Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #8

We welcome you to Thoughts of Home on Thursday #8.

This is where we share with one another those very special things that are near and dear to our hearts. Perhaps a special recipe or maybe some decorating tips. 
However, we also share even more than that.

We share friendships that span from one coastline to another and in between too. 





Our hostess today is Jemma from At Home With Jemma and she has a little giveaway just for you,
 a year's subscription to Southern Lady. 
Each of your entries in this week's party is an opportunity to win.


We have quickly come to realize that we have some very talented DIY participants!
In order to recognize those of you who have this gift of creativity we have added a DIY category.

Here are the features for this week:

DIY

Cristina from Remodelando la Casa shares this functional and adorable welcoming doormat.


                                                                      Recipe

Who could resist this nutritious and pretty salad served on this stunning plate that Penny has shared with us from  The Comforts of Home.
                                                                     


                                                                       Inspiration

Join Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy in Massachusetts, for a walk among the gardens and a glorious historical overview of the Mount.



                     
                                                                    Decorating

Brooke from Creative Country Mom shares her love of neutrals, natural light, 
cream ware and burlap to create an inviting eat-in kitchen.




                                                            Gardening
                                                            
Judith at Botanic Bleu shares five useful tips on how to keep an Ivy Topiary healthy and pretty.





 ~Gentle Reminders~

We ask that you please:
1. Link back to this post and follow any of your hostesses at these four blogs.


2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link advertising or shops.
3. Visit one another and comment.

We thank you so much for gathering with us and hope to see you each and every week at 
Thoughts of Home on Thursday.


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Bring on the Butterfly Garden and Another Surprise Project


I'm so excited y'all!
We started a new project a few days ago...well actually two projects. :)

In our backyard we put in the beginnings of a butterfly garden. 


The plants were carefully chosen to fit a smallish space and to be pleasing to the butterflies.
The blooming plants in the bed include salvia, tickseed or coreopsis, and pincushions, 


We also have milkweed too which is very important but let me be honest...
it's a little too weedy for my perfectionist heart and I'm going to plant it in the greenbelt behind 
our house. Milkweed is the habitat and food source of monarch butterflies. 


My dad and hubby made short order of this project which was quite amazing.
Those rocks you see weighed about 80 lbs. each from the stone yard and had to be sawed and hammered to make smaller pieces. They did all of that!

The three bushes in the back of the photo were again chosen for the butterflies and hummingbirds too. They are Rose Creek Abelias.
The whole bed is about 20 feet long and 4 feet deep. It's small but mighty!


Now let's peek over in another part of the yard...
can you see the paint on the ground?


We are building another pond!!!
Squeal! I'm so happy I can't even begin to put this into words.
We will be working with the nice people at Smartpond on this project to show you the steps
to completing a pond in your yard as a DIY project. :)


That's the update here. Things are green and growing.
What projects do you have at your house?

Want to see some past gardening projects?




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Sunday, March 27, 2016


Happy Easter Sweet Friends ♥

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #7

Thoughts of Home on Thursday a blog linky party featuring decor, gardening, recipes and inspiration.

Welcome to week 7 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday!
We are so glad you are here. :)

This week's post and giveaway is hosted by Laura of White Spray Paint.

Giveaway: 
This week's giveaway is a year's subscription to Southern Living Magazine. 
Each of your entries in this week's party is an opportunity to win.


And now for this week's features.

Decorating
Lori at Dining Delight creates a beautiful centerpiece for Spring in the Dining Room
with her vibrant yellow springtime forsythia and lovely decorated birdcage.


Recipe
Cristina of  Finding Grace Interiors shares a wonderful recipe for Lemon Bread topped with lemon syrup, which will be part of her Easter celebration.


Gardening

Carole of Garden Up Green continues to amaze us with her gardening skill with her tutorial on


Inspiration

Leslie of Gwen Moss blog  shares a life changing perspective that can benefit us all in


 ~Gentle Reminders~

We ask that you please:
1. Link back to this post and follow any of your hostesses at these four blogs.


2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link advertising or shops.
3. Visit one another and comment.

We thank you so much for gathering with us and hope to see you each and every week at 
Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kindness


Kindness has been on my mind today.... kindness and understanding.
See if you can follow my train of thought here.

I believe that almost all people in the world are innately good and kind. 

Spring filled apothecary jars.

Children show us all the time the simplest ways to be kind. Kids will give you a hug. 
They will bring flowers or a drawing to you if they see you unhappy. 

Middle age kids will help with tasks that they realize need to be accomplished.

You can't stop a teenager on a kindness mission. Just look at the thousands of dollars that are raised in high schools for various causes each year or the mission trips that so many teens take on.


What's on my mind is how many people out in this world need a little kindness and compassion but we can't see their needs. And they don't express them. 

In a split second I think of our friend who just lost her husband...the man who struggles to hear or see... the guy who puts his best foot forward every day to fight depression. How about the person who really can't read well...the friend who has lost his job but isn't ready to retire.  The friend who has had her heart hurt one too many times.  There are people who just don't move as fast as the rest of the world but they are trying their best to keep up. 

Spring filled apothecary jars.

All of these people deserve our kindness and compassion but we can't see their problems. 
Sometimes we don't even realize their problems exist. I vividly remember the day I heard the quote below for the first time. It was an epiphany to me because in my 20s I didn't know everyone fights a hard battle. 

I get it now and I understand more each day! 
None of us escape the obstacles that come with life.
None of us are perfect.

Be Kind.

That's what's on my mind today.




The winner of last week's TOHOT was Su at Butterfly Bungalow.
Be sure and join us bright and early tomorrow morning. :)


That's what's on my mind today.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

A Gallery Wall at the Top of the Stairs


In a tall, tall house up the big winding stairs was an important blank wall that was really quite boring.

Creating a gallery wall at the top of the stairs by using things on hand. Gallery wall at Poofing the Pillows.

So the lady of the house went digging in the closets where treasures can hide until discovered.
She found things from the present and things from the past.

Creating a gallery wall at the top of the stairs by using things on hand. Gallery wall at Poofing the Pillows.

Grabbed a hammer and nails and hung them up fast!

Creating a gallery wall at the top of the stairs by using things on hand. Gallery wall at Poofing the Pillows.

And that my friends, is how to make a wall look great right before you hear the doorbell ring.

Sorry y'all, I don't usually rhyme but just couldn't help myself this time. It's true this gallery wall was created without buying anything. All of this came out of the closets when I was preparing to host the big baby shower back in January. This is one of my favorite projects in the house and it was almost accidental. Don't you love it when a project is accidentally wonderful?

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