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March 26, 2011

Gardening at a distance!

Hello everybody! 
Click on my link below and head on over to my Gardening blog. 
I've just featured a garden/backyard that I helped tweak! 
Michigan to San Francisco!
http://sitwithmeinmygarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/tweaking-tommys-gardens.html

March 22, 2011

Petite Happy Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday to my sisters Jen and Sherry, my friend Linda and myself!
We have either very recently had our birthday or
are soon to have it!  
For us ladies I felt these pastel colors
were perfect for my petite birthday party!
 Why Petite? Well on a 42" table you are limited on space!
A few years back when I first selected my china it 
was around my birthday and with 
spring on my mind pastels always seem to be in my head.
Macy's was showing it on their web page and it
struck home with me!
This is Yoshino by Noritake
(I've shown this recently, but frankly I don't own a lot of china 
so I don't have much choice)
I'm using the silver set from my Mother
it's called Reflection by Rogers Bros.
My beaded napkins are from Pier 1 Imports
and the silver napkin rings are from a
department store called Younker's.
My candles were purchased several
years ago. While poking through my 
candle collection I found them and
I thought they would look festive! 
I still have the original wrapper
and they are by Ana pageant....
 I dressed them up with these clear
glass marlbes around the
base of the crystal candle holders.
I used my pink pearl like beaded string (again)
for some added pink and placed a
few more of the glass marbles to 
add more sparkle!
Of course I had to include my aerial view!
Now for our luncheon menu...
and of course some freshly ground coffee.
Our birthday cake will be
Now I have to prepare this menu!

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March 14, 2011

Irish Blessings to All

Hello everyone!  
 I'm not a wee bit Irish, 
but I decided to post a few
blessings and prayers
(Check out my Irish music on my Playlist on the left here!)
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May brooks and trees and singing hills
join in the chorus too, 
and every gentle wind that blows 
send happiness to you. 
 May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet son,
 And an answer for each prayer. 
  May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

  May the good saints protect you
And bless you today And may troubles ignore you Each step of the way
Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!

March 6, 2011

Glass Candle Corner Evolution

Hey check out the Cloche Party @
http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/2011/03/welcome-to-spring-cloche-party.html

Sat. the 12th..


Do you beat a subject into the ground?  
I know I do!  I've been playing with this 
corner theme since Christmas. 
You see...I have a thing for these glass 
candle holders...I started with a few 
probably 8 years ago, and kept adding
on since then. On and off they've 
appeared in my decorating. 
After Christmas when I had found a 
couple more pieces that I used during 
the holidays I decided to create a cluster
in this corner on the cabinet.  
First I'm showing the end result...then 
I'll walk you through 
my evolution of changes!
The following picture is where I was at with it right after Christmas
I borrowed these pictures from another room..
Previously there were two pictures of
my kids that I have relocated
These two pictures have been floating looking for a new
spot for a little while now- but I was sure they wouldn't fit
here but to my surprise they did!
I messed around with the arrangement, trying
different candles to see what would show
up best...
Then I decided to get these green candles 
to pull the green that's in the background 
of the print (which you can't really see here) 
I figured continuity was the way to go...
plus the decorative candles with the gold 
on them actually have that green in 
the design too
I set a gold frame near it just to see if I
liked that too
So I ordered this glass cloche from Wisteria...
and really didn't have a plan for where
it was to go, but I decided to set it in 
with this group, and
I liked it right away
 Something is gnawing at me, I know I need
to marry the cloche with something
and the dark color in the wood
candle holders seems
like the way to go...soooo
I found this charger on discount at 
Pier 1 Imports 
where the candle holders had come from
and I was very happy with the 
size and color..
I really didn't know what to put inside, so 
I wandered aimlessly at Michaels
and found this little silk arrangement
and then I saw these green rocks
and thought what the heck
maybe this will work!
So this is what I ended up with....what
do you think? 
At a distance
I am stubborn and I don't give 
up on a subject when I get
going on it! 
Perhaps this whole arrangement is a 
bit eclectic, but that's ok -right?
This has always been a spot in my room 
that stumps me as to what to do with
it...It's had many faces
You see I already tweaked it since yesterday!


Please check out Metamorphisis Monday
with Between Naps on the  Porch for
more inspirational posts!

March 2, 2011

Tuscan Sunshine Breakfast

Welcome to my 
Tuscan Sunshine Breakfast!  
Well the sun was in and out (more out)
and then a small snow storm started.... 
but I didn't let that stop me!
  I've got the orange juice poured and
the rest of the food is waiting to be served!
 This morning we're having Orange Juice, 
Hot Coffee, a bowl of Mixed Fruit and
"Creme' Brulee French Toast"
The Golden colored dishes are from 
Pier 1 Imports
and the Mikasa Italian Countryside
pairs nicely with it!

The decorative candle is from 
Pier 1 Imports... 
It was from their Christmas collection 
but I just love it and keep it around!
You might call this an aerial shot!
 This lovely table runner was a gift 
from my daughter who went to 
Italy to see our foreign exchange student and brought this back for me from Rome.
I've been preserving it!  
Thought I would bring it out and use it!
 I placed an artificial candle ring 
at the base of the candle holder 
and added the lemons and 
sunflowers to puff it up a bit.
The pitcher is something I 
found at T.J. Maxx
It has all the right colors for my kitchen!
I'll offer some ice water in it!
Thank-you for stopping by
Please visit Bill at http://affordableaccoutrements.blogspot.com/ 
He truly does the most amazing tablescapes!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch  for
Tablescape Thursdays

 My daughter in Naples
My Italian daughter in the building where she lives..this is
a very old elevator in their building
 Looking out over the city...
This one of the views overlooking Mt. Vesuvius 
from her family's apartment...not bad ha?

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