Saturday, April 21, 2018

TBT ~ A Day of Throw Back Tea Parties

It’s Saturday  and a spring rain is falling off and on
outside today ~ making this a perfect day to sip another
cup of tea and reflect on past springs and teas here at

French Ethereal…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Inside and Outdoors ~ Sunny Spring Afternoons

I love  this time of year when the mornings are cool
and because the winds that whip up are still rather brisk
a jacket or a light sweater is still needed.
Then as the sun rises higher in the morning sky the days
rapidly warm and by mid-afternoon it is a
balmy and pleasantly breezy 80 degrees...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Tablescapes ~ A Tulip Tea

Last week’s trip  to the Texas Tulip Farm was a
step back in time and also an inspiration to redecorate
a bit and share a new way to set your tea table...

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Garden Roadtrip ~ Welcome to the Texas Tulip Farm and Gardens

Today is all about tulips!   It was very late in the
Texas spring season when I learned about a tulip farm
quite literally that was not but 10 miles away.

So today we are talking tulips and hopefully we will be
sharing some new favorite tulips with you.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Gardening Roadtrip ~ Miner's Ace Hardware + Garden Center, Arroyo Grande

Spring gardening   is just beginning and I wanted to
share a beautiful garden centers my friend Kathy took me to
while I was out visiting in California in late January ~

Miner's Ace Hardware and Garden Center
186 Station Way
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Ph: (805) 489-9100

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

You've Got Mail, Bookshops and Great Design in the Movies

When I was  a little girl in school there were three
favorite things I loved: first was recess
the second was P.E. and the third was going to the library
each week to pick out a few good books to read...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Root a Rose Cutting

Springtime is  finally here to North Texas and now that the danger of hard freezes is over we can finally get outside and
do a little more gardening!

Today I'm sharing how to create a new rose by rooting
from a cutting...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Wildflowers and Gardens ~ Austin and Magnolia Market

Last week   the beginnings of another Texas spring
bloomed everywhere my daughter and I drove.
Today I'm sharing a little of those beautiful Texas
wildflowers and also the gardens at Waco's
Magnolia Market.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How to Make a French Toile Tablecloth ~ Part 2

Last time  we left off at shiplap joining the middle seam
between the two halves of this tablecloth and today
we will work on finishing it!

Monday, March 19, 2018

How to Piece Together a Toile Tablecloth ~ Part 1

Toile de Jouy  is so quintessentially French... but did you know that this fabric that tells a story with its printed pictures
actually began its life in Ireland???
Yes, yes it did!

Quickly  the fabric became popular in England and France
whereby in the town of Jouy-en-Josas, a suburb of Paris,
toile was being made and soon it became synonymous with the French.

So today  I'm going to show you how to piece together this beautiful fabric into the beginnings of a tablecloth
for your home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

An Afternoon Spring Tea Party

Spring is  definitely in the air this week with
much warmer temps
the arrival of more songbirds to our little corner of Texas
and with pulling out some forgotten china
and setting these sweet pieces out
for a spring tea party!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

How to Decorate with White

Decorating  with white may seem a little daunting
but it doesn't have to be so...

Monday, March 5, 2018

M. Rabbit's Garden Thoughts and a Homesteading Project

Out in the garden late this past week and weekend
as I was happily playing with some
lettuces and herbs I'd picked up on sale
I thought about springtime and our
sweet Monsieur Rabbit...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Sentiments ~ Having to Say I'm Sorry

Life is  tough and having to say you're sorry is probably
one of the toughest things we go through at times.
Like death the hurt we cause others can
often be unbearable...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Storm Watch ~ Ice Crystals and Icicles

Ice storms and snow  are almost unheard of where we came from in Southern California but I am finding the longer we live
here in North Texas the more varieties of weather
there are here...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A California Storage Update

Last time  I shared about our heading over to our
storage units I wrote about the dust and icky spiders
I was pretty sure I was going to have to battle...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Places to Shop ~ Posies and Picket Fences

Posies and Picket Fences
While out west visiting my friend Kathy who lives
just north of Santa Barbara and Ventura in the rural
coastal city of Nipomo,
she took me to two really neat shops...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Quick What's Up This Week Post

This week  I'll be sharing three great posts with you.
The first will share two really beautiful antiques/gift shops
from my trip to California.
Look for this first post to come out on Wednesday.

Next  I'll be sharing a little more from Kathy's beautiful
home in Nipomo near Santa Barbara, California.
Her all-white home is timeless and on-trend with a variety of textures, glass table tops and many crystal chandeliers
gracing her ethereal home.

And as  we head into springtime and with annuals
just starting to come out at local garden centers
I'll take you on a trip to one shop filled with early
spring flowers that we visited in Arroyo Grande.

Sorry  about last week only getting one post out.
I was busy bleaching and washing linens from our
kitchen as we deal with a mouse...
The little rodent{s} have hopped into our trailer's
underbelly and after going through four live and not-live
traps we are still trying to catch the little beasty.
At least one made it into our kitchen island but
it doesn't look like any made it inside our home,

I've also been working out more as I work to get
back in better shape.
10,000 steps a day is the goal!

*Update: the Posies and Picket Fence post will publish
on Thursday instead of Wednesday due to weather.
Thank you!

See you again tomorrow,

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