Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Azaleas

Despite the battering of Hurricane Harvey last August, my azaleas 
are back in full force.  This is the north side of our house where they
get bright light, but not as much sun.  This long bed of azaleas stretches
from a window in the living room (that's the window with the shutters)
to below the large window in the dining room to under the window
in the kitchen, to the doorway to the breezeway.

See that shuttered door next to the coach lamp?  It's the doorway
that leads to the breezeway between the house and the garage.  
This gives you an idea of how tall these azaleas are!  As you can
see in the photo ~ there are still lots of buds left to open on the
branches in the right corner.  

When I walk out the breezeway headed to the driveway, this is what
greets me.  So pretty!  I wish they would last forever.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Lot's of yard work to do.  The live oaks are
still dropping leaves in preparation for Spring, and I am busy doing 
lots of leaf raking.  A real calorie burner for sure!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Mini Floor Lamp Makeover

I found a miniature floor lamp for the little girl's room in the dollhouse.
I decided to paint it to fit the decor.  It also came with three shades, and
I choose the plain white one and added a bit of trim.

Here it is fully tweaked.  Now the cozy reading corner is complete.
Dollhouse decor needs to be tweaked just like full size decor does ;-)

Bunnies and Easter decor is appearing too.

Y'all are welcome to visit, but sorry, no boys allowed!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, March 9, 2018

Thoughts About Springing Forward and Other Things

Good morning and happy Friday from my studio.  Actually, it's going
on noon already, but time does fly by when I am busy.  Bentley and
I have been in the studio for several hours this morning.  I have been
busy curating my English cozy cottage kitchen for the new dollhouse
I am working on.   I have found some wonderful things for this new
project and will be so excited to share with you when I am farther
along.  However, this morning I would like to chat with you and 
share my thoughts about daylight savings time.

I love the longer light filled evenings of the spring and summer.  My
problem with springing forward is that I don't seem to adapt very 
quickly to the change.  Every time we switch, I try my best to stay
positive and go with the flow, but I end up dragging my heels a bit.
Jumping an hour forward is the hardest for me.  My internal clock is
shouting life goes by fast enough as it is, why force to me to lose an

Of course I realize that I will get that hour back in the Fall, but 
that is months away, and I want it now.  I might need it for sleep
or something, and I do value my sleep.

Which brings me to another topic ....  thankfully I have been 
sleeping much better lately.  I attribute this happy gift to the fact
that I have been very diligent about working out and also
walking at least 10,000 steps each day.  I have been doing
aerobics, pilates, and Ballet Beautiful ~ which is a killer
by the way, but gives great results.  I have also been avoiding
sugar and have been focusing on a healthy diet.  I started this 
program in January, and the results are really kicking in now.

I think I probably told y'all this, but I have been plagued 
 with painful Fibromyalgia.  I was diagnosed with Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome some years ago and suffer from flare ups when I
am under too much stress.  When I have flare ups, my joints hurt
here, there and everywhere.  It's as though the pain travels all over
my body yet doesn't stay in one place for too long.  It is exhausting
and in the past I was inclined to just want to curl up and nap all

This cycle of pain really increased following Hurricane Harvey.
I tried to ignore it at first, but eventually I knew I had to learn to
control it.  Now, after two months of this new regime, I am pain
free and more relaxed too.  The other bonus is improved sleep.
I wear a FitBit on my wrist and it tracks my sleep at night.  
I used to suffer through multiple periods of restlessness during the
night.  Now, I close my eyes, fall asleep and have no restlessness
at all.  Amazing!!!

If y'all want me to go into more detail about this new exercise and diet
program, let me know.  I am hoping that I will just breeze through the
loss of an hour during the wee hours of Sunday.  I feel so good right
now that I think it will be a snap.

I have probably rambled on long enough and should get back to work.
I have the dollhouse project, as well as some others.  Oh, and I am
putting some pork ribs in the oven to slow bake.  I will be sharing that 
recipe with you too.  Let's not forget the pics of azaleas starting to 
bloom in my yard and all over town.

Have a great weekend!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Have Breakfast With a Bunny

I have a large bag full of cupcake decorating picks, and though to myself,
hmm ... why not use them for other things too???

So I stuck a bunny pick in my bowl of bran flakes and it made me smile.

We are never too old for a little breakfast cheer :-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fabulous Antique Dog Finds

Last weekend we were in Houston to attend a wedding, but I also found
the time to visit one of my favorite antique malls.  This particular mall
has some fabulous vendors.  There were a number of pieces that caught
my eye, especially those with dog themes.

The fabric on this French arm chair is stunning!  I can envision this
chair in a man's study or library.  Beautiful warm colors and such
handsome hunting dogs.  

I would love to find this fabric, and I will be on the hunt.

I also found this wonderful floor cloth.  I have never seen one like this
before.  I sure would love to have this in our master bedroom sitting

Look at the adorable face on this framed needlepoint of a 
Wire Hair Terrier.  Beautiful frame too.  I really should start
some needlepoint projects again.  I used to love it.

Cute Pug on a waste bin.  

Vintage Scottie complete with monogrammed brushes.  

And finally, this adorable vintage tin covered with Wire Fox Terriers.

The antiques at this mall are fabulous, but pricey.  I did purchase a Toby
Jug lamp here a couple of years ago.  I am glad that I did because I do love
it so.  This time I walked away empty handed because I am saving my
antiquing money for Antique Week in Round Top that starts in a couple
of weeks.  It sure was fun browsing, and I will certainly come back again.
Hope y'all enjoyed a brief tour.  Have a great Wednesday!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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