IT'S A HOMEMADE BLOG

Thank you for visiting!
Porch scenes & other photos are mine/ our home. I often stage it for you-Grab a chair. Let's visit.


~Dabbling in Decorating, Remodeling, fruit & vegetable gardening, herbs, flowering anything. Family always has reserved seating with a place set for friends and blog followers.

It's all about Faith, Family, Friends and Fabulous Flowers.





March 27, 2015

Let's Do This AGAIN~ While the Bridal Wreath is Blooming~


A scene as pretty as this should not be called a Spring Re-Run
Spring 2010


 

Decorator secrets- I never, never buy new table cloths, napkins etc.  I always keep an eye out for basic supplies that someone else has paid the new price for and usually only gently worn.  Flaws & imperfections- signs of use are not an issue for me.  My old and new Fiestaware is the most all purpose stash of supplies in my home.  They are not fragile and mix with literally any dishes I enjoy using.  I never have a real plan for coordinating dishes, pottery, linens- "I just make it up as I go."

 
 
 
  
 

2015 early spring blooms The Irises came from Jackson, Alabama


 
 

March 25, 2015

-Home & Yarden 2015

Enjoy!





 
 
 
The Harrison House Backyard Wisteria Arbor - Early Early Spring 2015
 
 
 
 
Front Porch Scene March 2015
 
 

 
 
Jonell
Spring Scenes
 2015
 
 

March 22, 2015

Some Things Just Make Me S M I L E ~

The birds singing-
butterflies flitting ~ Children Playing~


 

  • Pretties- the icing -  the fluff -   the extras -
Source  Southern Living Magazine



  • Gifted bloggers...all ages, backgrounds, personalities, styles and motivation
  • Realizing I can  keep my own  blogging style -  not trying to be someone else - no matter how I admire her work,  the person or her online persona

    A Family Tuning out the world while
..they READ in the isle at SAM'S

 

F.a.m.i.l.i.e.s...
- having another baby~
Sights & sounds of Children at PLAY

 
 



Hearing testimonies of the

Miraculous and the Ordinary

 God is doing in someone's life





  • Friends  so bubbling over with the joy of our lord....
  • A 5 minute on the run chat or a 2 hour sit and soak it in.....
  • I leave overflowing with her joy and HIS


Remembering friends..
far and near-or  moved on to heaven  ...
Sue
What a lady -
 filled to the brim with
Him

Pam in South Carolina ..or is it N.C.?

 
 
-My Girls in Texas -
[they know who they are]



Angela in Texas
Shirley & Brenda in Texas



Monty & Anela    -
sisters from another generation
 
 
The Lydia Ladies
 A Few of  Lydia Sunday School class

 
 
Sundays
 
 
 
Now let's all go visit and share What Is Inspiring Us
at
 
 

Justa Swinging
 
Jonell
 

March 20, 2015

Easter-Spring Tablescape

You Are Invited

To
 

Sweet Seasonal Reminders

Spring 2013

 
These scenes from a season ago motivate me-
I hope it gives you a nudge and brings a smile to your face too!
 
 
We just don't always use these pretties often enough but I will say they are all meant to be used at the Harrison House-


March 18, 2015

Yes, He Is Risen Indeed ~

 I listen to Faith Radio with my kitchen radio companion from wake up until evening- literally every day. 
I hear reminders of the Season..
 
E A S T E R
 
 I agree it's more than colorful eggs and bunnies but~
 
I just came from my always favorite best place to shop and came out with

NOTHING.

Let's Share a CUPPA of Something G O O D -





 For Today Lord



 
 
Order
Purpose
Joy
Others

March 17, 2015

Rememberings~ About Milestones - Mile Markers [#19]


Milestones are specific points along the route you're traveling [life]. They got your attention-you recognize their importance continuing  on your journey...oftentimes in another direction.



Mile Markers are visual Markers along the way that tell you the distance you have come traveling from  a specific place...behind you, [in the past].

A New Season Indeed~

http://anewseason.net/widows-might/packing-up-your-sorrows/

A New Season



As I stood behind my Pastor's pulpit on August 21, 2013 with only the barest bit of written outline I had no idea what the first words to come out of my mouth would be.  I composed myself ever so briefly- maybe two seconds and just as if I had at that moment created the words in my own head this is what came forth:

"This is ANOTHER day which the Lord has made

and we will CONTINUE to rejoice

and be glad in it."

Amen -

March 13, 2015

Aiken House & Gardens: Shades of Aqua

Aiken House & Gardens: Shades of Aqua

To say that Carolyn always inspires and challenges with her style, photos and beautiful displays indoors and out...is an understatement!


Now go visit and tell her Gramma sent you
 

March 12, 2015

Could I interest You in Growing SUNFLOWERS?


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copied

  • Because they are such natural beauties
  • Because they are easy to grow
  • Feed the Birds
  • Use in Both Fresh and Dried Floral Arrangements
  • Potpourri
BRAGGING RIGHTS!!


Is there anything difficult about successfully growing to harvest Sunflowers?

March 10, 2015

My Personal Recommendation ~

For Your Reading Pleasure ~ And Much More!

When you weary of Vanilla Christianity

 
Personal Note:  I have no desire to use Like Gramma's House for selling  but I eagerly and without reservation will give up space to share GOOD THINGS from Great People
& promote what they do.
 
