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Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy 1st Day of Spring

The table this week celebrates the first day of Spring.   Living in South Florida it will feel like Summer in a few short weeks.    We only enjoy a couple weeks of cool temps and low humidity during the year.  I really do miss the change of seasons.  In North Carolina the daffodils are blooming, the dogwoods are budding and warmer days are just around the corner.    I was able to pick up a bunch of cut daffodils at Trader Joe's this weekend to enjoy for a few days. Hopefully old man Winter is on his way out and everyone will be enjoying Spring like temperatures very soon.   

Trader Joe's had a great supply of cut daffodils this past weekend. The aroma is lovely.   I purchased the Waterford Crystal vase in Harrods while on a trip to London many years ago.   

First day of Spring 2017 tablescape. 

The silk daffodil napkin rings were found while on a visit home a few Summers ago.   There is a lovely little store in Welcome, North Carolina that offers items handmade by local Seniors.   The Senior Country Store offers so many beautiful items and it helps the seniors supplement their income.  I cannot wait to see what I will find on my next visit home in June. 

The table cloth is mostly pale yellow with green, purple and a touch of pink.   I decided to use pink napkins to pull out that pink and really show off the daffodil napkin rings.

The Spring salad plates were found while junkin' for plates in Boca Raton.   The are marked as made in Bavaria Germany by Bareuther Waldsassen.   The plate below with the yellow iris jumped out at me and I had to add them to my plate collection. The basket weave edge dinner plates were found at Goodwill a few years ago.   The white scalloped lace chargers are from Michael's.  


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Top o' The Mornin' To Ya

It's time for the green beer, wearing green, shamrocks and parades. Being a fair skinned, freckled red head most think I'm 100% Irish, but I'm mostly English decent.    On St. Patrick's Day everyone is Irish right?   I hope to make a pot of Irish beef stew or Shepherd's Pie to celebrate or maybe I'll make my way to the local pub for a pint or two.       

St. Patrick's Day decorations on the table.  I made the shamrock wine charms a few years ago.   The little leprechauns were found at Dollar Tree this year.   The Irish Coffee cups and saucers were found at a local thrift shop.  

I may be a bit Irish, but I do not have a green thumb.  It must be the luck of the Irish that I've been able to keep this shamrock plant alive for 3 plus years.  

The stack starts with a shamrock print fabric charter plate cover. The gold plates is next then a Valerie Parr Hill plate.  The top plate is made by Global Design and was found at Home Goods several years ago.   

This is a wreath I made a few years ago. 


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Desert Rose Memories

My late Grandmother Dorothy Smith would have turned 98 years old this week.   We were blessed to have her for 93 years.   She was a lovely Southern lady that enjoyed taking care of her family and friends, cooking, working in her beautiful flowers, crafting and quilting.   She was a fabulous cook and held family gatherings at her home throughout the year at holidays and special occasions.   She loved her Franciscan Desert Rose dishes and used them as her everyday dishes.   When she moved to assisted living in her late 80's another family member received her daily dishes and I was lucky enough to receive her formal china.    Over the past few years I have picked up pieces of the Desert Rose pattern while looking for plates in thrift stores and consignment shops.   Each time I would see a piece I would think of her so I decided to start a four place collection.   The table this week is styled in her memory and I'm sure she is looking down from above with a smile.  

This picture was taken 30 years ago this week as my Grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 13th.  The cross stitched piece behind my Grandmother is now hanging in my dining area.  It was handmade by my Mom. 

The Capodimonte rose belonged to my Mom.   I have her entire collection packed away. 

This photo was made in 2000 in front of her prized Hibiscus plants that were up to 6 feet tall. 

In the 80's I learned the art of making stain glass windows and other glass items.  This is a piece I made for my Grandmother.  

This photo was made on my Mom and Dad's wedding day.  My Grandmother Curry is on the left and my Grandmother Smith on the right.  I have my Grandmother Curry's dress, hat and gloves packed away.  I wish hats and gloves would come back in style.   

I found these glasses at Goodwill.   I'm not sure if they are part of the Franciscan collection, but I think they blend nice with the plates. 

This photo was made in the early 2000's on a visit home to NC to visit the family.  She loved dogs and always enjoyed my lab Casey's visits. 

Happy 98th Birthday Grandma!   Love you!  


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