A Quiet Fourth of July

I looked back to my Memorial Day tablescape to make sure that I didn’t do the exact same one today and remembered that our Memorial Day was a quiet one because David was feeling so bad. I am glad to report now that our Fourth will be quiet for the total opposite reason: David is feeling really well and is trying to get the most rest that he can in before he returns to work on Monday. Yea!

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He was supposed to start midweek last week, but his boss called and preferred that he wait until Monday. Since we rarely have the same days off and he was feeling so well, we decided to do a short buying trip Wednesday afternoon. Quite by accident, a friend and I discovered a sweet little lady who has a thrift shop about 40 miles north of here, and David had never been. Her stuff is pretty junky, but it is possible to find a hidden jewel or two there. Not this week…I got this green pitcher and a small oval Pyrex dish. The dish is not pictured because it is soaking in vinegar. It was pretty cloudy and I’m not sure it will come clean. But both were really cheap, so I should be able to at least break even on the dish…maybe.

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Overall, it was a nice drive…something different to do for the two of us, and now David has seen the place. Yesterday was basically our last day off together, so we decided to go to the city south of us and hit a couple of thrift/junk stores that we had been told about. As luck would have it, those were closed, but we found a couple of antique malls to check out and another thrift store to visit. I was thrilled to find these Federal glass plates in the Golden Glory pattern, milk glass only manufactured from 1959-1966. I did not like the price on them, but yesterday was 50% off day. I won’t make much of a profit even at 50% off, but since I have a bowl in this pattern that I picked up recently from Driveway Man, I really wanted them. I am hoping to be able to put the 3 pieces together for an attractive bundle. Much to my surprise, when I looked them up this morning, the thrift store price was almost full retail value! So my 50% off was an even worse bargain that I had thought. Oh, well, nothing I can do about it now.

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The one gem I found in the antique mall was this Gail Pittman pitcher in the flame pattern that I collect. The flame pattern is very hard to find, and I have a couple of pitchers, but not one in this shape. There are a few small nicks around the rim, but they don’t bother me since this will be a display piece. This booth also had a 20% sale, so I was thrilled.

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On to the table…I started with these great quilted placemats that you last saw on Memorial Day.

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I needed a solid color base on this placemat, so my red Wal Mart plates are perfect. I topped them with my Salem English Village plates. Perfection! Love the blue and red!

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But I’m not finished yet…I topped them off with the Oneida American Quilt plate. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I do! Love the way the Salem plate frames the small plate.

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I made these napkin rings last year from Dollar Tree sparkly pinwheels and used my Dollar General napkins from last year.

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For glassware, I chose my blue Dollar Tree flutes and my red Christmas glasses. Chateau flatware finishes off the place setting.

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It is a good thing that we had not planned to grill today due to David’s continuing recuperation. It’s pouring here now and thunderstorms are expected all day. It sort of makes me want to laugh at those people who are counting on picnicking today. We are dining on baked chicken breasts, twice baked potatoes, and roasted asparagus in our nice, dry house while their burgers and dogs are getting soggy in their soaked picnic sites. But I won’t laugh…I’ve certainly been there myself! Bad weather often makes things more memorable and fun…I’m still just glad it’s not me!

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For my kitchen table vignette, I found a star decoration that I bought at end-of-season clearance a couple of years back and draped my Dollar Tree beads around the vase. Hobby Lobby salt and pepper shakers finish off the table.

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I love our simple table; more than that, I love our simple day!

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I hope everyone has a happy, safe Fourth of July and a great upcoming week!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

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Fourth of July, A Few Bargains, and David Does a Tablescape

David is feeling much better, so we decided to make a quick trip to visit his parents a few days ago. We made a few stops for bargains, but I did not take the time to photograph most of them. Therefore, I only have a few bargain pics to show you, and most of these are not from recent bargain trips, but from a few trips back.

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I am always on the lookout for Christmas dishes and glasses. I got a set of 12 of these a while back for a great price.

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On that same trip, I got 8 of these Christmas polar bear glasses, 4 of each size. Aren’t they cute?

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I really like these reindeer glasses in cobalt blue. I am a little unsure about how they will sell, but that’s the chance I always take.

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Other things I’ve gotten recently that I’ve not photographed are a lovely set of Anchor Hocking Wexford pitcher and 6 glasses, similar to those pictured above. I got some great pieces of Corningware, all in the blue cornflower pattern. These are usually great sellers for me.

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I found a few Fire King saucers and several good pieces of milk glass.

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I also got a couple of glasses that match this pitcher I showed you several posts back.

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I found a small footed crystal bowl and this unusual jar when I visited Driveway Man. I hope it is just unusual enough to sell.

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I mentioned earlier that David is feeling much better; he plans to go back to work on light duty this week. I knew he was feeling better when I came home from work this week to find that he had done a tablescape. When I left that morning, he asked me if there was anything that he could do to help, and I said that he could wash the things I had purchased from Driveway Man the day before. Apparently, he not only washed the jar, but also used it as an inspiration for a simple table in the kitchen. Didn’t he do a good job?

