Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coming Up Roses

I am in a rosy mood today. I went grocery shopping this morning. That did not put me in a good mood! The prices are sky high...... But the sun is shining and I am happy to be breathing!
Even in my pain, I am grateful for the little things. I am choosing to be happy!

My table today is a happy table. I am not sure it is an Easter table but I stuck in a few marble eggs around the bottom of my centerpiece. I haven't even had time to think about Easter! I'm getting that way as I get older. We don't have any family in Texas so I tend to just move through the holidays. Does anyone else do that? Besides, I have been so busy taking care of Mr. Sweetladyelaine & myself. Time just seems to march on.........

I love this tablecloth with roses all over it! It just makes me want to dance and sing around the table. I love roses so it was right up my alley so to speak. I bought it at a flea market in Illinois last year.

 I think these were the first set of dishes I bought when I became a blogger.
 They say "United Utilities Corp Sovereign" on the back.
 I looked them up and the pattern is Lyric.  

I jazzed them up using zebra chargers.
The little silver clam dish is so versatile. I am using to hold used teabags in this tablescape. 

                       My cardinals came out to play in the sunshine too!

                             I am starting to love creamer and sugar bowls!
                            What's not to love???????/
                             I have a few but I know I am in trouble.....
                             I am trying so hard not to collect. Are you still collecting?
                             I collect what I love but I love so much! LOL

 I was a teenager when the  love of old teapots, teacups, creamer & sugar bowls hit me.
I loved matching sets then, now, it doesn't matter I just use everything!
The teapot is from East Liverpool Potteries, Semi vitreous Porcelain, USA.
The creamer is Limoges, France and the sugar bowl says nothing on the bottom.


Roses, Roses and more roses! I think I just love old..........

A Memory....
My Aunt Emily gave me this Blue Victorian Vase years ago.
It is a favorite treasure! It usually sits in my bathroom on my tub.
I just love, love, love it!
                                              Do you treasure one item over another??????

Someday I will have to take pictures of all my glass pieces.
I love glass because its shiny!
Why else!

I have to thank Mr. Sweetladyelaine for this centerpiece.
 It was a gift from some friends. I just changed the bow, put it on a plate, threw some marbled eggs around it and there you have it!

I am so happy you stopped by to see me. Please come again.
I am in the middle of a few projects.
No sure when everything will get done......but I have lots of time!
One last picture
I will be joining:
Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday
Alma's Seasonal Sunday
Blessings My Friend,
"Our self worth can only be found in the yeses of the one who made us". 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My dear Blogger,

I am so sorry I haven't been posting.  I had all good intentions but Mr. Sweetladyelaine has been sick. He was in the hospital for some time. He is on the road to recovery but it will be a long one.  So, as his caretaker I have been quite busy keeping him comfortable! Of course cleaning and entertaining all the well wishers too! It has been a great experience and life changing for us both. We saw God every step of the way!

In all our turmoil  Spring has arrived in Texas! The weather has been beautiful! Today it was warm enough for me to put on shorts !  I have taken some outdoor pictures of my new front and side yard to share.
I have been anxious to see what pops up if anything. This house is not as well landscaped as our other houses but I can fix that a little at a time.

This is the side yard. Those are my kitchen windows. Not too much growing here.

A closer look. I bought a new humming bird feeder for this sunny spot. I open the blinds and peek at the birds. Our hummingbird feeders are mostly in our backyard. So far no hummingbirds but lots of others visiting my bird bath!!

The tall tree in the first picture is my lemon tree. Here is a close up. I can't wait to see them grow!
I have two very small orange trees and a grapefruit tree in our backyard with flowers on them.
I find this exciting!
This is sitting in the corner, just above the birdbath in the first picture.
Just one lonely flower.........

We live on a corner lot so this is looking down the street from our driveway.

We have lots of "Forever Roses" all around the house.

The front of the house is mostly greenery.

 I would like to have more color. Behind the bushes are red roses.

 It's a little plain for me. They put rocks close to the front door on each side.  Our house doesn't have any gutters, so when it rains it kills whatever is growing there.
That will have to change in the future. I don't like the rocks. Too many weeds are popping up. I like a clean front way.

To tell you the truth, I don't like bugs therefore I will not dig in the dirt in Texas. So gardening is out for me. Texas just has too many big bugs for me plus red ants etc. I am not a fan of any kind of bug. I scream like a wild woman.
When I was about ten years old,  I bolted through glass shower doors because I had a spider visit me while I was taking a shower. I didn't get hurt just scared me to death!

I am glad I sat down today and wrote to you. I feel much better. I will try to keep up with it at least once a week or so while Mr. Sweetladyelaine is recovering.

I hope you have a great week and thank you for visiting.
Blessings My Friend,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A new vignette

My new house has been a challenge for me. I am learning
I can't have everything I want and I have to use what I have!
 So that's exactly what I have been doing.
I really want to change my style but at this time I can only change decorating items and not furniture. Is anyone else going through this and how are you doing?????
I have lived with the same couches for 18 years in my family room & living room.
They have seen better days...haven't we all! lol
This brings me to my country white Annie Sloan painted dresser in my kitchen.
I love having it there.
It holds my placemats, napkins, tea towels and a space in my heart.
 I have been changing the top quite often. It eases the decorator in me!
Today it holds my blue coffee/tea set........

