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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thanksgiving Table

I have set a very masculine Thanksgiving table this year.
I had always felt that Thanksgiving was a holiday more for the men in our family than the women. That is why I chose these grey and wood tones for my table.
I am joining a wonderful group of bloggers for a Thanksgiving Tablescape  Blog Hop going on all week. All the links for 20 different Thanksgiving Tables for inspiration are near the bottom of this post.  Thank you to Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate & Decorate for putting this Hop together. 
When I was growing up, it was always the women running around doing all the work
and the men where in the other room watching football until all the food is ready.
Then they ate and drank and return to the other room to watch more football, and the women were to clean up all the dishes.
I won't be hosting our actual Thanksgiving dinner, we will be going to my sister's house for dinner.  But I like that my boys lend a hand in setting the table and serving the food these days.
We enjoy much more conversation around the table now then when I was growing up.
And I am proud to say that all the husbands and sons now pitch in to clean up all the dishes.
I think that this is more of how we should be giving thanks- by working together and enjoying each other's company!

Speaking of enjoying others-
Here are the links to all those participating in the Hop:

Monday



Tuesday


Wednesday

Thursday




Friday

The Painted Hinge

Sweet Sensations

Zucchini Sisters

a casa di Bianca


I like the changes that have taken place, Thanksgiving seems much more enjoyable now.
I have a lot to be thankful for and feel very blessed to have a wonderful family
and many great friends.
Oh! and many, many dishes!

Sources:
Placemats - Country Gatherings - Walnut Creek, Ohio
Flatware - Ikea
Brown Chargers - Walmart - years ago
White Charger plates - Old Time Pottery - years ago
Grey Sorrento Dinner Plates - Butterchurn Kitchenwares, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Darker Grey salad plates - HomeGoods years ago
Napkins - HomeGoods several months ago
Cement pumpkins - Hobby Lobby - (I colored the stems-they were gold)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thanks so much for stopping by,
Ann

I am sharing my post at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Not So Scary Halloween Tablescape

It's that time of the year to bring out the ghosts and goblins and get the bejeebers scared out of you! I decided to do a not quite so scary table this year, this was inspired by my two and a half year old grandson.
My grandson loves books, after reading several books to him, he kept coming back to his favorite that day  - P.J. Funnybunny Camps out by Marilyn Sadler.  Since I am pretty sure that most of you are not going to rush to the library to check this book out - I hope I won't ruin it for you to tell you  - that at the end P.J.'s little sister scares the boys by dressing up as a ghost.  It is a fun book and Everett would just laugh as I used my spooky ghost voice as we read.
The next day I went into HomeGoods and there were these ghost plates that reminded me of our fun together reading about P.J. getting spooked by his sister.  So of course, they immediately went in my cart and I set off to do a not so scary Halloween table for our Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop.
Once again, I am joining with Chloe Crabtree and an incredible group of talented table stylists for a fun hop to show off 19 different takes on Halloween fun! All of the links will be at the bottom of this post, be sure to stop back as they will be updated throughout the week.
 My candy wielding ghost in the centerpiece is there to offer up some Halloween favorites such as Reese cups, Kit Kats and M&M's.  I mean come on - tell the truth - don't we all go through this just as a good excuse to buy Reese Cups and then eat half of them before Halloween even gets here?!
Putting bows on these two makes them not quite as frightening.
      
 Candy corn wands are there to ward off anything too fearful,
Like the little peeps popping up in the candy corn treats.




I wonder if my grandson will grow up thinking candy corn grows on trees?!?!

For more scary fun- please visit my creative friends who have put together even more spooktacular tables for you enjoyment:

I had a little freaky fun with the special effects with this photo!

Sources:
Tablecloth and Ghost Plates - HomeGoods 
Orange beaded placemats - SteinMart -several years ago
Black wood chargers & White Napkins - Pier One - years ago
White Chargers - Olde Time Pottery - years ago
Black check dinner plate(actually has a rooster on it that you can't see!)Marshalls years ago
Black knob goblets - Kmart years ago
flatware - HomeGoods about two years ago
harlequin check treat cups - on clearance for 25cents each - Hobby Lobby years ago
Candy Corn wands - Hobby Lobby - I added straws and bows
White ghost pumpkins - Hobby Lobby
Big Ghost with candy - Marshalls
Twig Trees - Target Dollar Spot - I added the candy corn
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a fun Halloween and you don't run out of candy!

Ann

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Pumpkins Galore!

