Friday, May 19, 2017

A Forgotten Tablescape with Daisies

I thought maybe you might like to see this, long forgotten post, from the summer of 2013 when we first moved into our new home in N.C.   
 I can't believe that I forgot to share it with you!

We met a wonderful couple when we first moved into our North Carolina home. Mike and Eileen were the first ones to welcome us, to our new neighborhood, with open arms. A thoughtful bottle of wine with an immediate invite to come over to sit on their porch and see their gorgeous inlet view. 

An immediate friendship was made and a hospitality payback was due! 

 Daisies were the featured highlight, on the table, for our evening of getting acquainted.

My favorite, red and white, tablecloth from Country Living and daisy napkin rings were the inspiration for the beginning of summer tablescape.

  A trio of white ironstone pitchers held daisy and hydrangea bouquets.

 The daylight pics were really pretty.
 I so wish that I had taken some by the gorgeous candlelight!

A single, vintage, candlestick adorned with jute and twine complimented the centerpiece display.

Four, ivory damask, place mats (just $3 from the Salvation Army) added another layer to the place settings with daisy napkin rings.

Another $3 find...three sets of vintage, silver plate, salt and pepper shakers in a tiny, one inch, size.

"Grandma's," silver plate, flatware came out to show off their splendor...

as did her sparkling crystal.

 I see a lot of changes in the room since we first moved in.

 A collection of brown transferware in my wheelbarrow was my simplest bay window display that I've done.

 "Chef Ralph," you know him as my honey, made us his "to die for" chicken Francese. He makes it with sherry and little, secret's always a tender, juicy, mouth-watering hit!

The meal was a success and a bond was made, that keeps us close, with our dear, sweet friends to this day!

 Love, Hugs, and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Springified Front Door Wreath for Free

Being the thrifty decorator that I am, I prefer things that are free...don't you?
With all of the gorgeous pre-spring weather that we are having I, desperately, wanted to "springify" our front door and do it with what I had already around the house.
 So, an old frame, a chippy white grapevine wreath, a few hydrangeas and a teenie li'l basket came together to make our new wreath for FREE!

and sure I'd love to go out to my favorite place in the world, Hobby Lobby, and buy some new flowers and start from scratch, but I'd rather save for other important things.....we've got grandbaby #7 on the way just about any day!

I got lucky when I spotted this old rustic frame just sitting in my craft room. The wreath was a bit too small for the door and it needed to be just a tad bigger.

I was worried that it was going to be too small for the wreath, but the overlapping turned out to be just perfect.

I've displayed our sweet, little, love birds ( year 'round) many, many times before....
each time as cute as can be.

I love, love love it!

In case you missed it, just after Valentine's day, I re-did our bay window with a breath of spring. You can hop over and see it here.

I've been on a roll and the living room is done, so I'll be back next week to share that with you, too.

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,

and Gucci, too!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I think I have spring fever!

Winter is over in our house as soon as Valentine's day passes. That means that our kitchen window is the first area to get a fresh look of spring.

This special magnet is always hanging somewhere around for me to see. 
It's a gift, from my daughter Shaine, that always manages to be a part of the window design every spring and summer.

It's center stage for this years spring look.

Perennial candytuft wrapped in burlap will get planted in the ground outside next month. For now, we'll enjoy the early blossoms indoors.

This faux creeping jenny wreath was a $2 Goodwill steal that's gotten lots of uses all around the house.

Since we moved here these are some past looks...I'm not sure which one is my fav... will you click on the links and help me decide?

Hi ho, hi's off to re-do the mantel I will go!

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,

and Gucci, too!

This post was honored with as a feature pick
@ staceyembracingchange
thank you, Stacey!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

A Little Bit of Love

All signs of Christmas have been put away and now
a "little bit of love" has taken its place.
Our old ladder is back in its spot next to the fireplace. Hearts and cards of love now fill the room with reminders that Valentine's day is not too far away.

The fluffy, white, throw that I used as our tree skirt is conveniently hung on a rung with a few sentimental cards from Valentine's days, of past, perched on others.

Two, glittery, red hearts sit on a bed of feathers and snow inside a glass ornament that came off our Christmas tree.
This staging of white and gold will be the look 'til spring.

 The white tin panel came out of storage, once again. It's a perfect background for the golden heart to take center stage.

Back in the day, some 25 years ago, this "Olde Country Sampler" all tattered and worn was actually made by, moi, JP. 
That was when I was into selling variations in antique shops and on Etsy.
I've used this suitcase filled with old Valentine's quite a few times before.

This vignette is on the shelf that's behind our couch.

Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

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