Blue and Silver

I love blue and silver as a color combination for tablescaping and started thinking that I have not used it in a while. Even though you have seen most of these elements before, I have tried to use them a little differently so that the table won’t just be a repeat of other blue and silver tables. It is really hard to do, especially when I have put myself on a “no-spending” diet.

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I started with my lovely blue and white placemats. I love the pattern as well as the classic blue and white colors.

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My silver chargers came next.

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I need something solid between the print  of the placemat and the pattern of the English Village plate. I think that the silver is the perfect choice.

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I have several different silver napkin rings to choose from and decided on these sparkly ones. My son and daughter-in-law gave me this pretty placemat and napkin set for Christmas the first year that I began my tablescaping addiction hobby. Of course, I had to use my Grosvenor silver.

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Blue Dollar Tree flutes paired with silver eBay goblets make up the stemware for this table. I wanted to use my tall silver candlesticks since I haven’t used them lately.

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I tried several placements and finally decided on moving them off-center.

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Blue, silver, and white are actually colors that I happen to have a number of accessories from which to choose for this table. Since I was thinking of my son and daughter-in-law as I was creating this table, I chose the lovely white bird bowl that they gave me this past Christmas. I dropped in some colored stones to make the detail in the bowl more noticeable.

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Looking at a few of my other décor items in these colors, I decided on a small teapot ornament with blue flowers and some cute bluebirds that once belonged to David’s grandmother.

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I liked the final look and love my blue and silver color scheme.

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I also realized last week that I have not given a booth update in a while, probably because there has not been much of one to give. We experienced our typical summer slowdown, and it seemed a little worse this year than normal. There was even one month, I don’t remember if it was June or July, that our flea market manager said that a few booths did not make their booth rent…highly unusual.

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Luckily, our booth, while slow in June and July, did do ok, and I cannot complain. So far, August has picked up a good bit. I have already sold 4 sets of dishes, a punch bowl set, and a washstand, along with a few other things.

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Do you remember that I had to put together from different sales the cups to go with this Early American Prescut punch bowl? Punch bowls are slow sellers that take up a lot of merchandise space. It finally sold, and I was able to utilize that shelf space so much better.

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Less than 2 weeks ago, I turned that table into the pink table. I went through every bit of inventory that I had at home and put it on the pink table.

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I used my 2 sets of pink dishes as the jumping-off point for the pink table. This set sold 2 days after I set up the pink table.

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This set sold about 3 days after that.

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I have sold one of the Homer Laughlin bowls, but everything else on the pink table is still there. I’m not worried; it make take a while, but it will sell. Selling the 2 sets of dishes is the big thing, both in taking up shelf space and in price.

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Do you remember the box deal of floragold that I got at an auction a few weeks ago? I told you that I am not familiar with it and would have to do some research before pricing it.

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After some pretty extensive research, I have finally gotten my answers.

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Nothing in the box was floragold. The sugar and creamer above are Anniversary pattern by Jeannette Glass Co. in iridescent.

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This lovely little pitcher is crackle glass in amberina. It has both a pontil mark and an applied handle…probably the oldest piece and only true antique in the box deal.

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Everything else in the box was carnival glass. I am thrilled since it is older and more pricey than floragold. I have it all priced and will put in the booth when I have room. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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However, I am most excited about this piece of furniture. Do you remember this washstand that was in such bad shape when we purchased it at an estate sale almost a year ago?

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It had been stored in a barn for a number of years.

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We knew that it had possibilities and decided to purchase it.

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David put the finishing touches on it about the time that I had my rotator surgery.

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What do you think? Do you remember what that top once looked like?

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It turned out even more beautiful than we had envisioned. This washstand also turned out to be my first official appraisal piece. It was manufactured between 1860-1880 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has pin and cove dovetailing (sorry, did not remember to get a photo of that) on the drawers. Once age and condition is determined, price is set accordingly, factoring in the setting that the piece is sold in.

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I sold it for the full price that I asked one week after I put it in the booth. The antiques and collectibles is always educated guesswork, and we are thrilled about the washstand. On to the next challenge!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
 
 
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Ya Know How to Whistle?

I was saddened to hear of Lauren Bacall’s death. A classic American beauty, she is probably most remembered for that husky voice, “You know how to whistle?….Put your lips together and blow….”

Lauren Bacall’s famous line came from the movie version of Hemingway’s To Have and to Have Not, her first film and the first pairing of her with future husband Humphry Bogart. Ironically, I had just watched the rebroadcast of Mariel Hemingway’s Running from Crazy less than a week before I heard of the deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Mariel talks frankly of the mental illness that ran through her family and the suicides of her famous grandfather Ernest and beautiful model/actress sister Margaux. Mariel has spent her lifetime aware of the tendency in her family to lapse into depression and hopelessness and trying not to fall into the same trap.

From all news accounts, Robin Williams did also. Battling problems with addiction and depression for a good bit of his adult life, he apparently finally got tired of fighting those battles. I could go on forever about his comic genius and the sadness of his death, but I won’t. I will only say that I will try to remember only the best of Robin and his many talents…I can only hope that his family and friends will seek comfort in the God of All Comfort and learn the lesson of how not to handle life’s problems.

