Monday, April 24, 2017

Five Minute Farmhouse Table Centerpieces

I'm not the kind of girl who re-arranges furniture every day, or every
month.  I do however, like to change the centerpiece on my farmhouse
table in the breakfast room.  Since I walk past it several times per day,
I just feel the need to freshen it up now and again.  When I do get the
urge, I start rummaging through my cabinets and pull out things I
have stored away.  So, I am going to show you how I created five
different centerpieces in just five minutes!

Centerpiece number one.  One of my vintage bread boards, the 
rooster from my kitchen island, the enamel milk pail (also from the 
island) and a tiny white cow creamer.

I love this little creamer!  I think I bought it up in Fredericksburg ~ also
known around here as just Fred or FBG.

Centerpiece number 2.  Same bread board, a galvanized pail full of
farmstyle napkins and a white pitcher filled with vintage spoons.

I just purchased this cute little spoon. Bless your heart indeed!
You can find this spoon and others here.

Okay, we're on a roll here, let's move on to centerpiece number 3.
Here is a thrift shop wicker tray with a little pitcher filled with 
daisies, a red transferware creamer and a milk glass hen on
a basket.   I added the homemade and homespun heart just because.

I love this milk glass hen!

Here is number 4.  Kept the wicker tray, added the vintage scale topped
with a basket filled with little fabric hearts and added a fabric chicken.

Are you beginning to see how practical it is to have cabinets full
of stuff???

And the last one is the one that I will keep on the table for a while.
Same wicker tray, my vintage enamel coffee pot, a roo, and a
farm stand  apple scented candle.

I threw in the red gingham napkin for a pop of color. Okay, now I am
challenging you to create your own Five Minute Farmhouse Table
Centerpiece!  I will warn you, it's addictive!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tender Moments

I love the Spring.  Everything is so tender and pretty as if the whole 
world was in soft focus.  It's such a dreamy time of year too, when
reality just seems to slip away for a while.

In the morning, everything feels so fresh and new and the air in
the garden is filled with the chorus of birds.

I just want to take every moment in and hold it close to 
my heart.

So as you go about your day, don't rush.  Hold on to these tender
moments and treasure them for what they are,  gifts from nature.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, April 17, 2017

I'm Having A Red Letter Day

I'm having a Red Letter Day.  This is an invention of Susan Branch for
a time when you need to be extra kind to yourself.  You do something
that you enjoy to bolster your spirits.

I decided to play around with some vignettes all in red and white.  I call
it play therapy.  It's hard to feel blue when you start playing with red.  I am
not having a majorly sad day, I am feeling a bit sad after a holiday.  Holidays
are just not the same anymore since Mom, Daddy, and my Aunt Susan are
gone.  Yesterday we went to brunch at our club and I felt kind of sad seeing
the big tables of families all together.  David and I sat at our little table for
two and we were up in the front and it made us feel so obvious.  I know 
that others were not staring at us, they were busy with their own 
conversations, but we felt on display.  The no kids, no family couple.
It's kind of lonely.

So today I am being extra kind to myself.  

I'll finish some chores around the house.  Do some laundry and decide
what to cook for dinner.

Put on my workout clothes and pop in a Denise Austin aerobics DVD.

Cuddle with Bentley while I finish reading Ladies' Night by 
Mary Kay Andrews.   That's how I will be spending my own
Red Letter Day.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Enjoy a Farm Fresh Easter

Imagine being on a farm way out in the country where holidays are
simple and homemade and home grown.  Farm fresh eggs, little chicks
running around the backyard, fresh picked daisies.

Fresh brewed coffee from a vintage percolator.  A milk glass hen handed
down from your grandmother.

A simple and joyous Easter at home on the farm.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Come Spend the Morning at My House

It's Wednesday morning,  just a few more days until Easter.  Our bed is
so comfy and some mornings are hard to pull myself away from the 
coziness, but today I'm ready to jump out of bed and meet the day.

Bentley however, is not.  He has already been out very early this morning
and his favorite thing to do is to come back inside, eat his morning treatie, 
and then come right back to bed for a morning nap.  What a life! 
It's okay.  He earns his good life with lots of love and kisses for us. 

While Bentley naps, I have made my way into the kitchen to make 
some coffee and some toast.  Most mornings I drink hot water with lemon
first, and then make a cup of tea or coffee.  Today is a coffee morning.
This is our breakfast bar.  When it's just the two of us we eat dinner here
too.  We have a breakfast room with a farmhouse table and chairs and a
dining room too, but somehow we always end up here.

Normally I eat a bowl of oatmeal with mixed berries.  I have eaten so
many bowls of oatmeal in 2017 that I just can't face another bowl, so I am
opting for toast this morning.  White toast with blackberry jam.  Well,
at least I am getting some micro nutrients from the blackberries ;-)

I like to do the crossword puzzle and Sudoku.  I often save the crossword 
for David and he always completes the Cryptoquip.  Our local paper is the
Victoria Advocate.  Our city is really small and the paper reflects it's size,
but we subscribe because we can keep up with the local news.  We have
the Wall Street Journal delivered for more in depth news.  Makes us feel
so adult, lol.

You can't hear it, but I am playing a Rod Stewart CD in the background.
The title is Thanks for the Memory ~ Rod Stewart singing some of the 
old standards with Diana Ross.  I love old school music.  If you come to
my house you will hear this type of music playing all over the house and
especially in my office which is where I am right now.  The track that is
playing right now is You Send Me.  Remember that tune from the movie
The Holiday?  I love that movie and watch it over and over again.

I better check the Cubs standing.  I may live in Texas now, but I will always, always be
a Cubs fan!  Go Cubbies!!  They play the Dodgers this evening at 7:05 central time at
Wrigley Field.  Cubs are 4 and 2 right now.  

After the Cubs won the World Series last fall, David sent away for the commemorative
golf ball for me.  It is proudly displayed on one of the shelves in our family room.

I zoomed into the photo in the background behind the Cubs golf ball.  The third man from 
the left in the front row was David's Dad.  This photo was taken at a business conference
back in 1966.  John died of cancer just six weeks after David and I were married and
his funeral was on my birthday.  We rushed our wedding so that we could be married
on John's birthday which was June 1st.  He was only my father-in-law for a very short
time, but I was quite close to him while David and I were engaged.  He always took the
time to talk to me about everything that I was doing,  so he was a great pre-father-in-
law.  I miss him.  I imagine that if he were still alive, he would make the drive from
Houston to Victoria often and would be helping me with projects around the house
because that's the kind of Dad he was.

Time is flying by, and I would love to sit here and chat with you all day, but I
have a big long list of things to do and I better get busy or the day will be
gone before I know it. 

I better run, but let's do this again real soon ~ okay?  Bentley, are
you finished with your morning nap?  Are you ready to help your
mama?  We have lots to do :-)  But first let me pick you up and we 
can dance around the room to the song Let's Fall in Love.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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