Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July Tea Party

After days and days of 90 plus degree temps with high humidity our 
typical Texas Gulf Coast July weather makes it easy to think about
the cool days of December.  So I created a Christmas in July Tea table
out on the back porch.

Of course at the rate summer is flying by, it will be Christmas before
I know it.  I am already seeing back to school ads.  Do you remember
when you were little and summer seemed to last forever?  

I found this Christmas bird house at Hobby Lobby last fall.  It is so
adorable I am glad I had an excuse to bring it out again.  I do love that
store.  I am always finding something there.  David teases me about it.

I filled an old tool box with little boxes of red and green.  I think that tool
boxes are one of my all time favorite decorating accessories.  So versatile.

This teapot has been in the family forever.  It's one of my favorites too.

What fun it has been to think of the joyous Christmas season!  
Would you prefer hot tea or iced sweet tea?

Bentley ~ I think that lizards must take naps in the winter
because I don't remember seeing any last December.
Do you remember seeing any?  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Favorite Collectibles

I love to hunt for vintage photo frames.  I think they add a touch
of charm to a space and a chance to really showcase a loved one.

These two pics are of Bitterman ~ my very first Yorkie.  He was such a
little gentleman.  He stole my heart.  Then came Binkie and now
Bentley.  Y'all know how much I love him and have loved all three.

Another favorite collectible is the demijohn.  Because of their versatility and
probably because of retailers like Pottery Barn and Ballard Design, they tend
to be pricey.  You have to really hunt to find a good bargain here.

But their rich texture and old world look brings charm to any corner.

We seem to be collecting lizards out in our gardens.
I'm all for it because they eat bugs.  Bentley on the
other hand has no interest in collecting lizards ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Husband May Shoot Me ~ But ...

When we moved into this house I promised my hubby that I would not
paint the paneling in the family room.  Even though it is a dark room, I
have come to love it's men's club coziness.  Yet I still think there need
to be a few lighter touches in the room so it is not all stained wood

David had a last minute overnight business trip and I decided to paint
the vintage French country drum table that is between two comfy
slipcovered chairs in what we lovingly call the "library" section
of the room.  It's a pretty piece but never really showed up
against all that stained wood.  So …

Here it is now painted a soft sage green.  I still have to distress it, but 
decided to show it to you in this state because I have decided to paint
a vintage dresser in this room too.  I am painting it the same soft sage
and will distress both at the same time.  I hope that David does not
mind too much.  He's not into painted pieces as I am.  

Disclaimer ~ no he won't shoot me, but I can imagine there
will be some shoulder shrugging ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 21, 2014

Look What's New

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing on ebay and I found this cute
gingham pitcher by Crown Burslem.  It is still wearing it's little
Union Jack sticker which I plan to peel off but thought it would be
fun in the pic.  I love gingham and can never pass it up.  It was
a bargain too which always seals a deal.

Then I was in Hobby Lobby on Saturday on a completely different mission
when I saw this cute sign marked 50% off.  It was the last one ~ quickly
into my cart it went.

So now I  have a new vignette on the top of my old thrift shop dresser.
Sometimes things just come together by chance.  Or is it the little
decorating fairies that just put things in my path???

Bentley had a wonderful weekend!  He chased lizards and
squirrels.  Sat in his Daddy's lap and watched the British 
Open.  Ate some grilled skirt steak and scrambled eggs
too.  Pulled all of his toys out and enticed us to play with
him.  He cuddled and went on long evening walks with
his Momma.  That dog knows how to live life large!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On A Misty Morn

Every morning I let Bentley outside when it's early and misty.
The high humidity from the night before still lingers in the air
surrounding everything on the porch with a hazy and magical
mist.  All is quiet except for the melodies of the birds.

I love this hour.  The day greets me with the promise of creative

With the promise of enjoying my family and friends.

With the promise of daydreams.

With the promise of fluffing the cottage and homespun pleasures.

With the promise of long walks with Bentley

With the promise of potting a new plant.

Simple pleasures.

And being thankful.

Have a happy and blessed Sunday everyone!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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