Friday, July 21, 2017

Please Pray for Our Little Bentley

My sweet and beloved little Bentley is having vision problems.  At the moment
he is blind.  He has developed a cataract in his left eye.  He is not seeing very 
well from his right eye also.

We are taking him up to Texas A&M University this coming Tuesday
morning for the doggie opthamologist to examine him and see if he is a 
candidate for cataract surgery.  They will also assess his right eye at the 
same time.  Bentley is now 11 1/2 years old.

I love this sweet baby so much. If you would be so kind to please 
remember him in your prayers, I will be so grateful.

Thank you from both of us.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Some New Pillows

A while back, I lightened up my bedroom with some more pink and
green for spring and summer.  I have always loved pink and green in
a bedroom.  Actually, I love pink and green for clothing too.  The first
pillow shams I found were the pink and green check.

Then I found these two Ralph Lauren Yorkshire Rose pillow shams.  
It's a retired pattern, but on eBay and Etsy, it's not too hard to find.  The 
pink and green check shams are custom and have a double ruffle in a
complementary pattern.  I like them with the pink and white toile
plates and the vintage framed botanical print above the bed.

Then I found this ....  a sweet rectangular pillow in the same Yorkshire
Rose pattern.  The pillow is corded in the same fabric and has two
covered buttons.  It's a vintage style pillow which just suits this room.

At the end of the bed is a patchwork quilt.  It's not vintage, but it is 
made with fabric that is made to look as if it is.

This is the first time I have ever had a bedroom with light sage walls and
I love it.  Sage is such a restful color and it's a neutral because just about
any color will compliment it.

Stay cool everyone.  It's very hot and humid here and oh so tempting to
take an afternoon nap.  That's just what Bentley is doing right now.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's My Birthday Today!

It's my birthday today.  I don't celebrate in the big way I once did.
I can remember that I thought it was all down hill when I reached 25!
As it turns out, it wasn't down hill at all, and when I think back, it's
been a life full of fun, and friends, and adventures.  

Here I am in the photo above at my 5th birthday party.  Even though I was
an only child, Mom said that our house was always full of kids from the
neighborhood.  We were always building forts in the backyard or 
digging a hole in the front yard hoping to have an adventure like Alice,
much to my parents chagrin ;-)

By my fifth birthday, I was riding my two wheel bike all around 
the neighborhood from dawn till dusk.  Such fun and carefree days!

One of my close friends was Barbie.  We shared the same birthday, so we had a 
party together.  From the time I was two or three, I followed Barbie around like
a puppy dog.  She was truly like a big sister to me and taught me all the crucial
things I needed to know, like tying my shoes.  

Barbie's older brother, Eddie is the first boy on the right.  As I recall, he 
was two years older than Barbie, so he must have been nine in this photo.
I had the biggest crush on him!  He was my hero and I went to him with my
"big" problems.  I'm sure he was just being nice to me, but in my young mind,
he was future husband material.  

This is my best friend, Nancy.  She was a year older than me and the two of
us were always giggling and having sleep overs at each other's house.  Her
younger brother, Billy went to nursery school with me.

These kids were all my friends until we moved to another house in
another village when I was nine.  There I met more kids and created more
happy memories.  Life was grand, but you know what?  It was still grand
after age 25 and I am still ready to look ahead.

Thanks for taking a stroll with me down memory lane!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bless Your Heart Banana Pudding

Yesterday was my husband David's birthday.  We don't eat a lot of cake
in our house, but we do love pudding ~ especially banana pudding.
So actually, this is birthday banana pudding.

Last year when we had a group of friends over, I served banana pudding
in little jars.  It was so easy to fill the jars, put the lids on,
 and keep in 
the fridge until time to serve.  Then all I had to do was to remove the 
lids, top with whipped cream, and pass them around.

Here is the finished product.  All I did was make some vanilla pudding,
layer vanilla wafers, pudding and banana slices and top with whipped
cream and a couple more slices of banana.

Yum!  And so easy too.

Today I still have two more that will be ready to enjoy whenever
we want.  I am already thinking of other pudding creations to serve
this way.  The possibilities are endless.  It keeps the serving size under
control too.

