Say hello to my newest sponsor, Angela’s Garden, a giveaway and KITCHEN LOVE continues….

 If you are wondering what on earth happened to my gorgeous blog, please know that there is an explanation (which will be explained soon) but good, positive and beautiful changes are on the way! Changes are being made but in the meantime, things got topsy turvy and I am working hard behind the scenes to correct it and get it right again!! Everything will be back, my beloved blog roll, all the archives, my wonderful sponsors……You can be sure things will be beautiful once again, hang in there with me just a wee bit longer:) To be continued…..

Good morning. Thank you for the tremendous response to the KITCHEN LOVE contest! Round 1 is done but round 2 is still on (until early tomorrow morning) so by all means, cast your vote (click here).

 I am so thrilled to be here today to tell you about a wonderful and very chic gardening line called Angela’s Garden who just happens to be one of my newest sponsors! Born out of a love for gardening and beautiful things…..this is now a premiere source for beautiful, functional, high quality gardening items for all of your gardening needs.

I own one of the hats and can tell you its fabulous, fashionable enough to certainly wear just about anywhere. So needless to say I am tickled green over Angela’s Garden being my newest sponsor. Gardening season is not so far away (I know despite the heaps of gray dirty snow all around us it is hard to believe)! But in a few short months, the birds will start chirping, the days getting longer, and soon buds will start to show their beautiful little heads and the gardening season will be upon us! It is a perfect time to get prepared with some beautiful new gardening accessories.

To give you a head start, Angela’s Garden has so graciously offered a fabulous giveaway, not one, not two but three amazing pieces from her line. Just in time to get you looking pretty for gardening season:) One lucky winner will win either one of these gorgeous sets…..

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Take a look at some of her beautiful things and a few words from Kara, president of Angela’s Garden…


I started Angela’s Garden in 2007 after years in the fashion industry in sourcing and product development. At the time I was living in Center City, Philadelphia and had a roof top garden and a courtyard garden complete with a fish pond, magnolia and a wonderfully productive peach tree. As a new gardener, I quickly realized that there were no well-fitting, durable gardening gloves available.  So with my contacts in production, experience in product development and love of fashion, I created the glove that I wanted – the classic glove, and this has become the line’s signature glove.

 My signature glove is washable goatskin leather and constructed with a close, comfortable fit so you can actually feel what you are doing when you garden. And of course I had to do it in beautiful colors and create coordinating accessories. 

My company motto is “performance never looked better” 

In all my products, my goal is to create things that are very functional, durable, well-made, good looking and most importantly give my customer something extra.

In my free time – when I am not working or digging in my garden, I am collecting cats, hiking with my dogs or riding my beautiful mare, Abigail.

Be it something that was not available before, ex. my soft yet thick and easy to put on kneepads; a better way of making something ex. the adjustable brow bands in all my hats so it fits most heads perfectly or something that is a better value and better looking than anything else out there.

Has gardening ever looked so chic? I think not…I also love that she makes her wonderful products for kids too…..get them started young:)

OK to enter the drawing, all you need to do is visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell us a favorite item that you would love to have. That’s it!
For a second chance, you can leave her a comment on Facebook saying you are from The Enchanted Home.


I will announce a winner on Saturday morning. Good luck! Click here to visit Angela’s Garden….you will be happy you did:)



This is the second and last day of voting for the KITCHEN LOVE round 2 contest. Voting has ended for round 1 and tomorrow, will begin a “faceoff” of the two finalists. So cast your vote……every single one makes a difference!! Click here to vote. Thanks for stopping in…..wishing you a wonderful day!

Bring on the green…..and a green thumb giveaway!

Good Thursday morning to you!? One of my favorite things, especially this time of year is gardening, watching everything turn from a pale dull brown to a rich vivid green. Of course normally in April, we are getting our gardening gloves out, and hitting our local nurseries on a weekly basis. Don’t know about you but over here we are still having winter like weather….mother nature are you listening? Assuming spring really is coming…….is anything more exciting than seeing a simple long stalk start to bloom into something wonderful, floral and fragrant? I think not! I love it and except for the potential poison ivy risk (for those of use who are allergic like me), nothing can keep me away.

I have a particular obsession with white flowers against manicured boxwood, have for years and my online album is chock full of reasons why this combination works. So today, we are taking a look at all the beautiful ways to grow a beautiful lawn/garden and then the lowdown on a wonderful gardening gloves giveaway courtesy of?? Angela’s Garden, home to some of the prettiest gardening items? I have ever come across.? So its a double treat today. How about you? Do you have a green thumb or maybe an “aspiring” green thumb?

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White against the green is always spectacular!

? This is total perfection!! Vicki Archer of French Essence

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Who said blue and white porcelain is just for the inside!

?Love the way the white flowers border this magnificent hydrangea garden! Dirt Simple

Love the idea of a pebble walkway bordering a lush green lawn, Grace Design

?Love the tulips with the topiaries…..Midway Nursery
Stunning white hydrangeas with the rich dark green…..so pretty! Deborah Cerbone

I love the idea of an arbor feel…and the white flowers against the green backdrop is breathtaking! Grace Design

I want to be sitting there right now with Teddy at my feet, a cold glass of lemonade and a great book! Care to join me? Statlie Todd

Adore the gorgeous roses flanking this stunning balustrade wall……I bet the scent is intoxicating!Grace Design
Totally dreamy! I love small courtyards and intimate enclosed spaces like this…..
YES to climbing ivy!!!!!!!!

?How beautiful and luscious this is! Lenk Design
You know my feelings on black doors, topiaries and ivy!

?Breathtaking! Proof that white and green are always a winning combination! Deborah Cerbone

This space is incredible!

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Love how the orbs have a “base” of beautiful white flowers…gorgeous! Deborah Silver

Another beautiful shot of s small enclosed courtyard, so inviting and lush….

? Love the orbs, statuary and the boxwood wreath


? Wow!! Isn’t this a stunner of a garden, Tuinadvise

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?Never has green, purple and white looked so spectacular together!

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And to get your green thumb on…..here is the giveaway lowdown from Angela’s Garden!


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GIVEAWAY!! A wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angela’s garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion!?

