Tuesday, April 28, 2015

'Time to Par-tay! Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party

Are you ready for a fun party?  We're your co-hosts:
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 Y'all make choosing features so difficult!  There were GOBS of great links last week!  Thank you!  

My feature this week is How to Make a Clock Cath Kidston Would be Proud of

from Claire at Heart Handmade UK.  It's not what I thought it was!  ;-)  This is a super clever project!

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Link Party Feature!

What a delightful surprise!  My Tutorial for Pillowcases
 received the honor of being featured by Joy at Yesterfood!  She is one of the lovely hostesses for Treasure Box Tuesday
I hope you will link all your treasures with her!  It is such a fun party!
;-)  -Marci

Garden Guest: Robin Eggs

 The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I have a series of posts to show you our Garden Guests.  If you would like to see more, click HERE to visit my Gardening Page
Have you ever heard something described as Robin's Egg Blue?  Well, these are robin eggs!  Four of them.  The nest is built in Mahonia bushes right outside a bedroom window.  The Mahonia berries are described as Robin's Egg Blue, and I would say they are pretty close!  ;-)
 Can you see the white window ledge and the nest?  The nest is just to the side of the window.  We can watch the parents coming and going from inside our house, but they are too far to the right to photograph them from inside.  When the parents were away from the nest, Handsome Husband set up a ladder and I quickly snapped a photo.

I've actually written about another bird in these very bushes before.  Click HERE if you would like to see it.

Now for some blogging music.  I gotta go with Fleetwood Mac since we just saw them in concert.  Here is The Chain.

What's happening in your back yard?

;-)  -Marci

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun Times at The Rock

Last weekend, we went skipping down to Little Rock.  It's about a three hour drive for us if we don't stop along the way, BUT there's a wonderful little BBQ place in Ozark that we MUST visit any time we are that direction!  It's called Rivertowne.  Mmmmmm...  'Seriously good food!
Here's a link to their menu:  Rivertown BBQ  I recommend everything!  ;-)

 We were at The Rock for the Fleetwood Mac concert.  They were GREAT!  It was just them and they played  for about three hours.  Mick's drum solo lasted something like ten minutes, which was the only time Lindsey left the stage.  Can you imagine playing guitar for three hours straight?!  WOW!  I bet his fingers were tired. 
'Not a great photo, but if you squint and tilt your head to the right, you can see them from left to right, Christine on keyboard, John on bass, right next to Stevie, Mick on drums and then Lindsey and his amazing lead guitar.
On our way home we stopped AGAIN at Rivertowne BBQ!  I know, right?  ;-)  I have never ordered something I didn't like.  Seriously!  The entire menu is delicious.
How was your weekend?
;-)  -Marci

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I'm a Little Tea Pot Tutorial

I'm a little tea pot

short and stout.
Here is my handle.

Here is my spout!
This lovely little teapot was a gift from my sister.  I absolutely *LOVE* the crackle!  This time of year is great for creating bouquets.  There are usually fresh cut flowers sitting next to our telephone.  I just enjoy them so much!

Since this teapot was a sentimental gift, it's one of my favorite vases.  It is short, round and such a pretty shade of green, perfect for bouquets!  Just ask Kati Cat, my trusted assistant!  ;-)

I think she likes it.  Well, maybe not?  It's hard to say.

Would you like another tutorial for arranging your flowers?

You can find a more detailed tutorial by clicking HERE!  I am using the same technique.

We begin with very narrow floral tape dividing the teapot into nine sections, forming a nice little tic tac toe board!  ;-)  Floral tape adds a lot of support, especially when working with a short vase.

Add green stems in every third slot, crossing at the bottom to make a nice little grid.  Keep going around the container, adding stems until one flower can stand straight up in the middle.  At this point, I am using gooseberry for the greenery and simple white tulips.

Notice the grid.  I continue working around my container adding like stems in every third slot.  So, for example, I would add three yellow daffodils, evenly spaced in every third slot.  Then three white daffodils, evenly spaced in every third slot.  I make laps around and around with like flowers until I am happy with the volume of the bouquet.
Here we are with a full container.  Stepping back, I don't really like the shape of it.  A few stems are pulled and cut just a smidge shorter.  For height, I like to keep the bouquet no more than two times taller than my container.  I also like to echo the shape of my container.  Since the teapot is short and round, I would prefer my bouquet feel short and round.  The tulip with a bent stem was deliberately placed opposite the spout.
Kati Cat seems to like it better now.  ;-)  Me, too!

We are finished!

I've written a tutorial for a Bouquet Arranged "By Hand".  If you would like to see it, just click HERE.

Do you like to arrange flowers?  What are your favorite vases?  What are your favorite flowers?

;-)  -Marci 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Announcing The Winners!

Link up your blog each month & you just might be featured!
Checkout the top 3 "Boxcars" (Bloggers) who received the most "clicks" from the April Great Blog Train (blog hop)!

 Great Blog Train
The 28th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: Campbell Hill, British Columbia, CANADA.  It was a wonderful trip with 41 boxcars!!  We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winners: M.T. & M.A. (I have contacted the winners by email)

W   A   N   T   E   D  :

The Great Blog Train by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo BlogTrainDestination_zps2925d251.jpg

(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for August 2015).

If you are interested in being a Destination Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Sometimes You Just Have to Walk Away by "Four Seasons of Blessings"

10 Signs Spring Has Arrived! by "The Fabulous Journey"
Spring Is Here

Runners Fear by "Mom's Home Run"
runner's fear

Please join us for the MAY Great Blog Train
on May 6th, 2015!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Squirrel vs. Chihuahua



Disclaimer:  No Chihuahuas were harmed in the creation of this post.  The squirrel, however, may have been deafened by all the high-pitched barking.
;-)  -Marci