Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Silver & Cream Tea Time!

I love silver! I have said this many times ........
I love the patina but most of all I love to clean it! You probably think I'm crazy 
but it is the process I think that I love. 
Seeing something worn and tarnished looking brand new.
The process of getting out the silver cleaner and scrubbing the tarnish away!
On my table today, nothing is new..........all is worn and tarnished.
 Some days I feel that way about myself, don't you?

 A simple place setting using a silver tray as a charger with cream rose bordered plates.
Topped off with an elegant fruit parfait!

 One of my favorite patterns is Blue Garland by Haviland China.
I love teacups with their unique shapes.

I used handkerchiefs as napkins.
A MEMORY........................
I use to put this one in my lapel pocket of my green corduroy suit jacket! LOL

The work that went into these creations is amazing to me. So pretty!

 This one is so delicate.............I would NEVER use it for blowing my nose!

 Just beautiful!

I used my tea set as the centerpiece.........along with a candelabra.

An old teapot and sugar bowl that had been given to me at least thirty years ago.
 I finally have taken it out of its box!

Love the pink dish here, it's so frilly!

My cupcake plate that I made holds a delicate rose.

The blue bird of happiness had to be included!

Notice the blue handkerchief under the pitcher. I have several handkerchiefs that I love.
I always thought I'd make something with them, but I just can't part with them being something new.

 A handkerchief inside a crystal bowl that will be sold,

sitting on this pretty handkerchief.

The lace tablecloth is actually a twin size bed covering that my Aunt Catherine gave me years ago.
 I use it often remembering her.

I guess I can update you a little too. I did not have the garage sale.
 Somehow I hurt my hip and could hardly walk.
I was in so much pain that I decided it would be best to wait.
I hope to have it on the 11th unless God changes my plans again.
My heart is heavy as I sell some of my things but I do know God is good.
And all will be well in the end. I think the hardest part is to know exactly what we should do.
I find myself asking God everyday to show me what I need to do as I go through my cabinets.
I see that they are just possessions and they are meaningless. I can not take them with me!
Although, I think if I could, I would pack as many as I could in that casket! LOL

Thank you for stopping by.......I guess I need to post more as my followers are few and far between.
Have a great week.........

Blessings My Friend,
 "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us".  (1 John 4:10)
The truth of God's love is that His love is unconditional.
He loves us at all times with infinite, overwhelming, merciful, gracious, passionate love!

I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP

Table It Monday at Rustic & Refined

Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Downsizing ???????

It's been about two weeks since I last posted.
I decided I should catch you all up to what's been happening around here.........
Mr. Sweetladyelaine has been unemployed for about a year.
I guess simply said, we have to downsize! We are just taking one step at a time!

I will have a garage sale in about two weeks.
I have been selling on our area "Beg, Barter, Buy" sites on Facebook.
I have sold some furniture. It is a lot to keep track of and a little demanding.
Just in case you are interested.
So here is today's project! LOL
The kitchen..........................................
When I am cleaning out every room seems to be in disarray.
I just emptied the bottom cabinets on this side.
It's all I can handle!
It is so overwhelming when you are a dishoholic!

The dining room table....................
I had to get it all out and look at everything before I could make choices!
Then back on the kitchen counter to be looked at again and put away!
Everything I am letting go of  I left on the dining room table.

My head is spinning! So many favorites! I happen to love, love glass!
These are keepers! At least for now!

A few not so much! LOL

I have already dug through the upstairs! This is my upstairs family room bursting at the seams with garage sale stuff! What a mess!

Anyway, I decided to share with you so you know what's happening at Sweetladyelaine's.
I didn't even have time to set a table this week.
My table from June 4th is still set up as you can see! LOL

Hopefully this coming week I will try and set a table.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment.

Blessings My Friend,

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hooked on a Feeling......

BEACHY that is..................... 
I decided to just let you look with out any words today. 
We all need that quiet sometime. 
Sit back relax and take a peek.

                                                Side view of plates and different birdies

My childhood dresser in the kitchen is decorated in the same theme as my table!

Hope you enjoyed silently looking at my tablescape. 
Please leave a comment so I know you were here.
Thank you!

                                                      If you want me I'll be out by the pool!

I will be joining:
BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday

Blessings My Friend,

Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Monday, June 1, 2015

I Am Not A Shrimp!

Mr. Sweetladyelaine and I don't eat much seafood. I am not sure why!
Do you? What is your favorite?
Shrimp seems about it!  I just made a shrimp salad and the recipe is at the end of this post.

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few facts about these protein packed crustaceans.
If you eat 10-12 medium sized shrimp you get 24 grams of protein at just 99 calories and less than 2 grams of fat. Not bad especially since they are high in zinc which helps your body produce leptin which  controls your appetite and iodine which helps your thyroid keep your metabolism stoked.
It also is a mood booster! Who new?
 Shrimp release the hormone serotonin and vitamin B12 to keep your mind sharp and alert.
For us oldies but goodies! LOL
I think, I stopped eating shrimp when doctors said that it was high in cholesterol.
Experts (whoever they are), now think the positives out weigh the negatives! Of course!
Shrimp contains almost no saturated fat and is high in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and sterols. These bring down cholesterol and triglyceride levels and also reduce inflammation. Yeah!
I do think we have to be concerned with antibiotics and chemicals in our food.
 I think our ideal choice is to eat them once in awhile like all other food.
Cold water shrimp that is wild caught or farmed in a good way is the best choice.
I tend to buy buy flash frozen. Do you buy shrimp?
It appears shrimp is healthier than I thought! So enjoy some shrimp salad at your next BBQ!

This recipe is from Taste of Home.

8 ounces of shrimp cut into pieces
4 cups of cooked pasta
1 small onion
1 shredded carrot
1/2 cup of sour cream 
1/2 cup of mayo
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
a pinch of salt & pepper
Add shrimp and all veggies to pasta.
Mix mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, salt & pepper.
Stir mixture gently into shrimp & veggie mixture.
Cover & Chill at least one hour.

That's it! Very simple. I have lots of salad recipes.
 I try to make a new one every week so we have something to eat along side our meals.
I tend to eat them mostly with lunch since I don't eat sandwiches too much.

Let me know if you make any great salads and share them with me!
 I am always looking for new simple ones.

Blessings My Friend,
You are a daughter of the King Jesus! Loved by God, reborn of His heart and set apart by His Spirit. You are held in the crook of His arms!
Praise Him!