Friday, February 2, 2018

Heavenly Shades of White

I'm in love with the color white

I think it brings peace, calmness
and serenity

It's the color palette I chose 
for my home and I never
tire of it

and that's especially true
on my screened porch

I love using cotton in my decor, it's the perfect white touch

Can't you just feel yourself
taking a deep breath 
and relaxing.......

Every Little birdie says

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Road Trip Texas style

We've been hibernating lately 
staying home, warm and cozy during the cold spell

We finally decided it was time to get out and about!


Destination...East Texas...Canton

(My son's country place is a favorite 
gathering spot for our family)

 I featured it in a past Post

 The main house is a great place to gather


 My favorite place at Shady Pines 
is the little cottage at the back of the property

My daughter, granddaughter and myself 
have taken this sweet little house on as a labor of love.......
it's an ongoing project and each time we visit 
we add a few decorating touches
(hubby even contributes with his MAN labor
thanks for installing the new dishwasher)

This trip the twin room got some loving attention
We added colorful quilts, vintage decor on the wall
and a few more pieces to our shelf over the window

We also hung some pretty curtains to soften the room up a bit

Last year we added curtains 
and a day bed to the other bedroom

I think each bedroom has it's own charm

We took down the old shade over the kitchen sink
and replaced it with a pretty curtain topper

Another new addition to the kitchen/living area
is this darling drop leaf table

My sweet friend and favorite junkin' partner
had this vintage table in her barn and 
donated it for the cottage

Thank you Judy!!!

To add to the family fun we had a birthday celebration
Saturday night

 I love that my sweet granddaughter and I can share our 
birthday celebrations together

I love my birthday gifts

Thank you Susan for my Tiffany playing cards
Now that's a classy game!!!
Thank you Justin & Jennifer for my 
fabulous clothes from Altar'd State
and thank you hubby for my leather journal
What a thoughtful and beautiful gift!

Sunday after the masses left, 
hubby and I took a country drive

We visited the Blue Moon Gardens
(if you haven't been there it should be on
your East Texas bucket list)

and stopped in the little town of Edom
renowned for it's artist community

Best little wide spot in Texas

Monday morning it was time to go home 
we said goodbye 
to Pork Chop, the pig
and Chuck, the rooster
(Celebrities at Shady Pines) 
 Hubby pulled up a Texas Map
and decided we'd take a
different route home
stopping in the charming town
of Bastrop for lunch

(I was intrigued with the following description
written on their Chamber of Commerce website) 

Besides having one of the most historic and quaint downtowns in the State of Texas, Bastrop, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River, also boasts delicious culinary treasures sure to please even the most devout foodies, a thriving art scene, some of the best live music just east of Austin, and the most adorable shops and boutiques full of thoughtfully curated goods.

This Texas small town is worth the stop!!

We ate a delicious lunch at
Maxine's Cafe and Bakery
located in the quaint downtown

Recognized by Texas Monthly as one of the “40 Best Places for Breakfast in Texas” and one of the
 “40 Best Small Town Cafes in Texas” 

 I'll end with a little Texas history ........

While finding our way to Bastrop 
we traveled on the OSR
(Old San Antonio Road)
and discovered this road has some 
very interesting history

 It's the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
dating back to the 1600's
 Check out it's history here

Every Little Birdie says

A Texas Road Trip 
is a delightful cure
for the winter blues  


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas miracle!

When South Texas awoke
to a winter wonderland
you can bet it
felt like a
Christmas miracle
to us!!

 Nothing compares with
a beautiful blanket
of snow straight from heaven

but as promised
in my last post,
 here's a peak at my 
Christmas porch decor

Every Little Birdie says
May your Christmas be filled
with blessings from above 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas at the NEST


Every Little Birdie's Christmas Nest

We're having a "white" Christmas
this year with touches of green

(not literally of course, because we live in South Texas) 

I have trees in teapots and tea cups
to celebrate my English heritage

After all, isn't Christmas the perfect time
to enjoy a cup of hot spiced tea and a little something sweet 

My Nana's heirloom table cloth looks lovely
with my Christmas centerpiece

 Our family spent Thanksgiving at 
my Son's weekend home in East Texas
Me, my daughter and grand girl went shopping 
around the Canton, Texas area on "Black Friday"
At one of the shops I found a real treasure

 The moment I laid eyes on the angel scale
I feel in love with her
Doesn't she look divine on my buffet 
The perfect Christmas touch!

We decided on a smaller tree
this year

I like the simplicity of this table top tree, 
but I promise the big tree will return next year
in all it's shimmer and glory!! 

The Christmas tree theme flows
throughout our home

I started collecting the small bottle brush trees a few years ago and each year my collections grows 

         Note to Retreat Sisters - Do you recognize the tea cup and teapot spoon? A wonderful reminder of our "Fill My Cup, Lord" ladies Fall Retreat! 

 a sweet little wreath has been added
to the old ladder with vintage linens

(and just like real life, in my own backyard,
it looks like the dear is about to take a big bite out of my wreath!!) 

I love the warmth Christmas decor
brings to a home
It reminds me of the love, joy and peace
we receive from our Savior, Jesus Christ


Every Little Birdie says
Check back soon for my next post
on Christmas porch decor

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cottage in the woods

My son recently bought a
weekend home in the 
(just outside Canton, Texas)

It's the perfect place for his friends
and family to gather for a little relaxation

It's called

As you enter the farm gate and
take the winding road through the woods it
will lead you to the main country house

(that's another blog post)

.......however if you continue down the 
winding dirt road on the ten acre property
you'll come to a charming guest cottage

My daughter, granddaughter, 
and myself have fallen in love
with the cottage and have claimed it 
our special getaway place
(oh and perhaps we'll let other guest stay there too)
So my sweet son has given
us the privilege (and budget)
of furnishing and decorating 
this darling place

We're doing a shabby chic makeover

and this past weekend hubby and I
started the process

(just call us Chip and Joanna
from HGTV fixer upper)

Here's what it looked like when we started

an old table with a radio on top

a pretty teal couch son ordered

and daughter donated a table and chairs


The chairs and couch were new purchases
but most everything else was 
re-cycled, re-purposed, and re-designed 

a small corner in the living area
(there is NO TV, but a great old fashioned radio)

The kitchen is at the back of the main room

we decided a tray in the kitchen
to cover your wine and coffee needs
was a must!!

and did I mention that the property came
with a large pot-belly pig named

so in his honor I did a little pig 
collection over the kitchen sink 

and now before and after pics
of the bedrooms......

Before -Bedroom #One


I painted the turquoise table white
and it's now across from the twin beds

Before -Bedroom # Two


Wall across from bed

The screened porch will be so fun to shabby up!
(a few rocking chairs and a table and chairs for outside dining)

Daughter and I will continue the 
makeover process over the summer

Until then........

Every Little Birdie says
Stayed tuned for more news
on Pork Chop and Shady Pines