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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tablescape Thurs - A Little Horsing Around



Today is a super fun day and we all get to dig out all the dishes and "horse" around and figure out a new tablescapee. Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for again hosting this fun meme. Be sure to visit her and see her fabulous tablescape and a list of all the others.

Today I pulled down from the top of the cabinets a little horse toy that I've had for years. This is just a reproduction, but almost an antique since I've had it for about 40 yrs. It has wheels that you can't see with all the greenery, and my children use to roll it around when they were small.


A very simple table set with a green and white checked tablecloth and napkins and I am using yellow as the accent color.


Faux flowers and greenery with a little rafia wound around the base.


You can tell that he was played with, there are a few scars from childhood play. That makes it all the more special to me.


I'm using green goblets that I bought many years ago from Pier One.


Wood candlesticks with yellow candles and a little ribbon all purchased at Dollar Tree.


A simple and fun table that my great-grandson will love.


Each place setting is set with my white chargers from Penney's, yellow Federalist plates and the white plates has no markings, I found them at GW.


A view of the entire table set with a lot of whimsey.




Today I am also participating in the Doors of Welcome hosted by the lovely Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds. Be sure to visit her to see a list of all the wonderful participants.

Our door is quite recessed, so there is not very much room for too much in the way of decorations, but everyone is always welcome.




Just a couple of announcements that I know you will want to know about.

For all of you that love to participate in the "Cloche Parties", you really need to go visit Lynette here. She is having her 1 yr Anniversary and her Pay it Forward giveaway and she has one of those GORGEOUS glass cloches with a little bird on top as her giveaway. You need to hurry and go enter. Lynette at Lynette's L.A.M. blog is such fun anyway, but this giveaway is really special.


As usual I want to remind all of you to be sure and get me your lunch order for the Az. Blogger lunch. We need to order in advance. Thanks.

Thank you all for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

94 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love your horse! He's just precious. I love the green checkered linens you've paired it with too! As always, it looks so pretty. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  2. I love the horse!!! You got those wooden candle holders at Dollar Tree? If so, how come mine don't have them. Boo hoo!!! And you can't possibly be a great grandma.

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  3. Hi Marty,I just love your horse... So sweet
    xoxo
    Julie

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  4. I can't believe how you decided to bring that horse to your table! What a fantastic idea! I just love the way it changed the atmosphere of your table! Great idea! LOVE IT!

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  5. Hi Marty,
    I just love the whimsical table and I think your grandson will be thrilled! Wouldn't that be cute for a kid's birthday party too? I always love anything with checks and those federalist plates I am in love with! I have two from a garage sale and I want to find more! Hugs, Cindy

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  6. Gorgeous table! I love the soft yellow and white plates and love that it is for your grandson! It makes an already great table extra special! :D Jewel

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  7. Marty, this is adorable! The toy horse makes the perfect centerpiece, especially with the checked linens. And the touch of yellow is just perfect. Wonderful and I know that your great grand is going to love it! Hugs, Kat

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  8. Marty-Your great grandson is going to want to "undress" the table and get the horse down! It really is a beautiful piece--made all the more special by "distressing" from your own kids! Fun and pretty table!

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  9. This was too much fun Marty...I loved it...now girl I also have that horse but I thing mine a rocker...no wheels on it...Hope all is well on your side of the mountain my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  10. Marty, what a fun table. I love the yellow and green accents, but the horse figure is fabulous. What a charming table. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

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  11. Marty-this was really clever. I love the horse and you selected great colors to show it off.

    Sue

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  12. Marty,
    What a fun tablescape! You do such a nice job. I love the yellow and the sunflowers wrapped around the rocking horse. Pretty as usual.
    hugs,
    Donna

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  13. Marty,
    I just love your little horse and the green glasses look so good with the table cloth. I'm sure your little one will remember this dinner for a long, long time.
    Your door and porch look just wondeful, every time I look I see something different. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sandy

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  14. Hi Marty! Oh, I love love love that precious horse! And you've had it almost 40 years! Wow, it's darling. Your table looks wonderful, as usual. You really do know how to make pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. Hi Marty, loving old things the way I do, of course I just adore your horsey. What a great idea to use on your tablescape. I'm a believer in pulling out our heirlooms and using them! Great post!

