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March 24, 2017

Happy 60th Birthday To Me!

Hello everybody- happy Friday!

I'm tooting my own horn to say that I am now the big….

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Heading downstate to be with my Mom & Sisters.  
So thankful to have them all to celebrate with!

Ok, ok, ok so…..
For some time now I've been wanting a new chair to replace my red coral print chair.  Dan was looking for something special for me for my birthday and suggested we go look for a new chair.  
The arms have become a bit tattered and I was just tired of the coral print.  Our daughter will be the recipient of the chair so it's going to a good home.  We started looking in February and I finally zeroed in on what I wanted.  To my surprise it came in a week ago (only 4 weeks) so I was very happy about that!

So here she is in a more neutralized color and an ottoman to go with it!  She swivels and rocks like my old one. 

 She's made by Norwalk  in Norwalk, Ohio and her style name is Sophie!

Her companion ottoman is called Addison!

I've been slowly working to give the room a little more modern look yet still keeping a classic traditional style going.  The fabric has a creamy white background with a golden/brown stitched design on it.  It will be super easy to mix this with various trends that I may go through.

After a couple of days went by I made my mind up to try a garden stool for a small accent table.  I didn't want to get anything too large so it wouldn't take up a lot of space.  I searched a bunch on the internet but ended up at my local Pier 1 store that had just the right look- and it was on sale! 

As it turns out the top of the garden stool isn't real level and when I would put a drink on there it tended to lean towards the center which made me nervous.  I toyed with various thoughts on how to make it work better and then I remembered this wood charger that I had.  Fortunately it's nearly the same size and goes quite well with it.  I added a few rubber feet under it to keep it from sliding.  

 The new pillows I picked up recently and showed in a previous post fit on the chair nicely too.

So that's my new chair and ottoman birthday gift!

This is however my fantasy dream/wish...
This is what I really really really want but I can't fit it in the living room!  Ha, ha!  Truthfully though this has been a dream I've had for a long long time….perhaps by 65??

I thank God for 60 wonderful birthdays and I sure hope to have many, many more!
Remember the 1970's catch phrase "you're not getting older, you're getting better"!  
I'm going with that one!  

I'm looking forward to a great weekend and wish you all the same!

March 21, 2017

Kitchen Update and a Grandson Visit!

We recently made a trip to visit to see our son, daughter in-law and grandson in Pennsylvania.

While there I got a chance to do some shopping.  They have some larger malls and lots of stores that I don't have near me and one place I enjoyed visiting was Crate & Barrel.  I saw this cute server piece and decided to bring it home with me.

 It has two natural marble trays with little rubber feet underneath so you can also use them as serving trays on a table separately.  They call it the French Kitchen Marble 2-Tier Server.

They had three of them on display which gave me the opportunity to chose which one I liked best.  

 I also picked this small striped bowl from C & B and incorporated it into my little vignette on the tiered tray.

  I found these two Polish Pottery pieces on another shopping venture that I figured would go well with my arrangement too.  I have a coffee mug that looks just like the little creamer.  I'll have to set an Easter egg on the egg cup soon!

 Last year my sister sent me the two little pig salt and paper shakers which I adore and they are also from  C & B.  The cow creamer is another Polish Pottery piece I already had. The metal measuring spoons were hanging on a little rack on the wall but I removed it.  I'm gearing up to paint the kitchen a new color that I still have to decide on.  

Though this is a serving piece I will also be using it as a decorative display piece!

I had to rearrange the whole counter and removed a couple of pieces.  I'm now using the basket to hold potatoes and onions.  The metal platter is from one of our Pennsylvania trips a while back made by Wendell August.  They are hand forged and you can watch them hand embossing them in their work shop.  The basket came from Juliska's website on one of their sales a while back but last I knew it is still available.  

 The blue vase was found at Pottery Barn.  It's called the Pamela vase Medium Blue but I can't find it on their website so I think it's an older piece that just happened to still be on the shelf.  It's going to look great with flowers from my gardens in it!

 I also moved the coffee station over to this counter area and it's working out nicely there.

