Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Inspirational Furnishings ~ Cynthia Rowley's Gorgeous Furniture Pieces

Riding the downward escalator inside
at the 
Shops at Willow Bend, Plano, Texas
a couple of weeks ago
I spied this gilded bedroom beauty and 
an armchair that made my heart go

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mixing the Old with the New ~ Shabby Chic Bedding

When we moved to Texas last fall
we brought just a couple of throws to wrap up in
while snuggling on our couch 
and our 
big down comforter knowing we would need it to 
keep warm during the coming winter.

No special linens or comforters 
came with us
not even 
my favorite old duvet cover as there
just really wasn't room.
Yesterday I remedied that hole in our
sorely needed bed linens...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Roses in June

Our former backyard in California ~ definitely taken in June when the hollyhocks were beginning to bloom.
Roses in June...  There is just something 
ethereal and wonderful about roses which captures
the imagination unlike any other flower 
in the garden.
At least for me anyway!
How about you???

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Places to Visit ~ Lavender Ridge Farms

Gorgeous pink roses mixed in with tall lavender perennials.
Over the Memorial Day
My hubby and I took a drive out to 
to visit a lovely little farm ~
Lavender Ridge Farms...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Flash Forward ~ Lightroom and the Canon Speedlite

Oh my!  Even though this photograph is
still dark on the statue's face...
I am loving what the program Lightroom
and the new flash 
Canon Speedlite 430 EX III
{picked up a couple of weeks ago}
and a soft diffuser can do for photographs...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Fun Beginning of Summer Things to Do with Bandanas

My Girl Scout Brownie troop around year 2000 hamming it up in their super cool flying cow bandanas!

Today's post is all about things we all
like to do and wear that's fun for our kids and 
for grown-ups too
and with 
summer coming up and this weekend being 
Memorial Day...
Patriotism and good memories of loved ones 
and fun times 
is on my mind and
were the inspiration for this 
beginning of summer post.
I'm talking about something that is a
staple in everyone's drawers
and camping supplies ~ good for
washing dishes on a campout
making a mini backpack to tie
to a little pole ~ it's those wonderfully versatile

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Sentiments ~ Scripture Quilts and a "How To"

Happy Sunday evening to you!
I thought I'd share a little on
something new I found recently:
scripture quilts...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Places to Shop with Sparkle on the Menu

Some days start off as normal
everyday run-of-the-mill days
but after 
morning eye appointment
where the doctor had dilated 
both of my eyes,
I wasn't just seeing stars
because of some eye drops...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blogger Thoughts and Special Moments...

Yellow coreopsis blooming in Arizona ~ 2016

Okay, sometimes we've just got to have
a totally random post... just because!
Here's what I've been up to
for the past couple of weeks now.

What I've been working on:

Getting gear for an upcoming birthday party
photography shoot.  Here are some of the goods:

I've been texting and talking back and forth
with our son about what kind of tripod
I should purchase for this upcoming photoshoot
as the current one we have is just falling apart ~ 
one leg falls off when
it's not convenient and the swivel head
sags so you have to hold it up with your left hand
{kinda defeating the purpose of the whole tripod thing}
He suggested getting this bad boy!
It's the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 with a 3-way head.
It weighs in at 17+ pounds ~ and should hold up
our Canon camera and a mounted flash
no problem!

He also suggested getting the Fstoppers
flash diffuser to create soft light
on the subject being photographed.
I'm excited to see this in action!
Can't wait 'til it gets here.

Learning programs

I'm currently working on learning how to 
create special "pins" in Canva and I'm also
beginning to work on editing photos
in Adobe Lightroom.

I can shoot pictures all day long
but shooting the right way
and then editing each photo in a new
program is tough.

Does it ever seem to you that there
just. aren't. enough. hours. 
in. the. day
to first read about using a program
then practice with it
then really do it.
{I fell asleep at the computer last night head fallen down
probably snoring
and woke up sometime after midnight. ;) }

Maybe you never get stressed out
but this week I. am.
It'll all be good and worth it when it 
all comes together, thankfully.


