Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Step by Step to Decorating with Cloches

Sometimes you have to try a lot of different things to get the look that you want.  I have a bunch of cloches and some wonderful Marble and Fabrege eggs that I want to use in a display for Easter on the dining room buffet.

First up I got out my Mr and Mrs Bunny and then arranged my eggs under a variety of cloches and on several different pedestals.  This just didn't do what I wanted, so - - - - - - -

 I removed the bunny's and added back the silver pitcher with feathers that I had.  That didn't do it either.

Next I added another cloche with one of my lovely southern belles.  Since I have two on corbels on each side of the picture in the dining room, I thought maybe this would work and tie things together.

Isn't she lovely and such a pretty cloche.

 I really like this southern belle too.  However, this cloche arrangement just isn't what I want either.

 Ok, so I removed the table runner, used a gold charger and a Fabrege egg plate on the stand and placed the eggs in different arrangements under the cloches.

 I also added a ginger jar with a feather arrangement for some additional texture and interest.

 Three brown marble eggs under this cloche.

 This cloche is so special to me.  The cloche and dish were made by my friend Mary Ellen at
Mary's Meanderings and given to me as a gift when I first met her 2 yrs. ago.  It always takes center stage in any of my displays.

One of my Fabrege eggs.

Another Fabrege egg.

It still looked like something was missing and then I remembered my Bunny picture.

Now I like it.  The picture was the finishing touch.

Love this frame and the bunnies are just way toooooooooo cute.

Sometimes you just have to play with a lot of different things before you find something that you like and works for you.  

Don't forget this wonderful Egg-xellent Spring Party.  I will be leading things off with a "Cloche Party" on 3/13.  So get those cloches all dressed up and let's party.

Also, don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple $50 Gift Certificate giveaway.  Click on pic on my sidebar.

I am linking to the following parties:

Alison at The Polohouse for Visions of Vignettes
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday 
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party 
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Living Room Changes

I thought it was time to redo the coffee table vignette and give the room a little bit of a new fresh look.  Since I just found that fabulous swan that I showed you last week, of course it had to be part of the new display.

 I also wanted to keep the arrangement light and simple.

 I pulled in the two hurricanes for some height and I love the white candles and berries that are nestled in some coffee beans.  White and dark which matches the room decor.

 A few decorator books balances the other side of the table.

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

I am linking to the following parties:

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party

Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Aimee at It's Overflowing for Overflowing With Creativity
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Monday, February 27, 2012

105th Table Top Tuesday

Last week we had so many wonderful links with such great vignettes.  I was also thrilled to see that we had quite a few New Bloggers join the party.  So, I thought I would feature them today.  Be sure and go by and say hello and welcome them to blogland.  For all you new bloggers, please turn off WORD VERIFICATION on your blogs, it is not necessary and is almost impossible to figure out the letters.  You will definitely see your blogs grow if you turn it off and people can comment on your hard work.

Lucy at Lucy's Lampshade created a wonderful vignette with this pitcher and several more treasures that she found on a super thriftying day.

Tiffany Interiors shared her beautiful bedroom.  Stunning.

Rooted In Thyme has this really cute display with her cake banner on her chalkboard and the fabulous rolling pin display

Thyme For Home shows us how to use these gorgeous glass dishes to grow our bulbs in.  How fun is that.

Decorating, Dining & Drinking thru Durham tells the cutest story about her first pencil box, however, you really need to see what she's using for her new one.  Cute, cute, cute

She also shares her beautiful living room.

Kim at The Root Cellar created these really cute lollipop invitations to a 1st birthday party.

A Walk In The Countryside has such a beautiful Mardi Gras tablescape.

SKLongImages is ready for Mardi Gras also with a stunning tablescape.

Are We There Yet shares the reveal of her fabulous bathroom remodel.  You have to see the before, unreal.

I love it when we have new bloggers join in the fun and link up to the party.  All of these ladies have so much to inspire us, so I hope you will make a special effort to go by and say hello.

Also, don't forget to enter my SHABBY APPLE $50 gift certificate giveaway.  Just click on the link here to enter.  Good luck.

Don't forget that in two weeks our Egg-xellent Spring Party starts.  I will kick it off on March 13th with a Spring-Easter Cloche Party.  Shirley, Barb and Michael follow with a new party each week.  So get all of your posts ready, you don't want to miss the parties.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Let's Have A Giveaway

I know you have seen several giveaways around blogland for SHABBY APPLE, and how much we all love their products, so I was thrilled when they contacted me to host one of their giveaways.

They have so many great styles and products to choose from, and they are offering the winner a $50 gift certificate.  On top of that they are also offering a 10% discount to anyone who makes a purchase for the next month.  To redeem the 10% discount, just enter the code-astrollthrulife10off.

To enter for a chance to win, just go to SHABBY APPLE and tell me what you like.  While you are there be sure to like them on facebook for a second entry.  That's it.

The winner will be selected by random number drawing on March 23rd.  Good Luck.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Wardrobe - I'm All Done Now

With all the spring cleaning that I've been doing, I decided to stop and try to do something about my wardrobe.  I needed a few more things to carry me over while I am losing this extra 12 lbs, (it just doesn't seem to be going anywhere. - geezzz).  Anyway, I went through the closet and got rid of some things that had seen better days and decided what I needed to carry me through this next spring and summer.

I've been on a roll with buying some play and casual clothes that I showed you here and here.  However, after purging things I realized that I really needed a couple of things that would carry me out to dinner and to church.  I made a trip to the mall and stopped in at Nordstroms since they were having some drastic sales in the hopes I could find a couple of bargains.

  I found this really pretty polka-dot silk blouse.  I love polka-dots, so fun.  Marked down from $99 to $39.

I had already bought some new black slacks and a new pair of jeans, so some cream lined silk pants that I found on  the clearance rack marked down from $149 to $59 were the perfect addition.

I also found this cream pair of slacks.  Love the style, so cute on.  They were marked down from $129 to $49.  These three pieces will be perfect for several years and if I ever lose this weight, I can have them tailored since they are good pieces.

I had to make a stop in Target and I never remember to look at their clothes, however I took a walk through and found some really cute things.  Love this knit top, it will be so easy to dress up for a night out, or for church.  It was $9 on sale.

I found this draped neck one also, it was only $7 on sale.  These are nicer looking knit fabric and if I take them to the cleaners, they will look good for several seasons.

This little peasant blouse will be so fun for summer and casual wear, and when you find something that looks really cute, I usually buy multiple colors if I can.

So, I bought this print one too.  How fun are they.  They were on sale for $15 each.

Ok, so I am done now.  Closet purged and new clothes pressed and in place.  I am all set.  I love it when I can just look in the closet and immediately see outfits that I know fit and will work for multiple occasions.  I don't think you have to have a ton of clothes, just pieces that you like, are comfortable and can mix and match to make several different outfits.  I also like to have a couple that can be dressed up if need be for that special occasion.

So have you been Spring cleaning the house and your wardrobe?