it’s a blustery day outside … so … I decided to work on garden plans

last season I started creating a backyard “sanctuary” … it was turning out nicely but … wasn’t really the direction I wanted to go … then decided to take things apart and start over … so far, I’ve graphed out a new design that will do the trick … now … just have to wait until Spring

anxious for the loveliness of the fresh new season too? Here’s a fun project to keep you inspired until then …


easy to find (local grocer, nursery, flower market) … easy to grow

grow them in mason jars, tin cans, clear drinking glasses, tin cups, vintage containers, and of course, clay pots

use them as decoration … have a long wood or metal tray? Place a row of all rosemary or thyme down the middle of the tray as a display on the dining room table, desk, cupboard. Instead of flowers, have a bouquet of rosemary or flat leaf parsley on a desk, accent table, a sweet little cubby. Hang rosemary by the shower, the hot water will infuse the area with the plant oils … lovely aroma.

but for everyday use, keep herbs on a tray, on a ledge or windowsill, hang on hooks in your kitchen … beautiful to look at … delicious in cooking

have fun and a beautiful day sweet friends

cedar chair

a little dusting of snow overnight started me thinking about pulling elements together for holiday decorating, baking, entertaining …

Don’t you just love this time of year?


orange roses




1. The quality or condition of being friends.
2. A friendly relationship
3. Friendliness
so, today I planned to take a little road trip to a vintage show … what I didn’t expect was to see old friends and meet new ones … what an absolute treat it is to share hugs, laughter, stories, all while standing in line …
isn’t it a wonderful gift we can give to ourselves … friendship
to all of you, have a BEAUTIFUL weekend …


now all that’s needed are the marshmallows …

Don’t you just love this time of year? The beautiful outside canvas nature provides … creating inside Autumn vignettes in our homes … thinking about the Thanksgiving menu … can you believe it’s almost November??? I get so excited thinking about the family and friends who will be visiting for the holidays … new recipes to try out … I’ve stocked up on fresh spices so I’m ready for baking, baking and more baking …

Thought I would share a recipe from author Susan Branch … enjoy!!!

susan branch

have a beautiful day everyone!!!




enjoy everything about this month …

wishing each of you a beautiful day


The first day of Fall and it’s 90 degrees in our area … hmmmmm

still … all of us that find this time of year a favorite, are busy gathering pumpkins, branches, the last of the hydrangeas to create sweet vignettes to welcome Autumn … something as simple as adding the perfect candle scent of the season to our homes is all that is needed …

What do you do to embrace the new Season for your family and friends?

It might feel tropical out today but next week temps in the sixties will get everyone in the mood to make the annual change from summer to Fall …

ENJOY and have FUN!


nature’s scenery is beginning to exhibit changes … leaves turning color … walnuts are dropping from trees … apples are almost ready for picking … the air this past week has been crisp making it noticeable summer is winding down …

this week I’ve been busy creating garlands to hang in the windows … working on a new door decoration … going through my recipes for pumpkin muffins, molasses cookies, gingerbread … loving this time of year prepping for this next season … Autumn

hard to believe, but a week from today … it’s September … isn’t it exciting?

wishing each of you a beautiful weekend …




Happy Friday to all of you…

loving the cooler temps this week … it sure makes me really excited for Autumn

but … we know there’s plenty of summer left to enjoy … I was cleaning strawberries from the store and thought … for those of you who were fortunate to pick fresh raspberries or strawberries to make preserves … what a wonderful treat to have with homemade bread or popovers … oh YUM! (I just purchased another popover pan so homemade soup and popovers will be on the table next week) … the vegetable gardens this time of year will soon be a bounty of scrumptious goodies … how can we not want to eek out a little more of the season

many of you know that I love to bake so an apple crumble will be on my menu … the best thing about this recipe is you can use whatever fruit you like … blueberries and peaches work well also … delicious. Do you have a favorite dessert you make this time of the year?

whatever is on your weekend agenda, hope it’s beautiful

Happy Monday everyone…hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!

it’s going to be sunny in our area today and it made me think of yellow…it’s such a perky color…brightens everything around you…add a touch of yellow to your home by filling a bowl with lemons, put it on a tray with a pitcher of lemonade, homemade sugar cookies and you’re ready to have a friend or two over for an afternoon of conversation…visually pleasing and delicious…simple fun

to each of you … have a beautiful week