Six On Saturday 4/30/16

Bouncing around the web, I found this to be the perfect spring greeting.

10 Ways To Add Art To Your Garden

Adding whimsy to your garden space is like adding ornaments to a Christmas tree. 

The Pupsters Get Their Summer Cut

Yesterday the pupsters got their summer cut. They came home with kerchiefs on. 

My Water Gardens

This is my water garden area. 

Fundamentals Of Water Gardening

If you want to add a relaxing zen type atmosphere to your gardens, you might think about adding a bubbling or trickling fountain to your outdoor space.

Tweak It Tuesday #190

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Frugal Little Bungalow - Gorgeous Bird

How Spring Has Inspired My Decorating

When spring arrives, I get the itch to decorate outdoors. I have just put up a gazebo from Wayfair, and added outdoor furniture I already had. I love my new little space on my big apartment patio!

Sunday On The Patio & Water Gardening

Some have asked me for the dimensions of my patio, so I just went out there and measured it. It is 12 and a half feet by about 32 feet. 

I have a galvanized tub with a pump inside it right outside the door. So I have the patio door open and the screen closed, and I am enjoying the sound of the water and the chimes tinkling in the breeze. 

Being Mindful & Accepting Chronic Pain

As time goes by, as I try to think more and more about what is important and what is irrelevant, I find things that I do each day that are really unnecessary. 

It is with this in mind that I've decided to stop my weekly newsletter. I decided it was really, when it boiled down to it, just fluff. And extra emails in your inbox. You don't need that.

Six On Saturday 4/23/16

Loving all this bountiful color.

Something New On The Patio & A Patio Tip

There is something new on the patio today, courtesy of Wayfair. Thanks, Wayfair!

See what it is?

Sun & Flowers & Happy Pupsters

The flowers are blooming. The rain has stopped and the sun is now shining.

The Benefits Of Living Small

I am trying to embrace a simple living lifestyle in every way. To be healthier, less stressed.

I look back to when I was growing up. We had a huge garden. It provided us with our vegetables and fruit. There was canning to be done in the summer, so that there would be nutritious food in the cellar for the winter months.    

And it didn't taste like anything you buy in a can.         

We did not have a plethora of electronic devices. Some of us had TVs and radios. But the rest of the time, we were "unhooked" and just lived our lives. We were more aware of our surroundings and less focused inwardly on ourselves.

Garden Art DIYs

I love trash-to-treasure projects. And these are perfect projects for your gardens. 


Tweak It Tuesday #189

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Dancing Dog Cabin - Country Roads

Kim's Small Apartment In Paris

This week's apartment tour is in Paris. Kim has lived here for five years. Her small space is 430 square feet.

She is a freelance writer, and the author of Unlock Paris, a guide to the City of Light.

Sunday On The Patio

We've been having fairly regular rain showers here lately. After all, "April showers bring May flowers!"

I just love watching flowers start to unfurl. Every new bit of growth is exciting to see.

Six On Saturday 4/16/16

I stumbled upon this blue and white slightly shabby chic, somewhat nautical cozy nook this week. I just want to curl up there with a book and listen to the birds outside.

From My Window...

This is my view of the patio from inside...

Flea Market Style Storage

For me there's hardly anything more exciting than finding something and then turning it into something else. 

This is why antique malls, flea markets, and garage sales have become such a popular source for DIYers. 

My New Outdoor Room

Well, I've been hankering for this ever since I left East Texas and my beautiful yard and pond there.  

But Israel and his teen-aged son helped make my dream come true.

Homdox Portable Blower Review

Disclosure: I received this product free for my honest and unbiased review.

I don't know about you, but every blower I've ever owned has been heavy and unwieldy to deal with.

Tweak It Tuesday #188

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Rattlebridge Farm - A Cook's Garden

Monday Apartment Tour: Kristine's Sacramento Apartment

Kristine's third floor apartment is in Sacramento. It overlooks giant orange trees and a quaint courtyard.

