Month: June 2017

Fragrance Love. Ambre Blends Giveaway!

One summer, I sat on my porch and read a memoir with observations on French style and living abroad in Paris. One thing I specifically remember is how most French women had a signature scent and many women wear their chosen fragrance for a lifetime. Choosing a signature scent is very intentional. I thought the concept

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The Enchanting Miss Marenda’s Tea Room

“There is a garden in every childhood. An enchanted place where colours are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” -Elizabeth Lawrence Miss Marenda’s Tea Room is a lunch spot on the Sparta Square. An indoor garden of white picket fencing, twinkle lights, chintz dishes, and floral table cloths. It

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Vanilla Bourbon Blueberry Cherry Pie

In our family there are certain recipes that I make once a year that have become beloved traditions. Usually I stumble upon them by accident, and then the dish lives in infamy all year until the seasonal produce comes available to recreate it. If you are planning to serve pie, this version made especially for the

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Tallulah’s Around Town Friday at the Firecracker

The Firecracker Flea Market is this Friday and several vendors are getting ready to set up shop. A few vendors, like Tallulah’s Around Town, are at the top of my list. She is traveling from Knoxville to be here. I cannot wait to do some clothing shopping in her Airstream! She will only be set up on

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Online Workshops for this Rainy Weekend

There are so many wonderful, free online workshops and tutorials available right now. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend and these classes are the perfect indoor solution. Mini Flower Cakes Spend an afternoon learning how to make these beautiful mini flower cakes in this tutorial by Jenny Cookies. With some effort and prep

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Firecracker Flea Market at the Fairgrounds

The Firecracker Flea Market and Barn Sale is at the Putnam County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1st. This will be a large scale barn sale with all of your favorite vendors and food trucks. There are indoor and outdoor booths. The event will be held rain or shine. Be sure to

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The Best Fruit Iced Teas to try this Summer

“A shared recipe in the South is more precious than gold…And it always comes with a story.” -Sweet Tea Sweetie With the heat and humidity of the past week, it is officially time for iced fruit tea. The featured tea is Barbados Tea with Lime and Simple Syrup by Jackie Garvin. After trying her recipe,

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In Season: Salad Greens and Cherry Tomatoes

Hot weather calls for very cold salads. This salad has crisp lettuce, radishes, cherry tomatoes and Meg’s delicious creamy herb dressing. Everything you need for a salad, including the fresh herbs in the dressing,  is available this weekend at your local green market. If you love ranch dressing, you will enjoy this recipe for a bit of variety.

Elements of a Capsule Wardrobe: Chambray

I have always been most comfortable in my own skin wearing jeans. A few years ago when I began experimenting with the ten item wardrobe concept, I discovered the versatility of a chambray button down shirt. I bought a utility style chambray, which happened to cost less than twenty dollars, and wore it weekly for three or four years until I finally had to replace it.

Home Tour: Little Details at the Thompson House

The Thompson House has so many beautiful details through out every room of their home. It was impossible to pick just one room to focus on. Melanie Thompson teaches DIY workshops and has poured so much attention into creating an inviting atmosphere. The mud room has an area for a hand-lettered market list and she is already looking ahead to make Christmas sea glass ornaments.