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September 15, 2017

THE FLAVORS OF FALL

It's finally beginning to feel a little bit like fall and I've started to put out a few things to celebrate the change of seasons.  I saw so many things I loved at Hobby Lobby, Target and the Dollar Tree that I had a hard time waiting for the weather to cool down before decorating for Autumn.


I bought a bag of pumpkin flavored coffee at Cost Plus World Market and lit my pumpkin spice candle, put on some jazzy music and got to working on my fall mantle.  I think my favorite thing this year are the little copper leave lights that I found in the Target bullseye bins for $3.00.


It seems every year there is something that stands out and makes decorating all the more fun.  Besides those little lights I love my new fall pillow (which I'll be sharing with you soon).  The pretty blue bird and the pumpkin really put me in the mood for snuggling on the sofa with my favorite cup of tea and a crochet project.


Now that the living room is finished I need to move on to the rest of the house.  I only do the dining room hutch and centerpiece for Halloween so that will probably be what I work on next.  The porch is going strictly fall this year and so is the rest of the dining room and the kitchen.


What about you?  Have you started your autumn decorating or will you wait a bit longer and enjoy every last second of summer?

xo, Patty

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September 6, 2017

A BIT OF FALL IN THE AIR

Am I the only wishing fall weather would make an appearance or are there some of you feeling the cool crisp air outside and sad to see summer end?


I have been sneaking the fall decor ever so discretely in around the house hoping no one walking in from the sweltering heat here in Southern California calls me on it.

The temps have actually dropped 10 degrees or so but we are still facing a few weeks in the 80's and 90's and I figure if I wait for the weather to cooperate it may be time to bring out the Christmas tree before the first pumpkin graces my dining room hutch.


And so the centerpiece has been transitioned from summertime to autumn with the addition of a few ceramic pumpkins from the Dollar Tree, a pumpkin scented yankee candle and some fallish flowers from Trader Joe's.  Nothing over the top but a definite move in the direction of fall.


I have been busy as a bee with my YouTube channel and am having the time of my life sharing cleaning and organizing tips, a little bit of shopping and home decor and even a bit of food prep.  I feel like I have finally found my niche and would love to have you come on over and hit the subscribe button.


And just so you know I haven't totally gone all Autumn I thought I'd show you a picture of my dining room hutch in all it's color abandon glory.  Just don't look too closely as you might see a pumpkin lurking in the background!

I've attached a couple of my latest videos for your viewing pleasure.  Grab a cup of something pumpkin spice or a glass of sweet tea, depending on what you're willing weather wise and join me.

XO, Patty



August 23, 2017

LEARNING TO LOVE TO CLEAN - nesting

I know what you're thinking, love to clean?  Maybe I should re-title that to - Learning to appreciate the feeling that having a clean and organized home provides and how that lets me do the fun stuff like bake and decorate and take off on a fun shopping day with friends and even leisurely enjoy tea and a magazine without guilt.  But that's a little long for title, don't you think?

organization, cleaning

I hear from women all the time that they don't like cleaning and they don't want to squander what

August 21, 2017

FINDING YOUR PURPOSE - STEPPING OUT IN FAITH

Reclaiming, striving, working, living, learning, loving, becoming...these are the words that resonate through my head in the middle of the night as I pray and wonder what my message is.  What call to action do I feel led to proclaim?

You see, it is my belief that we all have a purpose.  We all have a message to share.  We are all here as ambassadors of God.  But knowing that in my head and walking it out in my heart are two totally different things.


Given the state of our world I believe the call we have as women to love, nurture, teach and lead by

August 17, 2017

HOW TO ESTABLISH A CLEANING ROUTINE - nesting

I know every spring everyone talks about the urge to clean and purge but I think I'm so busy in the garden that the thought of giving up that precious outdoor time to come inside and get organized just passes right by me.


For me that feeling hits somewhere around August when the back to school supplies hit the stores and

August 14, 2017

NOURISHING FRIENDSHIPS - FINDING YOU TRIBE

Hello Monday!  It was a busy weekend around here.  I had both grand boys on Saturday and at three and nine they sure do give me a run for my money.  I adore having them around, the constant buzz and easy laughter, but when bedtime rolls around I'm not sure just who's going to crawl in first, me or them.


I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel on Saturday chatting about sustaining friendships with

August 11, 2017

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A GIFT BASKET - creatively inspired

I love putting together gift baskets for friends birthdays or other special occasions.  They are so easy to tailor make just for the individual and it's easy to tuck in a couple of handmade items which is something I love to include.

coffee basket

I will usually start with a theme for the basket and then start shopping from there.  Once I have the