Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tablescape Thursday Sept. 30,2010

Welcome. Thanks for stopping in I was just planning a luncheon for my daughter. We are going to plan our holiday menu's. Maybe you can help. Let me get you a glass of tea.

Here's what I was thinking a soup and salad lunch . . .

I have some favorite cookbooks ready and a pad for notes ready. It is a little hard to see but the little glass jar holding the pens is from my daughters elephant collection. The jar actually has an elephant on it. I can't decide if I should use the pig or not . . . What do you think?

Here's the plate. It is just a simple solid blue dinner plate. My Cowboy used them years ago for a breakfast that he had to do for his work. Being the plate lover I am I saved them.
The place mat and the runner are Guatemalan fabric my Cowboy brought back from a trip.
And ya I know about the hideous scratch on the table. I cannot get it off. Go back to the top photo it is covered up! So I usually try to just cover it up. I would love to paint this table black but well . . . My Cowboy has no imagination!

I can't decide on the tea towel as a napkin or . . .

Or this look with the bandanna print napkin. Or heck why not both!

Now here's me trying to decide whether to just go with my small collection of fiesta. The bowls are the new ones from Khol's I have no idea about the pitcher but I bought it over 20 years ago at an antique shop. So maybe it's old. Really doesn't matter to me. I just love the blue.

Here's that little piggy trying to get onto the table again. I was trying to shoo it off that is why this shot is a little blurry! Oh the candle sticks I didn't tell you about them. I love these. They are from Pier One and again at least 20 years old. (I feel old) I love them because the inside is open and I can also use them as a vase. They look great with one flower.

One last shot of the fiesta and the print I have on the wall. I thought I would share it. Notice the blue steps at the very bottom. That blue is my inspiration to paint a piece of furniture I plan to be adding behind the table.

Oh you have to run? Thanks for dropping in. Have a great day!
BTW if your a regular visitor I bet your thinking you've seen this table before! Yep I re-posted but it wasn't origanlly posted here. I origanlly posted over at My Journey Back. Stop over there today to see my Thankful Thursday post.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blue Monday

I have more Blue planned for today but blogger isn't cooperating. Please come back for more blue. Until then here's one . . .

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tablescape Thursday Sept. 23, 2010

Welcome to Table scape Thursday on the breakfast bar . . . Today I wanted to see what elements I could pull together to make the breakfast bar in our apartment look a little more pulled together. So, what do you think?

I used most of the same pieces you've seen before. The blue plates, the red soup crocks which are actually small fondue pots. And the star glasses and flatware. And I moved the lamp that I had on the dining table last week. It really cozy ups this area.

I reused the blue glass candle holders from pier one. And the kind of fancy brown and rusty looking ones too.

I added a fall wall hanging to the wall to cozy things up a bit. Right in the very center of the bar is a pottery barn tray that was the inspiration. It is hard to see but it is red with a gold chineese design.

I love to incorporate different textures. And I love to use different themes elegant or fancy, primitive or homespun. I love combining different themes. The place mats are some kind of shiny fabric with some embroidery on them and little gold beads on the corners. The napkins add texture and a fallish theme. They are actually just a piece of upholstery fabric.

And for one more texture or theme I left the Cowboy rustic kind of Mexican theme bar stools.

I love that you came by to see my eclectic kind of decorating. I hope you enjoy the visit. Come back soon.
For more tables capes please visit Mary at Between Naps on The Porch.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blue Monday

Do you ever has those days or weeks or months when your so busy you wake up and realize it is Friday and it seemed only minutes before it was Monday? Sometimes you wonder where did the hours and days go. And maybe you feel like you want to get away. Take a trip. Go for a drive. Get away for a few days and just 'chill' as the teenagers would say.

Well I decided to take a drive but no money for gas and the car isn't running to well so I took a little virtual drive. I wanted to drive to the country or maybe to a pretty little town and look at pretty little cottages. And so I did here's what a found . . .

A beautiful Blue door.

A sweet little cottage with Blue shutters.

That sat behind a pretty little Blue fence. (no it really didn't but this is my virtual tour and so I get to make up the story.)

And down the street from the cottage sat the prettiest little church. And when the light is just right it looks Blue. And it was so much fun playing in the snow on such a hot day!
And now my next stop on my little virtual holiday is over at Sally's to share a Smile and look at all the blue she found this week.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tablescape Thursday

Good morning. I am so glad you stopped in I need your help. I am planning a little romantic table for two. I am so not sure about a couple of things. Would you help?
1st here is the table complete with just a plain 'ole white tablecloth. Not sure I like it.

Now here it is with a different cloth. Not exactly sure but I think it's brocade. I am definately leaning toward this one. BTW it really isn't even a table cloth just a piece of fabric.

Here's a close up of the center. The doily isn't really a doily it is a collar. The ring of beady looking thing in the center is actually a garland which I can't seem to figure out how to use. I like it here. Can't decide if I should put flowers in the vase or fill with sand and add sand dollars and shells. To make it a romantic beachy look.

