Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I have spent about nine weeks in  a Beth Moore bible study and tomorrow is our brunch.
 Everyone signs up to bake, or bring something.  At my table, several of the women volunteered to set the table with paper products. I am bringing the napkins, a tablecloth  and the centerpiece.
 I wanted to set the whole table but others wanted to help.
So I decided to show you how I would set the table if I had my way!
Of course,  my brain started to run away with all kinds of ideas!
The church has huge round tables that seat ten of us.
I couldn't set a table for ten, so I am showing you a vignette.
I guess you can say, this is how I build some of my tables.
 Especially if I want  to use a  particular dish or tablecloth.

                                     I decided to use this  gold embroidered square table cloth. 
                                              I bought it at The Thrift store in Houston.
                                  It has been hanging in my tablecloth closet for a few months.

My centerpiece is a cake plate that sits  on the top of a fancy gold mirror and
 holds a faux pumpkin filled with flowers, gourds and pumpkins.
 I set the pumpkin on a string of leaves so it doesn't look bare.
I decided this year, I am in love blue with  pumpkin.
 So I would use my Blue Garland plates by Haviland.
I tend to go dressy when setting a table and decorating.
 And to keep the table a little casual, pumpkin dishes for dessert!

                                        I used a few holiday decorations to set the mood.
                                      A green depression plate with a glass pumpkin on top.
                             I bought the glass pumpkins at the CTS in Albany, NY a few years back.

                                          A little leaf dish purchased at The Thrift store.

                                                       and salt & pepper pumpkins

                                 These are the napkins I am bringing for our brunch on a pumpkin plate.
                                              I bought these at Wal-Mart a few days ago.

And the last picture is of the whole  vignette !
Every time I set a table, by the time I am finished I have changed something or used something different. Its part of the fun. If it's not fun why tablescape!
 I am looking forward to this brunch and my relaxing morning with the ladies.
 Hope you enjoyed my faux brunch table.
 Come back and visit again! 

Blessings My Friend,

I will be joining:
 Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Have a Cup of Mrs. Olsen for Share Your Cup Thursday #126

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I just thought I would catch you up to what is going on.
I have been gone for so long I hope you haven't forgotten me.
Things here are a little crazy ......

Mr. Sweetladyelaine has started his own company. He is also looking for a job just in case the business takes too long to fly.
 He has been living and breathing it for the past two months. That means he is home 24/7!
 That means my time is not my own..........that means no money coming in!
Moving may be in our future......
Can I hear an OH MY!!

The great news!!!!!
 My nephew is coming from Maryland to see us for Thanksgiving!
I am so excited I can hardly breath! No one has come to visit since we have moved here!
I am going to plan, plan and then plan some more!
I have invited our neighbors to join us for our Thanksgiving turkey!
The more the merrier and it will  to be more conversation for us all!
 Can you imagine the three of us at dinner,?????? We are use to big family events!

With my calendar in hand, I am going write down everything I have to do between now and then.

Meanwhile, I thought you might like to smell our lemons. Lol

 I can see them right outside my kitchen window!

There are about 10 of them. Yes, I am counting them!

I already have used one when I baked my apple pie. It smelled so wonderful!
Not a big fan of lemons but they sure look pretty!
I will start to get around and see what's going on in blogland this week.
Until then Sweetladyelaine is pushing on......
Blessings My Friend,

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Wisdom for Today!

Hope you are having a terrific Monday!

Keep Reaching, Keep Dreaming, Keep Striving!

 God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life. Your dreams may not have turned out exactly as you’d hoped, but the bible says that God’s ways are better and higher than our ways, even when everybody else rejects you, remember, God stands ...before you with His arms open wide. He always accepts you. He always confirms your value. God sees your two good moves! You are His prized possession. No matter what you go through in life, no matter how many disappointments you suffer, your value in God’s eyes always remains the same. You will always be the apple of His eye. He will never give up on you, so don’t give up on yourself

You Say – God Says
Bible Promises
 You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(2 Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: All things are possible...
(Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: I will give you rest
(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: I love you
(John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: My grace is sufficient
(2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out”
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: You can do all things
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: I am able
(2 Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: It will be worth it
(Romans 8:28)

 You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(2 Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

Blessings My Friend,


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Change is good.....

I suppose...................................................................
Fall is here! In doors at least! lol
In Texas it is still hot, but the calendar says the middle of September.
I am finally getting it! We go by the calendar not the weather! lol
I pulled out my fall stuff, just a week before our Sunday bible study breakfast.
It gave me motivation to get it done!
It appears that I have a motivation problem lately!
But once I get going watch out!

 This is the first time I left my centerpiece on the table throughout the whole breakfast.
Usually I take it off and later during dessert, put it back on or leave it off completely.
 Do you leave yours on or do you take it off?
Maybe it depends on how you serve your food.
I always do family style.

Happiness is having sunflower placemats with vintage glassware.

I love the etching on the glassware.
I bought them at a Family Thrift Store.

Of course, we needed to have a water glass and a glass for mimosas
Both glasses came from Tuesday Morning a few years ago.

This is the vignette on my coffee table in the living room,
just opposite the dining room.

Another vignette in my kitchen on my white childhood dresser.

And finally my mantle!
Our menu for the breakfast was very simple:
Praline French Toast Casserole
Impossible Quiche
Italian sausage
Potato & Cheese Casserole
Fruit compote
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our fellowship together!
I forgot to take pictures of all of us. But that's the way it rolls here at the zoo!
Sometimes I get pictures and sometimes I don't!
Hope you got a little bit of inspiration here at Sweetladyelaine's!
Ya'll come back, ya hear!
( done in my best Texas accent with a little New York twang)
I will be joining:
 Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Blessings My Friend,

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)