Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Botanical Style by Selina Lake

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
Today I am excited to share with you a new book, Botanical Style (Ryland, Peters & Small, $29.95) by Selina Lake with photos by Rachel Whiting.  You have probably noticed I am a fan of bringing the outdoors in and in this new book stylist Selina Lake demonstrates exactly the many ways you can do this with your home.  

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
The author shares how her love of botanicals started in childhood with her parents gardens and the gift of an old-fashioned wooden flower press. The book is about how to use botanicals in your home decor and living with nature as an inspiration. 

Botanical Style by Selina Lake

The author explores this by giving the reader a look at five different botanical looks, Vintage Botanicals, Boho Botanicals, Industrial Botanicals, Tropical Botanicals, and Natural Botanicals.  All through the book Lake shares ideas for crafting with these inspirations as well; such as, "making a botanical pinboard." 

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
Here is an example of Vintage Botanical style.  It is essentially bringing the cottage garden inside.  This look makes a visual feast for the eyes.  Vintage patterns and prints from fabric to dishes mixed with flea market treasures are the hallmarks of this style. 

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
The Boho Botanical style has a relaxed summery vibe.  Ethnic looks, eclectic mixes, and anything reminiscent of the 1970's fits this style.  I loved the author's narrative about houseplants with this style, she stated ," keep introducing houseplants into a boho space-too many is not possible." Think the spider plant hanging in a macrame plant holder.

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
Next, with the Industrial Botanical look, old school/office furniture becomes your functional piece of furniture you never knew you needed.  Textures are more at play with this style instead of prints.  Concrete, metal, leather, and exposed brick give an interior that industrial feel.

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
The Tropical Botanical style is glamorous.  The exotic feel is from a century old vacation destination.  Lots of bold prints, colors, and leafy designs whisk you away to another local when you enter this style.  The textures used in this look are bamboo, rattan, and stucco.  The colors are bold and bright.

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
Natural Botanical style is gentle, harmonious, and clean. Texture, neutrals, and organic greens are the main features of this style.  It is all about bringing the outdoors in to display your inner nature lover. Natural wood, earth tones, and botany accessories make this a pleasing style. 

Botanical Style by Selina Lake
Bringing nature indoors has never been easier with the tips and DIY projects offered by Lake.  This book was a feast for the eyes and one to turn to again and again for style tips and inspiration. Being loaded with photographs of interiors that share timeless looks to recreate it is a wonderful book to add to your collection.  
Thank you to Ryland, Peters, & Small for providing me with a copy of this book for review.   The review and opinions were entirely my own.

Sherry

I will link to these:

There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of  Your Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Friday
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cupof Mrs. Olsen
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Monday, July 25, 2016

July Visual Tea/Garden Journal

July Visual Garden Journal
In the garden for July it is HOT!  But, that doesn't stop me from having tea inside and assessing my spoils from the garden.  I have the buddleia still going strong and attracting some gorgeous butterflies, roses are still hanging in there, marigolds, zinnias, Russian sage, hyssop, petunia, blackberry, and daisies. 

July Visual Garden Journal
In this picture I see dianthus, peppermint, spearmint, basil, lovage, and camellia sinensis (tea).  Yes, I bought my own tea plant this year! 

July Visual Garden Journal
The Vintage Garden Tea Towel was provided by Heritage Lace.  It is 100% cotton and so cute in the kitchen for summer. 

July Visual Garden Journal
The Blue Ribbon Crochet Napkin was also provided by Heritage Lace.  It is also 100% cotton and perfect for a cottage tea with that keen ability to be casual or formal.

July Visual Garden Journal
The basket also has some fresh picked vegetables in it from the garden.  I have lettuce, tomatoes, squash, onion, and a carrot.  I finally figured out how to grow carrots last year. The only way to grow them in our clay soil is to plant them in containers.  That allows them to grow perfect.