There is just something about pumpkins I just love!
Maybe that's why I was attracted to this tablecloth!
It's pumpkins and more pumpkins!
I love these sweet little wooden pumpkin napkin rings.
The orange pumpkin in the centerpiece just reminds me of Cinderella's carriage!
We had a beautiful fall day yesterday, even ended the day with a friends around our fire pit roasting marshmallows for S'mores the way you should celebrate fall!

I hope you are having a wonderful fall.
Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Tablecloth, napkins, napkin rings - HomeGoods
Burlap chargers - Hobby Lobby several years ago
White chargers and orange dinner plates - Olde Time Pottery - years ago
White dessert plate, 
Orange ramekin - Target's dollar spot last week
Flatware - Ikea several years ago
Amber stemware - World Market a couple of years ago

I am linking up to the following parties:
Dishing It & Digging It @ Life and Linda
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fall Copper Leaves Tablescape and Hop

When I think of fall I am always drawn to an image of a big copper colored tree with all of it's leaves turning such a wonderful saturated redish brown, cool crisp weather and plaid flannel shirts.  So I brought out the plaids and all the copper elements I could find for this table!  Get ready for a copper overload!
I am posting this as part of the Fall Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate & Decorate! This is a fun way to get inspired about your fall decorating.  Each day 4 more wonderful bloggers will be posting their fall tablescapes to get you in the mood! 
The schedule and all the links will be listed at the end of my post.
It started yesterday- so be sure to go back and pick up Monday's posts, because they are fabulous!
My copper color started with a $5 dollar set of napkin rings and just kind of grew from there! I think I bought these at Target's dollar spot two years ago.
I didn't intentional mean to do so much copper - but when I put dark flatware out - it just didn't look good.  I lucked out last week when I walked into HomeGoods with a gift card my son's friends had given me when we hosted them for a fun weekend at the lake.  (they are welcomed anytime - especially if they thank me with HomeGoods gift cards!!)  There was this set of copper flatware just calling my name!
The gorgeous copper Moscow mule mugs are on loan from my wonderful friend, Kim, who has graciously opened her cupboards to my passion for tablescaping!  Isn't it nice when your girlfriends are supportive of your odd hobby so that we can do these tables with out having purchase even more dishes, because I did splurge on these copper wine glasses while shopping at Pier 1 with my girlfriend, Diane!  I am just going to call Diane an enabler!!  We all need girlfriends like that!
For some reason I think plaids and fall just go together simultaneously, but then again - I use plaids in almost any season! These plaid napkins and placemats had that pumpkin spice vibe to them that just wanted to be paired with these cute little pumpkin plates.
I layered the plaid placemats with some textured cream colored placemats to give a little less busy background for my new copper flatware.
My centerpiece is a simple copper pitcher filled with fall color staring some beautiful copper colored 
silver dollar eucalyptus.
Since my kitchen and dining area are just one big room, I felt it was necessary to take down the summer accessories in the kitchen and swap it out for some fall accessories there as well.
I love that copper colored succulent - that was from a left over centerpiece at my girlfriend's daughter's wedding!  I'm glad I have these hoarding tendencies!

As nature starts it's wonderful show here in Northeast Ohio, we all just sit back in awe and watch the colors of the landscape change.  It's my favorite time of the year!

Here is the schedule for the hop:

Monday

Tuesday

These links will be updated throughout the week so make sure you stop back to catch all 20 beautifully crafted fall tables.

Thanks so much for sitting at my table with me!
I hope you enjoyed your stay.
Here's wishing you a wonderful fall season full of pumpkin spice and everything nice!

Ann

Sources:
Cream placemats, tan plates and copper eucalyptus  - The Peddler - Walnut Creek Ohio
Pumpkin plates, plaid placemats and napkins, flatware - HomeGoods
Brown chargers - Walmart -years ago
Copper napkin rings - Target a couple years ago
Grapevine pumpkins - Pat Catans
Copper wine stemware - Pier 1
Copper Moscow mule mugs - on loan from my girlfriend
Copper pitcher - Marshalls

I am linking up to the following parties:
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch




Monday, August 6, 2018

National Root Beer Float Day!

Happy National Root Beer Float Day!!
Well, when you own a sign like our this one - you just can't ignore Root Beer Float Day!
We have a small nook next to the dining table that needed something.
When I found this chest with all these cool drawers at a clearance sale, I bought it for this spot so that we can stick our mail in the drawers.  At the same sale we found this cool Root Beer Float sign that just screamed - put me above the chest you just bought!
Then it just seemed natural that this would make a great beverage station.