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  16. Marty, this is beautiful! I love your horse, and the green and white with the yellow sunflowers looks fantastic!

    Jane

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  17. Oh, I love the horse, Marty! And I can understand it being even more special since your children played with it so many years ago. The green, white and yellow tablescape is so pretty, and comes together so well with the horse.

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  18. You are so fun!!! That's just darling!

    m ^..^

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  19. Hi Marty!
    I bet the grands will love it...So cheerful!
    You missed my Merchandise Monday post with my giant cloche..in your honor!

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  20. I love that tablescape--I do love simple ones and I do love those colors!! What a cute centerpiece!!!

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  21. How lovely Marty!

    What a clever idea to use the beautiful horse. Gorgeous yellow colors.

    Your front door and wreath are so pretty for Fall! :)

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  22. Your table is good looking!
    What fun with the horse and all the colors came together,
    d

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  23. Adorable!! This is my favorite of all your TTs!! Of course, I think I say that each week! LOL! Love that horse, and it's perfect with the green gingham tablecloth, yellow dishes, etc.

    Katherine

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  24. Wow! I would have NEVER thought to do this BUT it is completely striking! I'm impressed...once again. ;)

    Also, would you help me win a necklace pretty please? It would mean so much to me if you would leave a quick comment on this post I have pasted below...if I get the most comments, I win. :) Thank you!

    http://kristenandrewsonline.blogspot.com/2009/10/featured-reader-let-me-introduce-you-to_12.html

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  25. Just stopping by for the "Doors of Welcome" party--love your tablescape, and that lovely wreath, as well!

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  26. Just stopping by for the "Doors of Welcome" party--love your tablescape, and that lovely wreath, as well!

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  27. Oh Marty, this tablescape is just great! And needless to say, the horse really caught my attention. Being the horse lover that she is, my daughter would go absolutely crazy over it. I've been thinking I need to find a big horse to display on the mantle or fireplace hearth at the new house in "Hooterville."

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  28. What a fun table, Marty! Bet the kids love that and how wonderful for you to have preserved that wooden horsey all these years. Thanks for the tip on the template. I will try it next time...Christine

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  29. Your table is so beautiful and unique! I love sunflowers!

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  30. What a fun idea! I love your horse and choice of colors. It's very pretty.

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  31. Oh I love the horse...what a fantastic idea for a centerpiece!!!
    Your table is sooo pretty!!!

    Your entrance is so welcoming and warm...perfectly decorated for fall!!! Love it!!!

    Have a wonderful evening!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  32. What a fun tablescape! I just love your creativity. You always do such a wonderful job.

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  33. I love your horse tablescape Marty - simply adorable! I cannot believe you'll be a great grandma - cannot be possible! He'll have the best time when he visits you and great grandpa!!

    Thanks for sending some blogger buddies my way - today is the actual one year mark - so it's very appropriate!

    Meghan and I had our Wed "CSI:NY date night" and she just left to head back to her dorm - I just love having her so very close to home.

    Have a good night friend -

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  34. Hi Marty! Now that's what I call a centerpiece!!! Really fun and creative!

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  35. this is really nice and different Marty!i have a feeling our dear Luanne is going to love this tablescape...and the door looks great..
    have a great night my friend..

    xx silvia.

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  36. Marty, Your centerpiece makes such a statement! I love the sentiment around it too. You've inspired me to think outside the box!

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  37. Marty, what a FUN table! Love the horse... I have a similar, bigger one, but I love the size of yours! He's peerfect on that table. Great tablscape!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  38. Who would have dreamed of having a child's horse as a centerpiece; fabulous! That has to be one of the cutest tables I have seen; love it!

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  39. Marty, that horse is wonderful! How great that you let the children play with it, and I love that you used something for a centerpiece that we would normally not think of using. The green and yellow color scheme looks perfect for a fall tablescape. That is such a pretty fall wreath. laurie

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  40. Marty, the table is so cute. The horse is just precious! I am sure it is a treat for the kids to see it on the table and remember how they used to play with it!