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To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,? click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce? the lucky winner on Friday morning!

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All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.

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And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

On a totally different sidenote…..I just got 10 more of the navy trimmed raffia bag that sold out almost immediately. I promised to announce if I was able to get more. This is it for the season so if you were one of those who wanted to buy it but got there too late….they’re back for a short time! Its such a chic bag and only $75.00! Click here to purchase.
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Bring on the green…..and a green thumb giveaway!

Good Thursday morning to you!  One of my favorite things, especially this time of year is gardening, watching everything turn from a pale dull brown to a rich vivid green. Of course normally in April, we are getting our gardening gloves out, and hitting our local nurseries on a weekly basis. Don’t know about you but over here we are still having winter like weather….mother nature are you listening? Assuming spring really is coming…….is anything more exciting than seeing a simple long stalk start to bloom into something wonderful, floral and fragrant? I think not! I love it and except for the potential poison ivy risk (for those of use who are allergic like me), nothing can keep me away.

I have a particular obsession with white flowers against manicured boxwood, have for years and my online album is chock full of reasons why this combination works. So today, we are taking a look at all the beautiful ways to grow a beautiful lawn/garden and then the lowdown on a wonderful gardening gloves giveaway courtesy of   Angela’s Garden, home to some of the prettiest gardening items  I have ever come across.  So its a double treat today. How about you? Do you have a green thumb or maybe an “aspiring” green thumb?

 

White against the green is always spectacular!

  This is total perfection!! Vicki Archer of French Essence
 

Who said blue and white porcelain is just for the inside!

 Love the way the white flowers border this magnificent hydrangea garden! Dirt Simple

Love the idea of a pebble walkway bordering a lush green lawn, Grace Design

 Love the tulips with the topiaries…..Midway Nursery
Stunning white hydrangeas with the rich dark green…..so pretty! Deborah Cerbone

I love the idea of an arbor feel…and the white flowers against the green backdrop is breathtaking! Grace Design

I want to be sitting there right now with Teddy at my feet, a cold glass of lemonade and a great book! Care to join me? Statlie Todd

Adore the gorgeous roses flanking this stunning balustrade wall……I bet the scent is intoxicating!Grace Design
Totally dreamy! I love small courtyards and intimate enclosed spaces like this…..
YES to climbing ivy!!!!!!!!

 How beautiful and luscious this is! Lenk Design
You know my feelings on black doors, topiaries and ivy!

 Breathtaking! Proof that white and green are always a winning combination! Deborah Cerbone

This space is incredible!

 
Love how the orbs have a “base” of beautiful white flowers…gorgeous! Deborah Silver

Another beautiful shot of s small enclosed courtyard, so inviting and lush….

  Love the orbs, statuary and the boxwood wreath

  Wow!! Isn’t this a stunner of a garden, Tuinadvise
 

 Never has green, purple and white looked so spectacular together!
 
 
And to get your green thumb on…..here is the giveaway lowdown from Angela’s Garden!
 
 
GIVEAWAY!! A wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angela’s garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion! 
 
To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,  click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce  the lucky winner on Friday morning!
 
All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.
 

 

And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

On a totally different sidenote…..I just got 10 more of the navy trimmed raffia bag that sold out almost immediately. I promised to announce if I was able to get more. This is it for the season so if you were one of those who wanted to buy it but got there too late….they’re back for a short time! Its such a chic bag and only $75.00! Click here to purchase.
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How does your garden grow and a gardening giveaway!

What is it about gardens and why we love them so? I am a sucker for a more natural looking garden, kind of like the perfect combination of nature just doing what it does best…growing all kinds of beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers with a little help from us to keep things neat and pristine. Nothing overly done, nothing too perfect and a beautiful lake or pond, a charming gazebo and some gorgeous statuary and planters certainly is the icing on the cake. One thing I never tire of looking at is pictures of beautiful gardens. They literally have the ability to “take me away” to a beautiful, magical, serene place. Do they have that effect on you too? I had a loooong wish list at the start of this summer (being its the first summer in our new house, I came wide eyed and full of dreams and wishes) but the reality is that little has gotten done and the list remains nearly as long as it did when summer started! So….thinking next year is the year (please remind me that I said this).

One thing I wanted to desperately do is start my own garden, had one in our first house and few things could make me as happy as when I ran out first thing in the morning to fetch what nature had sowed…..it was thrilling to load up a big crate of tomatoes and cucumbers! I have planted some flowers this year, and of course several new hydrangea bushes which grow really well around here, they are practically fool proof! I have done some container gardening, (mostly indoors though) and though I have done little….the little I have done has been immensely satisfying and I realized this year how much I enjoy it, always looking for an excuse to visit a nursery or a beautiful florist or greenhouse (to the point where I think some people think I work there)! So next year, my green thumb is going to be glowing and ready for action! Today ?I share with you some exquisite gardening images I have saved that just make me exhale and immediately bring down my blood pressure a few notches. To boot….this is being tied in with a fabulous gardening giveaway!! Something from my shop in conjunction with a few chic gardening items from Angela’s garden. All details on bottom. Enjoy…………..

