Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Lights In My Backard!

   

Lights in the garden are just like lights inside our homes. They add ambiance to the space, and in my life that is a necessary element.

Yesterday I found some fun new lights for my garden at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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They are little tiny twinkle lights. I like to call them Fairy lights because they remind of the lights at Disneyland in Tinkerbelle's Pixie Hollow.

The cool thing about these lights is they are:

 
  • Batterie operated
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  • LED (less power to run them)
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  • They have a 6 hour timer (they turn themselves off and on)
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  • You can submerge the lights in water ( great for centerpieces)
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The little white lights on batteries have been around for years, but the LED are new to me.

Let me show you how I used mine….

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I put them in my window box. Tucked in and out of the ferns and hydrangeas. 

They are right above another favorite light of mine that hangs over my bubbler.

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It is a fun little water feature that makes such a nice trickling sound.


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Here is a close-up so you can see the water spouting up in the middle of the rocks.

Now back to my fairy lights!!
I want them every where!!

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They make me smile!

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You will notice a lantern on the left shutter. It also has a timer light inside of it. I just used one of the candles that is on a timer.


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This girl is all about ambient lighting!!

(If you would like to get some too, here is the link…….HERE!!)

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Now I just need to figure out how to get

the sound that Tinkerbelle makes to play in my yard! Hmmmmm??? 
Any ideas?

 
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Styl'n On A Sunday

 


Adding some new pieces to my Spring wardrobe is always fun for me. I was in need of a few Spring/Summer dresses and I actually found some that I like.

I already showed you this cute little number…..

Ribbet Edit Beach scene dress collage
I am really going to enjoy wearing this on our vacation this year.

Here is another little dress that I am going to enjoy wearing…….

Ribbet Edit palm dress collage
 (dress found at GAP)

The length of the dress is just barely above my knee so I am totally comfortable in this, and it has pockets, that is a real bonus for me.

TIPS FOR THE DAY

FYI: the best spot for a hemline to hit is the area of the leg where the  side of the knee goes in slightly.

Another tip:

Do you remember the purse pictured above?

straw purse
It is a vintage straw clutch I found on etsy. It is going to go with so many of the pieces I already have. I love to add a little of the unexpected to my outfits and this fits the bill.

I have one more dress coming my way. I am not sure if I will keep the green or the navy yet….

green gingham
 
NAVY

navy gingham dress
I wouldn’t wear these accessories with this outfit, they look a bit contrived to me.

I will let you know what I decide and how I will accessorize them.

The feminine silhouettes that are being featured this season are so nice to see again. 

All of the above dresses have a soft pleating vs. gathering so the dresses lay flat to the body making them look more slimming and attractive. 

If you love this look as much as I do, BODEN is the place for you. I have ordered numerous pieces from them and have yet to be disappointed in what I have received. I highly recommend them.

Have you added any fun new pieces to your Spring wardrobe?

For more ideas check out my Spring Pinboard on Pinterest, just click HERE!

 
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

What Could Be Greener Than This?

 



We have all heard that saying about the grass being greener on the other side. 

I don't think it can get much greener than it is right now with the new Spring grass on our hills.

Our home sits in an area right at the edge of some of our foothills.



I have been told by visitors from out of state that our hills are unusual. They described them by saying they looked as if someone had carved them out of a big mound of ground.

Another friend said that they reminded her of the hills and scenery in Spain.



Yesterday my hubby and I took a little drive in an area where the hills are free from any new building, and the cows roam freely.

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Happy California Cows

I feel very blessed to have this literally, almost  in my backyard.

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The hills seem to just roll on and on.

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Windmills fascinate me. Look at the old  water tower.

This next picture was the last picture of the day…….

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We did not notice this when we were taking the picture. 
Once I got them uploaded onto the computer this emerged. 

Pretty amazing!! Looks as if we had an angel watching over us that day.

Sometimes I think we all forget to look around us at all the beauty we have in our very own backyard.



If you have a chance, take the time to  drive around your home area, and see it through new eyes.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek at the scenery I get to see every day in my little piece of California suburbia.