 I found this nice compact metal cooling rack at the same store with the Polish Pottery.  I'm keeping it by the stove to set hot things on and I've used it many times already!  It's made well and heavy duty so it's going to be a workhorse piece in my kitchen.

I set this salad plate on it to give you an idea of it's size.  

Last week I changed out all the door/drawer pulls to satin nickel.  We started out with bright brass when we remodeled the kitchen in 1996.  Then in around 2010 I changed them to dark bronze which looked great with the wood but recently I decided to change to the satin nickel to go with the stainless appliances.  

Last but not least the star of our visit!
Our little grandson is such a sweetheart and this is his favorite spot to play.  He can tap his feet against the end where there is a keyboard which plays music and grab the toys above him.  It's a great interactive toy encouraging the development of various skills and muscles too!  When he rolls over they have more toys for him to work at getting.  He's also starting to scoot so before long he'll be on the move!

This was just after our arrival after an 8 hr. drive.  Joey was tired and ready for bed.  He's cutting his first teeth right now and we all know how rough it can be for him and the parents!

Dan is enjoying being a Grandpa.  Good times!

Can't wait to see him again!

March 15, 2017

Happy Birthday and St. Patrick's Day!

I decided to combine a little birthday celebrating with St. Patrick's Day!
My sister Sherry turned 70 on Tuesday and St. Patrick's Day is Friday so I figured I'd combine the two events!

 Mixing the Ralph Lauren dinner plates, soup bowls with the green cabbage plate turned out to be a nice combo.  The wavy edge of the dinner plate mimics the edges of the cabbage plates.  

I used the Napoleon flatware and some napkins I purchased on Etsy a while back.

I love these clear stemware glasses by Fitz & Floyd (called Trestle) mixed with the shamrock china pieces.  

 I like these galvanized chargers I got at Michael's a couple of years ago.  They offer a relaxed look and combine nicely with most dishes.

I layered my shamrock lace cloth over a lime green tablecloth. 

 I scattered shamrocks and gold coins.  The sun was in and out so I did my best to capture some pictures with it!

 Can't have birthday celebration without sweets!  I chose cupcakes and cookies so there won't be too many leftovers!

 My little leprechauns had to get in the picture too!  They'll have a drink to just about anything!

 More shamrocks for good luck!

 There are four of us sisters and I'm the baby.  My birthday is soon to follow and it's a big one too!

Happy Birthday Sis and Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone!

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March 8, 2017

Spring Brunch for the Ladies

Welcome to my Spring Brunch for the Ladies!

Spring has climbed it's way deeply into my soul!  I pulled out my tulips, woodland fern branches and popped in some blue delphinium to coordinate with the tablescape.

Pretty good for artificial- don't you agree! 

Mr. Bunny thinks he's hiding as he approaches the tulips to eat!
Susan from BNOTP featured her white bunnies on one of recent posts and showed how she's used them for more than just Easter so I decided to do the same!

This table evolved.  I started with the robins egg blue fleur de-lis plate and tried several dinner plates until I was happy.  Then I tried various stemware and napkins until I felt I got a look I liked.  I don't usually decide on the flatware until I have the other elements in place.

I've had these mini chair napkin ring holders from Pier 1 for several years and never used them- how silly!  The napkins came from Pottery Barn a while back.  Both dishes came from One King's Lane and every so often I notice them back on line for sale.

For those who aren't familiar with these-  there is a ring attached to the back to side of the chair to push the napkin through.

I  pulled out my favorite Polish Pottery coffee/tea cups and loved how they worked so well with everything!  I have six different cups so I just chose what suited me.

 These are my favorite coffee cups.  They are perfectly sized for the finger and they hold just the right amount of coffee or tea!

The stemware is by Bahia Bormioli Group, pattern name Rocco

I found Mr. Bunny at TJMaxx and it goes real well with the Pottery Barn bunny bowl that I got recently.

The blue and white pinstripe tablecloth is by Tommy Hilfiger found at Home Goods a while back.

Ahh spring- can't wait!

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