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    So glad you dropped by! There is always something brewing here at the painted apron, cooking, painting, party planning, gift making, organizing, tablescaping...I hope you will spend a few minutes here and find some inspiration for your next creation.

Tablescapes, Autumn in Bloom

Have you ever been so inspired by something that you literally stopped in your tracks and went to get what was needed to make something similar? That is what happened to me last week when I saw a fabulous fall floral arrangement from Shirley @ Houspitality Designs She created a gorgeous floral arrangement for her … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Floral Escape

I haven’t had time for painting and sketching this week as I seem to have a new hobby… Talking to insurance agents, claim adjusters, and repair people 😩 ☹️ 😫 But one day I set it aside and grabbed a canvas and painted some flowers for a little escape from reality This is my inspiration … Continue reading

Creations, Trick or Treaters

Are you ready for a little pre Halloween fun? Our monthly Creative Craft blog hop is full of Fall and Halloween crafts and ideas to share and inspire! Thank you Andrea of Design Morsels for hosting this great hop If you’re here from Debbee’s Buzz I know you’ve already had some Halloween fun! I know … Continue reading

Autumn Blog Hop, Fall Must Haves

Welcome to the 2nd week of the Autumn Blog Hop hosted by Rachelle of My Hubbard Home This week we are focusing on shopping {Yay!} and Fall must haves I know you were wowed if you’re coming from Calypso in the Country I just love Shelley’s style! My number 1 Fall must have is pumpkins! … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Chicken, Corn and Black Bean Lasagna and Autumn Snack Mix

Sunday the weary hurricane warriors returned and I wanted to reward them in some way, they worked all weekend cleaning up our beach house, property, plus helping neighbors, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally There was no water the first two days and no power until after they left on Sunday… hot, humid, buggy, smelly, … Continue reading

The Price of Paradise

Thank you all so much for the kind words and prayers We are used to hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and have experienced many during the last 35 years Most of them have caused minimal damage, except Hurricane Ivan in 2004 which ironically hit on the very same Sept 16th date as Hurricane Sally During … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fall Round-up

I’m not feeling very fearless today, my energy has been drained from constant worry about the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Sally… So today I’ve rounded up some fall artwork in a variety of mediums to feature and hopefully inspire you Click on the titles below to revisit the tutorials Sunflower Scarecrow colored pencil Scarecrow wine … Continue reading

Creations, Fall Floral Candlesticks

I wrote this post on Tuesday while I was trying not to worry about Hurricane Sally The first photos of our damage are the end of the post if you want a peek Prayers to everyone battling this storm 🌻 Now let’s have some decorating fun! These candlesticks were inspired by this Fall Fest Candle … Continue reading

Acorn Squash with Maple, Blueberry & Apple Stuffing

Welcome to the “There’s No Place Like Home” Autumn Blog Hop hosted by Rachelle of My Hubbard Home If you’re coming from My Family Thyme, Welcome!! If you missed any posts, click on the links below My Humble Home and Garden / Thistle Key Lane / My Hubbard Home / Karins Kottage / Mantel and … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Butternut Squash, Spinach & Pepperoni Lasagna

Please join me in praying for all my friends and neighbors on the Gulf Coast who are being impacted by Hurricane Sally… And everyone on the West Coast being impacted by the horrible fires… I was too stressed out and worried to cook yesterday so I am re-sharing this recipe which I hope you enjoy … Continue reading