Monday, September 15, 2014

Busy Bees Are We

Mr. Sweetladyelaine and I have been hanging pictures and rearranging! I moved to Texas last November and my walls have been blank all this time! So I thought I'd share a few new pictures.

This is my family room. I couldn't find a before!
I changed out my end tables & lamps and hung pictures.
Not totally complete but looks so much better!
Pictures really make a room don't they?!

Our Dining room before
An ugly suede blue...................

  Our Dining Room After
  We painted and we  hung my grandmother's crazy quilts and a shelf underneath.
  In the fall post I will show you close ups.

     Before in the Living room

    Our After Living Room
    Mr. Sweetladyelaine painted the living room & hung pictures.                         
    I have a matching chair to the one on the left,
    but I put it in the family room so I can be comfortable with my back.
   The rocker and ottoman I bought at a garage sale many years ago for $5.00!
    I had it reupholstered and would love to change it again.

I still need to fix up the bedrooms upstairs.  I mean they are together just no pictures are hung on the walls, bathrooms are not together or cleaned for that matter! I am still playing with furniture. But that goes on daily, here, at The Zoo. Stay tuned for more! I decorated for fall!

I will be joining:

Table It Monday at Rustic and Refined

Blessings My Friend,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holding On.....Tight!

Yes, I am! To summer that is..........................
Couldn't help to set one more summer table.
Alive with gingham checks in red and white!
Stripes too!
And of course my favorite, lately, white plates!

It is still very hot in Texas with temps in the 90's I am not ready to let go!

I used oval Cafe Americana 98 bowls by Sango. 
They were given to me by my friend, Shelley from Buffalo, New York.
And then white plates and my favorite summer  dishes "Set Sail" all on a round red placemat!


My centerpiece is very simple of flowers in a pitcher.
The pitcher came from a consignment store in IL.
I collect pitchers. That's why you see them on my tables a lot.
Found the big bowl at a thrift store and was so excited to use it with my Set Sail plates.

Vintage blue wine glasses given to me by my late cousin Georgia. They are special to me because she was the one that got me started going to garage sales and antique barns! I was sixteen!

I only have 4 plates and 4 bowls to my Cafe Americana, but guess what?
 Found these two at My Family Thrift Store here in Spring!
They only had two and I bought them!

I have been trying to add to my pieces I already own and love!
Bought six of these last week at the same store! I have a few other pieces that match.

You're going to laugh when I tell you the only reason I bought this was because.......
 It was cute and white! SOLD!!!!
Do you ever do that?

Thrifting my favorite thing to do! Bought lots last week!

I have had these corn dishes by Pfaltzgraff many years. The pattern is Yorktowne.
 I think I paid $2.00 a piece for them. I bought twelve.
I looked at the jar of corn holders and they are about thirty years old too!
Everything around here is getting old! lol

Here is the whole table!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my table set just for you! I did have fun setting this table!
 I will try to keep my rambling about my love for thrifting to a minimum!
 Like most bloggers I can't help it!
I love to hear about your thrifting experiences. Visit you soon! Please leave a comment!

I will be joining:
Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP

Table it Monday at  Rustic & Refined

Sir Thrift A Lot Thriftasaurus

Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday

Blessings My Friend, 

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. (Romans 12:20)

What we are required by God to do is to meet basic human needs of our enemy if and when those needs present themselves. We are to be courteous to them, speak kindly of them, and refuse to criticize them.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Thrifting I will go, A thrifting I will go............

Did you get that! I went thrifting !
What was so special about this trip??????? 

I bought the most I have ever bought in one trip!!!

                                    As they say...................the pickins' were good!

Got to run and get cleaning before dinner! Lots of linens!
You will see some of the haul in the next tablescape.
Until then have a great day!

Blessings My Friend, 
 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold of God.
 ( 1 Peter 4:10)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Moment for You

Good Morning!

 You've heard this before, Take care of yourself

But what does that really mean?

It means celebrating your strengths and forgiving your flaws.

It means saying yes to less stress by shortening your to do list.

And it means doing something everyday that makes you happy.

You don't need an excuse. You work hard!

                            You are the daughter of a King!
                                                     That's reason enough!

You deserve quiet time!

So be good to yourself.
Stop a moment and smell the roses before it's too late.

 Don't let your Life pass you by!
Find that cozy spot in your home, get a cup of tea and

  lean back,  close your eyes and take a few minutes and talk to God !

really tell Him what's on your mind. He already knows.........
He just wants to hear it from you!

                                            God Listens!

Blessings My Friend,

"And when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your 
Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him". (Matthew 6:6-8)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE END?????

Fellow Bloggers!
Summer is not over for me! I can swim at least until October if the weather holds out!
I love our pool and will have a hard time saying see you in April-May.
I am a die-hard when it comes to summer!

