Monday, March 27, 2017

Easter Basket Ideas

I just can't help myself ~ I love decorating Easter baskets and I am sharing
some of my easy creations with you.  I decided that I wanted a woodland 
theme to accent this cute little bunny.  I took a fairly large basket (I collect
baskets because, well just because) and filled it with excelsior and eggs,
carrots for the bunny and a couple of cute chicks.  

I think these are the sweetest little faces!  I just love looking at them.  
As I was walking through the house yesterday, carrying this little chick 
with me, David laughed because he knew I was playing again.  

Now this next basket is one of my vintage wooden tool boxes.  Y'all
know how much I love them.  For this look I used a cute painted wood
chick and some vintage plates because this little chick looks like an
antique lover.  I can just imagine her roosting in her little nest outside
a sweet little Victorian cottage.  

This cute bunny has lived with me for several years now and I have
used him in so many Easter settings.  This year he is standing at attention
in a basket on the window seat in my office.  

I set a baby bunny in a galvanized pail for a Texas theme.

So there you are, four easy and cheerful baskets that are bringing
some fun and frivolity to our cottage.  Thanks for stopping by to take
a peek!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring On My Porch and Patio

Spring comes early here in South Texas and the season is a short one of
beautiful warm days before the heat and humidity comes and lasts for
months and months.  It's the time of year that we really enjoy our back
porch and patio.  It's also the time when I can play around with decor
that I love.  

My back porch is blessed with a potting sink and I make good use
of it all year.  

It changes from season to season, but it really comes to life in the 

Because our house is shaped in a widened "U", the family room,
breakfast room, guest bedroom and our master bedroom, all look
out at the porch and the patio.  The outdoors are a big decorating
feature in all these rooms so I like to keep things looking pretty.

The colors are mainly green with touches of pink and yellow.  My
home is very traditional and the wicker furniture on the porch,
the wrought iron furniture on the patio and the brick flooring give
the whole area a sense of old Southern charm.

We have wicker rocking chairs and a porch swing.

A step down takes you to the patio where there is yet more seating
and a table and chairs for outdoor dining.

The huge old live oaks, the everblooming azaleas, and the park like
setting is the perfect spot for dinner on a spring evening.  I will warn
you though, you'll need some insect repellant because the mosquitos
are already out in force!  Thank goodness the Mosquito Squad comes
to spray today before the weekend.

Thank you Katie for including me on including me on this
fun Hello, Spring Blog Tour.  Be sure to visit the other bloggers
for more fun spring decorating ideas.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Skip and Go Naked

Hi and welcome to my porch.  Y'all are invited back here after you
take a tour of all the pretty homes all decorated for spring.  Take your
time and enjoy the tour and then head back over to my house because
I have a yummy cocktail to share with you ...  I teased y'all with that
blog title, but I'll explain after the tour.

Here are the links for today's tour ~

Welcome back!  Did y'all have a good time visiting all the talented
bloggers?  I had to rush back and get the blender going because I have
a surprise for you ~ we are all going to ~ Skip and Go Naked!

Not really, there is no nudity on this blog :-)  This is a summery cocktail
courtesy of Susan Branch and it comes from The Summer Book.

It's super easy and it is a pink and yummy drink for a warm South Texas
afternoon.  This recipe will make 2 big drinks.  Don't worry, I have 
enough for everyone.

2/3 cup cold beer
2/3 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1/4 cup vodka

Fill your blender 1/2 way with ice.  Add the beer, lemonade and vodka.
Turn on the blender and mix well.  Serve in some cute little glasses
and add straws or umbrellas to make it even more festive.  Thank you,
Susan Branch for this delicious recipe!

Okay ~ the first batch is ready.  Have a seat and let's enjoy the warm
Spring afternoon together.  I am so happy you are here!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bunnies and Baskets Welcome Spring

I cannot imagine anyone who does not like spring.  Everything is sweet,
tender, and pastel.  The deep rich colors and chilly breezes of fall have
past.  The stark and hibernating days of winter are behind us.  It's the
season of hope and renewal.  No matter what our age, we all feel
like kids again. 

I hope y'all stopped by for the first stops on the Hello, Spring Blog Tour.
If you missed it, you can return to visit our hostess Katie and she will 
link you to three bloggers' homes.  

And there are three additional homes to tour today:

Bentley and I are putting on the finishing touches at our cottage
to prepare for our tour on Thursday, but we will be back tomorrow
with more links to more spring homes.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello, Spring Blog Tour Starts Today!

If you are in need of any great ideas to decorate your home for spring,
I have the answer you are looking for.  It's the Hello, Spring Blog Tour.
15 plus blogs over four days.  You will find so many wonderful ideas
and inspiration and have fun too!

Who doesn't like spring?  Who doesn't want lots of great
decorating ideas?  

It's free (no nosebleed magazine prices here) and all you have to
do is click on the following links.  How easy is that???

On today's tour are the homes of these talented bloggers:

I'm off to make another pitcher of Sweet Tea and start hopping
through the blogs!  Happy first day of Spring everyone.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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