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Enough seriousness…on to today’s table. As I was taking down the last table, I started thinking about Noritake Reverie and realized that I have not used it lately. This was my wedding china, and I am guilty of not using it as often as I could. I love it and enjoy using it in different place settings.

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I started with this vintage April Cornell runner, an eBay purchase from a few months ago. The colors in it are bright and summery and perfect to go with my Reverie china.

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I decided to use my wicker chargers to keep the table summery. The light green napkins from The Napkin Lady are a good color to go with this china. I used  simple clear napkin rings to enhance the napkin.

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For the flatware, I used my Dollar General green flatware to keep the with the color scheme.

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The salad plates were my choice for the next layer.  I like the way these two rims look together.

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I chose dessert dishes that I believe must have belonged to my grandmother for the top layer. I think that I can remember having ice cream in them at her house.

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I kept the glasses simple, with my everyday stemware and the matching coffee cups.

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I love the shape of these cups and I really don’t use them enough. Does anyone use their coffee cups much any more? Most people use mugs nowadays, I think.

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Since I decided to use the coffee cups, the coffee pot and cream and sugar were necessary choices for the centerpiece. I love these pretty pieces!

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I spied the salt and pepper shakers when I was grabbing the cream and sugar, so I had to use them also.

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To give the centerpiece a little more color and whimsy, I chose the bird house again.

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Also, the butterfly which I purchased at Family Dollar has ended up being a great tablescaping piece this spring and summer! I read recently that Dollar Tree purchased Family Dollar…I will be interested to see how that all turns out.

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My little bees were the final touch, and the centerpiece was done.

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I love the bright, summery look. It is always fun to add a surprising element or two to a traditional setting.

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I really like the colors of this table, and it may turn out to be one of my favorites.

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As for my rotator surgery and recovery, therapy is going well, and I am hoping to be able to dress myself soon.

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I have gotten a little more movement, and my therapist has encouraged me to try shaving before I see her next.

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She has been quite helpful and encouraging, and I am looking forward to regaining even more movement.

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Until next time, happy tablescaping and decorating…and, above all,

Nanu! Nanu!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Danube Variation and Recovery Update

So far, I have had 2 days of therapy for my rotator injury. The second day of therapy was much worse than the first. In addition, I worked at the flea market this weekend, and my shoulder felt like it really stiffened up. I have spent today in the recliner with the ice pack, and I am hoping that it will feel better after today. I will have therapy 3 mornings a week starting next week, and I am really hoping that I will start feeling better and regain some movement. I did take a few minutes to take down the pink table and work on another one that I had been planning.

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I had in mind that I wanted to use the Danube china again, this time bringing out the yellow instead of the pink as accents. I started with my yellow gingham table runner.

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I used the dinner plates in the Danube. The yellow flowers in the pattern provided my inspiration for the table.

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I decided to use the soup bowls since I have not used them lately. I added yellow napkins that came from The Napkin Lady and floral napkin rings. The napkin rings echoed the yellow flowers in the plate.

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I have not used the Grosvenor silver in a while, so I chose it. I think the silver adds a light touch to the place setting.

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Since I was using silver, I decided to get out the silver goblets. I am guilty of forgetting that I have these. I purchased them from eBay a long time ago with the specific purpose of using them for tablescaping, so I really need to use them more often. My everyday wine glasses completed my stemware.

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I looked around for yellow elements for the centerpiece. I love my small vintage pitcher with yellow roses, so it was an obvious choice.

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Likewise, another vintage miniature pitcher with yellow flowers was a good choice.

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The Danube pitcher finished off the pitchers in the centerpiece.

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My recent Dollar General bird house has a light yellow background as well as solid blue sides which match the Danube rims almost perfectly.

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I filled my Dollar General flower pot with the yellow rim with yellow flowers from my silk flower stash.

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Overall, I was pleased with the final effect. I like using elements that you have seen before in different ways. There is nothing new in today’s tablescape.

Remember, I have sworn off buying new tablescape elements until certain medical bills are paid. You will be seeing tablescape re-runs a lot!

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However, I hope to continue to use my same old stuff in new and different ways.

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I love the bringing out the yellow to go with the aqua. These colors are so bright and summery that they just say “cheerful” when I look at them.

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I hope that all of you enjoy your tablescaping and decorating projects as much as I do! I can’t wait to see the new and different ways that you all use your “old” stuff also.

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I need lots of inspiration  and am looking forward to your great tables. Happy tablescaping to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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A Lovely Sound, Recovery Update, and More Pink

I have written about this topic in the past, but it surely bears repeating. When I retired in 2011 from a 30-year teaching career, I certainly knew that I would like being retired. However, I never dreamed that I would enjoy it as much as I have. Yesterday was the first day of school here, and I was able to sit in my recliner, watch 19 Kids reruns, and enjoy one of the loveliest sounds that I know: the sound of school buses going up and down my street. I live a short distance from an elementary school, and for about 30-40 minutes every weekday morning, the school buses are whizzing by, dropping their precious cargo off at their respective destinations. Love it! I love, love, love, hearing those buses and being reminded that I don’t have to be at school and that my life no longer revolves around the school calendar. Heaven!

