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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

I don't know about you but it's been a heck of a month for me.  Fortunately, most of the drama was not too close to home.

I am in awe of those bloggers who work full time and are able to keep their blogs up to date.  Clearly, I was not able to duplicate that success this past year.  I do enjoy sharing my tablescapes with you and will continue to do so in 2015, it just won't be as often as I might like. I'll have a few photos of my Christmas decor for you but I was sidelined with an injury early in December and wasn't able to finish.

Not all the baking got done, not all the shopping got done and in some cases I had to punt.  My friends didn't get homemade soup-mix in a jar but they got soup-mix.  My family got some of the candy I planned and a some cookies but the neighbors didn't get any Secret Santa goodies on their doorsteps. 

While I was wrapping a hostess gift, two of the snowman mugs broke - again had to improvise.  Fortunately, I found a super cute replacement gift at a nearby store. 

In the end, everything works out the way it's supposed to, sometimes you have to sit on the sidelines with an icepack even though the gifts aren't mailed yet and aren't going to make it in time for Christmas morning.

Enough of all that, it's the past. Time to leave the old year behind us and move forward into 2015- boldly, confidently, joyously, with our eyes and our hearts wide open to whatever is waiting for us.

All the best for the New Year!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Happy Fall - and Happy Halloween !! 

I had so much fun putting together my Halloween table!

I think I've accumulated more than enough Halloween decor for my table now, though I may try to find some small green plates or chargers. 


 I found these mugs last year and they're just perfect for a Halloween table.

The witch mug has a lot of detail

 I think the cat is my favorite!

Too cute to be a scardy cat!

 I just noticed the eye from the mummy platter staring out at the camera in this candle shot. 

 My fun mummy platter and one of the witch's boots.

A couple more pieces from my witch's boot collection.  I found the one above at a pumpkin farm and the one on the right at Pier 1.

As fun as some of them are, I normally don't buy salt & pepper shakers but these went with the original set I purchased may years ago, so of course they have to be on this table with all the other boots.

A completely different kind of courting couple! 

Our lovely table by candle light... more or less. 

  Happy all Hallow's Eve!!

Mugs, all candle sticks, plate under S&P, small purple plates* & courting couple- Goodwill last year *(plain glass plates that I spray painted)
Orange plates - Dollar Store
Purple chargers - Michael's
Napkins (bandanas) - JoAnn's
Sparkly boot & pumpkin candle - Pier 1 (last year)
Other witches boots - mail order years ago
Mummy plate & witches hat (on pumpkin) - Kitchen Kaboodle

I'll be linking up with Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House, Table It Decor at Rustic & Refined and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Quick update & some flowers

Hello Everyone,

I went to the Dahlia Festival yesterday (that was the last weekend of August, just a little delay in posting **wink**)  and wanted to share some photos with you.  Once I edit the photos I'll put together a proper post.



I'll be back soon with the rest of the photos of these beautiful flowers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014



Just about the end of August but very much still summertime.  It's still very warm here, though the forecast is for a mild weekend. I'm stacking a lot of activities into this long weekend because it is getting towards the end of summer and because I really need a good break from work!

I put together a bright, cheery summer setting for two this week. I did 'cheat' a bit on the drinkware setting in some of the photos.  They should always be above the knife but for the pictures I preferred having them on opposite sides.

I've had the tiki candle holders for years and this is probably only the second time I've used them on a table.  Forgive me if I'm repeating myself here; I find that the more tables I do the more I'm able to shop around the house and find elements that I may have never thought of before.
A perfect example is the plant you see on the table. This plant was a housewarming gift and though I see it everyday, I had never used in on my table before but I really like the way it fills out this setting.  


The new faux bamboo flatware is making another appearance along with these great woven placemats.  Unfortunately I only have three but it worked out perfectly for this table because I only have two of these fun hibiscus plates and two of the parrot glasses.

The koa wood pineapple is a GW find.

 A close-up of one of the tiki candle holders.  I've also seen something similar as a tumbler, wouldn't they be fun for a luau themed party?

I just adore flamingos!  I'm always on the lookout for new pieces but as with many things they go in and out of style pretty frequently. Unfortunately, no new additions this year. 

I'll be joining the party at Cuisine Kathleen's Tablescape Challenge, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House, Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Flatware setting etiquette:
  • Forks on the left, knife on the right.  
  • The blade of the knife should always be turned toward the plate.  
  • Once you a piece of flatware is used, it should never again touch the table/tablecloth.  
  • If soup is served, often the soup spoon comes on the plate under the soup. It should taken away in the same way. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Purple Tea

I've been running errands all day, maybe it's time slow down and enjoy some tea.  While most of July & August have been too hot for anything but iced tea we did have a couple storms blow through that dropped the temps enough for long sleeves and a cup of warm, soothing tea.  

