Friday, July 15, 2011

My Own White Picket Fence...

 I've been looking at alot of things to put in my garden and flower beds lately. We have such a short summer season that I tend to focus on outdoor activities and ignore other things. It seems that alot of folks out in the blog-o-sphere are using pallets for tons of different things. So, here's what I did with mine!

I dug around in the stacks of pallets at our business until I found two that would fit my project. These ones had the slats already looking like a picket fence.

I took them apart and rearranged the slats to look "pickety". I thought that taking off one side of the pallet left more open area. I found some old white paint in the garage and went to work. My grandkids helped me and we had a great time. Most of the paint went on the pallet. As you can see, I didn't make them all look even and one of them was broken, but that didn't matter.

And ta-da! It's finished! I placed the two pallets behind the flowers in the flower bed that was looking pretty sad. I used giant tie straps to attach the pallets to the fence behind it. I dug out my gazing ball stand and got a shiny, new bright red ball and planted some annuals to give it color.

Doesn't it look great? And the best part is, I spent $15.00 for the new gazing ball and that was it!!

I'm linking up to Funky Junk Interiors for this week's "Saturday Nite Special".  Thanks for letting us share our fun and creative ideas with each other. Now get back to the party and have fun looking at everyone's unique and creative ideas!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stars And Stripes

I really love this time of year.You can set one table and make it last for an entire month! From Memorial Day, to Flag Day to the Fourth of July, you can bascially use the same table. I'm starting today with a basic red tablecloth. I've used this one for so many different things. It's really a great color.
 I found the table runner at Kohl's last year on clearance. I grabbed my basic white dinners plates, layered them with Scarlett Fiesta salad plates and finished with dessert plates from Independance Ironstone, Pillow Ticking pattern. I've had the Independance for some time, but I'm still looking for dinner plates. I found the blue goblets at my local organic grocery store and have used them for so many different occasions. I love the blue color.
 When I got married, I chose Independance stainless from Oneida. The pistol grip knives and 3-tined fork helps the patriotic theme continue.
 The pitcher is from Hobby Lobby, several years ago. I tried putting the flags in the pitcher for the centerpiece, but it wasn't quite right. So I grabbed the hurricane from the buffet and stuck the little flags in. For Flag Day, this will be great! Maybe for the Fourth of July I will use some sparkle.

Susan-thanks again for another great party. I love to come and look at everyone's pretties each week. You are all so talented and creative, you inspire me! Now let's get back to the party-just click the button on the right to see more!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Island Bliss..

In 2009, hubby and I won a trip to the Dominican Republic. We had a 10 day stay in Punta Cana, at the Moon Palace Resort. It was wonderful! We loved every minute of it. The ocean was a beautiful blue, white sandy beaches, fragrant flowers, and beautiful moonlit nights. Since tomorrow will be Cinco de Mayo, I thought I'd bring back some memories of our trip.
 I'm starting my table with a piece of burlap! It really reminded of the beaches and gives the table some texture. It can be fuzzy, so be careful. All of the women in our group were presented with a bright pareo, to remember the trip. I used mine as a table runner. It seems like I have used an awful lot of orange lately. I just can't seem to get enough of the bright colors. Maybe because it is still so brown and ugly here!
 I've layered Peacock, Lemongrass, Turquoise, and Shamrock Fiesta with some vintage Yellow Fiesta plates. All of these colors remind me of the things I saw in Punta Cana. I found these bright blue napkins in the drawer. They look pretty good!!
I pulled the Lemongrass carafe off of the shelf and slid some colorful Gerbera Daisies in for a simple centerpiece. Of course, no South of the Border dinner is complete without the Margaritas!

My computer has been acting up lately and I have not been able to link to Susan's wonderful party. Let's hope that this week will be better after a complete spyware, malware and virus check-up. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments each week. I appreciate your kind words and look forward to seeing what you have created! Now get on back to the Party!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring- Will You Ever Get Here??

