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May 18, 2017

This and That This Week #15

I recently discovered this enthusiastic gardener who along with her husband create videos showing her ideas for planters, and many other subjects.  This one caught my attention so I decided to give this design a try.  Here is the link to the video where I got my inspiration Garden Answer- April 25, 2017. I don't normally copy ideas but what really made this intriguing to me is the perennial Sweet Iris plant she used in it.  As I've learned she often uses a perennial in her annual planters which is totally a new idea for me!

My planter is white so that's a big difference but I found an assortment of the same plants she used and put it together very similarly.  Unfortunately all my flowers aren't blooming at the moment but soon enough it will look more and more like hers.  She has a ton of videos on Facebook and YouTube    .  I noted one of the videos has been viewed over 1,800,000 times! 

I have a very large white rooster I found at Cracker Barrel about 6 years ago.  I've been asked numerous times where to get it but of course there are no more of them.  I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and look what I found!  It's really close to the same look although it is smaller.  I even copied the store label in case it would help anyone that wants to find it. 
This is a link to a post where I talked about finding another white rooster which also shows a picture of mine.  Click "here

I've just begun to fill my planters with annuals.  I have a bunch more to go. This is what keeps me happy and busy during the summer.

This big terracotta planter from Mexico was gifted to me by my hubby for Mother's Day.  I spotted it at a garden center and fell in love with it.  It's pretty large and I stuffed it with a bunch of annuals.  Can't wait to see it as it starts to fill out more.  I'll be update things like this on my garden blog.
We are just now starting to get heavy pollen here and the trees are dropping their debris everywhere so my deck is messy!

While on a trip up to Petoskey we stopped at Monarch again and I spotted a huge glass cloche on display.  I was again inspired when I saw this zinnia plant inside of theirs.  I have a big cloche too and decided it was time to create a new look for it.  Extremely simple but I like it! 

I updated it by adding these wooden beads. 

So that's my This and That This Week! 

May 16, 2017

Counting Flowers On The Wall...or rather the Table

Last week I created a tablescape using these beautiful roses I purchased and put in a pretty glass vase.

The day after my post I received a special delivery from our Son, Daughter in-law and Grandson of this mixed arrangment with gorgeous roses in a hand painted vase as a Mother's Day gift.

Two days later our daughter came home to visit for Mother's Day and she brought this bouquet of  roses in beautiful shades of peach!  She placed them in my crystal vase which created a very elegant look.
Now I was perplexed as to what I was going to do with all the arrangements!

I decided to  transfer the red roses into this ceramic vase and placed it on the wood top by the stairs and kitchen area.  The roses took on a whole new look in this vase!

Sunday morning I was prepping the table as our daughter made breakfast.  I chose these placemats to play up the colors in the arrangements.  If you read my tablescape post I had shared the Creme brûlée French toast but those plans got nixed, and we decided on blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and sea-salt bacon!

I used a syrup I found at T.J. Maxx which consists of Vermont Maple Syrup, infused with caramel and sea-salt and it was delightful on the pancakes.

I staged the table with both floral arrangements.

After breakfast I decided that son's arrangement would stay in the kitchen. 

I moved daughter's arrangement to the mantel which graced it beautifully.

I've been blessed with some gorgeous tulips now for the past two weeks. 

Spring has come on in full force and I'm loving each minute of it! 
My gardens are coming alive and I do occasional posts on my other blog Sit With Me In My Garden

Have a great week!

May 11, 2017

For Mom With Love

Mother's Day Brunch
 I'll start with these beautiful roses- love the two tone coloring.  I selected them because they have the same vibrant red color that is found in the floral part of the placemats used with today's tablescape.

 Next I am showing the two sides of the butterfly placemats that I decided to use.

 I wanted this to be cheerful and Mom loves blue so I made sure there was plenty of blue on the table! 

 I used a semi-transparent white glass dish to elevate the dinner and salad plates.

 Mom has always liked a casual country look in the kitchen so that was what I wanted to create.  I'll start with some cut up pieces of strawberries and melons chunks.  Then we can have the Creme' Brulee French Toast (recipe below) that I've made a few times.  I'll add some bacon (mom loves) and sausages.  Orange juice and coffee (we love coffee).

 I like the look of both sides of the placemats and part way through creating this tablescape I decided to switch to two of each showing.

A pair of birds dropped in to see if there are any leftover crumbs!

This vase is hand blown and I love the ruffled edge.