Here's the first layer. I think I like the fabric best. What do you think?

Layer two some linen placemats I have had for a long time and never used except to dress the table. I am a little annoyed they got wrinkled in the move and I cannot get those blasted wrinkles out. That is why I have never used them I knew they wouldn't wash up very well and I have to iron! If you look really close there is a decorative white stitching. I think they probably came from Target but not sure. It's been too long!

Next layer. I love, love these plates! They are Moda. Love them. Opp's already said that!

Love these too! Vintage because I bought these babies probably 20 years ago. I cannot believe it. They are from Pier One.

The glasses match the star theme. These are Tiara glass and they are 30 years old. Got them as a wedding present.

And one last look I wanted you to notice the napkins they are old I got them a long time ago at an antique shop. They wash up so great I love them. And, the tea glasses I forgot to take a single shot of them. Garage sale finds. There were 4 and 1 small glass. I don't really think thier old just made to look old.
So what do you think? Table cloth or fabric? Sand or flowers? Now I am off to find some background music. And start the tea and maybe some frozen slushy kind of drink for the star glasses.
Thanks for coming by. Be sure and go here for my Tablescape Thursday posts.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday

Join Sandra at Family Corner for more Happy HomeMaker Monday.

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Ranging from hot to hot and muggy to hot and rainy. Oh where or where is fall?

Things that make me happy:
My dog laying at my feel while I am writing and listening to music found on other blogs. I have Coffee Tea and Books in another window.

Book I'm reading:
A Dispicable Job I was ready for a novel looks promising.

I'm enjoying on TV:
Call me crazy but I really like that penquin cartoon on Nick I think. The one from the Disney movie. I cannot think of the name of it.

On the menu for dinner:
Meat and potatos Cowboy is simple. This is the menu when he does the shopping.

On my To Do List:

Find a job.

In the craft basket:

A couple of baby quilts to finish after I finish the two aprons from the August give a way.

Looking forward to this week:
Praise and Worship with the boys at McFadden

Tips and Tricks:

Glass pie plates make great dinner plates. The edges keep peas and juice contained and I don’t worry about scratching them like I do my good dishes. It makes it great for a young child learning to use a knife.

My favorite blog post this week:

Filing and organizing post here:

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days:
Trust myself and what God is saying to me.

On my mind:
Some of ‘our kids’ (the youth we work with) and what God and I are talking about.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Come, let us sing for Joy to the Lord: let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1 & 2
For: Joseph


Monday, September 6, 2010

Blue Monday

All I can say is yuuuuummmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeee!

A little blue table scape I was playing around with the other day. I just love my blue dishes!

And I love Sally and Blue Monday go over and visit her for more fun blue photo's. for some reason my link isn't working...
Blue Monday is at SmilingSally(dot)blogspot.(dot)com.

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods: Hot but getting cooler.

Things that make me happy: Avocado's I just love them!

Book I'm reading: Me,Myself and Paris by Ruth Yunker current rating: Promising

I'm enjoying on TV: I really need to change this one to current song I am enjoying. I just watch very little t.v.

On the menu for dinner: Hot Dogs, chips and cole slaw for lunch. Dinner not sure but I am thinking taco's I love my taco's.

On my To Do List:

1. Unpacking and organizing (got a bunch of stuff out of storage) 2. Laundry if I can find an open machine...Happy Labor Day everyone is off work and washing clothes. 3. Spending time at the sewing machine as soon as I finish my posts.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: go back and get photo

This one was from last week but still want to try. . . Here is this weeks.
I love yellow squash and zucchini. Only problem is my favorite way to cook them is frying. I thought this look yummy and a little healthier. Here's the recipe.

In the craft basket: two aprons from my give a way that ended the 1st.

Looking forward to this week: Writing more posts here. Getting a job offer.

Tips and Tricks:

If your grand children live in another state and your not able to be at their bday parties. Pack up a box filled with cups and plates and napkins a cake mix anything party related you can think of and ship. They'll have a great time making their own party. Caution do not think or expect this will be 'The' party. And don't try to push your idea off on your daughter in law. Just expect it to be a fun way for the birthday child to see you care!

My favorite blog post this week:

Favorite post 'waking up singing'' by Joan at Reflections of His grace wrote about waking up singing. Here's the verse she used. Psalm 92 - it is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Him, to acknowledge His faithfulness. You can go here to read her post.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):

Tracy at Thirsty for Him has a lovely blog. Here is what she writes in her welcome . . . 'my prayer is that you will be refreshed and encouraged here, thirsting after a deeper relationship with the beautiful savior-Jesus Christ I want to encourage others to seek him to be radical for him to be head over heels in love with Him .' You can go here to visit her.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Just a couple of words . . . I found this here.
'At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month. ' I thought it was cool go over and visit.

Lesson learned the past few days: That I need to not allow circumstances and other peoples decisions dictate things that I feel I should do.

On my mind: Waiting and praying for a job offer.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24: 3