Just Between Friends - Simple Brunch at The Lake For Two

Sunday, May 29, 2016



Nothing like a simple gathering between two close friends...
enjoying natural surroundings, good conversation, and a sweet treat!



On this particular day, it was a little too windy for a tablecloth,
my attempts to keep one in place were futile.

But the set of china, collected some twenty years ago, 
was cheerful and light, none the less!  :)



Another collection, 
that I don't think I've shared before, my vintage head vases.

Love these sweet, dainty faces dressed and accessorized in the 40's and 50's finest,
..."girls with pearls!"

Ceramic head vases were originally produced by florists
 to hold small bouquets they sold.









I've had the pretty gold butterfly napkin rings so long,
that they're back in vogue! 

...when hoarding pays off!  :)



One of my favorite pieces of the I. Godinger & Co. "Morning Glory" set,
the covered butter dish. 





Lemon filled and cinnamon croissants from a local bakery... delish!



Vintage green Boopie glasses filled with cool lemon/lime water...














Thanks for dropping in for a visit!  :)

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Kool DIY Kicks {& Gardenias} For Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


My crafty daughter has been busy again...



If she's at home,
you can best bet you'll find her with a paint brush in hand,
or working on some crafty, creative project.
...no clue where she gets that from!  ha :)

Ashley also adores anything Lilly P.

Her latest project producing hand-painted Lilly inspired shoes 
{inspiration print below}
 for the patriotic holidays coming up this Summer... starting with Memorial Day.



The pair of white, inexpensive canvas shoes were found at Wal-mart.
For paints, she used small bottles of acrylics, found in the craft department.



Looking pretty cute, huh?



The shot, below, I borrowed from her Instagram post for her etsy shop,
The Southern Brunette1.

She also made the monogram decal and necklace, which are available in her shop.

Maybe I can talk her into making a pair for her momma,
...we'll be twinning at the upcoming celebrations!






My heart did a little flip when I looked out of the window yesterday,
 and noticed the gardenia bushes overflowing with beautiful white blooms!

The pure white, heavenly fragrant flowers are perfect for
a Memorial Day arrangement, don't you think?



The gardenias filled my home with a sweet, fresh aroma,
...and I am loving it!



Hope you all have a wonderful, and safe, Memorial Day!








For more patriotic inspiration celebrating the red, white, and blue,
visit my Pinterest Board,
Follow along, if you will!  :) 



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Porch Sitting at The Lake

Sunday, May 22, 2016



Cute story...
Like a bolt of lightning, pretty girls have hit my 17 year old son's radar.
So much so, that he recently started a diet,
...to shape up and get buff ...for the girls.  ;)



On a recent trip to the grocers, I bought a few low cal snacks for him
that included Pretzel Crisps.

The other day while walking through the kitchen 
David grabbed a pack of Lance Nekot Crackers from the pantry.

I questioned his choice, to which he responded,
 "yea, between these and Pretzel Crisps to snack on, this diet isn't too bad."

Whoa... Nekot Crackers...
"No, son," I said, "Nekots are not low cal!"



His response...
"Well, you're always on a diet {true, but sadly with no results},
and you eat a pack of crackers every morning for breakfast,
I thought they were fine."
And bless his heart, he'd been eating a pack a day!

So not to bash Nekots, I do love them,
but the crackers I eat are Toastys... certainly not exactly diet friendly,
but not as detrimental as a pack of Nekots.



This made me wonder,
do we realize just what an influence we have on others
 ...their likes, and even dislikes,
as we exhibit and express our likes, and dislikes? 

How often do our actions and preferences act as a catalyst for others'?



I adored my grandmothers,
and find myself over time, becoming more and more like them.

My Grandmother B loved most any flower.
Her and her sister, Aunt Esther, particularly favored African Violets.

Aunt Esther was THE African Violet Whisperer,
raising beautiful, healthy ones, two and three times the size of the one pictured.



Almost as popular in the eighties as the flashing Blue Light Specials,
African Violets could be found at the entrance of our local Kmart
 for around two bucks or less.
We were always on the look-out for a new color.

After they seemed to vanish decades ago,
last week, tucked between Orchids and Maidenhair ferns,
were these sweet little, delicate blooms.

Oh happy day, I had to have one!

My grandmother loved them,
and I loved them... maybe because she loved them so.
And they made me think of her... fond memories!



And doesn't it look pretty in the vintage white pottery piece
on the newly spruced back porch at the lake house?

Paired the violet with a bundle of Alsotroemeria
 placed in my most recent white milk glass find, an unique footed vase.



My daughter found the cute monogrammed wood whale hanging
at Carolina Pottery.







Vibrant fish pillows (Walmart $5!)
blend well with new
  orange and white geometric printed chair cushions (HomeGoods)!





Sign getting a little weathered,
but it's just too cute and whimsical to retire!

"We don't skinny dip
we chunky dunk!"








Thanks for visiting,
 and joining me on the porch for just a few minutes!

Glad to be back blogging after a two week break.
I've got several more lake house living posts to share,
...coming up soon!  :)



Want to take a peek inside...


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Spring Break

Monday, May 9, 2016

My one indulgence is keeping a fresh flower arrangement in my kitchen.
Fortunately, with pretty, inexpensive bouquets available at the grocers,
I'm not exactly breaking the bank!
They typically last about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.

I picked three bundles up from Trader Joe's last Friday,
and put together the arrangement, below.
I adore the colors!

A treat for myself, that really brightens my days.
After all, you've got to be kind to yourself, right?




I've been frantically trying to put together a few posts for this week,
but nothing's really coming together.
The flower arrangement above, is all I've got so far that's presentable! ha!

Ever had weeks like that?
...pretty frustrating, huh?

This will be a busy one for the Rambling household!
I won't bore you with details,
but my mind, and body, is going in a zillion directions it seems!

So instead of sharing less than stellar {ha}, thrown together posts,
I'm going to take a short Spring break for the week (or two).

On the positive flip side...
my activities should produce some new blogging material!
...and that's a good thing!  :)

Hope ya'll have a great, blessed week!
...and remember to....

~Rhonda

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