Follow for post updates

Monday, June 19, 2017

Flamingo in to Summer

The first day of Summer is this Wednesday.   If you are a fan of Lilly Pulitzer you know it is also National Wear your Lilly Day.   Lilly was a fan of flamingos and so am I.   The Chin Chin Lilly print was the inspiration for the table.   

I found the cute flamingo salad plates at the Orchard Supply Hardware in Deerfield Beach, FL. 

The large flamingos are also from Orchard Supply Hardware.  I'm always amazed at the unique items they offer.  

The flamingo salt and pepper shakers are from Cracker Barrel last Summer.   The flamingo dipping bowls at Home Goods.   They are part of the Cynthia Rowley Collection .   The flamingo wine glasses were found at Marshalls this year.  

The stack starts with a fabric covered charger plate.  The pink dinner plate is from Home Goods.   The flamingo salad plates are from Orchard Supply Hardware and were purchased this past week. 

The pink peonies are from Trader Joe's.  I wish they would grow in South Florida.   My Grandmother Smith had many bushes at her home in North Carolina.   Their scent is amazing.  

The tablecloth started out as a full size sheet from the Country Living Collection.   Last Summer the discontinued sheet sets were sent to a close out store and all the Lilly fans were searching high and low for the sets.   The Ollie's chain store that had the sheets is not located in Florida so I thought I would be out of luck scoring a set.    My cousin that lives in South Carolina found a set at the Ollie's located near her home and shipped them my way.  I was so thankful she took the time out of her busy day to search for the sheets.   I knew they would never see the bed, but would be a tablecloth and pillows.  The pattern is called Chin Chin.  

I used green and pink polka dot fabric charger plates covers. 

Overhead view of the table. 

Up close view of the Chin Chin pattern by Lilly Pulitzer. 

I found these cute drink markers at Target.  

The flamingo flag was also found at Orchard Supply Hardware this past weekend.  


This post is linked to the following parties: 
Make It Pretty Monday #217 - The Dedicated House
Creative Mondays Blog Hop - Claire Justine
Amaze Me Monday #219 - Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Monday - Week #285 - Create with Joy
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #153 - Life and Linda
The Scoop #271 - Stone Gable
Celebrate Your Story #82 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
457th Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday's Favorite Things- Katherines Corner
Home & Garden Thursday - A Delightsome Life
Vintage Charm #88 - Blue Willow House
Home Sweet Home #328 - The Charm of Home
Grace at Home #255 - Imparting Grace
Wow us Wednesday#341 - Savvy Southern Style
Creative Inspirations Linky Party & Features-Embracing Change
Foodie Friday and Everything Else - Rattlebridge Farm
Share Your Style Link Party #123 - 21 Rosemary Lane
Home Matters Linky Party #141 - Life with Lorelai
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day Table

The table this week celebrates my Dad and Grandpa's.   I was in North Carolina last week visiting my Dad and attending my nephew Blaine's high school graduation so I'm posting pictures from last years table. I used special items that were a part of my Dad and Grandpa's lifestyle at each place setting.   

This is my Dad's place setting.  He loves playing his bluegrass music and instruments.   He had a white 1963 Ford Thunderbird hardtop.  The one used at his place setting is a Hallmark Christmas ornament convertible.   The Cessna 170 is also a Hallmark ornament.   Dad owned a Cessna 170 back in the 70's and I loved flying with him which inspired me to become a pilot. He also owns a couple red belly Ford tractors. 

This is my Grandpa Harley Smith's place setting.   He owned several John Deere farm tractors.   He loved Dalmatians and had a beautiful boy named Patches. I made that stained glass dog years ago for his birthday.   I placed a small toy rifle on top of the plate. He taught me how to shoot when I was a very little girl.   He was also a pipe smoker.  

This is my Grandpa Hubert Curry's place setting.   Grandpa Curry was a tobacco farmer and raised beef cattle.   He loved riding in old fashioned wagon trains and had a beautiful team of white mules named Dolly and Molly that he hitched up to his Conestoga wagon every weekend.  He was always dressed in his western style shirts, boots and hat.   I gave him the Western bolo tie that is placed on top of the plate along with the Western collar points.  

I added a few other toy tractors to the tablescape and server. 

