Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Hi Friends,
Hope you all enjoyed a Happy 4th of July!!

It's that time for Christmas in July

Every item is on sale to jump start your
summer and pre-holiday shopping.

Using coupon code
HOLIDAY 30 at checkout 
to receive 30% off all or any item in the shop,
now July 5th through August 1st.

Lots of new items have hit the shelves
and many more on the way.
New sign designs, word treasures, rose paintings, decorative art and hand crocheted items!
Thank you in advance for stopping by, visiting, browsing and saying hello.
Enjoy this new month and Happy July!!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Chick Pea Summer Salad

Want a cold side dish salad perfect for summer?

Here's what you'll need!

I found the recipe a few years ago on the side of the chick pea can.
It's easy, quick and everyone loves it as a side dish to summer

Chick Pea Salad
One or two cans of Chick Peas. 
Adjust how many cans depending on how much you need.
One large cucumber or two small.
Cut and quartered.
I left the skin on the cucumbers after washing really well.
The skin helps to give the salad  some crunch and keeps the
cucumbers from getting soggy.
One red bell pepper chopped.
Three tablespoons canola or olive oil per can of chick peas used.
Two tablespoons red wine vinegar per can of chick peas used.
Salt, pepper, dried basil flakes and parsley.
Toss well and refrigerate.
Before serving you can top grated Parmesan 
or shredded cheese for added flavor.
Serve cold

Great to make ahead for a BBQ!

Hope you're all having a great summer.

***Enjoy the last week of June***

See you next time.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This That and Other Changes

There's one thing for certain in life, 
changes do happen.
Life evolves and nothing stays the same forever.

Some things we wish stayed the same, but the truth is
we learn, grow and find better ways to direct our lives.

The one true constant however,
is our Lord's love and faithfulness.
For this and more, I have a grateful heart!

For many of us, blogging has certainly changed or at least the time spent here
posting and visiting.
Good or bad, it's the way it is.
Well, again we grow in and out of our journey and our direction changes.

Lately, I've been working in many old and new areas that take time and lots of effort.
Long hours on the computer at times and lots of studio time designing.

Yes, as many of you have noticed,
I'm here less, but will continue to post when their is something to share 
and catch up on!!
I've heard that many of you are doing the same thing.

Instagram has truly helped on this path.
Continuing to stay in touch with so many dear friends from blogland that have also joined IG
has been great.
Sharing our daily lives, creations, photos, events and more.
like the name implies,
 it's Instant!
If you are already there, I would love to follow you.
My link for IG is HERE!

My shop on etsy,  Rose Garden Market started off a bit slow for spring,
but after some marketing redirects, I'm busier then ever and loving every minute 

Lots of new goodies are on the way to the shelves
and signs are some of the latest styles.

some of you have seen on line,  2 months ago, I was invited to design for

After lots of research, Q&A's with the company and so on,
I joined the team and having a great time.
My designs range from my original hand paintings, photography and more
changing them to high resolution images to be used on
home decor and apparel.
The above collage of pillows is a little preview on some of my designs.
These pillows are created and sewn using high quality fabrics
and available with or without the inserts.
Being custom orders, most items in my collection take 4-6 or 6-8 weeks.
Others like totes, are usually about a week to manufacture.
So far, this has been a great new challenge.
I will see as time goes along how it  will continue to flow with my schedule!

In other areas, I am also working for my hubbies company,
LJS Consulting LLC.
At the moment, I am designing his website 
and traveling along at times when business takes us out of town.

On the home front,
we completed many home projects and one of those being
my garden bike created for the front yard under the Magnolia tree.

This bike was actually my son's bike for his 13th birthday years ago.
When I shared with him, I was on the hunt for a vintage bike to garden up, 
he offered me his old bike to re-purpose.
Being a racer style, we took off all the brakes, wires and extras,
then spray painted it in this wonderful aqua.
I found the baskets at Hobby Lobby and fashioned them with wire 
to the front and back.
Lastly I created this little "garden tour" sign and it was
ready to anchor to the tree.
You can't see the security anchors,but they are there
to keep the bike from falling over 
and well, 
someone liking it to the point they decide to walk away with it.

