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Talk of the Weekend #2

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You guys are the best.  I soooo loved your sweet (and funny:)) comments and emails on the last of the Summer Home Tour posts! And as much as we could talk for hours today about everything we could put in a jar, (because there are a lot of things) we are not going to talk about that.  Nope. Today we are going to talk about these totally unrelated things that will enlighten your life.:)

1.   Did you know that this woman has a new cookbook coming out in October?

And this book may be the best thing since the invention of the Magic Eraser.

Ina Garten Make it Ahead cookbookbarefootcontessa.com

Seriously.  It is going to keep me from running around like a crazy person the last hour before a dinner party.  (I can hear the members of my family singing a chorus of Hallelujah right now.)

2.  And did you know that this recipe is from that life altering book? It could possibly become my mother’s all-time favorite dessert.

(Warning…there is ice cream in the photo.)

Skillet brownie recipe from Ina Gartens book Make it Aheadbarefootcontessa.com

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

3.  Do you remember back in Home Tour part 2, I told you I love reading Treasure Island in the summer? Dear old Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins. Someone else must love it as well.

Just look at this amazing art.

Treasure Island altered book artsource

Makes me want to cut up a book.:)

4.  Are you as excited as I am for this movie to come out next month?

And So It Goes Movie Trailoryoutube.com

Love Diane Keaton (although I am not sure if I will love her singing.:))

5.  Do you remember back in the spring when I did a post on The Cottage Company? Well I left this house out of the post because I thought it would be perfect to peruse around the 4th of July.

Nautical house from the Cottage Companycottage-company.com

Nautical cottage from The Cottage Companycottage-company.com

Aren’t you glad I saved it until now?:)

5.  Some of you love VW vans as much as I do.

Did you know they make these for your computer?

vw usb drive

Classic 1962 VW Camper Van USB Memory Stick 8Gb – Red

How cute is that?!

6.  And speaking of cute, several of you asked about the cute red and white striped cups in the centerpiece the other day.

4th of July ice cream party centerpieceLet’s just say, it’s a good thing I don’t live in Australia because all my money would be spent on this company’s precious party things and pottery.  I found the cups at Homegoods, but I believe they were part of this discontinued line from last year.

Robert Gordon Australia line of party goods from summer 2013robertgordonaustralia.com

Ebay is still a good source if your heart is set on any of the discontinued items.:)

7.  Have you seen these sweet treats on Pinterest using ice cream cups and my favorite ribbon?

4th of July dessert smores kit

justdestinymag.com

My daughter the-smores-queen would be in Heaven with that!

8.  My parents make an annual trip to this place each summer to treat my family and my sister’s family to ice cream.  (Yes, I know…I am talking about ice cream again.) Yesterday was the day for our fun trip.:)

Lane Southern Orchard

 We shopped …

Lane peaches

jams and jelllies

shopping at Lanes(my sister and my dad)

We toured the peach packing line.

packing peaches

peach packingAnd of course we had ice cream.:)

This was my serving.

homemade peach ice cream

(It was very small.)

This was my father’s serving(s).

ice cream cupsYou see I get it honestly.:)

9.  The recipe for Lane’s ice cream is here.

10.  And when we got home, this was waiting for us on the porch steps from my father-in-law.

cornIt’s my very favorite…Silver Queen. Guess what we are having for dinner?:)

I hope your weekend is full of Summer’s goodness.

corn in the garden

Until next time…

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Laura Ingalls Gunn - June 28, 2014 - 1:41 pm

My husband was stationed for 3 years at Warner Robins AFB and we LOVED Lanes. The true sugar bomb is the Peach Cobbler TOPPED with the Peach Ice Cream. Oh my stars and garters!

Now here we are in Phoenix. Sigh.

Thank you for a lovely memory.
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Boy that WOULD be a sugar bomb…and to think that combination has never even crossed my mind! I will pass your suggestion on to my peach-loving son. My very first paid job was when I was 15. I worked on the peach packing line at Gunn’s Peaches in Warner Robins. Given your last name, and your first sentence, I just knew you were going to say something about Gunn’s. But lo and behold you went to Lane’s! So glad I could bring back a happy memory for you. :)
Have a wonderful Sunday Lara!
Kelly

Scribbler - June 28, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Wonderful post! Thanks so much for bringing summer to me, since I am not out much yet. (Still not allowed to drive) I hope to get to the markets in another week or two, because I am seriously craving some of that corn.

That little VW bus is the best! I have driven VWs for years, but I have never had a bus.
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I am so sorry that you are not allowed to drive yet, but I am glad I could bring a little touch of summer to you. :) Wish I could send you some of this corn. My father-in-law has a bumper crop this year!
I have always wanted a VW. We borrowed a VW bus for our daughter’s 16th birthday party…but that is as close to having one as we have been.
Enjoy your Sunday!
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - June 28, 2014 - 1:57 pm

I like your Dad’s serving better. Excuse my language here, but my father used to say “who the hell can eat JUST a scoop of ice cream.?” He taught my boys to believe 4 scoops of ice cream was the norm! I get hungry every time I come to your blog!

Fun post and thanks for the heads up about Ina Garten’s new book. I hadn’t heard.

How much corn does your Father In Law plant? Silver Queen is the best!

Love all your jars. I have a collection too. =)
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I agree with your dad! So true. Glad to tell you about Ina Garten’s book…can’t wait until it’s out! My father-in-law has a HUGE garden…so much so that he has to give away a bunch of his produce, and my mother-in-law puts of tons of it frozen each year.
I think we have a whole bunch of jar collectors out there!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - June 28, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to make Silver Queen – Ice-cream??? It could go one way or the other. Hmmm.

You try it first!
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Hmmm…well there IS corn pudding, but isn’t it served warm? I don’t think I would want to mess up my nice cold ice cream with a vegetable (that I like hot.) BUT I do put milk in my creamed corn when it is cooking…does that count? LOL
Kelly

Jill - June 28, 2014 - 3:03 pm

So glad you decided to post today. It’s helping me get through a three hour (so far) traffic jam in Virginia! Trying to stay positive and think of it as extended vacation….in the van with three kids. Ha! Ina’s dessert is torturous though. It looks very yummy! Your peaches and corn are so “Summer.” Enjoy!
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Jill that is awful awful!! Three hours?? I hope your kids had something to keep them occupied (and a snack or two!) And I hope it was all cleared up soon after you left your comment here. Thanks for reading (even if it was in the middle of a traffic jam. :( )
Hope your Sunday is better than your Saturday.
Kelly

Debra - June 28, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I scream, you scream, the gang at Kelly’s all screams for ice cream, for sure! Yum! My Chicago one was out yesterday and we painted a dresser she had wanted done. We ended the day with grilled steak and salad. Dessert was our local Dairy Queen, not as deluxe as your Lane ice cream. I had just a small portion as well, a chocolate covered dilly bar was to my liking. Thank you for all the source/links you posted today. I was wondering where you purchased that striped ribbon and now I know. Do you purchase quite a bit from Paper Source? I’d like to go see that movie, as well. What is it about Diane Keaton and the movies she has been in lately. I love the one “Something’s Gotta Give” and I know you do too. That house, that beach, that décor, that kitchen and on it goes. Drool fest! Maybe this one will supply more house eye candy? Oh, and why does she always have to look so darn cute in those hats she always wears? Do you wear hats in the summer? Well, your corn looked yummy. What will you be serving with it? Saturday night here is bringing an Ole’, as it is strawberry margaritas and taco goodness. Oh, it is HOT …HOT…HOT in the Midwest this weekend. Until your next post Kelly, stay cool if you can, I know I am trying.

