Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pinterest ... the new Xanadu!

X is for Xanadu

Xanadu, Noun :  a place of great beauty, luxury, and contentment.
Well, that about sums up my feelings about Pinterest!
Have YOU discovered Pinterest?  It is an amazing place to discover the desires of your heart and awaken your senses and dream about all the things you want to make, places you want to go and homes you want to build and decorate! But it is also a place where, if you are not careful, you will be sucked in and have your brain replaced with mush and when you emerge, will walk around like a zombie constantly repeating "must have PINS, must have PINS". 
 I have spent so much free time on Pinterest lately that I have completely neglected my blog and the blogs of my friends.  So here's the 411 on Pinterest, basically it is a virtual bulletin board where you can save (PIN) all the amazing things you find on the internet. You decide the categories for your pin boards and name them whatever you want. For example, I have a pin board titled "Food for thought" where I save yummy recipes I find while surfing.
 I have another pin board titled "Deck the Halls" where I save all the really cute ideas I find for Christmas. 
 When I first started Pinning, I thought to myself "ok, this is cool but I am NOT going to get sucked into this. I'll just set up a couple of boards to save things I REALLY want to do". HA! Famous last words!  I now have 46 separate PIN Boards and 2,942 Pins (things I've saved) and I have 67 followers on Pinterest.  I have Pin boards for pictures of cute little animals, pictures of farms and country roads and fall decorating. 
 My Nephew is getting married next year so I've set up a Pin board just for them to collect all things wedding. His adorable fiance' has started Pinning as a result. 
So now that I've piqued your interest, here's a link to MY PIN BOARDS! 
I've actually contemplated starting a new feature on my blog titled 
My Favorite PINS of  the Week so I can at least tie the two together. Anyone else up for a meme of this type?  
So yes, Pinterest is a place of great beauty, luxury, and contentment and a lot of fun ... a virtual Xanadu! Just make sure if you go, you book a round trip ticket! 
I'm linking this to Jenny Matlock and Alphabe Thursday for the letter X!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Scripture in Pictures Sunday

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Have  a wonderful week everyone!  xxoo Nan

Friday, September 16, 2011

PINK Angel's Trumpets!

Happy PINK Saturday everyone!
A few weeks ago I was inspecting a client's yard, a very boring landscape with not much to look at until I spied this spectacular beauty glowing from it's little forgotten corner of the yard.

This amazing plant is Brugmansia, commonly known as Angel's trumpets and closely related to Datura, both plants are in the family Solanaceae.

Brugmansia is a small to mid-size tree with large, strongly scented  trumpet-shaped flowers. These flowers hang downward on the Brugmansia but grow erect on the Datura.

Angel's Trumpets is native to Central and South America and are listed as a perennial. They are very easy to grow but will not tolerate cold weather. However; Brugmansia is quite content growing in a large pot so those of you in colder climates could bring it indoors for the winter!

I love the delicate look of the PINK flowers but don't let that sweet persona fool you! All parts of this plant are extremely poisonous and could be fatal if ingested by humans or animals.

The flower color of Angel's Trumpets ranges from white to pale pink, yellow, peach, pale orange and bright pink.
If you would like to see more pictures of Brugmansia or read more about this amazing plant I suggest you check out the website BGI Brugmansia Growers International.
Please stop by How Sweet the Sound and say HI to Beverly, our host each week for PINK Saturday!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

V is for Veggies ... Fall Veggies!

   While most of you in other parts of the country are watching the leaves turn to beautiful shades of Red and Yellow and anticipating the first nip of cool air, I am hanging on to warmer weather as long as I can! This past weekend I pulled out the tired tomato plants that so faithfully supplied us with a bumper crop throughout the summer and cleaned up my small garden patch of weeds and dead plants in preparation for our Fall garden. 

The Pepper plants I planted back in March are still going strong so I left those in place. 

The Birdhouse gourds I had such BIG plans for, were a disappointment, only producing three gourds. Well, that's not actually true, they produced many more small gourds but they all rotted on the vine when they were just a few inches long. But, I still left the vines in place just in case they get a second wind.

I planted three new tomato plants, knowing I will probably only harvest a few tomatoes before the first frost takes them out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed we don't get a frost before the end of November!

Mr. Bubble loves salad but it's just too darn hot here in the summer to grow lettuce so our Fall garden includes quite a few lettuce plants, four different varieties to be exact. I'm really looking forward to having our own fresh lettuce and hope it does well. 

Cucumbers usually do really well here in the Summer but for some reason they were a total bust this past Summer so I'm going to give them a second chance in my Fall garden. I swear these things double in size every night!

I also planted a new Basil plant (I LOVE fresh basil in recipes) and I planted one more Blackberry plant which won't produce till next summer. If you plant a Fall garden I would love to hear what you plant too.
I'm linking the post to Alphabe Thursday and the Letter V at Jenny Matlocks
and Fall in Love Linky Party at Decor to Adore

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vintage, RED Rooster mug

My Aunt gave me this RED Rooster mug about thirty years ago. I don't know how it came into her possession, how old it is, or where it was made but I love it's quirkiness! 

I love the shape of the mug, I think it is a little on the feminine side. Even the handle is more feminine!

 but if you come closer and look inside......

You see, it is not for a woman at all, it is a mustache mug! 
I could be wrong but I don't think it is very old, probably made in the 60's or 70's. 

This is the mark found on the bottom of the mug, it says "Royal Crown". If anyone has any more info on this mug I would love to hear it! 
I'll be linking this post to:
REDnesday at It's a Very Cherry World
Vintage Thingy Thursday at Colorado Lady.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scripture in Pictures Sunday

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scripture in Pictures Sunday

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