However, I did have to get up and go somewhere yesterday. It was time for my second post op check following my rotator surgery. I got the news that I had been wanting to hear: no more sling! Boy, was I happy to discard that cumbersome thing that had been my best friend for 3 weeks. I also got the orders for therapy to start. This morning I reported to rehab and had my evaluation and first therapy session. Tough! It was very hard, which I expected. I was able to get a good bit of range of motion on most of the exercises, which I did not expect. The therapist was very optimistic and thinks I will get back to 100% by the end of the 6 weeks that my doctor advised. Then I had to go pick up a prescription and run a couple of other errands. When I got home, I took a pain pill and sank into the recliner, not budging for a couple of hours. I have to keep reminding myself that it will be worth it in the long run. In this case, the phrase “no pain, no gain” is very fitting, and I will have to keep motivated.

Unfortunately, I am now having to deal with the down side of having surgery: the bills are beginning to arrive. If I look at the grand total (and they have not all arrived yet), I feel overwhelmed, but if I break them up into smaller chunks, I realize that I can handle them and will just have to tighten my belt a little until I get them all paid.

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Therefore, when I run into great bargains like these April Cornell napkins, I will have to pass them up. No more tablescaping purchases for me for a very long time! When I recently found these great napkins at a bargain price, I knew that I had to have them. The colors are perfect to go with my vintage pink and aqua dishes. I was surely glad that I had purchased them before I put myself on a tablescaping purchase diet…I’m just sayin’.

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Of course, my pink tablecloth was the perfect base for this tablescape, and I used my HL Sunrise dinner plates.

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I love the way the Danube salad plates look on top of the dinner plates…perfectly framed by the pink rim of the china.

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I chose my aqua flatware to complement the table setting  and put the napkins in simple silver napkin rings. Don’t you agree that the stripes in the napkins are perfect with these dishes? It’s almost like they were made to go together.

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I pulled out my pink tulip goblets, of course. For the glasses, I wanted to bring in more aqua.

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I don’t have enough aqua glasses that match, and I only have 4 aqua glasses. I decided to use what I have. I like to mix it up, and they all look great with the colors of the table.

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Of the 3 types of aqua glasses that I have, this one is my favorite. I also have the tea pitcher and one juice glass in this pattern. My plan is to find more of this pattern and to get rid of the others after I do. I am always looking in antique malls and on eBay for more of these. An entire set of them actually did come up on eBay once, and I was so excited. However, when I looked more closely at the listing, they were all juice glasses, no tumblers at all. So I keep on looking!

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For the centerpiece, I wanted to use my pillar candle holder that I found on sale at Dollar General a couple of weeks ago. However, I did not have a pink pillar candle. A pink pillar candle is something that I have been needed for tablescapes for awhile, but it is one of those things that I tend to forget to look for when I am shopping. When I do think about it, I haven’t found one. I decided to head out to my doctor appointment a little early to give me time to stop in a couple of stores. I started at Home Goods, but found nothing. On a whim, I went into a Hallmark store. There were about 4 or 5 pillar candles on the sale table, and 3 of them were pink.

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Then I faced my next dilemma…I really wanted a pale pink, not a hot pink. I stewed about it for a little bit, then decided to go ahead and purchase it. I figured that it wouldn’t look terrible, and since I had really been needing a pink pillar for a long time, I had better go ahead and get it. For my last plight, see the paragraph about my medical bills above. How can I justify spending money on a candle when I had just promised myself that I would make no more purchases until all of my medical bills are paid? Well, justify it, I did. The sale price was $3.24; I’ve needed a pink pillar to add to my tablescaping supplies for a long time; it might be a long time before I ever find another one.

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I looked through my vintage pottery collection to find the other elements for the centerpiece. This lovely Rumrill vase is one of my favorites, and, while not an exact match, the soft greenish hue looks great with the aqua colors of the table.

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I think I remember that this vase is Shawnee. The pink flower is perfect with the pink flowers of the Danube plates.

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Overall, I was quite pleased with the centerpiece.

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The pottery pieces are perfect, and the hot pink candle really does not look bad at all.

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Although I am typing with 2 hands now and typing a little better, I still cannot type much and for long. As I get to the end of this post, my shoulder is starting to throb a little more, and I know it is time to get away from the computer.

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I am enjoying reading your blogs and looking at your tablescapes and home decor.

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If I don’t comment, you know why. I will be glad when I am back to 100% with my computer use.

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Happy tablescaping and decorating to everyone!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Thomas Kinkade, Recovery Update, and Counting my Blessings

I’m giving myself a little personal indulgence before I get into the tablescape. My baby boy turned 32 yesterday. Although we have not always spent his birthday with him since he has been out of college, we do usually get to see him sometime around his birthday. Not this year…and probably not too often in the future. “Times…they are a changin’.”

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We have five plus hours between us now instead of 1 1/2. Our visiting each other has to become more deliberate and more planned ahead. Well, we are working on it! I called him on his birthday, and he was mowing out the shape of the house on the chosen site. The septic tank will be installed soon (I had no idea this was the first step in building). The photo above was actually not taken on his birthday, but the day after. It was the first time that I held him and the first time that he was out of the incubator. So sweet!

Russell in crib

I am not sure how old he was in this photo. I think maybe 3-4 weeks.

Russell & Callie

I snapped this photo at Camp Lake Stephens a few years ago. I think it was Thanksgiving. I guess we can agree that he grew up and filled out a little. I know that all of you are as proud of your families as I am of mine! Thanks for putting up with a little nostalgic indulgence on my part.

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I am really excited to show you my tablescape today, not because it is anything remarkable or spectacular and certainly not because it shows something that you have not seen before. OK, I’m getting ahead of myself; let me start at the beginning…the striped placemat in shades of purple.

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On top of the placemat are the Thomas Kinkade Spode dinner plates. I love this dinnerware and never get tired of it. I wrote a post about purchasing these plates a couple of years ago, so I won’t repeat it.

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Sometime I just use the dinner plates, but today I wanted to add the salad plates as well. Don’t you just love those gorgeous Kinkade pictures on this dinnerware? Gorgeous!

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Instead of using the striped napkins to match the placemats, I chose the solid purple. I like the contrast and don’t always want too much matchy-matchy. My beaded napkin rings are perfect with the napkins.

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I have tried different flatware with these plates and always come back to the San Remo. I just think that it looks the best. OK, are you ready for the big reveal?

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Ta-da! Yep, I finally got them. I actually see the matching mugs quite often on eBay, but never at an affordable price.

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Finally, they came up last week at a reasonable opening bid, so I jumped on it.

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I unbelievably ended up winning them as the only bidder! Yay!

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Of course, adding shipping did drive the cost up somewhat, but I still think that I won’t ever see that low of a price on them again.

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My purple goblets round out the place setting.

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I don’t have just a whole lot of purple accessories. I spent a few days cataloging my purple table accents in my mind as I thought about how to do this table.

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I started with my recent Dollar General candlestick purchase and my purple variegated candle.

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Then I chose the lovely old platter that my mother-in-law gave me. I love the delicate spray of violets and I’m sure that Vicky from Willie Mae Lane would wrestle me for it if she were here! 100_8098

I had to pick up a few things at Fred’s the other day and took a stroll down the home décor aisle with two things on my mind: purple and cheap. Believe it or not, I actually found several things that had some purple, but this little vase was my favorite.

Looking through my flower stash, I had absolutely nothing purple. I just bought a vase and mugs, and I really don’t need to spend any more money. As you can imagine, I’ve been pretty housebound lately since the shoulder surgery. As I was setting the table, I heard the mailman come, so I went outside to get the mail. Then I noticed it. The monkey grass was blooming! I had no idea that it had boomed, and how providential that I noticed it today! Perfect, right?

I found some scissors and went outside to prune the monkey grass. I was cutting with one hand and clutching the bundle in the other. I was trying to think about how to actually use the monkey grass. It’s pretty flimsy and won’t stand up in a vase, especially one with a wide mouth like I purchased. It really is more the shape of a flower pot.

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As I clutched the bundle, I looked down at my hand holding them all together so that none would escape. The answer was right in front of me! I twisted a rubber band around the bundle to hold it all together. I put the bundle in a juice glass of water and stuck it down in my vase.

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Voila! I love the way it looks. You know, sometimes a simple tablescape like this one gives me infinitely more pleasure than something more elaborate.

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This thought leads me to the rest of the title…counting blessings. I have had so many things to be thankful for these last 2 weeks. I have a wonderful medical team who knew exactly how to fix a torn rotator.

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I have the most wonderful husband in the world who helps me dress, waits on me, folds laundry, and does a myriad of other things to help my recovery along.

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I have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who are actively engaged in Christian ministry and have a heart for teaching children and youth about caring for God’s creation.

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I have extended family who have helped me out with whatever I need, and my mother makes the best chicken pie in the world…not prejudiced, of course.

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

The main blessing that is on my mind now is that my recovery is going well. I return to the doc next week and hope to be put on a therapy schedule and get my life back! But the Lord teaches patience, and I am learning. Best wishes to all in decorating and tablescaping endeavors!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

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Summer Tables and Recovery Update

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I received a lovely mixed bouquet from my coworkers after my surgery, and my idea was to create a table around it. Of course, I really didn’t feel much like tablescaping for a few days so by the time I got around to it, the flowers were on their last leg. Since I did not take any good close-ups of the bouquet for that reason, you may have a little trouble seeing the relation of the elements of the table.

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I chose the burgundy runner for two reasons. First, there were some burgundy flowers in the bouquet. Second, I wanted to play up the burgundy tones in my wine-themed plates.

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I used the wicker chargers and white plates as the base. The plaid April Cornell napkins contain the burgundy color as well as the soft greens and yellow found in my bouquet.

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I used the Dollar Tree green stemware and the Dollar General green flatware to continue the green colors in the place setting.

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I guess I was still not feeling 100% since the tablescape ended there.

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No candles, no cutesy details…just a simple table, but I still liked it and was satisfied that I did what I set out to accomplish…showcase a pretty bouquet.

