I honestly thought that I would skip posting today. Today we celebrate the life of our sweet daddy.
It’s gonna be a tough day. I’m sure we will laugh, cry, share memories, and most importantly celebrate a kind, loving, devout, good man. The best man I have ever known or loved. So please indulge me while I take a few moments and share him with you.
Here he is as a young man. My youngest son looks so much like him at this age, it’s uncanny.
He was such a loving, nurturing father. The best.
He worked hard and played with a laid back style.
As a fireman and paramedic, he believed whole heartedly in giving back to his community and his church. In retirement, he worked endlessly at his church’s food pantry.
He loved his horses almost as much as he loved his grandchildren.
He loved to play music. He played guitar, bass guitar, fiddle and the keyboard. All by ear. He instilled his love for music in all five of his grandchildren. They all play at least one instrument. I’ve joked over the years that my parents and The Hubs parents have had more influence over our children than we have!
It would be impossible to list all of the wonderful things about this man in one small post. So I won’t even try.
Here’s to the best father, grandfather, friend and mentor anyone could ever have. I am so grateful to God that he put you in our lives. You were truly the BEST DAD EVER!
For the record, I have painted my kitchen 5 times in 12 years. Thank the heavens above, I just might have finally gotten the color right with my my new kitchen walls. My family is so relieved! When we moved into the house 12 years ago, the entire house was a blah builder beige. Now, If you like builder beige, don’t hate me. We are just not beige people. Since I was a “faux finisher” in a previous life I gave the kitchen walls a lovely golden old world finish. After that fad faded, I painted it SW Knubby Wool to match the adjoining rooms. I quickly realized that I am not a tan girl, so I painted it bright lime green. Yeah, what was I thinking? Continue reading →
My Easter table reveal is here! I love Easter, don’t you? All of the beautiful spring colors, plants, easter clothes, egg hunts and family time. It just puts me in my happy place.
One of my favorite parts of family time is Easter dinner. It’s probably why I spend so much time thinking about my Easter table decor. Recently, I polled all of you dear readers and asked for your help deciding which place setting to use on my Easter table. Today I’m sharing the results of that poll!
St. Patrick’s Day 2017 is just around the corner! I don’t go all out decorating for ST. Patrick’s day, but I do like to spread a little green around the house before I get my Easter decor out.
I love St. Patrick’s day, mainly because it reminds me of spring. Four leaf clovers, pots of gold, kissing of the blarney stone, and wearing of the green or you get a pinch. What’s not to love? Since it’s a quick little holiday, I like to keep things super easy , simple, and low cost!
Sadly, yesterday I found myself saying goodbye to the refrigerator and the dishwasher. It’s been time for a new fridge for awhile, but I just haven’t been able to make myself buy a new one.
So what if it doesn’t match anything in the rest of the kitchen? Or that it has a silver dollar size hole in one of the drawers? She is a big part of our family.
My fridge even has a name, it’s Big Mable. Big Mable still runs beautifully. She faithfully makes my crushed ice and has for nearly 20 years. Mable not only keeps our food cold and fresh, she is also one of the best secretaries I have ever had. Okay, she is the only secretary I have ever had!
Have you seen Southern Living’s floral arrangement video on Facebook? It may be my favorite spring flower arrangement ever! It’s so fresh, fun and looked so easy that I had to try making one for myself!
So I gathered all of the supplies that I would need and got to work!
I recently got to do something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, go to a SiNaCa glassblowing class!
This is a photo from their website: sinacastudios.org check it out… They have a ton of classes for both amateur and professional artists.
SiNaCA is a studio in Ft. Worth, TX that was founded by several local artists to educate everyone about the creative medium of glass. Just before Christmas they offered Groupons for a glassblowing class and I thought that it would be the perfect birthday gift for my BFF Roxanne!
We made reservations ahead of time and anxiously awaited the date!
Our class was the first of two for that evening, and contained six of us. We were told that we would be making a paperweight and an ornament for that month.
Roxanne was up first. February’s ornament was a heart, of course. They let us choose the colors that we wanted to use for the glass. Roxanne is heating up the clear glass before add the color.
Adding colored glass to the clear glass.
Roxanne blowing air into the glass heart as Kevin shapes it.
Next up was the paperweight, which was a lot more hands on.
At the same time, the instructors we really good about guiding you through everything so that you had really beautiful finished pieces. Here “T” is telling me to loosen up the pressure or my paperweight was going to fall on the floor! lol!
So how did our pieces turn out?
Beautiful! This is Roxanne’s paperweight.
This is her heart.
These are my pieces. I honestly couldn’t be happier! Of course, I love colored glass and have collected it since I was three, so I’m easily pleased.
So, would I do it again? In a heartbeat and I think Roxanne would too. I had so much fun!!! The staff at the SiNaCa glassblowing class are super friendly and eager to help you make the best of your experience.
There are a few things I would share with you just in case you want to take a class.
