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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - Weekend Breakfast

Yeah, today is Tablescape Thursday and we all get to play with our dishes. Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch is our gracious hostess. Be sure to visit her blog to see what a beautiful tablescape she always has to show us and to find a list of all the wonderful participants.

I am out of new dishes, and I am now into recycling some of the ones I already have for a tablescape. I can't possibly store one more candle, much less another dish. lol This tablescape is done with things you have seen many times before. For the centerpiece I am using my gorgeous Rooster Cloche that my son gave me with some fall decorations inside. The candlesticks came from the Dollar Tree and the tablecloth is from GW.

The pumpkin inside the cloche came from the Dollar Tree also. I just added a few feathers and some greenery.

I'm using two extra leaf bowls to hold candles, and also using the pretty leaf salt and pepper holders. They all have such lovely fall colors.

Each place setting is set with a rattan placemat, Pfaltzgraph Village plate, white leaf dish I found at Marshalls, and another pretty leaf bowl that came from Walmart.

The juice cup and mug are part of my Pfaltzgraph Village set. These are my everyday dishes, and I have used them for many, many years. Still love them.

The napkins are a recent find from the GW, and each one is held with a different farm animal napkin ring. I love this chubby little pig.

Isn't the rooster just too cute.

Such a cute little rabbit.

And I also love this precious little duck.

One final look at the entire tablescape.

Please don't forget that we are having an Az. Blogger lunch on the 30th of October. If you havn't notified me yet, please click the button on my sidebar for all the information. I would love to see and meet you all, so I really hope you will try to come.

Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Met Monday - New Rug

Today is Metamorphosis Monday, and thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this fun event. Be sure to visit her to see what kind of projects she's been working on and a list of all the other participants.

When we moved in I had a rug that was in the Den of our old house and it fit perfectly in the breakfast room of this house. It had a lot of blue in it, but it went well with the sofa in the adjoining familyroom.

Then I made some new pillows for the Living Room and moved the rug into there since I was using a lot of blue and white toile. I like it for a change.

The breakfast room looks a little bare, but I do love the tile, so I didn't mind not having a rug.

Then I was at my favorite store that carries a lot of fabric and rug closeouts and saw this pretty rug. It has tones of gold, peachy rust and beige. Perfect colors for my home.

The price also really caught my eye.

Their regular closeout price was $199 and now it was on final closeout for $50. I just couldn't pass it up for that price.

Works perfect in the breakfast room.

The colors are just gorgeous. Very soft and subtle, and just perfect for all of my furniture and accessories.

The background is very tonal with the carpet in the familyroom, and it will be perfect for the living room when I put the peachy rust pillows back in there for winter. I am just thrilled with my new rug.

We are also having another Az. Bloggers lunch on the 30th Of October. Click the button on my sidebar to find out all the details. I sincerely hope all of the Az. bloggers will attend. I would love to meet you all.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Calling All Az. Bloggers for a Lunch Get-together

This is a picture of all the wonderful Az. Bloggers that made it to the last lunch. I would love to have even more make it for the next one that will be on Oct. 30th.
Cindy of Applestone Cottage will be here from Wisconsin and this gives us all a chance to meet her and to meet each other.

In the picture above back row from left to right is me, Charlotte - At Home In Scottsdale, Debbie - Heart Choices, Mary - Pile of Smiles, Michelle - Beelive You Can, in front from left is Donetta - A Life Uncommon, and Sherry - Country Wings in Phoenix.

Lunch is planned for Oct. 30th at Gooseberries Tea Room at 7th St. and Thunderbird on October 30th. We will meet at 11:00 AM. This is a wonderful little Tea Room if you havn't been there. We will need to know if you plan to attend so we can make a reservation, and you will need to place your lunch order in advance. You can select your menu from their web site Gooseberries Tea Room I will need to know so I can place all the orders when I make the reservation.

I really hope ALL of you will do your best to attend. It is always so fun to meet fellow bloggers and really get to know them. The plan is for everyone to bring a homemade gift or small fall decoration, then we will draw numbers and everyone will get a gift to remember the occasion.

You can contact me at, or at I look so forward to meeting all of you in person.