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So that brings me to today’s table, which celebrates the Fourth of July. I’ve mentioned in the past that my mother-in-law likes to pick up things for me when she goes to sales; as a matter of fact, she is the one who found the Corningware mentioned above as well as several other things for me. Anyway, she handed me this fabric as we were leaving the other day, knowing that I would find some sort of use for it on a table. Today I realized that it is actually a pillow sham, but I am using it for a table runner.

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Although I love my square Wal Mart plates at any time of the year, I really love to use them on the Fourth of July. I put last year’s Dollar General napkins between the 2 plates to give them some separation.

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Flatware is Dollar General blue, and I pulled out the old standby Target bowls which I love to use for the Fourth.

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Glassware was an easy choice. Dollar Tree blue pairs well with ruby red stems that I found at my flea market for $1 each…yep, $1!

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For the centerpiece, I went through my holiday stash and chose this decoration (which is really supposed to be yard art). I love it for this time of year.

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Flanking it are Target buckets filled with Dollar Tree flags. I scattered Dollar Tree beads around the vase and draped a few in the buckets.

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Great table and very festive! Yesterday I had plans to go through and organize, wash, price, and box up a few weeks’ worth of things for the flea market…a time-consuming job that I enjoy doing, but I have to be in the mood to get it done. I had put it off even more than usual due to David’s surgery. I also need to do that pretty often in order to keep the bedroom where I store everything organized and as clear as I can.

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Using the dining table as a staging area, I worked pretty hard at that for a couple of hours. Then I looked on the computer at cnn.com and realized that the one outstanding fugitive in New York had just been captured.

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Needless to say, I was glued to the tv for the rest of the afternoon. I didn’t finish my organizing job nor do a new tablescape (obviously, since the dining table was full of junk).

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I made up my mind that I was going to finish both jobs today before I went to work at 1:00, and I did.

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However, I also went to the grocery store, did some laundry, and cooked lunch. I also went through all of the books in the house and did a big purge. I had already decided what to purge of my books, so the only ones that I had to go through were  David’s.

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With the dining table full of books, David was agreeable to do the task and let go of about 50% or maybe a little more of what he had. I priced everything and boxed them up for the flea market. That was a huge task that I had been putting off for quite some time.

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I am so glad to have that done, as well as a little more organization and sense made in the extra bedroom.

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I hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoy your tablescaping and organizing as much as I do!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

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Simple Summer Table Plus Recovery Update

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The inspiration for this table is these April Cornell napkins. I ran across them when I was putting away some clean napkins and realized that I hadn’t used them in quite some time. I don’t even remember where I got them…ebay, I think. As I looked at the pattern closely, I thought they looked a little tropical or Hawaiian…the pattern may be palm fronds and/or hibiscus against a soft blue background…sea or sky, take your pick.

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I wanted to do summer again but not over the top like the last couple of beach tables. To blend with the soft pink color of the napkins, I chose my HL Sunrise small plates. I placed them on top of the my square taupe Wal Mart plates. Doing too much pink would have overwhelmed these napkins, but this one plate brings out the pink shade without overtaking it.

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I still want to evoke summer, so I decided to use my Dollar Tree shell plates again. I decided that the colors of these plates is perfect with my overall delicate color scheme. I think that I can use shells without an overwhelming beach theme. Using them without too many other beachy elements keeps the table summery without hitting you in the face.

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Goblets in delicate shades of light green and pink continue my summertime colors.

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My light green Dollar General flatware and vintage floral napkin rings keep the light summer feel going. I really like the way the place setting ended up looking light and airy with a more delicate feel.

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For the centerpiece, I wanted to use some summertime accessories, just not all of them. I used only one of my Dollar General beach chair candleholders. I chose this one because it has the same soft blue that is in the napkin and the same minty green as the goblets…very summery.

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This blue candle holder does have a few shells on it, but I chose it for the color. I think a few more shells are ok as long as I don’t overdo it.

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My large pillar candle has the same soft pink and minty green colors also seen elsewhere in the tablescape, and I scattered a few rattan balls around for some interest.

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Simple, summer, restful, peaceful…I love the final look. To update you on David’s recovery from surgery, he is doing really well. His recovery pain gets a little less each day, and he is doing well on walking each day (doctor’s orders). We started this week getting out for just a little while each day to start rebuilding his stamina somewhat. He has done well, but spends a lot of time resting and sleeping the rest of the day!

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Another update for you involves the Wal Mart Beauty Box, which I briefly mentioned in my last post. I like beauty products, but don’t really want or need to spend extra money to try things out. When I heard of the Wal Mart box, it sounded like the perfect answer. I filled out the info online, and a few weeks later, I received my first box. Since I am over 50, most of my products were geared for mature skin.

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I enjoyed the Burt’s Bees intense hydration sample, but probably will not purchase again. It was fine, just not what I want to spend my limited beauty budget on.

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The Garnier Miracle Sleeping cream sample was really nice, and it is something that I would consider purchasing. However, I already mentioned my tight beauty budget, and the Garnier products that I am familiar with are pretty pricey. I did get a coupon in the box, so there is a possibility that I may purchase it just once anyway.

