Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Shopping Avec Moi

~ Cake Stands, Cloches, and Baby Chicks ~

Easter weekend will be here before we know it.

In early February, I attended the 

Nashville Antique and Garden Show.

Celebrating its 23rd year, this four day venue offers

shoppers an incredible array of dealers 

of both antiques and horticulture.

Fabulous finds for both home and garden!

Avec Moi, from Franklin, TN, 

just one of the many shops represented,  

was filled with vintage dishes and things for the table.

Green Jadeite with Yellow Tulips 

~ Springtime Perfect ~

Bob Roethemeyer, the proprietor of Avec Moi

knows how to set a gorgeous table.

The use of velvet pumpkins in fantasy colors, 

glitter candles, butterflies on winter branches ~

all played off each other to set 

the tone for this beautiful tablescape.

Love the yummy sherbet colors of this table.

~ Crisp Linens ~ White China ~

 ~ Bejeweled Peacock Napkin Rings~

A Mix of Clear Patterned Glass 

Many gorgeous textures at play on this table.

Loving the fantasy colors.  

Just may need to add a few to my own 

collection of velvet pumpkins.  

More Glittery Napkin Rings

Vintage White Ironstone Tureen

Regret not bringing this one back to Texas.

Mother of Pearl and Silver Serving Pieces

Avec Moi offers a unique shopping experience 

of new and vintage accessories 

for the table along with one of a kind treasures.

Take a tip from this table:

Varying heights of cake stands to elevate a collection such as the velvet pumpkins and mixing in natural elements such as the winter branches makes an interesting centerpiece.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Green Was Her World

Today couldn't have been more beautiful.

The sky was blue, the sun was shining, 

the birds were singing, the air was crisp, and 

a group of neighbors and friends gathered together

to dedicate a small neighborhood garden 

to an amazing lady we lost two years ago.

It's just a small plot 

where an oak tree towers overhead.

A daily reminder and tribute to an

incredible lady who gave of herself to 

family, friends and community.

We miss you, Gail!

I realize we still have a week of 

February ahead of us, but it feels like spring here.

A small patch of larkspur has begun to bloom in my front garden.

It's giving me hope of what's to come.

This is my first experience growing larkspur.  

These are from seeds that a friend shared with me last fall.

I planted poppy seed at the same time, 

but so far no evidence of poppies.

Larkspur is in the delphinium family.  

In the Language of Flowers during Victorian times, 

larkspur symbolized a pure heart and laughter.

Both of these traits are characteristic of my friend Gail.

It makes me smile to see them springing 

up in my garden this week.

In early March last year, bluebonnets 

were flourishing and blooming in my herb garden.  

Only one small plant sighted so far this season. 

Mid February is the time to prune one's roses.

The photo above of my knockout roses 

and blue plumbago was taken last spring.

This bed looks pretty bare now, 

waiting for the first flush of new spring growth.

So that's what I'm doing these winter days........

waiting for my garden to spring forth in color once again.

Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
 Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life
Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With An E
Pretty Things @ TwelveOeight
Tuesday Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Outdoor Wednesday @ Southern Daydreamer
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home and Garden Thursday @ Delightsome Life
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Open House Friday @Bernideen's Tea Time
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Made With Love

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!

The week of Valentine's I had a 

group of girlfriends over for a casual dinner.

These little crowned birdies were my table inspiration 

and the take home party favors for my girlfriends.

Red tea towels in a crown motif,  

purchased at World Market several years ago, 

made the perfect choice for napkins.

But it was these new bowls 

that were the crowning touch.

I spied these Queens Made With Love bowls on 

an email blast from Tuesday Morning.

I promptly ordered them, 

only to find my order canceled the following day.

Not to be deterred, 

I enlisted the help of a friend 

(she's known to be my personal shopper) 

to track them down in Dallas.

I knew they would coordinate perfectly with

the Queens Rooster plates we've had for several years.

They are called Queens Made With Love.

Do you see the crown at the top of the heart?


They remind me of Emma Bridgwater's work.

An ivy heart topiary nestled into one of my 

white tureens was the centerpiece.

Twisted heart garland gave a nod to 

Valentine's Day.

While glitter crowns at the base gave 

a nod to the sweet crowned birdies.

I found the glitter crowns last fall 

while shopping Rachel Ashwell's shop at

The Prairie in Round Top.

I knew they would be the 

perfect touch for something.

I floated a garland of 

pink and red hearts around the base.

~ Dinner for Six ~

Cheese and Fruit to Start

With Valley Lahvosh Heart Crackers

Heart Healthy Meal

~ Salmon on a Salad ~

~ Sweet Ending ~

I've a reputation for serving heart 

shaped decorated cookies for Valentine's Day.

But I've been out of town and had limited time.

So I opted to make brownies and cut them into hearts.

~ Fresh Berries and Cream ~

With a Side of Heart Brownie!

~ Made With Love ~

Chargers ~ Ambiance Vintage Garden
Dinner Plates ~ Queens Rooster
Bowls ~ Queens Made With Love
Heart Plates ~ Mesa International
Heart On The Side Cutter ~ World Market