Saturday, July 31, 2010

Soup for Sister

This is definitely the busiest summer I can remember since I retired.  Of course we've only been living in this house for a little over two years, and I have my first grandchild so things seem to be hopping all the time.

I am thrilled that my baby sister and brother-in-law are coming in for a visit.    I can't wait.  I only get to see her a couple of times a year and we always, always have a wonderful time.  We'll be hitting all the antique and thrift shops we can find I'm sure. 

They are taking the train, so by the time we pick them up they will have been on the train for about 12 hours.  I can't imagine it.  At any rate, I'm sure they will be hungry so I'm planning to feed them a tomato basil soup and garlic bread.  Something light as it will be late, well, late for me (8:30 pm) by the time they get here.

Nothing fancy, another simple table.

Oh for cryin' out loud.  Please ignore the cardbox with the toddler toys in the corner.

Second time this summer I've used this soup tureen.  Funny, it was at the top of the cabinet for a couple of years.

I never know quite what to do with the flatware when I don't have forks on the table. 

The story about the green ceramic bread basket is that I have been too cheap to purchase one from Pottery Barn or William's Sonoma, then I found this one at Marshall's for $9.99.  I couldn't resist.  And I do love to use a bread cloth, but it's not on the table for the photos.

I picked these roses and will put them in the guestroom.

The bowls are from Marshall's;
flatware is from Pier One a long time ago and is called Tadpole;
the soup tureen came from Goodwill (I think, or another thrift store);
the plates are from Dollar Tree;
the placemats and napkins are from Ross years ago, and;
the glasses I've had for a while (although I saw some like them at the Dollar Tree recently).

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope your summer is going well.  I can't believe we are already into August!  Amazing.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One for the Boys

Once again I am joining Susan and Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday blog party.  Hers was the first blog I found when I started checking out blogs and it is still as amazing as it was the first time I saw it.

I got a wonderful compliment recently.  Perfect husband invited 7 buddies over for poker.  Since 5 of them were making a 3 hour drive from where we used to live, he wanted to serve them dinner.  He asked me to set the table.  Quite a compliment I thought. 

Although sorely tempted, I decided not to go too 'girly'.  The menu was clam chowder and seasoned poached salmon on salad with sour dough bread.

The stripped tablecloth you see often if you follow my table settings.

Didn't use chargers since it was pretty early, informal and there really wasn't room.

An opportunity to pull out a soup tureen I don't get much chance to use.
(My, my, please ignore the red, white and blue plates stacked on the little side server.  What a mess!)
Simple glassware
Put the candles in the middle of the table just for the look.  Was really early for using them.
I used one of my favorite bread cloths that I like -- it says "Hot Rolls make the" and then the embroidered  butterfly.  Cute, huh.

I must admit it was fun putting this simple table together for my favorite guys and the dinner was a success.

The green plates and bowls as well as the stemmed goblets came from the Dollar Tree;
the bread plates are Spode "Woodland" retriever;
the soup tureen is not marked but came from a thrift store, and;
the flatware and tall pilsner glasses are from Ross (don't remember if it even had a brand on it).

Thanks so much for stopping visiting. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back Home and Tea

I am joining the following blog parties this week.  There are so many wonderful places to see all things tea related.  I hope you take some time and visit a few.

The Plumed Pen:  Tuesday Tea for Two and Wednesday Tea for Me and Thee (I don't know how Wanda manages TWO parties in one week!  Amazing.

Martha and Terri's Teacup Tuesday:  There are truly beautiful things posted here.

Lady Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor for Tea Time Tuesday:  Wonderful photos and great posts.

Wanda and Pam for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

We spent the last weekend in our RV.  It was a fast trip and the weather was cold and dreary, but we met up with some wonderful friends and had a great time.  Friends make it all worth while, don't they.

Today I'm back home doing laundry, playing with my grandgirl and decided I needed to take some time for a quiet moment and some tea during her naptime.  Nothing fancy, but what a treat it was. 

I used the same linen I had for my last tea a few weeks ago.  And, as usual, I set two cups.  I'm not sure why I do that.  Perhaps I should try for a morning AND afternoon tea.

Just for fun I decided to use one of the 'flowering' tea buds I had.  The tea is not one of the best, but it's fun. 

The cup is a Foley China company. I really like the flower spray on the inside.
I haven't a clue what the name of the pattern is, but the number looks like 3236.

This is a Royal Ascot teacup

I don't know the pattern of this one either, but I do like the colors.

