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August 26, 2016

BEFORE THE SEASONS CHANGE - cottage style

Hello there friends.  It has been such a mixed bag of circumstances this week, all in all I'm glad it's coming to a close.  I am really trying to find something positive each and every day because there is always something to be thankful for and as I look back I am grateful for time spent in the garden.  I did a little bit of weeding and pulling of plants past their prime and I even started planning what I want to put in the ground as the weather cools down a bit.

I told you last post that I have been spending time sprucing up our home and I thought I better show you a few pictures before things get changed up for fall...did I actually say that out loud or am I still wishing it to myself?


I know there are some summer lovers out there but Autumn and all it's pumpkin spiciness can't come soon enough for me.  I'm sure that has a lot to do with the fact that our winters here are mild and I am not facing months of cold temps, shoveling snow and non existent gardening time.


It's been a while since I showed you my dining room hutch. I just stitched up this pretty apron for the bottom.  It is one of many long planned projects that took me all of an hour to finish and boy, what an hour well spent.  As hard as I've tried to style the space underneath, it always ends up looking tired and in need of dusting or it becomes an exposed storage space.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.


Because our living room is long and narrow, it is really hard to photograph so I rarely share pictures of it but I wanted to show you the new houseplants I added to freshen it up.  (I noticed that the blue pot still has it's plastic covering on it in this picture as I was just auditioning it for a few days to see if I loved it enough to keep it...turns out I do, so the plastic is off now.)


And finally my reading corner with it's newly covered lampshade.  My plan is to add more thrift store oil paintings to this area as time goes on.  The bench in the back has already been moved to the other side of the room and replaced with a large wicker basket filled with toys.  I'll show you the new arrangement and take a few pictures of the other side of the living room just as soon as I am done tweaking it.

My goal is not to bring any fall decor out for a few weeks yet, but trust me it's taking all my restraint not to.  What about you?  Any signs of fall where you are?  Or are you savoring these last few weeks of summer?

xo, Patty

August 23, 2016

TAKING BACK GROUND - let's chat

When I left the work force nearly four years ago, after working outside the home for nearly 30 years and dreaming of being a stay at home mom, I had a good idea of how I wanted to live my life.  But then reality set in, life happened, time passed and before I knew it my life had little resemblance to the one I had intended on pursuing all those years ago.


Part of that was life throwing me curve balls that I had no control over, but another part of it was me giving up and giving in when things got a little difficult.  I don't think it was a conscience decision but rather one that I gave way to bit by bit, not realizing the ground that I was losing.


And then a couple of months ago I had one of those light bulb moments that woke me up to what was happening and I made the decision to fight hard for those things I love and esteem and I set about (in my typical type A personality fashion) righting the ship, one project at a time.

Has life fully cooperated with my carefully crafted list? Of course not, but my resolve to be purposeful in how I spend my time (in as much as I can control it) has stayed firm.


A lot of my time has been spent fluffing my nest and bit by bit it is becoming a place I truly love to be.  Is life perfect?  No, not hardly but I'm finding that pursuing the things that make me happy adds joy to those otherwise not so perfect things in life.


And so it has been a good and productive month around here on Lemon Lane.  I have finished quite a few things that have been hanging out on my to do list for a long time (what's scary are the amount of things still left on the list, but that's another story) and I feel more content with my life than I have in a very long time.

And one of the best parts is feeling genuinely excited to share it all with you.  It feels good to be living among the dreamers again.

xo, Patty

August 22, 2016

A REMINDER I NEED TO READ OFTEN...let's chat

A repost from New Years 2016 and a reminder to myself just why I blog...

Well that didn't last long...

It seems this little space is not easily forgotten or replaced and actually a form of therapy in my otherwise crazy world.  A place where I can share thoughts and ideas that are not immediately met with skepticism or criticism due to their very unlikely, impractical, pie in the sky ways (at least not to my face anyways). 


We dreamers need an audience that isn't so big on realism and actual finishes, one that will

August 6, 2016

EASING BACK IN - let's chat

Good morning!  How are you?  I am feeling so good and refreshed and excited and relieved and recharged and a bit tired but in the best sort of way.

morning cup of coffee

July 23, 2016

FINDING YOURSELF - let's chat

Good morning my friends.  It's hard to believe that it's only been a week since we last visited but it has.  So much has happened to me internally and I have been looking forward to this post all week but now suddenly I am staring at a blank screen wondering where in the world to start.  Don't worry, I won't start at the beginning, ha, ha!


If you've been following me on facebook or instagram (it's just easiest share bite size nuggets on

July 16, 2016

LOSING YOUR TRUE IDENTITY - let's chat

Hello there!  Grab a cup of something hot and sit a while this is going to be a long one...

If you receive my newsletter (and open it up, lol) you read my words on "something's got to give". The last couple of weeks I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by lots of individual things but mostly by life in general. I am feeling like I have lost the joy in life's everyday beauty...like I've lost me.  So I knew it was time to slow down and regroup, which is what I'm doing right now.

flowers and coffee

I don't know how that looks for you but I thought I'd try and share what it looks like for me.

July 12, 2016

EASY INEXPENSIVE MONOCHROMATIC FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS - lifestyle at 50

Once we hit mid summer and the days are long and the air is heavy with heat, I begin to look for ways to freshen up our home that don't require much effort or movement.  One of my favorite things to do is to bring in fresh flowers, either from the garden or from the grocery store or a combination of both.  Lately I've been playing around with monochromatic floral arrangements because they are so easy to put together and they add so much charm to any room.  They are definitely worth the splurge.

how to arrange flowers

I will usually start by walking the garden to see what (if anything) is blooming.  Today I happened to