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Monday, August 14, 2017

Luau Fun!

We had some Luau fun this weekend,
so I thought I would get in the spirit with a Luau Tablescape.
My wonderful next-door neighbor, Patsy, let me cut a few of her flowers off her bushes for my colorful centerpiece.
I added the real flowers to one of the fake napkin rings and you can hardly tell!
Our lake ski club holds an annual Luau at the beach as a fundraiser. Having never been to Hawaii,  I enjoyed our little version.
There was some ceremonial Luau activities, as well as dancing and lots of contests. We participated in the Decorate Your Golf Cart Contest!
We made our own little traveling tiki hut,
complete with a coral reef on the back!
There we are- off to the beach to have some fun.
Surprisingly it made it there in one piece and took home 1st place!!

I snapped a photo with my phone that night as the sun was setting- it was hard to believe that we were just on our little beach when you look at this photo!
no editing done to it - just a beautiful sunset on a fun summer night!
Aloha! 

Thanks for stopping by
Ann


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


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sunflowers Make us Smile!

Sunflowers are just one of those things that will make so many of us smile!
On the other hand, bees are something that can be very pesky, even though they are a vital part of our environment.   
I kind of look at it as sweet and sour.
You can't really have one without the other!
We have been following the sun just like the sunflowers!
 We have seen quite a few bees around here.
Unfortunately most of them are the wood boring bees and I am not sure that they
are the kind we want to see!
I hope your summer has been sunny and bright!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I have linked up to:
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Dream, Create, Inspire, Link @ Simple Nature Decor

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Happy National Ice Cream Day!!!

We can not go by without celebrating one of my favorite things - Ice Cream!!
So when National Ice Cream day rolls around - We celebrate!
This was the perfect day for eating some ice cream.
Not so good for taking photos of it,  it was melting pretty fast!
Half the fun are the toppings, the extras, the sprinkles!
I had some eager volunteers to finish off the ice cream when I was done taking photos.
This is my favorite photo!!  Yum!
I hope you were able to indulge a little.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fish Dinner!

We are having dinner with the fish, instead of a fish dinner!
One of my favorite things about living on this lake, is that early in the morning you can hear all the fish jumping!  If you are alert, you can see the fish jumping out of the water.
 While I don't live in the south, it always reminds me of the song Summertime by George Gershwin.
Summertime
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high
This is from Porgy and Bess, many may know the musical film, but the original music score is an opera.  I like to sing this on my balcony when I hear the fish jumping,  but I am a horrible singer, and I really slaughter such a beautiful song!!
So while my fish aren't jumping, they are my centerpiece to these plates that slightly resemble fish scales and fish eyeballs!!  Yep, I tend to see things in a different light than others!!

I made some little tags for my napkins and just tied them on with some thin rope.
The bamboo flatware reminded me of the bamboo fishing pole I used to fish with when I was a little girl!
I just now noticed the two flies that dropped by to check out my table!
Oh Well,
I hope the livin' is easy for you this summer!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

Sources:
Napkins - Kohls
Tablecloth - HomeGoods
Wood Chargers - World Market about 3 years ago
White Plates - Pier One
Rusty orange plates - Threshold - Target - several years ago
Patterned Plates - 222Fifth, Myan Jewel - HomeGoods
Bamboo flatware - Pottery Barn on Clearance several years ago
Fish - Marshall's last summer

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

We are getting ready for the 4th of July!
July Fourth has taken on a much bigger role in the holiday list now that we have moved to the lake.  There are all sorts of activities going on the whole weekend.
The lake looks pretty quiet right now, but come this weekend it will be busy.
Starting off with the lighted boat parade the first night.  This is my favorite, the boats all have different themes and music playing.  We will sit on our balcony and cheer them on with our cow bells as they ride by.
The star of the daytime festivities is the water ski show, complete with pyramids, tricks and lots of flags.
Of course there is a lot of food, drinks and fun.
It is all topped off by a fantastic fireworks display.
We will be sharing all of this fun with family and friends.
I thank God that I live in a country where we can celebrate our freedoms.
God Bless the USA!

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! 
Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am linking up at the following parties:
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Baby's First Birthday Party

We celebrated my grandson's first birthday last week with a Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? birthday party! My daughter and I are the Executive Directors for the Miss Akron Canton Scholarship Program, which is a preliminary to Miss Ohio and Miss America.  You ask -what does this have to do with the birthday boy?  Well, last year he was born right in the middle of Miss Ohio week.  Conveniently between the Miss Ohio parade and the first night of preliminaries!!  So of course his first birthday was, once again, in the middle of Miss Ohio Week.  Right now I don't think he really appreciates all the work his mom and grandma put into this program, but maybe one day he will see the benefits!
Everett with Miss Akron Canton Outstanding Teen and Miss Akron Canton!

Now since this was a very busy week for us, we made it easy on ourselves.  My daughter ordered the Brown Bear decorations from Oriental Trading Company.  I added a few embellishments such as the polka dot fabric over some crates to add some height and a few brightly colored snack cups.
All the food was purchased at Sam's Club.  
I had surprised my daughter with this fun birthday garland of the many faces of Everett, that I had seen on Pinterest.

