Wednesday, April 27, 2016

~ Charming Texas Cottage ~

This Charming Texas Cottage is the Definition of Historic Chic

Texas has no shortage of expansive mansions and rustic country digs. So when a luxurious property shows up that combines authentic 19th-century history with spacious ease, it has to be good.
The main house on this stunning Fredericksburg property revels in the natural texture of cottage living without sparing in luxury. Any aspiring dinner party hosts looking for a unique Texas-inspired space? This dining room brings back a sense of the Old West, but with a chic twist.


Giant slab tiles accent the kitchen, complete with all of the gadgets and a rustic dining table.


A cozy living room is complete with the required roaring fireplace.


For those more inclined to hot baths and a book in bed, the bedrooms also include a little fire and a beautiful view.


But wait, there’s more! This cottage property actually comes with two houses.
The second, albeit smaller, house is an original structure from the 1850's. According to the property listing, this is one of the original 75 structures from the townsite of Fredericksburg. It even has a front porch worthy of a 19th-century Texan.
Not to be outdone, the historic cottage has been fitted out for guests or extended family in seamless luxury that mirrors the main house.
The log-cabin walls give the four-room cottage an historic feel complete with a fireplace.


What log cabin would be complete without a garden tub and a killer view upstairs?


The whole compound centers around a lush, private courtyard with plenty of arbors.


For those looking to expand, the property also comes with a large garage and workshop.


A red barn completes this classic Texas ensemble.
That’s a lot of real estate on a half acre of land. For a cool $3.3 million, it’s all yours. You can find out more about this stunning property at Sotheby’s.
I'm ready to move in!  How about you?
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

~ The Enchanting Rose's 8th Teacup Exchange ~

 Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose recently hosted the eighth teacup/mug exchange. This is the second time I've participated and I love doing so! This time there were 167 ladies that participated and they were from all over the world.  I am amazed that Stephanie doesn't just pull all of her hair out organizing the exchange!  :) We send to one person and receive from another so this offers a glimpse of the immense talent she has to coordinate this event. Thanks a million, Stephanie!

My beautiful and creative gift was from Wendy of  September Violets  She lives near Lake Ontario in Ontario, Canada. I highly recommend that you visit her blog and see how amazingly talented and creative she is. You will be so interested when you see the lovely gifts she sent my way! The photos of areas in Canada are stunning as well.

My photography is not that good, as usual. This photo shows a portion of the incredible gifts. 

A close up of the darling card she made! Please note the red & white polka dots she made the moose from as well as added touches on other items.

A beautiful maple leaf!

Lovely gift tags

My beautiful mug, delicious coffee and the mug rug she made!

The darling moose, the aspen trees, greenery and, of course, the red and white polka dots!

A package of maple leaf candies.

This is the "real" thing...and may I say, delicious?

The container of "real" maple syrup was in the container with the red * white polka dot fabric.

 There's nothing like the honest-to-goodness real maple syrup!  Needless to say, I have not shared it. :)

I'm sure you'll agree that Wendy went above and beyond in pampering me. I was like a little child at Christmas when I opened the package. I am so grateful to her and to Stephanie for introducing us.

My gift went to Ida of Wishes, Dreams and Other Things. I didn't even think to photograph the items sent to her. :/

Give some thought to joining the next exchange ~ you'll be so happy you did!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

~ Changes, Depression and So Much Rain! ~

I don't want to be a Debbie Downer so will keep this short!  I just haven't been in a good place lately, thus less visiting and posting. Grief is a really strange experience and there are so many ups and downs. Those that have experienced a tremendous loss, understand.  I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone to have them understand.  Most of the time now I'm in a better place and think of all the fun times with Abby. Other times, the pain of loss hits and nothing interests me...blogging, projects, reading, watching TV, you name it!  I'm
feeling better now and just thought I'd explain where I've been.


I'm in the mood to change my bathroom decor. I'll share some photos of how it looks today and the last 2-1/2 years!  :)  My wall of crosses will remain. It's difficult to get a full photo of them due to the lack of space and the lighting is not good either. Here are just a few  way too many!

Trying for the full wall....

This is one of my favorites...

Another's from New Mexico. I absolutely love silver and turquoise!

I hope you can see clearly what this one is made of!  :)  It's a DIY for sure and offers a wonderful opportunity to release any anger or tension you might have. Just pound in nails, add some screws, bolts, an old key and any other findings. Slap some paint on and call it good!

 Shower Curtain

Yes, I love color!

The metal angel is "Maria" and she is from Mexico!

Toothbrush included...just keepin' it real!  :)

I have a few ideas of how I might change things. Any suggestions?

You've probably heard about all the rain we've been having...with more forecast. So many areas are flooded again and it's so sad!  Houston is really having problems. There was a very severe hail storm recently and so much damage resulted. A friend of mine was having company come into town over the weekend and there were no rental cars available!  People with vehicles that were ruined are using them. There are roofing jobs for the next 2 years. Please remember these people in prayer!

Saturday, April 2, 2016