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Fearless Friday, A Trip to France

  Since most of us are traveling virtually these days I’ve been collecting photos of interesting cafes and cityscapes         I have developed a passion for Urban Sketching, drawing loosely with ink and watercolor         Capturing part of a scene or street         For today’s painting, … Continue reading

Home Decor, As Summer Fades into Fall

  Welcome to the Fall Home Tour Blog Hop, hosted by Andrea from Design Morsels Thank you Andrea! If you’re coming from Chas Crazy Creations, I know she had some wonderful ideas for you!   🎃🍁🌻   In the deep South, we won’t see signs of Fall until mid October I like to ease into … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Tiered Art Tray

. Lately I’ve been obsessed with all the fun themed tiered trays popping up all over Pinterest and blogs… . . I have a small galvanized 2 tier tray that I recently used for an indoor garden table centerpiece, but it is so small, you can only put a few things in it . . … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Ramen Noodle Salad

  This month I’m playing with oldie but goodie retro recipes I did this a few years ago, {you can see the post here} and it was so popular I wanted to do it again         Big E eats Ramen Noodle Soup almost everyday for lunch so there’s always plenty of those … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Sunflowers and Bees

  Sunflowers… 🌻sigh🌻 Is there anything more instantly uplifting than a big bright sunflower?         They just seem to smile and say I am going to bring some happy your way!            Bees are buzzing around and above, next to a gnome full of honey bee love   … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Garden Gate

  I have been painting watercolors daily for the past few months Watercolor went from being my least favorite medium, to my new favorite! But, I do enjoy acrylic, colored pencils, markers and pastels so for August I’m going to use a variety of tools and techniques         I got some new … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Strawberries & Cream Pretzel Salad

  The 70’s called and said they want this recipe back…       Only in the South, where macaroni and cheese is considered a vegetable, would this retro dish full of butter, sugar, whipped topping, not to mention pretzels, be considered a “salad!”           I will admit that I actually … Continue reading

Creations, Little Red Truck MacKenzie-Childs Makeover

  I have a passion for MacKenzie-Childs and all things black and white *Sigh* Last week they held their annual mid Summer Barn Sale, with tons of pretties deeply discounted~ This year I was actually able to go because it was online!         Even though I filled my cart several times, checking … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Taco Lettuce Crunch Wrap

    This is a lighter version of the popular Tex-Mex Crunch Wrap Supreme Instead of tortillas, the filling is wrapped in fresh crisp romaine lettuce, cutting some calories and making it a refreshing summer meal         Tacos are super popular at my house  I think the common phrase, Taco Tuesday, was … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Hydrangea Garden

  It’s been so hot and stormy in the “city,”  I created a garden inside overflowing with all things pretty         It’s full of hydrangeas, a frog, and dragonflies… and inside I can count on always clear skies         Big fat blooms fill the centerpiece tray       … Continue reading

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