Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mountain Wood-land Fall Tablescape

I am joining Susan from BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday! Fall is in the air....leaves are beginning to season is in FULL swing.....cooler nights and shorter days! Fall decor is all over BLoGLaNd and in our dining room too! Sit down and stay away while we tour my fall tablescape!

China was a bargain find at a local antique store many years ago. Bought an entire box of these beauties with all kinds of accessories for 65 bucks! I have them displayed throughout my home plus I am able to use them in tablescapes! The pattern is Nasco Mountain Wood-land. The color scheme is perfect for fall!

I LoVe the butter dish nestled among some berries!

Would you like some oil and vinegar on your salad?

Please pass the salt and pepper......

I created the centerpiece a few years ago....I cut the top off of a pumpkin from Hobby Lobby, and I inserted some faux berries and wheat then tied some raffia for a bow.

Love turning pumpkins in different directions to add a little something....something to the arrangement....I think it adds alot of interest!

What I use and where I bought it.......

China: antique store, Nasco Mountain Wood-land

Chargers: Hobby Lobby

Placemats: Wal-Mart on clearance for 1 buck about 2 years ago

Runner: Burlap fabric from Hobby Lobby

Cake Stand: Christmas gift about 3 years ago from a dear friend

Hydrangeas: dried from my garden 15 years ago

Florals: Hobby Lobby all purchased during 1/2 sales

Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby all purchased during 1/2 or more sales

Bird tealight candleholders: Dollar Store purchased about 2 years ago

Monday, September 19, 2011

MOON shine

Just playin' around with my new toy on a bright, full moon night!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Decorating with Transferware

Decorating with Transferware is an obession and a hobby. The trill of the hunt for the perfect piece or trying to complete a tablesetting. Whatever the case my be.....collecting dishes has been a long time obession for me! I am going to share some wall vignettes that are displayed throughout our home. Red, blue, brown, polychrome.....who cares I love it ALL! The dishes were discovered at local antique stores, flea markets, eBay, TJMaxx and Marshalls.

A portion of red transferware is displayed in the kitchen.
Brown polychrome hanging in the kitchenette. Purchased an entire set of these about 8 place setting (missing a few pieces here and there), platter, salt & pepper shakers, oil & vinegar bottles, butter dish, cream & sugar bowls, and a ginger jar at a local antique store for 65.00! Thats right......the trill of a great bargain!

Notice the bunny shelf....too cute!

All of the above photos are from the master bathroom

This is one of my fav wall vignettes. Once again, great finds from Hobby Lobby, flea markets, TJMaxx and Marshalls.

My fav wall vignette in the dining room. I purchased this piece of furniture just for the Pink Tower Tureen. I knew exactly what I wanted to create when purchased the chest and tureen. Notice the wall has my china in it! This was a wedding gift from hubby's grandparents. The lamp was my MeMaw's. I ALWAYS wanted this lamp. It is one of my prized possessions.

Some eBay finds

Some more Spode plates in the dining room. The bottom two are cake plates.

The wall vignette above the couch in the family room. Most of these plates were eBay purchases except for the four smaller ones. They came from a local gift shop.

More eBay finds.....the wall hanging was purchased at a local antique store.

Gathered around the fireplace.....these were purchased at various places. The mantel clock was my great uncles.

Ordered this set of blue Spode from a catalog......many years ago!

Grouping of brown polychrome above our bedroom closet.

These are finds from flea markets and antique stores. I believe I purchased the wall hanging for around 15 bucks. I knew I was NOT leaving it behind!

Do you have a transferware obession? What do you do with them? Of course, I have them in china cabinets too, but that is another posting!

The tiniest in FLIGHT

When Springtime approaches, it is time to clean up the hummingbird feeder and mix up some sugar water for the little fellas. I have tried taking pictures of the "hummers" before, BUT now that I have a new camera...let the snappin' begin! We have three hummers that stop by for a drink all season long. Yesterday, I was on the porch petting Callie the cat and a hummer flew right by my head.....I literally had to duck! I love watching them zoom right on by.....Sadly, in a few days/weeks they will migrate South for the winter. We will be waiting on them next Spring!

