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I have found so much inspiration that I have started sharing my own addiction of tablescaping. Please feel free to join me as I enter my journey and share my passion for decorating with all my lovely little "treasures".

I decorate my home with vintage, thrift store, yard sale and hand me down items. I shop ebay with a vengance for dinnerware and glassware, the postal service must adore me!

I am very casual, but a bit fussy when it comes down to details. I have spent two thirds of my life in the south, but the southerners say my "nothern side" still comes out! I am guessing this is not such a good thing....and visa versa when I am around my northern relatives, "give me a break"!

Join me any way.......I hope we can be blogging buddies no matter where we all live :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Change is coming!

Well here I go again!

I decided I love this new chocolate brown color scheme, so the whole kitchen is getting a little make over:*:~

We started with this adorable baby bunny.  He was yellow, for Eater I suppose, but doesn't it look like you could nibble on his ear?  This color of paint is as close to Dove brown I could find, it make my mouth drool just as bad too!;*~

I actually had the candle holders, but dolled them up with ribbon and some curling ribbon, marabou feathers.  These will never be lit of course, I know this stuff is highly flammable.  A cheap wooden frame, a picture cut from a dollar store gift bag that I fell in love with :*~TaDa~*: I adore it!

Tablescaping has always been a great passion of mine.  I could work on one table all afternoon, getting it just right could take hours.  When I am done, it's like I have created a painting that I can sit back and look at.

I got the best compliment the other night from a fourteen year old girl who came to visit.  "Your house looks like a castle." I giggle, but it's sweet to know that all my playing makes her think it is regal and princess like.

Couldn't find what I I made my own
No calories in this bunny
I'm getting hungry

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Valentine's Day Dinner

Ok, I helped a little!  Maybe she paid for seventy five percent and I kicked in the rest? Maybe it was fifty fifty?  Well sue me okay? So what....what's the big deal?  Giggle. :)

It was an awesome night for the two little love birds.  We had the boy fooled that he was coming to the house for some dreadful reason.  He walked in to find his girl in a beautiful dress in a room full of pink and white lights with a romantic candle lit dinner.  He was breathless and LOVED IT!!

So this is how it all looked and we were both pooped when it was all over.  It was fun, but I am not ready to do it all again any time soon.

There was enough food in that room for 4 or 5 people and they did a darn good job of eating it.  There wasn't anything broken, nothing caught on fire!

They finished up with some dancing and I am sure a little smooching UGH! Being the great kids they are, they even helped clean up! (this was just so they could even spend more time together I am sure)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Apothecary Jars

 It all started when I was going through my scraps of papers.  See that little chocolate picture in the background?  I was going to make ornaments for Christmas, but then......Well that girl of mine LOVES, no, she adores pickles!  When She first came to visit us, she ate pickles!  We thought, "hmmm, she likes them."  Little did we know she could eat them 24/7 and never tire of them.  About 70 jars later, I wised up!  I now buy huge bottles of pickles in "eco-deluxe" sizes, but what would I do with all those bottles?

Well, my brain sometimes goes into overdrive......some don't know this, some just get out of the way and let the creative monster run wild! 

I saw this big pickle jar as a challenge and my brain took over.  I have seen this on the internet in a few places, but not exactly like this.  I didn't want to have to go out and buy anything, 1. because I didn't want to get dressed 2. because I am cheap.  I began to scour the house.  I do this on a regular basis and of course, that's why things change around here so quickly. I spotted a set of glass candle sticks that never really made me ooze with happiness, they could go.  Sigh, my wooden curtain rod? It would have to be sacrificed for the greater good.

Everything got a few coats of  "coffee bean" paint, the picture got enlarged and printed out and we were on our way!  I was so excited the whole time, it was like creating my very own materpiece.  Of course I am me and I had to pull out my hair dryer to speed up the process.  My pink 1875 watt dryer was blowing out as much hot air as I do when I am wound up lol!  I think in total there are three coat of paint on everything.  The paint looked yummy too, had to stop and eat a Dove bar ~Yummy~

I Love Modge Podge!!  The smell reminds me of being a kid making projects in Brownies.  Well Modge Podge is what makes this the best project EVER!  I cut out the "label", centered it on my jar and wiped away any Modge Podge that got onto the glass.  Oh yes, it's me.....I had to lay the clear glitter to it!  This makes it all mine!  It dries clear even though it looks like a huge mess while you are doing it.
Lastly, I jst hot glued everything together. LOTS of hot glue.  The finial has a screw in the bottom.  I screwed this through the lid, but also added glue for extra security. I would have liked to have used epoxy or Gorrila Glue, but alas, I was lazy and didn't have any on hand.
This will not be my only apothecary jar.  Anika ADORES pickles remember?  She is now eating her way through jar 2 and I have plans for that jar already.  The only problem is they can only be decrotive unless you have sealed items going inside......the jars will smell like pickles for forever???

