Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Soft September Morning up North

Top of the week everybody! 

I was busy this weekend with a trip to Grand Rapids to see our daughter.  She had surgery about 10 days ago for female related issues and has been resting up.  We visited a bit, went out for dinner and then returned home. That's a 180 miles each way!

So we've made the transition from August to September this weekend!
For us up north here it's still summery outdoors, but we can sense a change in the climate.  Our nights are cooler and there's a dew on the deck every morning.  My Limelight Hydrangeas are blooming like crazy.  I tiptoed outside early this morning to cut a bunch.  I love these because they start out with a very light lime color and work their way to a soft white as they mature.

This is one of the easiest Hydrangeas to grow.  They never disappoint me!

 I cut them from just off the back deck area.  I snapped this late in the evening with my cell phone a few days ago.  

There was a wonderful dappling of the sun on the table so I put together a quick vignette.   I didn't have much time to create it since the sun doesn't stay very long I had to hustle!

On a recent trip to Petoskey I spotted this little appetizer plate at the neatest little boutique decorating shop.  At first I thought it was a flying pig....LOL..

Upon closer inspection and with my glasses on - he's actually marked for butchering!
This is by "Vagabond Vintage"

A soft easy going September morning.

 I do love September up north.

I'm joining

Between Naps on the Porch for
Metamorphosis Monday

A Stroll Thru Life for
Inspire Me Tuesday

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Friday, August 29, 2014

This Week's Ramblings #10

Another fast week has gone by!  
Seems like August blew through like a fast wind!

I started this week with a post about a little decorating I did on the fireplace mantel which I called Mantel Madness!  Please check it out "here".

I had some fun putting together a Tablescape this week you can see "here".
I want to thank everyone for so many nice comments- it boosts my morale a lot.  I was surprised how many people have either lived in or visited Michigan and had special memories from them!

 A quick snapshot of the flowers from my tablescape.   The white hydrangeas already shriveled up so I had to toss them.  The last of the perennials for the summer!

I saw this barn on a little road trip and had to take a picture.
I love red barns and the color of this one attracted me.  It's almost burgundy.  I'd love to paint our little barn that's behind the garage a color like this and add a couple of windows.

Little Teddy is my desk buddy.
He's supervising me as I post!  LOL...
He knows how to chill!

It's raining today and it looks like we'll be seeing more of it throughout the weekend so I think we'll be indoors more than out.   Perhaps I can catch up on some things inside.

Have yourselves a

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Reflections

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for her "Farewell to Summer" tablescape challenge. I chose to reflect on some of our State's favorite summertime kind of fun!
   Besides Michigan's claim to fame with the "Motor City" we are a state that also relies on heavy tourism.  Not only is Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes, we are a state loaded with many inland lakes, rivers and streams.

Reflecting on Summertime
I began by hanging a fishnet to my umbrella and made my centerpiece by starting with  a 6 ft. garland made of driftwood pieces that I draped around at the base of the umbrella  The table top is a "water glass" so we'll pretend that it is our water.  I surrounded it with accents to reflect my thoughts.

Fishing is a favorite pastime along with canoeing and we have seagulls too (big beggars)!

 With Labor Day a few days away everyone will be heading up north for their last family hurrah before school starts in Michigan!

Lounging around on Adirondack chairs, campfires, boating, water skiing, grilling and camping are wonderful ways to create memories.
Ducks, Loons and many other kinds of wildlife are enjoyed

 I added some cut flowers from my gardens and used these cottage styled candle votive holders for a vase.

Using my striped plates for a pattern pop I added a layer with a creamy white dish to allow my new salad/dessert plates to be highlighted.

I came across these in Mackinaw City recently.  They are handmade by a Michigan artist.  She put a little heart up where Mackinaw City is located in the state.

 The napkins are casually gathered using my rope knot napkin rings.  Keeping it casual.

The last official month of summer is still beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed my Summer Reflections

I will be joining 
Between Naps on the Porch for


Cuisine Kathleen 
for the
"Farewell to Summer" tablescape challenge

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