Category: yards

Christmas in July!

July 21, 2018

I just had the best weekend ever! When I was growing up in Ohio, I had four great friends I hung around with in school, girl scouts, church and everything else important in our 8-14 year old lives:

friends photo

I am on the left if you could not guess. What do you think of my orange plaid pants? LOL I moved away from my group of friends when I was only 14 years old. Went clear across the country to MA with my family where I am still around. It was a very hard time.

But can you believe that this past weekend, after 45 years! we got together here at my home in NH! We clicked right away again and brought up old memories and laughed and laughed and laughed all weekend!

friends photo 2

We are reversed in order from the first photo. Such a great time we had. Somehow we starting talking about  parties. Did you all ever hear of a Christmas in July party?



I never have but can’t wait to have one! For those who do not know what Christmas in July is, around July 25, people have a summer party get-together and the theme is Christmas.






More food:

christmas tree










And Centerpieces:

diy tree


I think it is a great idea for a summer party! I found all kinds of ideas on Pinterest here. So much fun! I love the idea. Have you ever had a Christmas in July party? Please share details!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

My Fall Front Porch

September 25, 2016

The temperatures sure have dropped this past week in the Northeast. We even had a freeze warning last night! The trees are just beginning to change their colors:


This weekend I decided it would be a good time to start a little Fall decorating. I always seem to begin decorating outdoors first. Here is my front porch getting ready for Autumn:


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Outdoor Rug Magic

March 31, 2016

Looking for a way to make your outdoor area more comfortable and inviting? If I had to suggest one item that can transform your front porch as well as your backyard deck, my suggestion would be an outdoor rug:



front rug


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A Few Random Thoughts and Good Advice

March 8, 2016

* It is that time of year again when our thoughts and projects are beginning to include outdoors. If you are planning on using wood mulch this year, take notice:  Please do not use red-dyed wood chips in your yard! You are trying to make your garden look beautiful and your landscape natural. The wood chips that are dyed red are not natural looking. A better color choice to use outdoors with your plantings is brown- like the color of Earth. Mother Nature  will thank you, (and so will your neighbors)!



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Signs Of Autumn

September 13, 2015



Hard to believe, but the calendar says Fall is coming. The leaves are starting to turn and my local farm stand has decorated their huts:



I am not quite ready to let go of the Summer yet, but I do love looking at inspirational photos to get myself ready:

white p


pump flower




fall centerpiece


house number pumpkins


white pumpkin


Look how easy and cute this idea is for flowerboxes:

little pumpkins






Isn’t this basket beautiful?:

fall basket




This was my Fall decorated porch last year:


my porch

I better start planning for this year. I have found that is the key for the best arrangements- planning it out first.



This has been my number one pin this Autumn so far:



If you would like to look at more Fall photos, visit my Pinterest board here. You do have to admit that Autumn is the prettiest Season of all:

fall glory




Happy Autumn My Decorating Friends!

Flower Tip I Learned Today

September 5, 2015

Are you still enjoying your outdoor summer garden? If you are looking to replace your tired-looking planters, like mine,  you can  find a few annuals and planters, (amongst the mums), that are still full and gorgeous by taking a trip to your local garden store: new petunias Each of these planters above, there are two, were originally priced at $35.00 each. The store sold them to me for only $10.00 each! They are practically giving them away if you are looking for a little late summer sunshine on your porch. Petunias are still going strong here in NH: petunias While I was at the garden store, the owner asked if I knew the correct way to deadhead petunias. Now I am not a master gardener, but I thought I knew the correct way to break off the dead flower: dead flower I always pinched it like this at the base of flower: base of flower Well, that answer is wrong. I learned the correct place to snap off the spent flower is at the base of the stem it is on. Like this: base of stem That way you do not end up with seed pods growing. Like this: seed pods I am sure some of you already knew this. But I received so many letters after I wrote about not throwing away those dead orchids here: orchid2 I was not the only one who did not know that flower fact! The orchids are again re-blooming and are beautiful! Hopefully I taught you a new trick with your petunias also. I hope you all had a chance to read my interview this week on Maria Killam’s blog, Color Me Happy here. It was so exciting for me to be featured. She is like a color superstar! 🙂 Have a great Holiday weekend everyone! Kelly