Friday, June 26, 2015

Bang Boom Bam! A Patriotic Tablescape

In honor of celebrating the Fourth of July I decided to gather some red, white and blue and create a tablescape, just for you!

We not planning on a having a dinner or even a picnic gathering, but since I already had everything that I needed to pull it all together I went ahead and did a little "make believe!"

Decorating is very therapeutic to me and it gives me great pleasure to see something turn out as cute as this.


I placed the flatware and cups for coffee on the lazy susan to be convenient to each place setting.

I recently gave it a brand new look by adding a flag fabric band, to the edge, to fit in with the theme. It's, also, concealing the words that I added when I chose the new design.
I'll share it's transformation and the many new looks that it will be wearing very soon!


An old basket, that I recently found, went from a boring old brown to a more pleasant white with a brushing of paint.

 I adore these old bread plates and bowls that I found at my favorite, little, antique store down the road. It's called "Miss Minnie's Antiques"....check her out on facebook and stop by for a visit if you're ever in town!

This is my, great grandmother's, flow blue, berry bowl...I sure wished I had some strawberries and blueberries to fill it today!

More from her collections add more vintage to the theme. 
I have a lot of blue and white and really want to share them one day with you, too.

A " standing on a chair view".....pretty picture for you.

Now, comes the hard part when I have to put it all away. But, it's definitely staying 'til my honey comes home...he always appreciates the art of my decors!

I'll end this post with a peek from last weekend's dinner that we hosted for good friends. 
It was a really delicious meal with a full blown, Italian theme!

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP


and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Kitchen Window Herb Garden

It's been a while since I've had a chance to play around with decorating. We've been enjoying company, food and drinks for the past few weeks!

 First, my daughter Kristi and her three children came down to visit us. It was their first time seeing where we live since we moved down here two years ago. We had an absolute blast at the beach and pool every day!

 Then we had these two guys (my daughter's best friends) stay with us for a week. They cooked us some awesome dinners and even cleaned before they left...how awesome was that?

So, now, I can share my latest window re-do with you. It's my kitchen window herb garden...with my distressed sign and some flowers, too!

 It all started with the chicken wire panels that I found at Hobby Lobby a few months ago.

Clothespins with identifying names clip each bunch of  herbs to hang for display and dry. Faux sage is hanging there for now...my plantings aren't quite ready to harvest.

It makes quite an attractive display and drying rack.

My "herbs" sign started with a little scrap of wood that I gave a dry brush coat of white paint. Then I created the image and transferred it to the wood.
The easy, wax paper, transfer technique can be seen here!

My rustic, wooden sign has the perfect vintage look.

Honestly, I have so-o-o much fun decorating this window year 'round. I love looking back at all the posts of all the looks it has had over the past two years.
Now, here are lots of pics of all the little details!


Organic jasmine tea fills my vintage ironstone compote.

It's so convenient to have fresh herbs right in the kitchen and ready to snip.

Rag strips ready for tying bundles, card stock butterflies and a hanging votive, create a little somethin' cute, on a rusty, wire hanger.


Lavender and white roses fill a painted, vintage, florist container.


Burlap and jute accents are part of the window's dressing.

My, special, little magnet found a place to be displayed.

The window gets just the right amount of light for my indoor garden.

A rusty, vintage, hanging scale holds a little floral vignette.



In spring the window looked like this. Naturally, I loved that, too!
 If you'd like to see more you can see that post here.


Now, can you see just why I just LOVE our window?

I'm already dreaming about the look that I want to do for fall. Just dreaming! I'm in no hurry.....summer is my favorite time of year!

I think for my next post I'll share a bunch of wire baskets!

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP


and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!

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and to Stacey @  staceyembracingchange  for choosing this post as one of the features on her blog!
 
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Our Front Door Basket is Now Red, White and Blue with Lady Bug's, too!

It was time for the tulips to go and give our door basket a new look. Since Memorial Day is right around the corner I decided to go with something a little bit red, white and blue and add some ladybugs, too!

This is how it has looked since the first sight of spring. That post is here

 I found the ladybugs in Walmart a while ago and have been saving them for a summer project. When I came across them in my stash I knew that I couldn't wait and had to use them. I can always get some more!
 I wanted it to have a nice white bow and didn't want to use plain ribbon. 
So, I used a cheap, white, flour sack towel that I had on hand. I cut two lengthwise strips from it and then attached them together to make a long enough length to wrap around the basket. Since it had a knot that showed (in just the wrong place) it gave me the idea to cut little strips and just add more knots.

 That gave it a really unique look and I like it a lot!

The little lady bugs are scattered all around, here and there.

It is a perfect prelude to Memorial Day and summer.

These are the "sit upon's" that I made two years ago...if you missed them, they are in my post here.

Gucci is lovin' the beautiful weather that we are having around here. I hope that you are enjoying some beautiful weather, too!

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!