Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 76

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 76!
Post your latest brainstorm and find some inspiration to trigger your creative side.
As usual, the links from last weeks party were simply wonderful.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 75.
Tour Through Blogland at Making it in the Mountains. Kristi gives us a tour of her home and some of the wonderful rustic details they have added so far.  Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in the coming days.
My Kitchen - New Counters at Suburbs Mama. Rita longed for granite counters and she was rewarded for her patience with these lovely new counters. Such a bright and sun filled space!
Pulling it all together-Hymns and Verses at A Stroll Thru Life. Marty is featuring one of her favorite bloggers - Doreen from Hymns and Verses - who shares her recently updated master bedroom. Such a classic and inviting look!
Restoring a Hutch to a Bedroom Armoire at Seeking Lavender Lane.  Inspired by Restoration Hardware, Deb gave new life to a Craigslist find for her daughters bedroom. I am so loving the vintage mirror detail she added to the cabinet doors.
Simple Pleasures of the Garden at Creative Country Mom. Brook shows us her cottage gardens in all their summer splendor. Such a lovely view to come home to.
Whale Beach Tote at The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom. Mellisa shows off her oh-so-cute beach tote that she made using a purchased plain canvas bag, some fabric paint and a fun beach theme.
Easy Blueberry Jam at Roxy's Kitchen. Roxy shares a simple 3-ingredient recipe for Blueberry Jam. You know I love my blueberries, so I will be giving this recipe a try for sure.
Pumpkin Bread at Yesterfood. Joy shares a recipe perfect for the upcoming fall season. She describes this pumpkin bread as "deliciously moist and full of the rich flavors of Autumn". It sounds like a win, win to me.
Veggie Spring Rolls with Two Dipping Sauces at Hello Little Home. Ginnie shares a favorite recipe for Veggie Spring Rolls. It's always good to find a tasty way to eat more veggies.
Slow Cooker Zesty Potatoes and Sausage at All She Cooks. Jessica shares a savory crockpot recipe. Easy and delicious - can't go wrong!
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Summertime thru the Lens. In this post, I share about our 'easy living' summer and some of the simple moments that I have captured with my camera.

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Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Scenes from the Road 10 - Rabble-rouser's

We have driven past this piece of history for many years now. New Hampshire has quite a sordid political past with its 'first in the nation presidential primary' status and all the years of hard fought campaigns that have marched throughout the state.
This 10' tall wooden 'Trojan Horse' stands along the side of Route 4 in Epsom, New Hampshire. The original horse was built in 1975 to protest the United Nations. Back in the day, the horse was surrounded by white crosses marked with the names of different communist countries symbolizing the graveyard of captive nations.
It stood defiantly for some 10 years before it was burned to the ground by vandals who most likely disagreed with the political stance the horse represented. The original creator along with some fellow conservatives promptly built this second horse to replace the charred remains.
The builder felt the UN was a destructive body that would bring an end to the American way of life. Its  former days of glory are over and the once determined equine now stands as a worn reminder of days gone by. You can read more about this story here.
Another day and another drive found us passing this big guy peacefully grazing in a pasture.
A few years ago, the local paper had run a story about a great adventure that this mischievous Joe had taken. He had mysteriously disappeared from his usual hangout only to be found later parked in front of the local police station. Adding insult to injury, it is said that one of the boars bandit's was a policeman from that very station.
My guess is that it was intended to be a silly prank that went a bit too far. The shenanigans are long since over and the portly swine has been returned to his home. Small towns have long memories and I have a feeling this story will live on for many years to come.
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summertime Thru the Lens

"Easy living" seems to describe our days of late. It truly is the simple things that bring us the greatest joy.
Warm, gentle breezes - always welcome.
The precious gift of time...
.....with our beloved 'Charlie Boy'.
Quiet moments with a really good book.
Discovering wild flowers....
...when you least expect them.
Newly painted vistas with each passing storm.

This classic rendition of 'Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald' captures the feeling of our summer this year.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 75

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 75!
Are you ready to party! Share your latest inspiring post and spend some time visiting some of the other links. You will find yourself lost in a sea of creativity and imagination.
Last weeks party was a wonderful mix of projects - each idea unique and special!
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 74.
How to Build Your Own Chevron Barn Door at Lou Lou Girls. Jessica explains the steps involved to recreate this gorgeous sliding barn door. This is such a great character adding design feature for any room.
How to Make a Children's Tent at My Frugal Adventures. Charlene and her husband made their little girl this fun collapsible tent for her birthday and share the steps involved to recreate it.
Raw Edge Applique at Run'n Stitch. Kathi explains how to do Raw Edge Applique and shares her favorite tool that simplifies the process.
4 DIY Cable Spool Projects at Artsy VaVa. Artsy A gift of some cable spools inspired Artsy Vava to create several different projects and she shares 4 of them in this post, including this unique multipurpose table.

Preserved Lemons at Eliza Ellis. Eliza blogs from Australia and says it is peak season for lemons right now. In this post, she explains how to preserve lemons and promises to share more lemon recipes in the coming days.
Gluten Free Cheesy BBQ Casserole Bites at Almost Supermom. Jordyn shares a savory recipe that she says kids love and you can freeze and heat for a quick lunch.
Strawberry & Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich at What Rose Knows. Rose shares a recipe for this delicious and healthier grilled cheese sandwich that sounds like a must try.
A Duo of Dippables with Honey Sriracha Mayo at The Woks of Life. Bill remembers many a request for 'chicken fingers' from his daughter's childhood. The memories inspired him to create two different recipes - Chicken Fingers and Tofu Fries - and a flavor filled sauce for dipping.
Chilled Watermelon Soup at Domestic Mommyhood. Bekki shares a favorite recipe for Chilled Watermelon Soup. This could make a wonderful lunch on a hot Summer day.
Twinkies Banana Cream Pie at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina thinks she may have created the perfect dessert and I think she could be right. If you are a Twinkie fan, you are probably going to think so too.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - DIY Fridge Liners. A find at the dollar store had me making new liners for our refrigerator. In this post, I share my favorite way of making them and why I like to use them.

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Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
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Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
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I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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