Pondering Purple

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In my continued effort to purge some table linens, I am setting a table today with some placemats and napkins that I might get rid of. I also have an update on beauty products at the end of the post for those of you who are interested.

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I saw the purple striped napkins when I was putting away some clean napkin and thought that I would use them and the matching placemats today. I got this set for a very inexpensive price at an antique mall a couple of years ago and really like the colors.

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However, when I started with the table, I realized that I really did not have a runner that looked good with them. I finally chose the one at the top of the page because it is the only one I have that has even a little bit of purple in it and the green will go with the Thomas Kinkade china.

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I love these plates! I like using purple with them because of the purple hues in the paintings of the houses.

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Each plate has a different house on it.

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The small plates also have different houses.

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I decided to use both sizes of plates today.

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Love these pretty rims and how they frame the small plates.

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I never get tired of this beautiful china.

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When I was looking through the napkin rings, I saw these purple ones that I rarely use. My mother found them for me at a local thrift shop and I think they look great with these napkins.

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Since I rarely use the mugs, I decided to pull them out today.

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I also used my favorite purple goblets.

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I haven’t used my Grosvenor silver in a while, so I pulled it out.

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Keeping the centerpiece simple so that I can concentrate on the table linens, I chose my purple variegated candle and put in on my silver holder with the hurricane globe.

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I’ve had this lovely lady since I was a child. She is actually floralware and came holding a lovely bouquet of flowers. I’ve always loved her colors.

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My sweet little pierced candy dish with the violets was the final choice to display.

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As much as I love this table, I’m almost 100% sure that I will let these linens go. I really don’t have much that goes with them and don’t use them very often for that reason. There is just no need for them to take up storage space when I so seldom pull them out. The napkin rings will go with them for the same reason.

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OK, now for the update on my eyeshadow palette challenge. I have been using the W7 In the Night palette every day since August 1.

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I chose this palette because it has deeper shades which I thought would blend better with the single eyeshadow in smoky plum that I have chosen for the “use it up” portion of my beauty product challenge.

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I tried all of the colors and there were a few that I liked the best with the plum eyeshadow. The last color on the left is called Dusty, and I really liked it as an all over base. I also used the fourth color in, Atlanta, a good bit.

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I know you see some purples in this photo, but I actually did not end up using them as much as I thought I would. Those purples just did not look great with the plum eyeshadow that I am panning. I actually ended up liking the bright pink shade, Lady Luck, a good bit. It is a little more sparkly than I usually wear, but I was able to blend it out above and/or around (depending on where I placed the plum shade that day) so that it all blended into a nice look with only a hint of the sparkle.

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Another color I liked to use is the middle one in this photo, Party Pooper. I can see noticeable dips in Party Pooper, Lady Luck, Atlanta, Abracadabra (the sparkly plum shade next to the purples in the previous photo), and Dusty. Of course, the palette was new and I did not expect nor was I trying to pan, so I was pleased with those little dips.

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I have a few thoughts on the W7 palette for those of you who are interested. First, you need to know that I purchased all 5 W7 eyeshadow palettes on Amazon for $33 and change, with free shipping. W7 is a British company and it shipped from the U.K. by the Royal Mail. I can’t remember exactly, but I got them somewhere between 8-10 days, a much briefer arrival time than the estimated arrival date. Price: A+

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Although I like the cute tin (it reminds me of the watercolor palettes I used when I was a child), it is not the best quality. Two of the 5 palettes arrived with one of the little hinge pins on the back either missing or broken.

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I tried to photograph it but didn’t really get a good picture due to the glare of the tin.

