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April 29, 2014

A Table of Many Faces

I was inspired by this picture from my new issue of House Beautiful magazine 
to make a change with my entryway table.
 I decided to enlarge my table  so it could hold a better arrangement of things.
I already owned a 38" glass top that we weren't using any longer so I laid it on top of the 30" top of this table and it helped immensely.

I simply re-used things that I already had on the table and added the box 
on the right and a couple of magazines below the faux book/box.  I angled them like in the picture and added flowers to the vase that I centered like in the picture. I already had the candle holder but mine is much taller.  My burlap tablecloth is too short now and I need to figure out what to do with it.  I could add a band of color below or something like that. 

I did try it with a white candle but it looses something. 

 I'm keeping extra votive size candles and holders in the box.  Mixing the different scents in one box ends up to be a treat- it smells so good to open it up!

This votive is all glass with an interesting finish on it.  The brilliant gold is so reflective it looks like it has a candle lit in it all the time.  The dark exterior makes it look like it's metal.

I've showed this table many times with different arrangements
some much better than others!
 As you can see adding the extra 8" made a difference
My table still isn't as big as the inspiration photo but I'm real happy with the extra size I gained by adding the glass top.
This is one of those compressed board tables I ordered from Ballard Designs a few years ago.  It has room underneath to hide a few things which comes in real handy!

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April 28, 2014

The Great Flood

Boy what a difference a day makes, or a week! 

Just last weekend I was at my Mother's for Easter and Friday night one of my sister's gets a panic call that there is standing water in the kitchen and it's moved into the living room!  
That's saturated carpet you're looking at and as it turns out the little bathroom off of the utility room sprung a leak at the toilet.  The house is built on a slab so there isn't anywhere for the water to go.  There is a drain in the floor in the utility room but it couldn't keep up.

So the next day one of those companies that handles flood recovery came to the house to start sucking out the water and trying to dry everything.  They pulled the moldings off too create separation from the drywall.
Sister Sherry has taken Mom to her home to stay through all of this.  They had to turn the water off to the house and obviously she can't walk around there very easily at this point.  Time to contact a plumber and fix the problem that started all this!  Hard to believe that in just a few days how things changed!

The furniture was hurriedly moved away from the soak zone to keep it from sitting in water- mind you this started around 9 pm Friday night. 
 So thankful my sister and her husband were able to help her out,
They spray some material on to inhibit the growth of fungus/mold.  They've got demhumidifiers and dryers running, but I hope the insurance company will replace the carpet because somehow it seems to me that the carpet will never be the same after this. 

My sister Jen has been updating me with pictures and information.  Isn't it wonderful how these smart phones can keep us connected in an instant!

I'm so grateful my sister's are there to help Mom out like this.  I always feel so guilty being so far away.  

Feeling Nostalgic
 This pictures was taken of 3 of us in 1958 across the street from the house.  Sherry is holding me, and Jen is smelling a flower from the apple trees.
I wish it was still like that across the street, but now it's all houses.

Other than that I got outside, and did some spring clean-up over the weekend and brought out some pottery so I can dream about what I'm going to plant in them.
  I guess I'm going with white pottery on the deck this year!

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April 23, 2014

Easter and Family Time

We had a pleasant visit with the family and the weather couldn't have been better for our Easter party. It was 70 degrees and the only rain we saw came later on Monday. 
 I used my mother's fine china (Mikasa Remembrance) and
some Easter colored paper napkins.  I forgot to bring my cloth ones.

I made up a center arrangement with things I brought down from my house and a couple of Mom's candlesticks

Mom used to be active in a ceramics class and made things like the bunny she gave me that I used in the garden cart.  I surrounded it with more rabbits and chicks and as you can see even my green matts that I used at home.

We live 250 miles north and it's too much for the whole family to come to my house so I come down for the holidays.

 I used faux eggs and seated this egg holder in a bed of excelsior in the woven nest. 

 I bought Mom some cut tulips.  I found this pitcher on the hutch and since it was covered in flowers I had to use it!


I set up a mini station for punch and snacks on Mom's tea cart.  I forgot to take a picture before anyone had started to use it. I used things from around her house. 

 A special surprise when one of my nephews showed up that we never get to see!
Greeted by everyone with big hugs!

 My niece Jess made a lamb cake and she stuck a Happy Birthday on it for me.
(It was an add-in per my daughter's request- my birthday was in March)
His little ears didn't show up much in the picture I took but it was cute!

Mom's living room is combined with the dining. We had the table extended fully so it uses some extra floor space.  My Mom's home stopped in time after my Dad passed in 1991.  Other than some paint and carpet things haven't changed much.

 I emptied the coffee table and re-did the layout. I added the runner and the lambs and put the grass and eggs in her crystal basket.  I staged all the candle holders around and selected a few of her blue and white decorative accents to add to the vignette.  She really liked the angle I created and the change with the candle holders so I think that might stick for a while. 

I did something similar for Easter a year ago.  You can see the link to that post "here"

On our way home we stopped in Frankenmuth, MI to have dinner at Zehnders.  This was a display at a water fountain that's not running just yet.

The whole town is set up with a Bavarian theme.

This is the restaurant. Famous for their family style chicken dinners.  You get so much food that you have more than enough for another meal from it with take-home.

These magnolia trees had started to bloom and the fragrance was wonderful!  The air was just right and you could smell them as you walked by.  What a perfect end to a nice warm and happy weekend!

I hope your Easter was great too- I sure needed it!  

I will be joining
Between Naps on the Porch for

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April 15, 2014

Easter Dining

 I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, 
though he were dead, yet shall he live
John 11:25

The Lenox Easter tree and the cross go well together.  I've owned the bas-relief daisy votive holders from the Lenox for some time.

I like how they look with a candle burning in them.

I chose the mirrors for "reflection"

 Each egg has a family member's name on them.

Topping the stack are the Pier 1 bunny egg shaped dishes. 
I wanted to use our fine china set by Noritake called Yoshino.  When I first found these dishes I was smitten with them because of the springlike colors.  We selected them for our 30th Wedding anniversary- Today is our 36th!

 I layered two chargers. This allowed pops of green to show and help separate the white from the tablecloth. 

I used these Pier 1 votives as egg holders

The blue and green stemware draws your eyes up and offers a nice layer of color.  I'm happy they go well with the china.  The pops of color offered by the votives holding the eggs added some traditional Easter coloring.  The gold flatware is always paired with these dishes.

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