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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy March!

Well, happy March to you all!
I've put a table together, with green as the common thread.

Let's begin with this little guy.


I found him at Goodwill.

He's sharing this table with another little friend...



...he's a Lladro from my great aunt's colletion. Looks like he's enjoying his meal too!



The plate he's resting on is from my mother. She received it from a wedding shower in 1954. I believe the pattern is "Button".

The rest of the table is below.
The centerpiece is a box filled with little treasures from my mother. The green depression glass is also from her. The candlesticks are from Goodwill and the little cross is from the Crystal Cathedral in California.



The place setting is Opal Innocence Carved ~ Lenox.
The flatware is Michelangelo ~ Onieda.
The little fruit bowls are from my great aunt's collection. They are from France, Haviland & Co Limoges. They are just the perfect size!


This bowl is also from my great aunt, it's Bavarian China.



The stemware is also Lenox.








Best wishes for a wonderful March!


I'm linking with Susan's Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday!


Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Daisies...

I'm soooooo ready for warmer weather, I'm ready for spring.


Flowers....LOVE THEM! especially at this time of year.
These daisies make me smile and bring warmth to a cold winter's day.



"Aren't daisies the happiest flowers?"

I loved this line from You've Got Mail.
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have such great chemistry...they are too cute in this movie.



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dessert for Two

It's been colder than usual here in the Houston area...and a fire seems perfect for a cozy evening.



This table belonged to my paternal grandfather. It is very heavy - legs of iron and a round marble top. It was one of several in his coffee shop, now it resides in my home.



The table is small, I guess it was perfect for coffee or tea with a friend.
I decided to keep it simple as well...dessert for two.









Dishes - Lenox Opal Innocence Carved.
Monogrammed napkins from Greece {via eBay}
Flatware - Oneida Michelangelo
Silver plate sugar bowl, Waterford dish - Goodwill, Salvation Army
Champagne flutes, clock - gift
Candleholders - Tuesday Morning



I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to stop by to visit to see amazing tables and loads of creativity!

Thanks for visiting.
Enjoy your day!



Monday, February 15, 2010

They are just lovely...



There's something special about flowers.



Like the surprise inside each little casing...



...preparing to showcase its glory.



Nestled in a vintage creamer...



...they are just lovely.




Sunday, February 14, 2010

Homes for Haiti


This is a temporary shelter...temporary in that it's designed to last for approximately 3 years.



Perfect?
No.


photo: msnbc


photo: Missionary Flights International

Better than a tent?
Yes.



Ninty-six square feet of new home.





The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the country of Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010 left hundreds of thousands of Haitain's homeless. People are living in the streets, parks, tents, and among the rubble of what was once their home.

Homes for Haiti is a tangible way for Americans to provide relief to the victims of the Hiati earthquake. More secure and private than tents, these homes will provide shelter and rest for the the Haitian people. Building in sections by volunteers across the US, these homes will be flat-packed and shipped to Haiti to be assembled by volunteers in-country.

Your tax-deductible contribution to CORE Alliance will  help cover the costs of producing and shipping these homes to Haiti. It costs $600.00 per house for materials and shipping to the Port of Miami or Port of Houston. Donations of funds, materials, tools, and trasportation are needed.

For more information about CORE Alliance, please visit their website:
http://core-alliance.org/

What is CORE?
CORE (Christians Organized for Relief Efforts) is an open group of churches banding together with the mission of serving the community as the hands and feet of Christ. Pooling our resources and efforts enable maximum impact in the community.


What is our mission?
To strategically partner with other organizations in order to combine resources in a way that enables us to provide the maximum relief to the most people and places in the world.
What is our vision?
To partner with over 1000 organizations and provide relief to people in over 100 countries around the world.


How do we define relief?
Anything that relives poverty, suffering, or hardship. Relief can come in the form of education, economic empowerment, food, material donations, aid, or disaster assistance.
How did we begin?
CORE was established in 2005 by two churches from Houston, Texas to assist in meeting the needs of people hit by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast area. Ultimately, CORE housed nearly 9000 volunteers coming from all over the US and several countries as they rallied to provide relief to Mississippi citizens.

Our church is part of CORE Alliance. The above information is from the flyer they are using to get aid.



Saturday, February 6, 2010

Family...



I'm sharing a very special plate that my husband and I were given as a wedding present over 25 years ago. It has been proudly displayed and gives such warmth to our home.


It was given to us from relatives that lived in Germany.
They were my father's cousins...my husband and I never actually met them.
But over the last few years, we've been able to meet and share wonderful times with their children and grandchildren.



It's not silver but pewter.
I love the detailing.


I'm linking with Gypsy Fish and her Silver Sunday. Be sure to stop by and see amazing silver things!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Well loved shoes...

I just love special things that have a story.


Can't you tell these shoes must have a story?

They look loved...
like they've worked so hard...
for someone really special.

If you could feel them,
they would be so very soft to your touch.



I wondered why they weren't replaced as they began to wear and crack.
But the owner just smiled and said,
"...they're just perfect!"

Do you know what she does?



Yes, she's an organist...
and my Mom.
I've never known her without her organ shoes.
I think they are neat.
I like that they have been patched, are cracked, and worn thin...it just adds to their charm.


If you've heard a great organist...
then you know what I'm talking about.
There's something very special
about someone who has the ability to play music
in such a way
that brings tears to your eyes.

It moves you,
it's food for your soul...
the end.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

We'll it's almost that day, a day where red is the color and love is in the air! I've decided to decorate my dinning room table with a few new pieces I received this past Christmas and a few vintage pieces as well.




Vintage Valentine's from my son and daughter-in-law.



Vintage silver from my husband's grandmother.



Thrift store silverplate.


Red charges from my soon-to-be niece by marriage.


Wedding crystal...


...and flatware.

Everything put together to make a Valentine's Day tablescape!































Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Today I'm linking with Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to drop by there as well for amazing tables!




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