July Visual Garden Journal
Here is a better shot of all the pretties behind the teacup earlier.  The teacup is Independence Ironstone by Castleton. 

July Visual Garden Journal
Here is the parting shot.  I am really liking the monthly journal.  I am excited to see what blooms each month and how I can style it.  The Visual Tea/Garden Journal is going to be a monthly feature. I have evergreens to keep it going in the winter and I bought grow lights!  We'll see how they work this fall/winter. 
Thank you to Heritage Lace for providing the Vintage Garden Tea towel and the Blue Ribbon Crochet Napkin. 

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of  Your Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Friday
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cupof Mrs. Olsen
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Rose Garden Malevik Saturday Showoff
The Scoop at Stonegable
Best of the Weekend with Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Making Blackberry Syrup

Ball International Can-It Forward Day

It is time for Ball's 6th International Can-It Forward Day!  I am participating this year.  They so kindly supplied me with these blue glass mason jars and a copy of The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving.  

Making Blackberry Syrup: The Charm of Home
I took my blackberry harvest and made Blackberry Syrup.

Making Blackberry Syrup: The Charm of Home
The recipe was right out their new cookbook!  It was an instant winner for the family!  Waffles are always welcome and the children loved them with the blackberry syrup.

Making Blackberry Syrup: The Charm of Home
Blackberry Syrup  
Ingredients:

3 lb. (1.5 kg) blackberries
2 cups (500 ml) water
Cheesecloth
2 3/4 cups (675 ml) sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) light corn syrup
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) bottled lemon juice
  1. Place blackberries and water in a 6-qt. (6-L) stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven.  Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.  Cook, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.)
  2. Remove from heat. Line a wire mesh strainer with 2 layers of dampened cheesecloth or a jelly bag.  Place over a bowl.  Pour berry mixture into strainer, and let drain 2 hours or as needed to extract 4 1/2 cups (1.13 L) juice. (Do not press or squeeze mixture.) Discard solids.  Rinse Dutch oven.
  3. Combine blackberry juice, sugar, and next 2 ingredients in Dutch oven, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Bring mixture to a full rolling boil over medium-high heat; boil 1 minute.
  4. Ladle hot syrup into a hot jar, leaving 1/2-inch (1-cm) headspace.  Remove air bubbles.  Wipe jar rim.  Center lid on jar.  Apply band, and adjust to finger-tip tight.  Place jar in boiling-water canner.  Repeat until all jars are filled.
  5. Process jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude.  Turn off heat; remove lid, and let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Makes: about 3 (1-pint/500-ml) jars
Recipe from: The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving
The recipe was wonderful; pleasing me with 3 of these beautiful blue jars full of blackberry syrup!

Making Blackberry Syrup: The Charm of Home
The blue mason jars are another new favorite of mine!  They have a wide mouth and are easy to wash.  The blue glass makes them oh, so, pretty to look at on the table.

The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving
The recipe book is full of over 350 of the best canned, pickled, and preserved recipes.  This year's copy had chapters on fermenting, dehydrating, curing, and smoking.  I found those especially interesting because I was going to get the dehydrator out and try some vegetables in it anyway, so now I have this to turn to.
Thank you to Ball for sponsoring the Can-It Forward Day by supplying me with the canning jars and the cookbook.  


How you can participate in the Can-It Forward activities:

  • Sign up and pledge to join the event and receive $5 off of Ball's online store: Pledge Page.
  • Tune in to watch live canning demonstrations on Ball's Facebook page on July 22, 10 AM-3:30 ET.  Each hour viewers will get the chance to win a giveaway prize!
  • You can ask Jarden Home Brands canning experts any preserving or home canning questions viaTwitterwith the hashtag #canitforward from 10AM – 5PM ET on July 22nd.  
  • You can also share their own #canitforward creations with the brand on Pinterest and Instagram.
  • If you engage in any of the Facebook Live recipe videos, a donation will be made to charity. 

