A Broken Arm Means New Stuff

For me, a broken arm means new stuff here at the Castle. Well, technically it’s a broken wrist. Maybe.

Unfortunately, I fell down a week or so ago. I put my hand out to catch my fall, which is not the best idea. Who knew? Yes, I am a klutz!

Long story short, I am in a brace with a bad sprain and a possible broken wrist, waiting to hear from the Radiologist. I have instructions to not use my right hand. Easier said than done, right?  Continue reading →

New Clock at the Castle

When we first moved into the castle 12 years ago, one of the first things that I added were new clocks.

I added them everywhere. In bathrooms, in bedrooms, in the game room and in the office. Totally obsessed! We had double the size of our home and it drove me crazy that I couldn’t see one central clock from most of the rooms in the house.

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Why Am I In A Handbasket?

It has been so hot here in Texas. It’s hard to get in the mood to do projects when you just don’t want to leave the air conditioning. I recently did a little shopping at Gracie Lane in Arlington,TX. I found this sign: Where are we going? And why am I in a hand basket?

It reminds me of my Granny’s warning to us when ever someone was doing something she considered inappropriate. “They are going to hell in a hand basket!”

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Getting To Paint Again

I am finally getting back to the business of getting to paint again! It’s been a busy, weird year so far. I’ve done very little painting.

My friend Janice’s birthday was the perfect excuse to get my paint brushes out! I made her a rustic hand painted sign for her home. It is so easy to make that I thought that I would share how to make one with you.

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Last Minute 4th of July Decorations

Summer is flying by and the last thing on my mind has been decorating for the 4th of July.  Today it occurred to me that I am running out time!  Last minute 4th of July decorations should be easy, economical and fun.

So I gave myself a  little challenge. Could I decorate for the 4th of July with little expense and do it in under an hour? The quest was on!

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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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