Simple Summer Table

Well, I have been absent from the blog a little longer than I normally am. Seems like life just gets in the way. There has been so much on my “to-do” list lately that I have been lazy and done none of it…being overwhelmed is no excuse, so I have made a plan to slowly and methodically catch up and do my best to not be so lazy.

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Today I am catching up on laundry, tablescaping, and blogging. Hopefully, I can handle just those three things. Later when David gets home from work we plan to begin yard catch-up. It has really suffered in all these months that he has been down, so we have to at least get started today.

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Another reason I’ve not caught up on tablescaping is that my ideas just seem to be blocked. Does  that ever happen to you? I’ve been thinking about a new table for almost a week, but just haven’t gotten any inspiration. You probably remember a few weeks ago that I showed you some plates that I had purchased at my flea market, so I decided to do something with them.

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A little bit of inspiration finally hit me when I looked through my table runners. I haven’t used this one in a while and it has enough colors in it to give me a choice of many different directions to go in with the table.

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I decided on my square red plates as the base for the martini glass plates.

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I think that the base color makes the cheers plates stand out, so I was pleased with this choice.

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I had a hard time choosing napkins, but finally decided to keep going with the colorful theme. I love these bright plaid napkins and find that I tend to forget about them and don’t use them nearly enough.  My ice cream parlor chairs seemed a great whimsical touch to add to the place setting.

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Dollar General green flatware from  few years ago continue both the colorful and the playful themes of the table.

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Glassware was the next thing I had to decide on. Since these cheers plates imply that drinks will be served (imagine that), I pulled out some wine charms that I haven’t used in quite some time. After all, everyone needs to know whose glass is whose!

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I don’t even remember where I got these…maybe at my flea market, but not sure. They continue the cocktail theme of the table.

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So which glass did I choose? How about the red striped one…I haven’t used these lately, and I like the way they look on the table.

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I kept the centerpiece simple…it’s not even technically a centerpiece, I guess. I love these pillar candles with clear holders…they are real workhorses when it comes to table accessories and always look good no matter where I put them.

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So that is my simple, summer table…nothing jaw-dropping, but I like it.

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In  other updates, I did a quick thrift store run last week, but didn’t find too much. I also washed, priced, and put it out so quickly that I didn’t even photograph them, so I pulled up some pics from google images. I have the goblets in 2 different sizes, sets of 6, in the Wexford pattern by Anchor Hocking (manufacture dates 1967-1998).

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I also found a set of 6 of the tumblers; some might call these iced tea glasses.

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I also found the large pitcher, which I was thrilled with. I priced each set separately and the pitcher separately, with a discount if you buy it all. I’ll keep you posted about how it sells; I’m not really expecting it to sell quickly, but I do think it will sell.

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I got 2 Fire King berry bowls with the gold rim.

I found 4 of these crystal plates…not old, but they look nice and I think someone will want them. I actually just rang up 2 different customers with this same plate last week, or I don’t even know if I would have bought them.

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This bowl is not Depression glass. It is heavier than Depression and is marked Indonesia. But I think it’s pretty and will mix well with Depression glass. It would really look good with anything pink, but I always take a chance when I buy bowls like this. I bought a pretty green bowl that I thought would look nice with a collection of the green Depression glass, but it still sits unsold.  I just never know.

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As for the flea market, we are still in the midst of the “Summer Slowdown.”

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I did finally sell a set of dishes, so my July check should not be as low as my June check was. Do you remember the set of Gibson dishes that was in the box of all the white dishes? So glad they sold! Anyway, things really won’t pick up much until September, so I’m just hoping to keep holding my own through August.

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OK, I’ve folded all the laundry that I intended to catch up on, done a new table, and written a new blog post. I’ve accomplished the goals on today’s “to-do” list. Yea! Now maybe that will give me momentum to continue. I hope to have an update for you soon. Have a great week of tablescaping, blogging, and accomplishing goals!

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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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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More Chefs, More Wal Mart Beauty, More Bargains

Before I get into today’s table, I want to thank Kathryn at The Dedicated House for choosing my Makeup Madness table as one of her weekly features. Check out her great blog if you have never done so; it is chock full of beautiful and wonderful ideas!

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Today I am continuing my chef theme from last time. I don’t usually use the same theme elements for two tables in a row, but today there is a method to my madness. The day after I purchased the great chef items from Family Dollar, I found these awesome chef plates at no other than my flea market! Of course, I had to pick them up and started planning my table immediately. Cute, right?

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The back of these plates says Tabletops Lifestyles Pizza. Really cute!

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The one drawback is that there are only 3 of them. I almost let that fact discourage me, but I recovered.