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  41. Hi MaRTY!!!
    Love the horse on the table, makes it so fun and friendlY!!!!!
    I say make the table fun and inviting!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie
    cannot wait for our lunch!!!

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  42. That is one of the funnest centre-pieces I have ever seen. How creative you are! I have just posted my very 1st attempt at tablescaping...lots of fun to do but still need to practise! best wishes, NM.

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  43. Oh Marty, you have outdone yourself, I love the horsie, sooo cute and looks wonderful with all the green and yellow, I so appreciate the big pictures and the closeups, I know how hard all that is to get the hang of..

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  44. Your horsing around tablescape is wonderful Marty!!

    I am up in the wee small hours fixing up my blog e-mail. It appears I have had a problem! So I decided to enjoy a few visits as long as I am wide awake!!

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  45. OMG Marty, the horse is darling and he should be the centerpiece of an simply beautiful table.

    I also love your door and will have to look into that blog.

    Happy Thurs.
    Barbara

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  46. Yee-Haw....Giddy Up!

    Marty, your wonderful horse makes an awesome centerpiece! I think the raffia looks like hay beneath him. Those candle sticks sure don't look like $Tree!! Very creative & pretty table!

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  47. Marty, this is absolutely wonderful. The green and white checked tablecloth, dishes, and sunflowers are great, but what really makes it pretty to me are the wooden elements - the horse, candlesticks, and the big round mirror ( which, by the way, I need over my mantel!!!)
    The front of your house is very pretty too.
    Great job, as usual.
    Rhonda

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  48. Marty- it all looks lovely as usual. Your sweet horse used in the tablescape was such a clever idea!!

    Pretty pretty wreath too!

    blessings
    mary

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  49. It looks as if this meal will have everyone horsing around!

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  50. One of the most beautiful I've ever seen ... you have a keen eye for detail & presentation, Marty.

    Wonderful ... TY for sharing.

    May your day be full & warm ... TTFN ~Marydon

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  51. It is all so charming, Marty. Wonderful job.

    Barb ♥

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  52. Very Pretty - really like the horse as a centerpiece. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Love this adorable tablescape...

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  54. Oh Marty, this stole my heart! Nice job, I love it ~ how FUN!

    xo ~m

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  55. What a precious whimsical tablescape. I adore the horse heirloom centerpiece and the way you styled it with the green and white check. So cool.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  56. Hi Mary, I am just crazy about your horse and it's patina. And the tablescape of green and yellow is so charming. Happy Welcome Day. ~ Lynn

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  57. Hi Marty,
    Your childhood horse is perfect for this centerpiece, adorable!
    Cathy

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  58. What an adorable table scape with your horse! Like the yellow and green theme.
    Linda Q

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  59. Oh I LOVE that horse!! It absolutely makes the table!!
    ~Michelle

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  60. Marty if I showed this to my oldest daughter...we'd be on a plane to pick up that horse! She is a fiend for them...you did a great job making such a fun table! I bet mealtime is fun at your house!
    I also am taking a little inspiration from your doors part of the post!
    I hope you are doing well friend.

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  61. so nice marty!
    green is my favorite coloure.
    love you horse!
    baciusss

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  62. How did you even think of using the wooden horse as a centerpiece? That is genius! Great centerpiece, great tablescape.

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  63. Love your horse centerpiece...how precious that your children played with it so many years ago. That is something to cherish and they will too. Thanks for sharing and a lovely TT.

    Blessings~
    Tonya

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  64. If you come home and notice the horse is missing....It's NOT at my house...no way! LOL!

    I love it!

    Oh, and I tagged you for an award!

    {{HUGS}}

    Robin :o)

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  65. Hi Marty

    Glad that you did 2 posts in one! I love the rocking horse tablescape - soo whimsical!!! And the wreath on your front door is gorgeous.

    Happy Fall Ya'll!

    Leann

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  66. Wow, that horse really makes a statement. I have a similar one and had never thought to put it ontop of the table. Hum, maybe I will try that for Christmas!

