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February 14, 2018

PIONEER WOMAN DECOR LOVE

If you follow me on YouTube you know that I am knee deep in refreshing our Master Bedroom on a strict budget.  I was in need of a large swatch of color on one wall and didn't want to bring in another picture so I immediately thought a plate wall would be a fun alternative.


Our home is very casual, colorful and cottagey so I new the pretty plates would fit right in.  Plus I

January 20, 2018

MAKING THE MOST OF THE WINTER HOLIDAYS

I woke up this morning to wet sidewalks and drizzle in the air.  It seems winter has decided to show up in Southern California after all, at least for a few days anyway.  As much as I have been complaining about our lack of cool weather, I'm not at all sure I am loving it as I crawl out bed and reach for my warm, fuzzy robe in the morning.


I have been busy preparing Lemon Lane Cottage for Valentines Day.  I don't do much but I like to

January 16, 2018

2018 - THE YEAR TO GROW

Every time I think I'm finding my blogging groove once again a nasty thing called time pulls on me with it's finite limits and fickle interruptions and before I know it a week or two has passed me by and I have failed to put words to page once again.  But short of rewinding the clock (and I have yet to figure out how to do that and if I would care to any way) I need to let go of my lack of perfection in the past and just pursue the possibility of today.


I have decided 2018 is my year to "grow".  As a gardener this has me excited in so many ways but

January 4, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

Hello my friends.  I do love fresh starts and new beginnings and I am so excited to be starting a brand new year with all its possibilities still waiting to unfold.  I have just today put the last of my Christmas totes back into the attic and am busily reorganizing three rooms in our home (yes, three...all at the same time) hoping to give a little breathing space to our small cottage.


I don't know about you but I tend to use our spare room (aka the grandboys room) as a dumping

December 7, 2017

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF THE DINING ROOM

I can't believe the first week of December is already behind us.  Please tell me it's not just because I'm getting older but isn't time just flying by?   I finally finished decorating our cottage and am so excited to start sharing it with you. 


I really went with a happy cottage vibe this year and color is definitely front and center.  I have tried

November 21, 2017

A BUSY NOVEMBER AND A THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE

I know December is supposed to be the busier month and November the more laid back, pre-holiday, dream and plan month but that hasn't been true around here.  It seems October ended with a relaxed little gathering of girlfriends and November rushed in with wave after wave of busy days.


Not that I'm complaining...at all.  It has all been good stuff including time with friends and family,

October 27, 2017

A LITTLE HALLOWEEN GATHERING

I invited a few girlfriends over for little Halloween gathering last night and I wanted to share all the festive decor I came up using mostly Dollar Tree or hand crafted goodies.  This shin dig has been in my head and the preparation stages for over a month so I've had plenty of time to gather a little of this and a little of that plus come up with a crafty gift or two for my guests.


The list maker in me loves a little party planning and this get together was no exception.  After