Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's get Nautical!

Nautical! I wanna get nautical! Let's get into nautical! I think that's the way Olivia Newton John should have sung that song.  Really yall!

With the Memorial day weekend fast approaching I am thinking of all things nautical.  I am pretty sure I will be working Monday but am hoping for Sunday off.  The Mr. and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend of sailing this past weekend and hope to be able to do more again soon.  While we were out we talked about getting our new grill installed on the boat so we can do more grilling out on the water.  Please feel free to send me all your delicious shiskabob recipes ladies, as I am craving those to kick off the season!

With that in mind I decided to gather up a few of my nautical inspired serve ware pieces to create a display for the screened porch.  This will also keep everything handy in case I want to grab a few serving pieces as I head out the door.

Here's how it all stacked up!

I started over here on the blue table and brought out my plaid runner to work off of.

It sorta has a bit of a nautical flair, right?  Okay,  well, not sure why I brought this out really but there it is.

Next I decided to use the old wine crate that I keep on the porch and have been trying to decide how to decorate.

Then I very carefully (Hehe!) draped one of my patriotic dishcloths inside.

The first thing in was my chip and dip set that I purchased last year from CTS for only $5.99.  Love it!  I cannot wait to bring this down to the club.  It's ceramic so I will have to be very careful.  

Next in was my sailboat dip with spreader dish.  To save all of us a lot of time and reading here you should know all of these items came from the CTS. This was only $3.99.  We do not have one here where I live, so I made a special trip down to one in Augusta last year and went wild when I found all of the great deals on the nautical serve ware.  

This sailboat bowl was sold separately for only $1.99. I bet this could hold a boat load of salsa!

Then I collected up this set of three boats to add in my box too.  They were purchased at $4.99 for the whole set.

Oops! These melamine plates are from Walmart this year.  They were on clearance for $1.00 and I could only find 3.  I need one more!

I am pretty sure the napkin holder was only $2.99 and included the napkins as well.

The votive candle holders were only .64 cents a piece.  What a deal!

And my cups were only $1.69 each.  Now here's the real deal!  Those are all the prices I pulled off of them today as I was unpacking them.  I am pretty sure I got an additional amount off on many of these pieces but cannot remember exactly what.  That's how good of a deal it was and so worth the trip.  If you have a CTS near you or withing driving distance you are so lucky.

I had to move the box to it's final resting place before it got to heavy.  I almost forgot to add in the napkins and napkin rings that I made last year too, or was it the year before?  Oh, IDK!  Anywho, there they are before going in the box.

A little blue bottle of something good and I am all set!  Don't worry this is actually empty but I saved it because I liked the color of the bottle and the taste of the wine and wanted to remember the brand.  I was at World Market a few weeks ago and saw a wine with a Sea Glass label that I wish I had bought.  I think it was a Pinot Grigio, but not sure.  Maybe next trip.

And there you have it!  All set and ready for a very nautical day of dining.  Well, kinda, I still need to find a good deal on some red flatware somewhere.

I've set this up on my bakers rack outside.  If it stays here a bit I may have to redo the whole rest of the vignettes on the bakers rack now too.  But I think I'll wait and see how much I pull from here to go on the boat first.  We shall see!

Speaking of seeing and the boat...
Here's a few glimpses of what we enjoyed out on the water last weekend.  

It was very windy all weekend and we were able to get in a few good sails before getting to tired to fight the wind any longer and calling it a day.

I stretched out in the cockpit for a rest to lay down and look what I saw!

Right over our heads above the top of our boat was a beautiful rainbow.  I couldn't help but think that I guess Jesus wanted to remind us he likes going sailing too!  

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Have a wonderful day!


  1. I am in LOVE with your nautical pieces! My sorority symbol is an anchor so I adore anything with an anchor on it. If you ever want to get rid of those pieces... you let me know! I love your pictures on the water. There is nothing like it. Tom would love a boat. Maybe one day!

  2. Love your display, fabulous and your pics of the day on the water are wonderful. Wish I was there. Hugs, Marty

  3. Mary I am pretty far away from Augusta, but it is the closest CTS! I've never been but I think 'one of these days' a trip just might be in order...weekend in Augusta? sounds good to me! :) Linda

  4. Looks great Mary! I love the wine crate and wish I could find one for cheap! Every time I've asked they want a lot of money. Your nautical display looks awesome! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend!

  5. I love your nautical things! Especially that chip and dip and what a great deal it was! I think I saw some red flatware this past weekend at JCPenney. They were one 3 pc set per box. The box was $2, so for 4 people $8. And I think I have seem some at Walmart. Thanks for following me....I'm your newest follower!

