Cinco de Mayo with the Girls

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Kathleen has asked us to set a table for Girl’s Night Out, and I thought it might be fun to combine that with Cinco de Mayo.

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I started with my colorful beach towel as a table covering and it also set my color scheme of orange and pink with touches of aqua.

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I used my rattan chargers and off white plates as the backdrop for all of the different colors.

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I used a small plate with an aqua rim topped off with a hot pink napkin to go with my color scheme. The floral napkin rings are some I have had for many years…probably 35 anyway.

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Of course, Cinco de Mayo calls for margaritas. Those must be required, right?

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My cute chili pepper bowls are perfect for salad, salsa, or anything that I might serve on the side.

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Almost all of my table accessories are old Dollar General purchases. However, I ran by Dollar General today to see if anything caught my attention that would go on this colorful table. I was pleased to find another flatware caddy in a new color-orange. Perfect for the color scheme that I have, especially filled with the pink flatware! I did notice that this year’s caddy is a good bit smaller than the blue and pink ones I picked up a few years back. Of course, the cost was the same as the old ones!

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I put colorful candles in pink and orange in my tall candlesticks.

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The rest of the centerpiece is made up of more colorful pieces, such as the flip flop dip bowl with spreaders.

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I had to bring back the flamingo from last week. He it too cute and colorful not to use on this table.

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Sparkly blue stones in my hot pink basket just added another pop of color to the table.

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I love my bright and cheerful Cinco de Mayo table!

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It would be perfect for a girl’s night of margaritas, chips, salsa, and other Tex-Mex snacks.

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Hope everyone has a great Cinco de Mayo! Also, enjoy your girlfriends and cherish the memories that you make.

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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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
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A Picnic and Some Bargains

I’ve had this table set and the pictures uploaded for several days now and just haven’t made the time to do a blog post. No excuses…just haven’t done it. I’m calling this table a picnic; although it is an indoor table, it would be great at a picnic.

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Almost all of these purchases came from Dollar General a while back. I started with my colorful tablecloth that I love. I used my wicker chargers for a picnic look and topped them with my colorful polka dot melamine plates.

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My April Cornell napkins, a long-ago eBay purchase, have colors that echo the colors in the plates. In the words of Clinton and Stacy, “They don’t match; they go.” I placed the salad plate on top of the napkin to more clearly define the two plates.

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I used the matching cups, of course.

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For table decor, I went crazy with the accessories that go with this tablecloth. A large butterfly sits in a pink basket on one corner of the table.

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I decided to put the pink flatware in the blue holder rather than place them at the plates. I can’t wait to see what color of flatware Dollar General puts out this year. I got the green last year and the blue and the pink the year before that.

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Another basket holds some river rock. I thought the basket needed a little something to make it show up.

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The blue basket holds my rattan balls, an early Wal Mart purchase when I first began tablescaping. Once again, I thought the basket needed a little interest.

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Now for the centerpiece. I think that the tiki torches came from Fred’s, but the other elements are all Dollar General. The butterflies in the vase, the butterfly above in the basket, and the flamingo are all meant to be yard art. I like the whimsical look that they present on the table.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find my hot pink pillar candle since I had forgotten about it. I just happened upon it on clearance at a Hallmark store last year and grabbed it since I use this color a lot.

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I love my whimsical, colorful outdoor look table. Regular readers remember that I had rotator surgery in July of last year and have had a mountain of medical bills ever since.

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I am pleased to say that several of those bills have been paid out and/or down. However, I am still not finished paying them out and we recently added some more bills to them due to my husband’s pinched nerve.

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I have written several times over the past few months of the wonderful generosity of family and friends who gave me items to use for merchandise in my booth since I really can’t afford to spend anything extra right now. My sister, mother, mother-in-law, and a couple of friends have been wonderfully generous and I can never tell them enough how much it means to me.

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However, I am now at a crucial point. For the first time since opening my booth at the flea market almost 3 years ago, I now have no stored merchandise at home, other than holiday items. Almost a month ago, I made a few purchases from a couple of my favorite places to stop when I go to visit my husband’s parents. I did not take the time to photograph them, as I needed to get them in the booth quickly. I put them all out, and several of the things have already sold. A couple of weeks before that, my friend and I hit a few places. I did get a couple of things which I have put out, but the majority of what I bought was holiday items.

