Archives for November 2014

SO IT LOOKS LIKE I’M DOING THANKSGIVING ~ THE PLAN

Thanksgiving, the holiday meal where family and friends come together to share and give thanks. It’s also a holiday that has crept up exceedingly fast ~~ my goodness how the time has flown by. I wasn’t entirely sure whether I would be doing the turkey thing at our house this year, but it looks like I am, so I’ve got to kick it into gear! I love to cook and plan my menu and I especially like to try different recipes. Oh there are the standbys for cranberries and the dessert, but honestly, this meal is such a glutinous, calorie-laden, labor-intensive meal. Sooooooo, I’m always on the search for more healthful recipes to bring to the table.

THE PLAN ~ PUTTING TOGETHER MY MENU

RoastedPear-ButternutSoup

I usually like to start the meal with soup and this Roasted Pear and Butternut Soup  w/Crumbled Stilton from Eating Well looks really delicious and it can be made ahead of time.

FOR THE SIDES

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Sweet Potato Casserole, a healthier version of the calorie-laden casserole with marshmallows. ūüôā

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Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing. This is a must on our family table and a homage to my Southern mother.

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Healthier Green Bean Casserole.

HOLIDAY BLESSINGS

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY

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WINTER WHITE, WORDS THAT INSPIRE AND OTHER DESIRES~~~

I have so much going on these days, at least in my mind, it seems. I am trying to sort through a lot of ideas that I have whirling around, like learning more about blogging, e-design, e-commerce, Etsy, Shopify, Photography, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, design software programs…..and the list just goes on and on and on. Ughhhh!!! I’m taxed and there are only so many hours in a day. ¬†I am trying….I haven’t thrown in the towel, but I have to say, it does get a little overwhelming. Just when you think you’ve got it, another curve ball is thrown your way. The amount of information that is available is certainly daunting, and, at the very least, seems almost unattainable, especially when time isn’t necessarily on your side. Anyhow, I have put together some images that I find inspiring, from fashion, words of wisdom and my love of horses~~~

WINTER WHITE

Winter White Inspired

SOME ANIMAL LOVE

a beautiful bay horse

Takes my breathe away.

a beautiful chestnut horse

Memories of my show days, braiding manes and tails, how I loved spending countless hours with my Chestnut Mare, Knight Life. There simply isn’t any deeper love than that between a horse and its owner.

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The bond. The picture says it all.

INSPIRING WORDS

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Images via my Pinterest.

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MOODBOARD MONDAY

Inspiration~~~

Hi Everyone!! Happy Monday. Here’s a little inspiration I created for a lover of horses….

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE.

DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

 

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EASY COPPER PROJECTS FOR EVERY ROOM

I am always on the hunt for inspiration and there is an amazing wealth of creativity to be discovered. My goodness, the internet has certainly unleashed the proverbial Pandora’s box on this subject. While exploring one of the many home decor magazines that I subscribe to, House Beautiful, I came across some wonderful DIY projects using copper as the metallic inspiration for creating some rather unique and cost effective home decor items. With the holidays upon us, any one of these items would certainly be a wonderful gift or accent to a holiday table. These are just a few inspiring items that I found and wanted to share, to see more visit House Beautiful.

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COPPER LEAF CANDLES ~ used ModPodge and Copper Leaf. From Blogger Lovely Indeed.

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COPPER AND WOOD SIDE TABLE ~ From Blogger Fall for DIY.

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AIRPLANT HOLDERS ~ Leather + Copper Couplings = Perfectly Chic. From Poppytalk.

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MAGAZINE STAND ~ From Zana.

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COPPER-EDGED MIRROR ~ Full instructions found at Makers Society.

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COPPER CANDLE ~ These tiny, simple votives take no time to make and are great holiday stocking stuffers for all your loved ones. Complete how-to at The Merry Thought.

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Blogger House of Earnest¬†promises this DIY is “much easier than it looks.” Love this and it would no doubt, look lovely on your Thanksgiving table or Christmas table or Hanukkah table. You certainly aren’t limited to copper. Think silver or gold…..

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VANITY BOWLS ~ Pretty and Practical, little bowls provide storage space for all the small things in your life. These copper-painted bowls from Freutcake are so simple to create and are a great way to bring a pop of copper into any room.

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STENCILED LEAF MUG ~ Copper Accents are perfect for colder months, and this stenciled leaf mug DIY from blogger Hands Occupied will definitely bring you some cold-weather cheer!

DIY VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGN TO ENRICH!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,

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BEAUTIFUL FRENCH GARDENS ~ PART 2

Jean-Loup Dirand in Carmague

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An enchanting home in the country-side in the South of France.

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Michel Biehn in Provence

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE ~ DESIGN TO ENRICH

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BEAUTIFUL FRENCH GARDENS ~ PART 1

Historic French Garden

These gardens, designed by L√©vy-Alban¬†in 1999, were inspired by the designs of British landscape architect Russell Page. In Russell Page’s book, “he claimed you needed ‘rooms’ in gardens like you do in houses.

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HISTORIC FRENCH GARDEN ~ THE RUINS OF A FRENCH MONASTERY.

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AN 18TH CENTURY TERRA COTTA STATUE OF BACCHUS.

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ARTICHOKES, FENNEL, THYME AND DILL ~ DECORATIVE AND DELICIOUS.

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A COURTYARD OF LAVENDER, SANDER’S WHITE ROSES AND FREESTANDING YEW.

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THE ITALIAN GARDEN ~ A FORMAL AND ORDERLY PLAN WITH TERRA COTTA URNS FILLED WITH BOXWOOD, GERANIUMS AND CAMELLIAS.

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PLANTINGS IN THE MEDIEVAL GARDEN INCLUDE ROSES, LAVENDER AND TOPIARY.

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DINING AL FRESCO.

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Albans braques Français, is flanked by a pair of antique stone dogs on a terrace with Lime Trees and potted Fuschia.

A BEAUTIFUL FRENCH GARDEN ~ VISIONS TO INSPIRE!

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