Saturday, September 17, 2016

CHANGE + Additions

My middle name is 
CHANGE

At least that's when it comes to 
my home decor

So here are a few 
Changes
and 
Additions

to my fall decorations....



 Still re-working my fall center piece
on the dining table

added some darling sunflowers
(From the Dollar Store!!!)



 constantly changing the pumpkin arrangement
(as I find NEW pumpkins)




These silver pumpkins glitzed up my sideboard   

My kitchen shelves even got a touch of FALL

AND THEN

I MOVED ON TO THE SCREENED PORCH.....


More changes......




AND FOR OUR BACKDOOR FRIENDS


a FALL greeting

As the weather slowly changes over the 
next few months, so will my decor!

Every Little Birdie says
 Change is a process
not an event 

 
 
 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Lovely Moments

Fall brings CHANGE

Change in the weather, change in our schedules 

For me, it's the time that our Ladies Bible 
Study starts back up

We break for the summer and by fall
I'm in need of a little (ok, maybe a lot) of nourishment from God's Word 

We are studying the book
Looking For Lovely
by Annie Downs

In John 16:33 the Lord tells us
"In this world you will have trouble"

Not you may, but you WILL!

We will all suffer trials and hardships 
at some time in our life

This book is about learning to persevere,
which develops character, which leads to hope
   Read Romans 5:35

and as we go through those difficult times 

we need to look for the lovely
the God moments,
those things that help 
us to hold on and persevere

I'd like to share one of my 
Lovely Moments
this week

   Being able to sit on my screened porch
(Thank you Jesus that it was in the low 70's)
spending time in God's Word
(with the help of a very loving puppy)
and soak up His beautiful creation
(in my own back yard)


 GOD IS GOOD!


Every Little Birdie says
 What were your lovelies this week?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Transitioning to FALL

In my last post 
I was dreaming of FALL decorating

I just don't think I'm ready to
go totally FALL yet

B U T

I am doing a little transitioning
in that direction...


First I re-did my centerpiece
including a few cotton stalks

  




And what's a Fall table without a few pumpkins?








Then I changed out the decor
on my side board buffet

The white stand with my hanging creamers was moved
 to the buffet and placed under the glass dome






A small flower arrangement on top of some vintage books
and a couple of small white pumpkins

I added this cute little sign from Big Lots above the buffet





Soon I'll get up in the attic 
and get down my fall decor
THEN
the real FALL decorating will begin.....

Every Little Birdie says
until then I'm slowly transitioning
from summer to fall

 

Monday, August 29, 2016

A White Harvest

September is fast approaching
and here in Texas if you try real hard
you can feel the slightest coolness
to the evening breeze

IT'S FAINT BUT IT'S THERE!

It's put me in the mood to 
start my Harvest decorating

 I recently bought a few
cotton stalks for my table centerpiece

Good start!!

Since I'm not an ORANGE girl
I tend to go with warm fall colors 
and WHITE for my Harvest decor

Here are some of my favorite
pins from my P INTEREST
Fall Decorating board 

 
Black and Gold Tablescape- A Place For Us-Amazing Thanksgiving Table-Feature at the Inspiration Exchange:  

Who says White isn't right for FALL!! 

Can we talk about non-traditional Autumn for a minute?Like maybe adding a little bit of blue?...:  

I love this color palette with a splash of turquoise

2013 Fall Decor and a Link Party:  
 If you're brave enough to cut your own,
the fields are full of cotton right now


stunning fall centerpiece by tone on tone with muted colors, antlers, white pumpkins, and white hydrangeas.:  

and if you've got as many deer around
as I do this is a great idea 

This fall color scheme and decorations are just about perfect! So different and refreshing. 

and last but not least 
don't forget your outside decor!!

Every Little Birdie says
From My Front Porch To Yours: 9/16/12 - 9/23/12:  
I'll post again when I finish my 
HARVEST DECORATING 

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I'm back.....