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Last week, I went to a neighboring town to visit a couple of my favorite stops there. Of course, going to thrift shops and junk stores is always a gamble, but I really had a bad run since 2 of the 3 places were closed. The last store that I hit is one where I don’t often shop. The prices there are a little higher than some other stores, and I have trouble finding anything that I can make a profit on. But I felt desperate! I need some merchandise!

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Being desperate for merchandise and low on funds are two things that don’t go together well! I decided to take my chances on a few things and just make a lower profit. I think that this opaque pedestal bowl is beautiful! It is quite unusual and I am just hoping that it will appeal to someone.

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This vintage pitcher is in good shape and it is a very generous size. Although I am sure that not everyone will like something like this, I have hopes that at least one person will like it…enough to take it home, anyway!

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This set of 6 amber glasses will look good with the pitcher or alone. I will sell them separately from the pitcher.

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I like this set of 4 Gibson white plates. These were the best buy of the day.

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I tried very hard to get a close up of the fruit and leaves around the rim with little success. I think these plates could be used in a variety of ways.

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The final purchase I made is really a lot more risky than the previous ones. Isn’t this platter gorgeous? It is called Golden Rose by Lynwood Fine china. It is in perfect condition and so lovely.

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I even found the matching serving bowl. I think these pieces are lovely. However, they are risky purchases because I paid a little bit more for them than I like to pay. I do have room for profit, so I am just hoping that someone will love them as much as I do and want to give them a good home!

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So that’s it for my bargain hunting. It’s not much, I know, but my funds are extremely limited. I will keep you posted as I find more items. Happy bargain hunting to all!

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Butterflies, a Recipe, and a Decision

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Thanks to those of you who weighed in on whether or not to purge the polka dot set from my last post! The best advice I got was to keep the plates since they don’t take up as much storage room as the bowls and cups, which I don’t really like anyway. Duh! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it like that. However, that is not the decision I ended up making. Are you ready? OK, wait for it….the decision is… drum roll, please…

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PURGE! Why? Remember storage space is not the only factor in my decision…how much I use them is also important. I actually don’t even remember ever using this set on a table, and if I did, I did not use all of it. I can’t justify keeping something that I never use. The final factor in my decision was a business one. Although selling the bowls and cups made sense, I also have to look at how well they will sell at my booth. I think that this set will sell better if it is complete. Of course, I am not always correct in what I think will sell at the flea market, so time will tell if I am right. Therefore, the set is there in its entirety and I put a reasonable price on it. Also, a few of the plastic items that I told you about last week have sold and I am hoping that the rest go quickly.

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On to the tablescape. I started with a couple of things in mind: first, to use my wedding china since I haven’t used it lately; second, butterflies as a recurring theme to play up the butterfly in the pattern of the china.

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I have several soft colors of napkins that look good with these plates. Today I chose these pastel yellow ones and placed them in between the dinner and the salad plate. My Dollar General flatware in green echos the color in the plate design.

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I tried a couple of different glasses and finally settled on the Dollar Tree stemware. Of course, my Dollar General butterfly planter with its green edge was the first thing I thought of when I decided on butterflies.

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Then I thought of something. Last winter I bought a few things from a booth that was going out of business that I thought may be cute in tablescapes, one of them being this string of butterfly lights.Well, they don’t look like much in my photo, but they are much cuter in person. I also got a string of dragonfly lights. I can’t remember if I paid $2 each or $2 for both; either way, I was pleased with the deal. The box said that this strand was originally $7.

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To further the butterfly theme, I went through all of my spring and summer décor and pulled out butterfly items. I’m pretty sure that all of these things came from Dollar General. I have several of these cute buckets but am only using the butterfly ones today, obviously.

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I only purchased 2 of these for some odd reason, one butterfly and one dragonfly. Hope I can find a couple of more this season.

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I decided to use my striped green candle to go with the greens on my Dollar General candlestick.

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I was left with one pesky problem…what to do with that battery pack on the lights.

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The answer: more butterflies, of course! I had one more butterfly item left, and the pack fit perfectly in that little flower pot.

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So that the pot won’t look too awkward, I pulled out the other flower pots and put them on the other corners of the table.

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I thought that all of these items needed to be elevated, so I used various candleholders to do the job. I am pleased with the final look and plan to take a photo of it after dark. Hopefully, the lights will show up better and you can get a better idea.