This is positively magical, Old Westbury Gardens
This makes my heart sing…..the white blooms, the charming seating arrangement, does it get any better?
The manicured look of I believe boxed hedges is simple perfection.
Beautiful planters and statuary, boxwoods, a fountain and lush foliage make this cozy, inviting but above all very elegant. London gardens
This charming parterre garden is just beautiful, Lamaisonfou
How beautiful is a simple garden bench on a sea of perfect grass with a raging flower garden as a backdrop!
Dreamy don’t you think? A beautiful arbor or corridor of pale pink roses….spectacular!
Give me an expanse of bright green lawn, and a bed of blooming hydrangeas and I am good to go!
Green with Envy garden tour…..lush, secluded and magical is how I would sum this fabulous setting up…..
What awakens every one of our sense as much as a breathtaking rose garden/arbor? Granted this is not?something most of us could easily achieve but its certainly a thing of beauty to aspire to!
White flowers in a lush green garden are the picture of elegance, Southern Accents
Statuary is such a gorgeous compliment to a lush and elegant garden, love this! Linda Floyd
How beautiful is this? What a perfect hideaway aka reading spot! Alfreds Gardens
Love a shaded parterre garden with a beautiful bench, ?it just beckons you to sit and stay awhile, Pam Penick
One of my most favorite looks a boxed grass courtyard surrounded by hedges and towering large trees…..just breathtaking! J Schamp photography
Arbors and fountains are a beautiful way to complement a garden, Rinfret
How about a wisteria arbor to enter your herb garden? Yes thank you! The garden tourist
The right dose of weathered benches, boxed perimeter hedges, florals and lavender/heather……love love love it!
Gorgeous boxwoods frame this elegant patio, love the idea of a bold statuary item to center it…..Susan Friedman design group
OK if this isn’t the picture of idyllic charm…don’t know what is! Old Westbury Gardens
Love white in gardens and this lush garden’s hydrangea borders are just amazing!!
Yes this requires boatloads of work and maintenance, but how stunning is this perfectly manicured garden featuring these round boxwoods lining a walkway? Domestic Executive
How beautiful is this bronze statue placed in the middle of a gorgeous lily pond? Love!!! Linda Floyd
This has been in my files for a long long time as a picture perfect “yard” (while I realize its far from your average yard) love the manicured, restrained feeling……visual perfection. Southern Accents
Are you channeling your inner green thumb yet? I am and most definitely feeling very inspired though we all know to have anything like those above, must be a true labor of love. These just do not “happen”!?
?So to get you really motivated I am offering a wonderful gardening giveaway! I am offering a beautiful aged moss fiberglass planter along with this beautiful pair of kidskin leather gardening gloves and matching stylish hat, courtesy of Angelas Garden. To enter its very simple, click on my store (here) and come back and tell me one item that you would love to own. Want a second chance then visit Angelas Garden (here)?and tell me a gardening item you would love to have.??If you are in the market for great looking, very stylish, well priced gardening accessories, look no further, Angelas Garden is AMAZING! ?I will announce a lucky winner on Friday! Good luck…….and get your garden on!
Here’s the planter ready for your green thumb to work its magic!
And the beautiful kidskin gardening gloves and chic matching hat from Angela’s garden…

If this doesn’t get you motivated to begin gardening, don’t know what will. Talk about gardening in style! Thanks for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day. Be back on Friday!!

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How does your garden grow and a gardening giveaway!

What is it about gardens and why we love them so? I am a sucker for a more natural looking garden, kind of like the perfect combination of nature just doing what it does best…growing all kinds of beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers with a little help from us to keep things neat and pristine. Nothing overly done, nothing too perfect and a beautiful lake or pond, a charming gazebo and some gorgeous statuary and planters certainly is the icing on the cake. One thing I never tire of looking at is pictures of beautiful gardens. They literally have the ability to “take me away” to a beautiful, magical, serene place. Do they have that effect on you too? I had a loooong wish list at the start of this summer (being its the first summer in our new house, I came wide eyed and full of dreams and wishes) but the reality is that little has gotten done and the list remains nearly as long as it did when summer started! So….thinking next year is the year (please remind me that I said this).

One thing I wanted to desperately do is start my own garden, had one in our first house and few things could make me as happy as when I ran out first thing in the morning to fetch what nature had sowed…..it was thrilling to load up a big crate of tomatoes and cucumbers! I have planted some flowers this year, and of course several new hydrangea bushes which grow really well around here, they are practically fool proof! I have done some container gardening, (mostly indoors though) and though I have done little….the little I have done has been immensely satisfying and I realized this year how much I enjoy it, always looking for an excuse to visit a nursery or a beautiful florist or greenhouse (to the point where I think some people think I work there)! So next year, my green thumb is going to be glowing and ready for action! Today  I share with you some exquisite gardening images I have saved that just make me exhale and immediately bring down my blood pressure a few notches. To boot….this is being tied in with a fabulous gardening giveaway!! Something from my shop in conjunction with a few chic gardening items from Angela’s garden. All details on bottom. Enjoy…………..

This is positively magical, Old Westbury Gardens
This makes my heart sing…..the white blooms, the charming seating arrangement, does it get any better?
The manicured look of I believe boxed hedges is simple perfection.
Beautiful planters and statuary, boxwoods, a fountain and lush foliage make this cozy, inviting but above all very elegant. London gardens
This charming parterre garden is just beautiful, Lamaisonfou
How beautiful is a simple garden bench on a sea of perfect grass with a raging flower garden as a backdrop!
Dreamy don’t you think? A beautiful arbor or corridor of pale pink roses….spectacular!
Give me an expanse of bright green lawn, and a bed of blooming hydrangeas and I am good to go!
Green with Envy garden tour…..lush, secluded and magical is how I would sum this fabulous setting up…..
What awakens every one of our sense as much as a breathtaking rose garden/arbor? Granted this is not something most of us could easily achieve but its certainly a thing of beauty to aspire to!
White flowers in a lush green garden are the picture of elegance, Southern Accents
Statuary is such a gorgeous compliment to a lush and elegant garden, love this! Linda Floyd
How beautiful is this? What a perfect hideaway aka reading spot! Alfreds Gardens
Love a shaded parterre garden with a beautiful bench,  it just beckons you to sit and stay awhile, Pam Penick
One of my most favorite looks a boxed grass courtyard surrounded by hedges and towering large trees…..just breathtaking! J Schamp photography
Arbors and fountains are a beautiful way to complement a garden, Rinfret
How about a wisteria arbor to enter your herb garden? Yes thank you! The garden tourist
The right dose of weathered benches, boxed perimeter hedges, florals and lavender/heather……love love love it!
Gorgeous boxwoods frame this elegant patio, love the idea of a bold statuary item to center it…..Susan Friedman design group
OK if this isn’t the picture of idyllic charm…don’t know what is! Old Westbury Gardens
Love white in gardens and this lush garden’s hydrangea borders are just amazing!!
Yes this requires boatloads of work and maintenance, but how stunning is this perfectly manicured garden featuring these round boxwoods lining a walkway? Domestic Executive
How beautiful is this bronze statue placed in the middle of a gorgeous lily pond? Love!!! Linda Floyd
This has been in my files for a long long time as a picture perfect “yard” (while I realize its far from your average yard) love the manicured, restrained feeling……visual perfection. Southern Accents
Are you channeling your inner green thumb yet? I am and most definitely feeling very inspired though we all know to have anything like those above, must be a true labor of love. These just do not “happen”! 
 So to get you really motivated I am offering a wonderful gardening giveaway! I am offering a beautiful aged moss fiberglass planter along with this beautiful pair of kidskin leather gardening gloves and matching stylish hat, courtesy of Angelas Garden. To enter its very simple, click on my store (here) and come back and tell me one item that you would love to own. Want a second chance then visit Angelas Garden (here) and tell me a gardening item you would love to have.  If you are in the market for great looking, very stylish, well priced gardening accessories, look no further, Angelas Garden is AMAZING!  I will announce a lucky winner on Friday! Good luck…….and get your garden on!
Here’s the planter ready for your green thumb to work its magic!
And the beautiful kidskin gardening gloves and chic matching hat from Angela’s garden…

