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May 30, 2014

Bon Weekend!

Wishing you all a good weekend! 

 Isn't that the cutest container! 
I found it at a garden center and with my husband's past having grown up on a diary farm I couldn't resist it.  It's actually ceramic.  They finished it so nicely you'd think it was metal!  I chose petunias because I felt they have the right country casual look I wanted.
In the center I put one of those new Supertunias.  They look just like the New Guinea Impatiens except they can take full sun.

See the white flowers in the center- and this one comes with variegated leaves.  It should get taller and fuller and be a nice combo as the summer kicks in.  The Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny or Moneywort) will drape along the sides and cozy it up!

I'l be planting a few more things and trying to get more done outside this weekend.  Hope yours is grand!

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May 29, 2014

Giveaway of note!

With Father's Day approaching I thought I'd share this new giveaway from Ron at  

This give-away has a retail value of $359!
 It's being offered by NOLA Couture through Ron's blog.
  You get to select two ties, a bowtie, an adult and a child's size belt, a clutch w/wristlet, a cap/visor, and a dog collar all in your own choice of fabric.

I'm not being compensated but I thought it was such a nice give-away I'd promote it!  I'm entering too!

There is an excellent "post" Ron did the day before that shows the interior of the store and the products they sell.  I like the bowtie with the Ice Cream cones (my daughter's boyfriend loves wearing bowties)!  If you can't use them all yourself they can be great gift items!

As Ron would say- Cheers Ya'll ! 

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May 27, 2014

Bits 'n Pieces

I mentioned in my "post" about the living room that I went to a Pottery Barn outlet for the first time.
In February I did a "post" and talked about a picture I liked with a white pitcher full of lemon branches.  Well I walked into the PB outlet and there they were!  Since I live in northern Michigan- there's no chance of growing my own lemon tree so the faux will have to do!  The vase is also a PB score.

Our daughter was visiting this weekend and noticed my window display and while we were out touring the countryside and wineries around here she spotted these little pigs and bought them for me.  She liked their Tuscan coloring and knew they'd fit right in and she was right!

My daily view

A couple of weeks ago I ventured into an antique/re-sale shop and stumbled across this salt glazed crock/vase with Rochester Hills on it.  That's the town I grew up in Michigan and I decided this was meant to be and for $7 I couldn't leave without it!  I used to collect salt glazed pottery in the 90's and sold off a bit of it.  I kept a few special pieces and now I have one more! 

I came across this jar I couldn't resist at a store while we were touring this weekend. 

I was in love with the thick embossed rooster on the front.  I found a sales person (I suspect the owner) and asked her to show it to me (it was in an awkward spot and I wasn't comfortable getting it out)  As she was handing it to me she says "I can make you a great deal on it" and she drops $20 right off of it- so it became mine!  There were three of them and I suspect she'd had them for a while and wanted to move them.  I haven't picked a spot for it but you know I'll get around to it!

I have tulips blooming so I cut a random bunch and brought them in.
They are pretty late this year.
So there you have my Bits 'n Pieces!

I'm joining
Ivy and Elephants for
What's It Wednesday

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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day and Gardening

Memorial Day

and Gardening
 I've been working outside more than inside lately.  I've been planting my annuals.  If you have a moment click one more time "here" and visit me at my other blog. 

 I'll be joining

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May 22, 2014

Patriotic and Picnic Like for Memorial Day

I'm reposting this because I haven't had 
the energy lately to do everything I want.

Wishing everyone a great Memorial Weekend!

A simple patriotic table for two. 

Patriotic and picnic like

 I selected flowers and branches for filler from my yard and garden to create my centerpiece.

 Tulips, daffodils, and cherry tree blossoms

 These gorgeous red tulips resemble roses in their depth of color and shape

 The sun came out long enough for me to snap a few shots in between the rainy weather we're having right now.

 This tall handled pitcher is made of tin and decorated with berries.   I wanted to suggest a picnic atmosphere with fruit and vegetables.
I have two narrow glasses inside of the pitcher.  One is upside down to support the 2nd one that is resting on it to hold the flowers.  I didn't trust that the tin would hold the water and I needed to create a way to get the flowers up higher.

 These Homer Laughlin diner style plates added to  the patriotic picnic feeling I wanted.  The checkered design is repeated in the napkins and a tablecloth underneath.

 I criss crossed two square tablecloths since
they were the only thing I had that suited
my theme. 

The corn on the cob dish added a splash of color and helps suggest a classic picnic food item!

 I added a little sparkle to the napkins

I can carry this theme outdoors if the weather permits on 
Memorial Day 

 Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a 
great Memorial Day!

Remember to honor those who gave
their lives for our country.  

