Monday, November 2, 2015

Lets talk Turkey....

... about blogging, catching up, holidays, and everything else.  Okay?

OMG!  Can you believe it's November already?  I know right!  Time sure does have a way of flying by lately.  I do apologize for being such an inconsistent blogger, especially for those you whom may still be following me.  Mostly though, I just want to say a great big THANK YOU if you still do follow me!!!

Now for a little gobble, gobble, gobble.  I often feel like I have no business blogging at all lately.  I feel like this because I don't have the time, content, energy or commitment to devote to creating a beautiful blog.  I've tried so many time over the last few years to figure out where I want to go with this blog and why.    
I have given myself guidelines, that didn't work. I've taken long breaks but I always miss it so I come back with the intent of getting back into it regularly but then life gets in the way and I just don't have the passion that I see so many of you have to stick with it.  So I guess I must sort of be a seasonal blogger now because, this seems to be the time of year I share the most.  

So, with that in mind I hope you all don't mind that today I've popped back into blogland today to share my turkeys with you all.  It's a rainy Monday here and since I don't work on Mondays and it's Nov.2nd already it seemed like a good time to get those little gobblers out.  I've had my fall decor out for sometime now but not Thanksgiving yet.  This sweet little white Turkey dish is one of my favorites.  I can't figure out if it's a gravy dish or a candy dish though.  Any ideas?  I also had a wonderful brainstorm as I was cleaning out a china cabinet drawer this weekend.  I decided to pull out all my silver serving pieces; spoons, pie cutters, butter knives, etc.  Seems I'm always running around the day of trying to gather all these up from everywhere at the last minute.  I put them all together shown here in the picture above in my silverware caddy.  Big bonus, they will more then likely get polished ahead of time now too since I have them all out to see.  

I added my Turkey plates in front of my white Lenox dishes for fall display in the china hutch.  Yes, that's more silver in there that needs polishing soon.  I really want to make time to polish the silver this year.  I am not one to stress over it every year but sometimes ya just gotta do it.

I told you this post was all about the Turkeys didn't I? Sorry, but I'm not done yet, there are still more to go.   These cute little salt and peppas are some of my favorites.  I love the way they are sitting on top of the pumpkins.

Okay so maybe it's not totally just all Turkeys here, I had to share a few blessing signs as well!  I love this word BLESSING so much.  Do you?  I especially love seeing it.  I even have several pieces of jewelry with blessed on it as well.  I really don't need to be reminded that I am blessed but do need to be reminded to stop and make time to dwell on my blessings.  You see dwelling on all that I have been blessed with in life is so healthy for me.  It recharges my soul!  I especially love this time of year when it's so encouraged by all to dwell on our blessings. 

Talk about a blessing, this little one shown in the photo above has been an amazing blessing to us.  We love her so much!  She has grown so much since this photo.  I will need to do a whole post on her one day.  She's so cute and so so funny!

In the kitchen, I redid the bakers rack for Thanksgiving.  I felt compelled to get this set up today because early this morning I was online ordering a new tall pencil Christmas Tree for the kitchen.  Last year I didn't do a tree in the kitchen for the first time in years and I really missed it.  I have even less space in here for a tree then before because of table swaps and really don't want to do a whole lot of rearranging of furniture.  Hopefully the new tree which was on sale at, Michaels by the way will fit in nicely.  So now you know why, I had to get this Thanksgiving out right, guilty me!!!!

If you've made it this far and enjoyed what you saw please leave me a note.  I'd love to hear from you!  I do apologize that the quality of these photos may not be what you are used to seeing from me in the past.  I still have not quite mastered using my camera and downloading on my chromebook yet.  I can do it but it's quite a process and my iphone makes downloading to blogger a snap.  Soooo...this is what you are seeing, pics from my phone.  Yes, I also know that I could edit these photos better first with a few apps but again, I'm trying to be quick here because it seems the longer something takes me to do these days means it doesn't get done.  I'm hoping to slow down more one day, but it hasn't happened yet.