If this doesn’t get you motivated to begin gardening, don’t know what will. Talk about gardening in style! Thanks for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day. Be back on Friday!!

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30 heavenly reasons why I love hydrangeas!

Good morning…..

I really have, truth be told many many more reasons than just 30 as ?why I love summers poster child…..yep that gift that keeps on giving all summer long, the hardy gorgeous hydrangea. In all its many colors, its one flower that gives a lot of bang for the buck. I realize not all parts of our country are blessed with its billowy bushes but even for those who are not, ?I hope will enjoy taking a look at this post.?

I pretty much have always had hydrangeas blooming in our yard and always have an arrangement or two or three in the house all summer long. Few things signify summers arrival than the non stop blossoming hydrangea bushes that abound. So….without further adieu, here’s 30 reasons why I absolutely?love hydrangeas! ?How about you? Do you have the same love for them as I do? Whats your favorite way to use them?

What could be prettier than hydrangeas in pots brimming with full and overflowing blooms!
In any container, hydrangeas literally are a home run every time! Talk about versatile…..
What could be prettier than a luscious border of overflowing hydrangea plants?

Even in a simple glass vase they make the most elegant centerpiece!
Seriously? Wow, proof that theres no such thing as too much of a good thing, Caplan Miller Events
Carolyn Roehm, one of my favorite decorating doyennes uses hydrangeas often

Growing wildly, they are the jewelry to any landscape….
Love the beautiful arrangement Ashley Whittaker created for?this elegant console
How gorgeous are the colors here? Love dried hydrangeas as much as I do freshly picked ones!
Aroysnote
Love these mini versions in gorgeous blue and white, Lonny
How can I not include this picture that’s been all over the Internet? It still makes my heart race!

Tell me what flowering bush produces even half this many blooms!

Mary McDonald loves them and shows them to perfection with blue and white
Proof that even in the most formal of settings, hydrangeas are right at home, in this case in pretty elegant silver planters
Love the way the purple in the blue and whites pops against the fabulous green walls!
Something about all white hydrangeas, just ethereal. Style me Pretty
Could this cake be any prettier? Hydrangea heaven!
Love hydrangeas in big oversized?planters for around the pool, Ashley Whittaker
A beautiful vase of full hydrangea blooms in a bathroom is a surefire way to add some freshness from the outdoors
I always try to incorporate them into whatever I put into my blue and whites, case in point here!
How stunning is the purple of the hydrangeas next to the dramatic black in this room!Hydrangea girl
Blue and white and white hydrangeas go together like Oreos and milk
Carolyn Roehm is clearly a fan, and why not…they are spectacular!
What a great idea for July 4th, BHG
Love seeing pretty arrangements in outdoor settings too, Tom Scheerer
These stunning purple hydrangeas at sunset almost look like they are illuminated from within, florals by David Kurio
Now you tell me what flower looks as good dried as it does fresh off the stem? Fabulous at every stage!
I like adding a small bouquet of them in the kitchen, a beautiful way to bring a little of the outdooors in, Simply Seleta
There are no flowers that hydrangeas don’t look fabulous next to……
Last to close on a humorous note….my bud, Jennifer from Belclaire House made me aware of this ?video, can you imagine someone NOT liking hydrangeas? Well you will never guess who……why does this not surprise me coming from someone who fancies a British accent on certain occasions and kind of forgets about it on others…lol!
Madge, I am disappointed, and why would he know that? The world LOVES them:)
Hope you like hydrangeas more than she does 🙂 Wishing you a fabulous summer day!




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30 heavenly reasons why I love hydrangeas!

Good morning…..

I really have, truth be told many many more reasons than just 30 as  why I love summers poster child…..yep that gift that keeps on giving all summer long, the hardy gorgeous hydrangea. In all its many colors, its one flower that gives a lot of bang for the buck. I realize not all parts of our country are blessed with its billowy bushes but even for those who are not,  I hope will enjoy taking a look at this post. 
I pretty much have always had hydrangeas blooming in our yard and always have an arrangement or two or three in the house all summer long. Few things signify summers arrival than the non stop blossoming hydrangea bushes that abound. So….without further adieu, here’s 30 reasons why I absolutely love hydrangeas!  How about you? Do you have the same love for them as I do? Whats your favorite way to use them?

What could be prettier than hydrangeas in pots brimming with full and overflowing blooms!
In any container, hydrangeas literally are a home run every time! Talk about versatile…..
What could be prettier than a luscious border of overflowing hydrangea plants?

Even in a simple glass vase they make the most elegant centerpiece!
Seriously? Wow, proof that theres no such thing as too much of a good thing, Caplan Miller Events
Carolyn Roehm, one of my favorite decorating doyennes uses hydrangeas often

Growing wildly, they are the jewelry to any landscape….
Love the beautiful arrangement Ashley Whittaker created for this elegant console
How gorgeous are the colors here? Love dried hydrangeas as much as I do freshly picked ones!
Aroysnote
Love these mini versions in gorgeous blue and white, Lonny
How can I not include this picture that’s been all over the Internet? It still makes my heart race!

