Showing posts with label SUMMER. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SUMMER. Show all posts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

INDOOR DINING IN THE GARDEN

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It was too humid to eat outdoors, so I brought the garden indoors.  I’ve probably had this plaid tablecloth for 40 years!  (You know I never get rid of anything.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SUMMER TABLESCAPE STARING “B”!

Summer Tablescape 1

It’s official.  I’ve gone batty!  If you’re thinking the same thing, go ahead, say it.  No, you really don’t have to confirm it in your comment.  If you read my previous post, you know that I’m stuck on the letter “b”.  It started with birds, books, blooms, and blues in my previous post, and it has continued into my tablescape today with birds, blues, and browns.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SUMMER TABLESCAPE REVIEW

Today, I’m sharing some of my Summer tablescapes from last year.  To see the full post of any of these tablescapes, just click on the link.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Dessert Table, August, 2013

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FLOWER POWER TABLESCAPE

summer tablescape 1

Is there such a thing as too much sunlight when taking pictures?  Please excuse the washed out look of some of these outdoor pictures.  We’ve had so much rain lately that the bright sun was a welcome sight.  I can’t remember where I got the floral tablecloth.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PICNIC IN PLAID

I recently told you that I had lost some of my brain cells.  “Howevah”, I haven’t lost so many that I think it is  December, and I don’t have a Christmas in July celebration either.  But, I did pull out some Christmas décor for our recent plaid picnic.

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Yes, that’s a Christmas tablecloth, and …

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TABLESCAPE ~ SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET

Cuisine Kathleen issued her Summer challenge this week (at least, I think it’s this week.  Some of you may remember that I did two “white plus one” tablescapes, because my first one was posted a few weeks before the week of the challenge.  So…if you’re not sure when the Summer challenge is, you’d best not rely on me.)

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I have not used my shell dishes all summer, so I’m glad to get the chance to use them now.  When I think of summer, I think of a trip to the beach.  We weren’t able to go to the beach this summer, so this tablescape is our only trip to the beach this year.

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie 

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with LaurieThe glass fish “snack plates” were from an estate sale.  I served a green salad in them.  I know you are wondering about up my upside down knife and fork, which I have placed on the dinner plate.  No, it’s not a new trend (you know I’m not a trend-setter).  I’ve always thought there should be a salad knife as well as a salad fork.  Many times, I have to use my dinner fork to try to cut something in my salad.  Then, when the salad plate is removed, I have no place to put my used dinner knife, other than the table.  I guess I could just hold it in my hand, but then, I know I’d end up waving it around in the air while I talk, and I’m pretty sure that would be frowned upon!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

So, this extra fork and knife are for the salad, and they are upside down, because they have our initial engraved on the back (I guess that would be European style), and if I placed them with the tines facing away from the diner, the “R” would be upside down.  I ordered these a few years ago from the The Lazy Peacock Etsy.  I guess the monogram doesn’t have to show, but I wanted it to, so I threw the rules out the window and turned them upside down (in two directions!).

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurei

I served spaghetti with meat sauce in my shell-shaped dinner plates.  I bought these on sale at Kohl’s a couple of years ago.  They are Shoreline Collection by Home Studio.  I can’t remember where I got the placemats.  I’ve had them a long time.  I had eight, but because of spills, I’m down to five of them.

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The dessert shells were my mother’s.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t serve any dessert small enough to fit in those shells (after all, dessert is the best part of the meal), so I used them for butter.

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

If these wood napkin rings were washable, I could have used them for rolls.  I ordered these on-line one time, and when they arrived, I was shocked at how big they were.  (Nope, I didn’t read any measurements, although they were probably available.)

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The centerpiece is simply a sand castle candle holder, surrounded by found sea shells, dumped onto a tray.  (Yes, I really did just dump them!)

Summer Table-Bargain Hunting with laurie

Thank you for stopping by.  laurie

EDITED TO ADD:  On August 24, 1969, I married my best friend! (I was a child bride!)

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I’m linking to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

SUMMERTIME

 

Bargain Hunting with laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

 

tomatoes

 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

While you’re doing some of that easy livin’ in the summertime, you’ll want to be sure to browse the featured blogs on the Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour.  Today is the last day, so I’m giving you links to the entire week of featured blogs, because I’ve seen them, and I know you don’t want to miss any of this incredible inspiration.  Relax and enjoy the little bit of Summer we have left by checking out the amazing projects posted for this party.