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Since I retired a few years ago, I have enjoyed occasionally trying new recipes that I find in magazines or on the internet. A few months ago, I tried a recipe that I found online for something called baked spaghetti cream cheese casserole. If you google it, you will find a million different variations of it. I like it because it uses jarred pasta sauce and spaghetti, two items that I almost always have on hand.

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Even though we liked it, I decided that I wanted to elevate it a little bit and make it a bit more adult for us. Therefore, I replaced the ground beef with 1 pound of Italian sausage.

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I also replaced the spaghetti with a 12-ounce box of vegetable rotini. Supposedly, the pasta is made from 2 servings of vegetables. Whatever the case, it does make us feel like we’re eating a little better, even if we’re not!

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I always use whatever jarred sauce I have on hand. Today it was Ragu.

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I also simplified the instructions a little bit. I put out the cream cheese in a large bowl to soften a little while before I started the recipe. Then I browned the Italian sausage while I boiled the pasta according to the package instructions. I dumped the sausage on top of the cream cheese and let it sit a few minutes while I measured the pasta sauce into a large measuring cup.

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Then I put the cup into the microwave and heated it for a minute or two. Then I dumped it on top of the other ingredients. By then my pasta was ready, and I drained it and added it to the large bowl. I stirred and stirred for several minutes until the cream cheese softened completely and blended into the other ingredients. Then I added a few extra spices; I like to do this when I serve jarred sauce to pep it up a bit. Today I added some garlic, some basil, and a little Italian seasoning. Really, any Italian spice you have works.

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Then I dumped it all into the large casserole dish and spread it all out evenly. I topped the casserole with Italian cheese and baked it for about 30-35 minutes at 350. I added a small salad, and we had a delicious lunch! I like the casserole better with my substitutions and it better suits the two of us. While we are on the subject of cooking, groceries in my part of the world have gone out of sight lately. It is getting harder and harder to serve the two of us on a budget. I actually don’t mind using store brand on most items, but I had purchased the Ragu sauce when it was on sale which is why I used it today.

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By the way, the first time that I tweaked this recipe, I used Publix brand pasta sauce and it was really good. However, I don’t have a Publix near me (I had gotten it when I was visiting my son), so that is the reason for the name brand. I actually do like the store brand of pasta, but I have only found the veggie kind in the Barilla brand, so I spent a little extra on it. Hopefully, some of the store brands will start making this same type of pasta.

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I do occasionally purchase the good Parmesan cheese, but today I did not have it and did not see the need in purchasing it for this dish. The store brand of Italian cheese was what I had on hand, and it was great on this casserole. I used it liberally, and we loved it. I spent a little extra on a couple of items for our salad. After eating tomatoes from the grocery store the last few months, I was so glad when the produce market reopened after the winter a couple of weeks ago. The extra $ spent on farm-fresh tomatoes is well worth it, in my opinion. I will eat grape or cherry tomatoes from the grocery store, but I won’t touch a regular tomato. I also absolutely refuse to purchase a cucumber from the grocery store…watery, tasteless, yuck! Today we had an absolutely delicious salad with the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers…I was in heaven.

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I covered a lot of territory today…cooking, grocery shopping, tablescaping, and purging. Hope your week is great as you tackle whatever projects you have going on in your home!

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Sorry my pics just don’t do it justice!

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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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
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Seeing Red Plus More Decisions

Regular readers know that I had a sort of mini-breakdown back in January over the number of items in my tablescaping hoard collection. I did several posts on my struggles with what to keep and what to purge, and I was finally able to make some sensible decisions.

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That was a few months ago, and now I am at it again. After finally getting my energy back and starting some serious housecleaning, I decide to do a small kitchen cabinet cleaning. I have a hard time reaching everything in my lower cabinets (they are very deep) and am guilty of just stuffing things in there, especially if I am in a hurry. A few days ago, I grabbed a stool and a flashlight and went to work.

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I was not expecting to find a whole lot to purge; I was mainly just straightening and stacking neatly. In 2011 right after I retired, the first thing that I did was clean the entire house. I did a huge purge at that time, cleaning out every closet, cabinet, drawer, etc. You can imagine my surprise when I started pulling out plastic after plastic after plastic. I found Tupperware, Rubbermaid, Sterilite…. Yes, I knew it was all there, but I guess I had not realized how much all of that stuff piles up. I went through it piece by piece, keeping what I know I will use and purging the rest. I also found some old cookbooks under there…well, if they have been in the cabinet for years, I don’t use them, right?