Tell me what flowering bush produces even half this many blooms!

Mary McDonald loves them and shows them to perfection with blue and white
Proof that even in the most formal of settings, hydrangeas are right at home, in this case in pretty elegant silver planters
Love the way the purple in the blue and whites pops against the fabulous green walls!
Something about all white hydrangeas, just ethereal. Style me Pretty
Could this cake be any prettier? Hydrangea heaven!
Love hydrangeas in big oversized planters for around the pool, Ashley Whittaker
A beautiful vase of full hydrangea blooms in a bathroom is a surefire way to add some freshness from the outdoors
I always try to incorporate them into whatever I put into my blue and whites, case in point here!
How stunning is the purple of the hydrangeas next to the dramatic black in this room!Hydrangea girl
Blue and white and white hydrangeas go together like Oreos and milk
Carolyn Roehm is clearly a fan, and why not…they are spectacular!
What a great idea for July 4th, BHG
Love seeing pretty arrangements in outdoor settings too, Tom Scheerer
These stunning purple hydrangeas at sunset almost look like they are illuminated from within, florals by David Kurio
Now you tell me what flower looks as good dried as it does fresh off the stem? Fabulous at every stage!
I like adding a small bouquet of them in the kitchen, a beautiful way to bring a little of the outdooors in, Simply Seleta
There are no flowers that hydrangeas don’t look fabulous next to……
Last to close on a humorous note….my bud, Jennifer from Belclaire House made me aware of this  video, can you imagine someone NOT liking hydrangeas? Well you will never guess who……why does this not surprise me coming from someone who fancies a British accent on certain occasions and kind of forgets about it on others…lol!
Madge, I am disappointed, and why would he know that? The world LOVES them:)
Hope you like hydrangeas more than she does 🙂 Wishing you a fabulous summer day!

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Yearning for urns………

Happy Tuesday to all of you………

The frames that I featured a few days ago that many of you inquired about are offically up in my store as of last night.

I was sooo excited about presenting this post, gotta admit it, I love them. Always have. As far back as I can remember, I have always adored the look of beautiful stately urns, old, new, iron, stone wood…..love them in all their many shapes, sizes and colors. Inside and out. Flanking a front door, on top of a console or side table, a pair on a coffee table….can you go wrong? I don’t think so! Today’s post is dedicated to the versatility and instant elegance urns add to virtually any setting. There are few decors that are not complimented beautifully by the use of urns. Talk about a statement piece!



I also am incredibly fortunate to have urn creator extraordinaire, Debra from the beautiful blog 5th and State whom I consider to be the ultimate expert in how to work with urns. Her beautiful work speaks for itself, I was doubly blessed to get to ask her a few questions and share some of her work with you…information I think you will want to know and be eternally grateful to her for. When I got back her reply, I nearly fell on the floor. It was like the holy grail of chic container gardening and I told her I felt like I owed her an authors fee! Oh what I would give to live close to her, and let her work her magic on my home. Her green thumb is as green and good as it gets. ?SO here we go…feast your eyes on this and thank you Debra……..get your gardening gloves out, ready set and let’s go!



Before we begin….this is a long post, chock full of yummy gorgeous pictures, and then a how to post with all kinds of valuable information from Debra follows, in other words its pretty lengthy. My advice? Grab another cup of coffee (or wine or whatever you are drinking) sit back, give yourself an extra five minutes, you have urned it (hehe) it and take it all in………..



This just proves my case, in any color and size, urns are just gorgeous! Halloran Antiques
So this is what perfection looks like………gorgeous orbs in black iron urns! Gorgeous!
Rusty urns are a brilliant way to showcase a beautiful fall statement! Your nest design
Love this entire setting, and the topiaries are fabulous in those urns, Veranda
Have had this pic a long time..have no idea who the mastermind is behind it…anyone know? Love the huge urns filled with green apples…fabulous!
Wow what impact an urn overflowing with flowers has on a simple buffet table! Sabine Scherer
Sheer perfection and symmetry, Veranda
Don’t you love the look of an old weathered urn with an overabundance of flowering something? Parker Meyer
A beautiful pair of iron urns dressed up for fall flanks this front door, Nell Hills
A beautiful antique urn with a shallow orb is a wonderful way to add charm and character to a vintage feeling space, French Junque Couture
Nothing like seeing a gorgeous urn in a garden as a focal point…magnificent!
How magnificent is this!! Think the black makes it particularly impactful! Photo by Dana Gallagher
Love the idea of filling them with pinecones, Rustic Chic
Urns take festive elegance to new heights…..literally and figuratively!
A pronounced urn on a pedestal in the canter of a beautiful garden is breathtaking, Lasting Impressions
Few ways to wow your guests better than with a huge urn filled with greens….
Few things are as pretty as seeing a huge oversized urn overflowing with natures beauty, Haddenstone
Fabulous centerpiece urn filled with flowers, Southern Living
An urn on a center table is always an elegant solution as to what to place on a center hall table, Haus Design
Love the understated way Timothy Corrigan used this beautiful large urn on this console
Urns give new meaning to elegant Halloween decor! EAB Design
Popular at weddings and events, and with good reason! Oliver Dolz
Love this space, so rich and old world….great ideas!! Haus Design
Wow..talk about showstopping!! Love the dozens of hyacinths planted here! James Jackson
Wouldn’t you love to have this greeting you on your hall table every day! Swoon city! From Outdoors-Indoors
Does this have you ready to go find yourself an urn and to get ambitious to try something? It sure has me feeling ready to tackle an urn project. Now just fasten your seatbelt because you are about to get a complimentary crash course from an uber talented urn creator like no other, meet and say hello to Debra from 5th and State! Though this is her incredibly busy season she was kind enough to take time out of her busy crazy schedule and answer my questions. I had to share these with you because unless you are blessed with a green thumb, this information is as good as gold. So without?further adue,?here we go. Take it away Debra…..
Where do you most like to use urns when using them for the outdoors??we think of the front door and on the deck or patio as the obvious place but there are so many more sittings for urns. my favorite being in the flower borders. the look of an urn, large please, arising from the flowers and awash in flowers creates individual exclamation points of interest.

have a large, fabulous urn that is a stand alone? how about creating and environment around it? could be placed in the center of a wide walk or on it’s own with plantings surrounding it. wouldn’t boxwood and pea gravel look splendid?


