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Monday, July 25, 2011

74th Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 74th Table Top Tuesday.  We had such fun last week at the "Summe  Cloche Party", if  you missed any of the links, you really need to go back and try to see them all.  I am totally in awe of such inspiration.


It has been way too hot to go out, and then on top of the heat, our A/C went out.  So after a bazillion dollars and a day and half without it, we are back up and running.  Praise the Lord!!!!!  While waiting for the A/C to get repaired, I made a trip to GW.  At least it was cool there and even the car was a blessing.

I found this really cute, aged cherub pillar candleholder, although I thought it looked better for now with some ivy.


 I just taped a piece of floral foam in the candle part and then inserted the ivy.


 The little cherubs are playing musical instruments.  There are three cherubs and they have three different instruments.  For $3.99 I thought it was a fun piece.


 A couple of marble orbs and a glass egg create a very simple vignette.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.  Now link up all your creations, we all want to see.






Sunday, July 24, 2011

Geeeeessss! What Has Taken Me So Long

Everytime I start to do a vignette, I notice the white plugs and switches on the chocolate brown walls of my kitchen, then I forget about it again.  Isn't it weird how you can get so use to seeing something that you don't notice how really bad it looks.  I just kept thinking, I really need to change those, but I never did.



See, they are all the way around the kitchen and they just stick out like a sore thumb.  Now I know you all must have noticed them too and you were just too polite to tell me to get a grip and change them.


Finally when I was cleaning over the weekend, it got to me and so off to Lowe's to get some new ones.  My choices were white, cream, black, brown or oil rubbed bronze.  The oil rubbed bronze looked sort of gray against my walls, and the brown is darker, but definitely the best choice.  You can see where I tried to paint one of the switch plates.  I soon discovered this wasn't going to work at all.  So the brown was the best option.



I know that you still see the plugs, but it is so much better don't you think. 


I'm a happy camper with the results.  Now to cook a great dinner for my DH.  He was so good to make all the changes for me.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Simplifying


I love having a really fun vignette on the breakfast table to look at, however since we use this table to eat on every day, moving everything to set the table is always a chore. 

I've had this gorgeous tureen sitting on top of the fridge for such a long time, and decided it was time to not only simplify the table, but I love looking at the tureen, so now that is going to be the centerpiece for a while.


This piece is so beautiful with the most gorgeous fruit and flowers and all of the details are stunning.  It is also really huge.


Every side has different fruit and flowers.








Even the tray handles are gorgeous leaves and strawberries.


Nice and simple and I now have room for our placemats and not have to move anything or try to talk over something that is too tall.  Besides, I really think it is pretty.

Hope you are all having a great weekend.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Pennsylvania Dutch Carved Rooster


Are you like me and anything on top of the cabinets just seem to stay there forever.  Today while I was cleaning, it suddenly dawned on me that I really wanted to bring my Pennsylvania Dutch Wood carved rooster down and enjoy him.  He is a very special treasure.  I had a precious friend that lived in Fredericksburg, Texas and on one of my trips to visit, I found this in an Antique store there in l979.  I absolutely love this piece, so down it came and a few other things took it's place.


 This is where it's been since we moved in.


 I moved a few things around and then added the spotted rooster and hen, along with the scale and cloche.





 Now I can enjoy him up close and personal.


 Isn't he spectacular.





The patina on the wood is so pretty.  What a nice change. 

How often do you change the things on top of your cabinets?


And The Winners Are - -- - -

Lady M Cloche Party Giveaway

We had so many links to the "Summer Cloche Party".  I have had a ball looking at all of them.  Thank you all so much for joining in the fun.   I sincerely want to thank Chie at CHUBBY AND CHIEQUE for having such a fabulous giveaway for everyone that joined the party.  I do hope you will all visit her, she lives in Sweden and such a very special and precious lady.  All of the gifts will come from there.

OK, on with the winners.

