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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Blooms and Bunnies

With Easter upon us, I broke out the bunnies and set the table!
Easter is a time for new beginnings and fresh growth,
As Christ gave us new life.
We celebrate this new beginning with lots of blooms, bunnies and eggs at this Easter table.





These bunny plates, from Michael's and Pat Catan's, had four in the series, one just as cute as the next.
There are more cute little tiny bunnies trying to climb up on the pedestals holding the eggs.
I used lots of white as a reminder of the fresh start Easter gives us.
 But added some bright pops of pink with these big blooms for the napkin rings - they kind of give hope to the little buds in the centerpiece!
We will be celebrating our Easter dinner at our daughter's house again this year.  She conveniently lives right between us and our son's - so she graciously offered to host Easter dinner.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

Sources:
Wicker Placemats - I can't seem to find where I got these at!  
(Either Pier1 or World Market a couple of years ago)
Greenery Placemats and Flower Napkin rings - Pier 1 Imports -
(in the middle of winter - both were on clearance sale)
Charger - Olde Time Pottery - Years ago
Basket Weave dinner- Satin Weave by Oneida - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Bunny plates - Michaels or Pat Catan's 
(they both carried them this year since Michaels bought Pat Catans)
Cracked Egg cups - Pat Catan's last year on clearance
Stemware - Marshalls - several years ago
Flatware - HomeGoods several years ago

I will be linking up to the following parties:
Dishing It & Digging It @ Life and Linda
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ DWELLINGS - The Heart of Your Home
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Chick's Table

Happy first day of Spring!! 
I am welcoming spring with a table full of soft, pastel yellows and pinks,
and of course, tulips.
This table got it's name for more than the fact that there are some adorable little chicks on the table.
But because my husband says no guy would ever want to sit at this table!
There for it became a Spring Chick's Table.

I am happy to be included in a wonderful Springtime Tablescape Hop put together by the wonderful and talented Chloe Crabtree from Decorate and Celebrate. 
This is the second day of 22 bloggers showing wonderful spring tablescapes to inspire your decorating for the season.  All of the links to the fabulous bloggers involved are at the end of this post for your enjoyment.
All of the pastel stripes just kind of fell in place after I found these two pitchers in HomeGoods last week.  
My daughter had just given me a HomeGoods gift card for my birthday- but the last two or three times I had been in HomeGoods I really hadn't found anything. But Lo and Behold!! This time I hit the jackpot!
I found these pretty pale yellow and pink plates and the two pitchers that coordinated with them. My cart was full of finds, several things for future tables. But I still wasn't sure what I was going to use for a table cloth, until I walked next door into Stein Mart  -
and found this beach towel!! It had the perfect stripes on it - I figured - why not - everyone is using scarves on tables - why not a beach towel!
 The napkins I had, so I went down in my stash of things to find something special to use as a napkin ring. I found this spool of pastel striped ribbon I had left over from wrapping a baby gift and tied simple bows around the napkins.  
For some place cards I got out my little Crayola watercolors and just quickly swished some pastel stripes on a piece of paper. It was dry in just a minute, then used a die cut to cut the tags out of my watercolor paper, wrote the names on with a light green marker and tied them onto the napkins.
I finished off the table with these beautiful tulips that just scream springtime in Ohio!
Although - since it is still snowing every other day here -these came from the grocery store and not my garden!!

Here are the links to all the blogs involved in this week's hop.  Please check the other wonderful springtime tablescapes and see which one you like the best!

Monday

Wednesday
Bluesky at Home | A casa di Bianca | The Painted Apron | At Home with Jemma | Knock it Off Kim
Thursday

 Friday




I hope your spring is just around the corner - if it hasn't arrived already!
I know we are certainly ready for warmer weather here.

Thanks for stopping by.
Ann

Sources:
Table covering - beach towel from Stein Mart
Chargers - Pier 1 Imports
Pastel Plates and Striped Pitchers - HomeGoods last week
Clear glass salad plates - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio - last summer
Glass Dessert Plates - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio - last summer
Napkins and flatware - HomeGoods - several years ago
Stemware - wedding gift 35 years ago!

I will be linking up with:
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate
Happiness is Home Made @ BlueSky at Home
Wow US Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, March 12, 2018

Nesting, Early Spring Tablescape

Welcome to my Early Spring Tablescape!
Since things have not really started turning green here - I am having a hard time going in that direction just yet.  We are still in the grey stages up here in the north.
There seems to be a lot of nesting going on.
We are seeing the birds coming back and busying themselves with the important task of making new homes.
I am normally a very symmetrical person, so this table seems a bit wonky to me.
Not only did I offset the placemats, I also offset the plates to fit my napkin on the side.  
It is hard enough for me to let the fact go, that I only have two utensils on the left and three on the right.  This is like living dangerously for me!!
I just love these sort of woven wood nests, you should have seen me jump for joy when I saw that they weren't as expensive as I thought they were going to be, so I bit the bullet and bought one for each place setting.
I hope your getting your nest all ready for a wonderful spring!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Placemats and Napkins - Park Designs - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Wood Chargers -I received as a gift for Christmas a couple years ago
Blue plates - TJ Maxx - last week
Brown Plates - Tag - several years ago - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Blue dessert plates - Kirkland's several years ago
Flatware -HomeGoods - quite a few years ago
Napkin Rings - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Wood woven birds nests - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio

I will be linking up to the following parties:

The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate and Decorate
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We are celebrating St. Patrick's Day here!
With lots of clover,
and some very friendly leprechauns!