Debra
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Yum…Dilly Bars! But I always want a Heath Bar Blizzard when I am there. I used to get the Moolatte, but boy at the caffeine in it!!I do purchase a lot from Paper Source. I am a kid in a candy store there!
No hats on me now, although my wedding veil was a hat. :) Corn was served with roast beef at one meal, and tonight’s will be with grilled chicken.
YOU try to stay cool!
Kelly

Vikki - June 28, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Love this post for so many reasons. Can’t wait for the movie.. Summer isn’t here until I have peach ice cream! And the Barefoot a Contessa recipe looks relish. Thanks.
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You are welcome Vikki! I think the movie will be a lot of fun. I am chomping at the bit for the cookbook!
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 28, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Oh I love peach ice cream, I would be in heaven and that chocolate dessert from Ina would have be moaning too.
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Oh yes, Marty, we could definitely have a sugar fest between the two of those desserts! It would be enough to give Father Tim a diabetic coma. :)
Kelly

Ann - June 28, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Kelly, I loved the Treasure Island book art! And your comment *makes me want to cut up a book*! Lol! Me,too. Except mine would probably just look like a destroyed book. Yours would be adorable, I’m sure! There were so many enjoyable things in this post. A VW van memory stick?? Too funny.

Thanks, Ann
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I doubt my book cutting would be very good. I have a difficult time with 3-d art. (Totally bombed sculpture in an art class in college!) Yep..that vw memory stick was so clever. Must get one!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - June 28, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Kelly,
I love the two rooms you saved for this post. I watched the trailer on the movie and it’s right up my ally. You may be right about Diane Keaton singing, but hey, almost anything she’s in works for me.

Oh, my, that corn, what a treat to have a neighbor, friend, growing corn. The peach farm visit looked amazing too. I love peach pie and peach ice cream.
I’m beginning to love summer.
xo,
Karen
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Another reader said that we will be pleasantly surprised with Diane Keaton’s singing. So perhaps she can pull it off! I am glad you are beginning to love summer. There are so many good things to enjoy about it!
Kelly

Paula B. - June 28, 2014 - 8:19 pm

So many summer delights in this post, I have to come back and take it all in, again, later. My father loved Treasure Island, also. (He was an English teacher!) Looks like summer is well underway around you – we have awhile to go for local peaches and a little longer, for corn. I’m just glad that school is finally out and the weather says “Summer”. I hadn’t seen or heard any hype for this Keaton/Douglas movie until yesterday, something to look forward to, along with the Keira Knightly/Mark Ruffalo one. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and may there be lots more ice cream outings in your plans.
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Yay! Another Treasure Island fan! Yes, that movie will be one to look forward to (and the one you mentioned as well.) There will be ice cream for the 4th for sure. :)
Kelly

Carolyn - June 28, 2014 - 11:20 pm

I taught Treasure Island when I was a middle school teacher. I had my students look for clues for characterization based on their names. Jim Hawkins seemed to be like a Hawk- always seeing everything; Squire Trelawney- of the law and tall; LJS- a long john is a weapon; silver- treasure. You get the point. What a great story and look at the 3d book art! I don’t know if I could cut up a book though!
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Oh my goodness! I have only read TI for pleasure, but thank you for the lessons on literature found in it. Why in the world didn’t I think to look for the symbolism in the names?? I am falling down on my job.:) I know I could not cut up a book…because it would just be a big mess if I did!
Kelly

Lucinda - June 29, 2014 - 9:59 am

That was the first I’d heard about that movie…I’ll definitely put it on my must see list. Love all your 4th of July decor, inspired me to put mine out yesterday.
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Yay! You got your decorations out Lucinda! I am glad I could give you a head’s up on the movie. I think it will be a funny one.
Enjoy your week!
Kelly

Mimi - June 29, 2014 - 11:09 am

Being from Georgia, I had you pegged as more of a Peaches and Cream (hybrid of corn) kind of girl! Ha! That shot of the corn looks like it could have been taken down the road from me, but the red soil is a dead giveaway. :-)

I loved the tour of Lane’s and seeing a quick glimpse of your dad and sister. What a fun tradition!
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Nope..Silver Queen all the way. He pulled 700 ears (yes, that number is correct) of Ambrosia yesterday, but sent me a bucket of silver queen again. :) Yes, there is red clay here…lots of it! Glad you enjoyed the tour of Lane’s.
Hope you are having a good week Mimi!
Kelly

Dawn - June 29, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Kelly,

I love any thing peach! That ice cream looks divine. We had corn on the cob this weekend too. I will be stocking up on more corn for the up coming holiday weekend when my nieces visit. Thanks for all of the inspiration!
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Dawn, you and my son would get along splendidly since he loves anything peach as well. :) The ice cream was delicious! I hope you have a fun 4th of July with your nieces!
Kelly

missy - June 29, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Thought of you when I saw this. Next time you are up this way we can go in together and split this rental. That way it would only be about $2,000 each per night!!! ;-)

http://www.vrbo.com/989117ha
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Yikes! Don’t think we will be renting that one anytime soon…even if we do split it with you. That’s just a little out of our budget. LOL It is a gorgeous cabin though, and it has all the amenities of Blackberry Farm. (But at that rate, it should come with your own personal chef for all your meals!)
Thanks for sharing!
Kelly

Donnamae - June 29, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Oh my…you’ve got me drooling at the ice cream! Peach? Sounds wonderful! ;)
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It was wonderful! You should make some so that you can enjoy it too. :)
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 30, 2014 - 11:23 am

This post is loaded with goodies such as announcement of that great book (that I am so in need of!), a great movie (just look at that background) and fabulous rooms and oh that fabulous place for peaches and ice cream!!!….thanks Kelly!…have a wonderful day!
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Random goodies! I am glad you found things in the post that you like Shirley. I was looking at the background in the movie too. (Aren’t we the house-lookers?!) I don’t think that it will have the great sets like other Diane Keaton movies, but I do think the rooms will be interesting.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - June 30, 2014 - 12:55 pm

OH LORDY, PEACHES! BE STILL, MY HEART! I adore peaches – pie, cobbler, preserves, ice cream, yogurt – anything peachy! Not one single soul in my family likes them – at all. :-( I feel alone on a deserted island! Love your post today, and I’m glad peaches were almost last, because I would have not even absorbed anything else. I had a fresh sweet peach with my yogurt and granola this morning – yum!
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Another peach fan! :) That is terrible, though, that no one else in your family likes them Marianne. What’s not to like about peaches?? Well at least you don’t have to share. LOL
Hope you are enjoying your week.
Kelly

Susie in MO - June 30, 2014 - 10:08 pm

We were introduced to Silver Queen in central Pennsylvania back in the 80s – oh my goodness…there is NO other corn to match…and can’t wait for Ina’s book! Thanks for the heads up :-) Loved this post, as always Kelly.
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I am glad to know that there is someone else out there that appreciates the goodness of Silver Queen. :) Glad you enjoyed the post, Susie.
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer!
Kelly

Debbie - July 2, 2014 - 7:41 pm

No Kelly, remember Annie Hall ?? Diane can really carry a tune !!!
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Oh yes! That’s right! Gosh that movie seems like a lifetime ago.
Thanks for reminding me. :)
Kelly

Cindy Hattersley - July 5, 2014 - 7:58 am

Could your father in law make a stop at my house please.?
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Ha ha! I will see what I can do to get him to bring you some corn. :)
Kelly

The Summer Home Tour: part 3

Summer Home Tour Talk of the HouseIf you were here live-and-in-person today, you would go with my daughter and me to Target to buy important things like sea salt caramel pretzel ice cream (that Susie recommended:)) and plain white towels for the room over the garage. You would help me tell my daughter, “No you do not need to try the new chocolate mint toothpaste from Crest.”  Right?

