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Party Panache, Cactus Cantina

    In keeping with my crazy for cactus phase it was great fun to entertain some friends with a casual patio party           The patio turned into a Cactus Cantina!         It featured a watermelon flowering cactus         Cactus tidbit plates were ready for … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Roasted Corn Salad Cups

  The glorious weather we’ve been having in the South was begging for a food and friends gathering on the patio late Saturday afternoon         I made a super simple super tasty appetizer that is fantastic for outdoor entertaining         A crunchy salad with roasted corn served in a … Continue reading

Holidays, Smooth Sailing to Memorial Day

  Can you believe Memorial Day is only a week away? Such an important holiday to honor all that have served I’m heading to the coast soon to get ready for a long weekend with family Time to start thinking about food and decorations…  I rounded up some of my very favorites for inspiration The … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Cactus with Mixed Media

  A little fun with cactus today, with watercolor brush pens, ink, and colored pencil This was the photo I used as a model         Cacti are one of my new passions this Spring, I think they are fascinating and incredibly beautiful         I began with a simple line … Continue reading

Party Panache, Lemon Berry Cheesecake Parfaits and Giveaway Winners!

  We have been blessed with the most beautiful week of sunshine and low humidity in the South and I have been really enjoying a lot of patio time         Superboy’s 11th birthday was Tuesday {how did he get so old???}         He and his brother Big E have … Continue reading

Tablescapes, So Many Fish in the Sea!

  Welcome Summer! It’s time to get out all your summertime things and set a table for all the fun summer can bring!         Celebrate & Decorate’s Chloe has gathered some fantastic inspiration for you! Join the fun all week long as we “celebrate & decorate” tables for summer!       … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Quick Artichoke Appetizer and a Spring Veggie Flatbread

  After a solid week of rain the sun finally came out Mother’s Day afternoon and another spur of the moment patio party was underway!         I really didn’t have any plans or expectations for Mother’s Day because it had been a week packed with year-end activities for the littles, and I … Continue reading

Holidays, Happy Mother’s Day

  Happy Mother’s Day!   “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” Lisa Alther           I wish you a day filled with some of your favorite things!   ❤️   Psst…treat yourself to something from my Society 6 shop today, 25% off everything May 12-13  

Fearless Friday, Ranunculus x 3

  I treated myself to a new set of watercolor pens for an early Mother’s Day gift and I have had much fun playing with them, look at these beautiful colors!       note: even if your pens or paints come with a printed color chart, always swatch your own colors for reference, and … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Flowers and Flamingos

  Flowers, Flamingoes and a lot of pink things          Memories of my Mom this shade of pink brings       And what Mom wouldn’t like a trip to the tropics         And a pretty place to dine and discuss many topics         A teacup … Continue reading

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