The beautiful tablecloth was my grandmother's, it works so perfectly with this tea set.

 I found this lovely tea set after I had read a tribute to someone's Mom who had Alzheimer's and as this disease has also impacted my family in a big way I had meant to wear something purple but got distracted and left the house without a single purple item on my person. When I walked into the store and saw this, I knew it was meant to be mine. 

Instead of getting everything matching, I bought two different plates and two different cups.  They didn't match exactly but they look wonderful together.

The other plate...

Sometimes everything just falls into place the way you want it even though you had no idea where you were headed when you started.  Since this was a setting for tea, I needed a cream & sugar set so I stared at the china cabinet for a while, walked away, did something else and went back and stared some more. Then suddenly I realized I had a cream & sugar that went with another set but seemed to work just perfectly with the new teapot.  

The flatware was a bit of a surprise, too.  I bought the set last year thinking it was blue and I wanted a blue set.  When I got it home, I decided I really didn't like it and actually found another blue set I liked better.  'Shopping' around the house for this table I took a closer look and decided they read more purple than blue, ta da!!

Finally, a bit of tea etiquette
  1. No pinkies in the air, there's really nothing proper about that hand position.
  2. I was reading a book last night and the author describes a fancy 'High Tea' at a local hotel.  What she was actually referring to was 'Afternoon Tea'. High Tea is really a hearty, hot meal more like dinner or supper.
  3. One only picks up the saucer with the cup if the table is more than 12" away from you. If you're seated a regular dining type table you probably don't need to pick up the saucer. If tea is being served from a low table, like a coffee table, then it is appropriate to pick up the saucer when sipping your tea.
  4. Once you're done quietly stirring your tea, the spoon goes behind the cup, not to the side (see photo above).
  5. The tea goes in the cup first, then sugar and milk if you choose.  Many, many, many years ago tea cups were made of inferior products and people would put the milk in their cups first so the hot tea wouldn't crack them.  That's not a problem today... unless of course your tea cup has been the freezer.
Lastly, not so much etiquette as a bit of information. Not all teas are meant to be steeped at the same temperature.  Most black teas can handle water straight out of the kettle, 195 - 205, but green and white teas need a bit less heat, approx 175 - 180 degrees. Using water at the right temperature makes all the difference in the flavor of your tea.  

Teapot, plates & cups - Grace's Teaware, Home Goods
Cream & Sugar - I. Godinger, gift
Flatware - Marshall's
Etched sherbet. tea strainer, ramiken - Le Stuff Antique store
pear candles - Vance Kittera candles, Kitchen Kaboodle  

Since we're already talking about SHOPPING...!!! The closest Hobby Lobby is about 2 hours from here so it's more of an event than just a quick trip.  For those of you who shop there regularly, when do you suggest I plan a pilgrimage for Christmas decor? September? October? Early, mid-month, end-of-the-month?

I'll be linking up with Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House, Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A little Lilly on the table

Happy August everyone - I hope the summer is treating you well. Things here are great and today we're fortunate to have a break from the extreme heat with some big puffy clouds running interference for the sun. 

Today's table was inspired by Miss Janice who unknowingly introduced me to all things pink & green and the joy of Lilly Pulitzer's bright colors & creative designs. 

This table setting features Lilly plates, napkins & pitcher, and some fun miniatures my Mom got me last Christmas.  I'm slowly putting together a faerie garden and someday (looking wistfully into the future) ... it may end up on my blog. 

Okay, so the stack may be a bit excessive with a charger and a plate basket, but I really liked the way it all worked together (and I just bought those baskets so I really wanted to use them).  The placemat helped break up the busyness of the plate from the busyness of the tablecloth. The green of the placemat and the green of the basket are actually must closer in color than they look here.

A bit of a landscape shot showing the adorable picnic table and the tiny wicker settee.  

I just love the little bucket with ice & soda, I didn't even realize I had it until I started pulling things out.  The 'palm tree' was a DIY project that started with a sand covered base but ended up with the burlap you see.  Turns out, spray adhesive would have been the way to go with the sand. Live & learn... or ask someone who's done it before. Not sure you can tell from any of these photos but there's a golf club leaning up against the 'tree' and a wee golf ball next to it.    

I'm so happy I finally found the faux bamboo flatware (at a reasonable price) it really is perfect for summer tablescapes.  Looking at this photo I realize that you're not seeing much of the fun napkins, also Lilly, that actually started out life as bandanas.  They're very large and I really struggled trying to figure out what to do with them.  This draped napkin is one of my favorite looks and it solved the issue of using something over-sized as a napkin. 


