Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Flower Arranging is Therapy

Do you adore flowers as much as I do? I am dreaming of spring and picking and arranging flowers. I have been in Texas visiting my son and the weather has been rather dreary so today I am bringing up some flower arrangements from the archives to bring some cheer. It is 37 degrees where my son lives and has rained the last five or six days. It is hard to believe that it is in the 80's at my home in Alabama! 

Don't these peonies grab your heart? I bought these at Trader Joe's last year.

These are the same peonies as above just a few days older, cut shorter and arranged in another container for a different look.

My daughter grew these gorgeous peonies.

These hydrangeas are from my garden. 

These are also from my garden.

The camellias are from my garden but the queen annes lace was bought from a florist. This is one of my favorite containers. It takes no skill to arrange a grouping of flowers and makes an easy statement anytime of the year with seasonal flowers.

Blue Nikko are my favorite hydrangea.

In July, the hydrangeas turn a beautiful green. Round arrangements are easy to do but it took a lot of flowers for this bowl.

Spring medley of flowers and different containers!

The beautiful blue cut work cloth that the flowers are sitting on is an apron that Laura from Decor to Adore made. I was the lucky winner of her giveaway several years ago.

Store bought roses in a MC vase I also won in a Traveling Totes giveaway. I just love this vase.

This is my newest vase and the 18 roses came from Sam's for only $19.99. They were so fresh and fun to arrange. I arranged them in three different containers just for practice. The second arrangement was in my last blog post, A Valentine Tea  using a rose medallion vase. The third arrangement will be in a later post. 

Think outside the box for containers. This container is a casserole dish and its caddy.
I am always on the lookout for unique containers for flower arranging. All arrangements in this post gave me pleasure to arrange. Flower arranging is definitely one of my passions.  What are some of your passions?

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Valentine Tea

A bouquet of beautiful pink roses inspired a photo shoot and turned into a Valentine tea party.

Who doesn't love a tea party? 
Sweets and savory items for an afternoon treat!

But it is the people you share a cup of tea with that matters. A time to sit down, relax from the world's pressures, forget all you have to do and focus on your companion.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Expresso and Chocolate


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I am a hopeless romantic and remember spending hours looking for the perfect Valentine card. I also have spent hours planning special Valentine tables over the years. Do you have a romantic evening planned for Valentine's Day?
 Join me today for a Romantic Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@Celebrate and Decorate. A host of bloggers are ready to share their romantic tables this week. Links are listed at the end of this post for your inspiration.

My love is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June
My love is like the melody
That's sweetly played in tune.
As far art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Til a 'the seas gang dry.
Til a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
I thought you might enjoy this beautiful video of Robert Burn's poem sung by Karen Matheson. 

My husband and I love a romantic evening. Candlelight and a table by the fire fits us well.

This little picture of my husband when he was around 4 years old is quite special to me. Framed in this heart shaped frame it was placed by my plate at my bridesmaids luncheon. I still remember how touched I was. My mother's best friend hosted the luncheon in her home along with other friends and her daughter, Mary Alice was in our wedding. My husband, Mike, played with my friend, Mary Alice when they were small.
The crocheted table topper was made by my great grandmother on my father's side. She lived to be 100 years old. The napkin fold in an envelope shape gives a nod to opening a Valentine card and the idea was borrowed from Southern Lady magazine, January/February issue this year.

Who doesn't like candy for Valentine's and these Lindt strawberries and cream white chocolate truffles melt in your mouth! The heart dish was my daughter's in junior high. And... red roses always steal my heart!

The art deco chocolate/coffee set was a given to me by my mother-in-law. I used it in one of my favorite posts, here. I wish I could ask her more about it. 
What is your favorite candy?
Table sources:
Napkins- Waterford Table Linens/Home Goods
Plates-Mansard by Spode
Flatware- Buttercup by Gorham
Glasses - Pier 1
Chocolate/Coffee Set- Lenox
Tray -Target
Tablecloth- Vintage

A romantic table can be as varied as all our personalities. Set with love is the key. This is our 47th Valentine's Day as a married couple. If we go back to dating days, that began with our first date on Valentine's Day, 1968. 
Psalm 127:1  " Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain."

Thanks for stopping by today and viewing my Romantic tablescape for two.
You don't want to miss visiting all the blogs listed below for other fabulous tablescapes.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Romantic Table for Two

Join me and a great group of bloggers next week for a Romantic Table for Two tablescape blog hop. My table will be on Wednesday! Schedule below:

Sunday, January 21, 2018

This and That~ Number 2

It's hard to believe it is already January 18, 2018! I've been putting up Christmas, purging and organizing and I still have a long way to go but I am making progress. I get so involved with life that I don't blog consistently which I'm sure you have noticed.  I have so many good intentions and make pictures and don't use them. Today, is a catch up day with a little of this and that. 