I hope you enjoyed today's little tip.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Switching Things Around

Sometimes all we need to do is move things around just a little bit and 
we have a whole new and happy outlook.  The weather is so hot here right
now and all I want to do is stay indoors and keep cool.  However, when I 
stay indoors, I start fussing with furniture and accessories.  I especially do this
in my office because I am in here so often.  

I just changed the position of the crib in the dollhouse nursery by angling
it out into the room a bit more and away from the wall.  Tiny, little change,
but I feel better already.  

However, I don't plan on changing the location of the wreath on my 
door because ....

I still like it just the way it is.  Of course it's not etched in stone.
I could always change my mind and hang it over the bed, but not today.
Let me think about it for a minute ... no, not today.

I did switch around the McCoy and USA pottery on the top shelf of
the library stack. This should keep me content for a while.

I still like the miniature cottage on the night stand by the bed. 

And this little bird will still guard the Agatha Christie mysteries.

And the little hutch will remain the same.

Oh but wait, I can be fickle ... I just put this little stack of books back
underneath the bowl of fabric hearts.  They were under the roses in the
hobnail pitcher in the first picture.  Take a close look ... is it just me,
or is that antique fair sign a bit crooked.  Better straighten it or it will
annoy me every time I look at it :-)

Thanks for indulging me.  Stay cool and have a wonderful day!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 10, 2017

Camp Shabby

I constructed this little teepee in the guest room last week and decorated
it with a cowgirl theme.  I was about to take it down, but suddenly I was
inspired to create a very cottage style pretend campsite I am calling
 Camp Shabby.

With three wooden dowels and a canvas tarp from Lowes, I constructed
the teepee in minutes.  No sewing, and no stapling or tacks.  I just wound
string around the dowels, cut a small hole to the tarp to fit through and I
was done.  I headed back to Lowes and found a little white trellis, some
flowers and a little terra cotta planter and I was on my way.

I painted a little sign and added some craft flowers.  The flowers were left
over from the ones I added to the ribbon on the sun bonnet and that is
now hanging on the trellis.

It was a fun way to spend a very hot afternoon here in South Texas.
Hope you enjoyed my little bit of whimsey!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cowgirl Up Glamping

Hey y'all!  I realized that it's been a long, long time since I posted a
glamping scene, so I decided to put one together.  This one is a little
bit different because it's a Wild West style of glamping where we are
not only allowed, but encouraged, to release our inner cowgirl.

I'll tell you what ~ it's way too hot to be glamping out in the back yard,
so I set up a little teepee inside in the guest room where there is air 
conditioning and we can watch old westerns on dvd.  Or, I also have a
big stack of chick flicks.  Take your pick.

Come on inside the teepee.  We have plenty of bling and coziness too.

I'll lend you some of my cowgirl jewelry.

Take off your cowgirl hat and I'll pour you some wine, or sweet tea
if you prefer.  Bentley and I really appreciate you stopping by and
we will do our best to make y'all feel at home.

Well cowgirls, the sun is getting low in the western sky.  Time to
dream about riding the range.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Texas Style 4th of July Picnic

Hey Y'all!  We celebrate the 4th of July down in Texas in a big way.
Now, if you are moseying around my town, you will see both the flag of
the United States of America everywhere and of course our Lone Star state flag.
While we are proud to be Texans, we are proud to be Americans too.
So let's have a picnic to celebrate our independence and our good fortune to
live in this great country!

Ever since I got jazzed about creating a cowgirl up cottage, I have gone full
speed ahead in upping my cowgirl decor.  I swear, I feel like a little girl again
dreaming about riding the trails on my pony.

I keep finding the cutest fabrics :-)

So come on over and make yourself comfy.  Bow your head, and say
a prayer thanking Our Lord that we are so blessed to live in this
great country!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I Need Your Opinion

If you have been reading my blog recently, you know that I have decided
to change the interior of my shed from potting shed decor to a western
theme.  I have been collecting bits and pieces of cowgirl chic and will 
be using some furniture I already own.  After having a couple of 
discussions with my hubby, he is thinking that maybe we should 
take the existing shed down and putting up a new one.  

