Monday, July 28, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
As we walked through a tiny little house-like structure, we emerged into the most beautiful butterfly garden I have ever seen. It was truly magical! There were lush plants and flowers lining a wandering path through a patio enclosed with a fine mesh. And flying all around us were hundreds of fluttering, beautiful butterflies!! It was one of the most magical experience.
They were all butterflies native to Texas, and they were all around us. They didn't care or bother about us. My daughter put out her hand, and one landed on it just like that!
You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them and see so much more detail.
I tried taking pictures of the butterflies as they flew around us. But they always got lost in the foliage behind them.
All I could think about as I walked among the butterflies is how amazing an artist God is. So much wonder in such a tiny creature!
While we were there, a lovely care-taker took the time to show us all the stages of a butterfly's life, from egg to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to adult. She walked us through the whole garden showing us amazing facts and talking about the flowers butterflies love. As we exited, she handed us a sheet with all the flowers we can grow to attract butterflies to our garden. My husband, daughter and I walked away so inspired and excited to start our own butterfly garden.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The grounds are full of beautiful Texas landscaping from desert to lush, almost tropical settings.
This is my daughter standing next to a huge hibiscus flower. The plants were full of these gorgeous flowers. The size of the flower is unbelievable! They weren't kidding when they said everything in Texas is bigger!
The variety and color of these beautiful flowers is amazing. Each row is marked with the kind of flower it is along with its needs and habits.
Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them and see all the details up close.When we went back in the store, we knew exactly were to go...the seed section. The walls were lined with all the flowers we'd seen and more. There are little packets of specific varieties, or different kinds of blends.
We got a large package of Texas wildflowers, a smaller package specifically for hummingbirds and butterflies, and ten packages of different sunflowers. We also purchased a jar of the yummiest honey and pecan sauce. It is so deliciously yummy! On the way home, we stopped by a fruit stand and bought the juiciest and sweetest peaches ever.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The bedspread and the chenille pillow shams were found separately, but because they're both white with pink touches, you really can't tell that they don't match exactly until you look very closely.
The sheets are white with little pink roses. They're 100% cotton which makes them cool in the summer, warm in the winter and easy as cake to care for. Never any pilling, either. I found them at Ross at a great price and had to snap them up!
Behind the pillow shams, I used vintage pillowcases hand crocheted with the yummiest pink roses. The pictures do not do them justice. The fabric is bright white and the roses are the sweetest pinks. I also carried the crocheted rose theme to the night stand to tie it all in together.
I'm not sure why the pictures came out so dark and dull. It's so white and bright in person and it just makes you want to jump in bed and lay in the patch of sunlight like a cat (especially when the A/C is on and you can enjoy the best of both worlds).
The throw pillows were made by a friend on eBay. She used vintage embroidery and fabrics in all of them mixed in with newer fabrics. She's no longer selling and is devoting all her time to being a wife and mommy.
Caring for chenille is so easy, too. I just pop it in the washing machine on a light cycle and toss it in the dryer on a med-low setting. It always comes out soft, fluffy and smelling wonderful!
Friday, July 11, 2008
The box was all hand decorated with the prettiest Hibiscus Flowers. They are so pretty that my daughter started cutting out for her to keep. I tried to get a good picture of them, but couldn't for some reason (must be the camera).
Everything was wrapped inside pretty paper and sealed with a little label the said, "Congratulations" on it. When I removed the paper, out pops Jan's kit. She's so thoughtful. It's full of tons of goodies!
The Flea Market Floosie kit is full of everything you can possibly need when you're out antiquing, junking or flea marketing. The cutest pink mesh bag is printed with a big pink hibiscus flower on it (you can see it peeking out from behind the flip-flops on the left) was stuffed full of on-the-go necessities: A pink sport bottle complete with non-slip grip and a ez-freeze gel tube that will keep my water nice and cold all day; a tub of handi-wipes; pink hand sanitizer; pink coin purse; band-aids; mini note pad with a pink pen; pink personal fan complete with batteries; two bags of yummy roasted almonds (there's only one now and I don't think the other one will make it to the weekend - I love nuts!); and pink Stride gum. In addition, for after-shopping care, there is a pedicure kit and a fluffy pink scrubby to wash with. I love that everything is color co-ordinated in PINK!
I couldn't believe how wonderful and useful this little kit is. I always think about taking these kind of things with me when I go junking, but I always forget! Now I have everything I need organized in this wonderful kit. All I have to do is hang it over my wheely basket handles and I'm ready to go. THANK YOU so much, Jan, I love it!
Jan has a wonderful blog full of all kinds of fun posts and pictures of her beautiful flowers. She and her sister make the best gift baskets for her church. And she even has an Etsy store. Pop on over to her blog and drop her a note. I'm sure she'd love to meet you!