Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #13


Welcome to the lucky thirteenth edition of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.


Our hostess this week is Laura from Decor to Adore.
She recently wrote about the homes of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.


We have loved seeing all of your recent posts showcasing the delights of spring.
Thank you again to all our lovely TOHOT friends that join our happy gathering each and every week.

Here are this week's features:

Decorating

Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson created a darling quilt themed tablescape for a sweet birthday celebration. 


Recipes

Silvana from Amore, Pasta and Pizza  created this mouthwatering strawberry kiwi tart with a lemon syrup glaze. 


Gardening

Pat has created a gorgeous garden at Bringing French Country Home. 


Inspiration

Eilis at My Heart Lives Here has been traveling through Italy and her latest post on Rome is sure to inspire glorious thoughts of travel. 


DIY

Lizzie at Living Pretty transformed two budget wooden beds into upholstered sweet dreams!


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

There Are Days That You Need to Have a Giveaway!


There are days when you wake up and the house is a mess and you really want to do a blog post
but you don't have time to clean up the messes because you are going to meet some friends and do fun things but there are clods of dirt everywhere from the pond you are building in your backyard.


So you straighten things up just a tiny little bit and move pond equipment out of the way because it's sitting in the kitchen and might show in the pictures and then you shower and put on your skinny jeans and cuss about the 5 7 pounds you need to lose then you take some pictures really quickly because the morning light is nice and you pray that you can crop the clods of dirt out of the pictures.


Then later you look at the pictures and thank heavens for the ability to crop some things out view and you are so incredibly thankful for sweet girlfriends who help you move furniture around and sweet blog friends who encourage you to paint perfectly nice pieces of furniture that aren't making you happy anymore because once a cloverleaf table is painted white the shape stands out and the whole room is prettier like a girl who whitens her teeth.


Then you have a cup of afternoon coffee and realize you'll never be a rich and famous blogger because curating photos and being all perfect just takes too much time and there's a dropcloth in the picture but maybe if you give away a subscription to The Cottage Journal your sweet blog friends will ignore it.

The End.

Did you get all of that?

Leave a comment here or email me at stacey@poofingthepillows and I'll draw for 
The Cottage Journal next Monday. :)

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Building a Backyard Pond Part 2

Hi friends! 
Welcome back to part 2 of digging a backyard pond.  
In part one we shared our old pond and the plans to build this one using parts supplied to us by SmartPond.   We are so thrilled to be able to be a part of this partnership. :)

This is definitely the ugly before pretty phase of this project.  Just imagine lots of mud in the yard and tracking in the house. Yes, that's life right now but it's very worth it. 

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We want our pond to be much smaller than the last and about 36-40ish inches deep for the fish who will reside here.  If the water is much shallower, the water will be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.  Plants will be in the water and around the perimeter when this is complete.

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Our yard slopes just a little so it's very important for the edges of the pond to be level or the water will run into the pond or out of the pond when it rains. My husband and son built a berm around the entire perimeter of the pond using the dirt that came from the hole.  

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A string level was used to make sure the berm is level from front to back.
You can see the berm a little better below. See the big cinder block?  
Lots of muscle power + a cinder block = tamped dirt.  
The waterfall will go on the backside of the pond. 

Building a backyard pond with waterfall, backyard ponds and water features, water features, waterfalls, DIY water features, DIY backyard pond. water gardens

Building a backyard pond with waterfall, backyard ponds and water features, water features, waterfalls, DIY water features, DIY backyard pond. water gardens

That's where we are right now! We've been to the rock place and selected a pallet of smaller mossy boulders that will be mixed with some flat rocks on the berm. Choosing the right rocks is one of the most important parts of making this look great.

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Building a backyard pond with waterfall, backyard ponds and water features, water features, waterfalls, DIY water features, DIY backyard pond. water gardens

Linking with:
Inspire Me Tuesday, Your Inspired Design, Dishing It and Digging It at Life and Linda

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #12


Has it really and truly been three months since we began our little Thursday party?
Well, it surely doesn't seem that long to all of us.
It might just be because all of you are sharing so much amazing inspiration that you have gotten us through those transition months from Winter to Spring. 


We are all in awe of what you are sharing at the garden party too!
Truly, your creativity is over the top gorgeous.The garden party is open for your garden pretties all the way to Mother's Day so please continue to share as your gardens grow and thrive.

Thank you for joining us and now on to this weeks features.

Decorating



Maggie Overby made a dramatic change in her master bedroom during the One Room Challenge. How did she do this you may ask? With Rit Dye!


Recipes


Joan always creates magic in her kitchen and provides step-by-step tutorials too.
Wouldn't these rosette cookies be perfect for a shower or Mother's Day?

Gardening


Ron shares his love of gardening that graces his charming Southern home.

DIY


Robin transforms new bargain buckets from the dollar section at Target.
Tutorial included.



Linda has shared a sunshine yellow  tablescape  with roosters and sunflowers that would inspire any occasion. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Garden Party With My Friends

Garden party with friends.

Good Morning Garden Lovers!
So glad you could be here today for our first Garden Party of the season.

Lots of things are blooming in my yard right now.
Let me be honest though, it's a little raggedy because of our big pond project we are working on.
When there's a project, other things get ignored. Right?

Henry Duelberg Salvia, Knockout Roses, Bluebirds

Let's start in the backyard where we have lots of Henry Duelberg Salvia mixed with Knockouts. 
Remember the pretty blue eggs I showed you in the bluebird house a few weeks ago? Those babies are already long gone and the mom and dad are on to the second batch. We love watching them so much. Maybe one of these days I'll get a photo of them.

Peace Rose

This is a Peace rose. I love this bush for the beautiful flowers and deep green foliage. The flowers start out yellow but in a few days they progress to pink and end up a soft cream color. The blooms are huge and smell wonderful.  I have had no trouble with black spot on this bush. :)

Yellow irises, Autumn Joy Sedum, Lorapetalum

In the front yard, my yellow irises continue to bloom. The purple ones have completed their bloom cycle but the foliage is pretty almost year-round here in Texas. The irises came from my dad's old house. Right next to the irises, we have Autumn Joy Sedum which gets prettier every year and Loropetalum. 

Autumn Joy Sedum

Autumn Joy Sedum is a drought tolerant succulent that looks beautiful all summer no matter how hot and dry it is. When it does have water you can see the leaves plump right up. The bees and butterflies are very attracted to it.

Anthony Waterer Spirea

The Anthony Waterer Spirea that we planted last year is blooming now for the first time. 
We had these bushes in Oklahoma too and I love them. They bloom forever and have a softness to them that most bushes don't have.

scabiosa, pincushions, perennials, butterflies, bees

 Again I'll sing the praises of Scabiosa or Pincushion flowers because for us they are perennial and the butterflies love them. I keep planting more and more of this delicate looking plant which is really as tough as they come. Our nice next-door neighbor introduced me to Pincushions and I'm so glad he did. :)

oak leaf hydrangea, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, perennial

Our Oak Leaf Hydrangea is blooming. These plants really do best with at least some afternoon shade. We don't have any shade to speak but we took a chance on the east side of the 
house and it seems to be working. 

Datura, moonflower, Jimson weed

Now let's play a little game....do you know what this plant is?  It gets huge white blossoms at dusk. The plant grows 4 or 5 feet tall.  Can you guess?

Want to see some older gardening posts? Check these out.



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