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A Beautiful, Colorful Porch Makeover for Summer

Handpainted Art for Porch

Welcome to the 443rd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently Brenda wanted to update her front porch. It had been a few years since she last decorated this area and felt it was past time for a makeover.   This bench was still super cute, just needed a bit of TLC and some updating.   The chairs, though still comfortable, were really showing a lot of wear. I love the built-in side table!   You can really see how weathered they … [Continue Reading...]

4 New Items I’ll Be Taking and Wearing When I Travel to Ireland

Travel Handbag, Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag

Can you believe it's already been a whole month since I first shared about the upcoming trip to Ireland for the Deluxe Irish Castles Tour. That trip is a just a month away now---hard to believe!   One of the fun things about travel is it gives you a good excuse to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe. Isn't that pretty much a requirement for any vacation! ;)   Ireland is known for rain year around, so for this trip I decided to add a … [Continue Reading...]

Completed for Now: Storage for Charger Plates, Flatware, Napkins and Napkin Rings

Flatware, Napkin Ring, Napkin, Charger Plate Storage and Organization

Welcome to the 461st Tablescape Thursday! If you've been reading BNOTP the last few weeks, you know I had some big plans for one wall in my garage. I purchased four of the cabinet below on the left and two of the cabinet on the right in hopes of creating some awesome storage for organizing a lot of  my entertaining/tablescaping wares. I thought it would be great to have everything together in one place instead of having it all scattered about in different … [Continue Reading...]

Not Again!

Is there such a thing as bad tree karma? If there is, I think I have a terrible case of it. A few months ago, a large tree in my back yard that had been leaning since the day I moved in 26 years ago, decided it was tired of leaning and gently laid itself down across the length of my backyard. Scared the willies out of me when it fell since it was late at night. I sat listening inside my office wondering what the heck was happening just outside the office windows. … [Continue Reading...]

Lazy Hill Farm Feeder: A Beautiful Accent Piece for the Garden

Lazy Hill Loretta Bird Feeder in Landscape

Welcome to the 442nd Metamorphosis Monday! When I had cute Eastern Phoebe birds nesting in the corner of my front porch...   ...I was offering fresh mealworms a couple of times a day via this pitiful setup. lol The mom and dad Phoebe would get super excited each time I brought out mealworms and placed them in the bowl. Occasionally, I would look out the window and see them perched on the top handle of the ladder, checking the bowl to see if the … [Continue Reading...]

Travel Shopping: Barbour Coats, a Tote, Dining Set for the Deck & Flying the Nest

Oak Cliff Dining Set for Patio or Deck

Happy Weekend! Phoebe Update (Not into birds? Click HERE to skip the Birdie Update.) The baby birds left the nest yesterday. I awoke yesterday morning and checked in on them. Two solemn little faces peered down on me. lol It has been so much fun watching their progression, it has reminded me a lot of a human baby's growth, only on a much more accelerated scale.   When they were teeny-tiny, they were oblivious to my presence on the porch. As … [Continue Reading...]

Supper in Sorrento

Italian, Sorrento, Lemon Table Setting

Welcome to the 460th Tablescape Thursday! Good Morning! Hope your day is going grand! Yesterday I put together the second dish cabinet with drawers, can't wait to share it with you! If you read yesterday's post, you know it may be a while before I'll be able to find the other cabinets I need since they seem to be sold out everywhere. I promise to share the storage I have so far, real soon. Thanks for all your suggestions yesterday for other cabinet options. … [Continue Reading...]

Summer Sales, Cute Birdies and Dish Storage Update

Birdie Update Mr. Snake has not been back. I guess he doesn't want to encounter that psycho woman again who sent him sailing off the top of the bench and into the shrubs when he tried to make a dinner of the Eastern Phoebe birds nesting in the corner of the front porch. The birdies have made quite the mess up in that corner of the porch, but you can't mind too much when you see these sweet faces. Just look at that adorable hairdo the one on the right is … [Continue Reading...]