Happy Spring Everybody!! I hope that you are enjoying your beautiful spring days. I have yet to see one!April in the Rocky Mountains is always very tricky, you never know what will happen next. We've had a mixture of almost nice and almost nasty weather. We really need some moisture soon, or we'll all blow away!
My Easter was pretty quiet. My grandkids other grandparents somhow think they should see our shared sweeties once in awhile, so they spent the day with them. They are really lucky to have two sets of grandparents so close to them.

I decided to set a table that can be used for any spring meal, not just Easter. I found this great cloth at Kohl's on sale of course! I think it will really be versatile for alot of spring or even summer occasions. I also knew that I could mix and match just about all of my Fiesta with it.

 It took me quite awhile to decide what colors to use. I tried just about every combination of colors that I had. I finally decided to use the Tangerine dinner plates, with the Lemongrass luncheon plates. Then I stacked my white, lacy plates from Pier 1 on top.
 I found some great ribbon at TaiPan Trading way back in January. I think it really finishes off the place setting.
 My bunny with the orange ribbon around his neck lets this table be used for Easter. I can take him and the salt and peppers off to have just a bright spring table. Daffodils from the grocery store always say spring and I snatched them up fast! I miss being able to have tulips and daffodils in my garden, but the deer seem to think I have set a great buffet for them and nibble them down to nothing.

I'm linking to "Tablescape Thursday" with Susan at  Between Naps on the Porch. I really enjoy seeing all of the wonderful tables you all set each week. You are all so creative and continue to inspire me. Now - let's get back to the party, click the button on the right to have more fun!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Got New Dishes!!...

A new thrift store opened in our little town recently. I usually don't do thrift stores, I don't have the time or creative juices that many of you showcase every week. But, I decided to give it a try. Of course, I saw this set of dishes right off and snagged them up! I have learned that lesson-see it, buy it or lose it!
 According to the back of the dish, this is a Homer Laughlin pattern. It's called "Theme-eggshell", I think. I've looked all over the internet to find anything about this pattern. The closest I came to was on Replacements' website. They show this dish without the floral pattern.
( Sorry this picture is blurry) I tried to enter both the number on the back of the plate and the name, but no luck.
 Anyway-these plates reminded me of my Grandmother's everyday dishes. I especially loved the square salad plates.
 The entire set consisted of six salad plates, six rimmed soup bowls, six fruit bowls, six cup and saucers, and a gravy boat. The cost-$35.00 for everything. Replacements showed the cup and saucer for $13.99 each. I think that I did pretty well!

I know my table isn't set very well yet, but I'm working on that. It took me awhile to find a cloth that would show the plates off. I know that I need to find a set of silverware that is less modern than the ones I have now. Stemware too!
So-if any of you know about this pattern, I would really appreciate the information. I would also like to find some dinner plates to complete the set. Susan-I love coming to see you every week. I have a great time at your party! Thanks for hosting all of us plate fanatics! Now let's get back to the party!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April in Paris...

Is there anything more romantic than April in Paris? I've always wanted to find out! Recently I made a trip to Denver. I found a tablescaper's dream! Sur La Table, a darling shop in Cherry Creek mall, found me and I could not resist. These darling dessert plates were in the window and I knew they must come home with me.
 I'm starting with a white table cloth-again. It reminded me of the sidewalk cafes in Paris. I layered my black chargers from Hobby Lobby with Dusty Rose Fiesta and my cute Eiffel Tower plates.
 I pulled out the polka dot napkins from again, Hobby Lobby and used the fleur-de-lis napkin rings from Sur La Table. I wanted everybody to see the design on the plates, so I did change the placement of the napkin to the water goblet. I like the napkin on the plate or at the side for a more formal look. Having the napkin in the glass seems casual and I guess that napkin placement really depends on the mood you want to set!
 Here's an upclose look at the plates. Paris-Je l'aime!
I have been absent for a few weeks due to vacations, work and the death of a close friend. But I have not forgotten you, you have all set such lovely tables over the past few weeks, Susan, you're incredible! I love coming to your party. Thank You so much for letting me come each week. Now, let's get back to the party, click the "Tablescape Thursday" button to get back to the fun!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Erin Go Braugh....

