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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Tables

I have two tables set for Easter although there won't be an Easter dinner here this year.  Its just part of my decorating I guess.  The first tablescape was used last weekend when a few friends were here for a simple evening meal.  What was suppose to be a quiet evening of girl talk was interrupted by a terrible storm that came up quickly and left us without power until the following day.  The problem was that I made made two quiches that were in the oven when the power went out.  I was hopeful for a short time that the power would return but when it didn't I fired up our gas grill and continued to bake the quiche.  We ate a little later than expected and by candlelight but it will be a dinner we won't forget soon.

Bunny Black and White Table

It all started with the large silver bowl that was sitting on the table waiting to be cleaned and polished, I started dumping things into it that were in need of placement somewhere in the house for the spring decor.  As it turned out I liked the randomness and left it just as it was.

I had picked up these darling bowls at Home Goods a month or so ago and couldn't wait to use them.  The monogrammed napkins were a clearance purchase from Hobby Lobby, I think I got a dozen of them for a dollar each.

 I placed the flatware wrapped in a lace napkin in each of the tumblers.

 We had to add the candles because of the lack of electricity so I had to move much of the detail from the table to make room for the candles. We did have a wonderful time and won't forget our evening for some time to come.

The second table was set with some fabulous new Bunny plates that my daughter ordered for me from William Sonoma.  Each plate has just captured my heart but this first one is my very favorite.

William Sonoma Bunny Plates

Is he not the cutest bunny you ever saw?

 Rather than a pretty pink cupcake sitting inside the cloche I settled for a bunny and a few faux eggs.

Blessings to all. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Stop By" Easter Thank You

Our traditional Easter brunch has been set aside this year as my husband will spend the day in the hospital and therefore so will we.

I have been invited to a couple of homes for a "stop by" during the day and I needed to come up with a little thank you to leave behind.  I stopped at the floral supply and picked up little flowers to plant in some leftover bunny cups from last years Easter season.  How To Make Bunny Cups.

I plan to put them in clear plastic gift bags and tie with raffia on Sunday before I deliver them but today they are out on the deck enjoying our nice sunny day.

Friday, April 11, 2014

What is it?

Do you ever read the "what is it and what is it worth" in Country Living and other publications?  That segment and the one on houses for sale are usually my favorites.  I didn't think this piece I picked up at a resale shop last week would come under "what is it"...I already know it's value isn't worth crowing about but upon closer inspection the what is it became clear.

I'm not sure where it will end up but I knew I had to have it, as it reminded me of a piece my daughter-inlaw has.  It rolled around in the back of my SUV for a week before I brought it is the house.  I was cleaning it up a little when it hit me...this is a cheese box with legs!  Do you see it???

 The bottom shelf is the box that a large cheese round comes and the top shelf is the box lid.  It looks like someone shaped the legs out of 1x2 and screwed them to the inside of the box.  How simple is that?  It doesn't look manufactured but who knows.

Rather than doing something productive around the house I kept looking at the simple construction of this piece and thought (I try not to think too often because at my age I'm not sure how many "thoughts" I can spare)  that you could use this same construction method with a hat box.  You know the ones you see at TJMaxx all the time.  One would have to beef up the construction a little because the TJ's are made from cardboard and this one is from wood but the principal construction would be the same.  I'd like to say...and here is what my hat box idea looks like but with most of my hours spent at the hospital that just isn't happening right now.

I walked around the house looking for the right venue for this piece.  I stopped first in a guest room and did the most obvious...I plopped a faux fern on the top piece.

 Next stop was my bathroom.  

Then as I was bringing the piece back to the main floor I stopped on the stair landing  for one more idea.

The piece is currently on the porch waiting for spring to arrive here in Michigan.  I think this piece may be used as a server on the porch for summer to hold plates and glassware.  

On another note...I would like to thank all who have asked about my husband.  He is progressing after a series of life threatening events and we hope to have him home by June.  Thank you again for your prayers and notes of concern.