I love the color of this set. I paid $5.00 for it at a garage sale many years ago.
YUP! Five whole dollars!
The eggs are marble eggs & given to me by my mom at Easter.

This set  makes me happy....
as children my mom would hide these eggs in our living room and we would find them.

I bought the next two eggs in IL at a Farmer's Market.
They are hand painted.

The yellow ceramic egg I think I bought it and a few others. I don't remember.
 The wooden golden egg is special. My mom would hide it with all the others.
 If we found it, we got a quarter!
We were so happy to be the one that found it!
Can you imagine giving children today only a quarter!

My bunnies came from my shop. I don't have many Easter items.
Mine all broke in our moves and I just stopped buying.

Our round oak table sits right in front of this white dresser.
So as we eat dinner we see this pretty vignette.

This poor bunny, I keep changing her home!

 I just  want to mention......
Kathleen Cuisine certainly is challenging  me. Last week my table would have been perfect for her April 9th challenge "birds, eggs and nests"! I hope all of you get your tables ready!
 I am thinking about it this week....basically its a mind thing.
I am afraid I will forget! Getting older is tough! lol

Thanks for stopping by...I need to start pumping this blog up.
I am not getting many visitors or any new  followers!
If you have any hints let me know.

I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP with Susan

Alma's Seasonal Sundays

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring has definitely sprung at Sweetladyelaine's house!

 I am in the mood to decorate. It took me along time but finally it has hit!
Has anybody else felt like me??? It has been an effort to get in the mood.
 I am sure our cold & rainy( never ending rain, I may add) weather has not helped.
 I think we all feel better when the sun is out. Don't you agree?????????
I was happy to move to Texas for the SUN!!!!! LOL I guess this  year the joke is on me!
Before I tell you the inspiration for this tablescape........I should let you know it was half set in the kitchen on my round table. BUT......I was out and about today.
Naughty, Naughty! When I came home I was running late for dinner so I had to do a turn about and set it in my living room on my coffee table. WHEW!!!! I bought a new old tablecloth at Thrift Store.
So with that all said, my inspiration for this table is my Liz Claiborne tablecloth.

Perfect for my spring & summer tablescapes! It is small but I like to layer!

I started out with a rattan charger and then added my favorite dish, Set Sail by Demdaco.
 I love all the stripes and all the colors.
My birdie dishes are Gibson. I bought them at Old Time Pottery in Belleville, Illinois.
 I paid 39 cents each for them and I use them so much!

The yellow crown dish & coffee cup are another favorite set.
Sweet Olive Designs by Jane Adams.

The eggs are handmade by a friend.
My marble eggs have been given to me by my mom for Easter every year. I have about 30 of them.
She started my daughter and niece, Victoria, get one each Easter.
You will see more of these as I share Easter vignettes.


One last picture............ of my living room.
Before I go I thought I'd show you a vignette that is in my kitchen.
Actually it is a before and after.
Can you see what I did?????
I changed the little drawer knobs.
I like them much better.
Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my coffee tablescape with you.
 I will be joining
Susan for Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP
Kathleen for Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen
She will be posting monthly starting April 9th!
Our challenge: birds, eggs and nests.
Kathryn for Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Blessings My Friend,
I have a code that comes up on my blog bX-hg9hg2.
 I have sent feedback but I am not sure what else to do. Any suggestions????????

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm Celebrating Spring

Finally............ I am in the mood for Spring!
I did  the happy dance today setting my spring table. I had such a good time for the last few days getting it ready. The weather is somewhat cooperating here in Spring, Texas.
This crazy Northerner is dressed in shorts and a tee shirt.
Of course, people think I'm nuts! If they only knew!!! LOL

My inspiration to my happy table are my placemats and napkins.
 I just bought them at a secondhand store called "Something Special" here in Texas.
Proceeds go to a battered women's shelter.

You know I love blue....I set each place setting with different white plates, salad plates and napkins.  For some reason I didn't think to use chargers.
My glass blue ones would have been pretty!

I used my glasses from Tuesday Morning.
Several bloggers own these in colors. I wish I had bought the green ones.
Not exactly  side views......but here they are!

And what spring table wouldn't have bunnies and birdies!
 They came out to play too!

                My bluebird of happiness came out of the china closet for an appearance too.
                My daughter gave him to me years ago.

                Nothing says Spring like a Faberge egg filled with tiny daffodils.

 More birdies with roses.....

Pretty gold votives grace my table for a romantic touch.
And last but not least my center piece....... with what else more birdies!

I'll leave you with one more picture of the whole table.
Thanks for stopping by.
I appreciate your visit.
Please leave a comment!
As you can see I am trying to join more parties......I'm not sure how to link up but I am trying!
I will be joining
Tablescape Thursday with Susan from BNOTP
 Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Blessings My Friend,