The all important aerial shot so we're sure not to miss anything important, ha-ha-ha....

Here's the exact same table setting but with the white eyelet tablecloth instead of the yellow & green barkcloth tablecloth.  It certainly makes all the colors and details pop much more than the other cloth.


Yes, that white really makes those pretty plates stand out so much more.  Again, another learning experience for this beginner tablescaper! 

Learning as I go is really part of the fun of putting together tables.  Even when I'm using a set up I may have done before I find ways to update it a bit and make somewhat new.  

 Unfortunately, the header is still missing from my page.  The gal who set everything up for me has experienced a string of very bad luck and I just don't think she's going to able to fix it.  If you know anyone who can help me out and is VERY reasonably priced, let me know.

I'll be linking up with Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen, too, if she's having a link party this week, How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Now go forth and decorate your table... or just sit still and sip some iced tea!

yellow & green tablecloth - GW last year
green woven placemats - Marshall's, last year
pink chargers - Hobby Lobby (online)
green plate baskets - Kitchen Kaboodle
pink Lilly plates & pitcher - Marshall's, last year
Lilly napkins/bandanas - Etsy
faux bamboo flatware - Home Goods
pink pineapple 'bowl' - Home Goods, Cynthia Rowley
"Palm tree" - supplies mostly from Michael's Crafts
palm goblets - Tuesday Morning, last year

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's still July!

My Independence Day table photos are a bit late... hey it is still July!

The centerpiece of the table - a little of this and a little of that but I like the way it turned out. 

An overview of the table - just a few differences from last year's table; the addition of the star dishes. 

Another angle... I made the runner several years ago when my tablescaping was in its infancy. 

A pretty patriotic place setting. I'm not sure how appropriate it is to have a rendering of the flag on a charger (serving tray).  

Extreme closeup of the small pinwheel so you can enjoy the sparkles.

One of the adorable lady bug lanterns. Unfortunately they came in a set of three, would love to have one more lantern or even another set of three. 

Close up of the plate stack.

Finally, the ariel view of the table in all its red, white & blue glory!!  

After taking off most of the spring I seem to be getting back into the tablescaping flow, only time will tell.  

Did any of you watch the Christmas movies on Hallmark during the first two weeks of July?  Christmas in July might be a bit much for some people but I loved it! I loved every minute of it especially because it's been so hot here.

It certainly made me start thinking about Christmas decor and baking.  After watching one particular movie I got interested in traditional Christmas cookies & pastries from different countries. Some of them I got from the movie and others I just found online.  If you have any traditional Christmas treat, cookies, pastries or candies, recipes you'd like to share with me, I'd be happy to have them. I'm not sure how many I'll be making but I'll be sure to post the results of my recipe testing. 

I hope you're having a great summer and thank you for stopping by my blog!

I'll be linking up with Between Naps on the Porch and the Table It! party at Rustic & Refined this week. 

P.S. Still haven't been able to get the header on my page fixed, hopefully that will happen soon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Helllllloooooooo out there!

How have you all been? I hope you are well and enjoying your summer.  
Instead of droning on about technical difficulties and a myriad of excuses, let's just pretend I haven't been missing in action for a few months and get started. 

This table has a bit of coastal feel to it and uses several shades of my favorite blue.   

I found the rope wrapped candle holder at Home Goods a while back. It was falling apart but I knew it would be an easy fix. I took it up front and they marked it down to $4 for me - yay!! A bit of glue (ok, a lot of glue) and it was as good as new.   

Notice the artful arrangement of the seashells on the runner - hahaha.

I'm not sure if it was the long winter but I'm really loving coastal designs and colors more and more these days.  I even bought a Coastal Living magazine subscription.  I wonder if I'll feel the same during the Christmas season, hmmmm.

Here's another angle showing the almost the whole table.

I was sorry that I missed out on some other starfish plates last year so when I saw these this past winter I grabbed them right away.  Just the right amount of luster, loving how the light is reflecting in this photo. 

seashell closeup

that little life ring is adorable!


I haven't had any luck finding more of these napkin rings though I did see them on another tablescaping blog a while back.

It's great to be back and I hope to keep up a bit better about keeping up.  Maybe I've said this before but I really thought it would be no problem keeping up a blog but what I've found is that time flies by and the rest of my life seems to suck up quite a bit of my days.  I have favorite bloggers and most of them have something new and fun at least once a week but then there are a couple who haven't posted for months.  Now I know why.  It's not hard, though sometimes trying to be witty can be a bit taxing, but it is time consuming. I have a lot of respect to those bloggers who manage to post several times a week and special recognition to those who post daily!

Hope you're having a great day!!

I'll be linking up to Between Naps on the Porch and Cuisine Kathleen, if she hasn't taken the summer off.