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A PRETTY ENAMEL MILK CAN

I needed a therapy session the other day so I headed to Homegoods. I had not been there in a long time so it was a miracle that I walked out with only one item ~ this pretty enamel milk can.

I had to have it the minute I saw it.

It has the perfect touch of blue around the rim and the cutest wooden handle.

The only thing that could make it better is some peonies. This is about the last of our peonies and they're looking a little bedraggled but I still think they're beautiful.

Yep, I definitely benefited from that therapy session!
Life has been especially crazy lately with the end of the school year and getting ready for our trip so I haven't been able to respond to comments like I want to.   Just want you to know that I so appreciate every comment and visit!
As always, thank you!
♡♡♡JoAnne
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WANT TO SEE WHERE WE ARE STAYING IN LONDON AND PARIS?

If you happened to read my post at Junk Chic Cottage a couple weeks ago, you will know that my family and I are taking a trip to Europe this summer. Years ago, we started talking about taking this trip and we knew
that we should do it before our oldest was out of high school. Unbelievably, he will be a senior in the fall, so now is the time
 if we want to go as a family.
I thought you might like to see where we are staying while there. We spent a lot of time finding places that would be in a good location, would work well for our family, and in our price range. Today I will show you the first two stops on our itinerary.
London is our first destination.

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After much searching online, we discovered a site called At Home In London  where we found a wonderful B&B that I think will be perfect for us. The picture below shows the exterior of the home.


We will be staying in two bedrooms that are joined by a bathroom.
In the mornings, we will be served a lovely breakfast in their dini…

LAVENDAR AND BLUE IN THE KITCHEN

Our lilac bushes didn't do very well this year but I did manage to make a small bouquet for the kitchen. I thought the color looked really pretty with the light blue of the ceramic colander.

So when I noticed some lavender colored wildflowers along the creek in our backyard, I cut some of those and brought them in.

I played around with some different arrangements. There were a few yellow flowers which I cut as well.


I'm just really loving the lavender and blue combination.



Some of the yellow flowers replaced the lilacs here.

On the table, I grouped some flowers in a basket that I got  for a couple bucks at a thrift store recently. I added a sprig of the lavender flowers in my little blue and white cream pitcher.

The tiny white flowers in the white pitcher look more like weeds but they'll do for now.  : }

All in all, not too bad for free flowers.
Thanks so much to everyone who read my Saturday Spotlight post at Junk Chic Cottage.  It was so fun to be featured and I really …

FEATURE AT JUNK CHIC COTTAGE AND FRONT DOOR RESULTS

Kris at Junk Chic Cottage has been so sweet to feature me as her Saturday Spotlight today. Kris is one of the nicest bloggers around and I really appreciate the opportunity to be her guest. Thank you, Kris!


JUNK CHIC COTTAGE

Recently, I posted about choosing a new front door for our house and I showed you four choices. Well, the door that received the most votes by far was No. 4. I have to say, I think it's a great choice and I loved getting so much input from so many of you so thank you! Here is No. 4 all proud and dressed up with a  pretty spring wreath.

Now I just have to keep hinting around to hubby  that this is the one I would like!
If you have a chance, click on over to Junk Chic Cottage to find out a couple things about me that you may not even want to know - ha ha! And if you're not familiar with Kris' blog, you will definitely want to stay awhile.


She has a beautiful home and a beautiful style. I know you will love it!
HAPPY WEEKEND AND HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

MOTHER'S DAY IS SOMETIMES A SAD DAY

Recently, a blogger wrote a very honest and heartfelt post about
 how Mother's Day is not a happy day for her. Painful feelings are dredged up every year due to the fact that she doesn't have children even though she wanted them very much. Her post brought back many memories for me.

You see, I struggled with infertility for many years. Many, many tears were shed. Many times wondering "why me" and why am I not worthy of being a mother when everyone around me is getting pregnant at the drop of a hat. It was devastating. Now I can see that it has nothing to do with being worthy and everything to do with the fact that sometimes our bodies just don't work the way they are suppose to and it's not fair.


I'm writing this primarily to say that if you know someone who is struggling, please be sensitive to them on this day. Sometimes it can feel like it's all being thrown in your face, like someone is screaming "you're not a Mom"! No one wants to …

A FARMHOUSE KITCHEN UPDATED AND OPENED UP

I found a wonderful kitchen to share with you today. It's in a renovated farmhouse and I think you'll love the charming details  that give it the farmhouse feeling.
Traditional Kitchen by Wenham Kitchen & Bath DesignersK.Marshall Design Inc.
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful shelf above the stove that creates the  feeling of a mantel and is a focal point for the kitchen.  And the warm wood is a wonderful contrast to the creamy white cabinets.
I love using plates for wall decor and the ones used here fit in perfectly with the style of the kitchen.
Traditional Kitchen by Wenham Kitchen & Bath DesignersK.Marshall Design Inc.
The furniture detail at the base of the cabinets adds a lot of charm as well as the  oiled rubbed bronze cup pulls on the drawers. The island has two levels and is the same warm wood as the shelf over the stove. Did you notice that there are two different countertop materials used on the island?. I really like those bar stools too.
Traditional…