Summer Home Tour family room cornerIf you were here today, you would get wet because we are now in the rain-every-afternoon weather pattern that happens every summer here in the South. This is what it sounds like all afternoon…followed by a chorus of frogs croaking and croaking and croaking.

Summer Home Tour library table vignetteAnd if you were here I would show you all the summer decorating going on in the family room like the red and blue pillows on the sofa and the flags in the pots of gerbera daisies.  I would offer you a red gumball from the jar on the cabinet and show you the old movie cameras in the jar there. (And you wouldn’t be able to say anything with that huge gumball in your mouth.:))

Summer Home Tour cabinet vignetteThen we would look at the cameras and the plant on the mantel.  You would want to ask me where I found the big candleholder, and I would tell you I sort of made it.  Sort of? Well I wanted something taller, and I wanted something with silver, so I took apart a 3 tiered silver stand, used the small top layer together with the base for the silver part.  Then I plopped one of my many many jars on top of it, and voila…a candleholder was born!

Summer mantelYou would think that was a great idea because you are such a nice friend.:) Then you would ask (because you finally got that gumball down to chewable size) How many jars do you have, Kelly? 

4th of July mantel And I would tell you…I honestly have no idea…but it’s a lot.

summer mantel vignetteYou would point out the jar on the coffee table as yet another one…and politely tell me that I have a jar addiction.

coffee table styling for summer

 I would tell you, “It’s not an addiction. It’s a collection:)

And we would stroll on into the dining room.You would look at the centerpiece in the middle of the table, and then you would roll your eyes, shake your head and say, “Collection?  Ummhmm.”

summer table 4th of julyBecause sitting right there in the middle of the table with the pretty pot of geramiums and flags, and the jar of yummy sea salt caramel sauce…

Summer tablescapeis another jar..this time filled with ice cream cones (because I have gone overboard on the ice cream theme this summer.)

Summer Home Tour 4th of July centerpieceBut you would like the name tags on the little wooden ice cream spoons

(because they aren’t in a jar.:))

Summer table setting ice cream spoon for nametagThen I would tell you

Don’t look in the cabinet….

dining room cabinet

and don’t look on top of the cupboard.

dining room corner cupboardYou would just shake your head again.

dining room cupboardWe would walk on into the kitchen.

summer home tour dining roomI would offer you doughnuts…

kitchen windowand a cup of coffee.

You would point out the jars with coffee…

coffee tray for summer

kitchen corner summerand the ones with the sugar and flour.

Summer Home Tour kitchenAnd I would tell you to look at the kitchen desk

where there are absolutely no jars.:)

kitchen desk summerAnd where there is a recipe for a very good homemade butter pecan ice cream on a chalkboard.

butter pecan ice cream recipe on chalkboardAnd then you would ask…

Kelly, how many chalkboards do you have?

And I would say…

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Here… have a gumball.:)

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Clarissa - June 25, 2014 - 6:43 am

Hi Kelly! I’m so glad I found your blog-I thoroughly enjoy your funny posts. I have those same jars, but actually only have 5 of them. I love them-they’re so functional and can be used for so many different things(as you already know this). You’ve totally inspired me to decorate my home for summer. I’m off to do that now. Thank you so much. Have a great day! Clarissa
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Well I am so glad you found it too, Clarissa! :) Oh dear…5…I am afraid you are on your way to the addictioncollection. You are right about the jars being used for sooo many things. I hope you have fun decorating your home for summer!
Thanks for stopping by.
Kelly

Gail - June 25, 2014 - 6:58 am

Kelly: It’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie again :) Your house is ADORABLE and the ideas abundant but I am on a sugar high just reading it! Hopefully you have enough people coming to visit to help you eat all those goodies, especially the ice cream. I have gained three pounds already and haven’t even gotten out of bed yet :) Blessings….Gail
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Oh there are plenty of folks around to help eat it…my husband, daughter, son, daughter’s roommate from college, 2 friends of our son whom we haven’t seen in a year (hopefully arriving soon)…but we are perfectly capable of taking care of all the yummies with just our immediate family. :) Thank you for the sweet compliment about our house!
I hope you have a great day!
Kelly

Anne Boykin - June 25, 2014 - 7:17 am

Hi Kelly, We’d have a good laugh together about your jars and chalkboards if I were there! But I’d be sure and make it clear that it isn’t too many at all because it’s all displayed so beautifully!
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Aw thank you Anne! You are sweet to say that. :) Jars just elevate the ho-hum utilitarian to a level of pretty. That’s why I have soooooo many of them.
Have a great day!
Kelly

DiAnne - June 25, 2014 - 7:20 am

Kelly,
What a fun and funny post! Love all the ways you use jars. You can tell it is going to be a fun summer at your house.
DiAnne
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Glad you found the humor in it DiAnne. :) It was kind of scary when I started counting all the jars…like uh-oh…there’s another one… Summer is in full swing around here. Hope you are having a good one too!
Kelly

Kathy - June 25, 2014 - 7:35 am

I think you have twelve jars in the rooms you showed us in this post. But, you didn’t show us your bathrooms, laundry room or bedrooms and I will just bet you have jars in there too. I love all of the jars! I think you have Lindt dark chocolate in the blue wrappers in the jar on your coffee table. I would so be getting in that jar…forget the gumballs! Fabulous post!
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Don’t count! There are too many. I just went in the playroom….not good. I am glad you love all the jars, because Lord have mercy there are a bunch of them here! YES those are the Lindt dark chocolates. I am amazed I have had such restraint with them because I love them too. Definitely forego the gumballs for them! Wish I could send you some Kathy. :)
Kelly

Membee - June 25, 2014 - 7:53 am

That was a “jarring” experience! Now that I have that gum ball chewed down to a decent size, I want to tell you that I love your blogs, and your beautiful pictures! You are the best!
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LOL You are too clever! Thank you so very much for your very sweet comment. :) I appreciate your taking the time to read and leave your comment here.
Have a wonderful day!
Jar Girl Kelly

Katrina - June 25, 2014 - 8:10 am

You silly silly jar fetish girl!!! You house so says, “Celebrate Summer!” Hope you have a fun, relaxing day
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What can I say? Some people buy shoes. I buy jars.:) Thank you for coming on the tour here today Katrina.
I hope your day is fun and relaxing as well!
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 25, 2014 - 8:32 am

Kelly, when I saw the email of your post in my inbox, I said. “oh, I hope it is Part 3″ !!
and yay, it was…Now don’t ask me how many times I have scrolled up and down looking at every wonderful detail of the rooms….a true stalker I would say!…Yes, I can see you need to join Glass Jars Anonymous!…but i am with ya…I love your jars filled with so many different things!…So, when I come knocking at your door, I shall sit on that stool in the kitchen and have a donut with my coffee and tell you that you have a most gorgeous home..!!!…and would be polite and not mention the vast amount of jars!!!
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Shirley, your comment made me giggle. :) Glass Jars Anonymous here I come! I will be happy for you to sit and enjoy the donut and coffee…right beside 3 glass jars there. You can go ahead and mention the jars…this addict is well aware of her problem.:)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Kelly

Anita - June 25, 2014 - 8:52 am

I am off to a great start to my day reading about your jar addiction! Don’t they call that repetition in decorating?…One must carry the theme throughout the whole house in order to make it obvious that you love jars? And….I knew I should have purchased the red tray I see on your table at my favorite HomeSense store. How practical is that! (If you were to ask my family what I love to decorate with, their answer would certainly be chalkboards). By the way, did you ever capture the little critter occupying your sofa on your porch? My daughter did a little dance when I told her about that. I shall enjoy the rain here today because it’s the beginning of a long week trend. Have a great day….I am off to adding red gumballs, flags, AND chocolate mint toothpaste to my grocery list!
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Plenty of repetition here…from the jars to the gingham to the red. :) You definitely should have purchased that tray…comes in handy for so many celebrations! The lizard has not been seen in days, so he is gone I believe. (I did have to have my daughter catch a frog in the family room last night around midnight when I was working on the post!) Hope you find all the things on your shopping list! (That toothpaste also came in a vanilla mint and a lime – something I believe…we did not get any of it…just plain Jane mint.)
Happy shopping!
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

