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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.  


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day

The Mother's Day table is styled in remembrance of my late Mother and Grandmother's.  I used the beautiful crocheted table cloth my Mom made 35 plus years ago along with her fine crystal.   She was excellent at all types of needle work and crafts.   I found the pretty luncheon plates a couple years ago.   They remind of the dresses my Mom and Grandmother's wore many years ago.  I will enjoy having dinner this Sunday surrounded by lots of fabulous memories of the lovely ladies that I loved dearly. 

My Mama Mary Lou, Grandma Dorothy and Grandma Louise 

My Mom gave me the Lenox Springtime Splendor Purple Iris teapot set many years ago.  I keep it safely on display in my curio cabinet. 

I found the salad plates a couple years ago at a local thrift store.  I loved the vintage look and the lilac background.  The are made by Rosanna.  The pattern is called French Parisian Fashion Models.   

I used my Mom's fine crystal on the table.  I wish I knew the name of the pattern.  I know they were part of her wedding crystal and china.    The amethyst glass is part of my collection. 

The silver plated antique chair place card holders where purchased at Michael's several years ago. 

The Iris is my favorite flower.  Monday was National Iris Day so I decided to use a few iris pieces in my collection.   My Mom and Grandmother's always had a beautiful iris gardens in North Carolina. The painting on the left is one painted in high school art class many, many years ago.  

I used a floral napkin with crystal napkin ring. 

The plate stack starts with a Catalina Target Home dinner plate. The white plate is unbranded then the Rosanna salad plate. 

The beautiful crocheted table cloth made by my Mom.  I believe the pattern is called pineapple.   I remember when she started it and I know it took her a long time to complete.  I used it on the table that held my wedding cake at my wedding reception and I know it's been used at many family bridal and baby showers.  It was well loved by many in her church community and she loaned it to many friends over the years to use at special events.   It's in remarkable shape with no stains or pulls after all these years.   I will pass it on my nephew one day and hopefully it will be front and center at his wedding reception and family events for many years to come. 


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