Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #24

Welcome to week 24 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

Our hostess this week is Laura from White Spray Paint

All of us at Thoughts of Home appreciate your participation and your creativity.
You are all gifted bloggers .

Now to this week's features.

Recipe 


Liz at Eat Move Make shares a recipe for 
Strawberry Cream Cheese Jello Pie that is
as pretty as it sounds delicious.


Decor


Maria at Simple Nature Decor shares her lovely home
from a recent summer home tour.

Inspiration


Leslie at Gwen Moss Blog
inspires us as only she can in a wise post about owning our story.

DIY

Mickey of My Bashful Life shares her wonderful DIY party decor.

Garden


And Amy of Get Busy Gardening shares her suggestions for 15 Colorful Plants for Shade Gardens.

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Give Away!





Woo hoo! I'm excited to be sharing Ramsign with you today.
Ramsign is a company that manufactures beautiful European style porcelain enamel signs like you see here.  Have you seen them before?

I think it would be fun to do your house number or another number that is special to you...maybe your anniversary year or the year that your baby was born.
  
The signs are beautifully handcrafted just for you.
 If you are the winner you will get to choose from a selection that the company is providing.
I'll be just a little jealous because I love them!




What to do?

1. Leave a comment.

2. If you share by any social media, leave a comment and I'll enter you again.

3. Follow Poofing the Pillows for another entry. :)

If you are not able to comment here, send me an email at stacey@poofingthepillows.com to enter.
Drawing will be held Wednesday, July 20th.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Loving and Caring for Our Backyard Pond


How do I love the pond...let me count the ways.

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Y'all this pond is the best! These days we are all so technology driven but nature is really where it's at and a pond brings nature to you. Even in our small backyard the pond has completely changed the environment.  We are hosts to birds, beneficial insects, lizards, and other critters that come in the night.  Many of you have asked about snakes....snakes are certainly a possibility. The key is to be familiar with the snakes in your area and to know that most are harmless and helpful.
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The care and maintenance of the pond is minimal. Our pond has a skimmer that pulls water in and catches floating debris, a UV filter system to help control algae growth, then there's the waterfall which oxygenates the water. We have been using a tiny bit of algaecide once per week because our pond is in full sun. Our goal is to cover half of the water surface with plants. The plants help with all aspects of the habitat. We also add water every few days.


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With the pond at our last house, we drained a good bit of the water once per year to clean things up and I suspect we will do the same here.  The filters have to be cleaned at that time too.

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The fish are like little puppies that come to us now when we walk to the pond.
The frogs are happily living here and sing out loud every night.

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If you've ever thought of building a pond as a DIY project, I urge you to give it a try. It's not as hard as it might seem and the joy you get in return is well worth the effort. Thank you to SmartPond for sponsoring this pond project. If you are interested in trying this yourself, the parts can all be purchased at Lowe's.  
I'll buy ya a Diet Coke if you'll pin this. :)
Building a Backyard Pond Part 1
Building a Backyard Pond Part 2
Building a Backyard Pond Part 3
Building a Backyard Pond Part 4 
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thoughts of Home #23


Welcome to Week 23 of Thoughts of Home On Thursday!

We had such an amazing party last week because of each one of you, sharing your time

and talents with us and we thank you ever so much!



Our hostess this week is Jemma and she has been creating a project for the

Sweet Tea fabric challenge using sweet tea charm packs.

Stop by and visit Poofing The Pillows and Decor To Adore too, to see where their creativity

took them in this challenge.

So, here we go with this weeks features!

Decorating

If you have ever wondered how to arrange flowers, search no more.

Barb from The Everyday Home, shows us step by step how to create a stunning

arrangement for your home.



Recipes


Everyday Savvy shared these cute and clever cupcakes with us and some creative

theme parties as well.


Inspiration

When I think of Summer time fun I think of trips!

Sweet Parrish Place shows us how to pack and keep the load light, while not having to

skimp on our wardrobe!
Gardening

Succulents are the new way to garden and they do so well indoors and out.