I absolutely love your posts, they are always fabulous and I love your personality and the conversations. Your home is so beautiful. I love it all.
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Thank you Marty! You are mighty sweet to say that. :) I am so glad you are enjoying all the summer posts here.
Have a fun day!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - June 25, 2014 - 9:17 am

Kelly,
This had me chuckling over my Cheerios, what a great way to start the day. I love your jars! Where did you find the blue and white pillows and those darling red and white cardboard striped ice cream cups?
Everything looks great, and I love the sound of rain. When we lived in Texas we would have a party of frogs visit our swimming pool every evening!
xo,
Karen
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Well I am glad I could give you a giggle Karen. :) I made the blue and white pillows a decade ago from some Waverly fabric. They were originally in the master bedroom mixed in with all that blue plaid in there. I have kept them a very long time! Those red and white striped cups came from Homegoods. And the little wooden spoons that I did the placetags on came in the package with them…$3.99 for the set of 10 I think. I thought they were so cute and a bargain too.:) A party of frogs..yes, that is what is going on here I believe..except for the one who wandered into the house last night. The rest of his friends seem to be gathering on the French doors to the deck.
Kelly

Dawn - June 25, 2014 - 9:33 am

Kelly,

I love your ever evolving jar collection decorating! It is so neat to see what you will put in them next. I love the wooden spoon place card idea. The ice cream theme you have going on is sweet and I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Thank you Dawn! I am glad you like all the jars. The ice cream theme has been fun AND delicious for summer! :)
Kelly

Stephanie - June 25, 2014 - 9:39 am

Very cute! I love your blog. Instead of “If you give a mouse a cookie” it’s “If you give Kelly a jar…” Your home is lovely. Thanks again for sharing.
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That is definitely what it is Stephanie! Thank you for your compliment about the house. I am happy you like it!
Kelly

Cheri - June 25, 2014 - 9:46 am

Oh Kelly I don’t know what I loved more, the jars, the sweet treats or all the RED!! I have red in nearly every room in my house. It makes me so happy. You have such a wonderful design sense. I’ll be right over and won’t say a word about the jars, just quietly enjoy the company .
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Red IS the color of happiness! I am right there with you on that Cheri. :) You and Shirley would be the polite ones not to mention all the jars (and the chalkboards, and all the sweets, and all the gingham…)
Thank you for stopping by the blog today!
Kelly

Debbie w - June 25, 2014 - 10:04 am

Cutest post ever! Love the jars and the chalkboards!
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I have to tell you Debbie…the comments on the blog come in as emails to me. I had just received two “unsubscribe from Talk of the House” emails :( when your super kind one came in. So it couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you for lifting my spirits. :) I am thrilled you like the endless supply of jars and chalkboards.
Have a wonderful day!
Kelly

Mimi - June 25, 2014 - 10:22 am

I’m right up there with you, girlfriend! I have jars in my bathroom with Q-tips, cotton balls, seashells (it’s beach themed), etc. In my craft room they hold buttons, markers, rubber stamps and more. In my classroom I have my world-famous candy jar and jars with students’ names on tongue depressors for every class period…Maybe we can start a support group…or better yet, a meeting of the minds! Ha! :-)

Thanks for the laughs this morning and for even more ideas on how to use jars!
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Amen! But it looks like you do not need any more ideas on ways to use jars. :) I think you might have me beat…although I hesitate to count how many there in my classroom. My principal wanted to borrow 3 large jars for a party she was throwing at the end of last school year. She said, “Run home and find me 3 please.” I walked to my classroom, emptied out 3 of their contents quickly, and brought them to her. She said, “You mean you had that many in your room??” Yep. and more. :)
Kelly

nan, odessa, DE - June 25, 2014 - 10:29 am

Kelly: I could be your twin in home decor! There is only one color, RED. Ask my grandchildren. Don’t apologize for the jars. Continue to fill them! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Now, tell me the source for:
1. your red gum balls
2. your red bowls on the table
3. what are you writing the names on around the napkin
4. all your large jars with tops

5. Do your jars all seal? what is the secret for keeping fresh in the jars???????????
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Yay I am not alone! All those pale gray rooms in the magazines today sure need a punch of red, don’t they?!
Good grief at the questions!
1. from Target on the paper party goods aisle.
2. from Pier 1 long long ago
3. wooden ice cream spoons came with the little red striped cup all found at Homegoods, but made by Robert Gordon Australia
4. jars came from either walmart or target..when one was out I went to the other. :)
5. none have a rubber seal…just the plain glass lid. We devour everything in them. In fact, sometimes I have to tell the kids here, “Don’t eat what’s in that jar until I can photograph it.” :) (That is usually within a day.) All the canned drinks in the jars in the playroom and daughter’s room get consumed quickly too. I buy cookies and cereal every week or so. The oreos often get crunched up and put in milkshakes.
Hope that answered all of them!
Kelly

sarah - June 25, 2014 - 10:43 am

Kelly – I really enjoyed your post today…as it looks like so many others did too. The conversation you had with us …sounded like so many I have had with my friends and family over the years about some of my collections. :-> I have to admit though…seeing you use your jars in decorating over time as helped me start my own collection. They are just so handy and pretty…what’s not to love. :-> Thanks again for opening your home to all of us…it is beautiful and does make me wish I lived near by and could see in person. Have a great day!
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Glad you enjoyed it Sarah! Thank you! Oh no…another person who has caught the jar addiction… :) I wish we could all have a big summer party here..complete with ice cream!
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - June 25, 2014 - 11:04 am

Aren’t you getting witty! Thought it was sounding like a book I once read…. If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Love those books and enjoyed reading Part 3. Love me some jars too! I love how you think outside the box when filling them. Enjoy your day! Patty
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Ha ha. :) Thank you Patty. I love all those books as well. Yes, I do think outside the box when it comes to putting things in them. So glad you like them….cause there are sooo many around here!
Have a great Friday!
Kelly

GinaE - June 25, 2014 - 11:19 am

I love all your jars and the creative ways you use them. I think you house is just about my favorite on the web. I never get tired of looking!
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Oh goodness! What a sweet comment Gina! I am glad you don’t tire of seeing the house. By the way, the crockpot boneless ribs on your blog looked delicious!I am so in the mood for some ribs (to go with the ice cream of course! :) )
Kelly

Vicki - June 25, 2014 - 11:31 am

Love this post. I played the thunderstorm link in the background as I read, and could just imagine curling up in one of those comfy chairs with my gumball or doughnut (being careful not to leave crumbs). I wouldn’t count all your jars-I’d be too busy admiring your ice cream vignette and thinking (in a Homer Simpson way) “mmmm, ice cream….”

Must get more jars. I have 4, and your cute ideas tell me that it’s not enough. :)
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You wouldn’t have to worry about the crumbs…my Dyson works great! I think I have started a run on those jars. :) If you have 4, you are already on your way to a collection!
Happy Friday. :)
Kelly

Sally - June 25, 2014 - 11:52 am

I LOVE your jar collection, Kelly. I admire it every time I stop by. What really boggles my mind is all of the sweets. But… I don’t mean that judgementally. I only think of doing that around our home, and KNOW I could NEVER get away with it. We are the family that WILL POWER forgot!!! LOL Those treats wouldn’t last a morning in our house.