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The same booth also had 2 plates in this chef pattern…no mark on the back, so I have no idea what the brand is. With 5 chef plates now, I knew that I could make these work.

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I started with my square Wal Mart plates. Even though red would have looked good, I did not want to use the same ones that I used last time, so I chose the taupe. Present time flatware continues the playful mood. Are you wondering what I’ve done with the napkin?

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I pulled out my chili pepper dishes (from Dollar General on clearance a few years ago) because I wanted to use something else with the red color. I wanted to do something sort of different with them, however. I had chosen my Dollar General red and blue napkins to match the color scheme of the chef plates and accessories, so I folded up the napkin and tucked it in. I was really happy with the look and doing something different to show off the napkin.

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Because I chose chili peppers, I had to use margarita glasses, didn’t I???

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I have two different types of margarita glasses, so I mixed and matched them around the table.

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I remembered that I had other chef salt and pepper shakers, so I searched through my storage tub and found these great old ones…very old; they may have even belonged to my grandmother.

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This is the set that I was actually hunting for when I unearthed the others. Isn’t it cute?

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I also love the way he almost perfectly matches the plate.

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Of course, I had the Family Dollar set, but I could not find another set that would carry on my chef theme. I finally decided on Mom and Pop…I know, not exactly the look I wanted, but I was desperate.

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Turning my attention to the centerpiece, I used the chef tealight holder, of course. The little short, squatty Family Dollar chef in the foreground is actually a holder for a pot scrubber. I think he is really cute as a figurine.

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I chose red and blue pillar candles to continue the red and blue theme.

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You remember that I have 5 chef plates now, so I decided to use the extra one as part of my centerpiece. Of course, I’ll take it off the stand and use it to serve food on when the meal begins.

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I love my second chef table! Yes, it’s very similar to the last one, but different enough to make me not feel like I’ve done the same table twice.

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In addition to the chef plates, I have recently found a couple of other bargains at my own flea market that I should be able to sell at my booth. These 2 Christmas plates are pretty cute.

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I also found a set of 6 in this pattern. I think that dessert plates are perfect for those people who want to be festive but don’t want to have an entire set of Christmas china.

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Do you love this vintage Hull piece? It is from the fifties and called a window box, worth about $12. I paid $2. Yep, you read that right, and it has joined my small Hull collection.

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I found this cute set of canapé or appetizer plates. I will use them for tablescapes for a while and probably resell them sometime in the future.

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My last bargain was my fav of the day! When I was working at the flea market a few days ago, a lady handed me this bottle and told me that she had changed her mind. I told her that I would put it back for her. When I looked closely at it, I saw that it was the large-size bottle of White Diamonds with a very small amount used out of it for $20. I also know the vendor and that he has been cleaning out his late mother’s things, so I know that there is no chance of it being fake. When my husband came in the flea market later on, I showed it to him and said, “I’m sure you pay more than this when you buy this for me, don’t you?” (I get it about every other year for my birthday or Christmas.) He laughed and said, “That’s about $45 worth.” Yes, it came home with me. White Diamonds is probably my favorite fragrance, or at least one of my top 2, tied with Giorgio Red.

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To continue telling you about beauty products, I also need to update you on my most recent Wal Mart beauty box.

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A full-size Revlon lipstick was in the box. Unfortunately, it is a color I don’t care for, but I was able to pass it on to my mother. I also got a coupon, so I should be able to purchase a color that I like.

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How about this wonderful very large size of Vaseline lotion? It is actually called serum, but I will really enjoy using it any time that I would normally use lotion. I love it!

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This minute sample of micellar cleansing water was actually dried up when I opened it. There was a coupon for that also, but I won’t be using it as I have not read any really good reviews of it.

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This Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturizer felt fine, but I was not impressed enough with it to change from my regular Oil of Olay moisturizer.

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Also included was this sample of Burt’s Bees Renewal intensive firming cream. Unlike the Burt’s Bees sample in my last beauty box, I did not really care for it and won’t be purchasing it.

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The last sample really surprised me. I had just received the generous sample sizes of L’Oreal total repair shampoo and conditioner in the last box, so why put the single application size in this box? Oh well, I like it and will use it, even though I will not purchase.

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Last time I also mentioned that I had not yet tried the Jergens tinted BB cream, and now I have. I was my first experience with BB cream and still am not quite sure what it’s really for. I looked up several things online and saw that it could be used as a light foundation in the summertime, so I decided to try it like that.

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The first day that I wore it, I noticed about half way through the day that I felt a very unpleasant, sticky residue on my face. Since I was working at the flea market that day ((no air), I chalked it up to the heat and decided that was the reason.