A favorite movie of mine is "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. My favorite part of the movie is when Maureen won't go to her new husband's house without her dowry. She wants her dishes, linens and furniture, the things a young bride needs to begin a new home. I especially love it when John Wayne drags her across the countryside, kicking and screaming with the entire town watching and cheering him on. I like to think that I maybe some of the things I've gathered over the years could be considered  a "dowry". Making a home for family and friends that is comfortable and welcoming has always been a goal. Being a part of "Tablescape Thursday" has helped me to find new ways to do just that. Now, if I could cook as well as you all do, I'd be set!

Today I'm setting the table for a traditional Irish dinner. I've layered a festive 4 Leaf Clover cloth over my white tablecloth from last week. (Why mess with what works, right?) I started watching all of your tablescapes about this time last year and learned from Candy at "The Little Round Table" that green, orange and white are the colors in the Irish flag.

I'm using my Tangerine Fiesta as sort of a charger/ dinner plate, with a Shamrock salad plate under the bowl. These bowls are Better Homes and Gardens "Summer Garden". They are fairly deep and would hold a hearty Irish stew.
I liked the look of the green Mexican glassware. Everyday stainless  and a white napkin finish the place setting.
Next to each place is a shamrock dish that I found at our local drugstore, of all places. I've put a little "gold" from the leprechaun's pot for each person.
Our cute leprechaun guards the gold. I always thought they were mean and greedy, but this one's ready to share his bounty with all who dine at this table. His pot is a terra cotta planter, painted green and white. A piece of styrofoam helps to fill the pot and make it look fuller. The pot is sitting on a clear cake stand with extra gold spilling out and around.
Susan-thanks again for a lovely party. I so enjoy coming and looking at everybody's lovelies. Thank you to all of you who leave comments and have chosen to follow me. I'm flattered beyond belief !  Now, let's get back to the party, click the button on the side to see what everyone else is up to! I won't see you for a week or so, I'm cruising to Mexico for a week and hope to find some special treasures to share!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Simple Little Table in Yellow...

March is a pretty ugly time of year here in the mountains of Colorado. Everything is brown and dusty, even the snow. Today I walked to our local flower shop to see if they had anything to brighten the day. This darling bouquet was in the cooler, so I brought it home to set a table around.

A basic white table cloth is a must, so I pulled out my eyelet cloth. Then I remembered the yellow table topper our foreign exchange student sent to us a few years ago. It has silk daffodils on it.

I grabbed my vintage yellow Fiesta luncheon plates. They look pretty good with the centerpiece. A few posts ago I told I would be using these lacy plates from Pier 1, alot. I really like the way they look against the yellow plate. Everyday stainless and a water goblet finish the place setting.

What to do about napkins? I could use a plain white or a plain yellow, they'd be ok. But then, I remembered that Jenny sent napkins to match the table topper. That little bit of blue and green helps this table keeps this table from being too boring. But-they're paper! That's ok, I think that paper napkins serve a purpose, and today my purpose is easy!
And so, there it is. A simple little table in yellow. I've been busy for the last few weeks and haven't been able to join in the fun. I've missed seeing the wonderful things you girls and guys do with a few plates and glasses. Susan-as always, you're such a gracious hostess, Thank You for having me. Now-let's get back to the party!!! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

And They Call It Bella Noche....

My grandaughter came over the other day. She wanted to watch a movie. I thought to myself, "ok, I can do Cinderella one more time". Imagine my surprise when she popped in "Lady and the Tramp"! I sat down and watched it with her and remembered how cute it was. Then, the best scene came on-Lady and Tramp eating spagetti. There was my inspiration for a romantic Valentine's table. Now I've already done two different versions of a Valentine theme, but I couldn't resist pulling together an Italian/Valentine table.

Now, I am not Italian. I don't drink. But I do have a red checked tablecloth. so that's where I started. I looked in my stash(which is becoming larger by the week) for the next layer. Black chargers! Red and black are Italian, right?

