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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Easing into Fall

I am easing into fall this year, as you will see from my tablescape!
I have seen a lot of beautiful full blown, pumpkin filled fall tables around blogland in the last two weeks.  While they are gorgeous, and I love fall - I am just am not feeling it yet.
 It has been an unusual late August and Early September.  While the tempuratures feel a lot like fall, everything is still very green around here.  
Luckily I had clipped some of these different Hydrangea blooms a couple weeks ago and let them dry out in my garage, because a lot of our plants are still in full bloom.
I mixed some of the dried pieces with some faux fall foliage in a simple white pitcher
for my centerpiece.
A simple plate stack of white and light brown or fawn colored plates top the textured weaved place mats.
  I brought in even more textures with the burlap napkins and the basket weave brims on the white plates as well.
We have been doing a lot of work on the yard outside,  putting in some steps and a small patio with a fire pit.  My husband is doing all of the heavy work,  I have done some planting since we had no flower beds or landscaping at all.  We are trying to complete this soon so that we can enjoy some nice fall fires in the crisp autumn evenings.  So, until today I had not taken the time to pull out all of my fall decor.
Now that I have started to ease into fall, I will be working on the rest of the house with fall touches as well.  

Prayers to all of you who have had to endure hardships with the hurricanes and flooding.  My heart goes out to all who have been touched by these devastating events. 

I hope Autumn brings much better weather and a calmness across the nation. 
Wishing you all a wonderful peaceful fall.

Thanks for  stopping by,
Ann


Sources:
Wood Candle holders - Targets two years ago
Placemats - Homegoods several years ago
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery a long time ago!
Brown Plates-Tag- Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek, Ohio - I think they still carry them even though I bought them several years ago
White Basket Weave plates- Oneida Satin Weave - Dutch Valley Gifts in Sugar Creek, Ohio - I bought in the spring 
Wood handled flatware - Ikea
Wine Glasses - Marshalls many years ago

I am linking up to the following parties:
Dishing It & Digging It  @ Life and Linda
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings, Heart of the Home
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes Table

Tonight is the first Ohio State Football game of the season!  We Buckeyes love our football!
So I put together a quick table for some football action fun tonight.
The plain stack of scarlet and grey, black and white plates need a little pizazz.
So I purchased an OSU logo package on Etsy for $3.00 and downloaded the designs to my computer.
I printed these out on card stock, cut them out with my Silhouette and just placed the larger round logo under my glass plates.  That was an economical way to jazz up place setting.
If you don't recognize the guy I used on my napkin ring - that is Brutus Buckeye the Ohio State Mascot!
I have to thank my neighbor, Bill, for providing me with some real buckeyes!!
Buckeye trees are Ohio's state tree. The nut it produces is actually poisonous, it got its name because it resembles the eye of a deer.
So yes, our Mascot is an odd little guy that is fashioned after a poisonous nut!!
But we still love him!
So to all you Buckeye Fans out there O-H. . . .
Here's to a fun and safe football season no matter what team you are rooting for!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

Sources:
Plaid Placemats and Napkins- Swiss Country Lawn and Crafts, Sugarcreek, Ohio

White Chargers - Old Time Pottery - years ago

Grey Dinner and Red Salad Sorrento Plates and red polkadot glasses - Butterchurn Kitchenwares, Walnut Creek, Ohio  
grey plates are new - the red plates and glasses I bought years ago 

Black Plates and coffee mugs - Target about 3 years ago

Glass dessert plates - Amish Country Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio - got those this spring!

The Ohio State pottery in the centerpiece - Elder-Beerman years ago.

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday@ French Country Cottage
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back to School Tablescape

School comes much to quickly anymore,  it's Back to School before summer is over!
The school year means a lot to us because all of our children work in a school system.
Our two boys (who are grown men now, but will always be my boys!) are teachers.
Shawn is a middle school science teacher and Thomas is a high school government and history teacher.
Our soon-to-be daughter in-law, Jenna is a pre-school teacher which is run through the school as a head start program.  She works with the real little ones!
Allie, our daughter, is a physical therapist who
works in the schools with children that need some special assistance.
The chalk board above is for the girls, more in line with their students.
The chalk board on the reverse side is for the guys. 
They have to handle things quite differently - it says:
If you didn't do your homework, just admit it and get it done.
I love hearing their teaching stories.  I also loved the fact that three out of the four had the summer off so they could come and visit us at the lake this summer.
As our clock says - they are welcome to come and get some R&R at the lake anytime!
But it is back to school for all of them now.

I hope those of you who do have children in school have a nice start to their school year.  And for all you teachers out there, know that you are greatly appreciated by so many.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ann

  Thanks so much to those of you who take the time to leave a nice comment, they are always appreciated.

I am linking up at the following parties:
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Dishing It & Digging it @ Life and Linda

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
The SITS Girls Recipe & DIY Linky @ The Sway

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