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Amaze Me Monday #122

Monday, August 3, 2015


We finally got some rain this week!
It's amazing what 3/4 of an inch of rain can do when it's been hot and dry for so long.  The grass has turned a little greener and it's cooled down a bit; the temperatures have been so enjoyable these past few mornings while having breakfast on the porch.

So glad you are here for the party!
Enjoy the features and share what you've been up to...

Designthusiasm ~ Adding Character to a Bland Powder Room

Oh My Goodness ~ The Bully!

Friday, July 31, 2015

There are many flowers that hummingbirds are attracted to planted in our garden and in urns on the deck.  We also have two hummingbird feeders; one just outside each window in the keeping room.

I was sitting in the keeping room one morning,
relaxing and watching the hummingbirds fly in for a drink.

They would dart in, take a quick drink and then quickly dart away.

I began to wonder why so quick, wishing they would perch a little longer to enjoy the fresh sugar water I had just placed out for them.

Then I noticed some weren't drinking at all, they were being chased away as soon as they approached the feeders.  Oh my goodness, as I continued to watch I discovered that we have a bully!

Hummingbird ~ The Bully

New Curtains in the Keeping Room

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Over thinking big decisions, do you do that?

Window treatments are a big decision, to me anyway; like choosing what type of curtains I should use in the keeping room.

Buffalo checks often came to mind, but with red wing back chairs and a colorful hooked rug already in the room, I didn't think more pattern or color were needed.  So I made a list to help me pull in the reins.

There were a number of things to consider:
1) farmhouse style
2) light weight fabric
3) not too much color, if any
4) not too much pattern, if any
5) minimal hardware
6) open and close easily
7) block the sun 
8) maintain the views

Item 8 was the biggest factor for me and the one I fretted over the most.
Then finally, it came to me; the perfect fabric, style, and they wouldn't cost me a dime!

Amaze Me Monday #121

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


It's been such a busy summer.
We've been doing a good bit of traveling lately but are back home now so I am looking forward to getting some projects completed around the house.

Can't wait to see what you've been up to! Enjoy the features...

Designthusiasm ~ French Country Study

Through the Kitchen Window

Friday, July 24, 2015

We are definitely in the dog days of summer!

If you've been hanging around here for any length of time you know I love nature.
During this hot and busy summer,
one of the joys while cooking and doing the dishes
are the views through the kitchen window.

I've shared some of them with you; beautiful songbirds and snakes ~ A Special Place 
and the hummingbirds are such fun to watch ~ Hummingbirds in Flight.

Many amazing sights, some happen too quickly to capture, but sometimes I get lucky...

Red rose through the kitchen window

Amaze Me Monday #120

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Welcome to Amaze Me Monday!

So glad YOU are here to party!
Enjoy the features and share what you've been up to...

Gates of Crystal ~ Summer Entry