Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A whole week of fabulous Tablescapes celebrating Autumn... starting tomorrow!
What a treat it'll be to visit each of the participants daily!

Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop Schedule

Everyday Living | My Kentucky Living Blog | Starfish CottageUp To Date Interiors | Twelve on Main 
Ramblings of a Southern Girl | The Little Yellow Corner Store | Celebrate & Decorate | Casa Watkins Living | CoziNest | Life and Linda
Wednesday Home is Where the Boat Is |  Belle Bleu Interiors | Sweet Sensations | Dining Delight | Rustic & Refined |
Thursday The Painted Apron | Exquisitely Unremarkable | Flourish & Knot | Little Bits of Home | PANOPLY
Friday Bluesky Kitchen  | Designthusiasm | Red Cottage Chronicles
OMG Lifestyle Blog | Knock It Off Kim | Farmhouse 40

Hope you'll drop back in Tuesday...
I'll be participating that day!
Maybe we'll even be blessed with more fall-like temps!  ;)

Reclaimed Wood Succulent Boxes

Thursday, September 22, 2016

One of my besties' daughter was married a few weeks ago.
My friend, Julia, her mom, and daughter,
are all very talented, crafty ladies!
When Julia first told me of the upcoming wedding,
I knew it was going to be fabulous, filled with unique, and creative DIY!
...and it would be DIY done well Pinterest fails from this trio of generations!  :)

For some of the centerpieces for the reception,
they envisioned wood boxes made of reclaimed wood,
 brimming with live succulents.

So months ago, just over between the chicken coop and old barn,
Julia set up a succulent nursery on their farm.

With twelve boxes to fill, she did a lot of growing, and dividing,
repeating the process many times, as the little succulents thrived and multiplied!

Fast forward to the wedding day..
I'll share more of the venue in a later post,
but the wedding was held at The Brooklyn Arts Center at Saint Andrews,
 in Downtown Wilmington, NC

After the wedding ceremony in the main hall, 
the guests were ushered to the courtyard for tasty treats and beverages
while the space was transformed for the dinner to follow.

During the wedding, the boxes of succulents rested in the entrance
 of the grand old building, awaiting their debut during the reception.

For pictures of not only the reception, but the beautiful wedding, also,
visit the photographer's post featuring some of the highlights {here}.

More on the boxes...
Julia is an avid thrifter/junker like myself!
She has a heart for nostalgia, and treasures her family history.

The boxes were made of reclaimed boards that came from a house
on her grandfather's property, with the original color preserved as seen.
One could never capture the beautiful patina of the past better than age itself!

Similar ornate wood was found in parts of 
The Brooklyn Arts Center, which was once a church, built in 1888.

I'll be sharing another post about the wedding soon,
but next up, will be an Autumn Tablescape,
part of the Autumn Tablescapes Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate.

Hope you'll swing back by for a visit on Tuesday!

...and last but not least,
a big welcome to fall! very glad it's here!  :)

Sharing Post At:
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Charm
Poofing The Pillows - Thoughts of Home
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home
Rattlebridge Farm - Foodie Friday & Everything Else
Julie's Creative Lifestyle - Cooking & Crafting With J&J

Nautical Tablescape With A Hint Of Fall

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Do you ever buy a fabulous something on sale,
put it away to use another day... and then forget about it?

Once for Christmas, I bought my daughter the cutest little porcelain dolls.
I hid them (for Santa), and it took me three years to find them.
Seriously, ...I wish I were kidding!

Last spring, I found the pretty gold fish candlesticks, below,
on clearance.  I got them thinking they would be perfect for a nautical tablescape.

How disappointing when they turned up a couple of weeks ago... as the summer 
was drawing to an end.

But not to be deterred,
I put together a table setting to nod farewell to summer, and welcome fall...
a "Nautical Tablescape With A Hint Of Fall."

To bridge the two seasons,
a dollar tree pumpkin was given a nautical twist, with paint and a seashell.

The table was set on the upper deck of the lake house,
with a view of the peaceful, tea-colored water below.

The lantern has been a staple for all seasons,
since I bought it last fall...

A Versatile Lantern For The Seasons
...A Versatile Lantern For The Seasons Valentines Edition
Lantern Decorated For Easter

 I am so ready to welcome my favorite season, fall,
...only 6 more days before it officially arrives!
Sure wish the heat and humidity would magically disappear on that day!
A girl (with non-humidity tolerant hair) can dream, right?  ;)

Thanks for visiting, ya'll!


Linking Up To:
Poofing The Pillows - Thoughts of Home
McCall Manor - Your Inspired Design 
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Charm
Between Naps on The Porch - Tablescape Thursday
Rattlebridge Farm - Foodie Friday & Everything Else
The Blue Willow House - Snickerdoodle
Julie's Lifestyle - Cooking and Crafting With J&J
Between Naps on The Porch - Met Monday
The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home

My Tiers Have Gone To The Birds

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My tiers have gone to the birds... yard birds, that is!

The lovely ladies that host Thoughts Of Home On Thursday weekly,
 are throwing a link party today... featuring tier trays.

