … Continue reading

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