Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why I blog? 

One of the main reasons that I blog, is to share the vast amounts of beauty that I find
in my daily life.  Beauty that needs to be shared, in a world where so much ugliness
seems to be bombarded before us constantly.

On Saturday evening, my husband and I visited one of my very favorite places.  I had
my Samsung phone with me, and captured these pictures.  The uniqueness, the design,
the colors, and the variety was simply too much for me not to share with you today.
Yes, it might be picture overload on the post, but if you visit here at a time of the
day, where you have extra time, and maybe a hot cup of tea, I think you will enjoy
your visit.

This place is owned by "Anthropology", and it is run by many people who seem to
care deeply about it.  It is a gift shop, a greenhouse, a lighting gallery, a café, and
an event destination, all combined in one.  As we walked through it all, with no
time schedule, we were so impressed by all the love and care that was put into
every aspect of the place.  Relax and enjoy the few of the many aspects of the
place, that I captured.

Individually planted pots were everywhere, and exceptionally well done! 

So many types of lighting to use in endless ways, indoors and out.

Succulents in all of their varieties, colors, and plantings.  I thought the little
glass jars were a great idea for favors or small gifts.  I pictured them hanging from
a limb secured to a porch wall.

Glass bowls and canisters were filled with potted flowers and greens.  What a
lovely way to dress up a dinner table, or side table in the living room.  Just beautiful!

The strands of crystals, and old windows, hanging from the ceiling, made walking
into the café, seem almost magical.

The linen section was creatively displayed and every piece was ironed and folded in
organized fashion.  We liked how they used old ladders to showcase the linens.

We never saw a prettier seed packet display!

Did you know there were Will Rogers Zinnias?  I want to grow them:).  I want them
to look just like these pictured on the packet.

But, we must admit, one of the highlights of our visit here, was the pot of warm
bread, right out of the oven, that was served to us, on a wooden slab, with an
old crock of butter, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt.  We cannot adequately express
our memories of eating every single bite of that amazingly delicious bread!
We don't usually eat bread with our meals...usually that is:). 

This evening was the best way for me, to celebrate my 63rd birthday.  I hope
you all like that I shared a bit of my visit, with you here.

I am thankful to God for His gift of another year to me, and I am also so
grateful for the vast amount of natural beauty that He blesses us with, in our world. 
I appreciate you all too.  It is always fun to share things with you.  I feel like
it would be somewhat sad, if all these colorful pictures, stayed filed in
my computer, instead of being shared with you.  I like when you share your
pictures and happenings with us too.

Wishing you moments of joy, in your Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No matter the season, she is able to bring nature at it's finest, indoors, and add so
many extra special touches to her home effortlessly.  I have seen her do it with
berries, with seashells, with ferns, with sticks, and even with fruit.  On Monday,
she did it with brilliantly colored Spring flowers.  Here is the table that was inside
her back door, and it provided all of us who entered, a warm, caring welcome.

I know that the welcome would have been just as sincere without the vignettes, but
I share these touches with you, because I know you would like to see her style.
Am I right?

The lighting of the lamp, made this look so pretty!
As you can tell, she also likes white dishes too.
Perfect combination!

Pansies always make me smile!  They add just the right touch, no matter where you
put them.

Here she lined the shelf in front of her sink, with pansies in votive holders, small pinecones,
and a wire of tiny pin lights.  All of us noticed and commented.

This simple vignette was in the middle of her kitchen island. 

She even knows how to dress up her water pitcher.  So pretty and so refreshing!

There is something so refreshing, when you drink ice water with an orange, lemon,
or lime slice, and a mint leaf in it!  It also looked so nice!

The centerpiece that she placed on the center of her wooden farm table.

Look what I found when I used her small powder room off of the kitchen...a succulent
planted in a tin votive holder.

I cannot believe how creatively her mind works!

I discovered this wonderful smelling candle burning on top of the toilet tank, along
with a sprig of green and a pinecone.  Such attention to detail found in her home!
She tells me she just puts it there, but I see it differently.  I see it as decorating

Thanks to my daughter, I have my own pot of purple pansies by my sink too.  I am
convinced that no matter what color of pansies you choose, or what type of
container you put them in, your kitchen will look more like Spring, and you
might smile at bit more, when you wash your dishes.

