Road Trip!

Yesterday The Hubs and I went on a road trip to Bastrop, Texas. We were going to visit our eldest son for the day.  Yay!

It started out like most of our trips. My husband programming Waze on his phone while I was getting out a good book to read, but that all quickly changed when I noticed a few unusual things once we got to Austin. Continue reading →

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How does your garden grow? Mine  is a little eclectic. A little unstructured. It’s definitely colorful. I try to make it as much like a ” steel magnolia” as I possible can. More and more it is definitely more native plants that love our Texas heat!

Every year I  tell myself that I’m going to change things up a bit. More English country garden, less native Texas plants. But I know better! It’s hot people. I will be the first to tell you that I’m more like a lizard sunning myself on a rock than a hot house flower! So is my garden.

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Getting Ready for Beep’s Baby Shower

We are getting ready for Beep’s Baby Shower. The shower is only 12 days away! Yikes!

I feel like we’ve gotten a lot done. At the same time, I feel like we have a long way to go. So many decisions. I’m kind of  getting anxious. (Yes, I was the kid who did her homework the day it was assigned!)

We are going with a “glam” theme featuring Beep’s nursery colors. Turquoise, lilac and white. So Pretty!

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4th of July Placemats

It’s my favorite time of the month! 10 on the Tenth. Ten bloggers sharing fun ideas for under $10.00 on the tenth day of the month. Today I’m sharing how to make 4th of July placemats.

This project is so fun and easy. It would be perfect if you have older children that are home for the summer and need a quick project! No children? No worries, it’s still a fun project for you too!

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Finishing the Dining Room

After getting a new rug recently, finishing the dining room decor has become a priority.

If you missed me sharing my new rug with you, you can see it here.  I’ve been trying to add in the magenta/ hot pink color that is in the rug to the rest of the dining room. Just pops of color here and there. For a very long time the room has been neutrals with shades of blues. Continue reading →

My Redneck Pool 2017

Not much has changed with my redneck pool this year and at the same time everything has changed! I bought a new, bigger redneck pool. (The old one bit the dust.)  Which meant making a bigger crop circle pad for it to sit on,  buying new bamboo to go around the pool, and basically updating everything.

Recently, I have had two questions asked about my pool. Why didn’t I show a finished picture of it in my last post? And, how do I put up the bamboo? So I’m going to answer both of those today! It’s a LONG post, so grab something to drink and enjoy!

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Happy Memorial Day

As a child, growing up in Oklahoma, I knew that  Memorial Day meant that school was out and it was sweet summer time! By the same token, 4th of July meant that summer was half way over. Sadly, Labor Day meant that summer was over and it was time to put my shoes back on and head to school. If you can’t tell, Summer is my favorite season of all!

Today, Memorial Day not only signals the beginning of Summer, but is a reminder of all of the brave men and women who have died serving in our nations armed forces.  So what better reason to celebrate?

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New Rug In The Dining Room

I’ve got a new rug in the dining room! My sweet sons bought it for my Mother’s Day present. I was completely surprised and very excited.

I had been drooling over this rug for awhile now, but kept going back and forth. Yea or nay? I mean it is hot pink!  In the past my rug choices have always been a lot more neutral.  To say I was scared was an understatement.

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Where are My Crowns?

Not long ago a friend asked me if I had one room that was full of crowns? I smiled and told her that one room couldn’t possible hold all of my crowns! So, where are my crowns here at the castle? 

First, I must give this disclaimer: 99.9% of all of my crowns I have received as gifts. I didn’t buy all of them.  As they say in my birth place of Oklahoma – I love each and everyone of them as if I had given birth to them my own self. Truth.  I have so many that I spread them  throughout the castle. They shine better with plenty of room!
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New Artwork at the Castle

I’ve got new artwork at the castle and I couldn’t be happier! I saw this print for sale a few years ago and fell in love.  It reminds me of two of my most favorite things. Sadie my black lab and the beach.

I tried to order it and found out that it was out of stock.  Disappointment was an understatement.

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to buy more artwork for the castle. More stuff I loved, less stuff that I settled for because it worked okay in  a space.

A few weeks ago, I remembered this print and wondered if I could find it again. I was so excited when I did find it and couldn’t get my credit card out of my purse fast enough to get it ordered.
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Working on the Patio

The weather has been perfect here in Texas lately, so I’ve been working on the patio. I have been spray painting anything that looks even the slightest bit tired and worn. Sadly, I’m going to be here awhile!

Spray painting isn’t the only work on the patio. If a little TLC couldn’t revive anything that looked a little tired and worn, it went into the trash. I have been ruthless!

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A New Pot on the Patio

I’ve got a new pot on the patio.  My new pot is cute, super trendy and and is not originally intended to be a flower pot.

It’s a utensil caddy! This sweet caddy was calling my name, however I already have a utensil caddy. So what else could I use it for? A pot on my patio! I love using everyday items and making them into fun things for my garden.

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Making Clothes for Beep

It’s a rainy day here at the castle, so I’ve been inside making clothes for Beep! Who’s Beep? My niece, Laura, is expecting Miss Adriana Paisley, or as we call her “Beep”, in August .

Beep is the first great grandchild in our family so you can imagine just how excited we are. We waited patiently for months to find out whether Beep was a boy or a girl. Once we found out that Beep was a girl, my sisters and I couldn’t get to the mall fast enough. Let the spending sprees begin!

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Changing the Hardware in the Guest Room

I started redecorating the guest room a year ago. Just about the time I think I’m done  I’ll see something  else that I want to change or add. Another project! Changing the hardware in the guest room was my latest project.

Oh, who am I kidding? I am constantly painting, changing, or updating something. My son recently called and asked what I was doing. I told him I was painting the kitchen hutch to match the new kitchen walls. His response? “Of course you are!”

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