Friends gave us a couple of herb plants
so I've been figuring out just
what kind of ceramic pot or wooden tub
I'd like to plant these in.
I found one yesterday at Lowe's
so I'll be out photographing
in the garden soon.


Sometimes we are given dreams.
A new hope.
A new direction.
I feel that is happening for me, for us
my husband and I
right now.

Sometimes everything you've done
in life
just all comes together in one
special moment.
Coming to Texas has given us an
to live a better, happier life.

Faith is something that is unshakeable
sometimes maddening
sometimes very difficult
but what someone or something else
meant for bad
God can make good.

Happy blessings to you,
Barb :)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crafts to Make ~ A Shabby Chic Glamper

Our fairy girls have their own glamper now! ;)

Over Easter I found this 
wonderfully cute little 
wooden camper 
while looking for other craft supplies at 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
with my daughter.

It was sooo cute that I had to get it!
I thought it'd be fun to turn this little cutie
{which is similar to the full-size "canned ham" campers}
into a glamorous camper or

Wandering around, we found these 
wonderful Shabby Chic~style
Anna Griffin
papers for small projects.
Thinking they'd be perfect either in sheets 
or as individual roses cut out...
I put them into my basket, 

Supplies you'll need

(1) wooden camper
favorite craft paints in water-based acrylic
paint brushes
craft paper
white glue or Mod Podge

If desired

*glitter, silk flowers, small pot for "plants or flowers"

*lace for creating curtains for inside the camper's windows

*any other trims you'd like

How to Make Your Camper

*First, paint the main body of your camper.
Let dry.  {I painted part of the top, too
so that anywhere the paper didn't stick would show the "base color."}

*Paint the trim, door, wheels and spindles next.
Let those dry.

*After that, glue on cutouts {or parts of a sheet}
from your favorite scrapbook papers.
Press down hard to make the paper stick.
{This paper I used was pretty thick, so it took a while to soften
and stuck better once it was soft.}

*Brush on more watered-down glue or
Mod-Podge over top of the paper
to create a protective finish ~ fix any areas
that didn't stick well from beforehand.
Let dry.

*Decorate to your heart's content!

This glamper's goodies

This little glamper has a miniature license plate,
some lace trim as an awning to protect
these friendly fairies as they 
come and go about their business, 
and more 
lace fencing surrounding their
rose and pearl garden.
Wouldn't you like a garden of pearls?
Me, too!

These little wood crafts are sooo much fun to
paint and decorate!
As a family we used to make one or two a year
when my kids were little ~ they always
enjoyed painting everything!

I also had a Girl Scout troop for 6 years and
we painted lots of different projects
for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day
and other holidays
over the years.

This little birdhouse in the background is the one I kept ~ I used a lot of my saved-up broken china.

A similar project is the little birdhouse
I made about seven years ago
which I added pieces of architectural
trim to, painted and then used non-sanded
grout to plaster on pieces of broken china
to the roof.
{I didn't paint the roofs (rooves?) of these bird houses at all ~ just filled in later
with my tiny paint brushes along the roof line.}
I made seven or eight of these and gave
them to the ladies in my tea group
that summer.
They LOVED them!!!

Maybe I'll make a few glampers
for some new friends here...
It has been fun creating this little glamour camper
to share with you!

Sorry a little blurry ~ I am getting new glasses soon!

Blessings and Happy Trails 
to you,
xoxo Barb :)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ Our Yoda

In honor of my mother
who loved dogs...

"Mr. Yoda"

xoxo Barb :),

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Laundry Day!

Favorite jeans drying in the springtime sun... :)

Happy Saturday, Everybody!
I'm enjoying today's beautiful mid-spring weather
with its warmer temperatures ~
perfect for hanging some laundry 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tea on Tuesday ~ A Friendship Tea

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My friends Scott and Marian just sitting down to tea.

This past Tuesday I had some new friends over for 
a real tea~ something that has been missing in my life 
since we moved out of our former home...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Taking Tea ~ Chocolate Angel Tea Room

Sorry so dark! My iPhone has a "Live" setting on it and the computer won't let me
edit to lighten... ugh! :/

Just a super quick post today
to say tomorrow and Friday
I'll have two
wonderful tea stories
for you!

