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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

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

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August 25, 2014

Mantel Madness

So last Friday I did a post and left a hint of a project I've been working on. 
 While I worked on this I wished I had a friend to share these moments with and bounce ideas off one another.  So I chose to write to Ron at The Uptown Acorn and he was the lucky recipient of a bit of my madness!

 I pieced together some samples of my attempts.  Ron kept me on track with certain things like keeping the tall pedestal urns on the inside of the arch inset.  

 These open at the top
The urns were found at a little boutique store.  I liked the unusual shape the the hint of green that they were designed with.

In the middle of my mantel madness I saw a post from Nancy's Daily Dish as seen "here".  Our mantels are quite different but the tall candle holders reminded me of my tall pedestal urns and I have two little Staffordshire style dogs so that inspired me.  In my case I couldn't put the tall pieces on the ends like she did but moving them inward worked better.  I always look for "formulas" for layouts etc., and this one hit me just right.

I'm getting a larger glass riser for underneath this lidded urn.  I decided It looked better up a tad higher and the glass picks up on the lanterns- adds a little glam.

 I've had the lidded urn for a while but hadn't considered trying it on the mantel.  The little dog statues were from Nell Hills when they still had their on line shopping offered.  I don't live anywhere near their stores but I wish I did!

So this is what I ended up with.  

Some nighttime ambiance

 Thank you Ron for sharing your thoughts and taking time to do so!

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August 22, 2014

This Week's Ramblings #9

I'm finally done with the storage organizing.
  What a difficult task to make yourself do! It's no fun going through all your things, but I did get a chance to get rid of a lot of extra stuff.  There is more than shown here but I didn't figure it was important to show.  I kept thinking about aging and how other people end up having to go through your things if you die and that I didn't want to leave an out of control mess for them!  LOL... morbid aren't I!  Seriously though if you watch some of those episodes of hoarders it's enough to motivate you to clean up your home!

I only did one post this week and that was about my Soapy Apothecary
which you can see "here"

 I'm enjoying my Hydrangeas right now
Stop by my other blog and visit  "here"  This blog is focused
on my gardens

 I'm working on the mantel again...found some lanterns that inspired some change.

I'm considering ideas for fall decorating
I've noticed a lot of "green" accents vs. the usual heavy on orange look.  I was at Pier 1 and saw a fair amount of green too and I also noticed glitter is back this year.

 I snapped some pictures at Michael's. They used a fake/carvable pumpkin and carved out the family name and leaves and added the leaf cut-outs as an accent above, sprayed it with a bronze paint, laid it on it's side and attached a small wreath to the stem side.  I could see this outside on top of a chair, flower pot, crate etc., with a flameless candle put inside to light up the name.  You could carve out a small opening in the back and just pull the carved out piece back in after you put the candle inside.  I think I'd do this in some different colors but either way I thought it was a nice idea for an entryway or porch.

It's too early for me to decorate for fall but I am thinking about it.

So that's my ramblings for this week!

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August 18, 2014

Soapy Apothecary

I was inspired after seeing a couple of pictures with apothecary jars used in bathrooms for things like cotton balls, q-tips, soaps and such. I went looking for some apothecary jars and ended up at World Market finding this nice one topped with a bird. 
 My bathroom is designed with accents of plants and flowers. I did a post showing it "here" a while back.  Not much has changed with the exception of my new apothecary jar. 

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 I ordered a variety of bars of hand soap from an Etsy shop called HomeMadeSoapNSuch  
This is an Etsy shop from a fellow blogger Judy @ Cranberry Morning 

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So what did I do- I stacked the various soap bars with some sponges and pieces of "grape bark" that I found at Pottery Barn.  I have to tell you it's a treat to open the top and smell all of this!!  

99% of the time except when visitors come by This is "my" bathroom. Dan uses the lower level bathroom.  Our home is a mid 70's basic raised ranch and there isn't a master bathroom.  We remodeled the bathroom in 1999 and I incorporated as much useful storage space as I could along with improving it with the new tile and quality upgrades with the sink and faucets.  I went with brass at the time because it was on the heels of the new trend that started for brushed nickle (which was priced way out there at the time).  So I waited it out all these years and to some degree it's come back!

The tray doesn't match anything but I liked it.  I thought about painting it but I like the finish it has.  I got that a couple of years ago from One King's Lane along with the bottles with the bees.  

It's designed to look resemble a repousse finish in antiqued silver
This is an extra piece of soap that was sent to me which gave me the idea to cut small pieces off the soap bars to use rather than putting out a whole one.  

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On the left of my vanity is a wreath that my son and daughter in-law sent to me last March for my birthday.  It's all natural with dried leaves and flowers including blue hydrangeas.  It fit in well with the theme I have going. 

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A few years ago I added some bronze accents to the bathroom you might say to quiet down some of the brass but the faucets were too expensive to consider replacing so they've stayed.

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This is the most glammed up I've ever had the counter area.  If you click on the link I added near the top of the post you can see the pictures on the wall better- they aren't all askew like they look in this picture.

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I took it outside so the colors and accents could be seen better.  The soaps have a broken off look rather than evenly cut which I liked- gives it a little more of an organic look.
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The sponges and grape bark add a bit more to the organic appeal. 
I hope you like it!

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