Being on a roll with the color aqua 
this pretty shade of blue found it's way to my red front door.
I loved the red but after 20 years, it was time for a change!!

Later I couldn't stop there 
so I carried the color to my beloved vintage metal chairs.
These beauties belonged to my mother and dad
and are in perfect condition.
They've been ever color over the years
but I'm loving the aqua!!
Think I need to add some pretty lumbar pillows.

Along with my designing journey and manufacturing approval
from etsy, I have adapted my photography and paintings
into high resolution canvas watercolor designs
and  bringing them to my shop as well.
Here are a few I'm enjoying right here at home.

This rose above was grown in my garden,
picked and enjoyed in a flower arrangement,
photographed, changed to watercolor then worked 
and manufactured into a 30" by 30" painting!

The canvas watercolor below was done the same way.
I'm a decorator who changes wall decor with the seasons.
This will take me through the summer!
Keeping a neutral background gives me the palette for change
by swapping out the accents and art.

When there is time to relax,
you can usually find me off  junkin, meeting with friends, reading, crocheting, sewing, cooking,
walking, swimming, decorating, church events and right here on the back porch!

The red rose pillows on the love seat are from my VIDA collection.

or here recharging in the sun!

 or gardening
tending the fairy gardens!

So there you have it,
This That and Other Changes.

I'm still here but will be posting less for now.
I hope you'll stop by now and then.

And in the meantime.
Wishing you Blessings and Blue Skies!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Washboard to Herb Garden

Hi Friends,
Today I'm sharing a fun project
changing an old washboard to a Herb Garden
for the fence.

One of my dearest friends  turned sister, gave me this old washboard to redesign.
I looked at it awhile before I decided on taking it outside
and creating a planter of sorts to hang on the fence.

The washboard had an ad graphic on both sides
and this is actually the back.
I liked the vertical wood members and the graphic better here
so I turned it around.
Sorry I don't have a before pic.
My friend really took good care of this treasure
as you can see the metal area is still like new.
Being outside it will show some patina soon and be perfect.

The planter box section has been added by my talented hubby.
He cut fence wood and formed a box and drilled drainage holes at the bottom.
He then added the wood box to the legs of the board. 
Next I stenciled the word, Herbs to the front and we added dirt then planted a few herbs.

I love how it's begun to weather a bit and show some distress around the box.

Perfect little herb and flower garden in my side yard.
I planted, basil, thyme and parsley.

Soon a lot of growth will take over
and it will be lush and full.

You can see I had some fun with photo editing too.
Hope this gives you an idea for a washboard if you have one
and no place to display it.
Take it outside and let it be pretty in the garden.

Have a great last couple days of May!!

~See you soon~

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Memorial Day 2017

In Remembrance and honor 
to those brave men and women who have served our country to keep us free 
and to those that continue to sacrifice each and every day for America,
 we give our heartfelt thankfulness.

As we celebrate our nations hero's, let us give thanks for their military dedication and safety.
 We can never be thankful enough to those that serve America, 
but we can lift our prayers for them each and everyday. 
When you see a military person, take a moment and say thank you. 
The encouragement will honor them as they realize people care and remember.

My Father Joseph,fought for this country in WWII on Omaha Beach in Normandy France. 
He used to say, "I wouldn't give you a nickle for my experiences, but, I wouldn't sell them for a million dollars either"

 Words from a proud and glad to serve, American! 
I dedicate this Memorial Day to him and the bravery he carried as he jumped off the ship and swam to land on Omaha Beach with his fellow soldiers.
 God was with him that day as he ran forward to defend America.

When I saw the movie, Saving Private Ryan,
 I realized for the first time, what he must have faced that day.
 I thought, Wow Dad needs to see this movie. 
Then I realized, he doesn't need to see this, He was there! It just gave me chills.

Whatever your long weekend plans, enjoy, be safe and be grateful!

In Remembrance
Happy Memorial Day!

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