You have purposed all of your jars so well. I wish I had more horizontal space in our home, so that I could scatter some jars around. I’d find SOMEthing to put in them! *wink
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Thank you for your compliments on the collection Sally! (Yay! you called it a collection, :) ) Maybe you could try some of those sugar free cookies in the jars…or diet Cokes if you all don’t have any willpower. Good luck with your jars!
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - June 25, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Hahaha!! And actually, it is YOUR fault I’ve begun to collect jars and have a board on Pinterest all about them :)
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Okay, Barbara…guilty as charged! Love your pinterest board on them. :)
Happy Friday!
Kelly

Kimberly - June 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Kelly,
I just love your blog. It’s the first email I look for everyday. I’ m sad to say I have no jars. I need jars. I now realize I need jars for everything, everywhere. I need jars today. Oh-no I feel an addiction happening I must go get lots of jars.

Kimberly
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Yes, you need jars Kimberly! I hope you can find some soon. :) Thank you so much for your kind comment about the blog. I appreciate that you take the time to read and leave your comments. :)
Kelly

Peggy - June 25, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Kelly, just found your blog — you had me at jars full of red gumballs, but you put me over the top with red buffalo checked curtains! What a beautiful home! And your blog is a delight!
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Aw thanks Peggy! I am addicted to checks..with red buffalo being my all time favorite. I would love to know how you happened to find Talk of the House, and I am so glad you did!
Have a super Friday!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - June 25, 2014 - 1:57 pm

The “voice” of this post is absolutely charming! Love it all. Your use of jars to contain ordinary but interesting objects (like the cameras) is so appealing. I’m going to get some jars this weekend to coral some of my husband’s items like that. He can enjoy them and they’ll be organized for me. I ADORED the youtube with the rain. It’s been so dry in Phoenix — no rain for months — would so love a thunderstorm and steady rain! I’ll just have to come back to this post!
Barb
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Barbara, one of things we assess on the state writing test is, “Does the piece have voice?” (and when a 9 year old’s piece has it, I am impressed!) I knew, as a writer, you would comment on the voice! :) I think putting your husband’s things in jars is a great idea. I am so sorry you all have had no rain. That is terrible! So you just go ahead and listen to that thunderstorm all you want.
Happy Friday!
Kelly

Jill - June 25, 2014 - 2:04 pm

So you’re not only a genius decorator, but now you’re a comedian too? :D I will GLADLY come and count your jars and chalkboards for you! Just sayin’. I loved the rest of your Summer tour. Now I’m seriously thinking about red for next Summer. Also, every time I leave your blog lately I’m craving ice cream. Thanks for that!
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Ha ha! Yes, yes, yes you need red Jill! But I don’t know how in the world you can think that far ahead…I am doing well to think to next week – much less to next year! :)
Now go have a bowl of ice cream (8:30 in the morning is not too early.)
Kelly

Scribbler - June 25, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Funny! I just love your house — it always looks so cozy and comfy.

Do you have a favorite source for those big jars? I just broke the one I kept my coffee stored in, and I need another.
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Thanks Ellen! I usually buy the jars at Target or Walmart (depends on which town I am in.) I need a source for the glass part of our blender…broke it the other day in the sink.
Have a happy Friday! (hope you don’t have any of that grueling PT to go through today.)
Kelly

Terri - June 25, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Love … love the summer home tour!! Sooo many wonderful ideas…. but best of all……….. I am still laughing at your “Comedy” … I seriously busted out laughing when you made that last remark!!!! lolol….. thank you for sharing your gorgeous and comfortable home!!!!! Happy Summer to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks for seeing the humor in the post Terri (my husband still does not understand why everyone thinks it is funny. :( )
Glad you enjoyed the summer home tours.
Have a great Friday!
Kelly

Susie in MO - June 25, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Fun post! I hope you found and enjoyed the ice cream – thought of you as I was walking in downtown St. Louis today (mapping out a route for tomorrow’s 6 a.m. walk for the conference I’m attending) and came across some Salted Caramel Gelato that was calling my name. It makes quite the tasty breakfast!!
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There is no way I could do the gelato for breakfast…MUST have coffee and cheerios…something bland to start the day. But you go right ahead and enjoy it! I liked the ice cream from Target, but it was much better when I topped it with chocolate shell (you know that chocolate syrup that hardens when it hits the cold ice cream.) The flavor reminded me of my beloved Drumstick ice cream.
Have a fun Friday at your conference!
Kelly

Debra - June 25, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Kelly, we are experiencing your Southern everyday weather of heat, humidity and clouds with impending rain daily though your rain link is cute. I so would have loved going to Target. Truth, I am going there tomorrow and I hope I can behave. I think your adorable signature look of little glass containers of silverware, lidded glass jars, chalkboards, colorful flowers galore and maybe what seems to be everyday treats galore, are so signature Kelly, Like others have expressed here, it was cute how you wrote this post. Thanks for the fun and again your lovely home to inspire us. Smiles your way, Kelly.

Debra
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It does seem to be a “Southern thing” Debra. I hope you behaved at Target. :) “Signature Kelly” now you have ME laughing. I didn’t know I had a signature anything (other than writing!) Thank you for reading the post(s) and for always leaving your super encouraging and complimentary comments.
Hope your Friday is a good one!
Kelly

Martha - June 25, 2014 - 7:32 pm

As usual I love it all. Your home is charming and I am really enjoying the tour. I have had an addiction for baskets for many, many years…..my husband has forbidden me to bring any more home (not really), but I bought two glass jars a few months ago for my kitchen and I feel the need for more……..it’s all your fault! I hope your lizard is gone, the two my granddaughters took the creek have stayed away.
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Oh… I DO know about the basket addiction…had it years ago but I have recovered from that. :) I even had baskets of white flowers tied to the end of the pews in our wedding. Baskets do take up a lot of room. Looks like you are on your way to starting the jar collection now. Lizard seems to be gone…at least I hope so.
Kelly

Jayne - June 25, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Hey Kelly, I love all your jars. I’m on the look out for just the right ones for my house, so instead of asking you about all your jars, I would ask you: Do you keep your table set all the time? It is always so pretty! How do you come up with the cute center pieces you always have on the table? And would you mind if I totally copied you? Would you mind if I had a tall glass of milk with that doughnut? And when the rain stops and the frogs begin to croak, I would tell you about the time we had two teeny-tiny tree frogs on our sliding deck door and the amazingly loud sound that came from those teeny tiny frogs! Thanks for the tour and the gumball!
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1. Yes, I do mostly keep the table set…but only for 4 not for 6. That way if it needs clearing off for computer work or something else, it isn’t such a big deal. Plus keeping that centerpiece on a tray makes it VERY easy to move when needed. 2. My daughter and I were just talking about how do I come up with ideas. I normally start from what color do I want, then lay out a bunch of items that might fit with the mood or theme I want to create, and then I just try them out…it is purely trial and error. You should have seen the back porch table when I was working on it! 3. You may totally copy whatever you would like! 4. And yes, you may have milk. I am the only non-milk drinker around here, and I just don’t understand how all of you folks like the flavor of it. Yuck! 5. It is amazing how loud such small creatures can be!
Thanks for coming on the tour (and asking such great questions!)
Happy Friday Jayne!
Kelly

Cindy Ross - June 25, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Too, too funny!!! This had me laughing so hard. I loved every bit of it. When I first started reading your blog I noticed the jars and loved them. I ventured to Target and purchased two and two led to two more. I now have a few (hehehe) I use them around the house. They just come in so handy. Haven’t done gum balls but that is a great idea. May I borrow? I saw that ice cream container at Williams and Sonoma the other day and almost picked it up. Wish I had now. Was in Target earlier bought some more pillows for the screened porch and thought love them but where am I going to hide them the closets are over flowing. Hubs will roll his eyes when summer is over. LOL. I would so love to come sit in your kitchen and enjoy a donut with you and talk about decorating ideas. Until your next post be safe and dry. Waiting for the next exciting read. :)
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I am so glad you found it funny Cindy! Uh oh…you have the jar addiction. You go right ahead and fill one with gumballs. You need pillow covers not the pillows themselves because storage of all of them is NOT fun. (A lesson I learned late.) I would love to share a donut with you as well…there is only one left right now. Guess we need to get to Krispy Kreme for more!
Happy Friday!
Kelly