 Thank You so much for popping by today sweet friends, and for listening to the gobble, gobble, gobble.  I'm not sure if I'll get another post out before the big day and before we are all in gobble till you wobble mode.  LOL!  Love this!!!!  Just in case I don't, I would like to wish all of you a very
 Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Happy Fall Y'all!!!! 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Sailing Season Returns Tablescape

Hi Blog Decor Friends!  I know most of you are probably eager to be moving on to the Fall season with all it's rich crisp decorating colors right?  Well, I would be too if I wasn't also enjoying the last fruits of the summer season from a sailing perspective.  So, I hope you'll slow down for just a bit today and take a little trip with me first.  You see there is another season in the south if you are a lake sailor.  It's the season when all the heavy heat and stillness of summer begins to subside and the winds begin to pick up again just ever so slightly.

It's called the Return of Sailing Season. Truth be known we sailing fans of the south enjoy sailing almost all year long.   However everyone knows that the best times to sail in the south is usually in the cooler temps.   But....some of us fair weather wives are a little more selective in our enjoyment of the sailing season.

Some of us prefer days that are warmer but not as turbulent that lend themselves towards a more summery type season with just the hint of cooler breezes.

We are lake people but we dream of oceanic voyages while were out on the open waters.

We dream of warm bubbly waters ripe with windy currents and cool breezes to fill our sails.

We are not quite ready to let go of the warmth of summer but enjoy the allure of the season to come.

Finally, in celebration of that short window of time where summer ends and fall begins I have pulled together a tablescape I hope represents the best of both season.  Can't you just picture a hopeful maiden waiting among the cliffs of the lighthouse for the return of her sailor man?  I sure can.  LOL!  Ok, so maybe I've been reading just a tad too many romantic novels this summer!

Oh Well!  I may be dreaming here, but yeah, that's what I do.  (smile)
Thanks for stopping by and for taking a little voyage here with me into my world!
Happy Sailing Friends!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Decorative Denim Wreath

Calling all Decorating denim Divas!!!
  What do you think?  Do ya love it or what?  Well obviously, I love it and hope you do too.  More excitedly, I feel like I have finally figured out the decorating dilemma of what wreath to do in between seasons.

If you live in the south you know the dilemma I'm talking about.  We call it the dog days of summer!

It's that time of the year when all the stores are filled with fall decor.   Yet, it's still so dang hot you just can't quite bring yourself to commit to calling it fall can you?  So what do you?   I say, do denim!

Cool and refreshing denim blues.

Love me some denim, mixed with burlap and denim and lace.  You can't go wrong with that!

What could be a better fit (pardon the pun, no, not really) and what could be more welcoming then denim?  Are you with me here?

It all started for me when I saw this denim collection of ribbons and such at Michaels early this spring.  I wasn't able to decide what I was going to do with any of it then and so I waited.  Well, actually I waited and I waited and waited even more.  I was so in love with this line that I have kept it in the back of my head the entire summer.   Finally last week after walking in Michaels and seeing the whole collection at 70% off I was ready.  Funny how that works.  So I came home with all of this, which soon became....

...This!  Love, love, love!!!

I think denim is the perfect transition into fall, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by today friends.
Have a great weekend!
See ya,

Monday, July 6, 2015

Unexpected Delights

Hey Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!  We had a very nice and relaxing weekend.  Not quite what I was expecting but such a welcomed surprise.  I was expecting to be on the go and busy, busy, busy as most holidays are.  However, the Mr. and I took a few ques from the very quirky weather this weekend, changing plans and enjoying more time around the house then I thought.  I must say after a very stressful week at work it was such a nice surprise.

Speaking of surprises, I couldn't help but getting excited when I saw this beauty pop up.  This was one of those unexpected joys from a long ago planted bulb that I had forgotten all about.

It has already started to fade some here but look how beautiful it still is.  Just gorgeous! Have you ever planted something and forgotten all about it until it blooms?  I can't even remember the name of this bloom.  All I can think of is stargazer lilly, but honestly, I just don't remember.