Hugs, Marty

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tablescape Thurs. & It's Fall Y'all

Today I am joining two wonderful events. The first is Tablescape Thursday where we get to play with our dishes. Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for again hosting this fun event. Be sure to visit her and see her gorgeous tablescape that she always does and a list of all the other participants.

Tonight is one of those rare nights when I will be home alone and I thought I would really pamper myself. I have a new book that I want to really enjoy, so I set the table special just for me. I'm going to have Chicken Salad and a huge buttery Croissant from the Paradise Bakery and just indulge.

I've draped an Afghan across the table and added a few of the Dollar Tree pumpkins that I have around the table.

The floral arrangement is faux, but I love the colors and it looks like fall.

The candle has a yummy apple scent, so that will go good with the Chicken Salad. It also seems to make the table a little special.

My new book. I can hardly wait to just bury myself in it and see what wonderful inspiration I can find.

I love Brown Transferware and would love to have a collection. They seem really hard to find at a reasonable price. I only have two of these salad plates. There is no pattern name on the back, just a shield with crown and made in China. The white dinner plate is Gibson Claremont and I'm using one of my gold chargers.

I found these really cute leaf plates at Marshalls. They just say Leaf Plate-Made in China. I love the veins you can see in them and their pretty shape.

I'm using one of the pretty monogrammed "M" napkins that I found at the GW. I also found matching placemats. I think they are so pretty.

A view of the entire placesetting. This will be a great place to just sit, relax and enjoy dinner and my new book.

Today I am also joining Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality for her It's Fall Y'all party. This is where we show off our fall decorations. Mine are very small. I've mostly been working on the outside getting flowers and things ready for fall, however, I did do a small vignette on the Dining Room Table.

I'm using the same fall floral arrangement I used in the tablescape and have added a small cloche with a gourd and pumpkin, a book stand easle with the Bible on it and an assortment of ceramic pumpkins and gourds that I have.

I've opened the Bible to Psalm 100 - The Psalm of Thanksgiving. This is the season to be thankful for all of our blessing this year and to thank the Lord for the blessings to come.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits. I also wanted to remind you to stop by and see Sandi @ Bearly Sane to enter her fabulous GIVEAWAY!! She has some beautiful gifts and if you havn't met her you will want to even without a giveaway.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Met. Monday - Redoing a Bench

Thanks again to the wonderful Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this wonderful event. I always look so forward to seeing what everyone has been up to. Be sure to visit her blog to see what she and all the others have been doing.

I have been so excited that we will soon have cooler weather and really in the mood to get the patio and back yard all fixed up, and then you have a bump in the road. Well a crack in the cement actually. All of a sudden a crack and water bubbling up from the patio area near a sprinkler. DH took the sledge hammer and chipped away the concrete to find a broken pipe. Ok, so on to the repairs and then chip out the rest of the section and repour concrete. We really hadn't planned on this, but oh well, could have been worse. Only problem is it was 105 the day he was chipping out the concrete. Not a good thing.

When all of this work was done, this is the way the patio table looked. I think he was too tired to clean up anything else. Bless his heart, I don't blame him.

With that little chore taken care of. I was ready to get all the patio furniture cleaned up and redone. This is a bench that my parents made for me. It is a copy of an Antique Bonnet Bench that I had seen and was soooooo expensive. They copied it to the letter and surprised me with it in 1976. Precious gift. A good washing, sanding and then a new coat of Spar Varnish and it will be good as new again.

This is a view of the patio table and chairs all scrubbed and the cushions all washed and ready to use. I love Sunbrella fabric. You can take the hose and wash all the dust off and it dries and looks brand new.

This is the cute little Rooster planter I found at GW this week for $3. All I had right now was a few Dollar Tree flowers, but a trip to the nursery and a pretty Geranium will look gorgeous in it. The rooster is sitting on 4 wicker placemats that I taped together with sheetrock patching tape that has held up for about 6 yrs. It can also be hosed off, so much easier than a tablecloth.

Here is my wonderful little bench all varnished and ready to be enjoyed. I have some of the same fabric cushions on it that I have on the yard bench. It kind of ties the two area together.

I really enjoy the bench on this wall of the patio. It gives us another place to sit and the grandchildren always like to sit on it.

The patio is all scrumbed and cleaned, just a few more pots with plants and some wall decorations and we will be all set for the cooler weather. I can hardly wait.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits and hope you will come again soon.