Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bench Bliss

  Hubby's farm table business slowed a bit last month so I asked him to build a potting bench that I had seen pinned on Pinterest.  It turned out wonderful but was too large for our breezeway so in to the shop it went after much debate as to how I needed a work bench in my garage that would inspire me to go to work each day.  
He had built this pretty bench a few years ago and I wrote about it here.  We used lots of pieces that had been laying around the garage but again off to the shop it went to thrill somebody else.
Do you hear a little whine in my words?  Poor pitiful me right?  Well, when he finally pried my fingers and body loose from the first potting bench as he was loading it on the truck to take it to the shop he promised me he would build me another and that it would be far better than any he had ever done before.  I trusted him and turned loose.
And here she is and she is going nowhere!  I am chaining my leg around her.  She is mine! 

Linking to these wonderful parties today.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Calling all Garden Fairies

The weather has been glorious here for the past several weeks so hubby and  I have been busy getting the flowerbeds and garden ready.   It's time to put down fresh mulch which always makes things look so fresh and clean.  I would love to plant an abundance of flowers and vegetables but have held back as my daughter will soon be having her baby and she wants her momma there and if she had her way I would be there for a year.  lol Hubby has a full work schedule to keep him busy enough so I won't trouble him with a gazillion pots to water in my absence.  I am counting on the roses and hydrangeas and azaleas and iris and a nice sprinkle of fairy dust to keep everything thriving and in bloom.  
Just some inspiration for spring time past.
I hope you are having a beautiful weekend.

Monday, February 10, 2014


 It started as a little game on facebook.  My friend had placed a picture of an artist on her page and by liking it you were then given an artist to look up and post their work on your page.   The idea was to fill up facebook with art instead of selfies and food pictures.
I decided to join in and to my delight as I found myself looking for artists to assign those friends of mine that joined in, I found such amazing artists and such beautiful art.
I found this artist,  Vicente Romero Redondo.
They are lovely paintings aren't they?
They make you want to step right in to his work.  So step right in my friends and I think you too will discover what Twyla Tharp said  best.....

Monday, January 27, 2014

Baby's first trip to the beach

My daughter flew in from TN this past week for her baby shower and thankfully we have warmed up a bit here in FL so that we could take some beach shots. 

In addition to everything that was special about having her home for a few day was how her husband surprised her by flying two of her best friends in for the shower.
 I love her friends as much as she does.  
What a fun time we had.

Do you know what you get when you fly people from freezing Indiana in to Florida ?
 Cartwheels on the beach and whole lot of
Happy, Happy, Happy.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Junkin' Florida Style

 It's a Picker's Paradise.
 With tents and tables of tempting treasures.
 Pretty painted furniture all around.
 Time worn elegance abounds.
 Weathered wood and Ironstone.
 Chippy, crusty, rusty charm.
 Big pieces, small pieces.
 Cotton pickin' good deals.
 Pieces that moooo.....ve you with their creative persuasion.
 Venetian elegance
 Purfume bottles next to...

 Custom Jewelry
 So much to see that it fills up your senses to overflow and you become just plain Junk Drunk!!
 Not to worry though with beds and benches to catch you.
 Pink fu fu and frills for her 
 And mancave items for him.
 Bowls and crocks
 Rugs, baskets, and shutters

 Great Displays

 English elegance and custom Islands.

 Amazing talent and amazing shops represented from all over the country or local like Victoria's Antique Warehouse in Leesburg, FL.

And that one thing above all the other things that makes your heart skip a beat.
I found my bliss at Renninger's Antique Extravagaza.

Linking to today's party's at
Funky Junk Interiors

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Garden Gate Tea Room

 My hubby and I went to Renninger's Antique Extravaganza this past weekend which is always one of my very favorite things to do with him.  It's always a the perfect date including the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of a wonderful lunch at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora, FL.  The day had warmed up beautifully by lunch time and so we enjoyed a wonderful sugar rimmed glass of  iced peach tea.  
 The tea house is as much a thrill for the eyes as the food is for the stomach.
 We got there a little before the crowd so it was even better as we could hear the soft music instead people chatter and making it even more perfect to have this room all to ourselves.
 I chose the salmon souffle and he chose rosemary chicken pot pie and I have to tell you I was not a dainty little lady as I wolfed this delicious meal down.  It was amazing.
Even the orchard was edible.
I have never really like the term " To Die For," often heard when one speaks of something really really good.  However this dessert was indeed that!   
So if you are close to Mt Dora, FL and have never eaten at the Garden Gate Tea Room I promise you will love it as much as we do.  What a great place to take your love for Valentine's Day but I am guessing you might just want to make that reservation right now.
Tell them Becky sent you!