For Home Sweet Home this week, just scroll on down. 

Sherry

I will link with these parties:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creation
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate

Home Sweet Home #281

Summer Tea: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I contemplated canning something with my blackberries in, Time to Can Tea

Making Blackberry Syrup: The Charm of Home
Then I followed through and will post tomorrow for the 6th International Can-It Forward Day; Making Blackberry Syrup. Come back and check this post out!  There will be live demos on Ball's Facebook page, coupons off of their site, and prizes to be given away!  

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!


Shabby Chic Bedroom Reveal
Jo, at Anne's Attic Design shared Shabby Chic Bedroom Reveal.  She did a marvelous job for her two granddaughters! 

DIY Mini Garden Conservatory
Patti, at Old Things New shared DIY Mini Garden Conservatory.  She gives you complete instructions on how she made this! 

Peach Slab Pie
Tammy, at Living the Gourmet shared Peach Slab Pie.  YUM!

Bee Tablescape
Pat, at On Crooked Creektt shared a lovely table on Summer's Buzzin' Right Along.

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!   It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.  I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Time to Can Tea

Time to Can Tea: The Charm of Home
This week for tea I am getting ready to can.  Do any of you can?  I have a lot of strawberries and blackberries.  I have already made strawberry jam so, as you can see, the blackberries are ripe and it's time to make something with them.

Time to Can Tea: The Charm of Home
I am participating in Ball's Can-It-Forward this Friday, July 22, 2016.  Now in it's 6th year, Can-It Forward was born from a desire to share the joy and benefits of canning.
For more information about International Can-It Forward Day or Ball brand home canning visit, FreshPreserving.com


How you can participate in the Can-It Forward activities:
  • Sign up and pledge to join the event and receive $5 off of Ball's online store: Pledge Page.
  • Tune in to watch live canning demonstrations on Ball's Facebook page on July 22, 10 AM-3:30 ET.  Each hour viewers will get the chance to win a giveaway prize!
  • You can ask Jarden Home Brands canning experts any preserving or home canning questions via Twitterwith the hashtag #canitforward from 10AM – 5PM ET on July 22nd.  
  • You can also share their own #canitforward creations with the brand on Pinterest and Instagram.
  • If you engage in any of the Facebook Live recipe videos, a donation will be made to charity. 
Time to Can Tea: The Charm of Home
Tea is in this Royal Albert cup today.  The pattern is Petit Point.  I won that teacup from a dear blogging friend Sandi, at Rose Chintz Cottage.  Thank you Sandi, I am still enjoying it! 

Time to Can Tea: The Charm of Home
I have my vintage apron with chicken scratch embroidery out today. Canning reminds me of my Grandmother and farm living.  The tea cake is Blackberry Bread.

Blue glass mason jars and The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving provided by Ball Canning.  Join me Friday and I will share a recipe out of this cookbook with my blackberries.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of  Your Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Friday
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cupof Mrs. Olsen
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Rose Garden Malevik Saturday Showoff
The Scoop at Stonegable
Best of the Weekend with Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Home Sweet Home #280

Caramel Peach Cake with Caramel Peach Topping
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I baked a cake, in Caramel Peach Cake with Caramel Topping.

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!

Tomatoes food styling
Mary, at Home Is Where the Boat Is, always gets me with her food photography.  Here she did it again with Tomato, Tomahto.

Summer Kitchen
Jolena, at While I Linger shared, My Summer Kitchen.  It's lovely! 

Is That You Lord?
And, for a change of pace, I really enjoyed Pam, of A New Lens' post,  Is That You, Lord?  A great read! 

Happy Home Keeper
Sharon White, of The Legacy of Home shared, Happy Home Keeper.  This was a refreshing take on keeping the home. Keeping an "old fashioned" home appeals to me.
(The picture is Maureen O'Hara with her Mother , 1948)

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!   It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.  I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

*If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.


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