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There was one more skin cream sample in the box (yep, it really targeted my “mature skin!”), Palmer’s. I didn’t like it enough to purchase again, and that leads me to an item that I did not like at all.

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The box contained a very generous sample size of Palmer’s lotion (far right of picture). I was very excited to see it as I had just run out of the small size of lotion (usually I save hotel size lotions) that I keep in my purse. Maybe it’s me, but I really did not care for the scent at all. I definitely will never buy this lotion, and I’m not even sure if I will finish using the bottle.

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I have enjoyed the large sample sizes of L’Oreal Total Repair shampoo and conditioner. These large samples will last me quite some time, but I will probably not purchase. I have dandruff, so when I spend on pricey shampoo, I buy Nizoral. I use VO5 that I pick up on sale at CVS for the days that I don’t need to use dandruff shampoo.

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I have not yet tried the Jergens BB cream or the samples of Ken Pave shampoo and conditioner. I also received a coupon for deodorant, which I may or may not use. David and I are both pretty set on the deodorant brands that we like, but I may not let a coupon for a free deodorant go to waste. The Lady Gaga perfume sample was so-so.

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So my overall impression of the Wal Mart box is favorable. No one, including me, would have any idea that I wouldn’t like the Palmer’s. That’s what a sample box is for…to determine if I would ever buy the products. The box cost $5, and supposedly I will get one every season. I definitely did not mind spending the $5 since I was pleased with the majority of the box. I’ll keep you informed of my future boxes and whether or not I keep up the subscription.

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Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping and decorating!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

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We’re Home! Plus Updates

As I reported in my last post, David had his surgery Wednesday, and we got home Thursday. He did really well, and the surgery was a great success. So far he has been a good patient, doing everything the doc says. As a matter of fact, this morning after his shower, I suggested that he go rest awhile, and his reply was, “You don’t have to talk me into that.” He is resting again now, but I did get a few comments out of him when preparing for the next tablescape. I said,” What do I use for Father’s Day? Fishing lures?” He smiled slyly and said, “Neckties.” Then I said, “What kind of dishes?” He said, “Manly.”

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So here is my interpretation of his advice. He was asleep before I finished the table, so I can’t wait to see if he likes it. Well, I don’t have manly dishes, but I do have black plates that I normally reserve for Halloween. The Friendly Village, while not exactly “manly,” do have great neutral colors, and the square plate was a good choice. The covered bridge might be a place where a man would stand to cast a line or two.

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I looked over the pictures on the other pieces of transferware and chose the bowl with the old mill by the stream. Again, the stream looks like a good fishing place, and the old grist mill is certainly a masculine entity.

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Solid taupe napkins are a nice, neutral, and…dare I say it…manly shade. Once again borrowing from the fall of the year, black napkin rings knotted with straw are a masculine choice. Surely some man in The Friendly Village would be driving the bush hog harvesting hay in one of those inviting pastures!

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Vintage Ruby Red glasses are a “manly” red color, and mugs are a nice large size because most men don’t want to drink out of a coffee cup…they generally prefer a larger size drink.  The black San Remo flatware continues the black theme of the dinner plate.

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Now for the centerpiece…as I raided my husband’s closet for ties, I had an idea.

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Although my centerpiece could definitely reflect any man, why not make it more about David? He certainly deserves it after what he has been through the past 3 months! So the tie with the tennis rackets is on top because he loves tennis. He and my son are both jim-dandy tennis players, although neither play as much as they used to. Since he can’t lift his arms over his head, I’m not really sure when he will play again!

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The tie pin that he left on this tie is also very indicative of the man who David is…a fine Christian example, even when he is in the worst pain of his life! He told the recovery nurses all about the Passion Play, and he prayed with the floor nurse yesterday morning before she went off duty.

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Fishing lures…easy. Several years ago I stole his grandfather’s hand-tied flies out of his tackle box and framed them in a shadow box for his Christmas gift.

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The reverence that I hear in his voice when he talks about his grandpa is the same reverence that I hear in Russell’s voice when he speaks of both of his grandfathers. How awesome!

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I’ve already mentioned David’s faith. I went to our Bible shelf (18 Bibles on the shelf, plus a few other scattered in various places throughout the house) and located the one that I was looking for. The Men’s Devotional Bible is one that he has enjoyed a lot, and it has that nice masculine cover that I was looking for.

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Why the swim mask? On our rare trips to the beach, David’s favorite thing to do is put on a mask and snorkel and observe all of the fish in the water. He could do that for hours…and usually does.

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David does like hunting, but he has not been able to go in the past few years. I decided to put a few shotgun shells on the table anyway.

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The stain is symbolic of another of his favorite pastimes, repairing and refinishing furniture. The tennis racket is another favorite object.

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I love my Father’s Day table and can’t wait for him to wake up and see it!

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In other updates, I got my diploma from the Asheford Institute of Antiques! I am so thrilled about it and plan to frame it as soon as possible.

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I completely forgot to update you on the Moore’s Marinades in my last post. We had steaks marinated in the Original Marinade a few days ago, and they were wonderful! Today I used the Honey BBQ sauce on some smoked ham steaks for lunch, and we loved it. So far, we are 4 for 4 on the Moore’s box!