I traced back the original pin to this post -  Baby Birthday Banner .  I just downloaded my baby photos to my Silhouette, resized them there - so that they were all about the same size.  I fussy cut the heads out- I like that term - Fussy Cut - it is fancy for cut them out by hand with a plain old pair of scissors!!  I just cut some cone shaped patterned card stock for the hats.  The fun part was that I bought some cheap party leis and cut them up for the edge of the party hats.  I just glued these all on to a long strip of card stock - and Ta Da - a fun garland!!
  I made my grandson a birthday sign using a black foam core board from the Dollar Tree and a white Jelly Roll pen by Sakura.  I found that to be the easiest pen to write on black paper.  The thicker letters and numbers were cut out with my Silhouette and glued on.  I downloaded some of the characters from the Brown Bear book and fussy cut those out and glued them on.

My daughter had seen these small birthday cakes surrounded by cupcakes at Sam's Club several weeks before the party and thought this would work perfectly for his cake-
and it did!!!
As you can tell, Everett enjoyed a portion of his cake.  It was the first time he really ate anything that sweet, so we let him indulge for a few minutes and then swept it away before he got a tummy ache!
I hope you enjoyed this party post as much as my grandson enjoyed his birthday cake!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am joining the following parties:
A Little Birdie Told Me @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Your Party Ideas  @ Bird's Party
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

We took some time this Memorial Day to stop and say thank you to the many men and woman who have given service to our country.
Many of our relatives have served in the Army, Navy, Marines and the Air Force.
We are grateful to those who have given up a huge part of their lives to be apart from their families to fight for the rights of all.
And especially for those who families who lost their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers so we could live in a free country. 
May we never forget their courage.

I hope you had an enjoyable long Memorial Day Weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

I have linked up at the following parties:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Dishing It and Digging It @ Life and Linda

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Creating a Simple Cheese Board Appetizer Table

Are you throwing a party and want a simple way to do the appetizers?  Consider a cheese, cracker and/or charcuterie tray.
We recently had a party to show off our new kitchen.  I really did not want a  mess of dishes in the sink and on the counters for this party and I was looking for an easy way to have some appetizer, so I decided to turn my kitchen table into a big cheese and cracker tray.
I included cheese, meat, fruit, crackers, nuts and mini croissants,
this way everything could be cut up and washed early in the day and stored in the fridge and cupboard until just before the party started.  My girlfriend cut some azaleas from her yard that we used for our centerpiece.
We like to call this a charcuterie tray - just because it the word charcuterie sounds so fancy.
But truly a charcuterie tray has more meats and is usually served on a wood board.  I only included some hard salami, summer sausage and pepperoni on my table and used a variety of trays.
To give the display some height I used my three tier galvanized tray and filled the top two tiers with fruit.  The bottom tier is several different cheeses, crackers and pepperoni.
To add texture to the table I used a couple of different weave baskets, one to hold some mini croissants and the other is holding some sesame stick crackers.
A little trick I used for these baskets is to take a glass dish that will fit down in the basket and turn it upside down just to take up some room in the bottom of the basket.  That way you don't have to fill the entire basket with the food item.  If you use a clear glass dish - it still looks half way decent if you should run low on what ever is in the basket.
Start your table by laying out your cheeses so that they are room temperature by the time your guests arrive.  Then fill in around the cheeses with different varieties of crackers and nuts.  I also added some dried apricots for some color.  Olives can be a big part of a display like this, but I really don't care for olives, so I went very sparingly on those!
Using a variety of trays gives it interest, but staying in the wood and grey tones of all the serving dishes gives it some cohesiveness.  

I hope this gives you some ideas for your next party!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ann

I am linking up to the following parties:
Dishing it and Digging It @Life & Linda
Monday Social @ Let's Add Sprinkles
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Friday, May 12, 2017

I jumped on the Succulent Bandwagon!

Succulents are so popular now.
So of course I jumped in and did a Succulent Tablescape.
The only succulent plant I was familiar with before this past year or so, when they got so popular, was chicks and hens.  We used to have those lining our garden bed when I was little.
Now there are so many varieties available.
I think the second one in on this side of the tray looks like Shrek's ears!
I found these galvanized lanterns, very reasonably priced.  I may plant some of the succulents in a pot and put them in these lanterns instead of the candles I have here.  I don't think the succulent plants will last long in this galvanized tray because there is no drainage.  

There are a mix of fake and real succulents here. I have seen some bad artificial succulents out there, but I didn't think that these little pots on the place setting looked too fake!

Are you all sick of my green polka dot napkins?!  I have been using them a lot lately.
It's funny, they were one of the cheapest sets of napkins I have bought, but probably the most used.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful Mom's out there!!
Ann

I will be linking up at Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps On the Porch
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Inspiration Gallery @ Design, Dining + Diapers
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Dishing It & Digging It @ Life and Linda
Monday Social @ Let's Add Sprinkles