So many have wished me well since my last post, and I thank you all so much. I had my post-op check this week, and it went well. I should be starting therapy in a few weeks. I am feeling much stronger. Yesterday was my first day to try some light housework, and today was my first day to drive. I divided my errands into a couple of short trips so that I could rest in between.

After the first trip (bank, drugstore, flea market), I came in and sat in the recliner to watch a little tv and rest a little before I went out again. I woke up an hour later! I guess I needed that rest; it often takes longer than one would think to rebuild strength. Even though I am feeling fine, I obviously need to take it slowly and not do too much at once. My husband has been wonderful, adding my household chores and my caregiving to his already full agenda. Not trying to be too personal, but I will just add that although I have never doubted his love for me, the man who willingly and unquestionably helps me to shave is obviously the man who has my heart. As I type these words, he is willingly ironing napkins for tablescapes…I love him so much.

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My next errand run included a Dollar General trip, and   I immediately focused on the 50% off aisle. This pillar candlestick was a great buy, and I snatched it up. I see that it will be a great tablescape workhorse in days to come, and it was the starting point of the next tablescape.

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I decided to begin with my April Cornell sunflower table runner.

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The sage green placemats and yellow plates always look great with this runner. I purchased these placemats at Fred’s back when I first began tablescaping, and I really like how versatile they are.

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After some trial and error, I decided to use my vintage Salem fruit plates for the top layer. I put the matching April Cornell napkins in between the 2 plates for emphasis.

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Even though I had just used the Dollar Tree glasses and Dollar General flatware, they were the best choices for this table, so I used them again.

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Then I started thinking about the centerpiece. I picked up this cute bird house when I bought the candle holder. Although not on sale, it was inexpensive and really cute. I can see it being really useful in a lot of décor.

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I put a pillar candle in shades of green of green on the candle holder and added some cute decorative flowerpots [Dollar General, a while back].

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I love the final look. The centerpiece is cute, eclectic, and summery.

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Please remember that I am still typing {badly} with one left hand. If I don’t respond to your email or comment on your blog, please forgive me. I will be very glad when I become 2-handed once more!

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I am pleased with the table. Hope that you like it as well, and wishing you a great time with your summer decorating!

 

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Nothing Stops aTablescaper

I mentioned in a recent post that I had some medical issues to take care of. I went to the doc with right shoulder pain, suspecting that rotator might be the culprit. To cut to the chase, the MRI showed a small tear in the rotator and severe inflammation. Surgery was my best option, and I was actually able to have it the next day due to a cancellation.

With less than 24 hours notice, I had an untold amount of things to do to prepare for being out of commission for a while, including, of course, a tablescape. I did this one the day before surgery and have had the pics uploaded and ready to go since then.

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I wanted to use my summery striped tablecloth again. As a matter of fact, most of the elements that you see here, you have seen in previous tablescapes. Hopefully, I have just used them in a slightly different way.

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My colorful polka dots dinner and salad plates came next. Their bright pattern is perfect with the colors in the cloth.

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For the top plate, I used Pfaltzgraff Seaside. I decided to go with more of a shell theme for this table, taking my inspiration from these plates.

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The aqua napkins from The Napkin Lady were the perfect color palette for this table. Of course, the shell napkin rings were the only choice for this table.

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I used the matching tumblers as well as the blue flatware.

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The Dollar Tree shell plates were a must, of course! After trying them a few ways, I finally decided on topping off the plate stack with them and adding a votive candle. I liked the look and started to consider how to do my shell motif in the centerpiece.

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I started with the pink flamingo for height, as well as humor. The starfish vase holds a couple of butterflies which I chose for the pink and blue colors. You may remember that the flamingo and butterflies are actually garden art I purchased at Dollar General.

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The shell-themed items in the centerpiece all came from Dollar General at different times. The two candleholders and beach chairs each contain ocean-blue votives which match the ones in the shell plates.

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I added a citronella candle leftover from our camping days. I chose it because I knew the color would be perfect. The beach chair votive holders add some whimsy and cleverness.

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I just love this watery blue candle holder encircled with shells.

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I found these cute little tubs at Dollar General and thought that they could be used in a variety of ways for tablescapes. Today I chose to put river rock in the blue ones to make me think of the outdoors.

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I put blue beads in the pink ones to symbolize ocean waves…oh, how I wish I was in them right now! I finished off the centerpiece with some river rock because I wanted a natural element.

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Because I did not have much time to prepare for surgery, I did not get a lot of calls made. In addition to being short on time, I did not want to make a huge production out of my surgery.

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It went well, and I am pretty sure that I am recuperating on schedule. At the end of the week, I was able to remove bandages and shower; those two things really made a marked difference in how I feel.

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The biggest drawback is being one-handed and needing help with almost everything, especially for this right-handed person. My husband and my mother have jumped in and done everything for me, which has been wonderful.

