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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 mostly because it presents the chance for any tiny seed of a dream to sprout into one more flower in the beautifully imperfect and willy nilly garden that is my life. 


One of the things you quickly learn when you try to grow things in the ground is that not all seeds will bloom to their fullest.  Some will remain dormant beneath the surface, some will peek out only to be pinched off before they are big enough to flower, some will grow and be crowded out by weeds and others will burst forth in places you hadn't intended and put on the biggest show of all.


But that is where the excitement of gardening lies, isn't it?  Being brave enough to cast the seeds and having faith to know that if they are well watered and fertilized a few of them will blend into the tapestry of a truly deep and varied garden full of unexpected pops of color and yes, an occasional weed that needs to be pulled.

If we wanted perfection, we would settle for a beautiful but stagnant painting.


There was a time when I thought that was the goal, the ultimate dream...a safe and pretty life.  But now I can look back and see that those imperfections, those weeds, are what has made me see the beauty of the flowers that have sprouted in my life's garden all the clearer.

Here's to a 2018 full of growth!  May your flowers be many and your weeds be manageable and few.

xo, Patty

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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

October 11, 2017

THE FUN OF HALLOWEEN DECOR

I haven't always embraced Halloween.   There was a time when I was careful to go the "cute" route with happy pumpkins and bales of hay (not that there is anything wrong with that) sticking to what would naturally occur in my decor.

Halloween decor

Maybe it's having grand boys around or maybe it's just not really caring as much what my house

September 27, 2017

FALL HOME TOUR

I finally finished the last of the Fall decorating around the cottage over the weekend and now I can't wait to share it with you.  I love the colors of fall because they blend so beautifully with the existing color scheme of our home.


The biggest change this year is the hint of robin's egg blue I tried to incorporate into my mostly