Lady M Cloche Party Giveaway
The winner of the Cloches and Teaspoons is - - - - - Fabby @ Fabbys Living




The winner of the Silver Toothpick Holder is - - - - Poppy @ With A Dash Of Color

The winner of the Wineglass Charms is - - - - - Mercy @ A Quest For Creating

Congratulations to the winners.  If you don't know these ladies, please visit their blogs, you will love them.

Please email me your address @ astrollthrulife@live.com and I will forward it to Chie so she can mail your gift.

Thank you all again for such a great party, and a special thanks to the wonderful Chie.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Finding Just The Right Frame




I showed you this pretty sheep picture last week.  It's the one that I had copied onto canvas.  I am so pleased how it turned out, so I've been looking for the perfect frame, and I found one that I love.


 It is very thick, wide and really worm eaten burl wood.  I think it is perfect.  I searched several places and finally found this at Hobby Lobby. 


You may know this, however I didn't.  If you buy a frame from them their custom framing department will frame your picture for free.  They do such a professional job, including the dust cover, hanger and wire, plus they even add the little bumpers to the bottom of the frame.  I am not paid by HL, but boy was I impressed.



I decided to hang it on this sliver of wall between the kitchen and familyroom.  You can also see it from the front door, so it really becomes a focal point.



I put a couple of brown transferware plates above to finish off the space.


                                    See how substantial the frame is.  I think it was a fabulous find.


The wood has such wonderful patina.


I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Don't forget, today is the last day to sign up for the Cloche giveaway.  Just click on the pic on my sidebar to go to Chubby And Chieque and leave a comment so you are entered in the drawing.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

I always look forward to your visits.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cloche Party Giveaway Ends Thursday


Just a reminder that your last chance to sign up for the "Summer Cloche Party" giveaway will end tomorrow.  Be sure to sign up at Chubby And Chieque to enter.  She is graciously offering this beautiful set of mini cloches and beautiful little teapot spoons, plus she is also giving away two other surprise gifts.  Just go to her blog and leave a comment for one entry, then follow her for a second entry.  Such lovely gifts that I know you will be thrilled to win.



Thank you all that have linked up to the party.  We have had so many wonderful entries, if you've missed any of them, you really need to go see as many as possible.  I am totally amazed at how creative and talented all of you ladies are.  Stunning inspiration.  A couple have said that the 5th column is partially cut off, however when they put the post up on full screen they could see it all.  I hope anyone isn't having a problem.  I will make the next party only 4 columns, so hopefully we won't have anymore problems.

Monday, July 18, 2011

SUMMER CLOCHE PARTY - YEA-LET'S PARTY

Yip-Skip!!!!  It's finally here, our SUMMER CLOCHE PARTY.  I can't wait to see what all you guys have created.  I am so excited.

I've had fun for the last couple of weeks playing with my cloches, but of course I have a couple more to show you.  Time to play with my cute chicken wire cloche.


An eggstand filled with some cute faux eggs is just the perfect thing for the chicken wire.  Got to keep those eggs safe.


I absolutely love this little sign.  It's part of the giveaway that I won from "Pretty Is". 


A fun vignette for this corner of the cabinet and it ties in well with my pig napkin holder.


I thought it would be fun to use the natural colored grainsack runner that I made, so I created a different vignette on the breakfast table.


 Gotta' keep those donuts and goodies from getting stale, so what better way than a cloche.  (The banana is to remind me to eat fruit and not donuts.)


 Of course a rooster and some wheat are always perfect together.  Since I love sunflowers, of course I added one of those too.


 Now to make a cup of coffee and maybe find a book to sit and read for a minute.





Don't forget that our wonderful Chie @ CHUBBY AND CHIEQUE is offering this fabulous set of cloches and teaspoons as a giveaway for the Cloche Party.  Just click here and go leave a comment to have a chance to win.  If you become a follower, you will get two chances, and you will love her and want to follow anyway.  She also has a surprise second gift for someone.  So go enter.

Ok, let the party begin and I can't wait to see everything.




 
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