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Monday, October 17, 2011

86th Table Top Tuesday and Giveaway



So good to be home.  We had such a fabulous vacation on Maui and enjoyed some much needed down time and relaxation just being tourists and playing on the beach.    It always amazes me at how much work it is to get settled back in when you get home.  We had an all night flight home arriving in Phx. around 7:30 AM on Friday, so most of the day was a waste for us.  We napped and tried to get our acts together.  Saturday and Sunday has been brying to get things under control.  Grocery shopping is done and the washing and ironing is all done too, so I am now ready to party.  Can't wait to see what you guys have all been up to while I was gone.

When we were getting ready to take our trip to Maui, I had to run to the store to stock up on all those
travel size toiletry items, and since the GW is on the way, of course you always have to stop.  I love it when they have something fun that fits right in with my style.

I'm sure you have all seen these wonderful little Italian/Frenchy chef dishes.  I bought 4 of the salad plates and have so much fun using them.


So, when I saw this really huge pasta bowl I just had to have it.  $4.99 and 25% off for senior day, so $3.74.  How cool is this.


Plus my little Frenchy chef just looks like he jumped right out of the bowl.


Now you know I had to play.  This is the vignette I had in this corner,


Just remove the basket tray, add the bowl and switch a couple of things around and I have a whole new vignette.


My faux donuts in my new cakestand are perfect. (Except every time I see them I want a real one.)


Fruit, pumpkins, gourds, berries and a huge acorn.  Everything stayed, just switched out the tray.


I know, my DH says I am going to wear the counters out washing them and changing the vignettes every 10 minute. lol  Oh well, I'm having fun.

I wanted to bring back something for a giveaway, and when I found these wonderful burlap coffee bags at the plantation, I just had to get one for one of you guys.  To enter the giveaway just click on my Maui post here.



I can't wait to see what all you guys have done while I was gone.  I will try to make all the rounds as soon as I can and catch up.

(Sorry, Mr. Linky was being a pill and didn't work earlier.  So please link up now.)



77 comments:

  1. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your Give-A-Way..I do follow you sweet lady, and also have your button on my sidebar...
    I'am Happy you are home.
    XXOO Diane

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  2. Welcome back, Marty! It sounds like you had a fabulous time. Great photos! Your frenchy chef vignette is so cute and the bowl is a great find.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. Welcome Home! So glad you had a great time.

    I will pop by and link up when the linky is ready. Thanks for hosting!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  4. Welcome home! Love the burlap coffee bag. Hope I get lucky. See you later for the link party.
    ((HUGS)) RITA

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  5. HI Marty, you are too funny! I think it is great that you PLAY all the time!!!! I can't find the link to join the party???? I WANNA PLAY TOO:):):)

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  6. What a cut find, Marty. The plate of chefs looks perfect with your French chef. They were meant to be together.
    I know what you mean. We've been home a week now and I'm still playing catch up. ~ Sarah

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  7. Marty,

    Love these plates and your vignette. i know I have told you before that I so love the beautiful rich color of your counter top and back splash! Stunning!
    Waiting for the link to link up...

    hugs,
    Debbie

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  8. Hello Lady?

    I am so glad that I managed to come over to the US to join your party.

    I saw that you really had a ball in Hawaii. That paradise, will be in the list now.

    I love to join your giveaways and I think I done your requirments.

    Happy TTT to you and million thanks for hosting the funtime.

    x0x0,
    /chie

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  9. Hi Marty! What great treasures you've brought back! Love the french bistro vignette! Very Cute!! I am ready to link up!

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  10. Hi Marty-
    I love your plates and the faux doughnuts (they look too good!)
    Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great time.
    (I don't see a link to join your tabletop party)

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  11. So gla to have ya back , Marty. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday.. Those chef plates are so cute.

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  12. Love your new pasta bowl. It looks perfect in the vignette. Those donuts totally look real.

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  13. How cute...I know those little french chefs put a smile on your face everytime you pass by them! Glad you had a wonderful trip and that you made it back safely too...I loved seeing the pictures :) I'll be linking up when the linky gets up.
    Thanks for hosting :)
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  14. Just catching up after being in Paris, it is fun to be away .. but you are right it's hard to back into the routine of daily life. Your photos from your trip are amazing .. I would love to go there some day.
    Welcome back!! xo HHL

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  15. Oh how cute your chef's bowl is perfect with the the chef you already had. Your vignette is perfect, as usual. It's always so much fun to see how you put it all together. I need some of those faux donuts. It's the only way I can have donuts in the house without gaining weight. Glad you had a relaxing trip, and glad you're safely back home. The coffee bag is so cute and what a fun giveaway. laurie

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  16. Marty, love the new plate. It just perks up your cute vignette. Welcome home.

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  17. Hi Marty, welcome home. I love your vignettes. Its so much fun to tinker with our things and change them around. Those donuts look so real and I adore those little chefs... too cute.

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  18. how beautiful! you always make the most credible vignettes.
    cannot believe those yummy donuts are not real!!

    Karen

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  19. What a cute kitchen vignette! I really studied those donuts before I read they weren't real. I like the pumpkin bouquet.

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  20. Well, Aloha! Glad to see you home. The pasta bowl looks like it's tailor made for your chef. Great find!

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  21. Hi Marty, Your new plates are adorable and perfect in your kitchen. Glad you are back and thank you for hosting.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  22. Cute new plate, Marty! LOve your little chef vignette! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  23. Welcome back from your trip, I do follow you and Like You on Facebook. Really like the chef vignette.

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  24. Cute tablescape! Nice give-away!

    I enjoyed seeing your pictures of your trip to Hawaii. Great place! When we went a few years ago, my luggage was lost and I had to wear the same long pants over and over! :-(

    Katherine

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  25. Hi Marty! So glad to hear that you had a fun and restful time. It is lots of work to get everything back and order when you get home, but it's always great to get back home too. Love the plates!! Thanks for hosting.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  26. Welcome back Marty, although I would not want to leave if I were you!
    Love the little Chefs, although I've always considered them Italian ;)
    Thank you for the lovely link party as always, I finally get to link up, yeahhhh!

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  27. Glad you are home and resettled, over your pneumonia.

    Your vignettes are always pretty -- so keep on inspiring the rest of us.

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  28. Glad to have you back, Marty! How lucky is that to find your matching chefs! I love it when that happens. I think your new arrangement is darling!

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  29. So cute Marty and what a bargain find you got. I was admiring the donuts and thinking how good they looked until I read they were faux. That's probably a good thing ~ I know if they were mine, it'd be too much of a temptation to have real ones around.
    Cindy

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  30. Glad you had a good time on vacation. How could you not in Hawaii?! I'm sure the jet lag was no fun though. Your new chef dishes look cute. I think they're perfect in your kitchen like that.

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  31. I'm so happy your back home asnd caught up with your laundry, that's what waits for us the most after a trip. Now for the great plates, wow, I can't believe the price and they're too cute, love them! Your vignette looks wonderful with the little change and I'm still in love with your new cloche. Thank you darling for thinking about us and thak you for the giveaway chance. I'm forever your follower! Have a terrific week. Hugs, FABBY

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  32. Welcome home, Marty. I love your new platter and bowl. Very Frenchy I love Maui...it's one of the best islands...not too big but plenty to do!!

    Have a great week!

    XO,
    Jane

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  33. I love your new chef plate, looks great on your counter!

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  34. Marty,

    Welcome home! Glad you had a great vacation. I really like your pizza man bowl! So cute and it just goes with your little man!

    Have a great week.

    Kathy

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  35. Your frenchy chef & plate are too cool! Love your new vignette! :)

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  36. I linked a post -- but so far it isn't showing up. Linky thing tells me that it is in there. Just thought you might like to know.

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  37. How cute Marty! Thanks for hosting!
    Sherry

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  38. Welcome home Marty! The little french chef vignette is so cute! I love those plates. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week.

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  39. Beautiful vignette, Marty. I can't believe you got the pasta bowl at that price. It looks wonderful and so nice that you already have the matching plates...Christine

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  40. Marty, what a fabulous vignette. I love the chef plate and Mr. Chef himself, too cute! Thanks for hosting! XO ~Liz

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  41. What a cute plate Marty and it goes perfectly with your little wine guy! That whole corner vignette looks so pretty! Martina

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  42. I love the chef plate! I have never seen that one before...too cute. It's a perfect compliment to your vignette.

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  43. Hey Marty,
    Good buy on the platter and I love the new look!
    It's a amazing how many times you can come up with new looks!
    Hugs friend,
    Cindy

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  44. This looks wonderful..
    So glad you had a good time..isn't it great to get back home, tho.:)
    Thanks so much for hosting.

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  45. Glad you had a good time. I just love that corner of your kitchen. You always come up with the most darling vignettes.

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  46. Hi, Marty. Your vaca pix are fabulous! I'm glad you had a great time. I love these plates, especailly the price! What a buy!

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  47. Love your new cake stand! Looks great with the faux donuts too. Glad that you had a great time!!

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  48. Marty, it sounds like you had a fabulous time. These plates and your vignette looks great, These are beautiful rich color of your counter top and back splash! That burlap coffee bag is so beautiful.

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  49. The plates are adorable & so is the vignette. You find the best things at GW.
    :) CAS

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  50. Hello Marty.. Hope you are having a lovely week.. I've linked in today.. after such a long long time.. :-)

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  51. Hello Marty.. Hope you are having a lovely week.. I've linked in today.. after such a long long time.. :-)

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  52. Fabulous... Love your fall vignettes. And I am also in love with your style of writing.

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  53. Sounds as if you had a great trip, what a wonderful part of the world to visit.
    The pasta bowl is fab and your French waiter is just like a Christmas tree ornament that I found in Hilton Head last year, I think he's so cute!
    If your giveaway is open to non US bloggers I'd love to be included.
    Many thanks for hosting TTT.

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  54. Marty that is so cute! You are quite in line with decor trends my dear. We have several pieces of the little frenchy chef available at the store. I do believe he is making a comeback once again! I absolutely love your faux donuts! I really would love some of those and they would make me very hungry for donuts too! So cute!

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  55. Hi Marty~ Welcome home, glad your trip was relaxing:) Love your new platter~ what a find!

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  56. What a lovely vacation and gift from your children. Thanks for sharing your pics and thanks for the giveaway.

    Roxanna

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  57. Marty, your vignettes always look wonderful. I loved your photos from your vacation! Can I go next time? Thanks for hosting and I'm glad I finally had a table top to share!
    Debbie

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  58. Love the pasta bowl and it goes so well with the plates and your chef.

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  59. We missed your vignettes, Marty (and, you, too, of course)! I love your Fall vignette ... you alwasy know how to mix unexpected elements together to create such gorgeous eye candy! *Becca*

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  60. Marty, I love, love, love your chef plates!
    The vignette is so pretty!
    Thank you for sharing. You just gave me some great inspiration.

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  61. WOWSA ms. marty!! the "cheffy" plate is so cute used along with your little man!!!
    This arrangement made me smile first thing this morning!
    blessings,
    rebecca

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  62. Marty
    so glad you had such a great trip. I am back from my trip also ans as always enjoyed Savannah Georgia but how I hope to go to maui someday
    your little chef guys are so cute and as always jealous of your great GW store

    thanks for the party

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  63. Did you notice a dough nut was missing? You didn't. Good!! :) It does take a few days to recupe from a vacation doesn't it? Thanks for letting me be a part of Table Top party. And thank you for hosting Marty. xo Lynn

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  64. Hi Marty, your new plate is PERFECT in the kitchen counter vignette! And what a bargain too. I'm so glad I started following you!

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  65. Thanks so much for sharing this & for hosting this Tabel Top event.

    Jan @ BellaCasa

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  66. Hi Marty,
    Welcome back, and hope you had a simple marvelous time in Hawaii.
    Can't wait to hear all about it, hope I haven't missed any post already,
    if I have will you let me know.
    what Island did you go to...I think you said but not sure, we went to Kauai about 20 years ago, and it was wonderful. A lil bit of heaven on earth, hubby and I said let's just send for the kids and not go home!! lol

    Love your lil bistro guy and that bowl is just adorable and goes perfectly. Very cute vignette!

    Thanks for hosting as always hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  67. I love the plates w/ the happy little Italian cooks..I have a few styles like that and always get a chuckle.

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  68. Hi Marty,
    What a fabulous vacation...I would love to got there someday. Looks like you and hubby has a blast. Pictures are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for hosting.
    Marianne :)

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  69. Hi Marty, I know you had such a good time. Your repeating chefs are too cute. Thanks for hosting. hugs♥O

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  70. Hi Marty,
    So glad you are back, and had such a great time.
    Fabulous find at the GW, he's a perfect match. Thanks for hosting!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  71. Thanks for hosting, Marty! I love your new dish. I saw a few of these guys today at Hobby Lobby and thought of you.

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  72. Your pasta bowl is adorable and is perfect with your little chef and the vignette. Too cute, but where's the pasta? :)

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  73. OOOPS! i accidentally named my post "bianca martino" what a dummy!

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  74. Thanks for hosting!

    - The Tablescaper

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  75. Love your french vignette!I am a follower and have your button on my sidebar. Thanks for hosting, JoAnn

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  76. Hi there! I know you guys had a blast on your vacation.
    Love your French chef plates.
    Rhonda

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