June 22, 2016

Cute Cottages At The Beach

We recently returned from our annual vacation with my hubby's family.
We go to a cute little beach town in the state of Delaware.
I'm not sure how many years they have been going there, but I
have been a part of it for 25 years.

I love taking walks while we are there and admiring all of the charming homes.
The climate with its warm and moist air is perfect for flowers and greenery.
You see a lot of beautiful hydrangeas and some of them are huge.

Isn't this pink screened door pretty?
Many of the houses have screened porches and a lot of
them are on the front of the house - love that!

You can see the colonial influence in a lot of the architecture.

I thought the black shuttered door leading to this porch looked really
classic and crisp.

White picket fences are a common sight.

See the fish shaped adirondack chair in this front yard?  Too cute!

I bet the new siding on this house will weather to a nice silver gray.

This home looks like it has recently been remodeled and you can see
the farmhouse influence that is so popular now.

This little cottage looked so charming peaking through the trees.

Doesn't this house look like it should belong to a sea captain?
I love the balcony and the whale sign that's attached to the house.

Since we are at the beach, I thought the least I could do is show it to you.

Yep, I'll take one of those cute cottages and a spot on the beach!!
How about you?

Do you have any plans for a beach vacation this summer?

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June 20, 2016

Our Son's Graduation

Hi Everyone,

Our son graduated from high school at the end of May.
We had a big family party after the ceremony and many of our
relatives from out of town came so it was a wonderful day.

It was such a crazy busy time that I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the decorations
for his party but I thought I would show you the announcement that I designed using Picmonkey.
I really love doing things like that and I could easily spend hours playing around with it.
I used Overnight Prints to have them printed and I was very happy with how they turned out.
It was very inexpensive as well.
I can't help but brag a little bit and show you some of his graduation pictures.
He can be kind of a serious kid but his whole face lights up when he smiles ~
which makes my heart melt.

Here is a picture of us along with my 94 year old father-in-law.
My father-in-law is someone I greatly admire. 
 He is such a good person - so kind, moral, loving and humble.
I am grateful that he has been so close to Andrew and a role model for him.

Sadly, my mother-in-law passed away a few years ago.
  She and my father-in-law had been married for over 60 years.
 She was a wonderful person as well and Andrew has her beautiful smile.

And here is Andrew with my beautiful Mom.
She has been a big part of his life too.
He has been lucky to have such loving grandparents 
who care so much about him.

Of course we are so proud of Andrew.
No one could ask for a better son and we love him to pieces!
Happily he has chosen a college that is close to home so that makes
this Momma very happy!

And now, we have just returned from vacation so maybe life
 will be a little less hectic - haha!

I'll be back soon with some pictures of adorable cottages from the
 little beach town where we vacationed.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!


April 23, 2016

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet at Versailles

One of my favorite days from our trip to Europe last summer was the day we went to Versailles.
The royal castle and gardens are truly magnificent and beyond anything you could imagine, but
they were not the thing I enjoyed the most.

The part I enjoyed the most was a little ways beyond the main castle.
It was down a quiet and peaceful meandering path.
It's the place known as Marie Antoinette's Hamlet.

The hamlet was a small farm built as a rustic retreat for Marie Antoinette.
It is made up of several buildings and cottages which surround a small lake.

This is where she could escape her responsibilities and the strict confines of the palace.
It was a place where she could act out her fantasies.

Every cottage is surrounded by beautiful flowers and perfectly manicured gardens.

Picket fences and little gates just added to the charm and quaint feeling of the farm.

The weather was perfect that day with warm temperatures and a pleasant breeze.
I could have stayed there all day . . . or longer even.

Walking around that day felt so calm and peaceful, like I had been swept away to the
most charming farm in the beautiful countryside of France.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Versailles, be sure to make your
way to The Queen's Hamlet.  I just know you will love it.

If you would like to read more about The Hamlet, visit Magali at her blog,
The Little White House On The Seaside.  You see, Magali actually grew up near
Versailles, so she is definitely more of an expert than I. 
 You can read her fun and interesting post HERE.

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April 19, 2016

Free "Bonnie Plant Farm" Crate

Hi Everyone,
We've been working our fingers to the bone doing yard work.
  This past weekend was so gorgeous, we spent the entire two days outside
 and I have been doing some work myself the last couple days as well.

 I wanted to show you something I picked up over the weekend at Home Depot.
They had onion plants for sale and they were in these cute crates.
I asked an employee what they do with the crates when they're empty and
he said they throw them away.  So of course I asked if I could take one
and he said I could - he only looked at me a little bit strangely. : )

 The red lettering is what really caught my eye.
I started thinking of things I could do with it.
It's not terribly sturdy so you couldn't use it for anything heavy
but I think it's cute enough just on its own.

 It has a little wire latch if you want it to stay closed as well.

 You could use it indoors or out. 
It looks kind of charming with a potted plant sitting inside.

If you have a potting bench, it would work well for
 storing small gardening tools.
So many possibilities.

Of course the best part is that it was free.

Kitty loves to be outside with me when I'm working.
So the moral of the story is that if you're at Home Depot
and you spot one of these cuties, it could be yours simply for asking.
The second moral of the story is that if you have teenagers and they are with you,
don't even think about it - they tend to frown on this type of behavior!  ) :

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