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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

LET THERE BE WHITE (AND NOT A MINUTE TOO SOON!)

I have had huge problems getting pictures to upload on my blog this week. I had already done my photos for the white party, and I was DETERMINED to get them posted. Even though I am a day late to the party, I wasn't going to completely miss it. (Don't you just love that kind of guest who shows up really late for a party?) If you missed the party too, go to Cuisine Kathleen to see all of the "Let There Be White" tablscapes. Thank you for sponsoring this Kathleen. I'm so sorry that I am so tardy for the party! I'm sure I've missed all of the fun.


(I use PhotoScape for my mosaics)



Please join me for a little fruit and wine picnic. (Nobody else will - it's way too hot!)







Don't you love that I've used a little umbrella to shade the fruit? Of course, since it's faux fruit, it probably doesn't matter if it gets sun on it! It's 100 degrees here in Arkansas. There is no way I could get my husband to go out and have fruit and wine in this heat, unless he was laying on a raft in the pool, and I was feeding him grapes, and as much as I love him, I will not be doing that! So this is a faux picnic. (I did have some real ants attend though--I guess my faux fruit fooled THEM).










My sweet son brought this bunch of flowers to me from his backyard.



If you are late to the party too, be sure to go to Cuisine Kathleen's to see some wonderful white tablescapes to welcome summer. Thanks for coming to my blog, even though I was late to the party. laurie

48 comments:

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

This is beautiful Laurie. Love the photo with the pool in the background.

After seeing all the wonderful white tablescapes, now I REALLY want a set of white ironstone! My poor cabinets are almost to bursting, so I have no idea where I'd put them, but I want them! ☺ diane

Chandy said...

Laurie, I was looking for your when I got back tonight from all the errands we did. And of course, you didn't disappoint. Lovely poolside setup. Gorgeous pieces and just beautifully done!

Chris said...

GM Laurie, Thanks for stopping by I really look forward to hearing from you. You know I had the same problem you did with the photos, so I was a couple days late getting my post done....I love your photos of the picnic. Now I wish I had kept my set of white ironstone dishes. :)

Hugs,
Chris

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm glad you made it to the party. The white is supposed to relay summer. I think you did a wonderful job. An outdoor picnic is so summery. To bad that it was stinking hot the day of your photo shoot.

Kammy said...

Very nice Laurie ! I love your pool ! Your mosaics are the BEST !
Hugs ~ Kammy
p.s. I must get some faux fruit !

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Poolside is just so perfect! I would love to know where you got the little umbrella :-) I love your mosaics, and will have to try the site you use. Great post!

Calming Scents said...

Your faux picnic is adorable! For me personally, I adore white lace and linens, cant get enough of them.

I also cant get enough photos of your pool. What a great looking yard you have, so inviting.

Dixie said...

Laurie... I'd join you in an "Arkansas Minute"... ! ;)

beautiful post... wonderful photos.. hugs. Dixie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am so happy to see you got to post your photos, Laurie. This is gorgeous!!!

Picket said...

Beautiful girl...love that sweet little umbrella! The outdoor setting was just gorgeous faux fruit and all! lol The flowers from your son was just perfect in my book...hope you are having a great week!

Shelia said...

Oh, Laurie! Late or not your Whiteness was worthy waiting for! How glorious everything looks out in the hot sunshine. You're so good at this, Dear One! I love it all!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kathleen said...

Yeah, Laurie! So glad you came...late, shmate, you arrived! I love your picnic, the only one! It looks beautiful. I didn't even notice your fruit was faux! :)
Looks so pretty with the pool in the background..and such sweet flowers..
Thanks for finding time in your busy schedule!

marty39 said...

Laurie, what a gorgeous picnic. I love the little umbrella and the picnic basket with flowers is so pretty. As always, your dishes are stunning. Now I would definitely be in the pool. It's suppossed to be 108 here today, so I do feel the heat. I love your picnic. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Domestic Designer said...

Just Beautiful!

ellen b. said...

Oh this is so fabulous! Love it!!

Cascia said...

Beautiful photos!

ceekay said...

Your white picnic reminds me of Victorian days...I can see the lovely ladies in their white dresses and umbrellas visiting around. So pretty!

xashee's corner said...

i would be happy to have wine and fruit with you on the blanket out back!! i might have to shrink a bit to fit UNDER that little umbrella though! lol thank you for sharing another BEAUTIFUL setting! Have a WONDERFUL day!! :)

Robin said...

Well, you may be late but you sure have a lovely setting. It's all so pretty and inviting.

Have a beautiful day.

aimee said...

beautiful as always:) that fruit looks so real!
blessings,
aimee

Nancy said...

Oh I love all the whites, but the one with the pool is soooo me!!!!!

Mama said...

Hi Laurie, gorgeous, gorgeous white picnic, the photo with the pool makes it look so cool and inviting (not over a hundred degrees at all whew, that is to hot for me too). love the little umbrella and the flowers from your son add the perfect touch, happy Wednesday, Kathy. go on let hubby float in the pool while you feed him grapes hehe.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Haha, you didn't have to tell us it was fake fruit, I would never have known! I'd like to jump into your pool right now, it looks so inviting. So Arkansas is having weather like CA. My son in Dallas says it's hot there too. Guess we're having a heatwave!

ginny said...

actually, a day at your pool would be great as far as I'm concerned!!