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I have also been watching some interesting videos on YouTube about purging and organizing. I do like the ones using what is called the KonMari method, but there are other good ones as well. I have really gotten to like Alejandra. It is amazing all of the great ideas that she has. Even if you never plan to organize anything the rest of your life, her videos are well worth watching.

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Now I am thinking about going through the dining room storage again, even though it doesn’t seem like that long since I did that. The first cabinet that I opened contained a set of dishes that I rarely use for tablescaping, so the obvious thing to me was to set a table with them. That will help me decide if I want to continue keeping these dishes or not. I started with my Dollar General placemats.

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I am using every single piece of this set today since the reason behind the tablescape is to make a decision. Although I have confessed to being a dish snob, I purchased this unbreakable set a few years ago with the intention of using them at picnics and so forth. I actually purchased this red and white set as well as a multicolored set, and I find that these are the ones that I use the least.

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I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate.

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Because I want to use every piece of the set, I used the bowl on top of the stack, even though I really don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong; I do think that the bowl is cute, but it is just too big for a nice salad or dessert bowl. It looks more like a serving bowl to me.

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This set also came with matching cups. Once again, I am not crazy about the size…too small instead of too big. We like our beverages, especially when it is hot outside, in a little bit larger glass than this one. But it is cute and it does match.

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I chose the Present Time flatware and the matching napkin to complete this place setting.

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I kept the centerpiece simple, since my goal is to spend a day or two with the dishes. I chose my red platter.

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I love this cute little jar that Santa put in my stocking. Right now I have salt in it, but it could be used for anything.

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My Dollar General candle holder with a red pillar completes the centerpiece.

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Now I just have to make the decision. I do like the dishes…of course I do, or I would not have purchased them.

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But the deciding factor here is not whether or not I like the dishes.

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The deciding factors are a combination of the following:

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How much do I use them? Do I love them enough to take up precious storage space? Will I use them much in the forseeable future?

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OK, chime in below with your comments. All suggestions are welcome and I will be keeping you informed on what my decision is.

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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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
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Lazy Purple Sunday

100_9407 I started today’s table with one thing in mind: I wanted to use this sweet little pierced porcelain dish with violets as my inspiration. I found it at my flea market a few weeks ago with the intention of using it in an Easter tablescape, but you know how my Easter went…I get tired just thinking about it. 100_9394 When I was putting up the pink tablecloth from last week, I saw this taupe one and realized that I had not used it in a while. It looks sort of gold and I like it as the base for my Thomas Kinkade Spode china, but the drawback is that it makes the table look a little dark. 100_9395 I decided to go with it anyway. I found this china on eBay several years ago and love it. I like to use this set when I use anything purple because the cottages are all done at nighttime (I’m guessing the painter of light didn’t do many daytime pics…I’m just sayin’) and varying shades of purple accent the lights in the cottages. 100_9398 I also used the salad plates as the top layer. I love these dishes and don’t think I will ever get tired of them. 100_9402 I pulled out my purple napkins and beaded napkin rings. I always love this look with these dishes, so that is why you see it a lot. 100_9404 I debated about flatware and finally pulled out the Present Time. It is whimsical and keeps the look from being a little too formal. 100_9405 Of course, I had to use my purple goblets. I debated about a second glass but decided against it. 100_9407 OK, on to the centerpiece…my sweet little dish actually has violets on it in the shape of the cross, which I did not notice until today. Too bad I was in such a fog around Easter time…it would have been perfect. 100_9406 Oh, well, maybe I’ll remember next Easter, but I wouldn’t count on it.  I still am not happy that the table is kind of dark, so I chose my large white bird dish to lighten things up a bit. 100_9408 I decided on my large purple pillar candle. It has a gold glitter stripe and my dish is edged in gold, plus the tablecloth looks sort of gold. I tossed a few natural colored wicker ball thingies into the dish, and I was done. Love these dishes and the look! 100_9396 Why are we having a lazy Sunday when we are normally faithful churchgoers? David began with some pain and soreness late last week and went to the dr. on Friday. He has severe inflammation from overuse which has led to a pinched nerve. He got a shot and meds and has rested all weekend. 100_9411 Why the overuse, you wonder? Well, it goes back to the Passion Play put on by our church each year. Setting it all up is a very physically demanding task. He begins about 2 weeks beforehand, continues the physical work the entire week of, then it takes almost the entire week after to get it all taken down and stored. Yes, he does have some help; as a matter of fact, it has taken us years to finally get a good crew to show up the week of the play, but very few help the weeks before and after. So the majority falls on him. 100_9410 We are trying not to borrow trouble, but he may have just completed his last year of doing this task. We won’t worry about that prematurely, but we have to be practical as well. 100_9401 He cannot be the primary workhorse behind the scenes if his well-being is jeopardized. Of course, no one is exactly chomping at the bit to step up to the plate either! 100_9400 Oh well, I’ll be like Scarlet and think about that tomorrow. In the meantime, have 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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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
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Spring Magnolias and Catching Up

