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Monday, April 26, 2010

Tommy's Roses


Today, I'm sharing a variety of roses.
They were grown by a very special man named Tommy. 



He loves his roses and is one of the most experienced growers around.


He loves to share his roses with  friends, family, and his church.



Growing such gorgeous flowers takes a lot of tender loving care...



...and Tommy does just that...each day he lovingly tends to his roses.



He even names them after loved ones...


... and develops new varieties...


...always under a watchful eye.



The different shades are just amazing.




...and the colors are just gorgeous.


{This one reminds me of the Franciscan pattern of Desert Rose.}


Looks like peppermint, doesn't it? They are very fragrant!



Some with just a hint of color...



...simply breathtaking.


They look like velvet and feel like silk.


From the tiniest buds...



...to full open blooms.


Even though they have their own names...




...they will always be known as Tommy's roses.

Tommy and his wife are neighbors and good friends of my mother. It's always such a treat to visit my mother and see what Tommy has blooming in his yard.
Thanks Tommy, for all the roses that you've so kindly shared!

I'm joining Susan at  A Southern Daydreamer for her Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure to stop by for amazing outdoor shots.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Green thumbs...

My grandmother was a master gardener. She passed on her skills to her children, and my mother passed on things to my sister and me. I guess you could say that we've all liked to dabble in the dirt.

My grandmother always had special concoctions that she used on her plants. I seem to remember hearing about egg shells, coffee grounds, pickle juice, and newspapers. I'm not sure which plants she used these things on, but rest assured, she had the most beautiful yard around.{Her flowers were even used in her childrens' weddings!}

My mother has a large lush yard that is very well manicured. She has help but she's the landscape designer. Each day she goes out and "plays" and is always adding something new.

My sister and her husband also have a large yard, but their space has more of a tropical feel. They have a gorgeous outside space with sitting areas, a pool, and kitchen. There is no need for them to travel to exotic places, they can simply walk outdoors!

Then there is my yard. I live in the heart of suburbia and have a postage size yard. I'm OK with it because it's just my size. Large enough for me to handle but not too large. I've been inspired by my family and have made it a goal this year to make it lush and welcoming.

All this to say, I have something to share today...amaryllis lillies. About twenty years ago, I took about seven bulbs from my grandmother's home and transplanted them to a side bed at my home. Each year they seem to multiply and now I have quite a showing!




The stems are so strong, sturdy, and about 18" tall!



I think it's so neat the way the petals curl.



...amazing vibrant color....



...amazing detail...



Simply amazing!

I'm linking with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for her Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure to stop by for amazing outdoor shots!


Thanks so much for visiting!
Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Romance of the Sea

There's something about a quiet evening...


...after a long day...



...to regroup and relax.



Having  a special little treat...


...with your favorite beverage...




...surrounded by a few of your favorite things.




Sharing the evening...



...with someone very special...




...makes it simply perfect!


I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to stop by for amazing and inspirational tables.



Saturday, April 10, 2010

Inspiration...

I was perusing the Pottery Barn site today and ran across these pictures. I think I love just about everything shown.


...the sea fans for chargers
...the dishes
...the rustic bucket and coral
...the napkin rings
...and...
...the napkins!



This flatware is just gorgeous!



...pure inspiration...

Thanks Pottery Barn!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Quick tutorial...

Today I'm joining Susan with her Metamorphasis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to stop by for great transformations!


Have you ever been browsing in a fabric store and fell in love with a patterned fabric? Well, it happened to me the other day and I just wanted to take just a sample home to test. You seen, I've begun collecting blues...and when I saw this print, I knew it would be perfect for...something...not sure what but it really caught my heart. So I kept the swatch in my car and as I traveled to and from work, just looking at the swatch made me smile. Finally, it came to me...napkins for a new placesetting!

Well, after work that day, I hightailed it over to the fabric store and bought a couple yards. It was on sale...must be meant to be!

I've got a sewing machine, made outfits and curtains, but I just didn't want to set everything up, so I chose the easy way to make my new napkins...Stitch Witchery!



I took the measurements from other napkins that I had and decided to make them about 15 inches square {I actually did this before I purchased the fabric} and set to work. I cut out each square and left room to turn the edges.


I used my iron and pressed one fold  and then another fold to seal in the raw edges.



Then I placed the Stitch Witchery inside the edges, and pressed with a hot iron and cool damp cloth for approximately 10 seconds {just as the instructions indicated.}






Don't adjust your screen, this is the steam from the iron, needed to seal the edges.


...just clip any extra threads...

To keep the napkin neat, I worked with the opposite edge next. Before I knew it, I had beautiful new napkins!


These are very basic but imagine the possibilites!


For different folds, try the following sites:



Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy your day!

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