What do you think about mixing urns with other types of planters or statuary? ?how about this? placing a statuary or ornamentation inside the urn with flowers cascading from it’s feet? and it is all about scale, small pot that will be viewed up close use a small piece of statuary. grand pot, go large. typical scale is 2/3 pot, 1/3 ornament. but i break most of those rules. currently at home i have a very large concrete pot, sitting in the garden waiting for planting. set in there all year is a vintage horse hitching post. it adds such pop and is a great foil to the softness of flowers. (if my camera and computer were speaking to each other i would take a photo, drats!). ? i am including the photo below that barely illustrates this; a small pot with an owl. these ornaments can be tucked into the flowers or rise as a sentinel above it as my hitching post does.

oh wait! ?your ?question really was about mixing urns and statuary, yes tina absolutely! the combination makes ?a beautiful ?vignette. ?
and correct, we should not be afraid to mix different materials with your urn selections. just stay in the ?same style. ?ex; formal with formal. ?c ? ?contemporary stay within that framework. so example for a contemporary; a large wooden box will blend with concrete planters of a similar shape.


Do you prefer using them as a pair or alone? ?that too depends. ?here’s a great way to look at it; if your home is asymmetrical you can opt for one. symmetrical do two (and i am referring to the front door)……but remember; rules can be broken
What is the ideal size for the average sized front door? Are there rules or guidelines to consider when choosing a pair of urns for the front door? front door 2/3, adjacent planter 1/3. the biggest mistake i see over and over are urns that are too small. send those elsewhere and invest in your “statement” urns at the front door. they can be made of any material to match your homes architectural style . ?

Whats your favorite way to plant an outside urn? i am a bit picky here tina. if you take the time to prepare a proper environment for the plants the rewards?will be enjoyed?all summer long . ?the following is what i recommend;
1) ?first empty the soil from the previous year. by year 2 ?it is devoid of nutrients. ?
2) ?to the bottom add broken terra cotta pot shards or gravel 1-3″ thick. small pot? do the 1″. ?
3) i mix a bag of potting blend with half a bag of same size, of top soil. to me most potting blends are too lite weight and the water runs through. with this custom blend you have found the perfect mix. ?
4) i take petersen’s fertilizer pellets and blend according to the directions, but mix directly into the soil. the instructions will tell you to scatter on top of the soil. do that too. by mixing them into the soil the nutrients get to the roots fast!
?5) finally mix into the blend ‘soil moist’ (soilmoist.com) or other water retentive polymer. ?
6) add 1/4 of the soil to the pot. on top of that add a product called a ‘rain mat’ available at garden centers or order via kinsman co. these are water retentive mats. fit onto the space on top of the soil. add all but a small amount of the remaining soil.
?Note; the rainmat and soil moist products aid with reducing water by nearly 1/2, that’s huge come summer and plants are gasping for water and we get busy. when moistened the products swell as they collect surrounding moisture. the crystal goes from being a fleck to the size of a pea. the mat goes from flat to 2″ thick. as the soil dries they slowly release moisture to the roots diminishing in size as they do so. this process goes on all season long. ?
7) ?remove the plants from their pots. if tightly root bound, break that up so the roots go down not encircling. you do not have to worry about harming the plant. the equivalent ?for us is getting a much needed hair cut, no harm is done. place plants into soil, push down around the entire plants eliminating any air pockets, allowing the roots a faster take. plant at the same soil level they current exist in. a common mistake is planting too high. ? ?
8) top with remaining soil, sprinkle additional petersens on the top of the soil. water deeply and watch them explod


Any “shortcuts” or ?”pros secrets” for us novice’s to create beautiful outdoor urns that look like they were professionally done? ?yes, and this is hard to grasp for most…..”pay as much attention to the leaf as to the flower” (i am attaching a good example.) consider different types of leaves; colorful, glossy, fuzzy, large, strappy. it makes for a much more interesting composition. a rule of thumb whether in the ground or in a pot is that too many small leaves appear disorderly. large leafed plants lend order
this too is a good example. put your thumb where the hosta is and it appears messy. not as much so in this case due to the colored foliage but it’s visible isn’t it?

??single species in a pot are additionally interesting. fill to bursting a pot with macrophylla hydrangeas, the ones that bloom all season in a big blowzy format, boxwood is a great stand alone…………


? ?lastly, the adage “thriller”, “spiller”, “filler” is a good objective.?


let’s use this mantra with the pot above with the begonias and caladium;

thriller is the cordyline (tall burgundy leaf)

filler is the caladium, begonia to a degree

the spiller is also the begonia, blue scaevola and the yellow lantana?

When using urns ?inside, where do you most like to use them? What is your favorite thing to put inside an urn for indoor use? ?topiaries, topiaries, topiaries, my hands down favorite! great topiary plants are myrtle, boxwood & euonymous. ?others for indoors include; ?orchids and when the flower dies insert a top knotch quality faux, no one will notice the difference! ?baby tears am wild about the form of mounding and spilling, rosemary in a sunny kitchen window and that is it for me. more of a ?vase with cut flowers kind of a gal

?For placements indoors;
?it is so fun when entertaining to have urns on the serving table (imagine empty but with french baguettes peaking out) ?or spilling down with cascades of flowers, a small urn with a carved out cabbage filled with dip……..

for a buffet i will plant matching urns with baby tears and insert into the soil multiple candles, really tall & slender…..once lit, very cool!

inside two urns can be placed on either side of the door. great choices are a pair of ficus lyrata…see below, kentia palm & myrtle topiaries


Best way to create drainage for urns? ?see above

What plant(s) do you think are easy to maintain in urns even for those of us who are not blessed with a green thumb? ?
SHADE; ?hosta’s, impatiens, heuchera, kimberly fern, begonias and creeping jenny?

SUN: ?ornamental grasses, petunia, verbena, sweet potato vines, geranium, succulents, ornamental cabbage, boxwood

Thank you Tina!