 

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Long time, no see (or no read)! The Passion Play took so much out of me this year. I probably could have made time for another table last week, but just did not find the energy. Have not had any energy this week, either, but finally just made myself do a few things last night. I am absolutely embarrassed at how dirty my house is and I finally looked at my Easter table this afternoon and said it’s got to go. But the good news is that our Passion Play was wonderful, 3 good nights, no rain-outs, and great attendance. He is risen indeed!

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I was ready to take the pink tablecloth off and put it away, but I really wanted to do one more spring table with it first. How about my magnolia dishes? I have always liked burgundy with pink, so I decided to go for it.

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I decided to layer the pink napkin between the dinner and dessert plates. I like the way the pink brings out the burgundy in the plates.

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For stemware, I used both the matching magnolia glasses and the pink tulip goblets.

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San Remo flatware finishes off the place setting.

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For the centerpiece, I layered my burgundy runner over the pink tablecloth. The green variegated candle on the black stand seemed a good choice to bring out the green in the dishes. I like to accent with green since there is so much of it in these dishes.

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I chose a vintage Salem china platter. I love the burgundy edge around the pastel flowers. As I looked at the platter, which I have had for many, many years, I realized that this platter may have started my love of using burgundy and pink together.

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I needed one other element for the centerpiece. I looked through my pottery collection and chose this small Camark pottery pitcher. I love this pitcher and it is a good “workhorse” type of décor that I can use in many places.

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Well, I didn’t spend as much time on my table as I would have liked, but at least it is different. The important thing is that I have made a start! Last night I started a little sweeping and dusting and I will continue with some more after I finish this blog post (I told you…my house is really bad right now). I also caught up with the piles of mail and laundry.

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This morning I caught up in my booth at the flea market…I’ve only done a bare minimum there as well. The good news is that March, while still slow, was a good bit better than February. I sold a nice set of dishes, some sets of glasses, and other odds and ends.

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In the last 2 weeks, I have been able to work into my schedule a couple of small buying trips which I did not even take the time to photograph and show you. I got those things washed and priced and put out this morning and rearranged the booth somewhat.

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I ran out of steam and would like to do some more, but just can’t manage it right now. So that is my catching up for right now…lots to do and no energy to do it!

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Added 4/9:

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Rain is moving in, so I had to snap some pics of my azaleas before all the blooms get beaten off the bushes.

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The photos are dark because it is early morning plus very cloudy.

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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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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

 

 

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So Many Rabbits…So Little Time

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Thanks for all the well wishes and prayer for our annual Passion Play at our church! So far, background things are going well, and our dress rehearsals are next week. Since my schedule is so busy, I decided to take a few minutes today for a tablescape and blog post. Although I want to do at least one more table before Easter, I just may not have the time.

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I decided to go with more traditional pink and pastels today. I used my pink tablecloth and topped it with this great toile pattern table runner. I purchased it just this week from eBay and I really like it. I see a lot of uses for it in the future since I love to set pink tables.

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Of course, my vintage Homer Laughlin china called Sunrise was the perfect dinner plate for this table. The story of the great bargain and coincidence that I got these dishes is really a good one.

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Anyway, I wanted to use a lot of pink in this table, but I just didn’t like the way the pink fruit bowl looked on top of the pink plate on the pink tablecloth.

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It needed something to break it up, and I like this look much better.

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I like the aqua Cunningham and Pickett Danube plate as a buffer between the two pinks. It really makes it more interesting and colorful.

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Of course, I had to pull out my Easter napkin rings. I like the way they look with the pink napkins that match the cloth.

