Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spoon Rest GardenTablescape & Winner

This post brought to you despite tornadic activity in Tulsa...please say a prayer for those in tornado alley.  Sirens have gone off here and rotations have been reported all over OK.  

The winner of the $40 gift certificate to Designs by Derilyn  is Mary, comment #42 who has her own lovely blog Mary's Meanderings  Please contact me and I'll put you in touch with Derilyn.  Congratulations Mary, have fun shopping!

I've got another Giveaway going on and you can ENTER HERE

Now for my Tablescape.   This one is pretty simple, but it was fun to create nonetheless.

I began with a tea stained foral tablecloth with muted blues, pinks, greens and reds. 
I've told you all about Decorator's online store with a huge selection of giftware, garden items and housewares all at very reasonable prices.....well I found a set of three spoon rest, each a different color. They are really big and I can I use these?  Since they were so large I thought they'd be great little appetizer plates.
I have some vintage polychrome brown transferware plates by Enoch Woods that perfectly coordinated.

 I accented around the table with garden related things...I brought in one of my outdoor planters for the centerpiece and put some rabbit figurines in the urn around the greenery.  Some of you asked about my rabbit figurines I used in another post, and though I can't find them...these are readily available at the link provided.  They come in two sets, one is the Mother and Father Rabbit and the other set is the brother and sister rabbit set.
I bought these metal lawn chairs that were salesman's samples at an antique shop years ago...aren't they cute?
I placed my napkins in these little weathered tin pails...they just seemed to fit with the table theme and looked great with the miniature lawn chairs.

Around the base of the urn I placed a set of six varied colors ranuculus flowers in vintage looking milk bottles.  These are so cute...they're permanently set in a clear polymer.  My Mom and Mother in law both thought they were real!
These make a cute arrangement on a placemat with a bunny topiary in the center.

I served my homemade chicken salad on dark wheat, sweet rolls.  Yummy!
 I had to have a bite....

Nancy's Chicken Salad

I always eyeball this but here's the basics...what we like about this is the addition of Green Apples.. a little twist to grapes, for those of us who like a touch of sweetness

Boiled chicken breasts, deboned and cubed/cut up
Thin sliced celery
Real Mayonnaise
dash or few of garlic (to taste)
a little coarse ground black pepper
 a little sea salt
Granny Smith apple

This was our 'staple' food when we skied at Breckenridge every weekend.  I'd make a big tub of chicken salad, throw it in the car with a plastic knife and a loaf of bread.  We learned quickly to arrive at the parking lot right on the lift as soon as it opened.  We'd all set a time and meet back at the car for beats $10 x 8 for hamburgers that aren't that great to begin with.  I can slap 8 chicken salad sandwiches together in about 60 seconds!  We'd eat quickly so as not to lose any precious ski time.   I miss those weekends sooooo much!

Have fun tablescaping!

Linking up with:

Three or More Tuesday at The Gyps's Corner
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Tablescape Thursday at  Between Naps on the Porch
Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Great Out of Drawers & A Giveaway!

Most of us keep our flatware and silverware in a drawer and pull it out when we need it.  I think it has an intrinsic beauty all its own and makes for great 'bouquets' and displays.

Here is a set of antique silver straw spoons in a shell motif' that I've displayed on my buffet atop a vintage napkin.

I have a few sets of flatware I use in my tablescapes and everyday use.  I keep some of my flatware displayed in vintage English transferware pitchers in the kitchen, above the planning desk where there are little built ins for letters, and organization.

Gold handled demitasse spoons are stored in this miniature Charlotte patterned pitcher

This little Spode Byron creamer holds some demi cocktail forks, spoons and spreaders all with a teapot handle.

A silver plated loose tea scoop, tea strainer and tiny pastry server are stored in an open sugar bowl.  I've gotten a lot of adorable demitasse spoons and silverplated tea accessories from Home and Teatime Elegance, an online shop featuring a great selection of teas and tea time accessories.

In the dining room I store my gorgeous hand beaded serving set in a red transfer ware octagonal tea caddy.

These unique pieces are hand wired and beaded by Joy at Weaves Beads.  Joy has offered a $30 gift certificate to her shop where various serving sets and beaded earrings are for sale, which she makes.

To enter this great giveaway a FIRST  time, visit Weaves Beads, then come back and let me know what your favorite item is or what you'd select if you're the winner.

If you are a follower or become one, you may leave a separate comment for a SECOND entry.

Blog about or grab my button for a THIRD  entry (you have to come back and leave a comment letting me know you've done this)

For a FOURTH entry, tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment and your link or Twitter username

and for a FIFTH entry, mention the giveaway on facebook and leave me your link as an additional comment.

The winner will be randomly selected using a numeral generator and will be announced May 26. 
Please make sure to either leave an email address or blog name so I can contact if you are the winner.  Thank you and good luck all!

Linking up to these fun memes:
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Rednesday at It's a Very Cherry World at
Ruby Tuesday at Work of the Poet
Suzanne at Colordolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday
Melissa at My Cottage Charm for Treasures and Trinkets Thursdays
Amy at Keeping up with the Schultz Family for Round Robin (Friday)
Jessica at A Few of My Favorite Things for Favorite Things Friday
Three or More Tuesday at The Gyps's Corner
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Jenny Matlock for Alphababe Thursday

Friday~Finding Beauty

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hand Embroidered Silk Pillows

Yes, I have a weakness for hand made items and love to support Etsy shop owners specializing in hand crafted things.  I recently became acquainted with Imperium Decor who makes these adorable pillows.  I have one on display at my shop.  It is in blues and golds and completely hand embroidered.  Isn't the detail incredible?  I can't imagine the time that goes into making one of these!

Ashton chose this origami pillow which also came from the Imperium Decor.  My girls think this is the coolest!