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dinner on Valentine's Day

 Dry run of my daughter's Valentine's Day dinner she is having to suprise her boyfriend.  We got out of of our fabulous little dainty dishes and put together this tablescape.  She wants him to be romantic and sit through a little dinner she has planned.  Now, he is an 18 year old "boy" going into the Marines. let's see how this whole thing flies when the big day comes.  Will he be pleased or will he think he has been brought into a torture chamber?

She will go through a lot of trouble for him.  She plans on making a green bean casserole, lemon chicken and a little fruit cup.  For dessert a little dreamy cupcake they can both share, that's what the cupcake pedestal plate is for, dreamy huh?

I plan on posting more pictures of course, but for now let's just say she has her work cut out for her.  She has a very tiny budget and big hopes.  I have told her I WILL NOT help her out financially as this is her gift, I will however show her how to set the table etc.

She is very excited, after all her first gift was just a photo!  She waited to long to collect her money so it was to late to place an order in time for it to reach her.  This is way cooler I think, but then I am a romantic.  I don't know what an 18 year old "marine to be" will think!

She wants to add some pink M&Ms to the heart shaped bowls, her fruit salad will go in the small goblets.  Maybe some pink  cherry soda in the tall glasses?

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Thought I would drop this picture off and run.
One of my favorite little bowls with it's ornate edges filled with pink and white heart shaped cakes! (Yep, they are just "Debbie Cakes" shhh, tied in the middle with pink curling ribbon.)
Don't they look too fancy to be just a dollar something a box?
Oh, guess what?  If you have hungry teenagers, you can throw these in the backseat of the car and they will be quiet until you get home, I promise!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A few of my favorite things

My little dainty, pink Lefton hands.  What could they hold?  Well I see them holding pearls all the time, but they could be holding anything really.  A little plant, a child's heart, precious jewelry, a love note? The possibilities are endless.  I just fell in love with the roses and the color, the curves of the hands and the age of the piece.  Who owned this before me and what did she place in the hands for safe keeping?
My porcelain cheese dish covered in pink roses.....I suppose it could be a butter dish too, but I will never use it.  I can only imagine who's table it graced and why there is not a single chip in it.  Was it as precious to them as it is to me?  Was it only for special occasions?  One could assume it was never used around the children or there would be a chip in it somewhere!  An ebay purchase where it was practical to spell wrong because this little gem was $1.99 for the seller misspelled a word in her listing (though I cannot remember which one).

 Ivory and pink roses.  Gosh does it get any dreamier?  Nope it doesn't!  These to me just say yummy!  I found the pink and green sprays of  "babies breath" at one of the dollar stores and knew I had to have them for something  and this is where it ended up, perfect!  You know sometimes you see something in a store and you know someday you will find a place for it, but you don't know when?  Well I had this stuff packed away and then it just jumped into my little brain, "where is that stuff?"  :*~TADA:*~ treasure found!  I have treasure hidden everywhere waiting to be found.  It's nice when it works out this way! 
My pink painted wooden candle sticks have been around forever!  They have been various colors from white, green, brown I think and then back to pink.  Wrapped in pearls and curling ribbon and then adorned with a simply little swag of pink roses, they delight me so.  Something so simple and yet filled with such whimsy fills my eyes and makes my day just a little more pleasant.  

On the other side of the room I find a wine glass I dragged with me from Florida, another relic from the past.  I smile as I recognize it and see that it is filled with treasures from my more recent history.  Vintage hankies adorned with roses, either printed or embroidered. 

What makes us collect what we do?  What makes our eyes forage through flea markets and garage sales for one certain item?  Why do we treasure a color?  Some of us live in a treasure house and scrimmage for our next  "find" like we are on a mission, while others think we are silly.   I could spend a whole day in a corner of my house on a tablescape and enjoy myself the whole time......while somebody else could just throw the mail down on that very same table along with the keys, a bottle of water, gloves, McDonald's trash, some three day old half eaten sandwich and be perfectly content?  What makes us different?