This Is What Love Is...

A little boy with a scrape on his nose, just turned two, running around the park. 

Six On Saturday 4/9/16

This week on Six On Saturday...

Quilts and pillows always make me swoon.

Decorate Your Home Without Spending A Dime

When the money is just not there to spend, you have to use your creativity to spruce up your space.

Rearranging your existing furniture is always my first go-to spruce up. This is a good way to gain a new perspective on what you already have. 
Change out paintings and wall decor. Do the unexpected. A pretty frame with vintage doilies makes for a really gorgeous look.

Catching Up In The Garden

Still great weather here. Hope it holds up, because I've already planted my zinnias. And I'm getting ready to plant moon flowers and morning glories next week.

Guest Post: Easy Tips & Garden Hacks For Busy People

Home Away from Home – Garden Maintenance

A beautiful garden takes cultivation, care, and plenty of time to create. From aesthetics to environmental sustainability to increasing home value, gardens and landscaping are important to homeowners.

It’s a busy and fast-paced world we live in, and for some of us, our professional careers and other responsibilities mean we have to leave home for extended periods of time. While personal lawn care can cost around $100 to $200 a month, hiring a gardener can mean paying upwards of $50 to $100 an hour. 

If you are like me and prefer to tend your own garden, it is important to keep costs down and your plants up during your absence. Here are some hacks for those that want to save money and still keep their garden looking fresh and thriving while they’re away!

Buy In Bulk

This is an easy task—make sure you get everything ready ahead of time. Scrambling at the last minute is no fun, so grab the plants you need and all of your maintenance tools beforehand. I like to make sure I have enough supplies for the entire leave of absence so my renters do not have to visit the store on my behalf.

Native Plants

When planning your gardening and landscaping efforts,focus on native plants. They’re much cheaper and often require little to no maintenance as they can survive in their environment with no assistance. Almost every state has a resource for finding the right native plants. One of my favorite Oklahoma native plants is the Prickly Pear Cactus.

Flea Market Repurposed Hacks

I'm always seeing something and saying to myself: Why on earth didn't I think of that? Well, even though I didn't, luckily for all of us someone else did!

Just take a gander...

Tweak It Tuesday #187

Note: I just got a phone call from the vet. The lesion in Abi's mouth was not cancer. Yea! 

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My Kentucky Living - Spring Tulip

Newlywed Couple's First Apartment In San Francisco

The newlyweds have done an excellent job in their first apartment in North Beach, SF.

Sunday On The Patio

The plants in containers on the patio are coming up, slowly but surely. It will be interesting to see what all came back from last year.

My Favorite Cooking Appliances

I know many of you probably thought I'd lost my mind when I first moved to this apartment two years ago this month, and asked management to come get my stove. 

Yeah, I know you did!

But you know what, management is now talking about maybe putting in washer/dryer hook-ups, and even if they do and I had room again for a stove, I don't want it. 

I know I made the right decision to get the European-styled washer/dryer-in-one that I hook up to my kitchen sink. It is very energy-efficient. And we're just talking about laundry for one, after all.  

But there wasn't room for the stove and the washer/dryer, so the stove had to go.

Two years down the road, if I had to name my favorite cooking appliances, here are my choices...

1. Breville Smart Oven
Price: $249.99

Six On Saturday 4/2/16

This week on Six On Saturday (I changed it back from Sunday)...

I can imagine a whole weekend spent in this bed reading and resting.

Industrial style shelves are a hot commodity right now.

Love these tokens of springtime.

A gold mirror sets the stage for this elegant powder room.

You know spring is here when there's pretty pink tulips on the table.

A woman needs an elegant little corner to call her own.

Gardening: What Worked Last Year & Plans For This Year

I was looking forward to April because after about the 15th, I could get some pretty blooms to fill in where nothing came back from last year. 

But life always happens. This time vet bills. So I will have to be more prudent.

Here's some of the flowers/plants that worked well for me last year...