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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.