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Believe it or not, I recently won another great prize. Vicky of Life on Willie Mae Lane awarded me an Amazon card for my answers on her birthday quiz. If you’ve not checked out her great blog, do so. It is full of great crafting ideas and wonderful thrift store and yard sale buys…right up my alley!

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Not a prize, but another great thing that I got in the mail this week was my first Wal Mart Beauty Box. I got generous sample sizes of several skin care and hair care products, plus some great coupons.

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It was a great box for $5, and I plan to go into more detail about it later.

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So that’s my news and updates! It seems like I had a lot to say, but the best is that David’s surgery went so well.

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Thanks for all the prayers. We certainly feel them.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Happy Father’s Day to all of you!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

 

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Thomas Kinkade, Bargains, and Updates

Before I get into today’s table, I have a couple of updates with what’s happening with us. So if you’re not interested in the personal stuff, scroll on through to the pics.

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Update #1: As most of you know, David has been suffering mightily with a disc problem for weeks and has finally gotten the test results and surgery scheduled. He goes in this week to have the C 7 disc fused with the C 5 and C 6 fusion done in 2008. The doctor is convinced that he will have almost instantaneous relief after the surgery. We are so thankful that we finally have an end in sight. Athough the constant pain has been awful, losing his grip has been downright scary. I will probably be off my blog for a few days, but will keep readers updated as I can.

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Update #2: I am truly not telling this next part to have a pity party or something like that, just stating some facts. I blogged a couple of weeks ago that it seems like when it rains, it pours. While facing mountains of medical bills, our lawnmower died, our garage door opener broke, and this morning, our water heater was out. Aren’t we the lucky ones! We found some solutions online, and David spent a couple of hours working on it. He was able to get it going again, so we are praying that it will hold since paying for a plumber and/or new water heater is not in our future! And, no, he did not need to be doing that at all, but what choice do we have at this point? He just took some pain meds and I hope he will be able to rest the remainder of the day. We are so thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness. He provided ways for us to pay for the first two and gave David the handyman gift that he was able to take care of the third! And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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Update #3: I found a few bargains…always fun! One of our vendors put 75% off her booth to make room for some new items. I had spied this cute treat bowl in her booth a while back, but I just didn’t want to spend any money on it. However, when I could get it for $2.50, I decided to go for it. It is in perfect condition, so you will definitely be seeing it on some Halloween tables this fall. The only drawback to it is that it is quite large; therefore, it will take up valuable storage space. But I will find a place for it for now and rethink keeping it after the 2015 Halloween season.

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These leaves were new in the box; they still had the stickers on them, never been used. I actually don’t think that they had ever been out of the box given the way they were packed in there pretty tightly.

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The box was labeled leaf plates, but they are actually a shallow bowl…not enough room for soup, but a small salad or pie-and-ice-cream type dessert would fit well. They might even hold candy corn…who knows? I love the rich colors of these leaves!

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If you follow my blog, I know what you’re thinking: Doesn’t she have enough leaf plates already?

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Well, yes, I do, but remember my rule of thumb for tablescaping: something in, something out.

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When fall comes, I will weed out the old leaf plates to make room for these. They are just beautiful, and all 4 were only $2!

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I also purchased some cute Christmas napkins that I forgot to photograph, and this Christmas cookie jar, which is the only item that I bought for resale. It is really cute, and I had good luck with holiday cookie jars last year, although I didn’t the year before that. That’s part of being in the junk business…you just never know!

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On to the table….I had a hard time deciding today, but finally settled on Thomas Kinkade. I love this set of dishes, but they seem a little dark and heavy for a summertime table. I decided to challenge myself to lighten up these dishes for summer.

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I started with the striped placemats in shades of purple, lavender, and violet.

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I decided to use both the dinner and the salad plates on this table. I never get tired of this gorgeous china! I wish more pieces of it had been made.

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Instead of my dark purple napkins, the striped napkins that match the placemats are lighter. Also, the ice cream parlor chair napkin rings serve the dual purpose of lightening up the table and giving it a little whimsy.

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I tossed around ideas for glassware in my head. I normally use my purple goblets, but I wanted to do something a little lighter. I remembered that I hadn’t used the matching mugs in a while. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, I placed a mug in one of my Dollar Tree shell dishes. Love it!

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The colors of the shells blend well with the placemats…not an exact match, but it meshes enough to look fine and I love the way they lighten up the mugs.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that only one of the shells made the mug sit a little uneven, so I did not take a close up photo of that one.

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For flatware, I went with the green Dollar General flatware. The colors blend with the green shades of the china and are much lighter than if I had used silver or black.

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Continuing with the shell theme, I decided that my little chairs could hold a shell.

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Since I am serving something in mugs, I definitely need a shell teapot on the table!

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A sprinkling of shells on the table and neutral vase with starfish continue the shell motif as well as the lighten-it-up plan.

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I almost did not use a candle, but remembered that my purple-to-green variegated pillar would lighten up the heavy purple while still continuing the color scheme!

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I really like the way my Thomas Kinkade worked on the lighter table.

