...Ahhh This Birdie Tray Is Just Right!

Monday, June 20, 2016



I've been searching for a tray to go in the center of my kitchen table for years!
One that I could leave on the table, and not have to move for every meal.
And just putting an arrangement in the middle with nothing
 underneath looked naked and much too bare!



I felt a little like Goldilocks...
one would be too big,
one would be too small,
one would be too wide,
one would be too round,
one, the color would be all wrong,
...you get the picture, right?



And then, I found it...
"ahhhh, this tray was just right!"

The pretty metal footed tray, measuring 9 1/2" X 15",
bought at Kirklands worked perfect!

And I love the bird accents and color!
{White and red were also available.}



Along with the vase of flowers,
a vintage set of silverplated salt and pepper shakers fits well!
{A gift from my daughter!}



I even have room to spare,
to add seasonal fruits, if I like, such as the sweet blueberries!





And a little off the subject,
 I was nibbling on Cabelas' Lemon Fudge,
while doing this post...
and might I add, it's heavenly!
Not too tart, not too sweet... just right!



The search was long for the perfect tray for the table.
...about 11 years!
So glad to finally find the right one!






You still have a few days to register for the give-away
I'm hosting from my last post, a personalized cute cow cup.
Just hop over and leave a comment {here}.
Good luck!  :)





 Thanks for visiting,
...& Happy First Day of Summer!

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Modern Meets Vintage Home Office Shelfie

Tuesday, June 14, 2016



Last week, I received an invitation from Laurel & Wolf...
An online interior design firm, 
their designers were challenged to style a shelf,
transforming a basic bookcase into a statement piece.

You can see the pretty inspirational designer "shelfies" here
(don't you just love the wordplay on the ever-so-popular "selfies")!

I was extended a challenge to play along and create a "shelfie,"
...sure, I'm game!

Below, is the "formula" of sorts Laurel & Wolf provided,
helpful direction on styling a shelfie.



So, let's get started...

STEP 1 - TAKE INVENTORY

After picking a theme... vintage collector {slash} blogger's home office,
I surveyed what I had on hand that I thought would would create an interesting,
fun, yet functional, shelfie...




Let's break this down shall we...

STEP 2 - CREATE A COLOR PALETTE 

I chose to focus on green, pinks, white, and a mix of metals.

{Click here for the tutorial post for creating the thrifty vase of succulents.}






STEP 3 - BEGIN WITH BOOKS 

I gathered a couple of old hardbacks from two of my favorites,
 Robert Frost and Mark Twain.

Books are a sure easy, and often inexpensive, way
 to add interest, different textures, and height if needed, to a display.






STEP 4 - ADD IN ART

For artwork, 
I selected two illustrations from
 The 2015 Lilly Pulitzer 5x5 Coffee Table Book,
matted and framed in white.
Both picked up the three focal colors of my shelfie design.




STEP 5 - STEP UP THE PERSONALITY

As a junker at heart, I love the eclectic mix of unique vintage pieces
with a splash or two of trendy, modern items thrown in.

The modern element for the shelfie
was the silver metal sphere on the top shelf.

My first thought, after determining my theme,
was to incorporate an old Tom Thumb Typewriter into the display,
along with other vintage office-type pieces I'd collected over time.
Unexpected and unusual they certainly add personality, right?





I aspire to always add a touch of whimsy to some degree,
to even my most mature vignettes,
 such as the cow cup, personally monogrammed and used as a pen holder.




I've found, that by displaying items from one's collections,
you get pleasure from sharing with others,
as well as, enjoying them yourself.









STEP 6 -  TAKE A STEP BACK
 ...Stand back and evaluate!

For several days I did just that...
stepped back,
evaluating and tweaking the shelfie.

I've come to the conclusion,
that each little grouping, each little corner section, is a mini vignette,
combined to create a larger cohesive unit that flows and paints a lovely picture,
 so to speak!










If you're in need of a little guidance
 in creating a look you'll love with your bookcase,
I encourage you to follow the guide shared by Laurel & Wolf.

The helpful hints are sure to alleviate some of the stress
 in over-thinking the creation of your own shelfie project.

You'll have a most fabulous shelfie, darlin'!  :)



And as an added bonus...
I'm offering a cute cow cup to one of my lucky readers,
like the one I have pictured!

The cup was personalized with a custom gold vinyl decal by
The Southern Brunette.

Just leave a comment,
and I'll choose a random winner by drawing next Wednesday.
The cup will be personalized with the recipients' initial of their choosing.
It's just too cute not to share with ya'll!





"Happy shelfie stylin'!"