[ btw they don't ask for or need my promotion]
 
Jonell
 
 
 

Wishing You GOURD Friends ~


Image result for growing gourds

Do you not have gourd friends? 

I would definitely wish for you to have gourd friends.

That's okay, just allow me to bend your ear about my own creative, quirky, artistic, wonderful gourd friends.

I always remember and love to share about my GOURD FRIENDS during our Texas Years. My first unique and incredibly gifted friend [ gourd friend]  was Hattie.  I kinda, sorta think I recall that Hattie's life experience included teaching very young children-perhaps preschoolers.  That was another time of her life though.  When she came into my life I knew her as my artistic friend who did fabulous yard art with saved objects like old rusty garden tools.  That's just the beginning. Yes she turned unusual things about to be put out for pickup on first Mondays into amazing and often strange creations for your flower beds, wherever they spoke to her. 

March 03, 2015

In Time for E. A .S .T .E. R. ~If You Hurry

Gardening picture



Plant this NOW for Easter cuteness!


By Carrie Lamont (carrielamontMarch 3, 2015



Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/4834/#ixzz3TM9ET8Hx



The actual date of Easter varies from year to year.
In 2015, it will be April 5.

If you have time, start this project a few weeks before Easter to have plenty of time for germinating your seeds.

March 02, 2015

I Didn't Forget~

No, I did not forget the #18 mile marker but am just thinking you may be a little weary of my tracking every step along the way of this new and different life since August 18, 2013.

 
I'm trying to focus on life around me and be alert to things of interest  I can share with you.  I have not taken a month long nap and forgotten about Like Gramma's House and the readers. I'm just trying to find ways of breathing new life into this 6+ year long project I'm sharing with the world.
 
Someone reminded me in the past week that I have had many experiences and been involved with lots of interesting things...and as I look far back into all I have written I am reminded of many of those. 
 
Drop by regularly and perhaps you'll spot something to inspire, amuse or perhaps encourage you.

Looking Forward....Again~
Jonell
 
 


February 28, 2015

It's Time To Talk About LOOFAS -It's MARCH

Get those seeds in the ground in March

  'After danger of frost' has passed. 









A picture from my first gourd crop in Alabama 2007

February 27, 2015

Dyl sings for Mr. Lincoln



Our oldest Grand Daughter Dylan singing for our one and only Great Grandson Lincoln-Priceless!

February 26, 2015

Stringtown Home: That Awkward Moment, When....

Yippee, Heather's BACK ya'll

at Stringtown Home


Stringtown Home: That Awkward Moment, When.......You return to your blog after 7 months.   I almost feel like I should introduce myself, again.  I'm not gonna lie though...




How about running over there to say

 Welcome Back !!

February 23, 2015

Just Too Good & Too E A S Y

No excuse for not making this ~

 This is a healthy version of ice cream! Four ingredients. This would also make a great dessert to serve up after dinner. Share with your friends - they will love it, too!

 
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February 20, 2015

I Cannot Wait [for spring] But Wait I Must~

{ This is not the weather for successful  projects that involve PAINTING }

 
 
 
A last minute insert here- I don't think I mentioned
but just assumed you would know the ANTIQUE
BED is F I N A L L Y get a paint job-No kidding-
that has been my P L A N  since 2006. I chose and
bought the paint S E V E R A L years ago...for real!
Go ahead...you can LOL
 



Well, I need a project and my Spring project has been a while coming..meaning it's been on my to do list for several years..Here's my motivation.  I'm thinking if I get it out there, admit to you all that it's as good as a commitment .  You can call me on it and hold me accountable.  Well, that sounds good don't you think. Here Goes!

For several years I have wanted to put together an all white room. The most logical is the master bedroom. My linens are already there [all white] and three pieces of furniture are a shade of white. That looks like a good beginning.The initial must do is to paint the antique iron bed and it should be relatively easy from there on.

This is not a really large room, only adequate as far as size but I think I can make it work.  What I envision is not all white...but what I call 'shades of white"..Now how soon can I get down to Lowe's and start playing with paint samples?

February 19, 2015

Family Time at SAM'S-For Real~

A scene that would thrill many school teachers- perhaps reading coaches

 
 Okay, so I don't use that Sam's card or even go browsing their  isles often enough to justify having the membership.  But just in case I want that option  I'm renewing the thing.
 

You never know what you'll run into at Sam's.

 
 

 
I am really into familiarizing myself with all the book options at Sam's
making a sharp turnaround just so I don't miss anything
and a sudden "brake for families" ~
No kidding- Possibly a Gramma  with a couple of tweens so totally
engrossed in their book finds.

 They do not even notice me until I speak
Yes, they offered to move for me..just offered but did not move.
 My response was:
Remain where you are...just allow me to take a picture?

"As you were please?"

 


It did not matter if I took ten pictures they didn't skip a line &

 were not a bit distracted by a stranger taking their picture.




So why did I continue snapping photos?

Because I could

And yes I did warn them they might end up in one of my blog posts.

Names?  I don't have their's and they don't have mine...

A slight possibility they may find Like Gramma's House.


We are not likely to ever know!


Jonell

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Like Gramma's House