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You have to look pretty closely to see that the left side of the palette lid is not even with the right. I really don’t get upset about this flaw in the packaging for two reasons. First, these are not high-end items, and I know that you get what pay for. Second, I am simply not going to send this item back to the U.K. for a replacement, especially since a new one could arrive just as damaged, if not more so. Some reviews I read mentioned that one of the shadows might be broken when it arrived; none of mine were, so why return it and have that happen? Who knows what this palette went through in those 10 days of shipping? The wonky lid is inconvenient, but no biggie to me. Some reviews mentioned an off smell, and I did notice that on one of the palettes (don’t remember which one). I guess whatever chemical process is used for the tins sometimes has a lingering odor, but it disappeared pretty quickly after I unpacked it placed it in my makeup cabinet. I think it “off-gassed” within a few hours, if I remember right. Again, these are not high-end items, and the odor didn’t bother me. Packaging: C-

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As for the color pay-off, I was pleased with how nicely these shadows looked. I did have to pat them on to get the best color rather that brush them on, but I do that with most shadows, so that is fine with me. They blended out well and there was very little flaking or fall out, never even enough that I had to brush it off my face, like I do with some inexpensive shadows. I also was very pleased at the end of the day when I would wash my face and my eye makeup would look almost exactly the same way as when I put it on that morning, even in the 100 degree plus days that we have had recently. Color, ease of use, and lasting through the day: A

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Remember that I am using one palette at a time for an entire month, and I’ve had a hard time deciding on what palette to use for September. I made my final decision this morning. Since I used a larger palette last month, I decided to use a small palette this month. I have some small palettes in both Elf and Maybelline. The drawback to using a small palette is that using only those 4 colors for an entire month would get pretty boring.

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So here is my final decision. I chose 2 Elf Flawless Eyeshadow palettes for September’s one palette, one month challenge.

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The one of the left, Happy Hour, is one that I have used several times and know how much I like it. The one on the right, Blushing Beauty, is new, but I know that I have always liked the pinky/mauvey colors. I think that I will enjoy using these colors for the next month.

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I will update the panning challenges next week since they end on Labor Day. I won’t give away anything about how it is going at this time, but I will say that most of my goals have been realistic.  Have a great week of tablescaping, purging, and beautifying!

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,   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;  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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Fruit Flavor Plus Business Update

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In my current quest to clean out the napkin drawer, I am using some table linens that for one reason or another, I haven’t used in a while. So far, I am keeping the sunflowers and am still trying to decide about the burgundy flowered placemats and napkins. If you’ve not chimed in yet for keep or purge, feel free to do so here. Searching through the napkin drawer, I found these great napkins that are really pretty, but I have not used them lately.

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In order to make my decision to keep or not to keep, I pulled them out to use for a tablescape. I like the fruit pattern of the fabric and I decided to pull the red color out as my main color. Looking through my runners, I really did not have one that had the right colors to go with these napkins, so I left the fruit runner from last week on the table. It has some similar colors as the napkins, and an overall fruit pattern to continue the fruit theme.

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I chose my red Wal Mart plates on top of my Dollar General placemats. When I use two plates of the same color, I like to put the napkin in between to provide separation between the two plates.

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At the last minute, I decided to continue with the fruit theme and layered my vintage Salem china fruit plates on the top of the stack. I love these plates; I got them at an antique mall when I first started tablescaping and have never gotten tired of them.

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I chose San Remo flatware and then started looking through my glassware.

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None of the colors seemed exactly right, so I decided just to continue my fruit theme some more. These goblets have fruit on them and I decided that the color was ok with the other elements on the table.

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For the centerpiece, I chose to continue the fruit motif. I purchased these pretty glittered fruit a few months ago when another vendor was going out of business. I felt like I could get a lot of decorating use out of them. Lately, they have been living in my white Vietri bird bowl on the sofa table, so I just moved it to the dining table.

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For candles, I pulled out my green variegated pillar candle from last week and put it on a black stand.

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I was also able to find a red votive for my crystal votive holder.

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I love my “fruit-flavored” table! I think it is very cheerful and colorful.

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However, despite the success of this table, I think I have made up my mind to purge these napkins.

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Even though I do love these colors and the fruit pattern, the bottom line is that I just don’t have a lot of different items that are in a similar color scheme.  I had a pretty hard time figuring out what to put with these napkins, as you can tell since the runner and glasses don’t exactly go all that well.

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I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to actually purge anything, so I am glad to have come to a decision with these napkins.