Grandpa Smith's place setting. 

Grandpa Curry's place setting. 

Dad's place setting. 

Additional place setting with electric guitar. 

Hallmark Cessna 170 ornament. 

With my Dad Sid Curry at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC a few years ago. 

Dad with me and my brother Kimel in the early 60's with one of his trucks. 

My Dad with his first airplane a Cessna 150. 

Dad at the North Carolina coast a few years ago. 

Dad with a red belly Ford tractor. 

We visited Mt. Airy, NC on my visit home last June and had lunch at the Snappy Lunch.   If you are a fan of the Andy Griffith Show you will remember the Snappy Lunch.   Andy was born and raised in Mt. Airy, NC which is about 1 hour North of my hometown.  

This picture was made last week on my visit to North Carolina. My dog Cooper was checking out the party food Dad was enjoying at my nephews graduation party. 

Happy Father's Day! 


This post is linked to the following parties: 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Gentlemen, start your engines!"

It's hard to believe Memorial Day weekend is a few days away. 2017 is flying by very quickly. Most of us will gather this weekend with family and friends for the unofficial start of Summer and enjoy a picnic or cookout.   Hopefully all will pause and remember the reason for the holiday and the number of service men and women that died to protect our freedom.    

I will spend  most of my day Sunday in front of the TV watching the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 in the evening.   Growing up in North Carolina I was in the heart of racing country. Over the years I have attended many NASCAR races and was a pilot for one of the drivers in the 90's.  I spent my Sunday's at the track inside of a car hauler waiting for the race to end then fly he and his family home.    I have a large collection of NASCAR memorabilia and I enjoy bringing out a few items to decorate my racing table on Memorial Day weekend.   The Indy 500 is on my bucket list of races to attend one day.  I took a tour of the speedway in 1985 while making my way home to North Carolina from a Montana vacation.   The Indy race will not be the same this year with Florence Henderson (Carol Brady) in attendance.   I also always looked forward to  Jim Nabors singing Back Home Again in Indiana.  He was unable to attend last year due to declining health.     
Memorial Day race weekend tablescape. 

The stack starts with the red woven place mat.  I painted the charger plates a couple years ago using oil based Sharpie's.   It took a good while to finish them, but I was pleased with the final product.  The harvest gold dinner plate is next then topped with a white woven edge salad plate.   The logo is a paper decal. 

The layers. 

I found the Indy 500 souvenir glasses at Goodwill last year.  The most recent one is dated 1979 which makes them 38 years old.    

Overhead view of the table. 

The napkins are the colors of the racing flags.  I used a hose clamp as the napkin ring.  

I used checkered flags in the centerpiece.  They are surrounded by assorted race cars that were driven by my friend Sterling Marlin.

The only souvenir I could find from my visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a box of matches.  I'm sure I have other things packed away. 

Assorted stock cars in my collection. 

I used Yo-Yo's found at Dollar Tree as my place card holders.  

A couple of my car carriers on the server.   

My friend Sterling Marlin drove the Piedmont Airlines Oldsmobile in the late 80's.   Another friend Terry Labonte drove the car prior to Sterling.   When Piedmont was taken over by USAir (which became US Airways and now American) they decided to do away with the Winston Cup car sponsorship.  Sterling was also sponsored by Underalls.  Do you remember Underalls?  Panties and hosiery all in one. 

Sterling also drove the Kodak cup car.  

Cooper on Memorial Day a couple years ago.  

Remember those that gave their lives for our freedom.  


This post is linked to the following parties:
Celebrate Your Story #78 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
The Scoop #276 - Confessions of a Plate Addict
453rd Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday's Favorite Things - Katherines Corner
Home & Garden Thursday - A Delightsome LIfe
Vintage Charm #84 - Blue Willow House
Home Sweet Home #324 - The Charm of Home
Grace at Home #251 -Imparting Grace
Home Matters Linky Party #137 - Life with Lorelai
Foodie Friday and Everything Else - Rattlebridge Farm
Share Your Style Link Party #119 - 21 Rosemary Lane
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #150 - Life and Linda
Inspire me Monday Wee #282 - Create with Joy
Amaze me Monday #216 - Dwellings - The Hear of Your Home
Make it Pretty Monday Week 215 - The Dedicated House