A few hummingbird facts:

Among the smallest of all birds....3-5 ins. long

Only bird that can fly backwards

Can hover in mid-air

Has the highest metabolism of all animals

Heart rate as high as 1,260 beats a minute

Recipe for hummingbird food: 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.....boil and then cool

I have read that it is not necessary to add food coloring to water.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Alittle fall decor......

Well, everywhere you see a little bit of Fall! Whether you have started decorating you home or your front porch.....seeing more footballs being tossed about.....started changing out your closets (putting away anything springy or summery), fresh apples being sold at farmer's markets.....these are all signs that Fall is on its way! I have decorated the inside of our home, but I have not purchased my fall decor for the front porch yet....things like bales of straw and pumpkins.
I am sharing with you a 13 pane china cabinet in my dining room. I change out this area with the changing of holidays. The harvest plate was a bargain find a couple of years ago at Hobby Lobby during their 60% sale. The apothecary jar was a bday gift from my moma about 3 years ago. Nothing says fall to me than some apples (fake or real). The staffordshire dogs were a bday gift from my mother-in-law probably 5 years ago...don't just love these pups...woof woof! They are protecting some vintage church books and another vintage book (cant remember what kind and I am upstairs! :)

I am joining Susan from Between Naps on the Porch and Marty for Table Top Tuesday! Be sure to check out whats going on over there!

Fall is in the kitchen

Fall is in the kitchen......All of these items have been collected over the years, and they were purchased at bargain prices from Hobby Lobby! LOVE checking out the seasonal isle for additional markdowns....don't you? The bronze plate was a find at a local antique store for 1 buck!

Of course, topping off this vignette are my precious boys! Boy, have they grown! The antique frame was a steal for 25 bucks!

I am joining MARTY for Table Top Tuesday! Be sure to check it out!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Ten years ago......Where were you? What were you doing?

Who were you with? These are all questions that we are able

to answer without hesitation. Sometimes, we have a

difficult time remembering what we had for lunch, but

when asked a question about 9-11-2001.....We all

have a clear, vivid memory!

I was on my way to the doctor to schedule surgery, BUT

no surgery for me because I discovered I was pregnant with our

second son!

I remember crying the entire 40 minute trip to the doctor.....

all sorts of emotions soaring through my body and mind.

Scared for our Country......sadden for the people that had lost loved ones.....

scared for our future.....who knew what could or would happen next!

As always.....we pulled together. Flags were flying proudly on front porches....yellow ribbons tied

around trees, messages to our troops and their family were posted

on every sign available! Let us not forget.....let us not put our guard down....always

stand strong and united ONE COUNTRY UNDER GOD!!!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bountiful Blue Tablescape

I am joining Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!

This is a major PaRtY for us dish collectors that LOVE to play with our obsession!

Be sure to check out all the other great and talented bloggers!

It is WoRth your TiMe!!!

I am playing with my

Blue Crown by Tiara and the Famous BIG Lots Gibson dishes.

My dishes are graciously resting on top of a Blue Willow

placemat that was purchased a couple of years ago from Home Goods. Sadly,

I only have a set of hoo!

Trying to be artistic with my new camera!

I layered with 2 different tablecloths. The toile tablecloth was a bargain at TJMaxx several years ago.
Got that baby for 4 bucks!

A bird's eye view of the centerpiece......

used a floral wreath, cake stand, dried hydrangeas, and a blue willow teapot.

Just a closer look in case ya needed it!

I have used the dried hydrangeas for about 15 years now.

They are from my 1st home as a married woman.

I love using pewter with a blue tablescape!

Just tought I would add a little elegance to the mix!

Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to check out all the other talented bloggers who love

to play with their dishes!