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Now that I have made the decision, I won’t have a hard time letting them go when it comes time to price them and take them to my booth at the flea market.

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Speaking of the booth, I mentioned recently that I had made a huge decision to mark down a good bit of stock drastically. I’ve had the sale going on for about 3 days now and am happy to report that I have sold a pretty good bit of stuff.

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Even though I barely broke even or even lost a little on some of the merchandise, it feels so good to have that stock out of my booth that it didn’t hurt at all to sell it so cheaply!

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I even made some time today to go through some more old stock and mark it down as well. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to sell down a good bit more merchandise in the next few weeks to make room for new items. Keep thinking good thoughts that I will be able to sell, sell, sell, and I will keep you posted!

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,   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;  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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Magnolia Table and Where I’ve Been

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I’ve been absent from the blog for a very good reason. We left Friday afternoon for Tennessee to visit my son and his wife. Between my husband’s surgery and Russell’s summer camp, we have not seen them in a long, long time, and we were ready to go see those kids!

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We got there Friday night and got the grand tour of the new house. We just love it, and it has certainly come a long way since our last visit. The down side to things is that they had to start moving before the house was completed and just as summer camp was beginning, so they ended up just kind of camping out for several weeks. They are so happy now to have almost everything in place and to actually feel like they are living there. The contractor has a few things to finish and they have some things that they need to do, but they are probably 95% complete and really enjoying the house.

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We love their back porch and ended up eating every meal out there. The Tennessee heat was certainly better than our Mississippi heat…I can’t imagine eating outdoors here! Anyway, we had a great weekend and it was hard to come home. I have sprinkled some random photos that I took at their house throughout this post.

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Turning back to the table, I need to preface this post by saying that my husband likes to say that he has the best mother-in-law in the world, but I have to disagree because I have the best mother-in-law in the world. One of the many special things that she does for me is feed my tablescaping addiction hobby. She likes to pick up table linens, napkin rings, and so forth at sales, and she always tells me that I don’t have to keep them. I can sell them in my booth if I prefer. However, I have kept all sets that she has given me except one so far.

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I mentioned in my last post that I would be going through some table linens, especially napkins, in order to decide what to keep and what to purge.

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Recently my mother-in-law gave me these nice placemats and napkins. Although pretty, I really did not think that I wanted to keep them because I just don’t have a lot to go with them. However, since I have pledged to try things out before making decisions, I decided to use them for today’s tablescape.

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It suddenly struck me that the burgundy flower would go with my magnolia plates. I decided to steal them from kitchen table and see what happened.

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I love these plates, and the magnolias are actually in bloom around here now. Although the colors of the placemats and the plates are not exact, I think that they are close enough and both have green in them as well.

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I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate. I love the way the rim outlines the magnolia.

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On the same trip, she brought me these sweet little napkin rings. I did not take the time to polish the brass and will do that later. I love the little bow!

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I used my green Dollar General flatware. I know it seems like I’ve used that flatware for the last several tables, but it really is versatile with a lot of my things…I guess I use green a lot!

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The matching goblets complete the look. I really like this simple place setting.

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I chose a table runner that has both green and burgundy in it and decided to keep the centerpiece simple. I found this cute little votive holder recently and stuck a burgundy votive in it. I like the way the light shines through the holder.

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I haven’t used the matching pitcher lately, so I decided to do that. That pitcher is gorgeous; I just love it!

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The antique Century by Salem platter has the perfect colors in it for this table.

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In the beginning, I was leaning toward purging this set of table linens, and now I’m leaning toward keeping them! I have found that when I use something I’m not sure about, I often end up pleased with it.

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Of course, that makes the purging decision that much harder!

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So chime in…tell me whether you vote stay or go on this placemat and napkin set.

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Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping and decorating…and purging!

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,   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;  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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Late Summer Table Plus Business Update

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I was going through my napkin drawer and placemat container and realized that they are both bursting at the seams. It’s time for a purge! Before I do that, I am going to go through and use some things that I’ve not used in a while. Then I will decide if I haven’t used them because I just forget about them or if I just don’t want them any more.