Do you watch the make over segments on the Today Show? Our hometown had a winner in December! In fact, Kay is a part of my lunch group that I blogged about here at Eddie's barn! Doesn't she look fabulous?
Since Kay's son-in-law is in Iraq she took her daughter and two granddaughters to New York City as an early Christmas gift.  She knew they didn't want to be at home trying to have a normal Christmas without dad at home so she told them she wanted to treat them to a trip to NYC. As soon as they got to New York City the girls told her they were taking her to The Today Show in hopes to be chosen for an ambush makeover. They told her to show up with no make up, messy hair and looking rough. They were standing outside in the freezing cold at 5:45 a.m. so Kay said it was not hard to look rough at that hour.  Kay has been quite a celebrity in our hometown. Her picture was on the front page of both our local newspapers. In fact, I am quoting here from The Southeast Sun article by Michelle Mann. Would you believe I googled and got the entire article?
The girls held up two signs. One said,"Three generation girls trip." The other sign said, "This lady is an Army wife, retired; an Army mom, Army mother-in-law; Army aunt; and, Air Force aunt. She's been supporting troops for 49 years. Please make her over."
Kay's son is currently in Saudi Arabia and son-in-law is in Iraq so please remember this military family's service to our country.
Do you recognize anyone in this picture? My husband and I enjoyed having dinner with Pam and Butch Richardson from Everyday Living back in November in Birmingham, Alabama. We have so much in common and easily spent a number of hours over dinner at Bottega.

Pam and I met for the first time in July of 2016 where we enjoyed a long lunch talking blogging at Chez Fonfon in Birmingham.

Speaking of bloggers, Eilis from My Heart Lives Here, Kitty from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen, and I met for lunch at Rise, in Dallas, Texas.  I was sorry other Texas bloggers missed a fabulous lunch and couldn't come that particular day.  Some were sick and others had appointments.  I was in Dallas visiting my son and family only a few days. I hope to get together another time with the others.
It has been fun to meet bloggers in person. I've met Emily @The French Hutch, Ricki @ The Sketchy Reader, and Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch but I don't have pictures. We were so busy talking we all forgot! I also met a number of southern Alabama bloggers when I was able to attend one of their meetings. There I met Jenna @ The Painted ApronLeslie Ann Tarabella , Hope @ Crafty Hope and Kim @Cozinest which is now inactive.  I recently read a blog post from Carol @Blue Sky At Home about finding your why in blogging. One of my primary reasons in "Why do I Blog" is that I enjoy the relationships. Seriously, I would like to meet each and every blogger I have known through blogging since Thanksgiving of 2009. I have learned something from each one of you and feel a special kinship.

 In another this and that category, My husband and I were in Whole Foods in Montgomery, Alabama, recently and we were randomly picked to win a $50 gift certificate and this nice book. We redeemed the certificate that very day.
I was told they are randomly choosing winners each day in January!

On the way home from Montgomery we had an unexpected encounter with a deer.  The deer came out of no where in broad daylight. It happened so fast and neither of us saw it. After the impact my husband looked in the rear view mirror and saw the deer spinning round and round before stopping. It went under the car. He pulled the car over and we accessed the damage thankful we were unharmed. It was a very cold day and it would be dangerous to walk back to see the dead deer so we did not. My husband called the sheriff's office to report the deer in the road. A nice couple traveling behind us that saw the incident stopped to see if we were hurt. 

Remember I told you I had been cleaning out and organizing. I ran across my John Meyer outfit from college! I had wool knee socks the same color as the sweater, an off white blouse with a pleated front and Peter Pan collar and I wore saddle oxford shoes! I wish I had saved the shoes, blouse and socks! I loved this outfit! 

And would you believe my Barbie doll!!!!!  The clothes are in pretty good shape from all these years. I have several catalogs, too. Remember how one came with each outfit? Oh, how I loved my Barbie things.

My children will have to be the ones to throw or give these away!
This is the original box my Barbie came in. Notice the price was $2.98. The little catalogs show some of the outfits shown in the earlier picture.  I had the pink negligee set, the Golden Girl sheath dress and the Peachy-Feecy coat.

And do you remember these lovely hair curlers? Now, I might part with these! The treasure box is very old because I had it in elementary school! I have an autograph book from elementary school, also. I am a hopeless sentimentalist!

This alligator belt with a monogrammed buckle was a birthday gift when my husband and I were dating. He said he remembered it was the first gift he had ever given a girl! I can still buckle it but it is rather tight.
It was fun to share a little of this and that from my life today. Hope you all have a wonderful week.

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