Wear all cotton comfy clothing. No yoga pants or synthetics. It is hot and you are around fire! I chose jeans and a t-shirt, but others in class came from work so they were a little more dressed up. If you go to an early summer class, I think they close in the hottest months of the year, be sure to wear light weight clothes. It is HOT!
Go a little early to look around their gallery. They not only sell works of art, but it’s a great place for you to get great ideas for colors and looks that you might want to do.
I need your help! It was raining yesterday so I decided to browse through all of my catalogs that have been piling up. I was looking at my Pier 1 catalog when I came across their Easter place settings. They are so pretty ,soft, and totally beautiful.
This one really caught my eye! I was drooling over this spring theme with it’s soft colors. I could just see it on my table!
How was your holiday weekend? Here at the castle I’m dreaming of Spring in a big way!
Everywhere I look there are signs of Spring. In the garden, shopping and on-line, it’s everywhere. I even won these pretty garden tools and gloves at Po-keeno a few nights ago. I guess I’m not the only one dreaming of spring. Continue reading →
I started the Pink Flamingo room last summer. Yikes! I kept thinking that I would get all of the little things left on my to do list done, but no. Truth be told, I still haven’t entirely finished the guest room.
In fact, the only reason that I am sharing it with you now is that I got room shamed by a friend. Why haven’t you shared your finished guest room? she asked. What can I say? I guess I got side tracked!
It’s the 10th of the month, which means it is time for Ten on the 10th. I love the 1oth of the month, because I get to see what great ideas 9 other talented bloggers have to share. It’s like having Christmas every month! This month I’m going to share the best places and prices to buy Blue and White Chinoiserie pieces!
It’s Mardi Gras y’all! While most people are decorating for Valentines, I am walking a tight rope of balancing my Valentines decor with my Mardi Gras decor.
I was blessed enough to be in Biloxi, Mississippi over 25 years ago during the Mardi Gras celebration. Boy did I have fun catching a few beads and attending a few balls. I also learned that Marid Gras isn’t all about boobs, beer and beads. It’s also a family celebration. Continue reading →
I’m running late! I just got back from an unplanned/planned trip to Oklahoma. I’ve only been home two days and I’ve been trying to tackle laundry and dust that has grown on top of dust.
Add in a few doctors appointments and you’ll understand why I’m running late today. Hang in there with me and I promise that later today I will share with you one of the most exciting places to shop that I have found in a long time! I hit the mother load peeps
My sister has had the unfinished vanity in her room for about nine months now.
Nine months ago, I left her with an old sewing cabinet and a can of Annie Sloane paint. She assured me that she was going to get the painting done A.S.A.P.! Fast forward nine months and like a lot of us, she got busy and the vanity remained unfinished.
Valentine’s Day gifts are always a challenge for me. We honestly don’t do big Valentine’s gifts, just tiny reminders of love.
A card and dinner. A favorite candy bar or treat. Once in awhile we might go crazy and get dessert after dinner. Yep, we are the wild couple. Seriously, I think we love to give gifts that we know the recipient will love. It’s more about the giving, than the getting! Continue reading →
I have to admit that I had a hard time getting motivated to decorating my Valentine’s Day table with red hearts and flowers! Getting my head wrapped around decorating with red so soon after Christmas, just didn’t sound fun to me.
I was half-heartedly dragging the red decorations out of storage when two things occurred to me. One, I am the boss of the Valentine’s Day decor here at the castle and Two, I can do whatever I want to. So, I did!
It’s been one of those weeks! I’ve started a lot of projects, but I haven’t completed one yet.
I have been like a hamster on a wheel. There is a lot going on, but not a lot is getting done. The week has been full of shopping, physical therapy, cleaning, sewing, crafting, decorating and taking shelter from a tornado! I’m worn out. It’s only Tuesday.
Today I am sharing organizing the office – part 2. With the cold weather last week, I started the never ending process of cleaning and giving my office a facelift.
The first part of the office facelift, which you can see here, was cleaning up my work space and making new storage for my paints. Organizing the office – part 2 is all about cleaning up one great big hot mess, in a very tiny area.
New Year’s organization is fast becoming a huge priority for me. Most days I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast let alone what I am doing that day. Part of getting myself ready for the new year is getting my new calendar up and running.
I know that it is super old school, but I need the repetition of writing things down for me to be organized. I know a lot of you are thinking “just put it on your phone!”. Well, I tried that. Putting it into my phone is like sending it out into space. I send it out and it floats around in never never land promptly forgotten. Not only do I forget about it, some days I can’t even remember how to retrieve it.
Somehow, in the Christmas excitement, my office exploded. Crazy thing is I wasn’t even using it that much. As I was cleaning my office, it became super clear that I would be giving my office a facelift!
My office has multiple personalities. It works hard, just like I do, so it gets a lot of wear and tear. I would love to say that it was “shabby chic” but let’s face it, it is a lot more shabby than chic.