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Grosvenor silver was the obvious choice for this table.

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For glassware, I chose my pink tulip-shaped goblets and my rescued-from-the-garbage champagne flutes. If any occasion calls for champagne, Easter would be it!

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For the centerpiece, I decided to use my rabbit collection. I had not used many of them in the last tablescape, so I looked over them and chose the best of the pinks and pastels to display on this table. One of my favorite Gail Pitman rabbits stands out in front of a vintage pink and blue one and is flanked by a sweet small bunny with pink ears.

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Two Vicki Carroll rabbits continue the pink and aqua theme. I’m really glad I ended up choosing the aqua plate since this aqua bunny echoes the color scheme.

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I purchased these cute little salt and pepper shakers at Cracker Barrel a while back. Aren’t they sweet? I love them on this table.

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Since rabbits are the theme, I had to used this egg-shaped plate as the focal point of the centerpiece. I hope to find some more of these plates on eBay eventually, but so far I’ve had no luck. Several of the bowls have come up and a couple of mugs, but no plates. I’ll keep searching! I feel confident that I will find them sooner or later.

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Love my Easter table and hope you do also.

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On other news, I talked to my son yesterday and the house is moving along. The hardwood floors and bathroom tile are being laid.

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They hope to move in May, but are still not sure. They are getting excited with the progress, however.

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As for the flea market, sales are still down but have picked up in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday I even sold a set of dishes and a set of glasses. Neither one was high-dollar, but they are sold. That is the most important thing because sets of dishes and glasses take up a lot of merchandise space.

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I am also at the point where I need to do some picking and freshen up my merchandise. Obviously, I am not going to have any time to do that in the near future. But I will plan some buying trips soon and hope to get some good stuff.

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I’ll keep you posted. Have a great week and happy Easter!

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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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

 

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Blue Easter and an Invitation

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Here in central Mississippi, it has been raining a whole lot. In the past 3 weeks, we have probably had no more than 3 or 4 days with no rain at all. I’ve been wondering if we need to build an ark in the back yard! Anyway, I’ve been really busy so I haven’t posted in almost a week. I worked extra days this week, plus I was able to do a little yard work on the 2 pretty days that we had. The next 2 weeks are promising to be just as busy, so I decided to post now while I have a chance.

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My inspiration today came from these great napkins. I found them at my flea market and wanted to use them for a casual Easter table.

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I started with my wicker chargers and Salem English Village china. I played around with several different ways to display the napkins.

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Finally, I decided on putting them in my cute little flower pots, a Dollar General purchase from last year.

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I like the way the strawberries on the napkins look peeking out of the flower pots. I also used my blue flatware, another Dollar General purchase from a while back.

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Glasses? Dollar Tree blue, of course!  Then I started thinking about my centerpiece.

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I love my rabbit collection, so, of course, I turned to them at this time of the year. This Gail Pittman blue floral is one of my favorites.

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Another favorite is this one by Vicki Carroll, another Mississippi potter. I have had this one a very long time. It was a gift; however, most of my porcelain rabbits were eBay purchases, such as the Gail Pittman one above. The milk glass rabbit on a nest candy dish is a Martha Stewart reproduction made from original molds.

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Since my tablecloth is white, I wanted the rabbits to stand out a little more, so I found some yellow Easter grass to put beneath them. I love how these 3 rabbits look.

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I decided to put a little of the grass underneath my blue pillar candle. Cute, right?!

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I went through my collection of pitchers to finish off the centerpiece. I chose this one because it had blue in it, so I put it on the table. For the first time since I have had the pitcher, I noticed the strawberry on it. Score! Perfect for this table and to complete the centerpiece.

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Every year for the past 30 years, my church has put on a Passion Play called “His Last Days.” My husband and I have pivotal roles behind the scenes, and our next two weeks are absolutely slammed, as you can imagine. As a matter of fact, he spent every single night last week at the church working on sets and is there today and will be there the rest of the week.  There is just no way to explain how time-consuming all of the prep work is and no one realizes it unless they have helped with it also.

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Building the tomb.

I say all of that to make two points. First, I won’t be on my blog much, or anyone else’s for that matter. I already have missed doing a lot of looking and commenting last week, and I’m sure I have missed some great tablescapes, especially with spring here and Easter coming!