Let's also remember to say an extra prayer for
the people of Oklahoma that have suffered
such devastating losses this week after the
tornado swept through their area.
I'm joining 

Cuisine Kathleen for her
Let's Dish Patriotic Challenge  

Between Naps on the Porch
Tablescape Thursday 

I'm once again joining
Between Naps on the Porch 

May 21, 2014

Angles and Blues

I have adjusted my furniture a bit (once again). I know big surprise!
 I got a bun on to move my striped chest behind my sofa to be like sofa table.  It's a tad higher but the back is finished and it happens to be the same height as the back cushions of the sofa so it works!  While moving things around I suddenly saw another possibility and that was to move the game table to the end of the sofa.  I couldn't be happier with it.
I've been trying to sneak in a way to have some blue in the room and my big picture on the wall has a faint amount of blue in the sky so that was my "license" to allow me to add some more!

I ran across this lidded jar at a furniture store and I felt it had the right kind of coloring that I could add it in easily.  A little more blue from some books helped too!

I wanted to find a new way to use my big wire bowl from Pier 1,  and I saw these blue candles and felt they were close in color to the lidded jar so I thought I'd give it a try.  I  may swap out a blue candle for a green candle to further tie the room colors into this arrangement.
I have my eye on this chenille zebra pillow from Pier 1 (online only).  I have also wanted to add some kind of animal print and this may be the ticket!  I can center it between the other pillows and get a little more blue in the room!

 I found the metal tray hidden away in my stockpile and added some decorative glass rocks to finish it off.  I took this picture with my cell phone and it depicts the color of the candles better.  They seem to be coming up a brighter blue in my other pictures.  There is a hint of green in them which is why I thought they'd work well with the other colors I have in the room.

I am the proud owner of the book "House Proud" that Ron over at the "The Uptown Acorn" was featured in.  Here is a link to his "blog" and also a link to the post that featured the day they came and took pictures for the book "here"
I also have to thank Linda from Life and Linda who sent me the book as a birthday gift.

After I got it I was fortunate enough to have him sign my book for me and I love it even more because of it!  Thank you again Ron- such a sweet man!

Some of you who follow me may have noticed this etagere unit that I've anchored in the corner.  Dear hubby and I went out on our anniversary and he bought this for me.  It was a real leap for me since it's made with a rusted, chippy metal finish-  I was looking for something unique and I think I got it!

On the bottom I've set a "root ball" that I laid some faux greenery underneath to give it a little more pop.

 The deco balls are from Pier 1.  I love these- they may end up in that metal bowl one of these days on the coffee table. I didn't really want to compete with the pattern in the bowl, but for now this will do. 

This ceramic jar and the piece above have the same pattern.  I liked them because they offered a little more of a contemporary look and I thought they looked good with the design of this etagere.  This unit is made up of 4 cubes which actually fit into each other.  Very convenient for moving and storing!  It fit in my Malibu car very easily which came in handy!

 I was trying to find something to add to this shelf so I added my little spaniel dogs and the books add some more blue!  That's the book my husband's sister was featured in that I posted about "here"  We ended up with two of them, one signed by her that she gifted to us and the other we had purchased.  That's a candle votive from One King's Lane that I've had for a while.  The scent is so yummy!

My son and his wife were living in Pennsylvania and there is a store called Wendell August that sells hand crafted metal pieces.  My Dad came from "copper country" in the U.P. of Michigan where his Dad and Grandfather mined copper so Ryan and Angela selected this piece for us knowing the family history.

On the top of the chest I used a clear vase to display this potpourri (that had been in a painted metal cache pot but you could only see the top of the potpourri) and I thought the clear glass would lend a little more contemporary element to the room too.  I got it at  T.J.Maxx for $9.99 and the ones that Pottery Barn sell are $39 and $49!  The bottom of mine isn't as thick as theirs but the overall appearance comes across the same.  I've set some decorating and gardening books out to encourage looking through them. 

I'm really pleased with this room arrangement.  I need something to go on the wall under the big picture but haven't figured it out yet.  I have an upholstered bench that's in the guest bedroom I could steal away, but then I'd loose it's function that it is providing in the guest room.  Always something isn't there!  The two green chairs that go with the "game table" are relocated in the house.  I always felt I had to keep them all together as a set, but when it finally hit me to use the table as an accent I was thrilled.

So I went from this when you last you saw it to this....
I just noticed one of my cats got in the picture too!  Notice the big basket under the table.  I picked that up at my first time ever visiting a Pottery Barn outlet.  It was the only one at the store and I had actually picked it out in their catalog months before.  Hubby liked it a lot so it was sold.  Gosh if you've ever been to one of their outlets you know how tempting it is to go hog wild in there!  I was impressed with the fact that a lot of current items are in the outlet store.

So there you have it!  

I'm joining
French Country Cottage for
Feathered Nest Friday

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