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Saturday, August 21, 2010


I have a love-hate relationship with bookshelves.
I love their storage capability but find them difficult to decorate.
Then there is the age old issue: are they to be functional or decorative or both?
For me, filling them is NO problem, but making them look good is a different story.
I've gone through different phases...sometimes I like them monochromatic...sometimes whatever goes...sometimes sparse or jammed packed.
double ugh...
Then there is the book issue...facing front, facing back. Sort by color, size, topic...wrap them, bookjackets on, off...
My head just spins.

What's a girl to do?
Look for inspiration online.
Houzz is a great start.
That's where these images are from.

You can read the entire article here.

Then I found this picture on Nell Hill's Facebook page:

Mary Carol Garrity wrote:
"Bookshelves are made for more than books and that’s where I stage our family’s narrative. The narrative describes the people who live in the house and it is the charm of the home. I try to tell the story of the family by showing our taste, passions, experiences, preferences and outlook in the objects we love."

After I read her words, I knew what I was going to do:

Next post...My Lovely Bookshelves.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Taking a short break...

I'm taking a short classroom and incoming students need my undivided attention!
I'll be back soon, I promise!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Johnson Brothers

I'm joing Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. It's always so much fun to see what everyone has put together. Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!

I first saw these dishes a year ago, about the same time I began blogging.

It was the color, shape, pattern around the rim, and the different castles that caught my eye. Plain and simple, I fell in love! Since then, I've been looking for a set but haven't had too much luck except with online stores. Have you ever ordered from this store before?

I have been completely satisified with them and their service. They are well stocked...and the prices are reasonable. This box contained the Johnson Brothers Old Britian Castles ~ Blue {and they do a great job of packing your treasures in loads of bubble wrap!}
Below are the different layers and their cooresponding castles:

Since this set is new, they are dishwasher and microwave safe. Here and there I've seen old pieces and some have a bit of grazing and of course need special care.
I love all the Johnson Brothers' patterns...I could get in a bit of trouble shopping for them alone.
For instance, I really like the "pink" version of Old Britian Castles.

...and then the Old Britian Castles Pink Christmas...

So, back to our subject...tablescaping...

Just in case you wanted to know:
Flatware: Oneida, Michelangelo
Tall Stemware: Lenox, Navarre
Candlesticks: vintage
Napkin Rings: Ebay
Napkins: handmade
Tablerunner: Marshall's Home Goods
Dollar Store: votive candle holders
Thrifted: blue pitcher centerpiece, silver plate butter and oval covered
               vegetable serving dish, salt and pepper shakers, crystal water goblets: Import Associates,

Thanks so much for visiting...enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thrifty find...

I'm joining Leigh over at Tales from Bloggeritaville for her Thrifty Thursday. Be sure to drop by for amazing finds and loads of treasures!

I really wasn't looking for anything in particular...well, maybe some fabric, while shopping at my favorite thrift stores. No tablecloths or such this time but I did happen upon a set of water goblets. It was the ball stems and the etching that made me take a second look. Since I don't have an antique booth or etsy shop, whatever I purchase, I usually keep. And since I didn't really need any crystal stemware, I thought twice about these four. In the end, I just couldn't resist. The price was right...and they "would" match another set I already I bought them. I'm glad that I did, they compliment my original set very well.

I was very curious as to the maker and price of my treasures so I went online to Ebay. The company is Import Associates and the pattern is Cascade. There were a couple listed from $14 ~ $19 a stem. {I paid $19.99 for the set.} I then ventured over to and found the accompanying I can add a few more pieces to my new collection?


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