Louvina - June 25, 2014 - 11:30 pm

Read this delightful fun filled post at Sonic’s while having one of their hot fudge sundaes! Remembered you mentioned that was one of your favorite things to do!! earlier I had breakfast with a teacher friend at Cracker Barrel– she lives in Japan and I haven’t seen her in 2 years. She wants me to plan a trip there soon! Oh my–now that is on my bucket list!! Then you offered a “come see you” invite and you may be surprised one day when my daughter and I come up your way with a phone call to say “hi” and would love to see you for lunch nearby!! Wouldn’t that be fun? Really have been enjoying your summer home tour. Sounds like your new room over the garage will soon be ready to tour!! Can’t wait to see what you have done up there! What a wonderful productive summer you are having. Now sit awhile and enjoy a nice cool drink on that cozy porch of yours—I just love it out there!!:)
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Love love those hot fudge sundaes! We have had so much ice cream here that I haven’t had a sundae in awhile. A trip to Japan…wow!! That would be much more exciting than visiting out here in the country. But you and your daughter drop on by…just give me a heads up so that I can get out of these sweat pants and t-shirt and look a little more presentable! :) Garage room has to wait a couple of days, but my goal is to BE FINISHED by the end of next week…but life sometimes doesn’t go as planned so I am not holding my breath on it. My husband is using it as it is…undecorated and with only a couple of pieces of furniture in it right now. But at least it has the essential things – a coffee maker and refrigerator! :)
Kelly

Barb - June 26, 2014 - 8:02 am

Very funny post. “Here, have a gumball”….cracked me up. House looks great and it now officially feels like Summer.
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Barb, thank you! It certainly does feel like Summer around here. I have even been contemplating buying one of those little inflatable pools for the deck. :)
Kelly

Sue - June 26, 2014 - 11:21 am

Hi Kelly!
Looks like everyone is having fun with your post! Your home is delightful and always a pleasure to visit. I can relate to the jar collection – I seem to have many collections, and one of MY collections is gum balls. Lol. I have acquired most of the colors and usually have a jar filled with some combo. Of course it has red white and blue now. ( can’t eat mine tho cuz they’re getting old!)
Some day you need to post on your beautiful bookcase. Always interested in seeing how people organize their books.
Have a great day!
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What a cool thing to collect, Sue! I love it! And you can really pull in a bright spot of color with them. (But glory they are hard to chew…those in my jar are huge and you really couldn’t say anything for a little bit when you first bite into them. :) )
Several readers have asked about a post on the bookcase, but it truly is not organized very well. I had plans at one time to alphabetize the books by author’s last night and keep a little catalog list of the books, but that was too much work. Now it is just grouped loosely by subject with one shelf at the bottom for children’s books.
Have a good Friday!
Kelly

Debie - June 26, 2014 - 12:47 pm

And as soon as I could talk around that gum ball I would say, let’s go to Target. I need more jars. And you would say, well, maybe I could use another one … or two.

Your blog is my absolute, hands-down favorite and this post was the BEST! Thanks, Kelly!!
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Oh now I am laughing! Too funny! No I don’t think I need any more jars…oh wait…maybe in the room over the garage. :) Thanks for loving the blog!
Have a great Friday.
Kelly

Cheryl - June 26, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Hi Kelly , I have just discovered your blog this summer and so enjoying your wit and decor! I do feel a target trip coming on for some more jars I only have 2. And maybe some salted caramel sauce , my target list is longer! Thanks for the
bright spot in my day. It’s my new favorite blog!!

Fondly cheryl Adams
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I am so glad you found Talk of the House, Cheryl! And I am super glad that it is your new favorite. :) Target is certainly going to be having a shortage on those jars if you all keep buying them. Then there won’t be any left for me. :( (My husband might be quite happy about that though!)
Have a fun Friday, and I hope you will continue to visit here. :)
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - June 26, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Funny post! Loved the tour. And I love your collection of jars. I only have two, but you make me want more! You may have started a “run” on jars, so don’t be surprised if there’s a shortage on them soon! I personally have an addiction for clocks, but only have twelve so far. (Counting alarm clocks here.) I’m trying to fill a 4 -1/2 ft. wide wall with clocks, because it’s an awkward wall to place furniture on, with half carpet and half vinyl flooring. No hurry, I just keep my eyes open!
Thanks for the giggles today!
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Yes, I can see it now…shortage at Target! No jars left for me. 12 clocks! Whoa…that IS a collection. I bought a few of them for New Years’ decorating. Clocks can be really beautiful, so I know your wall is pretty.
Have a fun Friday Marianne!
Kelly

Lynne - June 27, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Everytime I see photos of your wonderful home the green eyed monster comes out in me! I want to throw everything I own out and start over! You put such thought in everything you do! I just love it. I’d love you opinion/help with some of my rooms! I’m on Instagram under lynneslife. Btw- I have a huge jar collection! It’s a bit of a problem! Lol! I actually like yours better- imagine that!;-)
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Aw you don’t need to be jealous! There is thought…too much according to my husband! I will try to check out your rooms Lynne when I can get that upstairs room of ours finished. (Man I will be glad when that is finally checked off our list.) Glad to know I am not the only one with a large supply of jars. :)
Kelly

Renee Cook - June 28, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Very nice!!
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Thanks Renee!
Kelly

Benita - July 7, 2014 - 5:01 pm

I love the jars! I have a clock and camera addiction…oops…I mean collection! :-)
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Clocks and cameras make great things to collect! We have a few of each of those around here as well (and they have been known to be inside jars at some point in their time here. :) )
Glad you liked the jars Benita!
Kelly

Susan - July 10, 2014 - 7:40 pm

I got so busy that I missed part 3, and when I found it today, I had to go back to part 1 and 2, you know, just to maintain order! I love it all – your jars, your clocks, your chalkboards, your flags, your red, white and blue!! Gorgeous!
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Yes, you must maintain continuity! Too funny! Glad you enjoyed all of the Summer Home Tour. It will be time for autumn before we know it, won’t it??
Thank you for reading Susan.
Kelly

Talk of the Weekend

Talk of the House sunlight on the porchWe interrupt your week of home tours to bring you a few distractions you might enjoy.:)

1.  Upon the recommendation of a friend of mine in North Carolina, I went to see this movie with my mother and a bunch of twenty-something-year olds.  The young actress who played Aurora is from Conyers, Georgia. Such a small world!  The film was kind of Lord of the Rings meets Wicked meets fairy tale..with a twist. I definitely enjoyed it, but one of the twenty-something-year olds surprised me by saying, “You shouldn’t mess with fairy tales.”:)

mal2movies.disney.com

2.  The first 10 pages of Jan Karon’s new book, Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good are available to read here.  When I read them, I felt like I was right back in Mitford and had never left.  Can’t wait to read the entire thing in September!

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karonpenguin.com

3. One of our local coffee shops carries a salted caramel gelato that is positively divine.  I have been on the hunt for a source that is not quite so expensive.  Found it at Walmart and we have been eating it waaaaaay too much. Yes, Walmart!   Here is a review of the product if you want another opinion about its deliciousness.

Sams Choice Sea Salt Caramel ice creamtheicecreaminformant.com

4. One of our readers has a new book out (giveaway coming next month!), and she is part of a 5 book + a few other summer time goodies giveaway.  You can check it out here.

