Thursday, May 3, 2018

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig....

Well, we got in early Sunday morning around 4am. After 16 hours of driving!
It took 14 to get there, but we came back by way of Gatlinburg and the mountains, so it took
longer. We also had a stop while in the mountains that made it all worthwhile, but more on
that in a later post.

There was a lot of walking. A LOT. It also rained two days in a row, so our doings were cut short
a bit, but we fit in most of what we planned to do. We had a great time!

It has taken me this long to feel up to writing a post, as I've been 'lame' from all the going, lol.
Jet-lag, or driving-lag, also. :)

I'll update in a day or so with pics and details.
Suffice it to say, we love our Old Kentucky Home away from home!

Friday, April 20, 2018

On the road again....

We are leaving for vacation tomorrow night!
Kentucky, here we come, woohoo!!

It's been 8.5 years since we were there last, and we have missed it.
We'll be staying in Lexington, and here's our planned itinerary, so far, in no order:

Sisters of Charity Gardens
Abraham Lincoln sites (2)
Henry Clay's Ashland
Aviation Museum
Frankfort Sculpture Garden
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Kentucky Horse Park
Daniel Boone's Grave
Salato Wildlife Center
Yuko En on the Elkhorn Japanese Gardens
Toyota Plant Tour
Shaker Hill Center
Old Fort Harrod

And whatever else we can cram in! As you can see, we are big on gardens, and old houses/historic
places. Not only because they are interesting and educational, but also because they are usually inexpensive or free. For 3 of us to do everything above is around $180 TOTAL. Beats Disney by a (ton of) miles!! No offense to Disney lovers, of course. :)

7 full days of fun and family!! I cannot wait.

Oh, shout out to REGINA!!
Thank you so much for the tea, and I adore the tea pouch!
I'll be sending you a gift as well, once I'm back from vaca. My computer screen got messed up (my fault), and I just got it back yesterday. Tablets and phones are nice, but I do enjoy my big laptop!

Have a great week, chickies. I surely plan to!

Also, prayers for safe travels would be appreciated, of course.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Happy St. Pat's!

Or, 50 Shades of Green!
Pretty sure another tablescaper used that title, but I' borrowing it now, lol.

As my Granny was of the most esteemed Bowen clan, late of Ireland *very late, like 1600's*
I claim myself pinch proof! HEehee

3 of the little Leprechaun's were from Dollar Tree, the salt and
pepper shakers  were Ebay/Amazon. Garland, shamrocks, coins, 
and hats all from Dollar Tree, as was most of the flowers.

The shamrock napkin fold didn't happen, but here's a 3 leaf/prong
something or other that kind of resembles a clover. 
Just go with it, k? lol

The long shot. 50 shades of Green!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Come on, Spring!

B/C I am heartily sick of the cold. Time to lighten things up around here!

This is my "Come on, Spring!" table. The tablecloth? Is a bed sheet!
The napkins are the two king size pillowcases cut up with pinking shears
for 'toppers' for the green napkins. The true color is coral, not pink.
Alstromeria from Walmart, vase from thrift store.

Good close up of the 'tablecloth', and napkin detail. I've reused these round, green
placemats many times. It's good to have a 'base' set of each color, as you will get
plenty of use out of them throughout the year.

Mrs. Bunny has flowers in her hand (paw?), to encourage Spring to come.

Mr. Bunny has a decorated egg, to remind us that Easter is coming!
This salt and pepper set came from Ebay, last year.

Candlestick from a local thrift store. They matched perfectly 
with this table!

The flower 'candle holder' is actually a planter from
Walmart! There was a much larger one also, but
I didn't need it. Still, they would make a pretty set.

So, that's my 'starter' Spring table.
Reuse (napkins, mats, candlesticks, vase, flowers),
Repurpose (planters, bed sheet, pillowcases)
and ENJOY! Shopping your house can
reveal a ton of decorative treasures. 

Just think outside the, table!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Open Pages and a Cuppa!

