Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ready for Clear and Blue Skies Again!

Hosted by "French Lique, Texas"

The Mountains of the Philippines... Today, Dixie wanted either an April Fool's or Still Life WW photos, so I think these qualify for the Stills...

Thanks Dixie! I can't wait to see what other fun pics are out there...


Hosted by "A Southern Daydreamer"

For today's OW, I wanted to share a place I have yet to visit while here in North Texas. This area is very close to us, but we just haven't had the time to explore much, so this one is definitely on the list of "Places to visit" for us

Check out their claim to fame:
"When you visit the Vintage House, you’re likely to meet Nan Walvoord, proprietor. This out-going former music teacher turned shop owner, has been assisting grateful customers find the perfect gift and create beauty within their homes since the beginning days of the Vintage House. Having ‘never met a stranger,’ Nan delights in the many new friends she has welcomed into “her house” over the years—not to mention, the numerous children of loyal customers she has watched “grow up” since the Vintage House first opened in 1988.
Also, experience the friendly and helpful assistance of Fonda, Vintage House staff. Everyone loves to chat with Fonda. A former shop owner herself, this talented and authentically caring lady is eager to assist all who enter ‘our house.’ She also happens to be one of the best gift-basket-makers around!"

This is the City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest and Recreation Center which is less than 5 minutes away from our place. It is THE favorite hangout during the hot, humid summer days and for the fun pool facilities! Don't get splashed! Actually, you have no choice, as there are tons of children to splash you as they go from one splash zone to the next. So... you might as well bring an extra towel with you if you're ever in our area and find yourself inside. Residents are $3 and visitors, $5. Not bad, huh?

I can't wait to see "where" everyone is today! Thanks again, Susan!

TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain" loves being challenged!) The next time you are in a Home Depot or Lowe's, pick up some paint chips, some inexpensive drop cloth (enough to cover a table), paint brushes and "Ooops" paint cans or use fabric paints from craft stores, about three different vivid colors if available. At home, with the neighborhood kids or your own young kids, lay out the drop cloth and start handing out paint brushes to everyone. Ask them to swish, splash and smear paint all over the cloth. Tell them what you're going to use it for and tell them that they are invited to a fun patio or indoor lunch at your place either the next day or two. Take pictures of the activity, from start to finish. Use some of the paint chips as invitations for them to bring home or if your own children, to use as reminder cards. On the day of, use the drop cloth (or fabric you chose) as the tablecloth. Then, place the oops paint cans as stands for the fun menu you'll create as the main centerpiece. Use the rest of the paint chips as placecards and use colorful face towel as napkins looped through a small hanging paint brush! Even fill the table with different painting tools and enjoy reliving the fun idea you had! Add any other fun things to go with the theme. Take pictures of your gathering. After, get them all printed out and in a beautiful envelope tied with a colorful bow, give each child copies of the prints as mementos of your time together. Sometimes, quality time just means making time, so go have fun and be crazy with your children! I'll be doing this with my children this summer as every July, they create a new finger painting masterpiece for their bedrooms. I can't wait to see what they'll do with a paintbrush!

I can't wait!


  1. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Chandy! Oh my.. the Philippines are gorgeous! I once knew a wonderful lady (she was a physical therapist) from the Philippines....and she talked about how beautiful it was.... she worked for years alone before he son and husband came to the states.... but I should have asked to see pictures! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

  2. Susan, thanks! I know, I miss it, so! I love how each mountain has its own unique look to them!

  3. I enjoyed your beautiful photos, Chandy. And how lucky of you to live so close to a water park. BTW, I hope you will join me for Sightseeing Sat. again. Let me know so I can just post your blog site cause I am creating a scheduled post. We are leaving on Thrusday for a trip or trips, rather...Christine

  4. Oh my! Those Philippines pictures are gorgeous!
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  5. Oh wow, what beautiful pictures!!!!!

    Justine :o )

  6. Happy WW! Great pictures! Pretty

  7. chandy... love the mountain photos.. just beautiful!

    Is that the Rosemeade pool?...(or a new one in Carrollton?) My daughters all went to Rosemeade Elementary, and we spent many a summer day at the pool... we lived a 5-minute walk away! I remember the day it first opened... Carrollton is a great area to raise a family! All 3 daughters still live in the Dallas area.

    blessings. Dixie

  8. Hi Chandy-
    Beautiful still life from the PI and I'd luv to visit the Vintage House myself!

  9. Ladies, hello and good morning! Thank you for your "smiling-starting" comments!

    Dixie, yes; I believe it is the same one! We've only been here for almost 2 years, and have recently discovered it through word of mouth. It's definitely a fun place!

    Marie, I know I can't wait!

  10. Yep...I like this blog. Cute ideas! :)Nancy

  11. I love the pics and all Gods glory and the awesome TT idea is super.I love love to meet Nan what a plesure that would really be...ann

  12. Great price on the water park! Some of us 'non residents' might just have to zip on over:)

    Great tablescape idea, cool mountains, and awesome giftshop!

  13. I love your pictures of the Philippines and didn't realize it was so mountainous. Maybe some day I will be fortunate enough to take a trip. You have some great ideas, and I think that I will definitely have my granddaughters paint a tablecloth for me this summer!

  14. Thank you ladies! I love hearing from all of you!

  15. love your photos, where is the Vintage house located? looks like fun, thanks for visiting

  16. Hi Chandy! I enjoyed your "stills" . That vintage store looks like someplace I'd love to visit!! Happy O.W. to you...

  17. The mountain pictures are so beautiful, and that pool looks really fun!

  18. Deb, I hope you can visit it soon!

    Ellen, thank you. Those mountains are just majestic. I think the Vintage place is great, too!

    Sunny, thanks!

  19. Thank you, Karen. Visit again soon!

  20. Muy bello! thanks for sharing beauty, Chandy!

    May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.


  21. Hello Cielo! I missed you! Thank you for visiting me again!

  22. Chandy..
    My daughter would live at that waterpark if we were that close. At those great prices I'd probably let her lol. Thanks for sharing.


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