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Dollar Tree Succulents & White Milk Glass DIY Project

Thursday, June 9, 2016



When I bought my first home,
on the back steps of the house that had been vacant for years
sat an old crumbling terra cotta pot of hen and biddies.

From that moment forward,
I developed a fondness for succulents.
But sadly, succulents are not my forte.

From a long line of green thumbs,
I do pretty well myself with most plants, inside or out,
but succulents... not so much!
Mine over time, get diseased looking.

So what's a succulent-challenged gal to do?
How about just wing it... with some trusty fauxs.

And at Dollar Tree, I found some in little individual pots,
perfect for grouping in a larger vessel.



Grabbed several white milk glass planters from my stash
to play around with...



After I determining which would work best,
I added a piece of foam to the planter
 and pulled the succulents from their tiny homes.

The foam piece also came from The Dollar Tree,
and was the perfect size and shape.



At Dollar Tree, I found dried moss and little pebbles.
Torn between which to use as a filler,
I went with the moss.

But either would've been a pretty choice!



And about 7 minutes from start to finish,
my DIY faux succulent arrangement is complete!
Don't you just love those simple quickies!



A couple of years ago,
Mr. Ramblings ran into Dollar Tree with me,
 ...his first visit, ever.

He was amazed at all the items,
that were a dollar...
and kept asking me... "is this only a dollar, too!?!"

"Yep, just a dollar," I replied to my otherwise really smart man,
"...there's your sign (pointing to the store sign)."

And that was his last trip... he's not much of a shopper!  :)





While at Dollar Tree,
I also picked up two stems of pale pink flowers to go in another milk glass piece.

...love the inset of darker pink peeking from the centers.



Stay tuned to see where these pretties will be used...
That's on deck for next Wednesday or Thursday!



I'll be taking a short blogging break until then...

Heading out this morning to go to my daughter's,
to help her pack for a move this weekend!

Hope ya'll have a great one,
and thanks for stopping in!  :)


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It All Started With A Planter

Monday, June 6, 2016

It seems we just had this conversation last week,
 ...didn't we?
How one little thing can cause an avalanche of redecorating.

In my last post, it all started with a pillow sham (or lack thereof),

This time it was a long forgotten planter...



Friday, I was putting away a few things that had accumulated 
on the counter in my laundry room.

The cabinets were getting full and cluttered,
 so it was due time to clean, purge, and reorganize.
It sure felt like Christmas going through the variety of stuff,
finding a lot of junk, Christmas serving pieces,
 even a crock pot I'd forgotten.
Also came across the red glass bowl, that will be perfect for 
a 4th of July party, and the planter, above.

I've always been fond of the planter, 
so I thought, why not find a place to use it again.



I figured on top of the small china cabinet would be a great place.
The arrangement was long overdue for tweaking.

Before I started, a plant was needed for the planter,
 so I ran across town to Walmart
to get a small Bromeliad I'd seen earlier in the week.



After I played around with different vignettes,
 I remembered why the planter had been banished to the cabinet,
...the colors.

When we moved into our home, Tuscan was popular,
featuring reds, dark greens, and golden yellows.
As much as I loved the planter, I'd years ago rid my home of red,
and it just wasn't playing well with my current colors.

When you live an hour from any store offering decor other than 
Walmart or Big Lots, if the decorating bug hits you spur of the moment,
you've got to shop your home!

And that's just what I did...
raiding my storage closet, dragging out all sorts of items.



I have to admit,
I grew frustrated, as each conglomeration seemed to fall short.

Finally, I settled on what you'll see in the next few pictures.

The Bromeliad goes well in the old pottery vase, fitting perfectly,
with a little moss added to cover the bare soil.

I love Bromeliads!
I purchased one right after Christmas, and here it is June,
...still pretty and healthy!

You can see it {here}!





While at Walmart,
I also bought a yard and a quarter of the pretty Waverly fabric
to make a new table topper for the table.



Sweet little Mother-of-pearl and brass apple,
a thrifty find...







I've been watching the ceramic white lantern at Walmart
since they put out their summer collection.

Friday it had been marked down.
Had to find a home for it!  :)

...I realize this post is beginning to sound like a Walmart pitch, ha!
Not my intentions, but as I said before,
 not a large selection of shopping to choose from in my small town.



The plant from the table was moved to the cabinet.

I'm keeping my eye open for a plate to probably replace the bee one,
but for now, it works.
I'm considering a solid white aged-looking one, with a really pretty raised border.







As for the beloved planter,
it now rests in the future yard sale pile.

But who knows,
by the time I get around to having one,
it may be rescued once again!  :)

Thanks for visiting!
Prayers are with all of those affected by the rains and flooding
that has been, and is anticipated in the next few days!
Take care, ya'll!


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