I always tell people right up front, I am not a gardener. Yes I plant flowers. But then I can only "hope" they grow the way they are supposed to.  My favorite flowers are multi petaled flowers. Peonies, hydrangeas and roses are at the top of that list. Over the years in this house I have used my hope method of planting all three of these flowers throughout the yard. For the most part this has seemed to work out.

But or some really strange reason I could not figure out, my hydrangeas stopped blooming the past two years. I was so, so sad. 

But this year they are starting to bloom again!

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And I think I figured out why. I've never really trimmed my hydrangea bushes in the Spring. Once they bloom I will go out and cut out the dead branches in the summer simply because they look messy. Since I know I'm not very good at gardening the past two years I was determined to do more for my flowers. This year I have been busy enough that I have fallen back into my non-trimming of the hydrangea bushes. I think I got to rambunctious in my desire to "do better" and was pruning the wrong part of the hydrangea bushes! 

So in not doing much for the flowers I was actually doing myself a favor and enjoying beautiful blooms throughout the summer. So much for me and gardening! 

Here in our valley the weather the past two days has been pure perfection. With 73 degrees, soft breezes, no humidity and a pure cyan blue sky I have been putting out a lot of  pure gratitude vibrations, I know these days are fleeting and to be enjoyed in the moment while I can. And so it is.

I hope your weather is as beautiful. Happy weekend one an all!

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.