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Hope everyone has a great week and I will be posting our surgical results as soon as I am able!

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The Beach Part 2, Bargains, & Updates

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I wanted to do a slightly different beach tablescape today, choosing the strong reds and blues associated with a nautical look rather than the more aquamarine shades I used on my last table. Regular readers know that I love to use beach towels as a table covering on these types of tables, and I do have a great one with not only the reds and blues that I love but also a great ship anchor emblem.

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I decided that the Dollar General placemats and napkins are extacly what I needed to blend with the reds and blues of the table.

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My red square plates from Wal Mart seemed the obvious choice for this color scheme.

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To create a separation between the dinner plate and the salad plate, I put the napkin between the two plates. Then I topped the stack off with the appetizer plates from Tag, a great find at a flea market a year or two back for something like $2. I love the beachy emblems on them which can also work for any summertime theme. Present Time flatware contributes to the playful look.

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My Dollar Tree goblets are great on this table, the perfect shade of blue water.

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I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple. This beachy lantern, an old Dollar General purchase, has a great look. Other Dollar General purchases from the past are these great flip-flop dip and spreader dishes. Aren’t they so cute?

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One of the business updates that I have been forgetting to write about is the dollar shelf in my booth. At the urging of some other vendors who do it, I have allocated a set of shelves in the booth as the “dollar shelf;” everything is $1 or less. This shelf serves two purposes. First, merchandise that has been in the booth for a long time and that I do not mind reducing goes on the dollar shelf. If I don’t want to reduce something, I will take it home. Second, the dollar shelf is a good place to sell some cheap things at a good markup. If I pick up little items at yard sales for a quarter, for example, I will often put them on the dollar shelf.

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In April and again in May, I ran up on a couple of yard sales where I got some great box deals on kitchen tools (cooking spoons, spatulas, assorted kitchen knives, can openers, vegetable peelers, and the like). It was well worth my while to take them home and spend some time cleaning them up. Most could go in the dishwasher, although a few of the items needed some heavy-duty scrubbing. I priced them all for the $ shelf, and they have been selling like hotcakes. I made my money back on the boxes in the first few sales, and now everything I am making is all profit. The first month of the $ shelf, I made about 2/3 of my booth rent off the sale items. For the next couple of months, I did well with the dollar items, although not as well as the first month. Then last month, with the kitchen tool sales, I went back to making about 2/3 of the booth rent again.

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This weekend I did a little bit of “yard-sailing,” nothing major, but I hit a couple of sales and found some bargains. My pic does not do this lovely slim bud vase with a graceful curved shape justice. So pretty!

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These candlesticks were so cheap that I can put them on the $ shelf. I may try putting a little bit higher price on them first, however, and seeing if they will move. I can always reduce them if that doesn’t work.

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Also for the $ shelf are these cute decorative bottles. They came with corks; they are just out right now while the bottles are drying. Bottles of all types seem to sell pretty well.

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A local church was having a sale and I got 2 boxes of dishes very, very cheaply. The best thing in those 2 boxes is this beautiful china. It says “Bali” on the back. I have 6 dinner plates, 8 mugs, 8 salad/dessert plates, & 7 bowls. I think this is a really pretty pattern.

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The greatest thing about these 2 boxes is that there were about 5 or 6 assorted plates plus a couple of random glasses between the 2 boxes. Putting those things on the $ shelf will more than recoup my invest on the boxes, and the price I get for the Bali set will be all profit.

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Items that I did not photograph but that I also found for great deals were a couple of pieces of Tupperware, a small set of Corelle plates & bowls, a mirror, and, yes, another box deal on kitchen tools. I buy from one of the guys regularly, and he always gives me really good deals. After I purchased the Corelle set, he sold me 6 Corelle cups (different pattern than the set) for $1. Good addition for the $ shelf, ya’ll!!

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I worked at the flea market yesterday, and I took the kitchen tools all washed and priced with me. I sold enough of them yesterday to recoup my investment and turn a profit! I was stoked.

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Unfortunately, I do have a little sad news to report. One of the things I love about the flea market is the way we become family with our regular customers. In particular, we have several folks that we refer to as our “Thursday morning” group. Two of our favorite customers are B and her mom M, who come over from a neighboring county every week. Occasionally, B also comes on a weekend and brings either her daughter or her husband. B’s husband teaches at a nearby community college, and she told us in mid May that she wouldn’t come much over the summer. When her husband is off, he likes her to do things with him. She said that she will come a little bit over the summer, but that the regular weekly visits will not start again until fall.

 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:8-10

You can imagine how excited I was when I looked up yesterday to see B and her husband walking through the door! I left my post behind the counter for a second long enough to give her a hug and say hello. Then I got back to work…we had a great day yesterday, and the line was long.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23

After doing some shopping, B was standing at the counter with her purchases and told me that her son-in-law had gotten killed in an MVA last month; I guess about a week after we last saw her and her mom. Of course, we all love B and M, and we know her daughter as well. My heart is breaking for all of them. I am so glad that we are all a family and can share our joys and sorrows and pray for comfort for B, her daughter, and the rest of the family.