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I started with this lovely April Cornell runner in sunflowers, perfect for late summer. Why have I not used this in so long? It is so pretty! Normally, I keep my white tablecloth on the table and put my runner and placemats on top. I do this because the lighting in my dining room is dark and my table is dark wood, so the pictures seem to show up better on the white background. However, I really wanted my wood table to show through with these colors, and the tablecloth needed to be laundered anyway!

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Sage green placemats (an old Fred’s purchase) and square taupe plates (an old Wal Mart purchase) are great with the colors in the runner.

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Of course, I had to use the matching napkins with brass napkin rings. The small Friendly Village salad plates look good as the top layer of the stack.

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Green Dollar General flatware seemed like the best choice for this place setting.

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Of course, those Dollar Tree standby goblets are the perfect color for this table!

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I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple, pulling in some yellow accents. Two of my Dollar General flowerpots have yellow and green, wonderful for this color scheme.

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Do you remember my Dollar General lanterns from last week? One of them is yellow, and I chose to elevate it on a candlestick. Love the look!

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A small votive and a variegated green pillar candle on my workhorse Dollar General clearance candle holder finish off the table.

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I like how this looks and think I will keep everything. How could I get rid of these beautiful linens? I’ve just got to use them more often!

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As for my business update, we are in the middle of what we term our “summer slowdown.” Despite that, my May and July checks were not too bad, although June was the pits. So far August isn’t starting out that great, but I’m just hoping for a little better business as the end of the month approaches. Last week I looked around at a lot of my merchandise that has been there for a while and decide to do a sale table with huge discounts, most of it 50%. Sometimes I don’t mind taking merchandise home and bringing it back out later, but these are some things that I am ready to be done with! A couple of sale items sold last week and so far one set of dishes has sold this week. I hope it will pick up.

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Anyway, I guess the one thing that I just hate about having a booth at the flea market is the storage that is required. I do my very best to keep merchandise grouped by either when I will use it (such as holidays) or type of merchandise (such as sets of dishes or glassware). I have Sterilite and Rubbermaid containers and a labelmaker. Believe me, that labelmaker gets a lot of use! Because I take merchandise to the booth to sell, I then use the containers for more merchandise and have to make new labels. I am constantly organizing and reorganizing my storage, which is in the front bedroom…not an ideal place, but the best solution I have.

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So what has been stressing me out more than usual about storage is that I’ve had all of the things that I brought home from the consignment shop in May when it closed (that story is here) in cardboard boxes just shoved into that room in whatever spot David and I could make room for them. In addition, the large Avon Cape Cod collection is there also in three large Sterilite tubs. Did I mention that room is also where I store some of my tablescaping supplies, such as placemats, runners, and holiday décor? Obviously, I’ve been needing to do something in there for a long time! Finally, yesterday I decided to tackle it.

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First, I purchased a couple of more Sterilite tubs. Then I unloaded every single cardboard box and put all of the items on the dining table in order to make some decisions. That alone took quite a bit of time. I decided to store all of my high-end items in one of the tubs and labeled it accordingly. Then I tried to take a hard, honest look at what was left.

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Finally I came to an honest and objective decision, although not a financially lucrative one. Storing the stuff is causing me lots of stress, so I need to get rid of it. I marked down about 90% of the stuff that had been in storage and will take it to the flea market to put on my discount table. The only problem is that there is just so much room that I can use, so I can only take a few things at a time. This morning I took up one set of glasses because that is all I had room for. I plan to check every day and take whatever I can fit up there as soon as room opens up.

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Believe or not, once I started marking down, it wasn’t hard to do at all. Keeping the things here in storage makes $0, while putting them at the booth, even at a deep discount accomplishes two things. First, it gets the merchandise out of the house; second, I will get a few dollars as opposed to no dollars. I feel good about it and am only frustrated that I must have the things here for the next few weeks until room opens up.

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So that’s what’s going on with me lately! Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping, organizing, and purging!