This beautiful plant always brings me such delight each year as it dies down during the winter and returns each summer fully of beautiful purple blooms.  It is called a Mexican Petunia and I just love it.  I have mine in a pot but have seen where some have been able to grow it in the ground as well.  I tell myself every year I am going to try some in the ground but have yet to do so.  

In my garden area by the pool I did plant several clumps of this Yellow African Iris.  I have lost a few clumps as they didn't take off quite like I had hoped.  I have clay soil here and it's quite tricky to find what will thrive and what will not.  The few clumps I do still have are hardy but hardly showy.  This is the first bloom I've been able to enjoy from these plants.

I stuck a few Blue Daze plants (two in each pot on each side) in with the potato vines in both of my Palm tree planters this year and had to remove one from each pot.  I am finally starting to see bits of blue peeking up on one side.  

I really can't complain about having to thin out this pot though because I am thoroughly enjoying the lush foliage from both the black heart sweet potato vine and the pink frost potato vine.  Both have done exceptionally well even in this extreme heat we've had.  

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the unexpected delights that caught my attention this weekend.  I haven't forgotten that I promised to share more boat pics with you too.  I will try and get back to that as soon as possible.  

As for me, I am headed to the Atlanta Market tomorrow for work.  We will be there through Sunday shopping our little hearts out for the store again.  It's such fun to be able to go and find things that are new and exciting as well as seeing all the new patterns and products from our usual vendors.  It's exhausting for sure but I am a shopper so its right up my ally.  Hoping I also can find a few more unexpected delights there too.  

Hope you have a great week as well!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Decorating for the 4th of July?

Hi Friends!  I am wondering how many of you are decorating for the 4th of July this year?  Do you decorate if you are only celebrating at home or do you still decorate even if you will not be around?  

This photo above was one of my older 4th of July decor photos taken from a tablescape I did in 2012.  I am constantly amazed at how many times a week it gets pinned on pinterest.  I can honestly say this is probably the most pinned picture I have out there.  I guess folks must really like it.  I'm glad because it's one of my favorites as well.  

I really do wish I had the time to decorate like I used to for special occasions.  I recently shared my front door decor on my FB page because I thought that was going to be the extent of my decorating for the 4th this year.    Please excuse the dirty door and just focus on the cute flowers instead, kay? things often go, I got just a bit more inspired this morning and put out just a few more items to help us get that festive feeling I am craving.    

I  still didn't feel quite so inspired to go all out because we're not really spending the day at home.  Then I told myself since I have actually spent money on some of this stuff just sitting around in my craft room I really could should at least put a little more effort into it and bring some of it downstairs to enjoy this weekend as we come and go.  LOL!

So with very minimal effort I swapped out a few pillows on the screened porch and brought down a few of my older red, white and blue decor items.  Perfect for us nautical celebrating sailors!

This little bucket made it to the table this year after spending several years stored away in our old sailboat.  I only had to change out the flags which had faded a bit.   We are still undecided as to which boat we will be taking out on the lake tomorrow, the motorboat or the new sailboat, I know poor pitiful us right?  Actually, we feel very blessed to have such a delimma and to live in our lakeside town.   One things for sure, if we take the sailboat out which I hope we do, this festive bucket will be coming with us.  I promise I'll take pics of that to share with you soon if we do!

The final touch to my  very minimal 4th of July decorating this year is a trio of candles set in small red, white and blue buckets filled with corks to hold the votive candles.  I set them on the coffee table on the porch to add a little more ambiance should we end up here because the rains have washed out the evening fireworks show. 
 Pray not!!!
Well, I'm feeling a little better about getting festive now, how about you?  Did you go all out this year, or add just a touch here and there like me?  Whatever you have or have not done, I do hope you all will find yourselves celebrating with friends and/or family this year.
Happy Fourth of July Everyone.
May God Bless America!
Love ya!