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  67. Gorgeous decorations! I am going back thru trying to catch the doors of welcome that I may have missed this morning! Hope you are having a great day!

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  68. Marty, Your table looks so friendly and welcoming with the green and yellow touches of color. That horse makes such a sweet centerpiece for it. And how nice to know it has such sentimental value. Your door DOES say welcome!
    :-) Sue

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  69. What a great tablescape, I love the horse.

    Blessings,
    Heidi

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  70. I love your horse! What a great centerpiece. I love "unexpected" things like this!

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  71. What a delightful tablescape and beautiful wreath on your door. Ready for Fall!! Stop by. I just opened Cottage Loft Boutique. Hugs, Connie

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  72. That horse is just great on your table. Pretty tablescape. Also your wreath is very nice, a little can be very inviting. Debbie

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  73. What a lovely unique tabletop. That would sure make for some interesting convo that evening. The table is lovely. Thanks for sharing it it with me!

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  74. Oh what a sweet horse -- and I know he contains such sweet memories for you -- your door is so welcoming for fall -- are you still experiencing hot summer like weather?

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  75. Great door of autumn! Love the horse, too. Hugz, Z

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  76. I love this setting Marty .. very country and with my favourite sunflowers .. couldn't get any better!
    Warmest hugs,
    Sandi
    P.S. I'm glad you're enjoying Touring Thursday and thanks for your good wishes for the show.

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  77. Happy Fall! Your tablescape is beautiful, love the checks! Please stop by for a visit soon.
    Michelle

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  78. Howdy Marty, thanks for stopping by and entering my giveaway. Have a wonderful evening.

    Blessings,
    Heidi

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  79. Hi Marty,
    What a lovely and creative tablescape. I love it. The horsey is so cute. You just inspire me to try my very own tablescape. Thank you so much for always delighting us with such wonderful tablescapes. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana

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  80. Marty,m
    this is awesome!

    love the horse,and all the decor with the fall colors and bright sunflowers.

    Thanks for all your visit, and encouraging words.

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  81. Love the horse and I like that the yellow dishes match the sunflowers! Very pretty : )

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  82. Hello Dearheart...

    Just read the sweet note that you left for me on my autumn living room...thanks so much for coming by!!!

    Girlfriend, I have admired this beautiful horse on the top of your cabinets for some time now...what a grand idea to use him for a tablescape! I just love it!!! Love the pretty green and white checked tablecloth and all the beautiful yellow accents of your pretty plates and candles and ohhh...all those beautiful sunflowers! I just love this tablescape...it's so fun...absolutely charming!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  83. Marty - come on over to my post and see what you've won! I'll need your address so I can send it merrily on it's way.

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  84. Hi Marty, this is just toooo adorable for words. How unique. He is certainly a beauty. I love your door wreath.. so warm and inviting. I hope you're having a super w/k.. hugs ~lynne~

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  85. I love that horse! What a perfect theme to center your table around. The yellow and white combination of dishes are so pretty, Marty.
    Brenda

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  86. Marty that horse is fabulous. I can see it used in every holiday decoration.
    By the way if 40 is an antique then there is no hope for me.

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  87. Hi Marty,

    Oh, I just love your tablescape, and your front door! But the little wooden horse is just adorable! And so nice to have a memory of your family incorporated in the design! You do such lovely arranging. Always a pleasure to visit....

    Blessings
    Kitty

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  88. I adore your horse!! Love the sunflowers with it and all the dishes! Had hoped to do a post of sunflowers next week, but not going to make it, wanted to say Thanks for stopping by and I miss all of you while I off blogging for a while. I be off to surgery this week. Happy Fall

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  89. Marty! Thank you so much for your comment on la dolce vita featured post! I truly DO appreciate it.

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  90. Hi Marty :)

    I love that tablescape! The horse as a centerpiece is so fun :)

    Love your door decor too!

    xo,
    rue

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  91. Marty,this is lovely.i would never dream of using a toy as a centerpiece.it is grand.and all your colors are super.
    thank you for standing by me every second of each day.you sure know how to make a gal feel loved.i'm sending a BIG kiss....anniepoo

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