Sunday, September 27, 2015

The View From My Backyard

My favorite time of day is sunset!
 We get spectacular sunsets most evenings 
this time of year.
I make it a ritual to go outside each evening
with my glass of wine and my iphone. 
It's a different show each night. We live on
a small lake in a community west of
Ft. Lauderdale, so we're lucky to 
have our yard face west over the lake.
 Of course we are also in the rainy season. 
Each afternoon it usually rains for about an
hour. That's what keeps everything lush and
 green and it's also the secret to the amazing 
colors of the evening sunset.
My iphone pics do not do this show justice.
 Each evening is a different show. 
 A good place to sit at the end of the day.
 I have hundreds of pics. Love them all.
 I feel so blessed to have this right in my backyard.
They are truly breathtaking and the
gift at the end of the day. 


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time To Bring Out The Pinecones!

If you do nothing this fall but add pinecones
you're good to go with fall decor. 
 On the patio.
With lights on top of a cabinet.
Piled in baskets ready to use.
 Glued to jute rope for a garland.
Just change the ribbon scraps with the holidays.
 One here and one there.
 In a wooden bowl.
 As a centerpiece surrounding a pillar candle.
 Jumbo pinecones.
In a window box. 
 I hope you've been collecting them whenever
 you see them just lying on the ground. I
obsessively collect them. Can't pass them up!
 I even had my 8 year old granddaughter in
Colorado gathering them on our recent visit. 
She wants to make a wreath.
Another pinecone convert. 
 No plants, no problem.
 Using just one.
 Fill every empty basket.
 All in a  row.
A bushel basket filled with pinecones
at the front entry for a fall welcome.
Endless possibilities for these free
gifts from nature. Love...


Links: Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Hot, Hot, Hot...

It's been a long hot summer. Here in south
Florida and I'm guessing where you are too,
it's been hot, hot, hot.
But lately I've been feeling just a whisper of
a breeze. Telling me that cooler days are 
a commin! Everyone here is all smiles when
we feel it because we know what's 
ahead.....perfect weather! 
In the meantime, it's lots of cooling off in
the pool after tennis or while we're working
in the yard or patio. Gallons of water and 
tubes of sunscreen for survival.
Can't wait for FALL!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

DIY Scarf Hanger

This is a great way to organize
 all your scarves for easy access.
All you need is a hanger, 
pretty wood or bamboo will do.
I used a pack of cheap-o shower curtain
 rings I'd been saving for some reason.
Yes, they were stored in a tennis can
How else would I have found them?
Then in minutes I gathered my small pile of
 scarves and looped them through. 
Easy access!
If you have a lot of scarves you can do
separate hangers for spring/summer
 and fall/winter, or by color group.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wine Cork Trivet

I needed a small trivet to put under my
teapot. A trivet that elevated the teapot
 a bit too. One that would also work for fall. 
So I made one. 
This was a fast little project;
All I need are wine corks and a glue gun. 
I decided on the size.
I decided on the pattern.
It's the same method I used when making
 So simple. I love using my wine corks.