Saturday, March 31, 2012

Door Decor

I'm running a little slow in getting my front door ready for Spring. My inspiration to get the door completed was my daughter. She is having a baby shower at her house tomorrow for a friend and wanted to get her door ready for the party. After she sent me a picture of her front porch, I was encouraged to get mine done. I'll show you hers in a minute.


Here is my door:


I took this shot from the side.

I always have trouble with birds building nests in my door decor so if anyone has a suggestion to prevent this, please share with me.

 
Here's a little before and after shot of the door. I think I am going to go by Michael's this week and pick up a few more flowers. I cannot take credit for the arrangement, I received the basket from some friends then had the arrangement made by a local shop but do think I'll add a few more flowers.

Now on to my daughter's door:

    
Her wreath came from Nell Hill's then her husband bought the urns and added the ferns. I think it turned out great. 

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:
Southern Hospitality for Door Decor Spring Link Party
On Sutton Place for the Bunny Blog Hop on April 2
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Crab Apple Blooms

I have been watching the blooms on this crab apple tree all week but couldn't seem to get the time to take picture. So I made myself stop, get the camera and head out the door. 


Take a look:
I love the pink blooms on the tree. Did you know that the crab apple is the most popular of the spring-flowing trees in the North and Midwest.

The sky is a beautiful blue today and the clouds aren't heavy yet but I think some storms on are the way again. Sure hope they miss us!

Hope you enjoyed the blooms as much as I have - Judy.

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Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
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Outdoor Wednesday
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Searching for Spring

Today I went searching for Spring.


Spring, spring, where are you?


Are you the robin sitting in my tree?


Are you the man mowing his lawn today?


Are you the jonquils blooming in the yard?


Are you the flowering trees exploding with color?


Are you the purple phlox creeping on the rocks?


Are you the green plants growing in the pond?

Oh Spring, now I see . . . 


You are all of these!
Thanks for stopping by to see my Search for Spring - Judy.


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Jenny Matlock for Alphabet Thursday




Saturday, March 24, 2012

Woodland Spring Tablescape


My inspiration for my tablescape this week are the daffodils and my Fitz and Floyd Woodland Spring collection. I love sitting the table for Spring and the beautiful colors in the Spring palette. 


My dishes today are a mixture of Dollar Store, Fiesta, and Walmart. Can you guess which ones are which?


I love the yellow hemstitch napkins I purchased at TJ Maxx; the napkins rings are a gold braided metal from Cockrell's Mercantile.


Now you can look down at the setting and figure out those dishes. Ok, if you thought the dinner plates are Dollar Store, you are correct. Now how about the salad plate? I think it is pretty clear they are Fiesta. They have a little more shine to me and the color is Shamrock. 


Now, how about the yellow plate? It is Fiesta too, just an older yellow plate, it is not the newer yellow Sunflower. We will talk about the green bowl in a minute. ;-)

The flatware is Wm. Rogers and Son Gold Plated Enchanted Rose.


The Woodland Spring Fitz and Floyd pieces have been in my collection for several years. I love the detail in each piece. I thought the pitcher would make a perfect vase for the yellow daffodils. I'll give you a link below to the cute story (post) about the daffodils called "They Belong To The Road" below.


Nothing speaks Spring more than these beautiful yellow daffodils and I think you can see the detail on the pitches; I love the big green leaf on the basket weave pattern.

I pulled the camera up and took a shot looking down at the table. The tall glass jar has some green ivy in it just to add a little more Spring green color to the table.

Look at the detail on the canape plate, each of the flowers is perfectly painted is such beautiful colors and notice the butterfly on the plate. The pieces in front are cream and sugar.

The stemware is Fostoria that I purchased on eBay.

I wanted to share an image that shows the pattern on the table runner below. It has several different colors of flowers on the blue base color of the runner. I can't remember where I purchased or and can't find a tag on it. It looks like April Cornell but I am not positive. Hope one of my blogger friends can help me out with this one.


I folded the runner and set the table for two since we are empty nesters and not expecting company today.
You can see a little of my bread rack in the kitchen. I really enjoy decorating the rack too.

Finally, let's talk about the green bowl in the place setting. It shines as much as the Fiesta salad plate but it is not Fiesta. Well, we have talked about the Dollar Store, Fiestaware and the only place left is Walmart. Yes, the bowl is Walmart but I think it goes pretty well with the Fiesta. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by to see my Woodland Spring tablescape. Leave me a message on what you think about the mixture of dishes or the tablescape.


If you are not a follower, please join - Judy.


Here's a link to my story about the daffodils - They Belong To The Road. Hope you enjoy that story.


Thanks for stopping by - Judy

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Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
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Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jody and Stan @ Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays

Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party 
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Planning An Easter Brunch

I have been thinking about an Easter Brunch at my daughter's house that she will have Easter weekend. There will be six at her table. I am thinking I will help her set the table with the dishes below and maybe the other pieces in the grouping. I have been looking online for recipes, hopefully something I have not prepared before, something new, something different. We will look at my findings below.


The dishes are Fiesta and an older color of their yellow.

The rabbits are Fitz and Floyd.
The daisy plate is Peggy Karr Glass.

First I did a Google search for Easter Brunch Menu and had many returns:



I read a few of the returns and decided to click on the brunch menus by Woman's Day.


I decided to share these four menus with you and a nice thing about each, the food items are linked to the recipes online. So here they are:

Easter Entertaining: 4 Brunch Menus

Find a celebratory feast that fits your entertaining style

By WomansDay.com Staff

Vegetable easter recipe
Photo by: Mark Thomas







What better way to celebrate Easter than with a scrumptious brunch spread shared with family and friends? To help keep your celebration stress-free, we designed four brunch menus that answer all different kinds of entertaining needs. Whether you’re planning on feeding a large crowd or want to spend more quality family time outside of the kitchen, we’ve got a menu here that’s sure to make this holiday meal a memorable one.


Easy Breezy Easter Brunch Menu
If you prefer easy-to-make dishes that won’t keep you in the kitchen all day, this is the menu for you. Starting with the ultra simple yet elegant Fruit and Cheese Platter and ending with the No-Bake Bonnet Cookies, this meal gives you a stress-free way to enjoy the holiday.




Expecting a Crowd Easter Brunch Menu
Do you have family and friends coming from far and wide to enjoy your delicious morsels? Then this is the menu for you. Dishes like our Ham and Cheese Strata and the Cream of Coconut Cake allow for a buffet-style serving—perfect for accommodating a crowd. And with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink options, everyone is sure to find something to toast with.






It’s All in the Details Easter Brunch Menu
What this menu lacks in difficulty, it makes up for in presentation—each of these plates has a Top Chef-worthy look. If you want dishes that’ll wow your guests, start with miniature works of art like our Shrimp Salad Baskets and end with the not-so-traditional Carrot Patch Cake Roll. We guarantee the food will be (almost) too pretty to eat.




It’s Worth the Work Easter Brunch Menu
Home chefs who have the skill—and patience—to prepare a show-stopping meal will love the intricate dishes on this menu. Between the sophisticated Potato-Rosemary Galette and the lusciously layered Triple Onion and Cheese Tart, you’ll have your guests wondering why they ever bothered with reservations before.





I haven't decided which menu we will cook for sure, but I am looking for the one that is quick and easy and that all will enjoy. 



Do you have your menu plans ready yet? Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


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Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
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Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

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Becca at Home is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Rachelle at Fingerprints on the Fridge for Feature Yourself Friday
Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party