Monday, June 28, 2010


We went to an outdoor wedding out in the country earlier this month, at a local photographer's property. I had to share these photos I took with you.

Had to get a photo of Big D!

A simple but oh so sweet wedding!

I was told the weed-eating alone takes 8 hours, after mowing!
We enjoyed walking around looking at the beautiful property!

The photographer's log cabin, where he and his wife live on the property:

The little storage shed:

Friday, June 25, 2010


I snapped these photos outside a local bank. I love container gardening! Look how many varieties of flowers and plants are in this one pot!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Welcome to my little creative studio! Do you love sneaking a peek into our fellow bloggers' studios and getting inspired by their creative ideas? I do! The creative and talented Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage is hosting the Where Blogers Create II blog party. Just click here to visit her blog, where she lists all the party guests. You can click on each one to visit their studio. This year, she has over 450 participants! Thank you so much, Karen, for all your hard work!

I started turning this little spare room upstairs into my studio last summer. Here's my wire dress form, which stands atop 3 hat boxes stuffed with ribbons, trims, and other embellishments. You may have read the post about our fainting couch
here, which came from the historic Excelsior Hotel in Jefferson, Texas, where Big D and I enjoyed many vacations hunting for that special antique!

In front of the window is the ribbon rack, Big D made for me (see the original post here). Right now, it sits on top of the hope chest he gave me after we were engaged. He had his uncle, who does carpentry, custom make it for me. I keep all my fabrics in it. It's topped with a toile-covered cushion and once I find a different place for the ribbon rack, it'll be a great place to sit.

Bowl of trim sits on top of basket full of more trim!

A sewing machine, even though I'm not much of a seamstress. I have a better relationship with my hot glue gun! But it definitely does come in quite handy sometimes!

Some collectibles on a ceiling tin shelf above the sewing machine.

3-tiered birdie-topped dessert tray holds what else but more trims and ribbons.

Top of bookcase holds a vintage suitcase, green tray, tins, and statue of a girl reading a book. My friend, Tamera, painted the girl in the Czech costume for me.

Long wall mirror on the little entry wall when you walk into the room.

I love trays! These two with painted birds I found in Canton, TX at the First Monday Trade Days.

At the top of the stairs, before you turn into the studio room is my antique washstand, which is really special to me because it's the first piece of antique furniture I ever bought. I got it when I was a senior in high school at a wonderful shop in Ennis, TX called Sara's Trunk, which unfortunately, is no longer in business. (I guess I've just always loved decorating and I used to love to go in there during my lunch hour ---I went to school in the morning & worked in the afternoon----just to browse and look at all the pretty antiques and home decor accessories.) It has green tile for the backsplash and a marble top.

Here's a closeup of a silver tray with seashells, which I set out during the summer.

And that concludes the tour of my little creative space. I loved sharing it with you and hope you enjoyed it! I'm still working on my studio and have many ideas for it, such as a huge vintage chippy gold frame (currently hiding in a closet) that I plan on hanging above the fainting couch with a corkboard in it to use as my Inspiration Board!

I hope you'll visit all the other blog party participants!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I belive these are Bromeliads, but maybe some of you who know more about plants can tell me for sure (I will have to ask my cousin, Nola of the Alamo-North blog, who's studying to be a Master Gardener). No matter what they are...aren't they amazing!
I snapped these photos last month at Northpark Mall in Dallas, TX. It's been forever since we had been there. I think it's probably my favorite of any malls or shopping centers. It's always decorated with gorgeous plants and has that beautiful dancing fountain. And I would even be satisfied just window shopping all those great displays! All the stores are so cool! (There's even a Betsey Johnson there now!) If I lived close, I would do my walking there!

By the way, I looked up Bromeliads in Wikipedia and learned that pineapples are Bromeliads! (And I always thought they were a fruit, hee! hee!) Weird!

Have a good evening, and have sweet dreams....Patti

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Taking time yesterday (Memorial Day) to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country!
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