I hope you enjoyed a virtual sip!
Happy National Root Beer Float Day!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

Linked up to:
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz

Monday, July 30, 2018

Lazy, Daisy, Crazy Days of Summer

I have rewrote the song - Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer - it is now the Lazy, Daisy, Crazy Days of Summer. 
Inspired by this cheerful daisy tablecloth, I went forth to set a table that would make me smile.
The way our summer has made us smile, with lots of visitors enjoying being lazy on the lake.


I was going for a very casual, happy look here!
Except for maybe a little angst over the few bees that showed up,  other wise it is a very friendly table.
That is what the Flower Garden Pinot Grigio is there for!
But then the photos start to look like this:
Ooopsy Daisy!!  Looks like we enjoyed a little too much wine!
I hope you are enjoying some lazy days this summer!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Tablecloth and napkins - HomeGoods - earlier this summer
Blue placemats, Rattan Chargers and napkin rings -Pier 1 several years ago
Bee Plates - Sur La Table - at least two years ago
Yellow plaid plates - Elderbeerman - many years ago
Blue plaid plates - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek Ohio 
Flatware - HomeGoods many years ago

I have linked up to the following parties:
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, July 23, 2018

Life is a Boat of Cherries - Dining Alfresco Hop

Hi All!!  I have packed our little row boat full of cherry goodness for a fun outdoor dining experience!
Since it is cherry season and boating season - I have combined the two for my Life is a Boat of Cherries - dining alfresco tablescape for our hop.
Once again, Chloe Crabtree has assembled a wonderful group of talented table stylists for a week long hop of outdoor dining.  All of the links to the blogs participating are listed at the bottom of my post.  It is always fun to see what everyone has come up with and how creative the tables are.

I hope you enjoy my little take on words with this one!
Years ago I had purchased these faux picnic plates with cherries on them up in Michigan when we were on vacation.  I have been meaning to do a table with them every summer and never did.  Our dear neighbors, Patsy and Ron, had just recently given us this adorable little row boat - and the boat just happen to match my cherry dishes!!! Who would have thought- but that is the way my mind works!  And after picking up some fresh cherries, it all fell into place.
I had an extremely hard time with this, though,  because the weather was just not cooperating!!  I poured a lot of sweat into this - literally - I was sweating buckets setting this up in 93 degree temperatures with about 100% humidity. 
After checking the weather forecast I dragged all the stuff down the hill to the water and started setting up my boat - and with the sun still shining - down came the big huge rain drops!
So I packed it all up, hauled it up the hill and waited for two days.
 I watched out my window as my little rowboat filled up with water.
I finally got a beautiful day of sunshine and hauled it all back down the hill -and dumped out my boat, set it all back up again with new food.  I should pack a picnic basket that nice when we really do eat out on the pontoon boat!
But more trouble came when some of our other neighbors had guests over with a couple of dogs visiting as well.  I am a dog lover - you have seen my dogs make a few appearances - but these dogs were running all over the place and I was so afraid they were going to eat my food sitting in the boat! It kind of reminded me of the the scene from A Christmas Story - when the Bumpuses dogs came over and stole the turkey! Plus I am sure they thought I was nuts for putting all this stuff in an old row boat and walking around it taking a million pictures - shooing away the dogs at the same time. It is hard to explain to someone just what you are doing and why!!!
But we had fun with it - no dogs were harmed in the process,
and they now know that the lady two doors down has a very odd hobby!
I battled with sun and exposure issues as well.  
I baked these mini cherry pies and boxed them up with boxes and labels I made on my Silhouette, but I had a hard time getting a decent shot of those through the acetate window I put on the boxes.
Oh well!!  It was still a beautiful sunny day and I was doing what I love to do!
A couple of bottles of Stewarts Black Cherry pop (yep, I am from Ohio!)
are on ice for a nice cold beverage on a super hot day.
See that ice in those polka dot glasses - faux ice - that's why it's not melted.
After we (because my husband came down when he saw all the dogs)  hauled it all back up the hill - we jumped in the lake!!!  Oh, and if you are wondering why I didn't put the boat in the water - well - she is not sea worthy!!  She is going to be filled with flowers and used in our landscaping!


I will be updating the links as each day goes live.  I hope you have the time to check all these great tables out and enjoy our versions of alfresco dining!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ann

I have linked up to the following parties:
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Dishing it & Digging It @ Life & Linda
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life