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Not trying to be a downer…just keeping it real. To close on a bright note, I will update you on my great prize, the Moore’s sauces.

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Today we had chicken wings for lunch. I fixed half of them with the traditional buffalo wing sauce and half with the creamy ranch buffalo wing sauce. Score! We loved them both and decided that we couldn’t pick a favorite; it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They are both wonderful! We will be trying the blue cheese buffalo sauce next.

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Our meal today consisted of potato salad, cole slaw, bread, and wings with 2 of the sauces; it was absolutely wonderful and I am totally embarrassed to tell you how many wings just the two of us ate, so I won’t mention it. Our local grocery store had a huge meat sale this weekend, which conveniently corresponded with my winning the Moore sauces and marinades. I purchased leg quarters, breasts, and steaks at good prices and will be reporting the results of using the Moore’s in recipes in the future.

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So until next time, enjoy your summer recipes and tablescapeing…and, if you are a praying person, pray for my friend B and her family. Her son-in-law was 46 and her daughter is 43; they have no children. Her daughter went back to work this week, but I sure that she will be having very rough times in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

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The Beach and a Prize

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Yes, it’s beach time, and, no, I won’t be going there any time soon. We are still in waiting mode on hearing from the doctor about David’s test, and he is miserable. So we seem to have all the luck…our lawn mower died, as did our garage door. Hey, I’m not wanting anyone reading this to think that I’m feeling sorry for myself…just stating facts. So why not brighten up my day and my mood and think of the beach? You have seen all of these elements on my beach tables in the past, and I will try to display them in slightly different ways.

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I have a number of  colorful beach towels that I like to use for table cover on these types of tablescapes.

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Of course, I brought out my favorite summer placemats in varying shades of blue and green that definitely evoke a watery feel.

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My Mikasa base plates are cream, a bargain that I picked up at my flea market a while back.

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My Pfaltzgraff Seaside plates are the perfect shades of blue and green to complement this table.

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I love these Dollar Tree shell plates. I’ve used them in various ways; today I’m going back to the top of the plate stack for a salad or dessert. I have the napkins that match the placemats, and I used my Dollar General blue flatware for the color of water. I purchased these sea icon napkin rings toward the end of the summer last year, so I’ve not used them much. I love this big, chunky starfish and the sand dollar in my image above.

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For glasses, I went back to the pale minty goblets from last week. The Dollar Tree blue was just the wrong shade, but I will use them on a different summer tablescape soon.

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Last fall I was at a yard sale and someone gave me this little shell dish when I bought some other things. Yes, people who have yard sales are often ready to get rid of stuff and will just give you something. I thought of my beach tablescapes the minute I saw it, so I’ve had it put away just waiting for the first beach table of the summer! How do like the little seahorse? So cute!

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Also I decided to put my Dollar General seashells in the plates this time…just to change it up a bit.

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I really like my workhorse candleholders for beach tables…the great beach chairs from Dollar General. I will never get tired of these little cuties! The starfish vase also came from Dollar General, and I just dumped out the rest of the shells by the chairs after I filled the plates.

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This little teapot came from my flea market last year. The shell theme is perfect for the table, and I think I only spent $2 or $3 on it. The Dollar General sea-glass colored candle holder is rimmed with shells and perfect on this table.

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Don’t you love the marine turtle napkin ring? Really cute!

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I really like my table and it definitely reminds me of the beach!

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When I reread my first paragraph, I realized that I sounded a little negative and didn’t mean to. I do have some good news to report as well. I picked up my May check from the flea market, and it was one of the best months that I have ever had. I am so pumped about that since we have no idea what type of medical bills we are facing.

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A few years ago when I first began reading blogs, I actually started with cooking blogs and discovered Christy Jordan of Southern Plate after reading about her in Southern Living. I still keep up with her blog and have purchased her cookbooks. I love all of the recipes that I have tried of hers. Anyway, many blogs that I read sometime have giveaways. I only enter if it’s something I think I might want; I don’t enter just to enter. She did a great post about Moore’s Marinades and I thought they sounded good, so I entered.

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You can imagine my surprise when I was notified that I was one of the winners. When I got home from the flea market this morning, I found a large, heavy package on my porch.

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It is a box of 7 Moore’s Marinades. There is also a Moore’s huggy and a card with a coupon for my next purchase and a couple of recipe ideas.

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It was really hard to get all 7 in a photograph. So I tried to break them up to show you…Teriyaki, Buffalo, and Asian Teriyaki.

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Also I got Original, Honey BBQ, and Blue (yes, it’s spelled that way) Cheese Buffalo. The seventh bottle is a second Blue Cheese Buffalo.

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I think my husband was more excited than I was about it and he is planning on what to fix with them this weekend.

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So don’t think that I’m Debbie Downer…I’ve actually had a good day and am looking forward to using one of these marinades soon.

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Hope those of you going to the beach have a great time and enjoy your summertime grilling!

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Garden Party for the Girls

 

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OK, let me be quite clear that I am not giving a garden party or even setting a table in the garden. I live in Mississippi, people! We don’t eat outside…it’s either raining or too hot and always, always, the mosquitoes are as big as hawks…especially lately with as much rain as we have had.