Monday, Aug. 5:

Copper Roof Interiors

The Crafty Woman

Colors Mixed Together

The Rustic Pig

Lilacs & Longhorns

Tuesday, Aug. 6:

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Design Dreams by Anne

Country Design Style
Shabby Art Boutique

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Wednesday, Aug. 7:

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

2 Little Superheroes

Stow and TellU

My Soulful Home

Glitter Glue and Paint

Thursday, Aug. 8:

The Vintage Nest

A Few Miner Adjustments

What Meegan Makes

One More Time Events

Sweet Song Bird

Friday, Aug. 9:

Circa 1929

Elegant Nest

A Nest for All Seasons

Pennywise blog

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog, and thank you for joining in the party by visiting the featured blogs on the Getting Creative at Home Blog Tour.  laurie

I am linking to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DESSERT TABLESCAPE

I recently hosted a meeting at my house.  I set up a dessert table in the sunroom, and today, I’m sharing a few photos of that table.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

A tray for the cake

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

A cookie stand

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Plates for cake and cookies (Square Plates:  Classic Coffee and Tea; Polka Dot Plates:  Bistro Collection by Amici)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Forks to eat cake:

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Stems for a drink

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Ice and a selection of drinks to go in the stems

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

A Mandevelia, brought inside for a centerpiece

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

and elevated in a punch bowl.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Today is the second day for the “Getting Creative at Home” blog tour.creative at home party

Click on the links below to see favorite projects posted by today’s featured bloggers.  If you saw yesterday’s wonderful posts, I know you are anxious to see more of the inspiration provided by this party. 

Tuesday, Aug. 6:

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Design Dreams by Anne

Country Design Style

Shabby Art Boutique

Cupcakes and Crinoline

In case you missed any of the posts from yesterday, I’m sharing those links again:

Creating at Home Mon features

Monday, Aug. 5:

Copper Roof Interiors

The Crafty Woman

Colors Mixed Together

The Rustic Pig

Lilacs & Longhorns

I am having so much fun seeing all of these favorite projects, aren’t you? 

Thanks so much for coming to visit me.  laurie

I’m linking this post to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, August 2, 2013

BRINGING SUMMER INSIDE

This is the time of the year when I really enjoy the few flowers we have growing in our yard. It takes this long for our blooms to fill out and really show their beauty.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Cutting a few to bring inside brightens my days. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Plopping a few daisies into a vase just brings sunshine inside the house.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Even though they don’t last long inside, I love to clip a few flowering branches from our Crepe Myrtles and stuff them into a pitcher.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Delicate roses in a teapot make me happy. 

flowrs tea pot

Sometimes, I don’t even cut the flowers. I bring the entire pot inside.  I used this potted Mandevilla  on a table for a dessert meeting in our home.  I’ll share the rest of that table later.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Next week, I’ll be joining some fabulous blogs for a week-long party.  So many bloggers are having a wonderful time at the Haven Bloggers’  Conference in Atlanta.  Some of us who aren’t able to attend, are having a Getting Creative at Home party, posting our favorite past projects.  You won’t want to miss these, so be sure to check back Monday for links.

creative at home party

Monday, Aug. 5:
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
 
Thursday, Aug. 8:
Friday, Aug. 9:

This is a great opportunity to see some great projects, browse new blogs and make some new blog friends. It's almost like being a part of the Haven Conference.  Plus, it's FREE! 
Start here on Monday to see the first five great blogs and keep following all week.  On Monday, August 12, we'll post a round-up of all the great projects for you to see on one page.
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Are your days brightened by bringing summer flowers into the house?  Wishing you flower-brightened days. Thank you for visiting.

I am linking to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TABLESCAPE INSPIRED BY TABLECLOTH

A couple of months ago, I posted a floral tablescape with an April Cornell cloth.  I told you that I had ordered three April Cornell cloths on a sale site.  Today, I’m sharing a table using another one of those cloths.  It took me this long to iron another one.  I hate ironing, so I ended up paying someone to iron this cloth!  She did a much better job than I would have done.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The combination of colors in this cloth is a little unusual.  There are several different green colors, as well as cobalt blue along with aqua blue.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I would never have thought to combine the cobalt and the aqua, but you know me, I’m not going to leave out a color that is in the cloth!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I purchased the aqua glass salad plates at Kohl’s at the same time I purchased the matching water goblets.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I’m not sure why, but even when we are dining inside, I use a lot of Melamine plates in the summertime.  These are Jennifer Brinley by Certified International.  I used the same bright green, metal chargers that I used on my VERY colorful tablescape for my our granddaughter’s 13 birthday dinner.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

An aqua water goblet with a cobalt wine stem. Who would have thought?  But I think it works with this cloth.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Have you seen Courtney’s giveaway at French Country Cottage?  Six place settings of a beautiful Mikasa china pattern.  The name of the pattern is Vintage Lace, and that describes it perfectly.  I’m sure you’ll want to go sign up, because we all want need more china!

I’m so glad you stopped by. laurie

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I’m linking this post to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.