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,   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;  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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Back to School Plus Recovery Update

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I have a couple of different inspirations for today’s table. First, I found these great lanterns at Dollar General the other day. Don’t you love them? They had them in 3 colors, so I bought all 3 of them.

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I like that they are in primary colors. The primary colors made me think of back to school, so that is the other inspiration for this table.

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A few days ago, I heard that sound that I love early one morning…the sound of those school buses going by. I love hearing that sound when the school year starts up each year…reminds me that school is starting, but I am not!

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Using the lanterns as inspiration, I decided to base my table on these primary colors, so I left the yellow runner down from last week. Red plates, yellow napkins, and blue flatware continues my primary color scheme.

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How do like my new blue flatware, by the way? I picked up 2 different sets at Dollar General the other day when I purchased the lanterns, this blue one and another one in a sort of coral color. OK, I know this sounds crazy, but the quality of the Dollar General flatware has really gone down…not that it was ever good in the first place, which makes these extremely cheap and flimsy.

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Continuing the primary color themes, I chose Dollar Tree blue goblets and red striped ones, an antique mall purchase from last year.

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Anyway, I also recently purchased this great little chalkboard at Hobby Lobby. I got a few markers also, and I am hoping that this will be something I will really enjoy in tablescaping.

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Being the empty nesters that we are, I don’t have too much around in the way of school supplies that would look cute on a back to school table. I did manage to find some crayons and some ink pens, so that is the extent of the school supplies at this house!

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I love my brightly colored table and hope that you do also. As for recovery update, yesterday was David’s post op checkup from the disc surgery that he had in June. It went great and he was released! He can gradually get back to normal activity, just use common sense, which he does.

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We are so thankful for his recovery and freedom from pain. He still can’t sing, but that seems a small price to pay. The dr. assures him that it will get better.

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Hope everyone has a good week and great back to school with the schoolkids and teachers in your life!

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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Simple Summer Table Again Plus Some Other Random Stuff

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I had an idea to do another simple table setting with summer in mind, and I realized that I don’t use my Lenox Temperware in Fancy Free nearly enough. I guess because I do use it every day, I just don’t think of it for a tablescape.

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So here it is…a simple, summer table with Fancy Free as the star. I started with my tone-on-tone yellow gingham table runner.

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The yellow runner brings out the yellow in the pattern on the plate…still a favorite after all these years and one I never get tired of.

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Since there is a good bit of green in the plate, I chose green napkins custom-made for me by the Napkin Lady. Dollar General green flatware and Dollar Tree green goblets continue the green in the plates.

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Don’t you love this sweet little metal floral napkin ring? My mother-in-law gave them to me recently, and I think they are so cute.

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To keep the centerpiece both simple and summery, I chose this cute bird house, an old Dollar General purchase.

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I thought my little bumblebees would be cute scattered around…perfect for the color scheme.

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I pulled this green container from my collection and put a tea light in it. I like the way it shines through.

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My green variegated pillar candle on my Dollar General candle holder is perfect for this table, but I wanted a little something else.

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I added a votive on a clear base, and I really liked the final look.

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I like my summery table and love using my Fancy Free dishes.

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David and I decided to take a brief trip this weekend since we haven’t done that in several months. We wanted to check out some places that we had never been to in south MS and ended up on the Gulf Coast. We weren’t crazy about the original places that we went to, but ended up finding some good deals at other places we found. Since I’ve been told that all Southern women have at least one egg plate, I think I should be able to sell this one without much trouble.

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I’ve always been able to sell Blue Ridge pottery, and these two bowls were great buys.

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I should be able  to turn a good profit on them, even considering a couple of “flea bites” on this one.

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Are you ready for the best thing I’ve found at a flea market in a long, long time? Did you see the close up of my grand dog at the top of the page?

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This signed, numbered Ducks Unlimited print was a super buy. I just could not resist it.

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We hope to be traveling to visit Russell, Callie, and Wendell in the new house soon and I thought that this picture would make a perfect house-warming gift. Do you notice that Wendell even wears a red collar?

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I do think that it is a little presumptuous to buy art for Russell when I am not really sure if this is something that he would like. I really just bought it because Wendell could have posed for it.

