Friday, February 9, 2018

love...Love...L O V E

But the greatest of these is LOVE.

If there was ever a doubt in my mind about being a bargain hunter, the doubt is no longer there.

Now that it's Valentine's Day, it's just an excuse to bring out those finds,  
 pink candles.

 I must pat myself on the back for buying these earlier. 

 I'm so proud of 
for decorating with thrifty decor.

So glad Valentine's comes in the middle of WINTER. 
 There're the roses, bouquet of flowers and the softer touches of color that scream spring.

Did you know we enjoy family time at holidays, except for Valentine's?
It's the day designed for 

Happy Valentine's  Day.

I collect candles, candlesticks, serving trays,
tablecloths, runners, napkins and white dishes.

I'm retired!
 I have time to grab a cup of coffee
 rush out of the house to the next sale.
  I'm just like that working person rushing out to beat the
morning traffic.

 I'm my own personal  shopper.

I'm impress with the person
who knows what they love.
Whether it's that candle that
sets the tone or the candle that  lights the mood.

Or a trunk serving double duty at the table.

Enjoy the day and receive the love.


Saturday, January 20, 2018


It was a challenge!
WINTER weather can take a toll on your outdoor living habits. 

I struggled to get my deck decorated
 before the snow melted.

It was 55 degrees today,
  Between my foot steps and the rising temperature,
 I was fortunate to include a little snow with my decor.
Oh yes, I slipped but I didn't fall. 
 That I'm thankful for.

Hope you are inspired.

I added a few before pics.

My favorite word for the WINTER season is cozy.
The combination of candles,
  plaid blanket and faux fur throw create a cozy look.

These candles...

I love a beautiful tablescape
 especially one so simple. 
 All I needed were five candles.
  No more,
 no less 
How beautiful.

Do you enjoy outdoor living year round?
  I have my favorite seasons.

Love the coziness.  
I wanted a cup of coffee, but timing was everything.
Just one sip please?


A few candles make any space cozy.

I ADORE my magnolia clippings. 
 What an inexpensive addition.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Hope you enjoyed the different decor used to staged the deck.

Be safe and stay warm.
Until the next time,
  • Susan

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All you need is LOVE: happpy valentine's day

There was a lot of love in this marriage...

We met in high school but apart for several years to pursue our careers.  I relocated to upstate New York
 he spent time in Hawaii.

5 years later, I married my best friend.  We had each other's love.  My heart felt like it skipped a beat every time he shared his contagious smile.

He was that type of man who had a listening ear.  
There were times I felt like there was no one on the earth but the two of us. 
He had the most loving and forgiving heart .

We raised 3 wonderful children
 have an adorable granddaughter. 

He's not here to celebrate this
LOVE day
with me this year but I'm enveloped with his love.

I'm blessed to remember our good days as well as our bad days.

A healthy marriage for us EQUALed
good times
 not-so-good times.

Miss you my best friend,
I'm blessed to have been in love with you.

Until the next time,


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cozy winter

Just how gorgeous is winter when snow blankets the world. 
So beautiful....

Who knew we would begin 2018 with extremely cold weather.
I can't say I'm sad because it's extremely cold here, 13 degrees, and I'm home having time to declutter and organize.
 tis the season for cold weather. 

I am just grateful for a warm and cozy spot at home. I am thankful that I can count my blessings and try not to complain. 
The school system was closed and I didn't have to leave my warm spot to pick up my grand. It's
all God's will...

I know I'm not the first to say, Christmas is all stacked away and its time to enjoy the winter season. 
I thought of continuing with a little coziness. The white faux fur throw adds a winter touch.  
It's great to have nearby while sipping coffee.

Every sofa loves a few pillows.
I wanted winter touches to reflect the outside.

I thought why not keep a little greenery around, especially since I just purchased it:
80% clearance. 
 Just wanted to share more thrifty finds.
Feel free to crush on my white houses.  

They add drama to any spot.

These gift bags from Target's 90% clearance make 
  great napkin holders.

I brought all sizes. 
 They came in white with green ribbon also.

I always pick out things
I love @Target and wait for clearance time.

What better way to use ribbon than tie flatware?

Wishing you safe and warm days.
Spring is coming.

Until the next time,
Enjoy the moment.