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Tales of the Traveling Tote, Staying Home

  Happy June! I normally don’t post on Mondays, but this is a special occasion… Time for the June Tales of the Traveling Tote!         Wow, has our world has changed since our March 1 post! I will always remember the beginning of the incredible changes to our lives by what I … Continue reading

The Organized Life, June Paint Bucket

  Well here we are, Summer! Ahhh, the season of juicy berries, sweet corn, beautiful tomatoes… the season of grilling and chilling and enjoying the outdoors… I picked my favorite food of summer to be the flavor of the month… The flavor of the Month for June is CORN         You can … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Olive Oil

  I have had fun trying out new techniques as well as challenging myself with different subject matter lately         This photograph from Unsplash caught my eye, it is so full of color and light         I did a pencil sketch first to establish the positions of the bottles, … Continue reading

Creations, Seaside Tabletop Glassware

  Welcome to the 2nd Creative Craft Blog Hop!         I know you had fun visiting creative Carol at Bluesky At Home Now, let’s get crafty with some glassware, beads, shells and seaglass       I rounded up a few things to dress up, a blue bottle with a broken top, … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Seafood Feast

    I set this table on Sunday for our Seafood Feast         A bright sunny day, everyone was enjoying the sea and sun         Anticipating a delicious spread of fresh seafood for dinner I just had to have some fishy fun!         It was quite … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Apricot Glazed Chicken or Scallops

  HHjr has been busy trying new ideas and recipes in our kitchen Recently we enjoyed Apricot Glazed Chicken Thighs       We had a Seafood feast over the weekend and decided this glaze would be perfect for scallops too         HHjr outdid himself with this spread Coconut Shrimp with Orange … Continue reading

Holidays, Happy Memorial Day, Summer is Here!

  In the USA, it’s Memorial Day weekend The official kick off of Summer!         Flags will be proudly waving as we honor the brave         So many have served and sacrificed for our freedom   Flag Bottles   After 2 months of quarantine we felt it was safe … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Apricot Branch

    I made a quick trip to the city this week {up and back in 44 hours!} I took care of top priorities, like hair, skin and a social distance happy hour on the patio with BFFs Things almost felt like normal…         Anyhooooo… No time for painting the past few … Continue reading

Party Panache, Pimiento Cheese Canapes

  Pimiento Cheese is practically a staple in the South Let’s use it to make some unexpected pairings for an assortment of canapes         I like to make a straight forward Pimiento Cheese, Sharp cheddar, White Cheddar, pimientos and mayonnaise {Duke’s of course} You can use your recipe, a purchased pimiento cheese, … Continue reading

Home Decor, Summer Centerpieces

  With Memorial Day coming up and June just around the corner, Let’s kick off the summer season with a roundup of centerpiece ideas         One of the best parts of summer is the produce Beautiful tomatoes, watermelons, fresh sweet corn… Piled on a pretty platter, they make an instant centerpiece!   … Continue reading

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