Monday, February 28, 2011

Looking for Spring

My Rose from Valentine's Day was coming to it's end and I started thinking about Spring and Spring flowers.

Roses are such a beautiful and unique creation, aren't they!

In certain light they look like velvet.

So, I got myself busy and made a floral arrangement for the basket on my front door. I even added a butterfly to the handle. ( Michael's was selling the little clip on kind.)

My pansies were perking up after the cold winter we've had and my ornamental cabbages had a recent growth spurt. lol People either love these things or hate them. lol

I cleaned out the flower beds and hung this little bird house on a small hook.

My Japanese Tulip Tree's blooms are beginning to open.
Now all I need is for this dormant grass to turn green.
When we moved to SC, it was hard to get used to the grass turning to hay in the winter time. lol
(I still don't like it.)

That's what's happening in our neck of the woods. How was your weekend?
Thanks for stopping!
I'm linking to Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure stop by her blog for more outdoor posts.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Candlewick Dishes

I recently collected a few pieces of Candlewick depression glass dishes.

Candlewick was made by Imperial Glass. It was made from 1936 to 1984. It was made in crystal, blue, pink, yellow, black, red, cobalt blue, green and caramel. It was made both plain and etched. There were more pieces made in Candlewick than most people can count!! Seriously, there were hundreds and hundreds of different shapes. The banana bowl, snack set and punch set are some of the hardest pieces to find.

I set a simple Spring themed table in the kitchen using the Candlewick.

A bird's nest for the centerpiece.

Candlewick has a little pearl bead edging not to be confused by Boopie Glass made by Anchor Hoicking in the 50's.

Any crystal pieces go well with it.

This is the creamer and sugar bowl. Notice the creamer has a film. Does anyone know a way to clear up the film on the glass?

I'm joining Marty @A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and Susan @Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday . Be sure to stop by their blogs and see other posts for lots of inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by, you're always welcome.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday

We love to watch the birds feeding at our bird feeder every morning while we eat our breakfast.
They can act so playful and territorial at times. We've had cardinals, blue birds, blue jays, doves and little chick-a-dees so far this year.

See the children's fort in the next yard. Notice it has red and blue water gun sticking out of it.......sometimes at a glance we think it's a blue jay or cardinal. lol (click to enlarge)

They come in rain, snow and cold weather.

I'm joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer . Be sure to pop over and visit her blog and other posts for Outdoor Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by and have a good week!

Monday, February 14, 2011


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAYHave Fun With Your Special Someone!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tick Tock

Have you ever counted the clocks in your house? We depend on them so much! I have one or two in every room. They help us get to events on time, tell us when to turn on the TV for a special show we want to watch, gets us up in the mornings and generally keeps us on a schedule.

Here's a few of mine....that's right.... these are not all the clocks in my house. lol

I just love when the time changes twice a year....NOT! lol When my aunt passed away, I inherited her coo coo clock from Germany.

This is on a tall shelf in our master bathroom. I depend on three clocks in there to keep me on schedule.

This is one in my office. I love to hear it ticking.

This sets on a small TV in my exercise room. The room has a nautical theme.

In a hallway upstairs.

I keep a clock in the guest bathrooms. To keep the guests on time. lol

I even have one outside. It has saved many a trips back indoors while I'm dirty from working outside.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I'm linking to Cindy @ for Show & Tell Friday. Be sure to stop by her blog and see others that participate.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Chinese Cookie Tutorial

On my last post I featured these little paper Chinese Cookies that I made for a tablescape.

Some of you asked how to do them and some said they were already going to try them. I thought I'd share how I did mine.

I did several in two designs.

Use squares of paper used for scrap booking.

I used the white dish to trace 4 circles, one at each corner and the smaller coaster to trace a center circle. I got 5 circles from one sheet.

You have to use a little tacky glue or hot glue to make them stick together where you fold them.

I held them together with a paper clip so I could do more than one at a time till they dried.

While they were drying I typed some messages and printed them out.

I hope this wasn't too confusing. Go to the second site I listed and get better instructions.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day

I'm joining Susan @Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit her wonderful blog and see many other tablescapes.

It's February and we all know what that means.....Valentine's Day! So in honor of the "Love Day" I put together this red & white tablescape in my kitchen.

The only thing that is new is the centerpiece heart box and the napkins. I had all the other dishes, chargers, etc.

White plates are Jaclyn Smith collection.

Polka Dot plates from HG.
You have to have something chocolate on Valentine's Day. I added the chocolate hearts on the plates.

Cute heart napkins from Home Goods this year.

Napkin rings from Old Time Pottery.

Heart Shape plate from HG.

I found this heart shape container at HG a couple of weeks ago. I knew it would go perfect with the polka dot plates.

It has a little heart knob on the lid.

I filled it with Valentine Chinese cookies. I bet you didn't know they had such things. (smile)

It took a few tries to master them but then they were easy.

Just type the message you want to slip inside and print them out.

I love these beaded coasters that Ceekay @Thinkin' of Home sent me from AZ.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. I appreciate all of you!
Have a great week and if you're in the states that got the latest storm...stay safe and warm!