Bringing The Outdoors In

Hello Dear Readers!

Happy Monday and Happy First Day of July!

The first Monday of the month means it is a beautiful Monday

as I share wonderful floral inspiration along with my amazingly talented

Monday Morning Blooms friends, Lidy, Mary and Pam.

Our common theme today is garden urns.

Their beautiful images and links to their posts are below.

I have not done many outdoor posts since being at the Berry Patch House.

So today I am . . .

Bringing The Outdoors In

Into the sunroom.



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A Blooming Watering Can

Hello Dear Readers!

Welcome to the first Monday Morning Blooms of the month!

It’s real – – – no April Fools’ shenanigans  today.

Just truly amazing floral inspiration 

from me and my Monday Morning Bloom friends, Lidy, Mary and Pam.

Today’s common theme is Watering Cans.

The links to their beautiful watering cans in bloom are below at the end of the post.

So let’s see what I came up with for my watering can in bloom.




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A Sneak Peek of the Sunroom and Consignment Finds

Another busy week for me, but I always say that busy is good,

because my mom told me so!

Today I want to show you a sneak peek of the sunroom and consignment finds

from my favorite consignment shop.

Do I listen to myself when I enter the doors of Always Home in Durham, N.C.?

“Now have a little constraint Shirley!”   No, I often do not listen.

My hearing seems to get a little worse when I try to listen to my own voice!

I am putting some finishing touches in the sunroom, but here are some teasers

so you can see the direction I am going in for Fall in the Sunroom.

Sunroom Fall Arrangement-Housepitality Designs

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There is just something special about that Mary!

Mary…the beautiful blogger…from Home is Where the Boat Is

…..She lives on this gorgeous lake.

A background that she uses many times for her magnificent tablescapes…


And have you seen her “Garden Cottage”….

…..I swear I could live in that cottage…it is so beautiful!!

Can you see the lake by the Garden Cottage…?




Love those burlap valances…


And she is a wonderful cook…and food stylist…and overall stylist for that matter!!


And love seeing her posts about Gracie and Chloe…they are so cute!!


So other than talking about Mary and her beautiful blog…

… must be wondering why I am featuring her today….

She posted about making this beautiful wreath for her Garden Cottage…

…..a wreath that was inspired by Marian, “Miss Mustard Seed”.

Mary was one of my winners of Marian’s book…


When she was creating her wreath with pages from a seed catalog…

…..she came across “Shirley’s Poppies”!!!…

And stated in the post here that she is sending me some Shirley Poppy Seeds!

You must go and visit this post as you can see the things she has done in her Garden Cottage!


What a sweet and thoughtful thing to do!!!…

The other day…a package arrived…


The outside of the package is even decorated!!…No plain brown box!!


Images of seed catalog pages grace the outside of the box…


And when I opened the box….

…..there were those beautiful images on the inside of the box too!!

There is just something special about that Mary!



I was expecting seed packets….

…..when the box arrived it was rather large for seed packets…

And to my surprise…she also included this gorgeous watering can and plant marker!!




The seed packets are so pretty!!



So thank you Mary from the bottom of my heart….

…..I am so overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and generosity…

I am truly blessed to have come to know so many bloggers who are truly kind and wonderful people!!

I was adjusting my camera the day that I took pictures of Mary’s gift…it was a gloomy day..

…..but today, the sky is the beautiful Carolina Blue…

……….dusted with the first snowfall of the year.



And also on that gloomy day…the painters were here…

… is a snippet of what they were doing…

Stay tuned!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!