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Make Decor Stand out in Bread Dough Bowl

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How I did it. I just love the Bread Dough Bowl I purchased last autumn at The Country Living Fair. It's Huge I think it could be called a Bread Trough. I could bathe my Dachshund in it! It's Deep  When I decorated the Bread Dough Bowl with pumpkins in the autumn, that was easy - they were just the right size. I shopped for … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Welcome to Return to Loveliness It's the last day of March…wow. Each day seems to be passing by so quickly - spring bulbs are changing over to summer blooms. Yesterday on the way home from church Dearest noticed a rose blooming at the wall in the front. I'll be out later taking pictures…isn't it a delight to capture these moments to share. I … [Read More...]

Ringing in Spring Home Tour

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  I love the theme to this Home Tour… Ringing in Spring It reminds me of bells being rung for a special event and the arrival of spring is definitely a special event. To begin my tour, I wanted to fill my Bread Dough bowl with the beautiful greens and purples that are now filling the garden.  I have wanted to make Lavender bud … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday

Welcome to Home and Garden Thursday These days seem to be passing by rather quickly! I hope you all are enjoying these first days of spring! I am so glad to have my daughter back from her trip! The day after her return, my eldest daughter went on a trip of her own. Our children surely know how to keep us on our knees praying! Here's what I … [Read More...]

Garden Journal

March Spring Flowers Collage

The Garden in March Spring is on a roll here! We've had several beautifully warm days where we could spend time outdoors. I have been laying mulch out, cleaning and removing dead or damaged branches. It's wonderful to see the garden come back As the first daffodils begin to fade, the Iris are beginning to bloom. Like the Daffodils, these white … [Read More...]

A Spring Lunch

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Pink Cakes are for Daughters Last week I made a cake just for Dearest. This weekend, I made a cake welcoming our daughter back from her trip to Mexico. In her honor I made it pink. She loved it! It is a pink pound cake with a simple pink lemonade icing. The day today was perfect for Lunch outdoors. The temperatures are mild enough, … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Welcome to Return to Loveliness Counting days. Last week our youngest daughter was away on a Mission trip to Mexico to build a home for a family. All the while she was gone, we prayed for her and the team's safety, for their trip there and back. All went well until the return trip. They had a flat; the trip took some time longer; the drivers … [Read More...]

Blue vases, Forsythia and Lemons

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I had a wonderful full day shopping last week. Living in the country, and with my schedule - I combine errands because most things are at least 30 minutes away. This is both good and bad. This is one part of country living that I like. The slower pace, the quiet - save for the chorus of birds every day. As well as making shopping day an … [Read More...]

Jubilant Green

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Spring Porch Decor I should be painting the door and the awning. But I was so delighted in the bright green burlap ribbon and the 'Jubilant Green' acryllic paint I used to paint the letter "R"; I had to take a quick break from cleaning and gardening. Spring's fresh green is reflected in the beautiful Viburnum. I just adore these flowers … [Read More...]

Hamilton Beach Durathon Iron Winner!

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I am so delighted to share that Diana Petrillo of Adirondack Girl at Heart is the winner of the Hamilton Beach Durathon Iron! Congratulations, Diane - thank you all who entered! … [Read More...]

Redbuds – A Spring Vignette

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The Icy Wintry Weather has caused a lot of garden clean up. During the weekend, my neighbors gave Dearest a few branches from a broken Redbud tree - they thought I might like them. They were so right!  Redbuds are actually dark pink when unopened and become lighter when they open. The diminutive flower buds run along the stem in … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday

Welcome to Home and Garden Thursday Oh, so excited…no matter how many more days of wintry weather we have - it is inevitable - spring is coming! Today it's chilly, but the days to come will continue to warm. I just hope that we stay warm for a while before we get hot! So many things shared with you last week! Here's what I shared with you since … [Read More...]

Potted Faux Hydrangea

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I missed out on a deal on Potted Faux Hydrangeas - really loved the look! Most of the time, when I see something I first think, can I make this…. So I thought I'd dream up a knock-off Potted Faux Hydrangea. I had two glazed cup shaped vases - the perfect shape. I wanted an aged plaster look for the pot. The first thing I did was to … [Read More...]

Cookies are For Babies

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Cake for Dearest This weekend Dearest and I are on our own…sigh, I know we've had an unofficial empty nest throughout the week. But, usually for the weekends our youngest daughter would come home adding her special spark of life to our weekend activities.  I just love it when she plays the piano. It fills the house with her … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

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Welcome to Return to Loveliness In just a few short days, on our calendars, it will officially be spring! Winter, however, is giving it all its got making these past few months distinctive memories! I see all of the snow everywhere - the named winter storms - now on The Weather Channel - I believe we're on W- Wiley. Looking at their list - … [Read More...]