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It just so happened that the booth vendor was there when we were at the flea market today and had already made a good deal for me on the egg plate. He offered to make a deal on anything else I wanted and when I remarked on the print, he came down on the already reasonable price.  When I assured him that his price was very reasonable and I was only hesitating because I wasn’t sure if my son would like it, the vendor came down even more. So yes, I have it and bought it for such a good price that I can resell it in my own booth if Russell doesn’t want it. Win-win situation, right?!!

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As for the random stuff from the title, it has absolutely nothing to do with tablescapes, so just quit reading now if you’re not interested. Recently I have been enjoying blogs and vlogs about beauty products, makeup tips, and so forth. I have always liked experimenting with makeup and trying new beauty products.

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As you know, I am always trying to save money, and one of the things that I vowed to do when I retired was to go through my stockpile of beauty products and use them up before rebuying. It had actually been going pretty well until recent months. Reading blogs had made me curious to try some new looks and products and I had purchased way more than I had intended to.

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Regular readers know that I have a “something in, something out” rule when it comes to tablescapes. When I purchase something for a table, I choose something to sell at my booth. I can’t really do that with make up, so I have made a resolution to not buy any more products and to use up what I have. I have to pull myself up short since I have been way overbuying.

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Beauty product bloggers who have come to the same conclusion that I have use certain terms to describe it. When they plan to use a beauty product up, they call it “pan” because the silver color of the container shows through the product as it gets used up. I have an example of above of a single eye shadow that I have “hit pan” on.

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Another term used by beauty bloggers is “pan that palette.” Many of these bloggers buy lots of makeup palettes, especially of eye shadows; consequently, they have very large collections of these palettes. Those girls who have come to the same conclusion that I have will vow to use one palette until it is all used up. Without realizing it, I had been doing these panning challenges since I retired. Before I started buying again, I had used up several lipsticks, lip pencils, and eye shadows that had been stockpiled in my bathroom cabinet. So I know how to do this…I’VE JUST GOT TO DO IT!

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These are lots of variations to the “panning” challenges, and I won’t go through them all at this time. A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to set some goals for myself, but to be realistic with those goals. I’m using my tablescaping blog to write about these goals for two reasons: I don’t want to start another blog and writing down my goals and reporting them in print will keep me motivated.

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I started my goals on July 14. I made up my mind to use up several products and to make a big dent in some other products. The time limit to accomplish these goals is Labor Day. By Labor Day, I will use up 1 tube of Carmex, 2 single plum eyeshadows, 1 Olay night cream, 1 single taupe eyeshadow, 1 L’Oreal blush, and 1 EOS lip balm. By Labor Day, I will have made a sizeable dent in 1 Mally blush, 1 Cover Girl flipstick, several packages of makeup cleansing wipes (Elf, Burt’s Bees, & Wet n Wild), 1 Mally powder, and 1 Olay daytime moisturizer.

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Using only one eyeshadow palette for an entire year until it is used up (which is what most of these bloggers do) is unrealistic for me at the present time, so I have decided to do an alternate challenge, which is “one palette, one month.” Beginning on August 1, I will use only one eyeshadow palette for that entire month (yes, I started yesterday). I have chosen my In the Night palette by W7.

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I love these colors and am looking forward to using them; however, I am kind of dreading what will happen about 2-3 weeks into the month when I want to move on to something else. Hopefully, I can keep it up since it’s only a month. I will post my goals and progress here and try not to bore you too much with the details.

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The last challenge that I am taking is the “makeup no-buy.” I am vowing to purchase no more beauty products for the rest of 2015. However, I do have to be realistic. I will definitely run out of foundation, daytime moisturizer, and night cream by the end of the year, so I give myself permission to repurchase those. I might run out of powder and mascara before the year is up, so I give myself permission to repurchase those as well. I also will continue my Wal Mart Beauty Box subscription at this time…it is only $5 per quarter. But I will reevaluate it at least annually and see if I still want it. So that’s it! Those are my goals and now that they are out in print, I have to stick to them!

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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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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