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I am calling this post Garden Party in honor of these precious napkin rings that I just purchased at my flea market. Cute, right? I love them and every time I look at them I think of a garden party setting…not sure why, since they are really more like old-fashioned ice cream parlor chairs…but they would be great in a garden as well. I even keep hearing, “I went to a garden party…” playing over and over in my head. I know; sad, right?

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I usually try not to use major tablescape elements for two tables in a row, but I wanted to used this retro cloth again, so you will see a number of elements that you just saw last week. Sorry! I decided on the Sunrise plates because I love the pink with the aqua and this plate is perfect for a retro table.

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I put the salad plate on top of the dinner plate, and I really like how the dinner plate rim frames the plate.

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It took me a while to figure out how to best show off these cute napkin rings. I tried a couple of different looks before I decided to set the little chair directly on top of the plate. I think this look shows off the napkin ring best, and I chose my aqua napkins to continue the mix and match the pink and aqua. I had these napkins specially made for me by The Napkin Lady.

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This is how the napkin ring looks from the side. So sweet!

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If I really was giving a garden party, I would have a ladies-only meal and use my good silver, Grosvenor; my pink tulip-shaped goblets, and my pale minty-colored glasses. I think that all of these elements are feminine and perfect for a ladies’ luncheon.

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For the centerpiece, I chose my Danube platter. If I was actually fixing a meal, I would use this platter for a salad. Serving salad from a platter keeps the heavier elements, such as carrots, from landing on the bottom of a typical salad bowl.

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I love this Gold Crown casserole dish. I love the way that Danube and Gold Crown go together and look so great with the pink elements on this table. A ladies’ lunch is the perfect time for a casserole that girls enjoy, such as something with artichokes or shrimp. No heavy, beefy, spicy-hot casserole for a bunch of ladies!

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The last thing that I thought ladies might like to see on a table are candles. I chose two of my cream pillar candles for one side of the centerpiece.

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I put my Cheerful Giver pastel gradient pillar  candle in my silver candle holder with hurricane. I love the delicate, feminine look of this table.

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Yesterday was an interesting day for us. We drove to the next county for the funeral of my friend’s father. Riding is tough on David, but he wanted to attend and was glad that he did. Unfortunately, he discovered that riding is not nearly as tough on him as sitting on a church pew. Ouch!

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We had a late lunch when we returned home. Then David was watching tv and I was sitting at the computer when we heard some noise that we couldn’t quite pinpoint. Between the pouring rain and the tv, we couldn’t make it out, but David thought he heard something on our porch. We keep our front door locked all the time, so I went out the side and around the corner to the front porch. Our sweet, precious, 91-year-old neighbor who has dementia was standing in the rain telling us to call 911.

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Well, I’ll skip the drama and just tell you that her dementia has gotten so bad that she thinks that her family members, including her daughter who lives with her, are all out to get her. Of course, we didn’t call 911 and it took quite a while to talk her down and get her calm enough to go home…and she would only go if David walked her home and went inside with her. It turns out that 4 of the 5 grown children realize that it is past time for her to be in a nursing home but they cannot get the fifth sibling to agree. Naturally, that is the sister who lives the farthest away and is not seeing the situation for what it is.

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I am so thankful that both our sets of parents have all arrangements made and spelled out in writing. It is so sad when siblings aren’t together on the care of their aging parents. I’m imploring all of my readers who pray to say a few extra prayers today that the family of my neighbor, M., will come together and do what is in their mom’s best interest (and their sister’s…I can’t even imagine the stress she is under 24-7).

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Yes, we had an interesting afternoon yesterday…and not in a good way. The good that has come out of the incident is that David and I now know more specifically what to pray for and that M.’s daughter and son-in-law know that we are available if and when they need us to help. Not trying to end on a sour note, just being real. Hope everyone has a great week and stays dry!

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Aqua Showpiece

Regular readers know that I love to mix and match my Cunningham & Pickett Danube, Lifetime Gold Crown, and Laughlin Sunrise. These three china patterns were all made by Homer Laughlin, and they look great together. However, today I have decided to showcase the Danube alone. I have not done that in a while, and I love the feminine, delicate pattern used on its on. I am using some elements that you have already seen, but I will try to mix them up a little and use them in slightly different ways.

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I started with my cool, retro tablecloth. I love to use this vintage cloth with my aqua dishes. It was made for a small square table, so I have to layer it catty-cornered over the white cloth.

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I love these dinner plates and never get tired of them. Their delicate color and pattern is just so lovely.

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Since I’m just using this one pattern today, I decided to layer on the salad plate. Doesn’t it look great framed by the rim of the dinner plate?

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I have several different colors of napkins that look good with these plates. Today I chose pale pink. Because of the pink flowers in the tablecloth, I wanted to play up the pink today. I chose my springtime napkin rings that have some of the same colors of the tablecloth in them.

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Aqua flatware seemed to be the best choice for this table, of course.