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So I wore it again on a day when I was mainly in air-conditioned buildings and noticed that same unpleasant stickiness. It ended up in the garbage. I just had no desire to try it again in any other way, even though it might have been better. That stickiness just ended it for me.

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I have used the single use samples of the Ken Pave shampoo and conditioner and liked it. However, as I mentioned then, I choose to buy expensive shampoo such as Nizoral or T-Gel to fight my dandruff and I am fine with the cheap VO5 shampoo from CVS when I don’t need the dandruff shampoo.

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So that’s it for all of my bargains and the great new tablescape made with some of those bargains! Have a great week of tablescaping and bargain hunting!

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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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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Meet the Chefs

For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees. Isaiah 21:6

Before I get into today’s table, I have some things on my mind, so scroll on down if you’re just here for the tablescape. When I read quite a while ago that Harper Lee’s long-lost sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird was finally being published, I quickly preordered it on Amazon. It arrived yesterday afternoon; I read most of it last night, finished it this morning, then passed it on to my mother.

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I tried very hard not to read, watch, or listen to anything ahead of reading the novel. I did not want to be subjective at all when I read the book; I wanted to read it with a clean slate. However, 2 days before the book arrived, I heard one small sentence on NPR, which I keep going on the car radio all the time. “Atticus Finch is a racist.” I was so mad that I heard that!

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Atticus Finch. Gregory Peck. In my mind, the two are entwined forever…one and the same. I will never think of one without thinking of the other. Forever a literary hero of mine, Atticus has always been right up there with Jane Eyre, Sidney Carton, and Chief Martin Brody. Is he still a literary hero of mine, or has he fallen forever?

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I now face the dilemma of what to say about the book. I have an opinion, but do I say it here? Do I want to spoil it for others?

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I’ll make my comments general and we can discuss things in more depth after you read the book. And, yes, do read the book. No matter what you hear or read ahead of time, I am an absolute believer in forming one’s own opinions based on fact, not on hype.

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Sometimes ordinary men who aren’t really heroes do heroic things. Sometimes men who are heroes are flawed, products of their time in both history and geography. Scout, who is now called Jean Louise, struggles with behaviors exemplified by her father and sometime boyfriend, Hank. She cannot reconcile what they do with their public personas.

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Is Atticus right in his thinking? Whether you put him in a 2015 context or a mid-1950s context, Atticus is flawed. Aren’t all tragic heroes flawed? That’s what makes them tragic, after all.

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On a more positive note, Harper Lee’s storytelling, while not as finely nuanced as in To Kill a Mockingbird, is delightful. Flashbacks to escapades of Jem, Scout, and Dill, with a great one thrown in involving Hank escorting Jean Louise to the dance, will have you laughing out loud. Peripheral characters in Mockingbird, such as Aunt Alexandra, are more fleshed out so that the reader gets a little more insight into their characters and what “makes them tick.” And like Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman will be a book that I read again. It took me years of rereading Mockingbird to pick up all of the fine details…if I have even done that yet. I suspect the same will fall true of Watchman. Read the book.

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I’ve not purchased anything new for tablescaping in quite some time, and I fell in love with these cute chefs when I was in Family Dollar the other day. I splurged and brought all of them home, except for the paper towel holder. All of the chefs wear red and white, so my color scheme was set for me. The tealight holder chef is the only one of the set who also wears blue, so I decided to use it as my accent color.

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I first thought this guy was a spoon rest, but the tag said candy dish. I guess he can be whatever I make him!

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Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that I had to have the salt and pepper shakers, does it?

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I put my red Wal Mart plates on top of my Dollar General placemats. Of course, I wanted red to be the dominant color.

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However, I wanted to use some blue also and I had in mind that these strawberry napkins would look good with the placemats. I really like the two together.

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For my top plate, I chose my summertime appetizer plates, mainly because these include both red and blue in the design without being only red and blue since I don’t want another July 4 table.

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Dollar Tree blue goblets and my everyday Chateau flatware round out the place setting.

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The little chefs make a cute vignette on the kitchen table since I don’t have room for a centerpiece.

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The little guy in the rear actually holds a pot scrubber. He can be a figurine if I want him to, right?

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I put the candy dish in the center, and I was done.

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I like my little chefs and it was nice to have something a little new for the table. Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping, decorating, and reading!

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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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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Aqua and Yellow Plus Recovery Update

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I had in mind today to use my Danube again, but I wanted to do something different as an accent color rather than pink since I use that color so much because of the HL Sunrise that goes so well with it. When I went to put up my table runner from last week, I saw this vintage April Cornell runner. I had my accent color: yellow!