I am feeling extremely lucky!!
Maybe I should go by a lottery ticket!

But I am also feeling some extra fun is headed our way on St. Patrick's Day,
as I do every year, because it is my Birthday!
We always have fun and usually celebrate with some green beer.
I hope you feel just as lucky! 
Cheers to a fun St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks for stopping by~
Ann


Sources:
Greenery placemats - Pier 1 Imports
Galvanized Chargers and cake stand - Joanne Fabrics - 2 years ago
White Chargers - Olde Time Pottery quite a few years ago
Green Plates by Sorrento - Butterchurn Kitchen Wares, Walnut Creek, Ohio
White Plates - Satin Weave by Oneida  - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Clover Clusters - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio 
Galvanized tins and napkins- Swiss Valley Lawn & Craft, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Flatware - Homegoods - last year
Leprechauns - Marcs - close out section

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz



Thursday, March 1, 2018

When Life Hands You Flowers You Take Them!

What do you do at the end of your son's wedding and there are tons of flowers dumped out of their vases just laying on a table to be thrown out? 

If you are like me, you snap those puppies up and throw them into some empty liquor boxes and cram them into your car with everything else, including wedding gifts, chalkboards and all the groomsmen tuxes.  
Then hall them half way across the city, you make the valet parker wait while you unload them and try to get them up to your hotel room.
You fill your ice bucket with water and jam as many as you can in it. Then borrow you daughter's ice bucket only to realize that so far you only have a quarter of the flowers you hauled back in water!
I was fighting a loosing battle to get these flowers back home still alive!
Then of course the next morning - we all went to breakfast, then had to return the tuxes.
But I finally got to the flowers and played with them on Monday morning.
But they were beautiful!!!  and I just couldn't leave them there on the table to be thrown out!!
The next day they were all dead!

I hope your having beautiful day!
Remember to water yourself so you don't start to droop.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

I have linked up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ DWELLINGS-the Heart of Your Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wedding Stuff!

We celebrated a wonderful wedding this weekend!!
My son and his fiancé tied the knot and we could not be happier!
I had spent the last couple weeks working on wedding stuff and I thought I would share some things just in case someone would want to use the ideas for their wedding as well.

My favorite - The Chalkboard Sign


This was a fairly simple project and I loved how it turned out.

I bought the sandwich board in a shop in Amish country - I forget how much it was - but I do remember when my girlfriend and I saw it - we thought it was much cheaper then we thought we would have to pay - so we snapped it up.
I have lent it out for several weddings, but now I finally got to use it for my own son's wedding.

I printed out what I wanted to say on my Silhoutte.
The script font is Magnolia Sky and the print font is Surf Shack.
Then I used white Saral transfer paper and just went over the outline of the letters.
You can see how that looks on Jenna's name.   Then you just have to color in your letters with a chalk marker.  I have tried quite a few different chalk markers and like these Chalk Ink markers the best, they come in several different colors and widths.

Then I did some small chalkboards - we used these for both the rehearsal dinner and on the bar tables during cocktail hour.  These are what I call cheater chalkboards!!

Because I just printed out the sayings on my Silhouette with a black background and white lettering- just cut them to the size of the chalkboard and used glue dots to adhere it to the board.
I use these small chalkboard easels over and over for basket raffles and buffet signs, and I found that this is a fast, easy way to make a cute sign.
I just embellished all the signs with some faux florals, again, using glue dots to adhere them so that I can take it apart and use it again - plus it is easier to transport the signs without the florals.
Nothing super special about my out of town guest bags.
I made a nice tag using the shape of Ohio.  We included bags of pretzels, chocolates, some instant coffee single cup servings, individual Shout wipe packets and of course, personalized water bottles.
You see that same Magnolia Sky font, I just made a very plain band with their names and used very wide packing tape over the light weight card stock band.

This was another favorite of mine!!  The Rehearsal Dinner dessert.
Not only because they were absolutely delicious, but they saved us quite a bit of money too!
Instead of paying another $6.95 for dessert at the restaurant we had the rehearsal dinner at - I packaged up these french twirl pastries I purchased at a local bakery for $1.49 each!
Again, I designed the tag on my Silhouette and added a sheer navy bow with a glue dot.

Sorry, no photos of the wedding couple - with them both being teachers, I respect their privacy on social media and try not to post anything with their photos.

I hope this helps anyone that maybe planning a wedding!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Linked up to the following parties:
Celebrate Your Story! @ Celebrate & Decorate
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Amaze Me Monday @ DWELLINGS - The Heart of Your Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict