Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday's Manicure

Ola` my chickadees! 

I hope you are having a great week so far. 

Today's color and special effect: 
Essie's Resort Fling and Sephora's Formula X in Fire Cracker
Fun! Right? 

I was originally going to only do one nail, but as you can see, I couldn't
stop myself. I also would like to let you know that these special effects are 
on clearance at Sephora.... $3.99.

Thanks for popping in.

Lots of love!                           

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Can it be Sunday Night?!

Can you believe it? Sunday night already! 

I do love my weekends. This one was no exception. 
Saturday was spent shopping with my daughter looking for 
wedding accessories. Who would have thought those 
would be so hard to find?

She did find some cute Steve Madden rhinestone flat sandals to wear the 
day of the wedding.  We also booked the wedding cake. 

Friday I picked up this little project again. 

I think I have about half of the squares done. 

Sometimes when it is so hot outside it is nice just to sit in the 
air conditioning and crochet. 

Sunday after church we went and saw Persecuted.  It was 
really good and I'm glad we saw it.

After we went to the book store and I found a copy of my
favorite magazine, Mollie Makes.

I LOVE this magazine! Have you seen it?  
Every issue comes with a little project to make. 
Isn't that so cute?

It is full of fun, funky, fresh ideas for crafters that are
short on time or just beginning. 

See how easy it is to follow along? It makes me want to try. 
Anyway, if you see it, you should pick it up. 

 So that's my Sunday night story. 
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and plan on 
having a productive week. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review The Glass Castle

Hey Peeps! 
Just thought  would share a book review with you. 
Hope you enjoy. 

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

Back of the Book:

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

My thoughts: 
This was a great read! I would recommend it for anyone high school or older. There is some language and some adult situations, but the value of the story is so enormous and none of it is gratuitous.  Ms. Walls' story sheds so much light on the plight of children of the homeless. While the story is pitiful and sad, she uses humor and forgiveness in generous portions that make her story survivable.  She is living proof that we do not have to be victims of our child hood or up bringing.

Most of the ladies in book club liked it and would recommend it.

Thanks for dropping by! 

I'll be joining Ricki Jill for Literary Friday.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday's Manicure -

Hey there! :) 

Here is this week's manicure. 

I guess I've had a penchant for nudes lately...  Last Monday was a plain nude.
Here is my gradient manicure. 

The base is OPI - Tickle My Francey 
The White by Sinful Colors - Snow White Me

Sorry I haven't posted more this last week. 
We have had some family stuff going on and there just hasn't been time
for crafting and baking. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday's Manicure

Hello everyone!
With last weeks over the top mani, I went totally nude with the next one.

This is OPI - Don't Pretzel My Buttons

It was kind of nice to just have a simple manicure that lasted 8 days with no chipping.
It could have lasted longer, but truthfully I get board. :) 

 I'm going to try and show you a manicure every Monday. 

Hope you like them, but really, I hope it inspires you to try new colors and techniques 
with your mani's.
Let me know if you have questions. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Features from Fresh-Cut Friday

Hey Petunias! 
I thought I would pop in and feature a few of the participants from 
Friday's party. It was hard to pick.... but I did finally narrow it
down to just four. 

Debbi at All In My Cottage shared a simple galvanized bucket
full of her gorgeous garden roses. 

Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog shared a beautiful garden tea setting. 

Meg from My Vintage Life share an old ammo box full of cute little succulents.
(I'm so doing this, Meg)

Laura at Decor to Adore shared a darling patriotic and summery table. 
Check out her tutorial on how to make the cute starfish napkin rings. 

Anyhoo.... I'm just so glad that you all joined in. I love flowers and I think they are
such a fun and inexpensive way to add that pop of "just a certain something".  
I'm glad you love them too.

Thank you for joining me!

I created a little button for you. If I have ever featured 
your blog in past please feel free to use it. 
You don't have to, it's just for fun. :) 

Here's the deal-ee-o for next month.
I hope you will join me again.

Our next party is August 1st. The flower of the month is either the poppy or the gladiolus. 
I almost always have the link up 
early on Thursday night. Except of course this time... (sorry) 

Hope to see you there! 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Monday's Manicure on Saturday


4th of July Mani on the 5th! 
Ha ha! 

I am getting ready to go visit everyone for Fresh-Cut Friday, but thought that I would
pop in first and share my patriotic manicure. 

Call it what you want... but it was cute! And I got a ton of compliments on it. 
I actually wore it last week for the first round of the soccer World Cup play offs. 
For some reason nail art never lasts very long but with some patching it lasted almost the whole week. 

Red - OPI The Thrill of Brazil
White Sinful Colors - Snow White Me with a coat of Ulta Frosted over it
Blue - Essie Bouncer it's Me
Red glitter heart sticker 

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Fresh-Cut Friday is still open if you want to link up. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fresh-Cut Friday July

Hello my little patriotic peeps! 

Welcome to July's Fresh-Cut Friday! 