Thank you for stopping by!  Grateful for you all, and for the talents, artistry,
and kindness that you all share with the world.  It truly adds inspiration and
encouragement to my earthly journey here.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Good Morning Blogging Friends!

Good Morning Spring 2017!

Good Morning to the beautiful, radiant sunshine!

Today, I am so thankful for the Springtime of the year!  Brand new growth, and especially
fun for me this year, as I see what it is that appears in the flower beds outside.  The
couple that previously lived here for many years, took such good care of all the planting
areas surrounding this home.  We both look forward to enjoying their many years
of those labors of love.

Today, I walked into the foyer area of our home, and look what I was greeted with...

I just had to share the beauty with you.  Glorious, brilliant sunshine, streaming through the
dining room sheers, and into the foyer.  Made me so happy, and so thankful!  It reminded
me of how much I like "light", in whatever form I find it.  I thought maybe I would share
a few of the ways I do lighting here in our home, although none of those ways compare
to the light I encountered here today!  Thank you God, for sharing that with me, and the
world today!

My corner kitchen counter vignette, made more beautiful by the pretty Spring bouquet
that a dear friend dropped off on Friday.  The "Gooseberry Company", adds lovely
colored, seasonal pictures in their cookbook, which adds more color to my kitchen.
I really enjoy dressing up the somewhat dark corner of my kitchen counter, with
light and flowers.  Just makes me happy!

On my list of past times that I enjoy, it would be browsing in consignment furniture
and gift shops.  Recently, I found this perfectly colored Tiffany lamp.  It looks
so nice in my one guest bedroom!  Wouldn't you agree?

There is a good sized window in front of my kitchen sink, and I also like adding bits
and pieces to the wooden window sill.  This vignette makes me smile every time I
wash dishes.  Special reminders of people who shared these pieces with me, and
that Spring is here to stay for a while.

This lit, white church picture in my guest powder room, is one of my favorite ways
to share light in my "new" home.  When I flip the switch, I like how all the tiny
candles in the church windows, light up the powder room wall.

The "old" vintage style lantern with it's vintage style bulb, adds a special
ambience to the master bathroom.  It is actually an outdoor lantern, but I
choose to use it inside.  When I saw it at Lowe's Store, I just knew it was
what I wanted for the wall between the two mirrored medicine cabinets.

So much of my décor involves wood and crystal.  Here on our bedroom bureau, I
placed my lovely old crystal bowl.  I placed three white lace covered balls, and
a tiny wire string of pin lights.  When I flip the tiny switch at the bottom of the
bowl, I love how the lights add soft, warm lighting to the wooden surface,
especially as it reflects in the mirror.

Of course, I always like real candlelight!  Here, on the coffee buffet area of my
kitchen, I like the design the glass globe casts, when the candle is lit.  It is a
cozy, pretty way to light up the old wooden cabinet.

The big glass canister from the kitchen section of "Walmart", filled with two
styles of colored globe string lights, from the "Big Lot's Store", add a fun,
colorful way to light the grandchildren's bedroom!  I took the two plugs
out of the back, and held it in place with the glass lid, and plugged it in
behind the small bedside table.  I wish you could see the pretty way this
lights up their room.

Wishing you nuggets of joy and light, as you face another Monday morning!

Thank you for stopping by, even after such a long blogging break.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dream little girl!
The jewelry display in the old store, captivated her.  She stood staring at
it's colors, it's sparkle, and it's beauty.
What came to my mind, as I watched her wonderment..."The best things
in life aren't things", but, I loved watching her taking it all in.

"Dare to make that difference.  Take that step.  Follow that dream."   ~Holley Gerth

"You are made for a God-sized dream."  ~Holley Gerth

If you are interested, you can find some lovely, inspiring books and
quotes from Holley Gerth  here...

Some simple life lessons, from the little ones in my life right now...


It's a brand new day...Dare to make a difference.  YOU do for me, with your visits and
comments here.  Really you do!


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