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Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Hydrangeas

The table this week is styled to celebrate the first day of Summer.    Living in South Florida we started to feel Summertime temps in late April.    The past few weeks we have been saturated with flooding rains.  The  thunderstorms that cool us down a bit only steam us up again as soon as they pass by.   I'm sure most of my friends living in more normal temperatures are enjoying beautiful blooming hydrangeas.   I found the table cloth on this weeks table a couple weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for the first day of Summer.   
Summer hydrangeas places setting.   I used the Napoleon Bee flatware from Horchow to coordinate with the bee hives on the plates.  The flatware is currently on sale.

The grass green wine glasses are from Dollar Tree. 

I used two Valerie Parr Hill illuminated mercury glass candle holders topped with her faceted glass hurricanes.   I also used two of her hydrangea candle rings around the hurricanes.

The silver artichokes are from the Lisa Robertson Collection.   The pretty porcelain purple iris is by Capodimonte. 

The iris napkin rings have been in my collection for 30 plus years.  

Overhead view of the table. 

The stack starts with the Nicole Miller table cloth that I found at HomeGoods a couple weeks ago.   The white chargers are from Michael's a few years ago.   The lavender plates are a thrift store find. 
The herb themed salad plates are from Tuesday Morning and in store now.   I thought the colors would match perfectly with the table cloth.

Overhead view of the Nicole Miller table cloth from HomeGoods. 

The iris tea set along with the crystal iris were gifts from my Mom. 

Happy Summer!  


This post is linked to the following parties: 
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Friday, June 8, 2018

A Father's Day Tribute

My table this week celebrates the life of my dear Daddy.    This will be my first Father's Day without him.   These "first" are so hard, but I wanted to set the table as a tribute to his 80 years of life.    Daddy had a gentle soul and was a loving man.   He was the perfect Southern gentleman and was always there to lend a hand and help you when you needed it.    Daddy had many hobbies, but I think flying was his favorite.  He purchased his first airplane in the late 60's soon after he became a private pilot.  I have so many great memories of flying a couple hours from our hometown airport in central North Carolina to Myrtle Beach just to eat ice cream then return.  Those trips out with Dad on the weekends gave me the desire to learn to fly and achieve all my ratings to become a commercial pilot.    Each place setting reflects a few of his hobbies.   If he wasn't flying, he was restoring old cars, driving his tractor and growing a huge garden to feed the family.   He was also a member of a couple bluegrass bands over his lifetime and played the upright (doghouse) bass.   

Father's Day tablescape. 

I used a Ford Red Belly tractor in the centerpiece.  Dad owned and restored several of these over the years.   The galvanized container can be used as a candle holder or flower vase.   I thought it would be nice on this table since it has a rustic feel and goes nice with the wood slices.  I placed a preserved boxwood wreath around the candle holder. 

The handkerchief was made by my friend Sharon in North Carolina after my Dad passed away.   It was a very special gift to receive and I will cherish it forever.  
The napkin rings are actually cake topper decorations that I found at Lanier Hardware on a trip home to Lexington a couple years ago.  I folded the napkins like a necktie then added the topper. 

I used a picture of Dad at each place setting representing his hobbies. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with place mats that I made using shopping bags.  You can find the tutorial here.  I spotted these plaid bags when entering Tuesday Morning last year and knew they would be perfect for the Father's Day table.    The red dinner plates are from Pier One and the gray salad plates are from HomeGoods.   

I topped each place setting with items that reflect his hobbies.   He loved playing the guitar along with several other musical instruments.   The Cessna 170 was the last aircraft he owned.   He and my Mom restored that aircraft in the 70's.   The Farmall tractor is similar to the one that he owned along with a few Ford tractors over the years.   The 1963 Thunderbird is similar to the ones that he and Mom drove in the 60's.   They had the hard tops, not convertibles. 

The 1963 Ford Thunderbird model on the server was a gift to Dad from me many years ago.   My Mother drove one just like this and it was passed down to me in 1976 as my first car.   She was a rocket!   Dad sold it to a film studio in the early 80's. 

I used a few tractors, cars and a school bus on the bookcases beside the server.  Dad loved VW's and especially the VW Bug.  He restored several in his lifetime and recently assisted my brother and nephew to restore one for my nephew to drive.    When Dad retired he became a part time special education school bus driver.   When he was a high school student in the 50's he was also a bus driver at his high school.   

Dad enjoying time in the cockpit of a WWII T6 aircraft that belonged to his best friend Jeff. 

Dad put musical instruments in our hands and encouraged us to play as young children.  All three children learned to play the guitar and other instruments over the years.  I played the  saxophone and my brother pictured played the trumpet in the school band.  Our Mom was the piano player in the family. I play by ear, but never took formal lessons.   My youngest brother plays several musical instruments and passed his talents on to my nephew. 

Happy Father's Day Daddy!  ♥


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day

The Sunday before Memorial Day is always a day I spend in front of the TV watching motorsports.  The day always starts with breakfast watching the Grand Prix de Monaco. Wouldn't you like to visit Monaco?  I send private Gulfstream charters over that way all the time and I wish I could stow away and go too!   As soon as that race is over it's time for lunch and the Indy 500.  The Indy 500 is on my bucket list to see one day.  I toured the track and museum many years ago, but I have never made it up to a race.   Sunday evening will bring the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte, NC which is near my hometown.  I grew up going to NASCAR races with my Dad and have several dear friends that are now retired drivers.  I always wanted to drive a car when I was much younger. I've taken a few laps with a NASCAR driver friend at Charlotte and Martinsville during testing days.  My brothers were the race drivers and one was a series champion several times.   

My table is set with a patriotic and racing theme.   The most important thing to remember this weekend is Memorial Day is not about the race events or the barbecues, but the lives that were given so we are able to have freedom.   We must fly our flags and remember those that sacrificed so we can be free to enjoy time with our family and friends.  

Memorial Day tablescape. 

I made the patriotic candle rings with red, white & blue roses from Hobby Lobby.  The printed daisies are from Dollar Tree. 

I found the Indy 500 collector glassware at a local thrift store last year.  I am always "junkin" looking for items I can use on a table. 

I used wheel yo-yo's to hold the place cards. 

I used hose clamps as napkin rings.   The napkins are also the color of the flags that the flagman will use during the race. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with hand painted checkered chargers I painted a few years ago.   The red plate is from Pier 1.  The red, white & blue salad plates are from Sur La Table last season.  I added the race logos.  

I used several of my racing collectibles on the server along with some illuminated stars from Valerie Parr Hill.  The boxwood topiary's are also from Valerie's collection.  The preserved boxwood wreath surrounding the vase is from the Lisa Robertson collection.  The mini topairy's are from a new place I'm addicted to Southern With Grace.  They offer the neatest home decor at a great value.  Each Tuesday at 7:00PM they do a Facebook live sale for their Facebook VIP club and offer very low shipping if not free.  

Always remember those that sacrificed all for our freedom!