As some of you know 
I've been recouping from 
surgery and haven't had
the stamina or enthusiasm
to go junkin'

BUT BABY I'M BACK!!


When I was in Nacogdoches for my
daughter's graduation
my sister and I hit the cute 
downtown shops

Found the white stand with hooks
in one antique store
It's perfect to hang my creamers on!!




I created this new vignette
for my dining table
using an old clock, my beautiful orchid
in an old porcelain coffee pot, and the hanger

  
Yesterday my friend Judy and I
hit the estate sales in town

I found (the above) wonderful old suitcase
which inspired me to redo
the top of my entertainment center



Every Little Birdie says
You just can't keep a Junker down!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

When wings take flight.......

Once there was a girl who dared to dream......

God heard her dreams and said,
"This child has the faith and determination 
to accomplish the impossible. 

And He set her dreams on wings to fly!

She soared on those God given wings,
she reached for the highest of heights.
Sometimes star bound, occasionally 
dipping and falling but always rebounding 
to greater heights.

Her wings grew strong and she flew with courage.
When fear and disappointment tried to take her off course, 
she would find the ability to overcome each challenge, 
she would think above the
problem and gain wind beneath her wings 
to lift her even higher.

She believed in the beauty of her dreams, 
she found inner strength, patience, and endurance
to direct her path toward her vision.


And finally, Our Sweet Girl, your dreams
which took flight and soared towards the heavens 
have become your DESTINY !!

You have fought the good fight 
and you have accomplished the impossible.  
We are so very proud of you 
and give eternal thanks to God 
for giving you wings to fly.

SFA Alumni, My Sister Tricia, 1974 and Jennifer 2016


   With tremendous pride, admiration,
 and love from your entire family

Congratulations "Miss Jennifer"
Your future is bright!! 





Every Little Birdie says,
I'm One Proud Mama

Jennifer has always wanted to teach!


 She started college after high school but dropped out when marriage and children came along.  She decided to home school her children through their elementary years, loving every minute of it.  Once they reached  Middle School they started public school and Jennifer started teaching Pre-K at the Early Childhood Development Center in Grapevine, Texas.  Her extreme love for teaching finally lead her back to college in pursuit of her teaching degree.  While juggling the role of wife, mother of two teens, and Pre-K teacher she took online courses and attended evening classes. It took years of determination, sacrifice, hard work, long hours, and a strong focus.

I am proud to say that this weekend our daughter, Jennifer, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree. 

She is starting her new job as a Kindergarten teacher
at Cannon Elementary in Grapevine, Texas
Cannon is the leading STEM school in Texas

Jennifer loves the STEM concept of teaching
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 

Check out her "Sweet Pea" blog here
 Jennifer created this blog for the parents 
of her Pre-K students

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tea for Two

My dear friend and sister-in-Christ
LAURA
invited me to her lovely home for 
an afternoon Tea
 

We share a love of all things
BRITISH


Laura loves to set a pretty table

She has a beautiful china collection 

and often uses different sets
for different seasons of the year 

Her corner hutch holds a collection of her grandmother's bone china




Aren't they perfect for a  pretty spring table setting


For our tea she choose her
Royal Blue and White set



I felt like a queen sitting down to
this exquisite tea

She prepared a lovely
selection of sweet and savory 
 delicacies for our tea






Every dainty bite was delicious.........


But when she brought out a plate of her 
freshly baked scones I was in pure heaven

and of course she had lemon curd 
and clotted cream to go a top 
her yummy scones


What a wonderful finish to a delightful 
afternoon cream tea


For those of you who aren't familiar with the 
term "Cream Tea"
(and I wasn't until my recent trip to England to visit my relatives) 
it's an afternoon tea (light meal) that includes a combination of
scones, clotted cream, and jam.

Sometimes referred to as a Devon or Cornish Cream Tea
 

Every Little Birdie says

Tea for Two with a special friend
A perfectly lovely afternoon