Or, what I'm reading right now, and what I drink while I do.

Not much is going on, just everyday life (tired of the cold, though), so I thought I'd share what I'm wasting, educating myself, with these days, lol.

As you can see, I'm kind of on a Tea kick at the moment. Weird thing is, I haven't found a tea that I really like yet! Now, being Southern, I love my sweet tea, though these days it's unsweet with Splenda and LOTS of lemon (due to diabetes, alas), but hot tea? Not so much. More on that later.

So, the tea books.  I think my favorite is The Charms of Tea. Lovely pictures, and great recipes.
A close, close second is A Proper Tea. Gorgeous illustrations, and it is studded throughout with quotes and chapters of famous books that feature tea. Neat! Also good recipes.

Afternoon Teas is a cookbook, and I'd like it better if it didn't have the back chapters dealing with birthday cakes. Seems out of place, but maybe that's just me. I haven't gotten deeply into this one yet.

Having Tea also features beautiful photography, and good recipes, with captions such as Sunday Afternoon Tea, Children's Tea, Dessert Party Tea, and more. A solid choice.

The Gentleman's Farm isn't a tea book, but does have some gorgeous pictures and history on famous farms and houses of America. You will drool, I'm sure. Mount Vernon, Monticello, Peace and Plenty, The Farm at Sunnyside are a few of those mentioned. If you like history and design/architecture, this might be for you!

I also have Almost Homemade by Taste of Home, and it's okay. Not enough recipes for me to buy it for my collection, but worth a look see. 

One I did buy for my shelves is Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible. You WILL drool over this. Esp if you love southern foods. I grew up on this stuff, I understand it, it makes me happy. This book won't be going to the thrift/donation store!

Now, about that tea....

Perhaps my issue is that I keep trying herbal teas, rather than the 'real deal'. Bengal Spice was waaay too cinnamony, just over the top. Now, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tastes like slightly grassy water with a  faint sweet aroma, but no real sugar cookie taste. 

Perhaps I'm not brewing them correctly, but I doubled up on the Sugar Cookie, and it didn't make a difference. Very weak. I think I'll move on to a true tea; I've heard Lady Grey has notes of citrus in it, perhaps I'll like that one. I'll need to order it though, my town doesn't carry it anywhere, only Earl Grey. 

And, if all else fails and I just don't like hot tea, I"ve always got my iced, sweet standby, right? 

What are you favorite teas, and how do you drink them, one lump, or two? :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tablescape Tuesday: Winter Recap

A few from Christmas/December/January. I'll post Valentine's, Chinese New Year, and one more at the end of the week. Enjoy!

In the Meadow we can build a Snowman!
Snowman from Dollar General *he lights up, Mats from Ebay

Winter Wonderland
Mats from Ebay, Vase from Bealls Outlet

Closeup of Winter Wonderland mats (ebay)

Santa Claus is coming to town!
Santa from Big Lots, Mats are napkins from ebay

Closeup of napkin/mats; I love how they matched my Santa!

A pony for Christmas!
Rocking horse was my mom's, no label. Mats from ebay

Note: My tables are more cute than fancy. I rarely use dishes, as I only have one set of 4, to fit a 6 *really 8* chair table. I'm working on that though *see craft posts*.  We eat at this table, play games on it, and do homeschool, so it has to be 'ready' at all times. I have fun with it, and I hope my efforts make you smile.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Napkin ring idea

Another craft call, inspired by a photo of a baby in a headband.
Yes, a headband. The ones with the big, poofy flowers.


Cut the elastic and sew it back together at the correct length (trim it to fit),
and bam, you have a napkin ring for less than $1. I'm all over this, too. I have
six purple ones on the way now for an upcoming table.

If there are multiple flowers, and thus too large, try to remove the individual
flowers and fashion each into a napkin ring with more elastic, or felt, ect.

With all this crafting going on in my brain, and soon to be real life, I need
to get my work room (utility room) cleaned and ready.

Stay tuned!