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Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Cards & Banners


I hope to post more Halloween a little later this week, but might not get it done until after Halloween!  Miss Phoebe and I have been pretty busy making a Halloween Tree and Halloween wreaths. Sometimes my real work gets in the way, though ... and I have to do other things on this computer! So, I'm posting some cards ... one for Phoebe ... and the rest are assembled into banner! I just made a day to work with my friend, Cricut! I purchased a scrapbooking set, "Once Upon a Time" and really wanted to work with it.


Here's the banner hanging on my kitchen shelf!

Here are the individual cards.






I'll be sharing this post with a few parties, so make sure you click through after you visit my home page to see the rest of my posts!  Thanks for visiting.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blue Pumpkins for Birthday Dinner!


My daughter had a birthday and Miss Phoebe had a day off school that we spent together! Phoebe and I fixed a nice dinner and decorated a pretty table. We've been making all kinds of things this fall ... including blue pumpkins! I hope you've cooked some of the real blue pumpkins. They have a unique flavor ... a little sweeter that our typical orange pumpkins.


Here are the pumpkins we used on the table. They were simple to make ... just made a tube of fabric ... cinched one end and gathered the other end. I stuffed mine with the contents of an old bed pillow ... pulled the gathering threads to a tight cinch and sewed the end to secure it. My stem is a cinnamon stick; my leaves are burlap with the edges pulled ... and we added a button flower for good looks! We used twine to create the rib sections of the pumpkins, then tied the ends in knots. Aren't they cute?



We added several sections of these pretty blue satin leaves to our composed centerpiece. I bought lots of the leaves at my favorite local museum 'general store' and you'll see them again as Thanksgiving draws near! Then you'll see the a third time at Christmastime! 


Here's our centerpiece!


Here's our tablescape!



In keeping with our farm setting ... I used our blue geese napkin rings. We all love our dogs and had Labradors for several years, so we have Lab flatware and a set of Lab dinnerware that I'll show you another time!





This dinnerware is the pattern "Heartland".  The beautiful designs are by Charles Wysocki and the dinnerware was produced by Nikko.

What I love most about it is the fact that there are four seasonal depictions. This one is "Autumn".





Our birthday dinner was great and Miss Phoebe helped cook and decorate the cake ... and set the table! I have a great son-in-law, who just plays along with all our tablescaping ventures! ...as long as we feed him!


I'll be sharing this post with a few parties, so make sure you click through after you visit my home page to see the rest of my posts!  Thanks for visiting.



Creatively Living for Monday  Funday Party 
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday 
The DIY Dreamer for From Dream To Reality Tues  
Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays @ Our Home 
We Call it Junkin! 
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tues  Inspire Me Tuesday  
Creative Muster

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blue Grapes for Autumn!


I have always loved this Metlox pattern "Sculptured Grapes" in blue ... but I sure don't need anything added to my vast collection of dinnerware!  I had vowed ... since I've been selling dinnerware for the last two years ... to buy no more! Then I walked into our Goodwill store one early summer day and saw this ...


The coffee pot, sugar, creamer, 4 salad plates and a 14 inch platter were priced at $35. I was good and passed it by. I did go home and check the online price of the coffee pot, realizing it would cost more than the price for all the dishes at Goodwill. The next time I went in, there it was in the glass cabinet ... still. This time it was priced at $8. I was sure that was a mistake or that each piece was $8, so I asked. Home it came ... all for $8.00 ... and the summer of 2014 became the summer of the quest for Metlox blue grapes ... but only at 'junkin' prices!

Here's the end result!



The secondary theme for this tablescape became 'baskets'! I was in the mood for a combination of blues, green and beige and the baskets fit right in! I have more baskets than any human needs, but I did not have any corn husk place mats. Be careful where you buy those because they are sometimes very pricey. Not so at Walmart ... just $2.99 each.

This little salad/dessert bowl is the Button pattern ... could be Federal glass or Anchor Hocking. I have lots of this pattern from the 70s.  The blue iced tea glass is Fostoria in the Jamestown pattern and the small clear wine glass is the perfect size for dessert wine ... bigger than a cordial but smaller than a wine glass!


This pretty centerpiece came from one of my favorite junkin' stops ... and all I had to do was add the blue dahlias and the flameless candle!

My sunroom is going to be filled with blue pumpkins in a few days and I'll post about that, but in the meantime take a look at these cute little blues tucked in under the centerpiece.




Take a look at the embroidered leaves and vines on the table runner. I found that at TJM a few weeks ago ... nothing to match it ... but I thought the corn husk placemats would be perfect and I always have napkins that match because I have drawers filled with napkins from 35 years of dinner parties!


The various baskets on the table are shown in the collage below ... the centerpiece is in a basket ... the place mats ... the beverage service is placed on a big basket tray and the potpourri is sitting in a basket tray.





Hope you enjoyed the sculptured grapes! I had a good time collecting enough to set the table ... and serve a nice meal. I'll be sharing this post with a few parties ... so make sure you click through to visit the other posts. Take a look at my home page first and you might be interested in my daughter's frugal cooking blog shown in my sidebar. Be sure you check back in a week or so to see the rest of my blue pumpkins!

Creatively Living for Monday  Funday Party 
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday 
The DIY Dreamer for From Dream To Reality Tues  
Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays @ Our Home 
We Call it Junkin! 
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tues  Inspire Me Tuesday  
Creative Muster

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Red Checks for Early Fall!

I'm not quite ready to get all the oranges and golds out for fall decor, so I've left my red checks out and have added a few fall accents! You'll see fall ... later. I've been busy with real work and haven't had much time to blog ... but here's a quick post.

My wreath is made with red and white checked geo mesh ... easy to do. I added a few clusters of red raffia ribbon to deepen the red color. I really like the geo mesh to work with, but it is a little contemporary for my anything but contemporary home, so I add things like this galvanized bucket filled with Black Eyed Susans. That adds a little country to it!


One of the craft vendors at our annual Apple Festival makes these adorable painted gourd pumpkins! Last year Miss Phoebe and I bought several big ones and this year we bought smaller ones to keep the big guys company. I just clustered these in a country basket ... to wait for their big brothers to join them in a few weeks!


The red and white checked place mats are plastic, but textured to look like fabric.  I bought them at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago ... to use as accent pieces for that wreath!


You'll see my corn husk doll on a dining tablescape a little later this season ... but for now ... she, too ... is waiting for another moment!


The pitchers, doll and basket are all 'junkin' finds! I'll be posting with some of the following parties, so make sure you click through to visit the other posts.

Creatively Living for Monday  Funday Party 
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday 
The DIY Dreamer for From Dream To Reality Tues  
Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays @ Our Home 
We Call it Junkin! 
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tues  Inspire Me Tuesday  
Creative Muster

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