Summer Garden Benches

Dress up your outdoor space with a beautiful Shabby Chic garden bench. Choose a bench made from wrought iron, wool, an pair of discarded chairs, an antique door…the possibilities are endless. Brighten that out door space with vintage floral pillows, a soft blanket to curl up in, or a few plants. Enjoy.






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Delicious Crockpot Recipes

When I think of crock pot meals, I think of stew or beef brisket, but there are so many more things that you can fix in a crock pot. I’ve included the recipes for yummy desserts, many one pot chicken meals, corn on the cob, savory soup, game day sandwiches, and creative dips.


Crust: 1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs, 2 T. brown sugar, 3 T. butter,melted
Filling: 12 oz cream cheese, 2/3 c. brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter, 1T flour,1/2 t vanilla,1/2 c. chocolate chips, melted.
Istructions: Combine cracker crumbs with brown sugar; mix in butter. Pat into a 7-inch springform pan. Cream together cream cheese & 2/3 c brown sugar. Add eggs, beat 2 minutes. Add peanut butter, flour, & vanilla; beat 2 more minutes. Pour all but 1/2 cup of batter into prepared pan. Combine the melted chocolate chips with remaining batter & pour on top of the batter in pan. Cut chocolate batter with a knife to swirl. Place aluminum foil ring (so pan does not touch bottom of crock pot). Cover, cook on high for 2 1/2 hrs. Turn heat off & leave for 2 hrs. Cool completely & remove from pan. Chill before serving.






Ingredients: 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 in strips, garlic powder, to taste. 3T veg. oil, 1 cube beef bouillon, 1/4 c hot water,1T cornstarch, 1/2 c onion & 2 bell peppers, chopped. 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid. 3T soy sauce, 1 t sugar, 1 t salt
Directions: Sprinkle strips with garlic powder. Brown beef strips in oil. Transfer to slow cooker. Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, mix in cornstarch. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Cover & cook on high for 3-4 hrs, or on low for 6-8 hrs.


Ingredients: 6 corn on the cob, broken in half ,4 T butter,1 T minced garlic,
1 t Italian seasonings
Instructions: Shuck the corn. Mix last three ingredients. Place corn on foil. Drizzle each cob with a spoonful of the buttery mixture. Finish wrapping corn in foil & place in slow cooker. Cook on low 4 hours or 2 hours on high.


Ingredients: Crust: 2 c graham crackers, 1/2 c melted butter, 1/4 c sugar
Filling: 6 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice, 1 envelope unflavored gelatin, 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided, 10 (1oz) squares white chocolate, chopped
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 c sugar, 1 1/2 T lime zest
Instructions: Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, & sugar. Press into bottom & 1 inch up sides of 10-inch springform pan. Combine lime juice & gelatin; Bring 1/2 c cream to a simmer. Remove from heat, & add white chocolate, stirring until smooth. Stir in gelatin mixture, cool. Beat cream cheese, sugar, & lime zest. Mix white chocolate mixture into cream cheese mixture. Beat remaining 2 c until soft peaks form. Fold into white chocolate mixture, and pour into pie crust. Cover, and freeze overnight. Remove from pan. Garnish with white chocolate curls & Key lime wedges.


ingredients: 2T olive oil, onion, chopped, 2 cloves garlic, sliced, 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 2T adobo sauce, 6 c chicken broth, 1/2 cchopped cilantro, juice of 2 limes, salt & pepper, 1avocado, sliced into 12 pieces, crushed tortilla chips
Directions: Heat olive oil. Stir onion & garlic, cook until brown. Push the vegetables to the side, add the chicken & cook until golden. Stir in the chipotles & adobo sauce, stir in broth. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in the cilantro & lime juice; season with salt & pepper. Place 2 avocado slices in each bowl. Pour in the soup. Top with the tortilla chips.


Ingredients: 2T olive oil, 1 lb sirloin steak (thinly sliced), 8 oz fresh mushrooms (sl1 green pepper, 1 onion(all sliced), 10 slices provolone cheese, 1 loaf french bread, 14 oz beef broth, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 t garlic powder, 2T worcestershire sauce, 1/8 t red pepper flakes, 14 c. dry red wine
Directions: Heat the oil in skillet. Add the beef, & cook until browned. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper & onion; cook until starting tender. In a slow cooker, combine the beef broth, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes & red wine. Transfer the beef & vegetables to the cooker, stir. Cover & cook on high for 3-4 hrs, until beef is tender. Heat oven to 425 F. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker, and save for dipping. Slice the bread & top both sides with cheese, fill with the beef & vegetables. Close bread & wrap sandwich with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in oven.