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I started with the Danube dinner plate. Although the large pink rose is prominent in the pattern, you can see a couple of yellow flowers also; therefore, yellow looks great with this pattern.

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I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate.

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Of course, I needed yellow napkins, and I have two sets. I settled on the brighter ones that I ordered custom from The Napkin Lady. I put them in my clear acrylic napkin rings. For flatware, I had a hard time deciding, but finally settled on Dollar General green. Although the color is not perfect, these do bring out the green in both the plate and the runner patterns.

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When I was getting the plates from the china cabinet, I saw these champagne flutes and realized that I had not used them in quite some time. You may remember that my mother-in-law rescued these flutesfor me. I also used my vintage aqua glassware, and, no, I haven’t found more of these yet, but am still looking.

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I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple and just emphasize the pretty colors of the runner and the dishes. I decided that my teapot, creamer, and sugar were the perfect choice. I love these and will never get tired of them.

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However, I did want a touch more yellow in the centerpiece. I looked through my pitcher collection and decided on two of my miniature pitchers.

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I love both of these, and they both have a yellow floral pattern.

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Love the look and, as always, love these dishes!

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As for David’s recovery, he went back to work on light duty this week. He comes in quite tired at night, but he is still glad to be back at work. He was getting tired of staying home all day and was happy to see people again.

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The down side to his return to work is that his arthritis is bothering him big time. He cannot get back on his arthritis meds until August, and he stands on a concrete floor all day. His neurosurgeon says that the arthritis meds can inhibit his recovery, and we want nothing to inhibit that! He has suffered too much in the past few months and never wants to go through that again.

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We are back regular in our church attendance. The first Sunday that we went, he was really tired after sitting in the pew for that long, plus the visiting and so on that went on afterwards. However, it has been a little better each Sunday since then and he even taught his youth Sunday School class today, although he won’t do so every week.

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The choir, however, will have to wait. He tried to just join in congregational hymns today, and it was tough on him. His esophagus just has a long way to go until it heals completely.

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He is feeling better when in comes to riding and driving, as long as it is in short spurts. We had to miss my aunt and uncle’s fiftieth anniversary because it required several hours of riding, which we knew that he just could not do.

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Unfortunately, real life does intervene, and our yard has been mowed only 3 times all year. If you’re not from Mississippi, you may not realize that is not much mowing, but it’s not. We have a long growing season; in addition, we have had a huge amount of rainfall. Despite my misgivings, he mowed the front yard yesterday morning while I was at work. Our front is small and flat, so it wasn’t too tough on him. Now our house looks good from the street, and the back will just have to wait. We can’t afford to pay anyone and wouldn’t really want to anyway. David is very particular about the mowing, so we are just living with it, even though it drives both of us crazy.

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So that is it for our boring but very blessed lives! We are so thankful for the miracle that the surgery worked and for all of the answered prayers for his recovery!

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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Makeup Madness

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Wouldn’t a makeup party with a bunch of women, girls, or teens be fun? That was in my mind today as I set the table. So what are Mr. and Mrs. Snowman doing at the top, you may ask? In my last post, I mentioned some bargain shopping and completely forgot to put in this great snowman couple that I got at the thrift store for 50% off of 99 cents! Really, how could I even forget them…their feelings must be really hurt. Plus we all know that I need more salt and pepper shakers…never mind…I won’t go there.

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HL Sunrise plates are a great pink choice for the dinner plate. I’m kind of thinking something light for a girls’ meal…salad and pasta, maybe.

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My Danube bowls are a good size to hold pasta and their floral image also carries out the feminine vibe I’m going for.

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Since we girls want to dress it up, I broke out my Fostoria Romance and pink tulip goblets. I thought the table needed a little elegance and the Fostoria is perfect for that.

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Also providing a little elegance is my Grosvenor silver and my silver napkin rings made out of odd pieces of silver. Of course, pastel pink napkins are a must!

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I had a great time figuring out the centerpiece. Makeup wipes should definitely be served on a silverplate candy dish.

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Likewise an assortment of lip balms and lipsticks are displayed on a silverplate compote.

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What’s a makeup party without brushes? I stuck them in a cylindrical vase and added some glass stones for sturdiness and sparkle. I propped different eyeshadows around and about the centerpiece.

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Lip pencils, stick eye shadows and the like are sticking out of my sea glass votive holder…perfect color for this table.

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I think that a girl’s table calls for pastel candles. My cheerful giver candles with the soft pink, cream, and green are perfect for this table.

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All in all, this was a fun table! I enjoyed being playful and creative with the beauty elements.

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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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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!

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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