Sunday, February 23, 2014

Two Guys Named George

My oldest brother was

born on February 22.

He shares both the name and birthdate

of the first President of the United States.

Cherries make me think of

both of these guys named George.

In their honor I set a table  

with what else but ~

CHERRIES, of course!

Vintage linens, black and white checks, tartan plaid,

and Mary Engelbreit's own cherry inspired dishes.

Definitely a Mary Engelbreit sort of table!

A vintage cloth 

with sassy lacy details . . .

Holds its own below black ruffled

placemats and a bold tartan plaid charger.

Dinner Plate

Salad Plate

Soup or Cereal Bowl

All layered to give 

the classic Mary Engelbreit look.

Add a bit of vintage 

mother of pearl flatware . . .

And a spoon 

with ginkgo leaf detail . . .

A bit more touch of 

tartan plaid for good measure . . .

And a bit more 

black and white checks.

The special touch 

of a vintage toast rack . . .

Paired with the acorn leaf details of my

favorite butter knife finish off the setting.

As you munch on a bite of bread and butter before

lunch, lean in closely, I've a little secret to share.

All the dishes on this table were "thrifty" finds!

"Goodwill Hunting" @ 99¢ a piece

Oh, is that bowl still empty?

How about 

a cherry pie . . .

To finish out the layers for this

very cherry table

honoring two guys named George.


I first shared this table in 2011, but brought it 

out of the archives to share again.

Hope you don't mind seeing a repeat.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Waterlogue Wednesday

I've long wanted to be a watercolorist, 

but alas I'm not talented at drawing or painting.  

I've tried, taken classes, but no success.  

That is until tonight!

I'm now painting with ease, my friends.

Like many of you, 

I've jumped on the Waterlogue train.

For the modest cost of $2.99

I can transform my photos from this .   .   .

Into lovely watercolor images.

It's my latest iPhone app. 

These are my first attempts.

Quickly transformed

this evening just in time for the following party.

Want to join in the fun?

Download the app, start "painting"

like a pro and share your work at 

Rhondi's Waterlogue Wednesday.

Rhondi @ Rose Colored Glasses

I may just print some on 

watercolor paper and make notecards.

Vee's February Notecard Party

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Touch of Lipstick Red for Valentine's Day

The week of Valentine's 

was busy around here.

Lots of chocolates and 

fun times spent with friends.

This stack of red and white stripe plates,

a sweet surprise from a girlfriend 

for my January birthday,

 was the inspiration for our

Valentine's table this year.

An impromptu stop at Sur La Table

yielded these pretty new napkins.

The beautiful woven texture, red stripes, and 

fringed edges make me think of vintage French linens.

They fit in perfectly with

my theme of black and white 

and touch of lipstick red.

My go to woven ruffled placemats,

MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check chargers,

Black dinner plates from Dollar Tree,

Red and white striped salads by Grace's Teaware,

All stack up for a pretty Valentine Dinner Party

with a group of girlfriends.

Small heart shaped boxes 

filled with chocolates were

transformed with chalkboard paint

to use as place cards 

as well as sweet take home treats.

La Rochere 

Napoleonic Bee Glassware

Tossed Green Salad

Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

Made at home by my personal in-house "chef".  

Hot Garlic Bread

Light Dessert

Lemon Petite Fours 

Camomile Tea and Almond Tarts

Served with 

fresh raspberries and .   .   .

A dollop of 

sweet whipped cream!

Little cinnamon hearts 

on the side for a touch of spice.

The following morning

I hosted my CAMEO group

for our monthly antique club meeting.

I saw this idea on Martha Stewart.

You take dried Calimyrna figs, cut lengthwise, 

and they look like little hearts.  

Tasty, healthy, and oh so cute!

Several of the ladies are gluten intolerant, 

so I like to serve gluten fee choices

such as this camomile and almond tart

that I picked up from a local bakery.

The pretty little petit fours, 

while not gluten free,

are a secret I learned from a friend.

You can buy a box of 24 of these at Costco 

for about  the cost of one petite four from a bakery.

They are "lemonylicious" and no one is the wiser!

Sometimes I add a little added flourish on top.

As a take home treat for my CAMEO friends,

I bought mini heart boxes at Michaels,

used the chalkboard paint again,

then placed a decadent chocolate heart inside

on a nest of red and pink crinkle paper.

All in all it was a

"sweetie pie" of a week here!

Hope your Valentine's Week 

was filled with delights too.