Monday, May 28, 2012

Aqua and White

I am returning to my favorite color today in my tablescape. I haven't used it for a while so I am hoping you enjoy it as much as I do.
Take a look:

Yes, my favorite color is Aqua and I'm loving the aqua candles and the aqua & white napkins. Seems like white tablecloths just say "elegant" when you use them in a tablescape.






If you look over on the bread rack, you can see I have a small vignette using two white platters and a teapot and underplate and of course, a pair of white birds.
I know you have seen my birds many times, they go so well with my tablescape.


The flatware was a wedding gift to me from my Maternal Grandmother so it is very dear. I don't even know the brand or pattern, it isn't shown on the pieces. It is stainless so no polishing necessary.
The napkins are new and purchased from Cockrell's Mercantile Store. I love the color and pattern in the napkin and it is reversible. Hooray, I can use then in another aqua post sometime.

Do you love this color as much as I do, or do you have another color that is your favorite?

I only wish I had hydrangeas blooming but instead I had to use faux for the centerpiece.They really are a teal color but seem to look gray in my pictures.
The menu for tonight comes from Food.com and their Best Romantic Recipes.
Summer Dinner Salad and a Glass of White
Better Than Sex Cake and a Cup of Coffee 

I do hope you have enjoyed my Aqua and White tablescape. If you are not a follower, please join my blog and I will follow you back - Judy.





White dishes are Pfaltzgraff - Gazebo
Teapot & Platters from TJ Maxx
Candles are from Bed, Bath and Beyond
Napkin Rings are Godinger 
White Vase is Fiesta
Tablecloth is vintage and belonged to my Mother


I am participating in these parties:


Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage 
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill 
The Delectable Home
Meet Me Monday at You're Talking Too Much 

Your Cozy Home Party  at Cozy Home Scenes on Tuesday
Table Top Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday On

Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style  Sisters
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style



White Wednesday at Faded Charm 
Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor and More

Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here on Thursday
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Breakfast With Stella

Today we are having breakfast with Stella. She is just beautiful, you will love her, she's radiant, full of color, and just define to look at.


Here's a peek at Stella.



Ok, now you know. Stella is Stella Dora Lilly and she's blooming in my yard and I just wanted to share her beauty with you.


Her blooms are so lovely but did you know that each bloom only lives one day, but the Stella de Oro daylily (her technical name) will re-bloom. I did a little research and read that if the spent flowers are deadheaded, stem and all, she will re-bloom profusely. 






Since Stella doesn't have much time to stay and visit, our breakfast is going to be pretty light and quick. We are have hot biscuits, strawberry jam, and fresh oranges and strawberries with a glass of squeezed OJ to drink.



Thanks for joining me for Breakfast With Stella and for playing along with my bit of humor - Judy.

Platter and Urn are Bountiful Collection by Gail Pittman
Aqua Plates from TJ Maxx
Bright Yellow Plate and Goblets from Dollar Store
White Plate by Pfaltzgraff
Red Vase from TJ Maxx
Red Napkins from Kohls
Napkin Rings from Pier 1
Flatware from Oneida 

 I am participating in these parties:

Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

You're Talking Too Much for Meet Me Monday
On The Menu Monday at StoneGable

Your Cozy Home Party  at Cozy Home Scenes on Tuesday
Table Top Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday On

Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style  Sisters
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style



Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here on Thursday
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage

Foody Friday at Designs by Gollum
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Climbing Clematis

I am using purple again today in my tablescape. This is my fourth table using purple or lilac this Spring but it is such a beautiful color and I have enjoyed bringing the purple indoors. 

I used two tablerunners that I purchased at TJ Maxx in the sale isle for $10 each. I also found the purple platter laying next to the runners and couldn't believe someone hadn't nabbed it before I saw them. It must have been put there just for me! 

I did see Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life feature two runners crossed on a tablescape and thought she had a great idea so I am using Marty's idea. Thanks Marty.

My inspiration for my tablescape came from my clematis growing on my mailbox. I have never cut clematis for my table so this is a first. I wasn't sure how the blooms would do bringing them in the house so I cut them and immediately gently placed them in water. 

The blooms look much darker purple when I added them to this deep purple tablescape. I set the table and had it perfect before I cut the blooms in case they wilted quickly (more clematis images)





 I have used the goblets on several tablescapes but I love how they look. I purchased them at Target early in the Spring but recently saw they were still carrying them.


 I used a stack of blue and white plates to pull out the blue flowers in the runner. The blue plates are from TJ Maxx and the white plates are Pfaltzgraff Gazebo. The plateware is Oneida.

I prepared a coffee/tea center on my bread rack next to the table. I love how the purple looks next to the white teapot and cups.



My husband gets all the credit for this menu. He has been cooking up a storm today.  I have a separate post about this Menu, click here to read it. It includes grilled salmon and halibut that he caught in Alaska.

I used the pink napkins (Kohl's) since the purple plate in the center had  pink flowers. 
Thanks for stopping to see my Climbing Clematis Tablescape - Judy

Linking to:

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays 

Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday
The Delectable Home
You're Talking Too Much for Meet Me Monday
Mellow Yellow Monday
Stone Gable for On The Menu Monday

Cozy Home Scenes on Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Tell it to me Tuesday at Creatively Living 
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday’s Treasures
Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party
Crafty Texas Girls for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays 
Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What’s It Wednesday
Judy at DIY by Design for Swing Into Spring
Danette at The Shady Porch for Rock and Share Wednesday
The NY Melrose Family for Whimsey Wednesday
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Amy at Home Happy Home for Whimsy Wednesday
Mrs. Hines Class for Show and Tell Wednesday


52 Mantels - Thursdays Are Your Day
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Katherine at Katherine’s Corner for Favorite Things Thursday
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday 
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursday

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jody and Stan @ Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays


Natasha In Oz for Say G Day Saturday




Clematis Blooms

Both varieties of my clematis are in full bloom in my yard. I'll share both with you.


The clematis on my mailbox is such a beautiful deep purple color; take a look and see what you think.



I have a plastic coated mesh wire over my mailbox and work with the vines in Spring as they start to grow and keep them going up and over the box. I think I have more blooms than ever this year and many buds that haven't opened. I don't really cut the old vines back but let the new growth run on the old.


My other variety of clematis is growing on a trellis in my front court yard. Take a look:



Hope you enjoyed my climbing clematis - Judy.


Linking to:


Scenic Sunday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Outdoor Wednesday

Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What’s It Wednesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday  
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Jody and Stan @ Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays
Nik at Floral Friday Fotos

Flowers On Saturday



Monday, May 14, 2012

Grilled Halibut and Salmon On The Menu

My husband has been cooking all afternoon and has the most beautiful food prepared. But you may have to like fish to think it is beautiful

Take a look then we can talk about the menu.


Here's a shot with the lettuce salad which is at the top of the image.

The fish has a bit of history to go with it. Both the halibut and salmon were caught by my husband last August when we were in Alaska on a vacation. My husband caught the fish on separate days and had the fish frozen and shipped back to us here in Missouri. 


I had him dish his plate first since he cooked the meal and is a big eater so his plate is full. You can see the asparagus on the upper right of his plate followed by the mixed vegetables. The halibut is the white fish on the left and the salmon is just above the halibut. He used a lemon pepper salt on the fish and then squeezed fresh lemon on both.


We did keep the dessert pretty light with the fresh fruit and a whipped topping.
Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:

Your Cozy Home Party on Tuesday
Liz and Holly at A lettered Life for Tasty Tuesday
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish Wednesday at 7 
No Minimalist Here
Foodie Friday
Natasha in Oz for Say G Day Saturday