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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thoughts of Home On Thursday #16

Welcome one and all to the sixteenth edition of Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

We are delighted that you have joined us, your presence brightens our spirits.

Our hostess this week is Jemma from At Home With Jemma

She is sharing a little about herself with you today on her About Jemma page.
         Since Jemma is sharing a bit about herself today,

                       she is also including a bit more about the Ladies behind the features. 

After all, we are much more than a page on the web!
DIY

Joy is blogging over at  a Vintage Green.

Joy's love of vintage kitchen, china, treen and tin, as well as making vignettes from her own 

vintage collections and stenciling, is evident in many of her fabulous DIY projects.

If you do not know the definition of Treen, here is a link.

Desserts
Peonies and Orange Blossoms has a passion for French, Swedish and Belgian decorating.

She shares many recipes but her most favorite confections are French viennoiseries and 

patisseries!

Last week she shared this beautiful and fabulous Le Fraisier~A French Strawberry cake.

Decorating
Maria Elena grew up in Madrid and has had a passion for decorating most of her life she 

enjoys sharing her creativity and inspiration with us on her blog 


Such a pretty use of neutrals on her front porch to welcome family and friends.

 Inspiration
Well, Cathy is just cruising around in her darling Shasta camping trailer.

Believe me, this is no ordinary camping trip for she and her hubby- they go glamping not 

camping!

If this is not enough to inspire you, Cathy has a degree in Microbiology and is a Chef too!

Stop by and visit her at 1929 Charmer.

Gardening Debbie delights us all with her passion for life, gardening, decorating, family and 

her commitment to her nursing career.

She loves the Victorian time period, her home and thanks God for her many blessings.

In 2013 she had 19 Christmas trees in her home! 

You can visit Debbie at her blog Debbie-Dabble

We ask that you please,

1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.

Stacey from Poofing the Pillow
Jemma from At Home With Jemma

2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

We like to think of this as a very special gathering place where thoughtfulness reigns. If you have a moment please visit two or three other participants. Thank you! :)

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Zinnia Garden 2016

Garden Party May 23

Welcome to our second Garden Party, hosted by your friends at

Thoughts of Home and Share Your Cup.

We look forward to seeing your latest gardening projects. 

Please join me right around this corner in my

Zinnia Garden.

Zinnia Garden 2016

It’s no secret that I love zinnias, and it is a real blessing that they thrive

in Zone 9 here in deep South Texas.

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The hard rains this spring have been a blessing , but my zinnias have had to battle to stay upright.

They may seem fragile, but they are strong-

and beautiful.

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This spring I added a few more places to rest after long afternoons

of gardening.

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From this small patio area off my garden shed , I can

look at my zinnias, and across the backyard, I can see

my tomato bed.

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This small patio is out of Mexican pavers, and the recent rains have

tested its endurance.

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In this corner I can lounge with my feet up on one of 4 wrought iron chaise lounges

I found at the flea market years ago.

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And then there’s the fountain I put together out of fountain parts.

I always look for fountain parts at the flea market.

Do you?

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In addition to my beloved zinnias, four of my favorite plants are here as well:

pink begonias, Aztec grass (seen above in the flower bed border), airplane plant, and a Kimberly fern.

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I wish you could sit here with me.

In gardening, there are always questions to ask and stories to tell.

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Just link below to share your gardening stories too and visit the other hosts.

Art and Sand
At Home With Jemma
Poofing the Pillows
White Spray Paint
Decor to Adore

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dear Daughters: Feeling Irritated

Garden Party 2016 Fountain

Dear Daughters,

 

The test of a well lived life is often facing the little things that irritate, worry, or anger just slightly.


The women in our family are normally strong in a crisis, but what about when you forget to buy coffee

at the store , or you get a speeding ticket driving through George West on your way to El Paso, or you know it

is less expensive to make cupcakes for the birthday party, but for some reason cupcake success escapes

you?


This is what I think. (You knew this was coming .)

I think the key is accepting that at times we will have cause to feel irritated, worried , or angry.


The source/cause is real.


At the point of irritation is usually when well meaning friends or family say ‘let it go’, which is sometimes fuel to the fire.


I refer to this as ‘the hot lava button in my big toe getting punched’.


Here is my antidote.


While striving to let feelings of irritation go- look back at what was happening prior to becoming irritated.

Are you overly stressed?

Are you tired? Is there an unresolved issue that needs addressing?

Is there an amends you need to make?


Here it is in a nutshell :

Don’t feel guilty for becoming irritated-

instead look at what was going on in your life prior to that point.

That’s where the answer is.

Phew…


Don’t you just love these letters dear daughters? Aren’t you glad I post them on the internet?

I love you,

Mom





 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spring in the Guest Room

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I once asked a friend what she did over the weekend, and she said,

“Played with my dishes.”

I knew exactly what she meant.

I recently played in our guest room.

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Using my own tried and true system, I looked at the colors on the cover of one of my favorite books.

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I then found what worked in that color palette from around the house.

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One thing always leads to another, but that is where the best ideas are.

Another tip?  Blue and white is the great neutralizer.

It makes everything work.

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I hope you are getting to play this weekend.

*****

I hope you will join us Monday for our Next Garden Party,

hosted by Thoughts of Home and Share Your Cup.

I can’t wait to see your latest projects

from ’playing’ in your garden

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #15

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
Our host this week is Laura from White Spray Paint.
Each week we- your TOHOT hosts- appreciate your invitation into your homes, showing us your latest project, sharing your favorite recipe, or taking us on a walk through your garden.
 
Now to this week's features.

Inspiration 
Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul treats us to another of her thoughtful, beautifully elegant posts in 
Decorating
 Richella of Imparting Grace in her post The Evolving Door
reminds us how the beauty we strive to create in our home is really
all about living life.
DIY
Zan of Flourishing at Home does wonderful DIY projects. These
painted terracotta pots are just one of many.
Gardening
Wait until you see Terry's garden. It is stunning. Her blog Forever Decorating is always full of creative ideas.
Recipe
And then there's Julie's BBQ Chicken Naan Bread Pizza.
Her blog Live From Julie's House is full wonderful recipes and home inspiration.

And now to this week's party.
We ask that you please:

1. Link back to this post and follow any of the four hostesses at these blogs:


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