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Friday, July 14, 2017

ahhhhhh aqua

Although it is fairly obvious that aqua
is one of my very favorite colors...
summer is the season when I embrace
my sea glass palette full force!
Aqua shines in the summer's shimmering bright light
like no other color of the rainbow!

Beautiful blue glass vintage Ball jars
are perfectly suited for displaying
the star of the garden...
the hydrangea!

Even my kitchen apron wardrobe
has a chance to be on display.
That is while it's not on duty!

And these are a few of my favorite things...

No wonder I feel like nesting.
Thank you for taking a peek at my aqua obsession.
Believe me when I tell you it is out of control,
in the best possible way!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

happy birthday america

The 4th of July is almost here!
In case you need to come up with an easy but delicious dessert to take to a picnic, I'm sharing my mom's pound cake recipe.
Not only is it delicious and easy...
it actually tastes even better after a day or two.
That means you can make it ahead of time!
Almond Pound Cake
5 eggs
2 ½ cups sugar
1 stick margarine softened
1 cup Crisco
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup milk
3 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together the first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl on medium speed.
Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl.
In the mixing bowl, alternate ¼ cup milk to ¼ cup dry mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated and thoroughly mixed.
Pour batter into a well-greased and floured cake pan.
Place the pan on the middle oven rack and bake for one hour.
For a variation of this recipe,
including the instructions for an almond glaze,
click HERE
for a post from the summer of 2015 called "something sweet".
Thank you mom for sharing your recipes with me!
Happy Birthday America...

Monday, June 26, 2017

the quest continues

As you know...
I'm on a quest for organization!
I shared my desk redo using industrial elements.
Then I posted my bedroom tips using vintage oddities.
Now it's time to share my crafting clutter.
As usual I refuse to use new containers for my corralling of stuff.
So this desk gets a functional facelift by organizing with my collection of pottery.
I find a use for every shape and size of vase.
I placed a heavy metal frog in the bottom of this shell vase
which provides enough weight for the vase to become a bookend. 

Tall bud vases are perfect for holding fabric measuring tapes.

Extra large vases are just the right height for old rulers.

Small bowls showcase paint swatches from current projects.

The tiniest vases hold business cards and paint brushes.

A paint brush suspended across a shallow dish,
creates a wonderful ribbon dispenser.

Rectangular planters hold everything from paint palettes to miscellaneous craft supplies.

My absolute favorite desktop pottery organizer is this vintage strawberry pot. It is as beautiful as it is functional.
I love it!

Voila! An organized crafting station.
My prediction...
it will be a mess by day's end.

Creativity is born in clutter and chaos.
Or at least that's what I tell myself!
A messy crafter is a happy crafter...
Thanks as always for taking the time to visit.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

moving outside

Memorial Day weekend kicked off the picnic season!
The beautiful weather means it's time
to eat play and be merry...
in the great outdoors!
Begin by getting your outdoor living spaces ready for summer.
I am getting ready too!
Clean floors and furnishings.

Pull the pillows out of storage...

Accessorize with potted plants and vases of fresh cut flowers.

Pack a picnic perfect for porch dining...

...or head outside for an afternoon under a shady tree.

Nothing makes me happier than working on my container gardens.
It's so rewarding and if you're lucky,
a butterfly or songbird just might pay you a visit!
Now get ready for summer!
It's time...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

a sweet suite

A guest suite is indeed a lovely luxury to share with visitors. This precious space provides guest quarters for friends and family to rest their heads after sun filled days spent lounging on the beach.
The recipe for a charming guest suite...
a cozy bed with a bedside lamp

some lovely flowers

a breakfast try

perfect for breakfast in bed

a large brim hat and a light scarf are "sunset ready"

an antique painting in colors that soothe the soul

a comfy chair is perfect for relaxing or reading

right through the door is an adorable galley kitchen

just enough room to prepare breakfast in bed

a bathroom that has all the elements of a luxurious spa

and whimsical touches that will make you smile

especially these handsome dolphins! 

When you take the time to pay attention to the smallest of details, your guests will feel right at home. Your kindness is rewarded in lifelong friendships!
So here's to making your friends and family feel extra special when they come for a visit...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

for mom

For all you have done and for what you always do...
I will always love you!
Happy Mother's Day Mom.