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National Ice Cream Month

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Giveaway1

Celebrate with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla I am joining Nielsen-Massey Vannilla co. in celebrating National Ice Cream Month and Day on July 20. Cool Off on Warm Summer Days Who doesn't like ice cream? What about homemade ice cream! Nielsen-Massey Vanilla is well known and adds just the perfect vanila flavoring to most everything - especially … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Louis Ritman Tea in the Garden

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness   I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day holiday weekend! We did! It was wonderful having all of our children over, their friends and enjoying the all of the wonderful laughter. I have been working hard to finish painting the dining room, preparing to go to Haven and generally taking care of dailies … [Read More...]

Come and Rest


Do you ever start your week tired? There are so many things that can weigh us down, make us weary. Schedules and activities, interruptions, deadlines, discord, disappointment. Sometimes we just feel tired from the dailies of life. That's where I am this morning So, where do you turn when you're tired and perhaps easily discouraged by all … [Read More...]

Valspar Reserve Paint Review

Valspar Reserve Paint Review 1

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!   This morning the house is quiet after the Independence Day holiday. All of our children were here with a couple friends for a cookout. I'd just completed the finishing touches to the dining room transformation. The plans had been formulating for quite a while and I was quite delighted to be contacted to do a … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday


Welcome  to Home and Garden Thursday   Here's what I shared with you since our last party:  I've been teaching myself and sharing with you the basic principles of creating a vignette...this time I share with you my opinion on when you can break or even bend the rules. I shared with you my thoughts on what I enjoy about … [Read More...]

Garden Downsizing


July Garden Journal A couple weeks back an idea began to formulate in my mind - after I'd spent the whole day weeding and deadheading. I need to downsize. This will be our home - for a very long time - I need to prepare this garden for the future years and what works best for our family. As well as my schedule! It was a diffidcult … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Louis Ritman Tea in the Garden

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness I started on Facebook and created a Pinterest board for A Return to Loveliness…I hope this will be very good for you!  I am having a beautiful, joyful start to the week - I have set myself up with a lot of projects and planning! I hope to get these things done before going to The … [Read More...]

Beautiful Morning


I love the sounds of the morning. The sounds of the water heating for coffee, Dearest's footfalls upstairs as he prepares for work, the birds singing, and even the silence. Each morning is such a gift - the familiar things and the surprises.  A Cause to Sing This is my big project this week! I'm transforming the dining room. I shared a … [Read More...]

Vignettes When to Break the Rules


Or Just Bend Them Decorating is and should be fun! Creating vignettes on your tabletops, ottomans, sideboards and even piano tops can be like a game when you learn and attempt to apply established rules and even 'The Golden Ratio'. So, in creating vignettes, when to break the rules depends upon you. 'Let's not break the rules, lets just … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday


Welcome  to Home and Garden Thursday If you live in the south you're familiar with the three H's - hazy, hot and humid. More time spent in the garden - I'm doing a better job of staying in one spot and getting the job done - otherwise I could be like a butterfly flitting from one thing to another, distracted and not able to see progress! … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Louis Ritman Tea in the Garden

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness Summer is here, July is one week away and it's hot here in Georgia! Dearest and I spent  the first few days working in the garden. I've had to do some serious pruning - some of the plants are showing heat stress and others damage from the ice storm last winter. Dearest watched me prune my dear La Marne - … [Read More...]

Necessary Pruning


Life Lessons in the Garden   Dearest and I worked in our garden the first official day of summer. The garden can be such a source for learning. I can so well envision what God is teaching me there.  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; Song … [Read More...]

Building A Vignette


Dining Room Summer Tabletop Vignette The girls and I spent a wonderful day this week shopping. I found this amazing lamp at Goodwill. I knew it had a home in my dining room and would be create a good learning lesson for me in my endeavors to understand vignettes better. So this will be a step by step post on building a vignette, namely a tabletop … [Read More...]

Creating a Vignette for Summer


I have been changing over the decor in our home for summer. In doing so, I pondered - what are the elements in creating a vignette? We create vignettes whether we realize it or not. So, I decided to research this to find the common key steps recommended. I've created two versions of this vignette - with the elements below in mind. Which is do … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday


Welcome  to Home and Garden Thursday Hello and Welcome! We're in the midst of summer in the south - today is supposed to be the hottest for us so far! I hope you all are having a wonderful day and finding joy! I shared a lot. I was a bit distracted these past couple weeks and shared why, plans for a whole room makeover and the first … [Read More...]