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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vignettes of Fall




Autumn is a second spring 

where every leaf is a flower.
                                                                                                     Albert Camus







Merry Autumn Days
By Charles Dickens





Hail to the merry Autumn days,

when yellow corn-fields shine,





Far brighter than the costly cup that

holds the monarch's wine!




Hail to the merry harvest-time, 

the gayest of the year,






The time of rich and bounteous crops,

rejoicing, and good cheer!




Tis pleasant on a fine Spring 

morn to see the buds expand,




Tis pleasant in the Summer 

time to view the teeming land;




Tis pleasant on a Winter's 

night to crouch around the blaze,  ~





But what are joys like these, 

my boys, to Autumn's merry days!




~ Wishing you crisp Autumn mornings ~




~ Warm, cozy nights ~





~ Merry Autumn Days ~

Joining

Sunday, September 23, 2012

~ What's Your Choice ~ A Bowl of Cherries or A Chair of Bowlies?


ME Metal Sculpture by Enesco 1998

"Life 

is just a 

chair of bowlies!"



Mary Engelbreit coined this phrase 

when she launched her very first greeting card.




 Collection of Assorted  ME Products from 1990s

To say I'm a fan of Mary Engelbreit

and her work is an understatement!  

I've been purchasing her greeting cards since the very first ones were available.  Mary's art work was a favorite in my classroom during the years I taught elementary school, and Mary's whimsical work remains a favorite here in my home.






Fresh Oregon Cherries 

in the grocery this summer prompted 

me to gather my ME cherry things for a recent tablescape.




Hood River Cherries 

from Oregon are the BEST!





I filled one of my ME cookie jars 

with bright golden sunflowers.





Then I set the table with  ME cherry dishes 

paired with solid black dishes 

and MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check.  






I added some cute cherry napkins, 

a recent find at Tuesday Morning.





Love the way they all stack up together!

You can see another tablescape 

that features the ME cherry 

dishes paired with plaid here.





I added in the crystal 

compote for a special treat.





 ~ Cherries Jubilee ~





September 24, 2012  

 National Cherries Jubilee Day





Celebrate with your own bowl of 

Cherries Jubilee

Recipe Here






Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

When it comes to containers for flowers,

don't limit yourself to an ordinary vase.

Get creative and use other 

containers found around your home.

This ME cookie jar was a perfect fit for the sunflowers.





Have a Happy Day!






Joining

Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bee Happy



It doesnt' take 

much to make me happy.




Take for instance ~

a simple setting 

for an evening meal.




Italian Pottery

Happy Blues and Yellows

Printemps by Sigma 




Wine Stems 

of Blue Glass




French Provencal Napkins




The Sweetest 

Bee Napkin Rings




Parade of Vintage 

Aqua Ball Canning Jars




Flowers From the Garden




~ Menu ~

Spinach
Rack of Lamb
Lime Basil Risotto




Lime Basil Risotto

New York Times Recipe here.




This happy little sign 

hanging in my friend's kitchen.



My tidbit for the week........

Savor the simple things in your life.

~ Meals with family and Friends ~

~Flowers in the Garden ~

~ Bee Happy ~

My entry into  


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Joining

Open House Friday @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Tuesday Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe withe an E
Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Monday, September 10, 2012

Embellished with Flair




Recently we've been enjoying cooler temps,

and I'm beginning to sense a whiff of fall.






found this beauty while out thrifting.





She immediately 

knew just what it needed!




Now this charmer lives here at 

Hyacinths for the Soul.





Part of a fall vignette 

for the sideboard in the dining room.

~ Silver tea pot embellished with flair, 

sunflowers and a favorite piece of art ~




Sunday I stopped by Barnes and Noble 

to  pick up a few magazines 

for some fall inspiration.




Then fixed myself a tea tray.




I've had this darling tray by Mary Engelbreit for more than 

20 years, and I still smile when I pull this into service.




My husband's grandmother 

monogramed this vintage tea towel.

It's the perfect size for a tray. 




Tea cup is part of 

MacKenzie-Childs' Taylor Series




All paired with Patti's version of

silver dressed in my favorite black and white.

~ A Teapot Embellished With Flair ~




MacKenzie-Childs compote 

in Fran, a sassy new pattern.




Sables, a tasty French butter cookie, 

for a bite of something sweet. 



Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

If you are not a crafty person like moi,


Pattie knows how to embellish with flair!

Joining

Today's Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality
Tuesday Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday @ Kathe with an E
Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday Tea @ Sandi's
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
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