Monday, January 19, 2015

Well, Hello Sunshine


Look what we've got here!!!  Sunshine!!!  After living in Cleveland, Ohio three times, you'd think that I'd be used to dreary skies during the winter, but I've been sorely missing our Georgia sunshine this winter.  I can't remember such a grey, grey stretch.

This was a cheerful bunch of Kroger flowers and they begged to come home and replace some of these darned poinsettias that just won't give up.  I have such a hard time throwing good plants out, but I'm so over them.

Here's this morning's cheerful breakfast table.  Since today is MLK day, Mr. Pressed Pants slept in and my mom, who is visiting, ALWAYS sleeps in, I had time to greet them with a bright and sunny table in the breakfast room.

These exuberant plates from Target set the tone.  What's better than a shot of pink and green?

The table accessories were fun, too.  The s/p set and the cow creamer are both from Pierre Deux years ago.  The majolica leaf dish is a good choice to hold sugar packets, both full and then empty.  The French butter dish and twig spreader finish it off. 

The pink napkins are from the Palm restaurant line of linens, the knot napkin ring from Old Time Pottery, and the flatware is from Cost Plus World Market.  Nothing precious here but the guests!

This glass stoppered bottle and Ikea green glasses both held the oj.

Just a cozy three for homemade French toast and strawberries.  (You can tell it's a holiday when I make French toast, and not use frozen.)

My soul must have needed some pink, because it sure makes me smile. 

See the sunshine out there? 

"Bartholomew" is enjoying it, too.  Now, if this holds, there's a round of golf for me this afternoon.



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Table Tops at America's Mart


Whew!!!  It was a heck of a week!  Last week the merchandise mart in Atlanta held their annual gift show.  It's the largest in the country.  Ten million square feet of shopping!  Even for a well-trained shopper, it's a marathon, let me tell you.  If you follow this blog, you know that I'm totally enchanted by the paper company, Seven Barks.  I was flattered to help display their tabletop items in their booth.  This one featured their disposable place mats, with the equine themed items.  Love those letter press placecards and those paper napkin cuffs!

This is Chris, the owner.  His company beautifully celebrates the sporting life.  They are very authentic in their interest in these areas.  Chris has raced sailboats, and is an avid fisherman, and his family raises show dogs and rides.  Thus, these four sports are the basis of their products.

Here's the same dishes with the equine line and one of their fun party poppers.  I featured those poppers in a post here.

One of the new items was the pastel line of poppers.  I've used these same dishes in many posts.  Here's the table I'm going to add them to next Easter here. 

I can see them for Easter, showers, birthday parties.  The badge can be customized to your party!

This is what I came up with to display their red/white/blue poppers.  I've used these dishes many times, too.  You can see them here.

These could be lots of fun!  Chris tells me they can customized for weddings, bar mitzvahs, or corporate functions.  My mind was reeling with the possibilities. 

Here's a quick peek at the booth.  Sorry the pics are so lousy.  I was using my cell.


Their letterpress is fabulous.  As a matter of fact, their corporate motto is: "Fabulously Fun, Seriously Useful"! 

If you want to see more, go to www.sevenbarks.com.



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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 in Review

January
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May
Cinco de Mayo


June
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Well, 2014 is a wrap, folks!  So many people have said that they couldn't wait to close the door on this year.  I didn't exactly feel like that, but I am looking forward to a wonderful new year.  I have decided to no longer make new year's resolutions, but rather to pick a word for the year and try to give that word consideration every day.  My word for this year was "LISTEN".  It's a good word.  I applied it to my loved ones, trying to hear what they were telling me.  (They have lots to say!)  And I tried to listen to others, and feel their messages, both spoken and unspoken.  I even applied this word to the outdoors, and spent much more time stepping outside for just a few minutes of listening to the birds and the wind.  And, of course, I heard that little voice inside my head telling me to do the right thing, over and over.  I think my word this year is "EMPATHY".  I know I'll do better to put myself in others' shoes, and act accordingly.  Do you have a word you're willing to share?


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Friday, December 26, 2014

As Traditional As You Get


I think Lenox's Holiday pattern is just about as pretty as you can get and as traditional.  I have used these dishes with plaid, with stripes and with vibrant colors, but tonight, for our Christmas dinner, I decided to go with the most formal use of them, and here's why:

I was gifted this gorgeous tulle Christmas topper, handmade by my grandmother many, many years ago.  She made it for my mom, who never used it!!!!  Can you imagine?  It was a pretty good fit over my standard white Williams Sonoma linen cloth, too.

Look at this detail!  All of the applique and beading!  That line you see is sequins, and the edges are scalloped felt.  Over time, the felt and the tulle have yellowed a bit, but that is fine, as these dishes are a cream, and I have never liked the way they look on a stark white cloth.

See the edging?

The designs are fabulous.

Look at this handwork!  No Stitch-Witchery!  No hot glue!  These are all hand sewn with a million TINY stitches.  Thank you, Grandma!

Early this fall, I found these napkins at Homegoods.  They go perfectly with this china pattern.  I only found seven at the first store I saw them, none at the next one, none at the next next one, and then.....Eureka!.....one more in Cleveland when I visited our girls.  The flatware is mis-matched silverplate that I find much more interesting than my sterling.  That stays in the safety deposit box and I use this all the time.

I loved the color this glassware gave the table.

My daughter gave me these incredible French knives with china handles and brass blades.  I think they are really fruit knives, but I use them as bread and butter knives here.

I already had these place cards.

Since I REALLY didn't want any spills or messes on this precious cloth, I pulled out these crystal knife rests.  No....that is not tarnish on the blade.....it is the reflection of a red goblet. 

Every once in a while, I clip these little candle holders onto the chargers and it makes the meal really special.

I totally overbought these red carnations.  It always takes so many more to pave the flowers, so I didn't want to run short.  But I chose a smaller cachepot than I planned on, so I have a ton left.  Fortunately, carnations last so long that I'll find a use for them. 

Since I had so much gold going on, I substituted these gold angel candlesticks for the crystal ones I started with.  I always use them for Valentine's Day, but I never before thought to use them for Christmas.  Duh! 

I think the table looked pretty in the afternoon as I photographed it.

But it looked truly beautiful with this precious lady sitting there by candlelight. 


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