Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Beautiful Blog

I love the ‘favorites’ in my sidebar but it’s also fun to meet someone new and get to know them through their blog.


Have you visited Simple Nature D├ęcor and met Maria?

She is a beautiful blogger. Her latest post is the wedding of her daughter and it looks like a fairytale wedding….the one every young bride dreams of.

Well….I also won her giveaway a couple of weeks ago and received a big box of goodies from her. (I know…I’m lucky AND blessed and I win amazing giveaways. Don’t hate me! lol)

Here it is by the front door ready to be ripped into!


And here’s what I saw!

Beautiful throw pillows that she made…


just my style!

I thought they would be perfect for my living room but they look fabulous in the lanai, too.


She sent a sweet card and a basket of pine cones that she painted in Spring colors.


And don’t you love these oyster shell candle holders that she created?


I’m going to use her close up photo to give you a better view.


Thank you sweet Maria for the wonderful gifts!

Time to change all of my pillows for Spring.


Do you like to change things around for the seasons?

One more quick link to Maria’s blog HERE!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Linens and Fabric…thrift store finds

There are always certain areas of the thrift store that I like best. Of course you never know what you’ll find.


Linens is one area I always search (and cloth napkins are only a dime).

I often go to the big thrift store first and then drive down the road to Hospice Thrift Store (a quick stop at the library and my morning is complete).


One day I found a pretty cloth napkin (10 cents) at the big thrift store and this beautiful fabric at the other thrift store ($2.50 on half price day) that matches! Isn’t that amazing? The fabric makes me think of tote bags, cosmetic bags and pillow covers. I have all kinds of ideas and lots of fabric in this bundle. (go back up and look again!)


Don’t you love the fishes on this tablecloth?


Very fun for Florida!


And isn’t this a pretty ‘old fashioned’ design?


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Mosaic Monday,

and Amaze me Monday!

Have you found anything special this week?

I’ve enjoyed some thrifty shopping!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hiking the Florida Trails

We are still enjoying our hikes. Although we did take one this week when it was 88 degrees….which was just a ‘wee bit’ too warm! lol So yesterday we hiked in the morning and it was gorgeous! (and only in the 70s)


We had taken a side trail to see a nice stand of pine trees and when we walked across the forest to get back on the trail, we could see a fence.


The trail was running alongside some private property with some of the most beautiful fences.

These HUGE trees are all Live Oaks.


I probably took enough photos for a month of Good Fences!


Thanks Tex for the Good Fences party!

good fences


Won’t you join me for a hike?

Or at least the Good Fences party?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

“Friendship Gifts”

Have you met Kathryn from The Writer’s Reverie?


She describes her blog as “Whimsical Inspirations & Devotional Ruminations” and that’s what you’ll find when you visit. And you will certainly feel uplifted.

I was blessed to win her giveaway and she put together a special package for me featuring ‘lavender’!


It was so much fun to open and even had the scent of lavender on the tissue paper.


One of my favorite creations was this beautiful tag.


And I really appreciate the books.

She wrote Fragrant Fields and signed it for me.


She’s a special friend and an inspiring blogger.

Thank you very much for the thoughtful gifts, Kathryn.


Her blog is HERE . I hope some of you stop by to visit her soon! You’ll be so glad you did!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Revenge “Wednesday Wee Ones”

We all remember last week when we left Mellie wondering if the kittens were tickling Mr. Bear and if Mr. Bear was actually enjoying it. (she was also wondering if anyone was ever going change her out of a Christmas outfit lol)


Well, things seemed to be fine for a day or two.

(everyone getting along so well)


And then THIS!

I took everything off the sofa to change the pillows for Spring and vacuum the sofa.


I left the room for only TWO minutes to check my emails


and maybe visit one or two of my favorite blogs….just a few minutes at the most.


And this is what I came back to.




Mr. Bear gets revenge.


TERROR!!! Plain and simple.


There’s no denying it.


Baby kitty couldn’t get away!

And I’m on the computer writing just one more comment! (sad I know)


To be continued on Wednesday……

And don’t forget


UPDATE…before I get too much credit for all this fun…I moved the kitties and got the vacuum cleaner out and left the room. The OTHER big kid that lives here did the rest!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Note Card Party

Sharing some of the photos I’ve taken in the mountains of Western North Carolina.


Hendersonville and Asheville, NC


A beautiful part of the country to visit in the Spring.


Enjoy a blessed week!


My box lid…


I’m joining Vee at a Haven for Vee

for the Note Card party!

purple button stamp 150

I hope you’ll join the party for the fun, too!

We got up during the night for the lunar eclipse. Thanks hubby for this amazing photo! (and thanks Vee for not counting this extra photo! lol)

~Blood Moon~


Full Lunar Eclipse

(taken at 3:30 am 4/15/14)

Monday, April 14, 2014

How embarrassing!

I was having so much fun making cute little animals that hubby said, “Can you make me a monkey?”

SURE! I’ll make you the cutest baby monkey there ever was!


Baby monkey stayed on the ‘cutting board’ for 2 weeks or more.

I tweaked him thisa way….and tweaked him thata way.

Then I finally MADE myself finish him.


And then he laughed!

No not the baby monkey!


He laughed that great big…down deep….belly laugh.

Then I laughed until tears streamed down my face.

Baby monkey was swinging from the tree in the lanai! (it got wild in the lanai)


Now he’s hiding!

Prudence from The Bear’s Blog was the only one that knew about him.

Now the whole world knows.

How embarrassing!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring at the Biltmore Estate

We’re not there right now. We usually make a trip to NC in the Spring but our schedule is a little different this year. (and every year! lol)


I wanted to use the Waterlogue app (for IPADS) on some of my Spring photos and came across these.


Biltmore Estate is a beautiful place to visit any time of year but never more beautiful than Spring when the tulips are in bloom.


The photo I chose is of the side of the house with the wisteria in full bloom.


(I put the original pics into a mosaic) 

“Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality.” Click HERE to learn more about the history of this amazing home!


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Mosaic Monday,

and Amaze me Monday!


Springtime and watercolors..