Friday, August 30, 2013

Freebie Friday: Printable Bookplates

Free Printable Bookplates -from Lily Ashbury
Lily Ashbury Printable Bookplates

Print these beautiful bookplate designs on labels. 
I may just be giving these to a beautiful bride I know at her wedding shower next weekend...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

House Guests: Cedar Hill Ranch Kitchen Tour

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch recently moved and is sharing her new kitchen.
She has a Texas French Country feel. Do you know what I mean by Texas French? Not necessarily Paris, TX...but Texas French sort of has it's own flair. A bit frou-frou French Country, but big, bold and a tad rustic. Cote de Texas defines the Texas French look in my opinion.
I adore this kitchen. Just the perfect balance of bold and solid (look at those beams and the thick granite edge) with a French flair (plate rack, glass cabinets, a few antiques, detail in legs of kitchen island, farm sink).
Here is a peek:

Head over to Cedar Hill Ranch for details on specific sources.
I can't wait to see the rest of this renovated beauty.

Christmas in August Paper Doll Designs Give Away!

Let's refresh our memories..because there are only a couple of days left to enter the Christmas in August Give Aways!!! 

*Next, I dreamed of Succulent Gardens and Projects...and you don't even need to have a green thumb to have Succulents around the can win an amazing faux Succulent selection from!

*And last but not least, I would like to spotlight one of my favorite graphic design gals, PaperDoll Designs. 

I've been ordering gifts, notepads and household items alike from Karen for several years now.  Karen is incredibly creative with an eye for color and pattern. She has a style of her own, which she shares frequently on her PaperDoll Blog {did you see the series she posted about her daughter's doll house make-over?!}.  Karen offers so many fun options and custom designs that you're sure to find just the right item for your own style.

 One lucky reader will win a $30 gift card to PaperDoll Designs!

Be sure to browse the PaperDoll Designs Shop to see the huge selection of products that are at your finger tips.

I know that I'd be tempted to choose the Advent Calendar!

Advent Calendar

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Give Me the Goods Monday Link Party:#23

Thanks to each and everyone of you who link up with us!  
We are so excited to have you here with us this week! In case you're new here, this party is hosted by FIVE bloggers! That means when you enter your links on one of our blogs, they will show up on FIVE blogs total! FIVE times the publicity for YOU! We will each pick our favorites every week, so that's FIVE times the chance for YOU to get featured!

Here are My Goods from the past week!

Free Printable. 8x10.
Anchor Printable

Succulent Glossary and Give Away!
Anchor's Aweigh Trend Alert & GIVE AWEIGH!!!

Seaside Neutrals color palette from Better Homes & Gardens
Wordless Wednesday Inspiration: Sophisticated Seaside Neutrals

Now, let's get to partying!

Please follow the rules, so we don't have to delete your link! 


1. Please follow each of the five hosts in some way! All our links are below!
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin RoofBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSSTwitter

Amber @ Dimples and Pig TalesBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+Twitter

Amy @ Commona-My HouseBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSS

Rachel @ Maison de PaxBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSSTwitter

2. Please put our party button on your sidebar, or in your post!


If you want to use a text link, that is fine as well!

No backlink, no feature! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Give Me the Goods Sunday Features:#22

Give Me the Goods Monday Features

It’s time for the features from last weeks GMTG party!
Be sure to check out the other host’s features after leaving here:
Jamie @ Better with Age
Rachel @ Maison de Pax
It was so much fun to pick out Features for Party #22!
You all linked up some AMAZING projects and posts!
Were you featured? Be sure to grab a button!
I Brought The Goods Monday
And don’t forget to check to see who was featured on the other host’s blogs:
Jamie @ So Much Better with Age
Rachel @ Maison de Pax
Can't wait to see you at party #23!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Freebie Friday: Anchor Yourself

Free Printable. 8x10.
Printable or Iphone Screen Saver from Sew.Craft.Create.

And be sure to enter the Anchors Aweigh Give Aweigh, you could win a Kiel James Patrick Anchor Bracelet!!!

Succulent Glossary, Idea Roundup and GIVE AWAY!


I've always had a thing for succulents. My Mom has a green-thumb and she'd always have them growing in her rock garden. Various strange types of succulents would peek out from between stone wall holes and out of the terracotta strawberry pots she had on our back patio. Apparently, Mom was before her time, because succulents are HUGE, like everywhere you look these days (for more about Succulents and their care visit this great site dedicated to them, Succulents and Sunshine). 

When we lived in Southern California I had several succulent varieties, one which my kids referred to as THE MARTIAN PLANT. It was pretty weird, but I LOVED IT, and nurtured it, and shared it's leaves, stems and stalks with friends so that they too, could have their very own strange, Martian and super cool Succulent. It grew to be almost 6 feet tall. 

I've had them in and out of every home we've lived in and can't get enough of them. They are extremely easy to tend, drought tollerant and architectural.  

So for the 2nd "CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST" Give Away I thought it would be fun to run through some of my favorite Succulent Varieties, share a few planting and decor ideas and then GIVE SOME AWAY! What?? YES!!!


aeonium zwawrtkopf succulent variety - great contrast
Aeonium "Zwartkop" {or my "Martian Plant"}
Lots of compact hen and chick succulent varieties
Compact "Hens and Chicks", Echeveria

Cabbage Echeveria variety name chart, I LOVE the "WHITE KNIGHT" 
Kalanchoe Thrysiflora 'Flapjacks'
"Flap Jacks" 

Variety of Sedum which takes on a shrub shape, budding

One of the many varieties of Sedum blooming

"String of Pearls" Succulent
Donkey's Tail Succulent
"Burro's Tail" or "Donkey's Tail" Sedum Succulent
Aloe--Inhibits infections and promotes healing of minor burns and wounds.
"Aloe" plant
Starfish succulents- how cool are these?
"Starfish" Succulents
Jade Plant Remodelista
"Jade" plant


-You can propegate succulents.
Propagating Succulents from Leaves
Propegating Succulents Info from SUCCULENTS AND SUNSHINE

More succulents...pair with driftwood, something orange= centerpieces!?
Succulent arrangement in Mason Jar
Succulent laden stone steps
Succulent laden stone steps
Succulent Wreath Secret Garden
Succulent Wreath
This would make an adorable housewarming gift.
Mini Succulents planted in "M" Monogram Planter
Succulents as Gifts
Succulent arrangement in a flat
Inspiration: succulents & driftwood | Design: Jean Liu | lark & linen
Succulent array in driftwood

The Give Away:

For years I've been planting succulents and giving them as gifts to friends. Funny story, I had sold our house in Tulsa, was checked out of our hotel room and was using the trunk of my car as my 'potting shed' to plant succulents to give to a few people on my way out of town as we moved, sort of to say, 'thanks for helping me grow'. I don't know why, but I love giving them - a bit more staying power than a chocolate chip cookie.
So when it came to "CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST" I wanted to give away some succulents, to share one of my favs with all of you, but also to say "thanks for helping me grow". But, I have readers who aren't necessarily living down my street....actually, I have readers everywhere around the world!! {I know! CRAZY, right?!}
So, I have researched and researched and dug and found THE ABSOLUTE BEST FAUX SUCCULENTS EVER MADE. That's right...they're faux...fakety fake....not real....not in need of watering...not killable. HA! And they are FABULOUS!

One lucky winner will receive a selection of faux succulents from

To see more of these AMAZING Faux Succulents, pop over to Afloral to see their selection!
And don't forget to enter the first "Christmas in August" Give Away...the Anchor's Away Bracelet!!! 

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