I’m cleaning out my stock of books at the shop and thought I’d share them with my readers. Any readers out there? Reading is my all-time favorite hobby.

Here are the two books that are up for grabs:

Head over to our store Facebook page (House and Garden Boutique) and leave a comment on the giveaway post on why you should win, and tag two friends and you’ll be entered to win!

Good Luck!

Some Mid Summer Beauty from Around Our Shop!

The flowers are still blooming here in Atlanta, despite the heat. Here are some of my favorite photos from around our store property. Just too pretty not to share with you!

Come on by and see us……there are lots of flowers, our herb garden, and garden chairs to see.

Feel free to leave a comment, as we would love to hear from you and tell how your Summer if going for you!

Compelling and Riveting Plot

Dani Pettrey’s – The Crushing Depths Book
Just finished this powerful and riveting crime drama novel, The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey! Couldn’t wait to read the whole book…….what a great read! Main characters Rissi and Mason will lead you through the world of investigation and compelling teamwork. Through plot twists and turns, the Coast Guard investigative team is under fire and at the same time researching shocking crime aboard the Dauntless oil rig. The book is intertwined with past trauma and has deep relationship love building throughout the plot. You won’t want to put this book down. Highly recommend it!

A great read for all the mystery and suspense fans! What are you reading right now? Would love to have you share with our readers.

“Don’t Keep Silent” Book Review

The final Uncommon Justice novel is here! Readers are saying it’s her best yet! @bethgoddard’s DON’T KEEP SILENT is out now @RevellBooks #dontkeepsilent #uncommonjustice #mustread #romanticsuspense

I’m on Elizabeth Goddard’s review team and I just love her books. Here is my review of her latest novel release:

When a family member goes missing your heart sinks. Investigative reporter Rae Burke is the best at solving crimes and will do anything to help her family out.  During her preliminary research Rae runs into former love interest, Liam, at a ski resort in Wyoming. Which is timely, as she could use his assistance for this case.  Mystery and untold stories surround and intertwine the plot.  Will Rae be able to find her sister-in-law, Zoey?  And who knows the full story, maybe Zoey’s biological mother…….that is what Rae plans to find out!  Great story line and writing.  Kept my attention the entire time and I didn’t want to put the book down!

Just a Summer Day………

This time of year in Atlanta you will find all kinds of floral treasures to enjoy. At our small gift shop in the burbs of Atlanta we are blessed with many varieties of blooming plants and trees. Here are just a few photos I took this week: coreopsis, sun patiens, lemongrass, Miss Huff lantana, tiger lilies & liatris.

Our magnolia tree is in full bloom and the blossoms are magnificient! Look at the size of this one!

And our gladiola’s are now in full bloom. They are planted out in front of our business, in our iron bed, so the customers can enjoy them from the road…….

Our herb garden is coming along nicely as well. Here is a photo of the garlic plant that was planted by the previous owner. It continues to grow and bloom each year. And the bees just love it!

And of course my lavender is always a favorite all around and it’s in full bloom now…………..

What’s growing in your garden this Summer……..feel free to comment & share with us! Thanks for stopping by!

A Little Floral Charm…….

It’s a gloomy day here in the Atlanta area, so I decided to share a little floral cheer with you all. Here are some photos from around the business…….our hydrangeas are just starting to bloom!

I’ve been painting this week and have added these flea market treasures around in the garden here at the shop. I have always loved fun little chairs in the garden.

What have you been up to this Spring? Share some of your adventures with us………..we are always looking for some great new at home creativity in gardening! Thanks for stopping by!

Our Flower Bed is Ready for Spring!

Well Earth Day has come and gone……but I did my part to participate in it. It’s usually about the time of year that I change over the flowers in our iron bed, out in front of our business. This year I went with some taller wildflowers, so they can be seen easier from the road.

I planted some of the Harlequin Pink Beardtongue and some Jethro Tull Coreopsis perennials. Both are supposed to get quite high in growth….like 18-22 in. So that should be great for filling the flowerbed. They spread out about two feet as well. Along the side of the bed I planted some Purple Salvia……..they are sun hardy and are so beautiful in the Summer sun. And they are one of my favorite annuals.

Have you planted your Spring/Summer garden yet? Would love to hear about what type of flowers you like to plant in your yard and garden beds.

I’ll post some additional photos of how the flowerbed is progressing along in about 6 weeks. So be sure and stop back by!

Happy Gardening!!!!!!

Getting Lost in a Great Book

Reading has always been a favorite hobby of mine. Enjoying a great book is a really good way to forget about our troubling times. It’s like a vacation in a box! My latest favorite read is “Erasing the Past” by Author Geri Dreiling, an attorney from the St Louis area. As a member of an older population group, the subject matter of her book was particularly interesting to me…… it deals with a solution to an aging face. 🙂

Absolutely loved this beautifully crafted story of love over the course of main character’s Joe and Kate’s marriage and life together. The story line will keep your undivided attention as it travels back and forth from the past to the present chronicling their day to day routines and marriage struggles. The skin cream development, and Kate’s willingness to participate in the lab study from Joe’s work, helps fulfill wants and needs of them both. Joe is not keen about the plastic surgery that Kate wants, so this is a win/win for them both. Work struggles and daily trials and tribulations will keep you on the edge of your seat. Especially the health and marital emotions in their long standing marriage. But perseverance and commitment win in this story!

What are you reading right now? I am always looking for new authors to enjoy and welcome you to share your favorites here.

Stay well! And thanks for stopping by!

Estate Sale Beauty

Do you enjoy Estates sales as much as I do? You can really find some great items at them. A lot of the furniture is very gently used and you cannot beat the pricing. I’m partial to chest of drawers, especially oak ones like this one. I picked this chest of drawers up at an estate sale in my local town. We went on the last day and this beauty was tucked away down in the basement area of the home. The gentleman running the sale gave me a great price on it and I just could not walk away without it.

So once back at my shop I decided to give it some life and a facelift! With a little help from some Dixie Belle Paints I lightened the color with some of their “Fluff” Chalk Paint and then used their Van Dyke Brown Glaze on the top part for some contrast. The new drawer knobs and wood embellishment at the top was found and purchased off of Amazon. Gotta love Amazon!

Here is the transition of the chest, which only took 24 hrs…….

Very simple……….and functional for a bedroom or the end of a hallway to store blankets or towels.

So if it doesn’t sell at the shop this month, it will be placed in our booth at Lakewood 400 to be hopefully adopted into a new home.

Happy thrifting! Please leave a comment when you stop by, as we enjoy hearing from our readers.

Mid-Winter What Nots……..

Well, here we are mid February and more than halfway thru our Winter here in the South. It’s been warm up until the month of February. We’ve already had one snowstorm this month and are waiting for another one to hit this Thursday. Hopefully it won’t be too bad here in the Atlanta area. But I just had to share some photos from our last storm. I’m like a kid…..I still love it when it snows out!

We had another great month at The Lakewood Antique’s Market this past weekend. People were out shopping by the droves. We were excited to be a part of the event and just love being a dealer there too. This was our second month and it was very fun and festive! My favorite bird painting sold too! We were all in a Valentine mood last weekend at the show!

Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a favorite antique market that you like to shop at on the weekend? Would love to hear about it!