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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Robin Egg Blue Table

You can tell it's spring here when the birds are busy building their nests.  This prompted my 
Robin Egg Blue Table
Since I never got to use my white cracked eggs for my Easter table I thought I would put them to use here while I reused the willow branches from my Easter table.
I love these basket weave dishes from Oneida.  I love the texture, plus they 
are just a little smaller than most plates, so they make good stacking plates.
I grabbed a really old bird house I have had for years and repainted the roof with a little robin egg blue paint, I still wanted some of the dark to show through so it would contrast a little more with the cream color of the house. 
I think the table looks really nice with my plate racks on the kitchen wall.
We had a nice thunderstorm last night, another sure sign of spring!
I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather this time of year brings.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Placemats and white napkins -Homegoods
Blue melamine plates and bowls (Well Dressed Home)- Marshalls
Chargers - Old Time Pottery years ago
Brown plates(Tag) and whitewashed pedestals - Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek
White basket weave(Oneida Satin Weave) dishes - Dutch Valley Gifts in Sugar Creek
Cracked eggs - Pat Catans
Flatware - Ikea

I am linked up at:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate and Decorate
Inspiration Gallery @ Design,Dining + Diapers
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easter Tablescape -Bunny Ears!

Welcome to my Easter Table!
The bunnies have joined us for this year's Easter celebrations.
I love these little plates that just have the bunny ears peeking over the edge.
I bought these on clearance after last Easter.

Here is another bunny that had to get into the action.
But I don't mind - this one is offering Dove chocolate!
 I did purchase some new clear glass plates that have an interesting bubble edge to them.
I picked up some flat branch willows at my favorite local store, Paper Twigs.
added some tulips and baby's breath for my centerpiece.
Right now I am working on my Lenten promises, so its off to set up for my church's fish fry for tomorrow night.

I hope you are having fun getting ready for your Easter Celebration. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann 

Sources:
Napkins and Pink plates - Pottery Barn two years ago
Easter Plates - Happy Easter Set of 4 by Rae Dunn - clearance at Marshall's last year
Cream color bunny rim plates - clearance at Marshalls about 3 years ago
Glass plates and spring twig wreaths used as chargers - Amish Country Peddler in Walnut Creek
Burlap placements - Pier One Imports
Flatware - Ikea

I am linked up at:
Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Tablescape with Hyacinths

I'm celebrating the season with a Spring Tablescape,
Although, the season doesn't really want to celebrate here, just yet. We still had some snow coming down!
No Hyacinths blooming around here, so I had to buy my own spring at Trader Joe's!
and fake it some more with my little grape hyacinth tins!
I used some polka dot placemats - for some reason polka dots remind me of spring.
Mixing patterns is always fun, so I used some checked napkins.

Now, if we could just get Mother Nature to do her thing and warm things up around here,
then it would really feel like spring!

I hope the start of your spring is going well.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann


I am linking up at:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Patrick's Day -B'gosh and Begorrah! it's Shamrocks!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
B'gosh and Begorrah! We are among the shamrocks at our table.
St. Patrick's Day has always been a fun day at our house,
not because we are Irish, because we aren't!
But, we celebrate anyway because it is my birthday!!

I've added some shamrock's  - which means young clover - I figured if I called them shamrock's I might feel just as young!
And who is that hiding among the shamrocks?
 That bunny is making an early appearance.
I hope you have some fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

Sources:
White Plates and goblets- World Market several years ago but I believe the still carry them
Flatware and polka dot napkins - Homegoods several years ago
Striped/floral napkin - Butternchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek, Ohio several years ago
Burlap placemats - Pier 1 Imports
Silk Shamrock plants - Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek, Ohio


I made the moss napkin rings several years ago for this post
Spring Garden
  You may also enjoy some of my previous St. Patrick's Day posts
       Ewe & McGregor    or   Cabbage, Parsley and Potatoes

I am linking up to the following parties:
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today is Barbie's Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Barbie!
 She looks pretty good for 58, doesn't she?
Barbie and I are the same age, born only about a week apart.
Call me jealous, but I think she has had some "plastic" surgery over the years!?! 
Everyone has varying opinions about this iconic doll.  I am a Barbie girl at heart.  All the girls in our neighborhood would get together and play Barbie's all day long.  We often made her clothes,  or furniture and cars out of boxes, we got very creative.   I'm not even sure if there was such a thing as a Barbie DreamHouse back then.  To us Barbie was just fun!! 