Love this coffee table succulent Garden that On Sutton Place Shared.


DIY

Patina and Paint, found her deal of the day with these precious pendant lights and her

hubby installed them too.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Three No Sew and Barely Sew Fabric Projects

three no sew and barely sew projects using Sweet Tea Fabric line, fabric flower, monogram, bookmark, Hoffman fabrics, sweet tea, Thistlewood Farms

Hi friends! Recently a group of bloggers gathered together for friendship and creative fun. 
Karianne of Thistlewood Farms joined us and she generously gifted each of us with charm packs of her new Hoffman Fabrics Sweet Tea line.  On that day a challenge was born for each of us to create things from her fabric.  Heart attack time for me because I don't sew!

With a little thought and involvement with my handsome son, we came up with three projects to share with you today.

1.  Fancy & Fashionable Flower

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This sweet little flower now serves as an embellishment on my tried and true denim jacket. How did I make this? Four flower petals cut out of fabric with a few hand stitches in the middle.
 I sewed the gem on by hand with just a few stitches too. 
This took about 15 minutes and I love it!


2.  Bookmark

three no sew and barely sew projects using Sweet Tea Fabric line, fabric flower, monogram, bookmark, Hoffman fabrics, sweet tea, Thistlewood Farms

The bookmark is just a pocket sewn with the sewing machine that has cardboard inside. I made the tassel by cutting an embroidery thread packet in half and tying around the loop. This couldn't be any easier and it was fun. :)


3. Decoupage a Monogram


three no sew and barely sew projects using Sweet Tea Fabric line, fabric flower, monogram, bookmark, Hoffman fabrics, sweet tea, Thistlewood Farms

Of course we all love monograms and adding fun fabric to your letter of choice makes a personal statement. My son made this with Mod Podge, scissors, and a pen to trace the letter. Another 15 minute project. 

There are many beautiful colors in the Sweet Tea Fabric line but I was obviously a little bit in love with the navy fabrics. This challenge taught me something - don't let your lack of skills stop you from trying something new!

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Thanks Karianne and friends for raising the bar on creativity!
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Beautifully Contained


Let's just all stop a moment and admire this pearly white beauty of a cookie jar
with a glass doorknob pull.

Isn't she lovely?
I can imagine sticking my hand in for a wonderful homemade chocolate chip cookie.

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I spotted her awhile back at a friend's house and she's been haunting my dreams!

This led me on a search and I found that Mud Pie makes this wonderful cookie jar along with some other beauties you might want to incorporate into your kitchen.

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This veggie bowl is elegant but the spoon adds a whimsical flair.

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This salt and pepper set  would be fun in every season.

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So what have I gotten? 
My dad gave me a gift certificate a couple of weeks ago and this is what I got.

This canister set is now the crown jewel of my kitchen. :)


Do you have a canister set in your kitchen?
Here's the real question...do you use it?

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Friday, July 8, 2016


There are no words to express the shock and sadness for the loss of our Dallas Police officers.
Please pray for everyone involved.



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #22


Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday number twenty-two. 
You all impress us each week with your continued willingness to share your talents and gifts.

This week we are hosted by Stacey of Poofing the Pillows.


Moving on to all the great posts you've shared:

Recipes

Biscuits and Burlap shared memories about Mama and her Mexican Cornbread. 
I loved reading about her and the cornbread sounds wonderful.


Decorating

At Estelle's we were treated to the cutest Nautical Americana ever!!
Betsy always decorates for holidays and special gatherings with great flair.


DIY

At Faith, Football and Fairy Tales, Casey just finished applying shiplap to her master bedroom wall. She's been decorating too and the room is outstanding.


Inspiration

At French Country Style, Pat shared why she loves old houses. She really shared why she loves her own old house with all of its history, beauty, and imperfections. She reminded me that we should all love our homes the same way.


Gardening

Last but not least, visit Calypso in the Country for a glimpse of floriferous potted plants. :)


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