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Today I am coming to you by typing with one left hand, so overlook the mistakes. If I don’t comment on your blog or reply to an email, you know why. Tablescapes will continue, however, as much as I am able!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

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Hoarding Heaven

Even before we became dealers, we loved antiques, collectibles, and junk and have always enjoyed stopping at antique malls, garage sales, and the like. In a town about an hour away, my husband and I ended up downtown at an antique “store” a few years ago. I really just cannot adequately describe the place. First of all, it was huge…probably as big as any Wal Mart or other really large store that I’ve ever been in…ok, you need to remember this is a store, not a mall with different booths. Second, it was jam-packed full of stuff. What kind of stuff?  Good stuff, bad stuff, all kinds. The front part of the store was nothing but dishes; yes,  it was the dream of a dishoholic like me. What kind of dishes? Hmmm, how do I put it? Everything you could ever imagine. Homer Laughlin, Blue Willow, Flow Blue, Corningware, Pyrex, Fostoria, Imperial, Whitehall, Lenox, Cambridge, Noritake, Heisey, Salem, Limoges, Blue Ridge, Fiesta, Frankoma, Franciscan, Haviland, Johnson Brothers, Nippon, Shawnee, McCoy, Hull…ok, I sound like the Bubba Gump of dishes, but hope you get the idea.

Once I even saw the Hull Red Riding Hood cookie jar in a glass case…with a pretty price. As you can probably imagine, one could barely turn in there; it was one of those places where you had to turn sideways to walk down the very crowded aisles. But here is what is weird: it was organized. All the Pyrex was in one place; all the blue glasses were in one place; all the McCoy pottery was in one place, etc. If you knew what you were looking for, you could probably go right to it and find it. It was all very dirty, too…don’t know if I would dust either if I had thousands of dishes. I never found a bargain there…all the prices were pretty much book. My friend and I used to go there some, and once she bought a Corningware piece and I bought some iced tea glasses. They were for our own use, so we didn’t mind paying full price.

That was just the front of the store; in the rear…sort of like a large warehouse…were books, albums, pillows, linens, chairs, dressers, silver, brass, sofas, chests, Mason jars, and literally thousands of other items. I am seriously not exaggerating. The back part had no heat or air and was soooo dirty…but it was all organized. It was such a contradiction to go in this vast, filthy place, yet see all 2000 record albums in one place and all 5000 45’s stacked in another; I’ve seen chairs all lined up as far as I could see and silverplate all heaped in one large bin. A real enigma if there ever was one!

David and I went back there after we decided to open up our booth. He had never been all the way in the back before, and I had told him that I thought there would be some pretty good furniture there. Of course, way in the back were also several places where the ceiling had leaked and boxes of paper and stuff were lying around. I was too scared of rats to venture back there, but he did. He found several really good pieces of furniture…true antiques like he and I rarely see. He picked out a couple that needed gobs of work (which he is good at and can usually get cheap) and went to ask the lady if she would deal. She would not, and she was rude. Basically, they let the furniture sit there and ruin rather that sell it to someone for a decent price….the whole place was like that. We later realized that it was a classic hoarding situation. You know, that “All-my-stuff-is-valuable-and-worth-full-price-even-if-the-legs-are-rotting-or-some-dishes-are-chipped” syndrome.

Therefore, last Friday when I got an email message that this store was having a “liquidation auction,” I was intrigued. I texted David at work, and we decided to give it a try. So we left early Saturday morning wondering what in the world our day would be like.

The minute we opened the door, the first thing that struck us is how clean it was. Probably 30-35% of the dishes and glassware were gone and room had been made to set up the registration tables. The rest of the things were still in that front room, and I walked around and looked at dishes trying to spy what I might want to bid on. David walked on through the back and was amazed at the transformation. The center part of the back room and been cleaned and set up with the podium and chairs for the auction. When they ran out of room for stuff, they moved the merchandise up. There were literally hundreds of baskets of every shape and size hanging from the rafters, as well as a lot of chairs and other items. The furniture had been really weeded out…all the “good” stuff was gone, but there were literally several hundred pieces left to look at. The left side of the room was milk glass, table linens, albums, and a few hundred other things. The right side of the room was mainly lamps…table lamps, floor lamps, every type of lamp you could possible imagine…a hundred of them maybe. The rear of the room held thousands of books. Anyway, David wrote down some lot numbers that he thought he might bid on. For me, the dishes and glassware were going to come in box deals with no lot numbers, so I just thought that I would take my chances when I saw something interesting.

It took a little while before I bid on anything, but we enjoyed seeing what others bought and what kind of prices things were bringing. David and I both perked up when we saw a horse and mule feed sack go up for auction because our friend owned the company until it went out of business a few years ago. It went for $37.50, and I texted my friend to tell her. She said that they get emails about their feed sacks all the time; someone even has one on display in a casino in Las Vegas.

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I bid on a few things that I did not get, and, truthfully, I was pretty proud of myself for not getting caught up in bidding fever. I kept reminding myself that I was buying for resale, so I never went very high. Finally, I won the bid for a mixed lot of amber glassware from the 60s and 70s, 6 pieces total.

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This may seem weird to many of you, but, truthfully, this type of item usually sells better than true antiques.

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Go figure. Sorry my pics aren’t too great. I was in a hurry.

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Yesterday, I ran everything through the dishwasher, and I am pretty pleased with it. Although you never really know, I should be able to ask what I spent on the box for the large bowl, then the other pieces will be profit.

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The next item I won was a mixed lot of Floragold, 10 pieces in all. I had heard of Floragold and I sort of knew what it was, but wasn’t sure. I was the only bidder, so I got it cheap and decided it was worth the risk.