The silver tray, cream and sugar are thrift store finds that turned out beautifully when polished.
The spoons are plated that are also found treasures.

Thank you so much for joining me for tea today.  Make sure that you check out the other posts for some wonderful tea items.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Finishing the Playhouse

It has been a busy, busy week for me.  Thankfully, the weather has been great.  I'm joining Susan over a Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphasis Monday.  

There are some just wonderful things posted over there and I am pretty proud to be able to add my latest project.

When we moved to this house a couple of years ago this little playhouse had a lawn mower stored in it. I considered a few things, then I was blessed with a little grandgirl so, naturally, it stays a playhouse. It was, as you can se by the photos, unfinished, had been rained in, and badly in need of some interior work.

Perfect Husband did some repairs to the walls and electrical.  It needs a coat of exterior paint, but that's not fun, so I'm planning the inside.   Besides, I figure I can do the exterior while she's playing on the inside.

I thought it would be a great idea to put chalk board paint on one of the walls for drawing and the like.  Did you know it can be tinted in about 12 different colors!!!! Amazing.  So I went for the dark teal.   I'm going a little crazy with the color, but what the heck.  It's small and can easily be redone if/when we get tired of it.   Fun, fun, fun.

I saved some of the lace sheers that were in the house when we bought it to girl up the windows.

There is one MAJOR problem.  The door is only about 4.5' tall.  If I survive whacking my head a dozen times I will consider it a minor miracle.  I'm thinking of hanging beads or streamers from the top of the door, or even a pillow.

So after painting and adding carpet tiles and some valances I took out of the house, I think it's ready for the little gal!!  Of course I need to add some furniture, clean up the window frames and 'season' the teal blackboard paint - but it is done.
The brackets for the curtains were already there and I can't imagine why they aren't even on the top.  I may over them, I may not.  I'm sure as little one gets olderl we will redo it a couple of times anyway.
I realized I should have taken some pictures from the level of a 15 month old, but I don't think I could bend down one more time!
I can't wait to add a furniture and even a little area rug.  And I'm sure we will have a great time seasoning the chalk board - I decided we can do that together.

Oh, and I definitely have to cover up that outlet!

Thanks so much for visiting. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Red White and Black Dinner for Two

It has been such a busy week I cannot even tell you.  More about that later.

In the meantime I am joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  My favorite blog party.  Make sure to check it out for some incredible tablescapes. 

I got inspired by one of the posts over at Between Naps on the Porch for some relief from all the red, white and blue used for the July holiday weekend.  So, at the last minute I swapped the blue for black.
It was little challenging because I realized that most of the red I have is 'themed' for holidays.

After all the festive Independence Day decor it looks pretty plain.

I was a little pressed for time so I just plopped some ready in the middle of the table.  Not exactly a centerpiece, but better than nothing!

I definitely am going to work on another red, white and black setting.  I like it better than I thought I would.

We ended up eating later than usual, so lit the candles just because. 

It was a little dark for hubby so I took the photos before I turned the lights on for supper.

The tablecloth is one of the plain white ones I have;
the placemats came from Dollar Tree  (they only had two);
the stripped candle things came from Dollar Tree also;
the silver bowl with the red inside is Reed and Barton;
the black plates are my everyday Pfaltzgraff  "Midnight Sun";
the salad plates are Coventry "Velvet Flower" and I think they came from Ross;
the black glasses are Mikasa;
the flatware is my everyday non-stainless, and;
the napkins are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Thank you so much for visiting. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy Summer Sunday

I wish I had some really fun things to report for this Sunday.  We have had a busy and fun weekend with friends visiting, the kids and grandchild over yesterday, then today running errands and bathing the three dogs. 

I am going to joing Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphasis Monday.  What a fun party. 
And there are some amazing make-overs, redo, and the like. 

You may remember that we replaced our master bathtub with a jacuzzi tub.

I found a bench for my bathroom at Home Depot that Perfect Husband is putting together for me.  What a sweetie.  It's not perfect, but it will do as I haven't been able to find anything else as reasonably priced.  If I was an expert seamstress I would recover the bench pad, but for the time being it will have to stay beige.

I think I will remove the towel bar and go for something else above the bench.

  It's a Martha Stewart and the little canvas drawer things come in many colors.  I wish I could sew.  I would probably make the pad cover dark brown also, but all the little drawer things use the same beige for trim so they all coordinate -- clever Martha!

Now, I'm ready to sit down with a bottle glass of wine and a new Crimial Minds!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out all the wonderful projects at Metamorphasis Monday