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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Draping Fabric for Fall Decor

I love fabric and using it to create a mood or season is so easy to do and really enhances all of your decor.  Look through your scarfs and shawls or create a few table toppers that you can use in unusual ways to add some fall color and do some soft scaping to enhance your displays.  Here I have used a shawl to add a little interest and drama to this vignette.

A table topper square scrunched on the coffee table adds a ton of interest and color.

A table runner achieves the same effect. 

Mandy @ Wise Designs and Inspiration uses a shaw on her buffet to add color and interest to her vignette. So much prettier than just bare wood and more interesting than a straight tablerunner.

You have all seen that I use table squares on my dining table all the time.

Here I've used one of my favorite shawls and created a totally different look.

Same shawl and a scarf laying on an ottoman for added color and pattern.

Two different scarfs for a totally different look.

A peek at a tabletop that I am working on, again usuing a scarf.

Look through your stash of fabric, your old scarfs, shawls or whatever you have and see how you can add a little fall color or change things up with a little soft scaping in your own home.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Meet Some New Bloggers

Every week when we have our Table Top Tuesday parties, there are always a few newby bloggers that join us and it is always such fun to meet them and see all of their wonderful vignettes and creations.  I thought it would be fun for you to meet a few from this week. Stop by and say hello and welcome these lovely ladies.

Sue from Pretty Victorian Delights shared this beautiful vignette in her kitchen.

Linda @ White Weathered Hutch painted this gorgeous bee pillow.  Perfect for her bedroom.

Kellie from The Inspired Collection loves to decorate with apothecary jars and she has some great inspiration.

Mandy from Wise Designs and Inspiration redid her diningroom and it is gorgeous.

This is her living room.  You have to see this too.  She has wonderful taste and beautiful design inspiration.

Kathe With An E creates some wonderful beach decor and did an amazing tablescape you won't want to miss.

Let's welcome them to blogland.  Stop by and give them a big "hello".

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Easy Almond Chicken and Rice

When it's just toooooo hot to cook, or you're really in a hurry, this is my go to dish.  Fabulous almond chicken/brocolli/rice pilaf.

Start with a package of Rice Pilaf and cook as directed except reduce water to 1 3/4 cups and add 2 cubed bonesless-skinned chicken breast.

 While this is simmering in the skillet steam some frozen broccoli, making sure to not overcook.

 Rice Pilaf and chicken simmering for the recommended time of 17 to 25 min.  Keep covered while cooking.

When the Rice Pilaf is done, stir in the broccoli, a couple of dashes of soy sauce (to taste) and a handfull of slivered almonds.

Serve and enjoy.  Super easy and super fast for all those hot or busy days.

I am joining Foodie Friday @ Designs by Gollum

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

End Of Summer Sales - Fantastic Buys

I have been itching to shop for our trip to Hawaii in October, but the closest mall is about 20 miles away and all we have in our area is Walmart, Target and Kohl's, so I ran into Kohl's to see if I could find anything and I think I made out like a bandit.  I am planning on most of my wardrobe to be capri's, tees and one dressy outfit.  I have a really cute long floral skirt that will be fun too for a night out that isn't too dressy.

I found a ton of things and I think I got fantastic bargains.  All of their summer clothes are on sale at 70% and 80% off.  

Cute kahki capris with drawstrings at the legs and great side leg pockets.  Perfect for my camera.

 Another kahki cargo type pant that rolls up for shorts.

 Heavy weight (so you can't see through it) crinkle cotton pull on capris.  Perfect to throw on over a bathing suit, and they have really cute hip pockets.

 Can you believe these prices. 

 Denim pull on capris.  So comfy and great for a whole day of sightseeing. Cute topstitching on the legs and on the cute hip pockets.  I like hip pockets, I think they help camouflage the behind.

 At this price if they had another pair in my size I would have bought them all.  Too bad I can't wear a size 6 or 8, they had tons.  Do you think I can shrink from a 12 to an 8 in a few weeks.? lol

 A cute knit tee and capri set.  Black and white, so totally versatile and could look a little dressy.  I have a cute pair of black sandels with beads, so this could take me to dinner.

 I like the neckline and the embroidery is pretty.

 Cute embroidery on the bottom of the pants too.

A great pair of sandels.  I have already been wearing them, they are so comfy.

Ok, are you ready.  All of this for $58.91.  Fantastic.  So if you need some summer clothes to finish the season and for next year, head to Kohl's.  They had some really cute stuff on the sale racks.  Also since we are in the 70's and 80's all fall and winter, I can wear these all year long.  I am thrilled with my bargains.

Now all I need is a pair of flip-flops and a couple of tank tops and I am all set.  Next, I better find DH some new shorts.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wall Collage

Last week I showed you two gorgeous dog paintings that I found at a garage sale.  I just needed frames for them and to figure out a place to hang them.  As you have all seen, my house is tons of windows and NO walls.  I have to quit finding art, I am totally out of walls.

When I decided to hang this mirror on the FR wall, I put a floral wall pocket on one side and a corbel and mirror on the other.  This room is small, so I need to keep the wall space clean and simple. 

I finally found two frames that I loved at Home Goods and decided to replace the corbel/mirror with the two pictures.  I like it.  Super sunny when I took the pic, so the lamps barely show, but they are there.

I changed out the dark hydrangea in the pocket with an orange hydrangea and added a couple more feathers to balance the pictures.

  Love these wonderful Spaniel paintings.

I deliberately chose two different frames so they would look like I collected them over time.  I looked everywhere and finally found these frames at Home Goods.  $9.99 each.  Great find.

Before -

After - I like it so much better than the corbel, and the added color to the wall is great.

                         I am definitely out of wall space, so I absolutely can't buy any more art.

I am joining the following parties:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
On Sutton Place for Open House Thursday
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville
                                         Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
                                     Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
                                                Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
                                                  Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous
                                          Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
                                                  Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
                                                  Potpourri Friday @ 2805

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

79th Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 79th Table Top Tuesday.  I can't wait to see what all you have been up to and all of your fabulous vignettes.

Now, I really don't have anything this week.  With company out of state, filling in working for a friend that had surgery and jury duty, life has been more than crazy, so I hope you won't kick me out of the party.  I promise to do better in the future.

Last week I showed you tons of inspiration I found for using family photos in your vignettes, so naturally I am on a mission to add a few.  I found this ceramic frame at GW for $3.  Great piece, it looks like ivory.  Perfect to add to a vignette for a little family interest.

                              The color of the frame looks great with the rooster lamp.

Super simple, but adds a little family to my end table.

I had a few minutes to run into Hobby Lobby to look for frames for my new dog paintings, and of course I also found a couple of other things.   Well, there were these two little frames that I thought were just perfect  to add to my collection. $ 2.50 each after the 50% off.  So for now they found a home here.

Ok, so I don't have any great new vignettes, however I am working on it.  I really would like a whole family picture vignette.  I just have to find a place that will work.  Stay tuned.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to link up below, we all want to see everything.