Now, one would think that I would be jumping up and down to
get a new, bigger and better shed.  However, I am torn.  I am not
sure what I want and now am concerned that this whole process may
take longer than I want.  Unfortunately for me, I am one of those
who wants what I want, when I want it and let's just say that
when an idea pops into my brain, it's full speed ahead.

I purchased five gallons of paint already to paint the interior.  I'm
sure I could use that paint in a new shed, so it won't be a loss.  Currently,
there are no windows in the shed and David has assured me that he can
easily cut some in and install whatever kind I want.  That will be
great.  I have seen some that have front porches.  That would be cute too,
but I am also thinking that the porch will cut down on the interior space.
This shed is currently in it's own space behind our garage and to the side of 
the house.  I don't think the space available will allow me to go too
much bigger, but David thinks we could move it over closer to where 
you see the tree and the ginger on the right.  

So I'm going to show you some sheds and I would like your opinion
on what features y'all feel are best ....

This is really cute, but the front porch is not all that big and I would be
loosing interior space.  Aesthetic wise it is a charmer though.

I went into a shed like this one over at a local vendor.  I like the transom
window because of the appearance and the fact that it will bring in more
light.  When I went inside it did feel a bit larger.

I do like this style.  More windows plus the transom.

The gambrel style roof is nice too because it makes the interior feel
more spacious.

Of course, I could spend some of the money I would spend on a new
shed making some improvements to the existing one.  Windows can
easily be added and maybe installing shiplap in the interior, upgrading
the flooring and adding electric and air conditioning.  I could make 
it very cowgirl posh and be more resourceful.

So let me know what you think.  I'll be anxious to 
hear from y'all!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, June 26, 2017

Have You Lost Your Blogging Passion?

When I first started my blog, I loved it and nurtured it and focused on
it daily.  As my blogging world grew, I met so many new people who
shared this passion and the excitement level was always on high.  There 
were parties to join and themes that provided the chance to share
creations.  It was a whirlwind of happy activity and my life revolved
around it.

I remember people asking me ~ what is a blog and what will this do
for you?  In the early days of this blog, I didn't know what I expected,
I just knew that I loved reading blogs and wanted to be part of the
whole scene.  

It was like tending a garden and watching seeds grow.  There was the
thrill of seeing what was once one little blog post, grow into many new
posts and readers.  In those early days, every activity became a potential
blog post.   My husband teased me about it continually.  I cannot tell 
you how many times I heard him say Is this a blog post???  As the days
and weeks went by, my Mom got involved in the excitement too.  She
would call and say What do you think about this idea for a blog post?
The whole family was immersed in this new world.

Just when I thought I had run out of ideas, another holiday or season 
rolled around and suddenly the creative juices were on high alert.  I 
could hardly wait to pull out dishes and props and set the scene for yet
another vignette.  If creativity is a drug, vignettes became my vehicle
to ecstasy.  Every shopping trip became an expedition for new props
that would add to my cache of creations.  Suddenly my cabinets were
overflowing with necessary items to convey a mood or party theme.

Blogging has it's seasons too.  There comes a time when the life and 
vibrancy of a blog begins to wain.  The creative light begins to dim and
the enthusiasm starts to slip away.  Many of the blogs I once followed have
disappeared.  Some bloggers have changed their formats and others have
just hung up their aprons.  

Technology has changed everything too.  Everything is faster and blogs
begin to pale in comparison to formats like Instagram and Facebook where
the response is quick and the posting is seemingly effortless.  I used to carry
a small camera with me everywhere to snap pics.  I used my Cannon to 
work at home.  There were so many more steps involved in creating a 
blog post.  Now I use my iPhone for photos and editing and speedy uploads
to a variety of social media platforms.  It's changed my world completely.

In a way, blogging has become like letter writing.  We don't write letters
as we once did.  We text and share our news on Facebook, yet receiving a
hand written note brings us so much closer to the author.  It's personal, it's 
lasting, it stays in our memory longer than a text.  The carefully formed 
letters on a piece of stationary are unique to it's writer and become treasured
more and more by it's recipient as the years pass.

While my passion for blogging has taken a vacation recently,  I have
decided that there still is a place for it in my life.  It is evolving just as
the world is evolving around me.  It may not be speedy or shiny and
bright as some new platforms, but it still has a place in my heart and 
hope that it will in yours too.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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