  6. Amazing collection. You did your homework. All of your nautical items are a bargain and so darn cute. You covered all bases. I did find my red flatware at Ross. Very inexpensive! The wine crate is a treasure. Happy memorial week-end and thank you so much for visiting and leaving me sweet thoughts.

  7. Your nautical pieces are perfect for lake living. The sailboat bowls for salsa, etc. are darling! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  8. wow, that looks great!
    I love your super deals, and what cute pieces and perfect in that box!
    And I love the on the water pic....that is truly superb!

  9. What a delightful box of treasures. So fun and full of the promise of Summer!

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Boy oh boy, did you ever find some really great deals and I just love all of your nautical items. I do believe that you are ready to sail! Love the rainbow pic too!

    Have a wonderful night!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  11. How cute your rad and blue pieces are! Just love your vignette. Visiting from Let's Dish and need to go sign up to follow you now! Pam

  12. Oh- You did a wonderful job! I just love it...and living on the water I am always looking for nautical ideas. Yours are GREAT! xo Diana

  13. Hey, Mary! I was at a Stein Mart in Nashville, TN last weekend and thought about you! I found the CUTEST shoes there to where to my husband's med school reunion banquet. Can't go wrong with Stein Mart!!! If I worked there, I would never bring home a paycheck!!! Great job with the nautical box set! You got some really great CTS buys. (Very funny...."a boatload of salsa"!) I am always teasing Cuisine Kathleen and The Tablescaper about their adventures at CTS. We don't have any here in the Kansas City area, so I have to live vicariously through those of you who have had the pleasure. Believe me, if I ever get in sniffing distance of one, I am SO there!!!!!!! Beautiful photos of the rainbow! What a pretty sight that must have been while you're out there surrounded by water!!! I hope you get a chance to get back out this weekend. Just please be safe! Have a great weekend!!!!!

  14. Love all of the nautical dishes! We do not have a CTS near us either and I get a little jealous when I read all of the posts with super cute stuff! The views from the boat are amazing...what a wonderful way to spend the summer. Enjoy!

  15. I just love those little bowls shaped like boats, adorable. Boating this time of year has got to be the best!

  16. Your wonderful music with the waves just sets the mood. I love pairing of nautical with the red, white and blue. It all goes together so beautifully. Oh, to be on that water!

  17. Mary, this is ship shape perfect for a day on the water. It's fun to see these shots from the boat. Makes me feel like I'm back on the water sailing again, though it's been years since we had our sailboat. Thanks for sharing.

  18. How lucky you are to find the nautical serve ware at CTS. I don't shop them often enough, so I'm sure I miss out on a lot :-) Love your bonus rainbow too. Let's Dish! xxoo Debbie

  19. Oh, this is just wonderful, Mary. I love the nautical themed box and can imagine how pretty it looks waiting for use on the baker's rack. I don't think I've seen the napkin rings you made before. If I have, I have forgotten. I love them.

    And the pictures of the sailing, especially with the rainbow, are GORGEOUS. I love what you said about Jesus and sailing. I had never once thought about it, but I believe you're right. It must be so peaceful out there on the water. I'll bet it's easy to feel His presence.

    Now... linky party? What? I'm skedaddling to that post so I know the scoop. I've been out of town so it's taking some time to catch up.

  20. Fabu! :). Smooth sailing, you are all set to go! I have the boats too and few other of their nautical things! So much fun!
    Love the napkin rings you made!
    I spent a few hours at CTS yesterday, nothing major, but a few goodies including some rose bushes and lily bulbs marked way down.
    I didn't buy one dish, but they did have some red flatware, not as nice as the Cambridge I got there a few years ago though. It didn't look too sturdy.
    Enjoy the water, have a good time!
    Thanks for linking this fun post to Let's Dish!

  21. I live in a resort town on the St Lawrence river so I do several nautical tablescapes. Love all of your great finds. The cute sailboat dishes. What lake are you at? My son has a boat so get to go on the river at least once.We go to bolt castle and take a lunch with us so great idea.

  22. Hi Mary!
    It's my first time her, I found your lovely blog at Kathleen's Let's Dish Party!

    All those nautical inspired dishes are so pretty and bright, I just love the colors. Those little votives are just the cutest! I sure wish I could visit a CTS... they seem to have the best thing at great prices.

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

  23. Wow, super cute dishes, Mary! They all look so fun and very nautical. Your vignette is wonderful.


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