Bookbub giveawaybarbarahinske.com

5.  Take a look at this pretty house, and you might feel like you are on vacation in beautiful Maine.

Maine Homemainehomedesign.com

6.  I had a sundried tomato quiche at this restaurant this week. The daily special advertised Tomato Pie quiche, and when they brought the plate to me, I was happily surprised to find the mix of sundried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves inside. I want to try this recipe to see if I can match the yummy flavors.

sundried tomato quichemooneyfarms.com

7.  I ran across this super cute and easy idea on Pinterest this week.  I’m going to have to find a place for these.

DIY chalkboard favorsmaisondepax.com

8.  Speaking of Pinterest, I started a new Pinterest board last night for all things 4th of July.  I hope you will check it out.  You might find something red, white, and blue there you like.:)

Cokes for the 4th of Julypinterest.com

9.  You’ll enjoy this video from the Piano Guys…pretty music and pretty story.

Piano Guys Story of my Lifethepianoguys.com

10. And finally, bring out your tissues for this one.  My mom sent it to me, and it is just toooo sweet not to share.

videoyoutube.com

Believe in good.

Enjoy your weekend.

:)

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Vicki - June 22, 2014 - 10:18 am

Wow, such a fun bunch of ideas! This will keep me busy for awhile! Your 4th of July Pinterest board is so cute– I’ve already gotten some ideas from it. That quiche looks pretty tasty, too. Can’t wait to check out those books.

Love that you included a little something for no matter what we feel like doing!
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Thanks Vicki! Glad you liked the Pinterest board and found some ideas you liked on it. Yes, I wanted to include a variety of links for you all. :)
Kelly

Martha - June 22, 2014 - 10:23 am

Waiting for my husband to get ready for church, I sat down and checked my e-mail. this post was in my in box….how lovely. Love the unsung hero video, we really do “reap what we sow”. The ice cream looks delicious and I am looking forward to buying some! I am enjoying your home tour,it is so fun to see all your neat decorating ideas.
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Wasn’t that video wonderful? I just loved the message in it. I hope you get some of the sea salt caramel ice cream soon, but I will warn you…it is addicting!
Kelly

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home - June 22, 2014 - 10:28 am

Hi Kelly,

It’s been a while since I’ve come by, but I’m so glad that I did.
You shared so many fun Summer ideas in this post.

And I smiled so big when I saw the link for the Piano Guys! John Schmidt was the ‘entertainment’ at our wedding reception.

My husband has been a BIG fan of his for many, many years. We were so blessed that John accepted our invitation (and request) to play at our reception. He was incredible, of course. So many amazing memories from that special day :0)

Sending happy wishes your way for an incredible Summer!
Suzanne
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You have to be kidding! THE Jon Schmidt!! You lucky lucky girl! Wow. That would certainly make for amazing memories for your wedding. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are having a wonderful summer too. :)
Kelly

Anne from Atlanta - June 22, 2014 - 11:06 am

Thanks for such a fun post! Love the last video. It made my day. Can’t wait to check out all of your suggestions! XOXO!
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You are more than welcome, and I am so glad the video made your day! Hope you had a chance to check out all the links. Have a great week Anne!
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 22, 2014 - 11:10 am

Oh I am so thrilled you are sharing Barbara’s book. Coming To Rosemont. She is special friend of mine and I love her success. The Blessing Video is too precious. Thanks for sharing.
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Yes, she is such a sweetheart! I am so proud of her success too. I am glad you stopped by Marty and enjoyed the video. Hope your week is a good one.
Kelly

Kim - June 22, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Try the Breyer’s caramel gelato. I can’t remember the exact name but it is really good. I do indulge in 1/2 cup from time to time. That is my limit and the first sweet thing I have eaten in months. Better for me not to bring any home.
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I will Kim! It sounds like one I would like. If that is the first sweet thing you have eaten in months, it must be pretty high on your list of desserts. :) Thanks for the recommendation.
Kelly

Debra - June 22, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Well, just as I am about to get started on the day, my IPhone bings and there it is a post from Kelly! So many wonderful shares in this post. As if Coastal Living isn’t torture…now, Maine Home? Drool. Just had Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream last night, but this Sea Salt Carmel sounds yummy. Will need to get some. Books, movie, music and Oh, a feel good moment. Thank you Kelly and to your Momma too. You all just made my Sunday with this share. Now for a quick peek at your pinterest and then I am off to paint a few things today. Oh, Summer time.

Debra
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Maine Home and Cape Cod Home both have gorgeous homes to drool over. My kids are big Ben and Jerry’s fans, and my favorite is Coffee Toffee bar crunch. Hope you got your painting projects completed!
Kelly

Stacey - June 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Just love the Unsung Hero video. I’ve watched it before and can’t help but cry when the little girl shows up in her school uniform. I might watch this every day for awhile. Such great life reminders.
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I cry at that scene every time I see it as well!! And I like the idea of watching it every day too. :)
Kelly

Stacey - June 22, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Kelly, had to come back and tell you to go see The Four Seasons movie. I’ve seen the musical and loved the movie just as much. :)
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You mean Jersey Boys, right? I think we are planning on seeing that this summer. Thanks for your recommendation Stacey!
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - June 22, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Love the unsung hero video! In this age where everyone posts all their (or their children’s) accomplishments on social media, it’s a welcome reminder that many acts of kindness are unseen…and yet seen by our loving God! Thank you.
Looking forward to checking out your 4th of July Pinterest board…such a joyous holiday and fun decorations with favorite colors…red, white, and blue!
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So true about social media. I think we are seeing the results of too much teaching of the “healthy self concept” philosophy. I would love to see a return to humbleness.
Thanks for checking out the Pinterest board. You are right about it being such a fun holiday to decorate for!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - June 22, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Hi Kelly. Thank you for the shout-out about my book and our book giveaway!!! And for the sneak peak at Jan Karon’s newest book — can’t wait to read them! She’s my idol.
Hugs,
Barb
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You are more than welcome! My mom just finished your book, and she said that it was VERY good and makes you want another sequel! Can’t wait to get started on it myself. Hope you enjoy the first 10 pages of the new Mitford book. It too will make you hungry for more. :)
Kelly

Gail - June 22, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Hi again Kelly: I got soo excited seeing the post re the ice cream. We are on our 3rd go round with this absolutely delicious concoction and I think I’ve gained three pounds:-) It is truly wonderful! After seeing the post I thought how wonderful to sit down with Jan Karon’s new book, which I am so looking forward to, after eating a piece of that delicious looking tomato pie and finishing it all off with the ice cream. Yum!!!! My idea of a great Sunday afternoon. The other points of interest looked wonderful as well and the video at the end is what we should all aspire to. Be the good samaritan God has asked us all to be as the situations rise. Thanks again for another inspiring post. Blessings..Gail
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Yes, that ice cream is VERY good, isn’t it Gail?! Your idea of the perfect Sunday afternoon does indeed sound wonderful. :) Hope your week is off to a great start.
Kelly

Paula B. - June 22, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Hi Kelly – looks like summer is in full swing around your house. And, you’re killing me with the ice cream and the tomato quiche!!! (Just got back from the store so I’m glad I hadn’t read this post first or I’d have something decadent in the freezer, calling my name.)We are still in school, can you believe it? But, the weather has been a “10″, sunny and low humidity. Will be texting my friend about the new Jan Karon book, maybe I’ll get it for her as a birthday gift. Wonderful post with just so much to take in, am going back now to read it all, again.
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Didn’t mean to kill you with the yummy food! I cannot believe you all are still in school…gosh we will be having back to school sales here shortly. Seriously. That Jan Karon book will make a wonderful gift for many people.
Have a great week!
Kelly

