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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Deck Par-tay!!!!

I'm linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style for the deck par-tay!  I actually don't have a deck but a patio should count, right?????

Here are my new Bordallo Pinheuro salad and dinner plates that were purchased for a song from Tuesday Morning.  I scooped up eight plates and five salad plates, all that were on hand.  Need to hit the other stores to see if I can find three more of those salad plates....  If not, I guess I'll have to pay an exorbitant price at Replacements Ltd.  :-(  The reversible plastic placemats were marked down to $1.00 each at Wally World this week.  They are striped on one side and a red and white floral print on the other.....

Here's a close-up of those simply "gaw-jeous" dishes....  My homemade wine cork napkin rings are still my absolute favorite go-to rings!

I'll end with some nighttime shots.  I love being outside after dark when the temps are cooler, a nice breeze is blowing, and the crickets are chirping.  Makes working for the school system and having summers off worthwhile, ya know????

I just couldn't pass up this Bougainvillea at Louisiana Nursery last week.  Isn't it lovely?

The drought-like conditions have necessitated that I water every morning and eve.  I can't ever remember a June this dry in Louisiana.  We are currently under a burn ban which likely means no Fourth of July fireworks.  :-(

It usually rains every single afternoon during the month of June.  My oldest was born on June 30 and not only did it rain the day he was born, it's rained on his birthday every single year since.  Do you like my little lanterns?  They were an inexpensive find at Big Lots a few weeks ago.

My boys replaced my ceiling fan for me on Mother's Day.  The old fan had seized up and no longer operated.  It's so nice to sit outside after dark and listen to the crickets and enjoy the cool breeze the new fan generates.

I'll end this post with a few pics of my landscape lighting.  It was something I've wanted to do for years and years so when my guy Johnny bought and installed it for me, it was a really BIG deal.  Thanks, Johnny.  Love you.....  Notice that my sagos have rebounded and put out new growth......

There was an empty spot behind the crepe myrtle that I filled with two Coleus plants in full bloom.  Not sure if they'll do well there but if not, I'll dig em up and try em somewhere else.  It's called trial and error.....

Here's a view of the front of the house all lit up.  Don't those lights welcome you in?
Here's a close-up of those Coleus plants in full bloom.
Thanks, friends, for taking a walk with me today.  Hope you enjoyed the tour.....


  1. Your patio looks very inviting. I'd love to pull up a chair & relax a bit.

  2. Hi Terri
    What a lovely spot to relax! Thanks for joining the party.

  3. Terry-What a BEAUTIFUL patio area you have! It is gorgeous! I love your new fan and your little lanterns. I just got some lighting too and I think it adds so much to a landscape. Our yard/patio is still a work in progress...and I think we will finish it just about the time we decide to move~;>/ I can picture sitting out in your area and enjoying the the dishes too!!!! xo Diana

  4. Sorry- I know it is Terr-I NOT can slap me when you see me!;>) Diana

  5. What a beautiful patio you have. Your table setting looks so inviting. Happy Summer.

  6. Lovely patio and the dishes are wonderful. Your lighting really adds a lot to the garden.

  7. Your patio looks great! Plus the landscaping is wonderful.

  8. beautiful place settings... love the green/red combo!

  9. Your patio is beautiful, Terry. The table is beautifully set, love the Bordallo Pinheiro plates. It's been so hot here too but we finally had rain yesterday and the day before. I got a little break from watering. Your flowers are gorgeous!..Christine

  10. Your patio is just gorgeous~ I love the lights on the ceiling and the charming sitting area you have. So lovely~ looks like a perfect spot to relax! I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime :)


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