Saturday, March 31, 2012


Clipped out of my garden this morning... 

I wish you were here to smell them!!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

VinTage Piece I found.....

Every home needs fresh greenery! 

Very fond of this vintage silver piece... 

Spotted this coffee server junkin one day... still love it!
Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SpRiNg RooStEr Love!

Spotted this wreath... loved it! Bought it and brought it back to the blue cottage as fast as I could...  hangin perfectly in my dining room! 

Whatcha' think??
Stinking cute right?

xxo, Valarie 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CrAzy OvEr SpriNG!

Sharing .... My roses are blooming beautifully, my lantana is blooming and I am loving early Spring here in the LONE STAR STATE!

My grandmothers old gate is one of my favorite in my flower bed! 

Lantana.... super easy to grow and drought tolerant! 

Super excited about my roses! 

This bed is located on the drive side of the blue cottage! 
Happy Tuesday!! 

Monday, March 26, 2012


 A beautiful 83 degree day in North Texas! 
Roses are blooming! 

Potted my hanging baskets this weekend - 

More roses blooming... aren't they beautiful?
Happy Monday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Spring day!!

Beautiful flowers pictures taken outside the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass, where LOML & I spent a few days while stopping at Tanglewood for a July 4th concert with James Taylor.  Click here for more on this trip and our visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Before & After - Outdoor living-

Spring is here and everyone is in the mood for a outdoor make-over.  

I had a vision and the below picture wasn't it. Although, we enjoyed the space for 7 years before the remodel. 
The slab poured next to the house for the bar & grill area. 

This was going to be LOML's office so we needed a real makeover here to the entry!

We did the side bed close to the house and added the picket fence to entry 

Fireplace & seating area marked off with orange paint 

Outdoor bar & grill going up! 

Seating bench to the left and flagstone steps added to LOML'S (LOVE OF MY LIFE) office  - The fireplace about to be built-

The next year we added shade friendly plants - lots of hostas planted - The following spring we added the flower bed to mirror the other bed... (see my orange paint!) 

So we dug and dug .. and mulched and mulched.. and planted more hosta and ferns.. These beds are 50 feet long.. 

From the street looking down the side of the house.. we planted grass... Grass would NOT grow! We reseeded for two years -

We watered and watered....and pampered the grass... too much shade.. 

So the next year we had Colorado river rock hauled in... lots of it.... with flagstone steps

All the rock was in so it seemed a bit harsh at first - we began to soften the flower beds with elements of interest 

Bird bath, a gazing ball, a few more flowers 

More flowers..... more color... of course I had to have a red chandelier and bling, it was one of the first things i hung when the pergola was complete! 
Added an old sink to a tree for interest or NOT 

found the broken bird bath on a curb - little birdies won't mind -  

Life is a white picket fence - 

This was taken in May when everything was  in full bloom

Shady and cozy we are almost done... 

Found these swinging gates last summer... loved them ... left them the way I found them ... buttercup yellow..

So after 5 years I think we are done with this side yard and outdoor living area.

This Spring just planting color and enjoying the fruits of our labor!

Thanks for stopping by- Hugs..

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cute cottage in Historic Mckinney -- SOLD!

Today I am sharing a cottage with you that we had on the market a few years was one of my favorites at the time and I felt compelled to share some fabulous with you.

Fabulous right??
Hope you enjoyed!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Garden Club Luncheon today...

Today was the Mckinney Garden Club Spring Luncheon... 

The beautiful arrangement was provided by Edwards Floral.. Connie was the designer of the masterpiece! 

Yellow Roses... 

Sparkly Butterflies throughout the arrangement - 

It was enjoyed by all...

Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Monday....

New little WELCOME sign I found over the weekend!  It says GOODBYE on the other side!! 

My vines are starting to bloom.. 

Spring is near!!
Happy Monday!

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