Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little Christmas

 My inspiration came from my centerpiece.
 Since I am not entertaining this year, I decided to do a  centerpiece with candles.
 I love candles! All kinds.
I have them littered throughout my home in every room.
I find when you have a large centerpiece, it often gets taken off the table before dinner if you serve family style like I do. I don't like people getting up and down for seconds.
 Its a distraction and people really don't like getting up.
 I guess I am old fashion and do things the way my mom does them.
I want guests to sit down and enjoy!

I chose red chargers for all four place settings but used two different dinner plates.
This one is by Bella Lux and the  pattern is Alexandra Gold.

 This dinner plate is Sakura, and  the pattern is Galaxy.

                 Here are the four place settings using different silver napkin rings and
green depression glass salad plates.

 I layered Burgundy napkins and gold napkins to bring out the gold in the dishes and silverware.

I 'm not sure if you noticed but I mix silver and gold all the time!
I have done this even when wearing jewelry since I was seventeen.
Bling is bling in my book! I love it all!

 My glassware...
 My daughter just messaged me and told me that the Christmas ones, match her dishes.
 I only have five. I bought them at a church sale for 25 cents each!
 I guess I'll be mailing her another package if I can find some more for her. LOL

                              The deer are from GW, I think. Someplace like that anyway.
                              I buy most of my dishes and glassware in thrift stores.
                              After awhile, I'm not sure which store I bought them in.

Last picture of the whole dining room.
The tablecloth I made years ago.........

Thank you for visiting me. I love when you stop and visit.
Sometimes its just nice to know I am not alone in this world.

I will be joining:
 Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday

Christine at Rustic & Refined for Table It Monday

Blessings My Friend,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A late Thanksgivng entry!

Just wanted to share our Thanksgiving table with you.
 I know I am late but I think you know, life happens!
 My nephew from Maryland came and spent it with us and we were over the moon to have John here. I miss my niece, Victoria  and nephews, John & Michael a lot.
I feel like I have missed so much of their growing up years.
 I do keep in touch but it just isn't the same. I want to hug them!
Anyway, I put on Thanksgiving dinner and invited neighbors and friends of theirs.
We had so much food! The conversation was wonderful and all had a great time.

                            I used my country roses dishes and pumpkin dishes for dessert.


                                Vintage green pitcher was bought at a The Thrift Store.
                                 It matches my green plates, above.

 Another find in Buffalo, NY. I have two of them and use them frequently!

I want to share a little trick I have done to save my dishes in our many moves.
I cut a piece of felt the size of the plates and the felt is placed between each dish.
It is not hard. Time consuming, but not hard.
I turned a plate face down on a piece of felt and traced it with a ball point pen.
Then I cut the felt with pinking shears for a pretty edge.
I used red felt because it matched my dishes.

I think it saves the edges of  my dishes from getting chipped.

Just wanted to let you see our Thanksgiving Day.  Hope you liked my little trick!

Our house is all decorated for Christmas! I will be sharing that next.
 Until then........

Blessings My Friend,

I will be joining Susan At BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Last time I wrote on Sweetladyelaine........

 I was telling you about a brunch for a Beth Moore bible study I had just finished. I signed up to bring the tableware. A few ladies decided to sign up too! I was not to happy!
 I was a little selfish.......after all,  I am a tablescaper!
I can do it better!  Have you ever felt this way?
I swallowed my pride and  I gave it all to God and look at the results!
 I wanted to share what a cute table it turned out to be!
We were so surprised that we all took pictures of it! LOL

                                  Aren't these plates adorable. They are from Target!

                                   I brought the napkins, tablecloth and centerpiece.

Janet brought the silverware.
Just a perfectly together table ...........

To top it all off.....all the ladies from other tables kept coming to look at our table.
 No one else set a cute table like we did. No one had a tablecloth or centerpiece!
I have to admit, it humbled me a little. I wanted to do it all!
 I felt that I could have set a better table all by myself.  God showed me different!
What an awesome God we have!
What a lesson I learned from a wonderful group of young mom's!
 I was in awe of the pretty table we set!
We had such a great time too! The food was great and the lesson even greater!
 Our table was getting a lot of attention and I was thanking God for our blessings.
I wanted to share this with you to remind everyone that one person can do a good job,
 but a group of ladies can do it better! I was so happy for my table that day. Everyone shined!
Thanks for reading my lesson learned. We all have lessons learned, can you share with me a lesson you learned.

Blessings My Friend,

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,