One more photo for today ~
sorry I'm running around like a
chicken with my head cut off...
A friend who is really a pretty new friend
just left Wagon Master a few minutes ago
heading back to Oregon,
lots going on and I realize I'm missing
old friends.

Happy to be hosting a tea
today for two more friends
who will be moving on to Florida
next week.

See you tomorrow, then,
and thanks for listening,
xoxo Barb :)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Favorite Author Jane Austen ~ Sense and Sensibility

Over Easter as I drove down to 
visit with our daughter
I stopped by Magnolia Market
and picked up a few gifts
and one in particular
for myself ~
a copy of the novel
Sense and Sensibility...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Maker's Marks on Serving Piece and What They Mean

Makers' marks on the 
undersides of teacups, 
saucers, plates and other pieces of dishes and 
silverware have been used for centuries.
They can tell us roughly when a piece was made
who made it {what manufacturer} and 
in the case of silver and pewter
the content purity of
the precious metals used in a
piece's production.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Japanese Gardens at Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens

This lovely arched bridge
crossing between the two sides of the 
at the
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Places to Visit ~ The Rose Garden at Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens

Sweet pale yellow roses growing up against the stone wall near the Lion Fountain ~ perhaps "The Yellow Rose of Texas?"

The Rose Garden
at the
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
I wrote about recently is definitely 
worth a trip to the gardens.
Come take a look!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Just a Quick Post...

A view from the back of the Japanese Garden...sigh!

Just a quick post this morning...
The day is running away
I didn't get enough done on the garden post
I wanted to have up for you today
Even though the photos are edited
it's not quite finished.

I'll have the rest of the
Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens
up for you tomorrow.
Part Deux will share the beautiful
Rose Gardens and the Japanese Gardens
during early spring two weeks ago.
Really lovely!

See you tomorrow!
Barb :)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Sentiments, Easter 2017 ~ I'll Make You Fishers of Men...

A favorite garden statue I had in my Big House front garden bed.

Easter Sunday ~ He is Risen!
Risen indeed.

Since this is the Lord's special day
I was thinking of how we are to be
fishers of men...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday Sentiments ~ A Supper of Love

I'm excited as I love this time of year
remembering the good things that were done for us 
on a cross a little over 2000 years ago...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Try Bandanas for a Fun Table Styling

A week or two ago I shared 
a spring table styling 
with most of these elements
I've changed up the napkins here using
these cute hot pink bandanas 
I found last summer at 
Wal-Mart in Kansas
as we were driving up to our
son and daughter~in~love's wedding.

With the addition of bunny napkin rings from Pier One Imports, this place setting is sure to please!

At $1.00 a piece, these bandanas are a 
super simple way to change up one's
usual formal napkins and add
a bit of fun!
I like the addition of bandanas ~ kinda 
makes one think of camping and eating s'mores
while resting around a campfire.
Bandanas offer that worry free ease of a napkin.
No worries about sticky fingers or spills here!

Just coordinate your bandana napkins
with your favorite china and seasonal decor
and the possibilities for setting 
fun and stylish table for your next event
are limitless.

Happy Thursday, Everyone!
xoxo Barb :)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Places to Visit ~ Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

The Rose Garden ~ a version worthy of Versaille in France.

I kinda complained to my
next door neighbors a couple
of weeks ago
since moving to Texas I hadn't
really been anywhere fun

Monday, April 10, 2017

Incredible Texas Wildflowers!

Texas bluebonnets standing tall in a side road meadow... This is a raw photo with no alterations.

This is my first year
photographing wildflowers 
in Texas ~
and I am loving it!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Interior Decorating Goes Outdoors ~ Our Spring Garden Taking Shape

I'm liking the new arrangement!  Was drying laundry while potting plants that day, as you can see.  :)

Over the past few weeks
our little 
Texas Garden
is beginning to take shape.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Little Spring Breakfast Tea and a Scone Recipe

Our new Little Home receives 
the most beautiful light
in the morning and now that it is springtime
“taking breakfast in the breakfast room”
is de rigueur.

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