Crock Pot Beer Chicken
Ingredients: 2lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 1 can beer, 1 t salt, 1 t garlic powder, 1 t dried oregano, 1/2 t black pepper
Instructions: Place all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on high for 4-5 hrs, or low for 6-8 hrs.

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Shabby Chic Designed Jewelry

This post is filled with all sorts of fun vintage jewelry. Great earrings,necklaces, rings and watches. Enjoy.


Vintage Cameo Rhinestone Repurposed Bracelet A triangular-shaped rhinestone connector with tiny engraved flowers from a vintage rhinestone bracelet holds the clasp.
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Clearly Cool Cabbage Rose Repurposed Vintage Earrings. Silverplate leverback earrings hang a vintage smooth glass marquis connector, a vintage sterling silver cabbage rose charm from a vintage rosary bracelet (complete with tiny saint on the back); from the bottom is a vintage diamond-shaped faceted glass drop.
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Abundance of bracelets wrap around the wrist.Bracelet includes vintage buttons, balls, carved flowers and metal.
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“Babushka” beaded, hammered copper wire earrings by Suesun2008
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Capri Blue and Clear Repurposed Vintage Drops From silverplate leverback earrings hang 2 vintage faceted glass components. At the top is a diamond-shaped clear glass connector and from the bottom is a double setting, both with Capri blue (dreamy) stones – one round, one marquis.
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3 Strands Charm Bracelet with Reds. It’s all in red and coral tones (except for the rosary, of course)!..
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Red poppy

Red is amazing color, it’s bright, bold,fun and intense. I’ve put together a blog featuring all things red. Red gowns, hats, shoes, door, chairs and so much fun. Enjoy. amazing color, it’s bright, bold,fun and intense. I’ve put together a blog featuring all things red. Red gowns, hats, shoes, door, chairs and so much fun. Enjoy.


Cherries — yum









Great advice


Red shoes with a bow



Vintage red coke machine


Beautiful floral table setting

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Paris night life

Hello, I’ve just had a great trip to Paris, although I did not attend any fashion shows, I’ve put together a collection of Paris style gowns. Enjoy.


Fabulous cream gown



Stunning green dress


Cream halter top


Shoes with bows


Green high low gown


Short dress of pink lace 

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Glamorous Vintage Wedding Gowns

Vintage wedding gowns. With all the summer brides, I thought I’d post some stunning wedding gowns. You can choose between gowns from the 20’s, 30′, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Enjoy.



1950s Tea Length Gown by Novia D’Art Martina. Details @


Vintage wedding dress. Details @


1950s wedding dress by DearGolden. Details @


1952 wedding dress worn by an Australian socialite. Details @


Valentino, 1960s — Wedding Dress. Details @


1950s Lace Illusion Neck by Novia D’Art Zambra. Details @

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4th of July Red, White and Blue Desserts


Red cupcakes topped with icing and fruit


Heart shaped sugar cokies. Details at by jcookies!


Patriot Jello mold. Details @


Red, White n Blue Salad Recipe from Taste of Home


Round sugar cookies dipped twice in icing.


Creamy Coconut Stars- Red, White and Blue. Details at


Red, White and Blue swirled cookies. Details at

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French Style

I’ve just spent the last ten days in Paris, France. And had a wonderful time. Sometimes tourists get a bad rap from Parisians. Making fun of their white tennis shoes, capri pants and crossover bags. Today in my post I’ve put together some wonderful outfits that even a tourist could pull off in Paris. Enjoy your travels.


Great black and white striped skirt


Simple jeans and white blouse dressed up with a green wool coat


Cropped jeans, white tee add a great bag and a ever so Parisian scarf


Jeans, blouse navy sweater and pearls make a classic outfit

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Red, White, and Blue


Darling red trench coat accessorized with red, white and blue bag

Having just celebrated Memorial Day in the US and with the 4th of July just around the corner, I wanted to share with you some great combinations of clothing in Red, White and Blue. Enjoy.


Child’s pillow case dress


Striped tank paired with skirt with a big row


Terrific wide stripe car coat


Accessorize white pants with red and blue ribbon

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