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I hope you had a great week and are enjoying a fun Memorial Day Weekend!

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What a week it was!

Family Life

Well, she did it!

My oldest daughter graduated from Bucknell University last Sunday with a degree in Psychology.

While the graduates were walking in but before the commencement started, we facetimed her – it was so funny!

garden blogger stacy ling facetiming with her daughter before the graduation ceremony started at bucknell university

The day was really hot but we enjoyed every moment of the commencement and are super proud of Mackenzie and her big accomplishment.

And now, I get to spend some time with her at home. Yay!

We’ve already spent some fun days out by the pool. I love that she’s back home for a bit.

Garden blogger stacy Ling's daughter graduates from Bucknell University
garden blogger Stacy Ling and family celebrate her daughter's graduation from bucknell university

In the Garden

My daughter Shana and I have been busy in the gardens. All of the pumpkin seeds she started for me last week are germinating so we’ll be getting those in the ground soon.

We went shopping for some container garden annuals. I need to wrap up my planters!

I planted some hanging baskets of scaevola on the front porch and they look gorgeous!

the pond garden with fountain, foot bridge and two adirondack chairs on patio

At Home

We had another house issue this week. I was in the middle of making dinner one afternoon and the water completely shut off!

Of course, it happened later in the day so it took some time getting an expert in to help us figure out what happened.

It turns out, we needed 3 different companies to help us get it back on! It took over 24 hours to fix it but our well is back up and running again.

But I have to tell you by the 18th hour without water and still not knowing what was wrong with it, I was not feeling very confident it would turn back on.

Bryan Well Drilling did some great detective work and got us up and running again. It turns out something was wrong with the starter wire, if I’m even stating the problem correctly. LOL!

If you are in the area, I highly recommend them as well as Gould Well & Pump Services. Both companies were extremely helpful getting our water back on. It was not an easy one and we are grateful they helped us!

close up of garden statue in formal garden by boxwood and blooming dogwood

There’s Still Time to Vote!

The Cottages and Bungalows Curb Appeal contest is still ongoing and it is pretty close between another instagrammer and I.

If you haven’t voted yet, would you please vote for me? It would be amazing to get a feature in a future issue of their magazine!

Vote for me HERE.

close up of flowering azaleas in pink and red and lenten rose

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We made a great summer salad that is light, refreshing and made a great side dish for this month’s supper club theme!

You can get the recipe HERE.

What I love most about this one, is I grow all of these vegetables in my garden so it’s an easy one to make all summer long.

cover and chilling easy cucumber, tomato and onion salad recipe

Speaking of supper club, did you see this month’s theme? Cause it is a fun one!

We are celebrating the tastes of summer with a low country boil dinner party.

Have you been to a seafood boil before?

They are so casual and fun.

Wait until you see how beautiful all the tables look and get some hosting tips HERE!

fresh cut flowers in ball jar glasses are being used as centerpiece for low country boil dinner table decorations - 6 clever outdoor entertaining ideas

And we had an amazing menu for this one too.

You can check out all the great summer dishes HERE.

In addition to hosting a low country boil dinner party, I also shared my SECOND FAVORITE summer cocktail.

Have you tried it yet?

If not, you can get the recipe HERE. It’s PERFECT for a Memorial Day Weekend gathering.

close up of a hosta in the front yard garden by the porch

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

I love love love Karianne’s vintage find from Thistlewood Farms. Whenever I go thrifting, I’m always looking for ones similar to what she found because I love the look.

I can usually find things like similar at flea markets and thrift stores in New England but not so much in New Jersey.

And that’s not to say you can find similar things here, but they will cost a lot more here than up in New England.

front door porch decor with vintage white wrought iron planter and wicker basket with pink flowers

My good friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farms shared an AMAZING before and after bedroom for her grandkids in the One Room Challenge.

Have you see it yet? GAH!!!!

I am taking notes because this one turned out gorgeous.

kids bedroom in one room challenge with red and blue area rug and white bunk beds

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared how she made the prettiest sea glass beaded rope garland.

Seriously, Jennifer makes the prettiest things for your home! If you are not following her, run to her blog and subscribe to her newsletter because she really has some beautiful DIYs.

close up of sea glass bead garland diy in dough bowl on wood table in living room with blue sofa and coffee table

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared how she made her adorable tablecloth for our low country boil dinner party.

Isn’t this darling?

So easy to do too!

Rachel is another inspiring blogger who makes beautiful and easy DIYs that you’ll want to subscribe to if you aren’t already!

close up of craft paper tablecloth diy

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells has been busy traveling in Italy and Greece the last few weeks but shared her gorgeous garden tour for May!

Wait until you see how gorgeous her cottage garden is in the pacific northwest!

Kim is another amazing account who inspires me everyday with her beautiful gardens! If you aren’t already subscribed, head over to her blog and say hi!

close up of cottage garden with greenhouse and birdhouse in the pacific northwest

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

THESE summer sunroom dining ideas.

Learn how to make your own citronella candle HERE.

THESE tips for decorating with thrifted baskets.

THIS weekend antiquing haul.

And THIS one shares how to energetically cleanse your antique finds.

close up of low country boil table with red checkered tablecloth, brown craft paper table runner, white dinner plates, utensils, fresh cut flowers in ball jar glasses in the garden with honeysuckle in the background on a farmhouse table with outdoor wicker dining chairs - outdoor entertaining ideas
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  1. Stacy,
    I’m so glad you got your water issue resolved. There’s nothing worse than being without power or water. We are so spoiled to our modern conveniences. LOL.
    Thanks for sharing my tablecloth. Best of luck on the curbside voting.

  2. Stacy, I voted for you and I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Congrats on your graduate ~how fun to have her home with you. Glad you fixed your water problem. It sounds like you have a well? We do too, which is rare here in Phoenix. Wishing you a blessed Memorial Day.

  3. Oh no….no water is the absolute worst!!! Our well pump stopped on NYE a couple of year’s ago and it was the worst..and of course a holiday!! At least you could jump in the pool…LOL.
    Thanks for sharing my beads & we are all rooting for you in the C&B contest!!
    Oooh, what are you wearing with the blue stripes?? It looks cute and I need the link!

  4. I voted, Stacy. Good luck! I’m so glad you got your water situation figured out. What a mess! And congrats to your daughter. Such a wonderful accomplishment.