This month I really wanted something patriotic but still elegant. 
Not to country. 

As you may know... finding the blue and white in this house is no problem. 
I just needed to add the red roses and red napkins for that patriotic touch.

Since I hardly ever use use our soup tureen I thought I would start with that.
I wish I would have thought to pick up a small bundle of flags to stick in the middle. 
Wouldn't that have been cute?!

I first put a big bunch of lemon leaves in the bowl and used the stems as a frog
of sorts for the carnations and roses. It worked pretty well.

Just so you know the all the roses and carnations are currently on sale at Safeway. 
These are perfect for the 4th of July. They are called Freedom. 
Isn't that cool? I saw them and knew they would be just what I needed for my table.
The carnations are so amazingly fragrant. I had forgotten how wonderful they 
can smell. Kind of cinnamon-ee. They fill the whole room.
Unfortunately, the roses have very little fragrance.

The dishes are all pretty common and easy to find. 
Blue Danube. Even though they are no longer made. I have found them at TJ Maxx and Homegoods over the years, as well as antique stores. The little dessert plates are from Moda Home
Sorry, but I'm pretty sure that they have been discontinued. 
If anyone knows where you can get them let me know. 
I would like to buy a couple more of the dinner plates. 
The glasses are from Walmart (many years ago)
and the silverware is my mom's old set. No stamp.

So that is my little contribution to FCF. I need to pack a little picnic for hubby and
I. We're going to see fireworks tonight. 

On a side note: 
As you celebrate tonight, don't forget to remember WHAT we celebrate: 
 Liberty and the Freedom to Pursue our Dreams

I'll Be joining:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Glorious Saturday Morning

Helllooooo my gurly friends!

Just thought I would pop in this fine Saturday morning and say hi!

This is where I sit every morning (except Saturday) to put my make up on now.
I love it! I'm so glad I bought this little table. 

Side note:
See that picture in the frame? I LOVE this picture!! 
It is my cousin and I on Easter Sunday at our Grandparents house. 
She is probably 6 and I'm about 4. 
It just captures how she and I have always been. Me admiring her and wanting to be
just like her in every way.  :) 
Love her so much, even all these years later. She is more like my big sister than a cousin. 

Back to the point:
I did a pretty extravagant thing (blame the vanity)  and bought a Napoleon Lipstick. 
Its a plan nude called Lianna.

The girl at Ulta went on and on about how fabulous it was....
meh....I'm not super impressed. It's nice and all but the color is very close to my natural lip color 
and the lipstick drags over my lip. I like a smooth almost slick application. I would not
buy another one, but it does look pretty on my vanity.  And that is worth something. 

If your looking for a high end lipstick, I really like the YSL lipsticks.
They are expensive... but we're talking splurge fun here, not everyday.
Very moist and they stay on. I don't find that I have to reapply a lot during the day.

For everyday.... I still love my Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in 
caramel. I keep on at my desk at work, in my purse, in the bathroom, 
in the lipstick box..... on and on. I don't even know how many of these I have 
gone through over the years. It is my "go-to" main stay of lipsticks.
You can get it just about at any drugstore Target or Walmart for 6 or 7 dollars and Amazon has it for 
less than $5. And with Amazon Prime there is no shipping. 
Top THAT! 

Something else I did for fun was to order new personal business cards. 
Aren't they pretty?

I got them from VistaPrint. First I created my image in PicMonkey and 
just uploaded the whole thing to the VistaPrint "design your own" card. 
Very simple stuff!

They were about $36 and came in less than a week. 
I am very happy with the quality and the service.

One last thing.... 
Don't forget that this friday is Fresh-Cut Friday. 
I know that it is also 4th of July. But you can link any floral subject post 
you want. Including tablecapes and floral designs in decor. 

I'll have my post ready Thursday night and it will stay open all weekend.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review: Death by Darjeeling

Laura Childs

Back of the book:

Ordinarily, Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop is an oasis of calm.  But when tea shop owner, Theodosia Browning, caters the annual Lamplighter Tour of historic homes, one of the patrons turns up dead.  Never mind that it's Hughes Barron, a slightly scurrilous real estate developer.  Theodosia's reputation is suddenly on the line.  Aided by her friends and fellow tea shop entrepreneurs, Theo sets about to unravel the mystery of the deadly Darjeeling and encounters a number of likely suspects.  Tanner Joseph, the fiery environmentalist, held a grudge against the developer for his misuse of land.  Timothy Neville, the octogenarian major domo for the Heritage Society, opposed Hughes Barron's election to the board.  And Barron's unsavory partner might very well profit from a cleverly written buy-sell agreement!

This is what I think...
Clever, sweet, not too terribly predictable. I did drink more tea than usual and
it was a quick read. I enjoyed the book. If you like mysteries, this is a pretty good little read.
The book club was mixed. Several of the
ladies thought it was way to easy to foresee the outcome. 

Have you read any of the books in the Tea Shop Mystery series?

I'll be joining Art at Home for Literary Friday.