The Thanksgiving countdown has begun!   Before you know it... it will be time to thaw the turkey. On Monday I joined up with 18 fellow bloggers to bring you some terrific Thankgiving Centerpiece and Tablescape ideas.  If you missed that post, pick it up here and be sure to stop by the other blogs for more fabulous inspiration. This week's link party was filled with ways to make your Thanksgiving table extra special. So many truly creative ideas for inspiration! Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas...   20 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Table Extra … [Read more...]

Wouldn't you love to make a sweet treat for family or friends that looks like you slaved for hours in the kitchen?  I've got just the dessert.  I'll keep how easy it is to make a secret if you will, too!  While browsing Pinterest for pink flower arrangements, the cutest little pastry caught my eye.  Of course I pinned it.  And then I forgot.  I'm so glad I remembered the dainty envelope fruit tarts, just in time for Valentine's Day.     These dainty envelope fruit tarts are super simple and easy to create.   And best of all... they'll be the talk of the town!  Okay... the … [Read more...]

Christmas is just 24 days away.  Are you feeling a little bit stressed? Today I'm here to help take away some of the shopping stress. Take a deep breath and explore my...   Holiday Gift Guide for the Entertainer ~ Part 1     *this post contains affiliate links* I love Christmas time! Decorating my home and hosting open houses and dinner parties make my heart sing. But, I know that it isn't necessarily the easiest thing for everyone.  In fact, it can be down right daunting. That's where this Holiday Gift Guide for the Entertainer comes in... One thing I always do for open … [Read more...]

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I confess... usually I have plenty of plans made by this time... but I don't necessarily do well in the execution department unless I get all the details prepared a week in advance.  Let's just say someone might have had a meltdown. One thing I like to do is have my table planned out and set ahead of time.  For me, that is an important detail that gives me a lot of peace and joy. This year I created an Oak Leaf  Thanksgiving Menu Frame for the buffet.     You can read all the details at Mod Podge Rocks.   And speaking of Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

  On these hot summer days, we're all looking for ways to feel cool and comfortable. One way to feel cool as a cucumber is to surround ourselves with cooler colors likes blues, whites, and greens. Last summer I had fun playing around with a tablescape in coastal blues. What blues are coastal blues? Just look at your favorite body of water.  Notice the many, many shades of blue. Use them freely and you're off to feeling cooler and refreshed. Who knew it would be so easy. Now go check out my Casual Coastal Tablescape here.       Can you believe that in a … [Read more...]

I love wildflowers! One of my favorite things to do is to walk the roadside and pick bouquets for decorating the table(s) for the Fourth of July. Earlier this week it rained quite heavily for a few days, so the wildflowers were pretty beat up. But, Wednesday, I went for a very long walk and discovered just what I wanted.  Happy Day!     The next morning I went for another walk scissors in hand. To my dismay, the massive scissors of the local road crew had come through and leveled my wildflower garden. You should have seen my face. I think it fell to my knees. Why, at … [Read more...]

We all have favorite moments, favorite things, and favorite people. This book page tablescape is my favorite tablescape, and I've create a few. I created it last year with what was around my house....books, mason jars, and crabapple blossoms.     It came about because of some lovely limitations and forced me to be super creative. I'd love to hear about your most creative moment and how it came to be.       And now...on to our party!   Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline    ~   Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan from The Silly … [Read more...]

I can't believe how fast the days on the calendar tick off. We're just a little more than a week away from Memorial Day.     Last year I created a truly homespun and patriotic table.  It's one I really enjoyed a lot, too. I hope that you'll be able to take away some Memorial Day tablescape ideas that you can use for your celebration this year. Click here to see lots of photos and inspiration.   What do you usually do for Memorial Day weekend? Do you have a party planned?   Speaking of party....I am sooo excited that you have joined us again this week. I … [Read more...]

