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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.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall in the Desert

In the desert we are just the opposite of most of you weather wise. You have had wonderful summers and a lot of pretty flowers and a chance to enjoy the outdoors. We have been up to 110 or much higher since May, so there are no flowers, a lot of things have died and the yard desperately needs attention. Since it's cooled down now to 99 degrees and the cooler temps are just around the corner, I am really ready to perk up the yard and start enjoying the outdoors.

This is a picture of an area where all of the plants died. I cleared all the dead ones out and am ready to create a place to sit and relax.

This is a little bench that I bought for $10 at a thrift shop a few years ago. A fresh coat of Antique White paint and it looks good as new.

A trip to the nursery for some pretty flowers and trying to figure out an arrangement for some pots.

I think this is going to work. I love the red geraniums and white petunias together. The smaller pot has Cabaret yellow in it and will fill out and drape down the side of the pots.

Adding a couple of pillows that I've had for years and my little garden fairies and this is starting to look inviting.

I've added a couple of pots on the edge of the patio, so I'm at least on my way to getting a few flowers blooming. Still a lot to go.

I can't wait until these all grow and really fill out the pots and drape down the sides.

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

Hugs, Marty

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tablescape & Thrifty Thursday - A Dinner Party

Today is one of my favorite days, I get to play with my dishes. Many thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this wonderful event. Be sure to check out her blog to see her wonderful tablescape and a list of all the others participating.

Today I am also linking up with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday since I am featuring a centerpiece I made using some plastic pumpkins that I transformed with a little spray paint to look like ceramic ones, and china that I found at the Goodwill.

Tomorrow is my DH's Birthday, so I've set the table for a dinner party.

I'm using the floral arrangement that I made with my painted pumpkins as the centerpiece. I've added some gold ribbon loops to give it a little sparkle. To see how I made the pumpkins, check out my previous post.

The light coming in from the window makes the table glow.

The brass candlesticks, the gold chargers and the crystal glisten so pretty with the sun shining through the window.

Each place is set with an embroidered tissue linen placemat and matching napkin. I'm using gold chargers and I've scattered tea lights around for a wonderful evening glow.

The crystal is an assortment that belonged to my Mother and Mother-In-Law. I don't know anything about the patterns ( I bet Bill does), but they are all at least 60 yrs. old.

The china is Formal Garden - by Grace China - Made in Japan and discontinued in 1939. I found it at the GW on one of my very lucky days. I just love it.

As it started to get dark, the candles give the table a wonderful sparkle and glow. I love the look of candlelight glistening off crystal.

Once the family is gathered around the table, that will make it the most special of all.

As a side note, many of you have also asked me where to find cloches. There are a lot available on the Internet, but sometimes the prices are a little high. I posted yesterday about a sale that Wisteria is having ( The have their bell shaped cloche with the pretty bird on top on sale. The small is $13 and the med is 8.5 x 12.5 inches and is $15. Just thought I would let you know if you are interested, check them out.

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