Melissa Miller said...

Laurie you are the cutest to keep trying so hard!

I LOVE this white post!
The umbrella is perfect.

How pretty and sweet it all looks.
~Fabulous job!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Dear girlfriend~ I have missed a few days worth (and YOU!), & when I "arrived" just now, I was coming IN from being OUT in OUR POOL for a few minutes (cuz in the Tucson area it's 105 today... twenty minutes out there, & you've got a nice, toasty glow to the tan! Any longer would probably be 3rd degree BURNS today!)... SOOOO, seeing your pretty pool-side setting is a LOVELY, COOL & SPECIAL TREAT! Thank you!!!

And BTW, what SUPER-DUPER MOSAICS you've created (!), and NOTE: Jim, too, likes Yellow Tail Merlot! (I spied it "peeking out"!)~

Gonna go and "back-read" all I've missed now, as I actually have the TIME to e-n-j-o-y it!!!

Love, thanks n' warmest hugs,
Linda *

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

You picnic looks so beautiful!!

imjacobsmom said...

Well, you saved the best for last. I love your poolside picnic. Great idea! Very summery! I could dive right in to your pool - I love that waterfall! ~ Robyn

Foley said...

Beautiful in every way!! Even the faux fruit looked yummy!! lol

The poolside look was heaven looking to me..so relaxing!

Gorgeous post...

Sue said...

I'll come and eat outside with you if I can jump in that beautiful pool!! I really have to go check out this party because everyone seems to be using bits and bobs of Milk Glass..my favorite thing in the world...Sorry about your ants but your picnic blanket looked lovely....Sue.

The White Bench said...

OH MY!!!! This is just terrific!!!!!
Monica.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Yup, this post sure need to be posted and it doesn't matter if it's late :-)

Ok, I won't imagine that it's too hot and just savor all the wonderful things displayed :-) Now, I have to say that the lace umbrella is such a darling! Don't they have something larger for us? LoL Kinda reminds me of those old movies where ladies use them. :-)

Rue said...

Hi Laurie :)

I always have so much fun catching up with you. I swear you could just write a post without pictures and it would be funny, but you are an excellent (yet humble) decorator and I love that about you too :)

Gorgeous picnic!

xoxo,
rue

Helen said...

Now Laurie ..... you know what THEY say .... better late than never!

I always enjoy visiting you and your blog!

Anonymous said...

And you Laurie are a waste of space. Really, what are you even doing? You look pretty pathetic to me.

Elyse said...

your picnic looks lovely. i can just imagine how hot it must be by the bright white. made for pretty pics though and that's what matters, right? (tee hee!) lovely!

xo

The Pleasures Homemaking said...

This is beautiful! I could use a dip in your pool! It's been so horribly hot here I don't know how I'm going to make it through the summer. We better have an early fall!

Manuela

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I am so glad you posted it. It is horribly hot here in Missouri, too. Your tablescape looks so cool and refreshing. I adore the white dishes. Thanks for sharing.

Charla

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the second to the last photo... I may have stolen it!!! If you post your dog... it might get stolen too... you NEVER know with Fifi!!!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Anonymous said...

Laurie, please give your vapid comments a rest. Just because your family tunes you out and ignores you shouldn't mean the rest of us have to put up with you.

Cote de Texas said...

This is sooo beautiful! brings down the temperature! I love the umbrella. You did a great job - it's just wonderful. I love the white.

Sue said...

Oh Laurie, So what if you're late!You showed up and that is all that matters. Sometimes the most fun guests are the last to arrive because they're just so busy with all of their other friends. LOL
This white picnic is beautiful and so appealing. Clever little addition of the umbrella over the fruit, too! :-) Sue

Carol said...

Beautiful post! Your tablescapes always are a delight to see! I have quite a few of the scalloped dishes in different sizes. You've inspired me to get them out & start using them!

Hugs,
Carol

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Laurie you also went bigger and better...don't you just love those photos that way...I know I sure do..it took me awhile to get use to doing them but now I can in no time...Thanks friend for coming by and seeing me and Kyra...is she not getting big..I go next month to Texas and see her...can't wait to get ahold of that little one..we'll bring my BIG purse and hope they don't pat me down before I leave ha ha!! Girl I went into town Yesterday and it was 104 and I could't wait to get back up on my mountain top...I was so drained from that heat told Len we were doing Pot luck...around my house Pot luck means if you find anything in a pot Good Luck ha ha!!
I have been trying to make faux cupcakes this morning with sheet rock mud and girl I am wearing this stuff right now..what a mess I got myself into again..Hope all is well in your world today my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

prof en retraite said...

Oh Laurie...this is just beautiful! I love your little parasol for the fruit! lol And the setting...gorgeous! You are becoming quite the professional photographer, Ma'am! I love your mosaics, too! I hope you are having a great weekend...hugs..Debbie

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I'm a little(lot) late! The pool in the background is beautiful with all the white, and the faux fruit gives it color, lovely vignette! Love Ya! Connie

Miss Janice said...

Laurie, love this poolside setting. Your white dishes are just beautiful!

Lady Katherine said...

I love the wine and flowers in the basket! The umbrella! Just Hand it Over! I want it! What a wonderful idea! You are so creative! I just love the picnic!