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I also used the aqua glassware that is the same vintage as the dishes and my pink tulip goblets. I still have not found more of these glasses, but I won’t give up! One of the stores that I visited the day that I went shopping for my booth was a flea market in a nearby town. I had been hearing of this flea market for quite some time, so I finally decided to seek it out. Well, let’s just say that I was less than impressed. The store was small, not many booths; the prices weren’t that great; the lighting was bad and hard to really see things well. I would think that you need good lighting in any kind of retail environment because you want the customer to see the merchandise well, but what do I know? Anyway, I was about to give up on finding anything at the store when I saw a shelf full of teapots and my eyes lighted on something that was almost too good to be true.

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Ta-da! Yep, that is the Danube teapot that you are seeing! I could not believe my luck and grabbed it and held on tight. Even better, it was only $10! It does have a small hairline crack on one side, but that doesn’t bother me since I just use it for display and don’t put any liquid in it.

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However, I did notice that the lid is wrong.  I wasn’t sure at first, but when I examined it closely, I discovered that this lid matches the Empire Green pattern. Of course, the dishes are all the same shape made by Homer Laughlin, so the lid fits the teapot perfectly. But it is what we dealers call a “marriage,” when the tops and bottoms have been put together and weren’t made to go together. At only $10, I did not let this flaw deter me; I purchased it and hope that I will find the right lid at some point. By the way, the lady who checked me out tried to tell me that the lid went with the teapot, but I stood my ground, telling her that I was very familiar with this pattern and that I knew it did not go. When she finally looked at it in good light (I mentioned how bad the lighting was in this store), she agreed with me.

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To make this lovely teapot the showpiece of the table, I elevated it and used the sugar and creamer with it. I am in love!

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I wanted to keep the rest of the table simple, so I used my Cheerful Giver candles in pastel shades. I think that the pale green, pink, and cream blends beautifully with the colors on this table.

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I love this simple centerpiece and the delicate colors, but I really thought that I needed to add one more element.

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Why not the matching pitcher? Love it and it looks great with the rest of the table.

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As for an update on my husband’s health, I really don’t have one. We are still waiting to hear from the doc about what the test last week showed and what he will do to resolve the problem. The only thing wrong with waiting on docs is that David is continuing to suffer so much.

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He had 3 nights in a row of hardly any sleep at all. Then last night he finally slept a little bit. The days are hard, and the nights are long. We will be so glad when we know something.

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Do you love the continuation of the silver lines on the spout of the teapot? I really like that little detail. As for a business update, we have one more weekend in May, but I am shaping up to have a good month. I think that I have mentioned that Pyrex, Corningware, and so forth sells pretty well for me, but recently it had slowed up some.

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Today my luck changed! A lady came in who, unfortunately, was replacing some things she had lost in a house fire. She bought one piece of Corningware, several Pyrex bowls (including that pretty aquamarine one), a Pyrex square casserole, a Pyrex loaf pan, a Visions round casserole with lid, and a Fire King small casserole. Of course, even with the discount that I gave her (if someone buys several things, I like to give them a discount, plus how could I not do that anyway when she is replacing things lost in a fire?), I still came out well.

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Love the silver detail on the handle of the pot also!

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I also got rid of some pieces that have both been in the booth for a while plus took up quite a bit of merchandise space.  That is always good to do! Have a great week!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home
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Quiet Memorial Day

I vowed a few posts back to start doing more tablescapes on our kitchen table. Today seemed like the perfect day to do that since just the two of us are here for the day. Even though it is Memorial Day, it is just another quiet day for us, but at least I can make our meal look a little special.

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I started with my Dollar General placemats. These are really versatile and great for this time of year.

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My square red Wal Mart plates are perfect for today.

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To keep the holiday theme going, I stole the American Quilt salad plates from the dining table.

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Regular readers know that my kitchen table is small and I usually just do a simple vignette at one end rather than an elaborate centerpiece. I found red and blue pillar candles, put them in clear candleholders, and draped them with the Dollar Tree beads to make them a little sparkly and festive. Of course, I had to steal my salt and pepper shakers from the dining room to complete the look.

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The matching napkins, everyday Chateau flatware, and Dollar Tree goblets complete the look. I’m serving a simple casserole and salad today, and this table is perfect for that meal. David is not exactly up to grilling out, so the typical Memorial Day meal is out for us.

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Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers for David’s health. The myelogram was not pleasant and quite painful, but actually did not last long, so he could tolerate it. Then he had to lie flat for 2 hours before being dismissed. David’s brother had come and sat with us during that time, so it wasn’t too bad. It isn’t often he and his brother get one-on-one conversation, so I think they actually enjoyed it.

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The best thing about the myelogram was whatever drugs they gave him to take the test. They lasted almost 24 hours. He got a long nap Friday afternoon and slept almost the night through Friday night. It was the most he has slept since Easter, and it was wonderful. Of course, that is gone now and he has had two very bad nights with little sleep. But a least he had a small reprieve. We should know the results in about a week, so I will post when I know something. Until then, thanks for the continued prayer for not only his health, but also that the docs will find out the exact problem and know what to do for it.

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Before I close, thanks so much to Kathryn of The Dedicated House for featuring my Noritake Pink table! If you’ve not checked out her blog, be sure to do so…lot of beautiful things there! Happy Memorial Day to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home
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