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Sunday, May 1, 2016

If We Were Having Coffee

If We Were Having Coffee

If we were having coffee, I would tell you what the dermatologist said to me last week.

She said my skin looked tired and sad- which because I am susceptible to the power of suggestion-

IMMEDIATELY made me feel tired and sad.

She then outlined the course of treatment and what I needed to purchase , which

feel tired, sad, and in shock.

And then, a la Scarlett O’Hara, I decided to think about that tomorrow, and I left.

What skincare regimen do you use?


After we poured our second cup of coffee, I’d tell you about an organizational/purging technique I

created this

Instead of using Marie Kondo’s organizing question, ”Does this bring me joy?”,

I instead said loudly,”I can’t stand this craziness another minute!!”

Try it…it works and doesn’t feel so open ended.

Have a good week! White Spray Paint will be going through a tiny makeover soon.

After all, we don’t want to look tired and sad around here, right?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #12

Has it really and truly been three months since we began our little Thursday party?

Well, it surely doesn't seem that long to all of us.

It might just be because you have all been sharing so much amazing inspiration that you 

have gotten us all through those transition months from Winter to Spring.

We are all in awe of what you are sharing at the garden party too!

Truly, your creativity is over the top gorgeous.

The garden party is open for your garden pretties all the way to Mother's Day, so 

please continue to share as your garden's bloom and thrive.

                        ~ Thank you for joining us, now on to this week's features~
 Decorating ~

Maggie Overby made a dramatic change in her master bedroom during the

One Room Challenge, how did she do it you may ask?  With Rit dye!


Joan always creates magic in her kitchen and shares step-by-step tutorials too.

Wouldn't these cookies be perfect for a shower or Mother's Day.

~   Gardening ~

Ron shares his love of gardening that graces his charming Southern home.

     ~  DIY ~

Robin transforms new bargain buckets from the dollar section at Target.

Great tutorial included for this project.

   Inspiration ~

Linda has shared a sunshine yellow tablescape with roosters and sunflowers that would 
inspire any occasion.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First of the Season

Garden Party 2016 First Zinnia Bouquet

First zinnia blooms of 2016

In 1963, a young man of 37 took his harvested cotton

to the Kleberg County Farmers Co-op gin in Ricardo, Texas.

I wonder if he knew that morning that his cotton would produce the first bale of the season?

The newspaper clipping I found recently said ,

“The bale weighing 540 pounds was grown by Jim Mills, whose farm is located between Ricardo and Riviera.”

That young man was my father.

I so enjoy knowing deep down in my heart that I am a farmer’s daughter.

I too have some of my own season firsts happening right now in my yard.

Garden Party 2016 Zinnias Raised Beds
These are my first zinnia blooms of the season , and these are my tomatoes.

Garden Party 2016 Tomatoes

And If the two tomatoes I spotted today that are slightly pink ripen this weekend,

I am going to have my first one of these for the season.

Tomato sandwich
Best Sandwich Ever

*Spread Hellman’s Mayonnaise on a slice of bread

*Add a slice of cheddar cheese

*Top with slices of vine ripened tomatoes

* Sprinkle with sea salt



Linking to:

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Garden Party 2016 : My Esperanza Garden

Garden Party 2016 Serving Table

Welcome to my Esperanza Garden, one of my favorite places in our backyard.
Let’s have a glass of iced tea with lime South Texas style, a few empanaditas de cajeta, and some fruit and talk about our love of gardening.

Garden Party 2016 Empanaditas

Esperanza means hope, and gardeners are certainly full of hope:
hope that it will rain, hope that everything we have planted can withstand the hot South Texas sun, and hope that our plants will grow.

Garden Party 2016 Fountain 2

My Esperanza Garden is a place I can go and sit and listen to my new fountain trickle,
after a hard but satisfying day of gardening. Its design is what I like to call
Garden Party 2016 Mantel 2

It’s also a place where I can display some of my favorite pieces of talavera pottery.
Long ago I decided that I would treat outdoor garden rooms as indoor rooms, and then it all made sense.

Love Seat and Footstool


There are places to sit everywhere and things to see. 

Garden Party 2016 Side Patio 2 
Garden Party 2016 Big Daddy

And now it’s time to hear your gardening story.

We are so glad you are here!

Just click on the link below and your posts will be shared on all of our blogs until
May 8th.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #11

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday #11.
We are so glad you are here.

Our hostess this week is Laura of White Spray Paint.

In special news, you are cordially invited to a

Garden Linky Party
Monday, April 25th, 
hosted by the ladies of  Thoughts of Home on Thursday and Share your Cup Thursday.

We can’t wait to see what is happening in your garden this spring!
And now to this week’s features.

TOHOT Feature OB-Library ORC
Of Mollie’s Mom wows with her One Room Challenge design board.
I want EVERYTHING on her board, and may I say that the ORC participants are
all so good.

TOHOT Fudge Cookie Feature
Alexis of Chemistry Cachet shares a recipe for amazing Soft, Fudgy Brownie Cookies
and gives chemist tips about the recipe as well. 

TOHOT Panoply Garden  Feature
Rita of Panoply tackled her garden chores and transformed areas of her beautiful yard.


TOHOT Outdoor Chair Feature

Altered Artworks completes a vintage poolside chair makeover  that gives it an all new look.

TOHOT Inspiration
I am inspired by laughter and you will be too when you

read Katie of Preppy Empty Nester’s description of a family tour of Hahvahd!

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