The narrow neck of the vase helps keep flowers standing tall.  I used the baby's breath that came with the roses as a filler along the ruffled edge.

I like to put the napkins in the drinking glass because of how it adds some drama and draws your eyes up. 
Can you see how the tealights are glowing through the glass at the bottom of the vase!  I didn't really need tealights for this table but I like the special affects they add!
Well- that's a wrap!

 For Mom With Love

 Thank you for joining me and I am
Wishing You All a Happy Mother's Day

I'll be joining:
Tablescape Thursday 

Today's players:
Blue dishes- Devon Cottage by Johnson Brothers
White salad plate-  no brand label- only says Made in Portugal- from One King's Lane
White semi-opaque glass dishes found at T.J. Maxx 2 years ago
Flatware called Baroque found at Neiman Marcus several years ago- discontinued
Placemats from Kohl's
Stemware-  Napoleonic Bee Wine Glass by LaRochere
Glass Vase from One King's Lane several years ago
Tablecloth- Tommy Hillfiger found at Home Goods a while back

 Printable version from my Google recipe page: Creme Brulee French Toast
Note:This is a rich sweet recipe- you don't need additional syrup since it forms a sugary layer at the bottom when it bakes.  Don't underbake otherwise it can be mushy.  Use a bakery style loaf of bread not a standard bread loaf.

Crème Brûlée French Toast


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • an 8- to 9-inch round loaf country-style bread
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.
In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.
Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes.
Serve hot French toast immediately.

May 9, 2017

Traditional As It Gets Entryway Vignette

I decided a while back that traditional home decorating was what appealed to me the most.  I do like many other decorating styles but I always gravitated towards traditional. 

On one of my visits to Petoskey I stopped in at my favorite place called Monarch Garden and Floral Design.  I fell in love with the little white planter and then started picking out flowers for it.  There is a designer there that I asked to assemble the arrangement for me and he accommodated me on the spot.  I wanted something very summery and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

I love the fleur de-lis design so that was an immediate draw to the pretty little white planter.
This was going to go out on the coffee table but I decided to give it a try here.

 This is how it has looked since last year when I first got the chest.  I used a series of three white candlesticks and a metal planter with a faux green plant.  I do like the look so you never know when and if I'll switch back!
This is the current look.

 This traditional woman's bust was purchased on-line from One King's Lane.  It has a very rough texture and was more intended for the outdoors but It landed in my office and now I've borrowed it for this vignette.

Here are a couple of inks to my office if you'd like to see it "here" and "here".  I converted a small bedroom into a home office.  There has been a few changes after these pictures were taken but essentially it's the same.

I also borrowed the little birds from my office and it pulled this vignette together nicely.

  I haven't been using this candlestick lately and it made me feel guilty because it was a bit pricier than I'm used to paying for decorative items (made by Theodore Alexander).  After the Easter deco was removed I decided to see if I would like it here on the chest.

When I found it on one of our visits to Pennsylvania I was enamored with the hand carved design.  

 I wasn't going to display the little floral planter until summer but I decided to enjoy it sooner than later!  I also had stopped using the big oval wood tray so this gave me another opportunity to bring a deco item back into play!

I hope you like my Traditional As It Gets Entryway Vignette! 

May 3, 2017

Cool Spring Tablescape

I'm so excited to be able to cut some of my own flowers!  The daffodils are in full bloom and there are a bunch of tulips not far behind.

 This single tulip stem was ready to open so it's the only tulip I cut- it started opening within 10 minutes of bringing it indoors.  You'll notice the changes in it as we go along in this post.

 This is a double white and yellow narcissus (all narcissus fall under the name daffodil) it has a little more opening to do yet.

 A very soft and delicate white and yellow daffodil.  I do love the traditional yellow daffodils and would like to plant some of those this fall.

 I added these scented candle votives for the smell and little bird accents!

 Though not as cool as the other colors I had to have a punch of color!

Another Ralph Lauren tablecloth found at T.J.Maxx called Veranda

 I chose the clear glass stemware and the glass pedestal to elevate the flowers and to keep the tone cool.  

 Notice the tulip has opened quite a bit now!

 I thought for sure I was going to be bringing in some purple tulips so I decided to use this Lenox purple salad plate.  Those purple tulips weren't ready but with the busy pattern of the tablecloth I liked how the solid purple grounded the look and continued with the cool color palette.

 The tulip is fully open now!

Fresh cut!

Thank you for joining me for this Cool Spring Tablescape!

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