 I started out with another tablescape and then remembered Kathleen's Farewell  to Summer Challenge.(Which I thought was this week........and its next week! lol The story of my life!)
Our weather did not cooperate this afternoon so I set the table inside at my dining room .
I used three colorful beach towels as my tablecloth.

The whites dishes you have seen a lot. I happen to love them......
they are by Living Quarters and the pattern is  Ridges. Each napkin has a different shell on top.

This is a new plate bought at a Thrift Store.
They are Pier 1 Imports, the pattern is  Spice Route Ginger.
Doesn't that sound delicious? I love that it is square!

I use these every morning for bagels or toast.
They are by Better Homes and Gardens bought at Wal-Mart, a few years ago.
 I like Better Homes and Garden products. Have you bought any at Wal-Mart?

 My centerpiece is simply seashells in a sectional platter. I can't remember what they call it.
The jar in the middle I made from a old candle and put a little bling on it.
Here's a closer picture.

 I have a few of these on the you know what they are?
They look like bubbles but they are actually called Japanese fishing balls. They were once used by fishermen  in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets afloat. I have several from my mother in love who lived in Alaska. Mr. Sweetladyelaine grew up in Alaska. Not sure if I ever mentioned that before.

 This is a pretty pitcher. It's  blue on the bottom and then changes to  yellow and then to a light green.
I bought it for $3.00 at Goodwill,  I think.

I had lots of fun with this challenge. Thank you, Kathleen for stretching my imagination! I pulled out another summer tablescape out of my brain! lol

I will be joining:

Cuisine Kathleen challenge is August 27th so you will see it then!

Tablescape Thursday with Susan at BNOTP.

Thanks for stopping by I love when you leave comments. It keeps me on my toes and sitting down and blogging more!

Blessings My Friend,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Tea Time Vingette

This certainly has been a busy week! Mr. Sweetladyelaine is now working from home.
He use to drive an hour and a half to and from work.
It has been a little too much for him, therefore he has opened his own safety consulting business,
It is different having him home all day and we are adjusting fine.
I seem to be doing ok, but don't get as much finished. My housework is a little behind.
 Although we know it is never ending!

The past few weeks, I keep seeing lots of vintage items on your blogs and I need to start showing mine! I guess I just forget they are vintage!
This is what inspired me to do a vignette today!

Yesterday I was having tea and put my tea bag in a one of these tea bag holders.

I realized it was vintage tea bag holder!
 I don't have that many tea bag holders but I use them all the time.
If I'm lazy, I just leave it in my cup!
Do you ever do that or put it on the side of your cup?
Here are a few that I use frequently!

As I was looking for a  table runner and I came across this dresser scarf.
I decided it would be perfect for my vignette!
I bought it at a monthly flea market in Belleville, IL.
Can you guess why I bought it???
If you said because it was pink You are right! I am crazy about pink!
I have one bedroom that has a pink, green and blue floral bedspread!
My house is basically neutral colors with burgundy touches.
 I was going to use it on that dresser upstairs and haven't climbed those stairs to do it!
That's a whole different post! lol

This vignette is on my childhood dresser in my kitchen........
I don't remember where I got my teacups or hankies. I use the hankies as napkins.

                                             This is a Precious Moments teacup 1985.

                                  It just says, Queen Anne and made in England on the back.

                                              Queen's Rosina China Co Ltd. Oxford

                        By appointment of her majesty the Queen manufacturers of Paragon.
                                            I have no idea the name of my teacup patterns.
                                                                       Do you?
                                              Notice the beautiful butterfly napkin!
                                            I bought this spoon in Lafayette Louisiana.
                                                     I wish I had bought a few more!

                                               I painted this pitcher white, it was brown.
                                              It sits on the back of my toilet in my half bath.

                                                 My daughter gave this teapot to me.
                   The cookie plate came from a consignment store in IL,  I paid $1.00 for it!
I just bought this teapot at The Thrift Store in Spring, TX.  for $9.50.
I thought that was a little too much.
                                                    But I bought it because it was white!

  A full view....................
The green depression glass plates were given to me by my mom.
She got them from our neighbor next store, Mary.
She had passed years ago and I remember her each time I use her dishes.
 Her birthday was May 1st.
Funny how we remember things, I was very young when she gave them to my mom.

Another little side note:
 I was a Special Education Teacher for many years and wore suit jackets all the time.
The handkerchiefs were used in the front pocket of a jacket or used as actual handkerchiefs in my purse on special occasions.
Everything I have shown you has come from a second hand store of some kind.

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I will be joining:
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Vintage Thingies Thursday at Coloradolady

Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Table it Monday at Rustic & Refined

Blessings My Friend,

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good". (Romans 12:21)

God does not want us to engage in what will result in our knowing evil and experiencing its deadly consequences!