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I washed it all yesterday, and I’m still not sure exactly what I have. A couple of pieces look like Carnival glass to me, like this gorgeous bowl, my favorite piece of the lot. My preliminary research does say that Floragold was meant to imitate Carnival glass, but I have not gotten much further than that.

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I really thought that this pretty piece was a parfait or ice cream glass. Apparently, it is actually a tumbler.

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The pretty miniature pitcher looks like neither Floragold nor Carnival Glass to me. It looks like Amberina crackle glass…an old pitcher because of the applied handle and pontil mark, I think.

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The last lot that I bought was another surprise to me…no one bid on this lovely lusterware tea set. I felt sure that people did not know what it was.

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It has 6 cups & saucers, and 6 dessert plates. I have never really cared for a lot of the lusterware colors, but I love this one. It is so delicate and not garish like some of the bright orange lusterware I have seen. Anyway, I was quite surprised when I bought it and saw Bavaria on the bottom rather than Japan. I will be doing more research in the future and letting you know what I find…on both this set and the Floragold.

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In talking to people, we discovered that the older couple who owned the store died. I guess family had gotten what they wanted (which is why a lot of the more expensive dishware, furniture-that which hadn’t ruined at least-, and other items were gone); I don’t blame them at all, for I would certainly do the same.

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Then the entire building with its contents was sold, and this new owner had done the cleaning up and was holding the auction. We found out that he had spent about 3 months cleaning to get ready for the auction, no surprise there.

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A young man who helped us load (David did buy a dining table, by the way) told us that three of the large dumpsters that fit on 18 wheelers had been filled to the brim and hauled away during the clean up. No surprise there, either.

We enjoyed our day and would have liked to stay until the end. But we were tired, hot, and hungry, and when we left after about 4 hours of auction, the room wasn’t even half empty. As much as we would have liked to see how it all came out, we just didn’t have the fortitude. So that is the end of my story, which has gotten so long that I did not even show you my latest tablescape. I will do that later as well as keep you informed of any info I find out on my purchases. Happy bargain hunting to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Black and White and Bargains

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Last weekend David and I decided to go to an estate sale in a nearby town. Lately it seems like most of the estate sales that we frequent are priced way too high. As a matter of fact, most of them seem to be not only priced to high for resale, but also often priced too high to even buy for yourself. But we decided to go anyway.

The sale was not extremely organized. It looked like they had just put prices on things wherever they were; no effort had been made to group like things together or display anything attractively. In the kitchen, the dishes had not even been taken out of the cabinet. There was a price put on each cabinet, so I purchased all 3 cabinets. I was glad I did because dishes that belonged in sets were spread out in every cabinet. I even found plates that matched one of the sets in the dish drainer (I found out from a lady who came through the sale that she was the kind neighbor who had washed them and put them there before the man died) and I had to purchase the dish drainer full of dishes in order to complete the set.

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But it was all still a good price, and I got some nice things. None of the sets of dishes that I somehow managed to put together from the 3 cabinets and sink are complete. Of course there is no way to know, but I still think that I can make a profit even after discounting for incomplete sets. I love this set. It is called Cade’s Cove (a place we love in the Great Smoky Mountains) and the theme is apples. This is the most complete set that I have; it only lacks one dinner plate being an 8-place setting of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and cups & saucers.

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This set is from the seventies and by Noritake. It is a stoneware pattern called Bay Roc, a very dark blue that looks almost black with an abstract blue and green design. This set is also almost complete plus it has a small serving dish and a sugar bowl. When I looked it up on Replacements, there was not even a photo of the dinner plate, pretty unusual for Replacements. I’m hoping that means that this set is rare. It was discontinued in 1978; I never even knew that Noritake made stoneware.

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This was probably the lady’s formal china. It is called Florateen Fantasia. I love the delicate pink and blue flowers in it. This is one of those sets that I would be tempted to keep; however, there are only 2 salad plates with the set and it has several coffee cups and saucers, which I don’t use.

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Despite the fact that I don’t have room for it, I will keep it if it doesn’t sell and try to find the room. But I need to make the money back that I spent and will try to sell it first.

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This pattern is also Noritake; it is called Ivy Lane and was discontinued in 1998. According to Replacements, it is the most monetarily valuable of all that I purchased. Herein lies another reason that I did not like the way the sale was (dis)organized. There were some more pieces of this china scattered around that I did not get because they were not placed in the places that I had paid for. I also got to this pattern last (it took us a long time to pack up all of these dishes), and when I realized that I had some pieces of it, the other pieces that I had seen earlier had been purchased. I only have 2 dinner plates, 3 cups, and 2 bowls. I will try to sell them for less than what 1 plate costs on Replacements ($27.99). I am hoping that someone who has this pattern knows how expensive it is and will jump on the opportunity to add to their collection.

Candy Stripe pattern by Gibson Designs

I also purchased a set of Gibson dishes which I did not photograph (this pic is from Replacements). I already put that set at the booth along with almost all of the individual items which were in the cabinets, such as mugs, bowls, and a large variety of dishware. I worked at the flea market yesterday and have already sold a set of stainless (yes, it was in one of the cabinets) and a vintage ironstone butter dish. Although business at the flea market has been pretty slow, we are beginning to get folks who are hunting for inexpensive items for their kids’ college apartments…which is why the lady bought the stainless.

