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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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #11


Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday #11.
We are so glad you are here.
Our sweet hostess this week is Laura of White Spray Paint.

In special news, you are cordially invited to a
Garden Linky Party
Monday April, 25th at 6:30 am CST
Hosted by the ladies of Thoughts of Home on Thursday and Share Your Cup Thursday.


And now to this week's features.

Decorating


Of Mollie's Mom wows with her One Room Challenge design board.
I want everything on her board, and may I say that the ORC participants are all so good.

Recipes

Alexis of Chemistry Cachet share a recipe for Soft Fudgy Brownie Cookies  and gives chemist tips about the recipe as well. Isn't that amazing?


Gardening

Rita of Panoply tackled her garden chores and transformed areas of her beautiful yard.
 Altered Artworks completes a vintage poolside chair makeover that gives it an all new look.


Inspiration

I'm inspired by laughter and you will be too when you visit Katie of Preppy Empty Nester's  hilarious description of a family visit to Hahvahd. 



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Can Somebody Spring Clean My Dog?


Sometimes you go along thinking everything's good.
All's right with the world.


Then you put on your glasses and BAM you realize the house is dirty!
I mean D I R T Y.
That's where I am right now. 


I'm not bonding with spiders or cleaning up Dr. Pepper but I am battling dog hair and 
mud clods on the floor from our current pond project.
Anybody else?

It's spring cleaning time for this girl!
My mom would say this is me below.


Not exactly, but I printed out this very thorough list at Pastels and Macarons to help me keep track. I've got my tunes playing and my Diet Coke iced down.
See ya soon. :)


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Building a Backyard Pond Part 1


Happy Monday Y'all!

I'm just over the moon about the project that we've begun here at our house.
I told you awhile back that a backyard pond would be coming soon and we've started. 
Let me first say Thank You to the people at SmartPond for collaborating with us on this. 

My job is to convince you that a backyard pond is a doable project for you.
Let me remind you, we had this pond at our last house and we did 80% of this ourselves.
My husband rented a bobcat to dig the hole, bless his heart. I think he had a little too much fun on that tractor. We hired a crew to bring in the boulders.

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Our new pond will be on a much, much smaller scale with the dimensions about 10' x 6' oval shape and 3-4 feet deep. Which is still pretty big when you are the man with the shovel. That's him in the photo below.♥ We will be using a pond liner which is basically a thick sheet of heavy duty vinyl that allows you to shape the pond as you wish. 

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Here's what we've done so far:
1. We picked the site for the pond.
2. Prepared the site by removing the grass. You don't have to do this but it makes it easier to dig.
3. We checked about permits and rules with the city.
4. We had a licensed electrician here to discuss getting electricity to the pond.
 5. Dug a line from the house to where the electrician will install the plugs.
Digging this ourselves saved $300 with the electrician.

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My husband, the proud Texas Aggie, is very methodical and has been setting the pieces around the future hole. He's thinks things through very carefully.  I care about the looks; he cares about the function.  We make a great team.

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This is where we are now. We can not wait to get this completed so we can sip a little iced tea next to the waterfall. :)

Please come back soon for another edition of 
Building a Backyard Pond. 

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