Tole Trays - Using Them In Your Home

Thursday, July 21, 2016



Vintage toleware trays have been a favorite of mine for decades.
("decades"...making me sound a little aged myself, huh?)

My collection of tole trays has grown over the years,
and can be found displayed in different places around my home.
They're just too beautiful not to use in some way
 and can be incorporated into many decor styles!

The Living Room...







One of my very favorites in the guest half-bath...





The kitchen is an ideal place for tole trays,
and where a majority of mine are displayed
 ...sometimes rotated as a new one is added to my collection.

I tend to gravitate towards beautiful, vibrant florals,
but a fruit painted tray occasionally gets added to the mix!







Tole trays can be found in many sizes, shapes, and designs.
The smallest in my collection, a 7" tray has a home on the kitchen desk.







I like to think of tole trays as unique, often one-of-a-kind art for one's home!
And their beautiful designs bring my home a touch of joy!

I'll be taking a short break from posting until August 1st.
Scheduled to work more hours over the next two weeks.
Pesky job interferes with with my blogging hobby!  ha!  :)
(...said in jest, much appreciative of a job!)
But it will give me a chance to get caught up reading other's blogs,
which I am way behind on.

Be sure to follow me on FB and Instagram...

The week of August 1st, I'll be participating in an exciting blog hop,
Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop,
 so graciously hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate.

So looking forward to sharing an alfresco tablescape
 along with 25 other very talented bloggers!
...going to be a real treat, ya'll!



Be back soon!   :)


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Crepe Myrtles - 5 Clever Ways to Display

Monday, July 18, 2016



Crepe Myrtles are a favorite of southern summers,
with their explosions of spectacular, beautiful blooms.
Their flowers appearing like ruffled clusters of brilliant color.

I decided to play around with the beauties, showcasing them in 5 displays.
Asparagus fern served as a great filler to accompany the blooms.
Best of all, the arrangements were created with vessels on hand,
and the flowers of course, were free!  :)

1 - Bird Pitcher







2 - Waterford Crystal Vase







3 - Fenton Hobnail White Milk Glass & Rustic Antler





4 - Antique RS Prussia Covered Dish











5 - Vintage Posy Holder





Thanks for visiting!
Wishing you a blessed week!
Stay cool!  :)


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Enjoy Pecan Pie by ReMOOving the Carbs

Wednesday, July 13, 2016



I typically think of pecan pie as a southern staple for Thanksgiving,
but I learned that yesterday was National Pecan Pie Day!
I'm okay with enjoying pecan pie most any day!

After googling low-carb pecan pie recipes,
 I gathered the ingredients for one I came across on Food(dot)com.



Assembled everything, looking good so far... ready for the oven.

I opted for a store bought regular crust, making my pie version semi-low carb.
 "wink, wink"
I've tried the almond flour crust with other low-carb desserts, and wasn't a big fan,
...just a personal preference.











The recipe didn't call for Cool Whip, but I added a dab,
not adding but a few more carbs.



The taste test...
The pie was really tasty, though not nearly as sweet as the original.
The texture was different, more spongy, not syrupy, which I kind of missed.
And the maple flavor was very dominant.
But overall, it was good alternative to satisfy one's sweet tooth,
minus much of the guilt!

Update: The pie was actually better after it sat overnight!
Still not just like the original, :) ...but the maple flavor wasn't as strong.



So, celebrating National Pecan Day 
by reMOOving (most of) the carbs, wasn't bad at all!







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Dining With The Fishes

Sunday, July 10, 2016



Did you know that many collectors of vintage,
collect things that remind or connect them to their past.
...items that evoke fond memories of people, places, and days long gone.

Such is the old cricket bucket below...





A couple of years ago,
I started collecting vintage minnow buckets to display at the lake house.

Somewhere along my travels,
I came across an old cricket bucket/box to add to the other relics.





One of my beloved Grandmother Mac's favorite pastimes was fishing!
She raised fishing worms on her farm.

 As a little girl, I remember riding the narrow, winding country roads
 with her in her old green, big-as-a-battleship Chevy Impala.
Along the way, we peddled dirt-filled brown cardboard containers
 of worms to her faithful customers.

We also sold cartons of farm fresh eggs along the route,
but that's a story for another day!





Since she raised them, worms for fishing were plentiful,
but she also loved to fish with crickets,
 and had a bucket identical to the one I found. 





Nearby to where I grew up was a neighborhood lake,
 and some pretty good fishing holes.

My dad was a traveling farm chemical salesman, 
and occasionally my mom would join him on the road.
Grandma Mac stayed with my brother and I while they were away,
and fishing in our local spots was always on the daily to-do list!





Grandma Mac's cricket bucket captivated my interest.
I did love to fish along side of her,
but was just as content to sit and watch the crickets.
I was fascinated that no matter how they crawled,
(and they were busy little fellas), they couldn't escape the bucket.





Watching the crickets also occupied me, keeping me quiet.

Grandma was fun and loved to talk,
but fishing was serious business and commanded silence,
....heaven forbid we scared the fish! ;) 





The old cricket bucket might appear crude and not worth much.
But it transports me back to happy, carefree times.

...oh to be young again,
and unaware of the ugliness and darkness of this world,
as we've witnessed just this last week in our country,
 ..."sigh"...





Thanks for visiting!
Would love for you to share something you collect that has nostalgic ties to it!
...do tell!  :)

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