Now that you have gotten a mini crash course on how to work with urns both inside and out, lets take a look at a few more examples of the ?urn goddess’s work, shall we. Breathtaking, fabulous, gorgeous, sublime are all words that come to mind! I want to tell you a little about Debra. She has three shops! 23 years ago when she realized she was not going to become a mother, she created her business and this became “her child”. She says she feels at times she has unruly triplets, that are all demanding and needing massive doses of attention. Debra is blessed to be successful in a career that allows her to follow her heart and passions and clearly a God given talent too! As you if need more inspiration, here’s a snapshot of more of Debra’s incredibly beautiful work. Thank you again Debra………

Need more Debra and her magic? Click on over to her beautiful blog, brimming with even more inspiration….click here?to visit 5th and State. I have gotten my fill of beauty for the day, how about you? Wishing you a wonderful day!
And dont’ forget to stop on over at Art by Karena if you haven’t already to be eligible for the beautiul crystal urn candle giveaway I am offering! Click here.

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Yearning for urns………

Happy Tuesday to all of you………

The frames that I featured a few days ago that many of you inquired about are offically up in my store as of last night.

I was sooo excited about presenting this post, gotta admit it, I love them. Always have. As far back as I can remember, I have always adored the look of beautiful stately urns, old, new, iron, stone wood…..love them in all their many shapes, sizes and colors. Inside and out. Flanking a front door, on top of a console or side table, a pair on a coffee table….can you go wrong? I don’t think so! Today’s post is dedicated to the versatility and instant elegance urns add to virtually any setting. There are few decors that are not complimented beautifully by the use of urns. Talk about a statement piece!

I also am incredibly fortunate to have urn creator extraordinaire, Debra from the beautiful blog 5th and State whom I consider to be the ultimate expert in how to work with urns. Her beautiful work speaks for itself, I was doubly blessed to get to ask her a few questions and share some of her work with you…information I think you will want to know and be eternally grateful to her for. When I got back her reply, I nearly fell on the floor. It was like the holy grail of chic container gardening and I told her I felt like I owed her an authors fee! Oh what I would give to live close to her, and let her work her magic on my home. Her green thumb is as green and good as it gets.  SO here we go…feast your eyes on this and thank you Debra……..get your gardening gloves out, ready set and let’s go!

Before we begin….this is a long post, chock full of yummy gorgeous pictures, and then a how to post with all kinds of valuable information from Debra follows, in other words its pretty lengthy. My advice? Grab another cup of coffee (or wine or whatever you are drinking) sit back, give yourself an extra five minutes, you have urned it (hehe) it and take it all in………..

This just proves my case, in any color and size, urns are just gorgeous! Halloran Antiques
So this is what perfection looks like………gorgeous orbs in black iron urns! Gorgeous!
Rusty urns are a brilliant way to showcase a beautiful fall statement! Your nest design
Love this entire setting, and the topiaries are fabulous in those urns, Veranda
Have had this pic a long time..have no idea who the mastermind is behind it…anyone know? Love the huge urns filled with green apples…fabulous!
Wow what impact an urn overflowing with flowers has on a simple buffet table! Sabine Scherer
Sheer perfection and symmetry, Veranda
Don’t you love the look of an old weathered urn with an overabundance of flowering something? Parker Meyer
A beautiful pair of iron urns dressed up for fall flanks this front door, Nell Hills
A beautiful antique urn with a shallow orb is a wonderful way to add charm and character to a vintage feeling space, French Junque Couture
Nothing like seeing a gorgeous urn in a garden as a focal point…magnificent!
How magnificent is this!! Think the black makes it particularly impactful! Photo by Dana Gallagher
Love the idea of filling them with pinecones, Rustic Chic
Urns take festive elegance to new heights…..literally and figuratively!
A pronounced urn on a pedestal in the canter of a beautiful garden is breathtaking, Lasting Impressions
Few ways to wow your guests better than with a huge urn filled with greens….
Few things are as pretty as seeing a huge oversized urn overflowing with natures beauty, Haddenstone
Fabulous centerpiece urn filled with flowers, Southern Living
An urn on a center table is always an elegant solution as to what to place on a center hall table, Haus Design
Love the understated way Timothy Corrigan used this beautiful large urn on this console
Urns give new meaning to elegant Halloween decor! EAB Design
Popular at weddings and events, and with good reason! Oliver Dolz
Love this space, so rich and old world….great ideas!! Haus Design
Wow..talk about showstopping!! Love the dozens of hyacinths planted here! James Jackson
Wouldn’t you love to have this greeting you on your hall table every day! Swoon city! From Outdoors-Indoors
Does this have you ready to go find yourself an urn and to get ambitious to try something? It sure has me feeling ready to tackle an urn project. Now just fasten your seatbelt because you are about to get a complimentary crash course from an uber talented urn creator like no other, meet and say hello to Debra from 5th and State! Though this is her incredibly busy season she was kind enough to take time out of her busy crazy schedule and answer my questions. I had to share these with you because unless you are blessed with a green thumb, this information is as good as gold. So without further adue, here we go. Take it away Debra…..
Where do you most like to use urns when using them for the outdoors? we think of the front door and on the deck or patio as the obvious place but there are so many more sittings for urns. my favorite being in the flower borders. the look of an urn, large please, arising from the flowers and awash in flowers creates individual exclamation points of interest.

have a large, fabulous urn that is a stand alone? how about creating and environment around it? could be placed in the center of a wide walk or on it’s own with plantings surrounding it. wouldn’t boxwood and pea gravel look splendid?


What do you think about mixing urns with other types of planters or statuary?  how about this? placing a statuary or ornamentation inside the urn with flowers cascading from it’s feet? and it is all about scale, small pot that will be viewed up close use a small piece of statuary. grand pot, go large. typical scale is 2/3 pot, 1/3 ornament. but i break most of those rules. currently at home i have a very large concrete pot, sitting in the garden waiting for planting. set in there all year is a vintage horse hitching post. it adds such pop and is a great foil to the softness of flowers. (if my camera and computer were speaking to each other i would take a photo, drats!).   i am including the photo below that barely illustrates this; a small pot with an owl. these ornaments can be tucked into the flowers or rise as a sentinel above it as my hitching post does.

oh wait!  your  question really was about mixing urns and statuary, yes tina absolutely! the combination makes  a beautiful  vignette.  
and correct, we should not be afraid to mix different materials with your urn selections. just stay in the  same style.  ex; formal with formal.  c    contemporary stay within that framework. so example for a contemporary; a large wooden box will blend with concrete planters of a similar shape.


