I don’t know about the rest of you, but our temperatures this week are so much more pleasant than what we are accustomed to in July. So, when I got home from work, I decided that we’d sit on the back porch to enjoy one of our favorite summertime meals.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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
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.
Yes, that’s a Christmas tablecloth, and …
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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.)
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.
The 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!
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!).
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.
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.
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.)
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!)
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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Thursday, August 8, 2013
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:
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
Thursday, Aug. 8:
Friday, Aug. 9:
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
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.
A tray for the cake
A cookie stand
Plates for cake and cookies (Square Plates: Classic Coffee and Tea; Polka Dot Plates: Bistro Collection by Amici)
Forks to eat cake:
Stems for a drink
Ice and a selection of drinks to go in the stems
A Mandevelia, brought inside for a centerpiece
and elevated in a punch bowl.
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:
In case you missed any of the posts from yesterday, I’m sharing those links again:
Monday, Aug. 5:
I am having so much fun seeing all of these favorite projects, aren’t you?
Thanks so much for coming to visit me. laurie
Friday, August 2, 2013
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.
Cutting a few to bring inside brightens my days.
Plopping a few daisies into a vase just brings sunshine inside the house.
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.
Delicate roses in a teapot make me happy.
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.
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.
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!
I am linking to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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.
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.
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!
I purchased the aqua glass salad plates at Kohl’s at the same time I purchased the matching water goblets.
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.
An aqua water goblet with a cobalt wine stem. Who would have thought? But I think it works with this cloth.
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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