Friday, June 28, 2013

Fourth of July - A Patriotic Tablescape

The most patriotic day in the USA, Independence Day is almost here and we are ready to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Many of us are decorating our homes, inside and outside, hanging our flags, planning our menus, and setting our tables with the red, white and blue.


My centerpiece represents the sparkle of the bombs bursting in air sung in our national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner".



Holding true to American traditions, my table is set for this day of celebration. Bells will be ringing, firecrackers will be popping, candles will be burning.








Patriotic menus include hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and apple pie. We will include barbecue and cold slaw in our menu.




Join me in celebrating the Fourth of July by enjoying time with your family and friends for a day of patriotism - Judy.

Patriotic Tablecloth: Pampered Chef
Blue Placemats: Dollar Tree
Red Dinner Plates: Big Lots
Red Square Paisley Plates: TJ Maxx
Blue Salad Plates: Tag
Red Bowls Tag
Star Napkin Rings: Pier 1
Blue Napkins: Pier 1
Red Napkin Rings: Old Time Pottery
Libby Colbalt Blue Goblets: Dollar Tree
Red Goblet: e-bay
Flag Plates on breadrack: Peggy Karr Glass

Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage



Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life




Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stars and Stripes - Let Freedom Ring

We are getting out the stars and stripes around my daughter's house.

These Pottery Barn pillows really pop on the white couch. Perfect for bringing the stars and stripes to the living room.



Many of us are thinking about the Fourth of July and how we will spend our day.



It may be at a barbecue or a picnic. Food and fun are always a priority.




It could be a big parade in your area 



or a small parade in your neighborhood.



All of these are to celebrate our freedom.






I hope you plan to "Let Freedom Ring"



and wave your flags proudly.





Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill 
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally 
Inspire Me Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Open House @ Bernideen’s Teatime blog

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life








Wednesday, June 19, 2013

White Petunias and A Surprise Tablescape

The white petunias are gorgeous blooming in the wire basket on the deck. 


They are so showy with the green grass in the background.


My tablescape is a special one for my daughter. She celebrated her birthday over the weekend and I decided to set a special table just for her and her husband to celebrate her special day.


Orange and yellow are two of her favorite colors and work well with the white petunias.


Orange woven placemats separate the yellow Fiesta plates and the yellow tablecloth. The salad plate is a bright yellow patterned plate with a blue rim. 


The tablecloth is from TJ Maxx and the orange napkins and napkin rings are Pier One. The flatware is Laurie Gates - Ivory by Hampton.


A bottle of her favorite wine is added to the table.





Linking to:

Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Wednesdays Adorned at Adorned From Above


Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here on Thursday
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits at StoneGable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Be Inspired at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage

Open House @ Bernideen’s Teatime blog

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper





Monday, June 10, 2013

Climbing Clematis and A Short Break

The clematis are blooming on my trellis and are so pretty I wanted to share them with you.
Many blooms still waiting to open.


The deep purple clematis on my mail box is just starting to bloom. 


I am going to visit my Dad for a while so I am taking a little break from my blog. 

Take care - Judy


Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Be Inspired at Common Ground

Monday, June 3, 2013

Peonies and A Tablescape

The peonies are blooming in our area but the heavy rains have them drooping over. I thought they would make a beautiful centerpiece for a tablescape.



What a wonderful aroma they have. When you bring them into the house it is just divine to sit at the table and enjoy their sweet smell.


Isn't this bright fuchsia color just fabulous?


My tablescape began with placemats purchased over a year ago from HomeGoods. 


All year I have wanted to use these pink and green placemats, my green handled flatware was perfect to bring out the green the in placemats.


It was the centerpiece that was bugging me. What could I use?  A walk through the yard and it was an easy decision; I must have been waiting for the peonies.


For a little change to the tablescape, I tried hummingbird plates.


The plates had pink and green, just the colors in the platemates.


Did you know cutting the peonies just before the bud open makes it easier to shake the ants off. 


The perfect time to cut the peonies is when the bud is showing color and is as soft as a marshmallow. 



When the diner party is over, the peonies can be moved to a new location for added enjoyment.


Hope you have some peonies to enjoy - Judy.

Linking to:
Inspire Me Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday 
A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Wednesdays Adorned at Adorned From Above
What Is It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here on Thursday
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits at StoneGable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage


Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Where Do I Keep It All

Goodness, can I really show you where I keep it all? I'll try to share these places with you or at least some of them.

My kitchen is fairly large so I do have several units of cabinets. Here's a shot of the kitchen then I'll open a few doors for you.


I store mostly stemware in this cabinet.



Everyday dishes in the next cabinet.


On the other side of the sink, more stemware and glasses. These are mostly everyday glassware pieces.


In the dining room, I have a hutch and base plus a server, so more storage.


The cabinets in the bottom are narrow so limited space.



In one of the guest rooms, I store some cloth napkins in the night stands. Not a good storage place when guests arrive, so I'm working on moving these out and having empty drawers.


I found an old, old, old cardboard three drawer chest in the basement so I am in the process of moving some of the napkins. I think I'll cover the chest with some scrapbooking paper then buy another cardboard chest to store more napkins.


I store many of my tablecloths in one of the guestrooms.


I try to keep these shelves open in the guest room, but sometimes when I am planning a tablescape, I start assembling my pieces and use the shelves for placemats, napkins, and napkin rings.


I have a great space in the hall leading to my master bedroom and bath that I have converted into a china closet plus a few other items like my Peggy Karr Glass pieces on the top shelf. 



Well, I have shared many of my storage places with you. It's never ending for me, I'm always reorganizing, rethinking and trying to improve my storage. I have additional seasonal pieces stored in tubs in our storage room. Thanks for stopping in - Judy.

Linking to the following parties:
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Met Monday at BNOTP
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage 
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Meet Me Monday at You're Talking Too Much

Make-It-Pretty Monday's at The Dedicated House

Inspire Me Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday 
Your Cozy Home Party  at Cozy Home Scenes on Tuesday
Inspire Me Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday 
You’re Gonna Love It at Kathe With An E

 Judy at DIY by Design for Swing Into Spring
Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What’s It Wednesday

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
Be Inspired at Common Ground