Do you prefer using them as a pair or alone?  that too depends.  here’s a great way to look at it; if your home is asymmetrical you can opt for one. symmetrical do two (and i am referring to the front door)……but remember; rules can be broken
What is the ideal size for the average sized front door? Are there rules or guidelines to consider when choosing a pair of urns for the front door? front door 2/3, adjacent planter 1/3. the biggest mistake i see over and over are urns that are too small. send those elsewhere and invest in your “statement” urns at the front door. they can be made of any material to match your homes architectural style .  

Whats your favorite way to plant an outside urn? i am a bit picky here tina. if you take the time to prepare a proper environment for the plants the rewards will be enjoyed all summer long .  the following is what i recommend;
1)  first empty the soil from the previous year. by year 2  it is devoid of nutrients.  
2)  to the bottom add broken terra cotta pot shards or gravel 1-3″ thick. small pot? do the 1″.  
3) i mix a bag of potting blend with half a bag of same size, of top soil. to me most potting blends are too lite weight and the water runs through. with this custom blend you have found the perfect mix.  
4) i take petersen’s fertilizer pellets and blend according to the directions, but mix directly into the soil. the instructions will tell you to scatter on top of the soil. do that too. by mixing them into the soil the nutrients get to the roots fast!
 5) finally mix into the blend ‘soil moist’ (soilmoist.com) or other water retentive polymer.  
6) add 1/4 of the soil to the pot. on top of that add a product called a ‘rain mat’ available at garden centers or order via kinsman co. these are water retentive mats. fit onto the space on top of the soil. add all but a small amount of the remaining soil.
 Note; the rainmat and soil moist products aid with reducing water by nearly 1/2, that’s huge come summer and plants are gasping for water and we get busy. when moistened the products swell as they collect surrounding moisture. the crystal goes from being a fleck to the size of a pea. the mat goes from flat to 2″ thick. as the soil dries they slowly release moisture to the roots diminishing in size as they do so. this process goes on all season long.  
7)  remove the plants from their pots. if tightly root bound, break that up so the roots go down not encircling. you do not have to worry about harming the plant. the equivalent  for us is getting a much needed hair cut, no harm is done. place plants into soil, push down around the entire plants eliminating any air pockets, allowing the roots a faster take. plant at the same soil level they current exist in. a common mistake is planting too high.    
8) top with remaining soil, sprinkle additional petersens on the top of the soil. water deeply and watch them explod


Any “shortcuts” or  “pros secrets” for us novice’s to create beautiful outdoor urns that look like they were professionally done?  yes, and this is hard to grasp for most…..”pay as much attention to the leaf as to the flower” (i am attaching a good example.) consider different types of leaves; colorful, glossy, fuzzy, large, strappy. it makes for a much more interesting composition. a rule of thumb whether in the ground or in a pot is that too many small leaves appear disorderly. large leafed plants lend order
this too is a good example. put your thumb where the hosta is and it appears messy. not as much so in this case due to the colored foliage but it’s visible isn’t it?

  single species in a pot are additionally interesting. fill to bursting a pot with macrophylla hydrangeas, the ones that bloom all season in a big blowzy format, boxwood is a great stand alone…………


   lastly, the adage “thriller”, “spiller”, “filler” is a good objective. 


let’s use this mantra with the pot above with the begonias and caladium;

thriller is the cordyline (tall burgundy leaf)

filler is the caladium, begonia to a degree

the spiller is also the begonia, blue scaevola and the yellow lantana 

When using urns  inside, where do you most like to use them? What is your favorite thing to put inside an urn for indoor use?  topiaries, topiaries, topiaries, my hands down favorite! great topiary plants are myrtle, boxwood & euonymous.  others for indoors include;  orchids and when the flower dies insert a top knotch quality faux, no one will notice the difference!  baby tears am wild about the form of mounding and spilling, rosemary in a sunny kitchen window and that is it for me. more of a  vase with cut flowers kind of a gal

 For placements indoors;
 it is so fun when entertaining to have urns on the serving table (imagine empty but with french baguettes peaking out)  or spilling down with cascades of flowers, a small urn with a carved out cabbage filled with dip……..

for a buffet i will plant matching urns with baby tears and insert into the soil multiple candles, really tall & slender…..once lit, very cool!

inside two urns can be placed on either side of the door. great choices are a pair of ficus lyrata…see below, kentia palm & myrtle topiaries


Best way to create drainage for urns?  see above

What plant(s) do you think are easy to maintain in urns even for those of us who are not blessed with a green thumb?  
SHADE;  hosta’s, impatiens, heuchera, kimberly fern, begonias and creeping jenny 

SUN:  ornamental grasses, petunia, verbena, sweet potato vines, geranium, succulents, ornamental cabbage, boxwood

Thank you Tina!

Now that you have gotten a mini crash course on how to work with urns both inside and out, lets take a look at a few more examples of the  urn goddess’s work, shall we. Breathtaking, fabulous, gorgeous, sublime are all words that come to mind! I want to tell you a little about Debra. She has three shops! 23 years ago when she realized she was not going to become a mother, she created her business and this became “her child”. She says she feels at times she has unruly triplets, that are all demanding and needing massive doses of attention. Debra is blessed to be successful in a career that allows her to follow her heart and passions and clearly a God given talent too! As you if need more inspiration, here’s a snapshot of more of Debra’s incredibly beautiful work. Thank you again Debra………

Need more Debra and her magic? Click on over to her beautiful blog, brimming with even more inspiration….click here to visit 5th and State. I have gotten my fill of beauty for the day, how about you? Wishing you a wonderful day!
And dont’ forget to stop on over at Art by Karena if you haven’t already to be eligible for the beautiul crystal urn candle giveaway I am offering! Click here.

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