I kept looking through my cabinets and remembered the black and white plates from Dollar Tree. Then, scarlett Fiesta salad plates-it's starting to look pretty good.

I then remembered the cute little heart bowls from TaiPan Trading. Perfect! Adding in some everyday glasses from Big Lots, my everyday stainless, black napkins, and candles. Centerpiece? Grab the cute new block from the mantel that will give hubby a hint!

Susan-I love coming to your party! I have loved coming to your house every week for the last year. Each and everyone of you continue to inspire me. Have a Happy Valentine's Day and enjoy the pary! Click on the link on the sidebar to get back to Susan's.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Susan-who are you cheering for this weekend at the big game? Thanks so much letting us sharing our passion for entertaining. Super Bowl Sunday is always big for our family. We have been passionate about the NFL for many years. Sadly, our favorite team won't be playing in the big game this year, but we will be ready to cheer another one on. I'm setting a buffet table for our big party. We like to eat in front of the TV, so I hope this table has the essentials for fun!

Since we're not sitting at the table, I've put my runner near the back. This runner is made from an astroturf door mat. It has alot of texture and hopefully my guests will get the feel of being in the game. I've gathered two different sizes of paper plates, and green yardage napkins. Some of my guests don't like to drink from paper cups, so I've put my pilsner glasses out for them. No utensils are necessary, we like finger foods!

I picked up the center tray, small bowls and football container at the grocery store. They really had a great selection of things that can be reused for many years. When my favorite team gets back to the big game, I'll mix them in with my team's colors.

I really thought the different size bowls were cute. They can hold so many different things. This year they will hold cheese balls and dip for the chips. I think the tray will be for sandwich fixin's. The big bowl shaped like a football will be for chips. Am I missing anything? Oh yes-hot wings, little smokies, pizza slices, pigs in a blanket will be in another place where they can stay hot!

I found the referee shirt at the same grocery store. Hubby refs high school football here and I really thought it would be cute for him. I think crackers and cheese will look great on it.

The umpire doll comes apart at the seams-literally! A close friend gave him to us to vent our frustrations at the officials. His arms, legs and head come off. It's a great way to yell at the refs, I figured that some of my guests might need him.

So, I hope you all have a terrific Super Bowl. Whether your favorite team wins or not, it's always fun to get together-remember to watch the commercials, they are usually the best part! Thanks for stopping by-now get back to the party at BNOTP by clicking the button on the right. GO TEAM!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

True Love Never Grows Old...

I'm joining Susan at "BTNOP" for another fabulous "Tablescape Thursday"! I've just returned from a great surprise birthday weekend for my Mother. All of my brothers and sisters were there. We had a great time! I love spending time with those who are closest to me.

Hubby and I are finally "home alone". All of our chicks have flown the coop and we are alone, together. I've decided to set a romantic table for two, using a few of my favorites from around the house.

I'm starting with a crisp, white tablecloth. I don't know what it is, but a white tablecloth just starts a table off right. I found a bright red runner at Home Goods a few weeks ago. Now I know I said "around the house", but sometimes.... you just gotta!!

I have had these cute blocks for awhile. Stacked on a clear glass cake plate, they drop a Valentine hint.

I started collecting Fiesta right as the Dusty Rose color was discontinued. So, a dinner for two is easy when you only have two plates that match. I am still looking for that color, and have learned that you get enough for 4 when you hear a color is being "retired". The white dessert plates came from Pier 1. I really like the lacy edge. I think that I can use these plates in alot of different ways, so you will probably be seeing them often.

While I was at Home Goods, these candy bars with vintage labels were sitting on the shelf. My mother has quite a collection of vintage cards that she inherited from her great aunt. My sister and I loved to look through them as kids. they really evoke a romantic mood. The chocolate nevers hurts, either!

Thanks to everyone who has left such sweet comments on my posts. I appreciate the words of encouragement! I feel as if I've made a whole new circle of friends. Now go up and click on the button to get back to the party!