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Second, I am issuing everyone within driving distance a cordial invitation to attend “His Last Days.” It is a very moving event that you will want to experience. There is just no way that I can explain it; it must be seen to be believed.

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Building the Upper Room.

I am only working 1 day at the flea market in the next 2 weeks due to my responsibilities with the Passion Play, although I will continue with my 2 days at the paper.  House work and yard work will be minimal at best, and I have purchased lots of sandwich ingredients for quick suppers every night, although some nights we will eat at the church.

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Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matt. 26:40-41

Our play is one of the best amateur productions around and we are known throughout the state of Mississippi.

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There they crucified him. John 19:18

If you are unable to attend, prayerfully lift us up as we prepare to tell the story of the risen Lord.

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Construction of the platform and angel rehearsal
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:5-6

He is risen indeed!

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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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
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Welcome, Spring! {Plus Business Update}

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It seems like that it was only a few days ago that I was writing about unseasonably cold temps here in central Mississippi, and now our temps are unseasonably warm…80 the next couple of  days, then back to the normal low seventies. Hey, I’m not complaining…loving it!

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Regular readers know that I had rotator surgery last summer and my shoulder actually started bothering me about this time last year. I love, love, love yard work, and today I got out and worked in the yard for a little while for the first time in 2 years! My shoulder is killing me, but I had a great time.

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The cold and ice has apparently been very good for my pansies. I cleaned out the dead leaves and tried to make them look a little better so that I could photograph them. They really look even better than when I set them out back in November.

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I also cleaned up my yard art a little bit and placed them a little differently. This stepping stone is a favorite of mine.

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I also continue the rabbit theme with my yard art. My mother-in-law gave me this cute bunny stepping stone a few years ago as well as the vintage bunny standing guard over the pansies at the top of the page. My shoulder wouldn’t hold up to scrubbing today, so I just brushed the dirt off everything so you can see them better.

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My mother gave me this chubby bunny a few years back.

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These little rabbits I purchased at a local festival from “the concrete” guy. I always like everything I get from him.

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I picked up limbs, raked a little, and cleaned out flower beds for about an hour. This may not seem like much to most people, but to me it was a lot since I’ve not done anything in so long plus I was trying not to overdo the shoulder.

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I also cleaned out my pots in the front that were full of dead leaves and acorns. The lemon balm is on its way back and I love the way it smells!

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I had lost half my rosemary plant in last year’s cold and replanted half the pot. Luckily, it all has survived and I hope it will thrive even more now that I’ve cleaned out the pot.

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The chives look great. As a matter of fact, they need to be cut back, so I will be planning loaded baked potatoes soon!

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The thyme was a tangled up mess and it was so hard to get the leaves and acorns out. I go through that every year and I can never make the pot look good. Finally I just reached in with the clippers and took it all out. I feel quite sure that it will come back and can always buy some more if it doesn’t. As a bonus, my leaf pile smells great but I doubt that the workers who pick up the yard trash in my town will appreciate it!

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I really wanted to say “Spring” with the table today since I was enjoying the outside so much. My Noritake Reverie china is full of lovely spring colors and I never get tired of using this beautiful pattern.

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I have successfully used this pattern with yellow, blue, pink, green, and, of course, white. Because I left the yellow table runner from the last table, I decided to go with yellow napkins. I placed the napkin between the two plates for emphasis.

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My green Dollar General flatware was the perfect spring color for this setting.

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I had a hard time decided on glassware then I started thinking that I haven’t used my Romance by Fostoria in quite some time. I thought that the tall sherbets would be great for a fruit salad.

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I “inherited” this beautiful vintage glassware from my mother several years ago. When she and Daddy downsized, she went ahead a gave away some of her china and glassware to my sister, niece, and me. I have loved having it and she likes that she doesn’t have it crowding up her china cabinet any more.

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I have literally hundred of daffodils and jonquils blooming right now and not enough time and energy to pick them all. Yesterday I pulled this vase from my vintage pottery collection. I love the color, but its odd shape is always difficult to deal with, especially when I’m not very good at flower arranging in a symmetrical vase!

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So I just stuck them in it any old way and decided to call it “rustic.” Hey, it works for me…why not?!

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I love my salt and pepper shakers, of course, so I pulled them out.

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I also love the serving bowls, so they came out too.

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This vintage crystal bowl was a gift from a friend a few years back, and it could hold that fruit salad I mentioned earlier. Anything that I ever put in this bowl looks lovely!

