Thrifting Find……..Display Jackpot!

I’m always looking and searching for unique display pieces for my shop! I found this cutie at a local antique place and I just couldn’t resist it. It’s a mini easel back bulletin board. And it’s just perfect for notes, jewelry, decorative pins or antique brooches. I’m using it to display some jewelry at the shop. But it’s small enough that I can also take it and use it on my display table at shows I do from time to time.

It’s just the right color too…..especially love the fabric they used on the padded part of it!

And I only paid $20 for it…………couldn’t go wrong at that price!

Ok, so now to my favorite thing in the world……….what are you reading this week? I’m partially thru Jodi Thomas’s book, “Mornings on Main”. The book is set in a quilt shop, in the small town of Laurel Springs, Texas. It’s very heartwarming as the main character, Jillian, helps the aging quilt shop proprietor, catalog all her quilts and retire from the business. I’m about a third of the way thru it and cannot put it down. Enjoying the small town vibe and all the engaging characters. Looking forward to reading more of Jodi Thomas’s books. This is the first book I have read by her. Can’t wait to read the rest of them!

Hope everyone has a lovely 4th of July week! We’ll be at work most of the week, then relaxing on the 4th. What are you all up to on Independence Day?

Sunflowers Always Make Me Smile!

Do Sunflowers make you smile? They always bring a smile to my face and that makes everything much cheerier. I planted some this year from seeds, at the shop, and they are doing really great. I used the Two Queens Sunflower Seeds by Botanical Interests. They were purchased at Pikes Nursery and the plants should grow to 5-7 feet tall when they are full grown. They are doing great and headed to be in that range of height.

This is our puppy Chloe helping me check on the garden!

Here are some more photos of our hydrangeas at the shop. I spread coffee grounds around their base last Fall and with all the rain we had, it has resulted in an abundance of gorgeous blooms! Just had to share these with you……they are my favorite Spring flower, in case you can’t tell…

If you enjoy reading as much as I do, then you will want to hear about this new book out from Susan Mallery. The title is: The Summer of Sunshine & Margot. I was able to get an advance copy by being on her review team. It was such a great feel good Summer read about two sisters and their careers paths. Packed full of romance, goodness and family dynamics. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. So I definitely recommend that this be added to your Summer reading list!

Here is Chloe and me enjoying our reading session………:)

What are you reading this Summer……I’m always looking for new authors to enjoy!

Do You Love to Read as Much as I Do?

I have spent many Spring & Summer afternoons reading while the kids napped or at the beach/pool. It’s really very relaxing for me and like a mini vacation.

One of my favorite authors is Wendy Wax. She is a very popular southern author and has several bestsellers published. I just finished reading “A Week at the Lake”. It’s a super fast read and a intriguing tale about friendship and deception. It will definitely keep your attention throughout the book! And the best part is, that I picked it up in the book section of Goodwill! Love when I find a treasure like this!

Well, the gardens at my shop are really coming along with all the sun and rain that we have had the past few weeks. And you know that I love flowers. Also, my cherry tomato plant has reseeded itself for the third year in a row. Here’s a photo of last year and this year. We are very excited to have it appear again. Looking forward to lots of salads.

Of course I have to show you some more photos of the hydrangeas & impatients that are blooming profusely at the shop……must have been all those Spring showers! Hydrangea blooms are my all time favorite flower.

Well, that’s all for today…….do you have a favorite book that you would like to share? I’m always looking for something good to read in the Summertime!

Don’t You Just Love a Good Neighborhood Garage Sale?

This is my favorite time of the year……not only because of the Spring blossoms, but because of all the garage sales. You can find the best stuff there! Our neighborhood sale was last weekend and I scored these cuties. They were actually out at the curb with the great big FREE sign on them. It can’t get any better that that when on a hunt for treasures. Plan to repaint them and make them into planters. They are perfect for that use.

Of course I just have to share some more floral photos from our business and home. The flowers are just too pretty not to show you!

I did find this cute treasure at a local flea market this past Sunday, and I just love it. The mirror is embellished with Swarovski Crystals and it is gorgeous! I cannot pass up mirrors and love small mirrors of all kinds.

This sign was at the same flea market and it is so true. Because I always feel like I am going back in time and down memory lane as I stroll thru antique malls.

That’s all for now…….come on by and see me at my shop in Downtown Woodstock. You can find me at House and Garden Boutique, by the Big Chair on Main St in Woodstock, GA. I’ll let you all know when my chairs are all painted and ready for display!

What colors do you think I should paint them? I’m up for suggestions! 🙂

Who is Your Favorite Author?

I love to read and one of my favorite authors is Wendy Wax, who lives right here in the Atlanta area. All her books are always so fun to read. Makes me relax too, like a mini-vacation!

I found this copy of “A Week at the Lake” at our local Goodwill. One of my favorite things to do is to look thru the book department at salvage places. You can really find some great reads, in excellent condition. This particular book would be an excellent one to take on vacation. It’s easy to read and just flows.

What are you reading right now?

Do You Think I Love Flowers?

Spring is so beautiful in Atlanta, that I can’t help but to keep sharing the beautiful blooms and blossoms. They make me want to smile when I see them!

Here are some more from around our business and a few from the herb garden that I planted out front yesterday……..

Above the bed photo, are the herbs I planted: lemongrass, thyme & basil. And above those photos is tarragon (next to sunflowers). Next to the bed is my cluster of rosemary. I planted those 16 yrs ago when we opened our store. And they are still thriving. If you cut them when they are flowering and place them in a vase of water, they last about three weeks. And they smell so good. Can’t wait to get cooking with all those yummy herbs!

Ready for Easter?

Just a few photos of my indoor decorations at my home. I don’t decorate as much as I used too…..but still get that urge to put a few of my holiday items out each year!

Our dining room table……..and my new dough bowl full of color……..

And a few other dabbles of Easter & Spring!

One of the last blooms off the Camelia my Mom gave us when we moved into this house……..

Love, love dogwood trees………our tree out back at our shop……..

Well, that’s all for now…….I hope I inspired you to decorate a little bit for Spring & Easter!

Spring Floral Beauty in the South

Just needed to share the beautiful French Lilacs from our back yard in Atlanta. Freshly cut last evening

My Mom always had a bunch of fresh lilacs in a beautiful vase in the kitchen all Spring long. I can almost remember smelling the fragrance of fresh garden flowers throughout the house. Mom had the most beautiful perennials gardens along the back of the house and used to work in the garden every morning. Fresh flowers always make me feel closer to my Mom in heaven.

Do you have a favorite Spring flower?