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After the estate sale, we went on to a nearby city to do some shopping and eat a late lunch. At Hobby Lobby, I went to the clearance aisle and found these wonderful black and white plates…4 of them, no chips, for 90 percent off. Yes, you read that right; I purchased 4 plates for $1.80 each that were originally marked $17.99. These plates are the basis of today’s tablescape.

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I decided to stick to the black and white theme today, but I have several pictures in my mind of using these plates with some different colors. I decided to top the dinner plate with my black salad plates…love the way the pattern on the dinner plate framed the solid black plate. I topped the salad plate with a white napkin in the fan fold held by a clear napkin ring.

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Of course, San Remo flatware was the best choice for this table.

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I used my everyday wine glasses and my grandmother’s Depression glass sherbet dishes to complete the table.

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I did not have a hard time deciding on a centerpiece. I used my black platter and topped it with my vintage Fenton silver crest candy dish.

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I love my simple black and white table and am so excited about my bargain plates!

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I had some medical appointments last week and more coming this week. I am embarrassed to admit that I have been somewhat remiss about my regular physicals–other than the yearly mammogram– (except they are now called “wellness checks”) since I retired. As a ten-year-plus cancer survivor, I know better.

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Anyway, I am doing it now…I’ve had all the regular stuff done, and it’s all good.

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I do have a few issues now that I need to take care of, and I am working on that. If I don’t post much in the next week or two, it is because I am working on getting all of these things done. This week I worked 2 days at the paper, 1 day at the flea market, and spent an entire day out of town at medical appointments. Basically that only left me today to run all of my errands, do housework, and take some things to the flea market. Plus it had been over a week between blog posts, and I don’t like to go that long without posting. So now I am finishing up my post and will be getting back to the laundry. Believe me, retirement is not all relaxation and doing nothing! However, it is still great and very worth while…I recommend it to everyone! Have a great weekend.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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Life’s a Beach

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Since I can’t go to the beach, I decided to do a beach-themed tablescape instead. Believe me, the beachy table is not the next best to being there! But I did have fun doing it and used a couple of new purchases as well as some old ones.

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I started with this colorful tablecloth. I purchased it at Dollar General last year, and I love the bright blues and pinks in the stripes.

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I chose the wicker chargers topped with the polka dot melamine plates from last year. These polka dots and stripes both lend themselves to a few different color schemes.

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I tried out a few things and finally settled on these salad plates. I love the peaceful seaside scenes on them; they are appropriately called “Ocean View.”

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I found these great small plates with a summer theme on them last week. They were in one of our local antique malls; all 4 were $2.

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When I got them home and washed them, the original price tag from one of our local gift shops was still on them. Someone paid $22 for all 4 of them at one point, so I got quite the deal!

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For our glassware, I decided to pair my pink goblets with the polka dot tumblers.

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I have several different napkin colors that will work with this table. I finally decided on these from April Cornell. The light blue background with pink, red, yellow, and green colors complement the tablecloth.

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Last week when I was in Dollar General, I had a great time looking at the summer time décor. I usually like to wait until it goes on sale before I buy anything, but there was so little of it left that I decided to purchase a few things to add to my purchases of previous years. The pink flatware caddy holds blue flatware; last year I purchased the pink flatware and blue caddy.

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For the centerpiece, I found these great torches at Fred’s and purchased them on a whim. I think they were $1.50 each and came in several colors. I purchased the pink and blue because I knew that I would be getting out this tablecloth at some point. Beware: they are for outdoor use! I will not use them inside other than for looks. If you are planning an outdoor gathering, I think they would look great on your picnic table. They also have the tall ones that stand up in the ground if you’re interested.

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The other elements of the centerpiece were previous Dollar General purchases from years past. I love these beach chair votive holders. The seashell lantern also holds a small votive.

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On one corner of the table, I placed the flip flop dishes with their spreaders, also from Dollar General a few years back.

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I found this starfish vase on for half price at the end of last summer at…big surprise…Dollar General (really should get a kickback from them, shouldn’t I?). The blue beads were from Dollar Tree a while back and the cylinder…you guessed it, Dollar General.

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Last Saturday I worked in our flea market and found this cute little teapot in one of the booths. I have a rule that I don’t tell you what I paid for things that I buy for resale ( I will resell it at some point, just no time soon). Let me just say that it was really, really inexpensive. Really.

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I used it on the remaining corner of the table and surrounded it with the Dollar Tree shell plates that I have had for a few years.

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I know the table didn’t really need that teapot, but I thought it was co cute and really wanted to use it. I’ll do a different table sometime to showcase it better.

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Believe it or not, I still have a few beachy items left that I did not use. I will definitely be doing another beach theme (or 2) at some point in the future.

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In the meantime, I will continue to wish that I am on the beach.

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But since I don’t believe in wishing my life away, I will be happy and content where I am.

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Here’s is wishing happiness and contentment to all of you as well!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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