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Since my large pillar candle has pastel shades that go with the china, I decided to use it as well.

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How about this little teapot as a finishing touch? It is not actually a real teapot, but a teapot ornament. I received it as a gift several years ago also.

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Love my springy table and now on to my update! I used to call these booth updates, but have decided to now say business update since our antiques and collectibles business goes beyond our flea market. David also repairs and refinishes furniture for private customers, I find things for people and sell out of my home, and we have just started selling in a consignment shop for some of our higher-end items.

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January and February were slow, which we expected after Christmas. Although a winter slowdown is not unusual, February in particular was extremely slow for everyone. We even had a few vendors not make their rent, which is highly unusual. So far March has picked up a little, but not nearly what we need it to yet. We’re all hoping and praying that it gets better!

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As for the consignment shop, it has been slow there as well. I had only sold a couple of things during those 2 months, and nothing high-end. I am ok with that because I know that higher priced items take longer to sell and that just the right person has to come in and want it. I am hoping, however, that his traffic picks up as well.

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To end on a good note, the rest of the business update is pretty good. David finished redoing a table for a private customer and got paid for that, plus I made a private sale. The sale was not high dollar, but it was all profit since I sold something that I had no money in.

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So that’s about it for what’s going on in central MS. Happy spring 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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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

 

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Dreaming of Spring

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Daylight Savings time may be here, but spring is not. Yes, it is a little warmer than it has been in recent weeks, but the weather is still dreary and constant rain is keeping it damp and cold. So what does a tablescaper do when she is ready for spring and sick and tired of a wet, cold winter?

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Color! I decided to use my favorite aqua Homer Laughlin Danube china. It is bright and springy, and the colors in it are perfect for spring and someone who is longing for it to be here.

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I decided to play off both the yellow and the pink in the floral spray on the plate and chose my bright yellow table runner to start. This is  a pretty gingham with a subtle pattern embossed on it, much like a damask.

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I layered the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.

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I have several different colors of napkins that look good with these dishes and decided on this sweet pattern by The Napkin Lady. I special ordered these from her to match these dishes. I realize that I just used my vintage floral napkin rings last week, but I have to use flowers on a spring table, right?

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Of course, I have to use my aqua flatware, but I wanted to do something different with it. How about stick it in a bright pink caddy? I love these 2 bright colors together, and it is a little something unexpected when it comes to putting the flatware of the table.

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I’ve written in the past about getting some aqua pieces, including these glasses and the covered vegetable dish at an estate sale.

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I still have only the few aqua glasses that I started with, but I am constantly on the lookout for them when I go to sales and on eBay.

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So far, I did find a set of glasses in this pattern on eBay, but they were juice glasses and the price was too high.

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If I ever find the taller glasses, I might pay a little more, but not for a size glass that I would rarely use.

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Anyway, because my theme today is color, I put this bright dish in the center of my table. I bought it at my flea market a while back, and I love the colorful look. It is called a condiment set, but I would use it for just anything.

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I like that the tray is the aqua color that I love and that the 4 dishes are all flowers in different bright colors.

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What else to add color? I pulled out some of my Dollar General purchases from the past couple of summers. I love this butterfly vase and butterflies certainly say spring. I stuck in some pink and yellow flowers to continue my theme and then elevated the vase on a candle holder to give it some height.

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I almost did not put out a candle, then I remembered that I had a bright pink one that would be perfect for my colorful table.

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To give the table a little finishing spring touch, I added bees. Then I began to think that I just wanted one more touch of spring.

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Aha! What about a hummingbird…that will do it.

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Shouldn’t that hummingbird be poised above the flowers from which it is doubt to sip the nectar? David’s grandmother love to collect little birds, and this delicate glass hummingbird is one that once belonged to her. I wish I was better at detail photography to better show this pretty little piece.

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Anyway, I ended up with an eclectic mix of bright colors and am pleased with the final look.

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I hope that my colorful table says spring. But even if it doesn’t, it did help me feel a bit more hopeful that maybe, just maybe spring is on the way.

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I also thought that it’s amazing the difference that a little color makes. Not only did the bright colors liven up my dining room, but also they brightened up my mood.

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The damp, rainy weather which is supposed to persist all week seems a little less dreary and depressing when I look at my lovely table!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful week and that you find some signs of spring wherever you are.

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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, 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
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