Susie in MO - June 22, 2014 - 7:03 pm

I discovered the Mitford series from you; hard to believe these sweet books were off my radar when they first came out, but as a friend in my book club said, now you don’t have to wait to read the next one! I’m almost finished with A New Song. Your posts, as always are an inspiration – so much so that I did a 2nd post for the year on my blog! We’ve enjoyed a salted caramel/chocolate/pretzel ice cream from Target, just in case you are interested…
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It is hard to believe you didn’t know about them! Where in the world were you all those many years ago? :) I agree with your friend though; you are lucky that you can just keep right on reading…talk about continuity! I think Out to Canaan was my favorite. I would really like to read the entire series this summer..which means I need to get busy on that. Thanks for the shout out over on your blog…now go get busy on another post (and I will go get that ice cream from Target..oh wait we have to finish the Bachelorette first. :) )
Kelly

Our Learning - June 22, 2014 - 8:01 pm

What fun, inspiring weekend post! Your Fourth of July pinterest board is a great collection of ideas. Thanks for sharing the link to the new Jan Karon book. I’m so glad that she’s publishing a new book! Your home looks beautiful in its summer glory!
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Thank you for the compliments on the board and the house! I, too am so glad that Jan Karon is publishing a new book…and I am especially glad it is set in Mitford. It’s like being able to visit with old friends again. Can’t wait until Sept. :)
Kelly

Megan - June 22, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Hi Kelly,
Thanks so much for introducing us to the PianoGuys! I followed some of the links to their other videos, and really liked the Let It Go/Vivaldi one – so beautiful! And the Unsung Hero video was so inspiring :) The part where he leaves the bananas on the doorknob reminded me of how my kids laughed at me when I told them that when I was a kid I liked to “ding dong ditch” — but I always left flowers on the steps in front of the door! They thought that was hysterical, and I learned that there was a name for ringing the bell and running away!
Megan
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So glad you now know about the Piano Guys! I love their work, and you could spend a really long time going through all their music. I had no idea that ding dong ditch is what you called ringing the bell and running! Learned something new today. :)
Have a great week Megan!
Kelly

Jayne - June 22, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Loads of ideas! Thanks! I love your new Fourth of July Board! I have a lot of those same pins on my board. I love the monograms chalkboards! What a cute idea! Looks like you are enjoying your summer!
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Thanks Jayne! I thought those monogram chalkboards were just the smartest things! You should make some. :)
Kelly

lynne - June 22, 2014 - 9:11 pm

I enjoyed your entire post this afternoon. Unsung Heroes was special and gives us much to think about. I just had to read the 10 pages from Jan Karons new book and loved it. Poor hubby had to wait on dinner. Now I wonder what happened to Irene? Where is Irene? I can’t wait till Sept and the book comes out.
Thanks for sharing!
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Yes, what happened to Irene?? Do you suppose she is the character the title is referring to? And I am worried about Barnabas. I can’t wait until Sept. either!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - June 22, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Kelly,
What a great way to share very worthwhile information. I loved the video’s…both were great.
I can’t wait for the Jan Karon book. I would live in Mitford if there was a town that was similar.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Sorry this reply is late…I read your post this morning but I had to leave the house before I could reply.
xo,
Karen
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So glad you enjoyed the videos Karen. I could just listen to the Piano Guys’ music all day long. :) I think we all want a Mitford…Blowing Rock seemed pretty much like it when we were there. You do not need to apologize for being “late”. I am so appreciative of you reading the posts and always taking the time to leave such sweet comments! You are a sweetheart!
Kelly

Dawn - June 22, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Kelly,

I love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us. There is a Zucchini and Tomato Frittata recipe in the July Better Homes and Gardens magazine that looks yummy too! The unsung hero video was awesome! Thanks for to your Mom for that one! I am going to send it to my Mom and sister!
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I will look for that recipe Dawn! I love zucchini and tomato together…like a ratatouille. Glad you are sharing the blog love and sending the video on. It IS such a good one!
Kelly

Lori - June 22, 2014 - 10:30 pm

First of all, tomato quiche….yum!!
Secondly, those monogram chalkboard letters are great.
Lastly, your 4th of July board was so fun to look through.
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Thank you Lori! I am so glad you liked it all. :)
Kelly

Design Chic - June 23, 2014 - 8:56 am

So many great links today and love seeing the good books – heading to the beach before long and need some to take. Love the Maine house – so pretty and the favors…adorable!! Happy Monday ~
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I am glad you enjoyed all the links. Lucky you getting to go to the beach. Our trip is not for a few weeks. I loved that Maine house too, and weren’t those favors so smart?!
Happy Monday to you!
Kelly

Cheri - June 23, 2014 - 9:44 am

Kelly, it gave me goose bumps to see #10…what a kind heart he has.

I checked out your pins on July 4th and you pinned some wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing.
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Oh yes, #10 was a goose-bump kind of video. :) Thank you for checking out the Pinterest board!
Have a good week!
Kelly

Amy O'Quinn - June 23, 2014 - 11:41 am

Such wonderful links! I admit I cried after the last video. Such a great message. I have been omitting sugar from my diet lately to help with weight loss, but I am tempted by that Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream…gee thanks! ;) I, too, can’t wait for Jan Karon’s new book. When I read the excerpt, it just made me so happy to be ‘back’ in Mitford again. But I’m worried about what will happen to Barnabas in this one. All the characters (even the dog) feel like old friends!
Great post as always!
Blessings,
Amy
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I think crying is certainly permitted with the video. :) So sorry to tempt you with the ice cream. I am worried about Barnabas too. (That would really make me cry if something happens to him.) Thank you for your sweet comments!
Kelly

Katrina - June 23, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Oh loved theses distractions….especially the video… My favorite part was seeing the precious little girl in her school uniform!! I am so happy you are on summer break….. Woo hoo!
Here is a distraction for you .. Go to castlehillinn.com and look at this beautiful inn in Newport, RI. This was one of my favorite drink spots from my trip. My friends and I were entertained with regatta on the ocean during our stop at this pretty place.
Love love summertime!!!!!
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I bet you had a fantastic time on that trip that I sooooo want to take. :)
jealous jealous here.
Kelly

Nikki - June 24, 2014 - 11:31 am

I love the Thai Life commercial. That one should be mandatory viewing. Might offset some of the nasty self-absorbed Kardashian-type reality tv we’re exposed to everyday. Bring back kindness. Thanks for sharing.
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You are so right, Nikki! It should be mantadory viewing. I think the first and last day of school in perhaps middle and high school would work because it would not only show the importance of thinking of others but also the value of a free education…something that is so often taken for granted in this country.
Thank you for your comment!
Kelly

Jackie Bouchard - June 24, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Hello! I’m one of the authors involved in the book giveaway (that’s my ‘baby,’ “Rescue Me, Maybe,” in the photo) and just wanted to say thank you for including the link to our giveaway!

The main character in the book I’m currently working on is an interior designer, and “she” loves that kitchen photo you posted! I can see I’m going to need to poke around your site!

Thanks again,
Jackie
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Hi Jackie! You are quite welcome for the link to the giveaway. I think anyone who loves pets would enjoy your book. :) If the main character in your new book is into design, I’m certain I would like it! Thanks for visiting the blog!
Kelly

Jennifer - July 2, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Hi Kelly! I live 3 minutes from Bare Bulb! I love it that place! Often, friends and I will go to Bare Bulb before or after a movie…so fun! I love your blog! It’s so neat to read a “hometown” girl blog. I’ll be heading to Wal Mart to get some of that ice cream tomorrow! Have a very happy 4th of July! We will be heading to Tybee!
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Don’t you just love Bare Bulb, and have you tried the gelato???! I hope you have had a fun time at Tybee. The weather should have been just perfect for you!
Kelly

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