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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Can you believe these colors?

I'm linking to Outdoor Wednesday today with amazing colors to share. This past weekend, my family and I took a trip to Dallas and visited the Farmer's Market. After we visited the fresh fruit and produce, we made our way to the nurseries. It was breathtaking!







Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Black and White...

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Drop by her site for amazing tables and a lot of inspiration!

I found these dishes this past summer and immediately a tablescape started running through my mind. Isn't it funny how that happens? It's like a story just waiting to be told, a book waiting to be written...

Once upon a time there were a little set of dishes that wanted to share special places of the world.
There was Rome...

...New York


...and Paris.

Although they were proud little plates and loved being showcased, they were humbled by their supporting friends: a set of black and white damask plates {which brought out the contrasting black and white features} and the broad, strong, white chargers.

Ok, ok... on with the table...






I love stories with happy endings and I think this one would have definitely turned out happy, don't you?

Enjoy your travels! And as always, thanks for visiting! Happy Thursday!

Table items:
White chargers - Target
Damask Plates - Hobby Lobby
Scenic Plates - Marshalls Home Goods
Placemats and Napkins - Marshalls Home Goods
Finials - Hobby Lobby
Centerpieces - Goodwill (IKEA)
Flatware - International "Prelude"
Crystal - Lenox
Vintage clocks/watches - personal collection

Monday, September 21, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

I'm joining Susan for Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

Here are a few pictures from a trip to Kemah, Texas.

It's a great place to spend outdoors.

The foliage is beautiful.

With a lot of great colors.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Therapy Session

This is my first time to link to Make Your Monday! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kim's blog, Twice Remembered. If you haven't had a chance to visit, take the time. It's well worth it!

I wanted to show two tassels I made this weekend. After seeing so many gorgeous examples on blogs and Etsy, I decided to try one on my own.

Here's my story:
I first saw this little guy on Between Naps on the Porch. Susan has such amazing posts. It's a treat to visit.

I loved him so much a I ordered one from The Tassel House on Etsy. She has such great tassels. You HAVE to stop by and see what all she has designed! To order my little boy, it was super easy and Angela was a dream to work with!

Then I ran across this post from The Old White Cottage who made her own tassels.She was so proud of herself... and should be! She used a tutorial from another blog, Be Tasseled. {are you still following me?} Heather leads you through, step~by~step in making different kinds of tassels. It's VERY friendly!

So, I thought I'd give it a go. I gathered all my supplies and here they are. I think I'm hooked! It's so much fun and a bit of therapy for me {at least}. The possibilities are endless!

I thought he'd be cute for fall.

Then I made this one from a finial.


It was so much fun {and less than a therapy session!}
Enjoy your Monday!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thrifty Finds...

I'm joining Rhonda at Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Monday. Be sure to visit her site for amazing weekend finds!

I was looking for a small lamp to place in a dark corner of my kitchen. When I saw this little guy, I liked what he had to offer, I just wasn't sure about the color. Not too sure about the shade big? too square? recover?

I hadn't been thrifting for a couple of weeks, so I was picking up more than usual {making up for lost time?} Normally, I pass on the pictures, but something about this frame caught my eye. Maybe the inside could was punched tin ~ kinda neat. The wooden candle stick would be paint or not to paint...The Christmas sleigh was just too cheap to pass by. Inside are two votive glasses I plan on tweaking a bit. I've started collecting a few pink things, the little dish and saucer will be a fun addition to my mother's Desert Rose set.

I've discovered that I have serious issues with organization. I love to organize things...and then reorganize until it's user friendly. I guess it's because of this habit that I'm drawn to shelving. Throw in amazing prices and it comes home with me. This wicker shelf was $1.99. It was sturdy and fairly clean. The metal shelf, also $1.99,  had great bones...I just love the curves. And the little sconces? I loved their curves too! They were $0.99 each. What was I going to do with them? Where would I hang them? What color should they be painted? Too many decisions for this day, I'll just think about that tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by, enjoy your Monday!

Metamorphosis Monday

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.  Check out her site for amazing before and after shots.

This weekend my mother came over for a visit. It was nice to see her and spend the afternoon together. She wanted to do a little shopping so off we went. We landed at one of my favorite antique shops. Neither one of us was looking for anything in particular, she ended up with a very pretty decanter, I found several pieces of silver. I perused the forks, spoons, and knives and found several pieces that were marked as silver. Yippee! I was thrilled. There were two very dark pieces that I was most curious about. Would they come clean? My mother said they would, so I thought I'd give them a try.

Here they are before:

Now after.

 I guess mother does know best!

I feel fortunate to have found a fork, spoon, and knife from the same set.

These are my favorite.

Enjoy your Monday.


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