I didn't have a tier tray,
but I sure didn't want to miss The Tiered Tray Extravaganza!

So I improvised, gathering a few cake plates from my 
white milk glass stash and an old crate, and created my own.

I've been cleaning out closets, cabinets, and the attic in anticipation
 for getting our home ready to put on the market.

Found the yellow set of roosters I'd long forgotten,
and a bag of green faux apples.

Combined, they make a striking tiered display!

And best of all, I created the vignette entirely from items I had on hand!
With all the purging going on in my home,
 I certainly didn't want to purchase anything new.

Be sure to visit the talented hosts for their pretty tier ensembles... 

Thanks for visiting!  :)


Linking To:
Poofing The Pillows - Tiered Tray Extravaganza
McCall Manor - Your Inspired Design
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Charm
Rattlebridge Farm - Foodie Friday & Everything Else
The Blue Willow House - Snickerdoodle
Julie's Lifestyle - Cooking and Crafting with J&J
Between Naps on The Porch - Met Monday
The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home

How To Make a Veggie Arrangement 5 Minutes or Less

Monday, September 5, 2016

This unconventional veggie floral arrangement will surely WOW your guests,
and have them wondering, "just how did she think of that!"
...Queen of Creativity you'll be crowned, wear it proudly!  :)

Perfect for a dinner party, or most any other engagement,
it literally can be done in 5 minutes or less!
It'll take longer to pick out your peppers and flowers at the local grocers,
than to assemble it once home!
I don't know about you, but I love those quickie projects that pack a big punch!

Bell peppers come in many colors.
I chose green, but step on out of the box a little farther, and grab a few red
or yellow ones... whatever coordinates with your event!

Using a paring knife, cut the stem out of the pepper.
Be careful not to nick the sides or bottom, or the pepper won't hold water.

Fill the pepper with water, grab a few flowers and greenery, 
stick them in, and voila... you're done!

I forgot to mention how frugal the simple project is, also!
The green peppers were 68 cents each, the other colors were $1.18.
I only used about half of a $4.00 flower bundle, and the asparagus fern was free.

The pepper arrangements have great durability!
I made mine three days ago, and it's just as pretty as when I first assembled it.
The pepper has not withered, nor has it leaked!

Pretty... quick... simple ...frugal... a project like that can't be beat!  :)

Thanks for stopping in for a visit!
...Happy Labor Day!


Sharing Post At:
Coastal Charm - Show and Share
Julie's Lifestyle - Cooking & Crafting With J&J
Confessions of a Plate Addict - The Scoop
Between The Naps On The Porch - Met Monday
Celebrate & Decorate - Celebrate Your Story

Pecans... Do You Love Them?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

In a couple of months, in our little town
we'll be celebrating the favored nut of the south... the pecan.

As with any good festival,
The NC Pecan Festival consists of a celebrity queen, parade, street fairs,
home tour, etc, etc. etc...

Years ago, our home was on the festival home tour.
This year, I'm thinking I'll try the cooking contest.
The contest covers several categories of foods,
with a cup of pecans included the main criteria.

I've been browsing Pinterest looking for ideas for a dessert.
I sure am going to enjoy practicing some of these that I found,
although my hips might not appreciate it! ha!

If you love pecans, too, maybe you'd like to give a few of these a try...

Peach Pecan Crisp

Sally's Baking Addiction Peach Pecan Fruit Crisp recipe:

Recipe for Pecan Cheesecake Squares - You can't go wrong with a layer of shortbread, a layer of cheesecake and a layer of pecan pie in every bite! My daughter calls them "squares of heaven." I think after you try them, you'll see why! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>:

Pecan Pie Baklava has layers of flaky phyllo with pecans, butter, and a pecan pie flavored syrup!:

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. These sound good.:

Apple Pecan Cake with Caramel Glaze | FoodJino:

Maple Bourbon Bacon and Pecan Butter Tarts:

Caramel-Pecan Brownies Recipe ~ Dark chocolate brownies layered with chewy caramel and crunchy pecans..I have gone to heaven. The dessert of desserts!:

Croissant Bread Pudding with Pecan Toffee Sauce - using croissants in bread pudding brings the level of insanely good up a notch. This is a recipe you&#39;ll make again and again!:

Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Rolls #KingsHawaiian #makesummersweet #ad:

Cowboy Cookies - Chewy oats, sweet coconut, crunchy pecans, and plenty of chocolate! Hearty with tons of texture and they stay soft and chewy!! Everyone (not just cowboys) loves these cookies!:

I Want To Marry You Cookies

I Want to Marry You Cookies - Probably the best chocolate chip cookies you'll ever have the honor of meeting. Expect the unexpected with these gems!:

Is your mouth watering like mine now?  :)

If you have any prize winning recipes that include pecans, do share!

Hope you have a wonderful, and safe Labor Day Weekend!


Sharing Post At:
McCall Manor - Your Inspired Design
Poofing The Pillows - Thoughts of Home
The Charm Of Home - Home Sweet Home
Coastal Charm - Show and Share
Julie's Lifestyle - Cooking & Crafting With J&J