We had a beautiful weekend here in our neck of the woods. Everything is in bloom and Spring is showing off in high style. Today...I thought I would share with you one of my favorite tablescapes....   Black and White Polka Dot Spring Tablescape   This was such a quick and easy tablescape to put together.  Stop here and find out how it all came together. I had no idea that it was so popular on Pinterest....it was pinned more than a thousand times. :)  Wow! There's something about the classic look of black and white, but if I would do this again, my next color choice would be coral. … [Read more...]

Raise your hand if you're just now getting started on figuring out your Easter table and menu. It's okay.   Today I have a few last minute ideas for your Easter table.     Generally in the blogging world these things are done in advance simply because we need time to process and post our projects.  This week I've been helping my friend put together a lovely Easter table.  We finished it on Friday.  Because my friend will be working over Easter weekend, it needed to be done ahead.  And it worked out great for me, because that meant I was able to do a photo shoot yesterday.  But, it also means … [Read more...]

Today feels like spring!  Finally! We haven't managed to keep the sun shining...but I can't complain when it's 60 degrees!! I even got a chance to get outside and play in the yard a bit.     I thought it would be fun today to revisit a popular post from last year.... This shabby spring window sings spring and the little birdies make me happy.   Right now, my window is slightly open and I can hear birdsong.  It's the most wonderful thing.  After a long winter, it's music to my ears!!   Here's a glimpse of what was extraordinary on the blog this past week.... The Promise of … [Read more...]

Are you a fan of gold or silver or some other metal in home decor? If I choose to decorate with metallic elements at Christmas, I usually choose gold. Last year I stepped out of my 'gold box' and dipped my toe in some silver spray paint. The results were quite pleasing.     To see more of this silver table setting, click here.   Are you enjoying our 12 Days of Christmas series?   ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~   Catch up on all that's … [Read more...]

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Many of us are thinking about how to set a beautiful and bountiful table. As I was dreaming about table decor, I remembered that this past New Year's table would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Actually...it's probably even more appropriate when you look at the elements of the table. Plus, mixing gold and silver in home decor is gaining in popularity right now. So...why not think about mixing gold and silver for Thanksgiving to create a truly elegant table setting?     The key elements were leaves and nuts and pine cones. The nuts … [Read more...]

  What is it about the colors of fall that make my heart sing?     Rusty oranges.  I think they just might have been my dad's favorite.     Golden yellows.  Rudbeckia and Goldenrod are two of my favorites. I couldn't believe there were still Rudbeckia, often known as black-eyed Susans, still blooming in the garden.     Greens.  The backdrop for making the colors of fall even more dramatic.     Taupe and every shade of brown.  Who doesn't like acorns and pinecones.     Table for four, … [Read more...]

  As the days get shorter, we hang on to every breath of summer's sweet breezes.  There's the "one last time" at the beach day.  Or, if you live in the mountains, the desert, or in America's heartland, all of that may be just a dream.  But, it doesn't stop us from creating our own little breath of fresh air and wind and waves....even on our supper table.  Our own casual coastal tablescape....ah!     Today, I used my everyday, Longaberger Classic Blue dinner plates and Woven Traditions Cereal Bowls.  No...we won't be having cereal for supper.  These generously sized bowls are perfect … [Read more...]

  There's nothing like a day at the beach. Living at least five hours from the beach, I decided to bring the beach to the mountains of Pennsylvania. At least to my dining area.   Will you  join me for a beachy brunch?     The table is simply set with my Longaberger dinnerware and crystal goblets, and my vintage silverplate that we use everyday.     We're having the yummiest blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup. Creamers sitting on saucers are perfect for serving the syrup.  And cute too. An old vintage low bowl with a sea green interior is … [Read more...]

  It's hard to believe.  Memorial Day celebrations begin in just a few days.   It's the official weekend to kick off everything summer. One thing is for sure, many families and friends will be gathering to enjoy delicious food.   With that in mind, today I wanted to share with you a few... Patriotic Tablescape Ideas     It's easy for me to set a patriotic table because I have dinnerware in red, ivory, and blue. Red and white is great for Christmas and Valentine's Day. Blue and white is terrific for the snowy days of January and Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. And then, I … [Read more...]