When I grew up I had the pleasure of working for Mattel Toys for many years as a retail service representative and was fortunate enough to be able to work with their trade services department at many of their trade shows.   When I retired two years ago, my boss made those fun champagne flutes for my retirement dinner!  

I hope you enjoyed this fun little birthday tribute to a real doll!

Thanks for stopping by
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Friday, February 24, 2017

Home Remodel Tablescape- putting the tools on the table!

Why not!  We have tools everywhere during our home remodel, so why not put them on top of the table!
I have had these floor plan plates for a couple of years and had not featured them yet.
So I thought this was the perfect time,
Since we have been in the middle of a whole house remodel.

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 I purchased these plates at Fishs Eddy in NYC.  This is the cutest store if your a dish junkie like me.  I picked up my NY Times Crossword Puzzle plates at this same store - Click Here to see those plates and more info on the store.

 If you have been following along, you know we have tackled the kitchen and the outside of the house.  But we still have many, many more projects to complete.
Well, enough talk, it's time to
take those bandana napkins off the cups and get back to work!!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ugly House gets a Makeover!

Our ugly fixer upper got a much needed makeover!
Scary!  Isn't it!!! 
We bought this beauty because of its location!!  See my previous post Here!
But it wasn't just that it was ugly, there were animals living between the old cedar siding and our walls!! Mostly birds and a family of bats!!  Now, I realize that bats are good at the lake, they eat mosquitos - but I don't want them living in our walls - just saying!!  We would wake up in the morning to animal noises in the walls, our dogs would go around pointing at the outlets because they could hear the birds chirping in the walls!
  It wasn't very safe either.  None of the balconies were up to code.
The inspector said they would hold people, but when we had anyone over to see the house, for some reason, they were very hesitant to go out on the balconies!!

So we decided to bite the bullet and do it all- new deck, balconies, siding and several windows! It was a huge project and it had to start with the decks and balconies.

There was no access to the upper balconies from the outside.  The lower level is a walkout basement that had a narrow, badly cracked cement pad. Not anymore!!!  We ripped that out!
We extended the lower level out and made a nice size wood deck.   The middle level is where the kitchen and living area are- we wanted to be able to put a table outside the kitchen but that would mean extending out what was there by several feet.  We also wanted to have access to it from the outside so we put in the stairs.  

I should clarify here, that we hired a professional to build our deck and balconies.  There was no way my husband and I could do all this work!!!  My dogs grew quite fond of the two gentlemen who worked so hard for several months to build all of this, they almost became part of the family!
               
We went back and forth with whether or not we wanted to have the second level covered or not. If we put a full roof over the second level, it would have blocked out a lot of light in our kitchen and dining area and we did not want to do that - we liked the light and brightness of the kitchen area. When my husband suggested we just put up a pergola - it was the perfect compromise - it lets in light, yet gives us a bit of shade from the sun.
                            
So once the new siding went up we no longer had the ugliest house on the lake!!

 Here is a picture of the side of the house -
  same view as the second photo in this post - with the new siding. 
This house had a newer brown metal roof and brown stack stone on parts of the home, therefore we stuck with the brown family for the siding.

Since the garage is pretty much all you see from the street when you pull up to our house- I wanted to make sure we did something nicer than a plain garage door.
 This was one of the first things we had done- and I was immediately in love with
my new garage door!
Then when they finished the siding and we put up the new light fixtures
it all came together.
Now we look at it and say we need a new driveway!!  and we definitely need some landscaping in the back.  It never ends!
But it sure looks a lot better than it did - and I am no longer embarrassed to say I live here!!

I am linking up to the following parties:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ StoneGable
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style