Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter into Spring

We hosted this year's Easter Party/Egg hunt, as the friend that normally does it was burned out after many years. I can see why! It's a lot of work. Def worth it, though. :)

We rented a giant waterslide, which was a big hit with the kids, as you can imagine!
24 feet high!




They also had the trampoline to play on, Ds's video games, and an Egg Hunt with 240 eggs! Yeah, I kinda went a little crazy with my contribution, lol. But Ds only found TWO at a local church egg hunt that Wednesday (the kids were super fast and kind of aggressive about it, not a good mix for him), and I was determined that he would have more than 2, dang it! :)

Menu was simple. Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, potato salad, baked beans, chips and dip. Also, too many desserts to shake a stick at. Niece made a bunny cake, and it was divine. Story about the burgers/dogs: I started out fine, but somehow the grill bottom caught fire (grease, I'm guessing) and I forgot the water. Nephew is giving directions and such, so I run get the water, thrust it at him, and tell him, "Here, you do it!" lol But he did,, both put out the fire, and finish the food,  and they were very good.

We got the front porch painted and done the week before the party, and it looks great!



But again, if I never have to paint another picket, it will be too soon! lol Glad to have that over.

I found the rug at WM. It's not an indoor/outdoor, just indoor, but at $40 for the size, who could say no? Unfortunately, one of my Cracker Barrel Rockers finally busted on the runner (had termite damage to begin with from prev owners). I have had no luck finding a runner the correct length. :( I might have to buy a generic rocker to complete the set. Sigh.

Ds decided he wanted gnomes on the porch. Gnomes! We were in Hobby Lobby (den of sin,  I tell you!) and he found the gnome windchime. Which then meant I had to have a couple more to round out the set, of course. :D Then I found this online:



Who could say no??

We also found a large windchime set at Tractor Supply Company for $34! Sounds like an organ, it booms rather than chimes. Love it!



There are pics of some of my Easter decs up at the Little Pond Blog, If you want to go peek. but here's a view of my table. Big bunny from Beall's, flocked and brown bunnies from LTD Commodities, the rest from Ebay, local thrift store, Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby (the carrots on the sideboard in the background).



We are focused now on putting up a gate (had a strange truck pull up the driveway, then turn around and leave, after looking long and hard at the house) this weekend, maybe finally (FINALLY) finishing the mantel for the fireplace, and more grass cutting.

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Accomplished!

So, Dh has been on 4-day, or long weekend, if you prefer.
We got quite a lot done this time around.

I found both a coffee table and a side table for our front porch.
Now, I had priced the outdoor versions of these, from Walmart on up,
and there was no way I was spending $150+, not on our one income budget!

Our local online yardsale, courtesty of FB, offered the coffee table for $20.
It was beige, but in good shape. Just the right size, as it turned out. The side
table was found at the local thrift shop, for $25. Wide and sturdy, it also fit
the bill.

Then came the dilemma. Do I paint them white, to match the chairs and swing,
adding cohesion to the mix and match pieces, or use a color from my porch
cushion (red, green, or yellow) to add pops of color around the area? I even
asked on Fb, and got a plethora of different responses.

I went with white, in the end. I figure, if I change out the cushion in a year or
two for a different color/pattern, the white will still match. And it does look
fine now. Once we finally finish the dang porch (paint the railings white and
stain the floor) I might feel like it's too much white and repaint them in a color.
We'll see.

For now, I'm happy with it. The Boy decided that he wanted a Gnome wind
chime from Hobby Lobby, so that kind of set the theme. I never thought I'd
have gnomes at my house! But now they are kind of growing on me, lol.

Not the ones that show their hieney, bent over. Certainly not the ones that
are really....enthused and 'flashing'. Those are tacky, not funny. However,
speaking of heiney related things, I do have a birdhouse that is shaped like an
outhouse on the side table. It's red, so it brings the cushion color to that area.
There is a small husband/wife gnome set in front of it, and a lovely red flowering
plant behind it.

The coffee table has a larger, yawning gnome the Boy also picked out, along
with a gorgeous fern plant. I went a little crazy and ordered a standing triple-gnome
set, nearly 3 feet high, to go by the front door in the corner. It is adorable.

Dh also dug up with the shovel/ax three bush stumps in the front yard, that
would be in the way of the super slide we ordered for Easter. Yep, I'm hosting
it this year! We'll grill burgers, have pizza, chips, potato salad, ect. Kids will
play on the trampoline and water slide (24ft tall, y'all!), and then an egg hunt.

Should be a good time. This is on Saturday, the day before Easter. Sunday is
reserved for church, of course. :)

I have a few more things hung up in the house (decorations) that had been waiting.
We got the 'bun cover' for the Rav4 restitched (tire cover), and put some stuff
out in the barn that had been taking up space inside the house.

Speaking of the Rav4, We have a new car!! It's a2008, but only has 137000 miles
on it! Drives and handles like a dream. I love it, it's my baby. Heehee.

We fed the fish this evening, and those little jokers are big enough now to 'pop'
the water when they come up to eat. About hands length, I'd say. We had bbq
ribs, mac n cheese, and peas for supper, and are relaxing on this, Dh's last day
off.

Rest of the week? Graveyard. Ick.
:D

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's my table.



Hope your day, and weekend, is amazing!
Now, we're off to baseball practice. :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A bit of cheer

For these last winter days. Although, we haven't had much winter here in SE Georgia.
I've shared a couple other tablescapes at my other blog, lifeonlittlepond.blogspot.com but
wanted to put this one here.

I don't put out china and such, as this is our only table. We eat 3 meals a day here, play games, craft, do homeschool (sometimes) and more, so it has to be readily accessible at all times. Also, I don't yet have enough of my white china set to go around, even for pics. One day, maybe...but for now, enjoy!


 Here, you can see the adorable runner I picked up on Ebay for .99! With shipping, it was still under $5. Win!!

 Here's the table, finished with runner and placemats. The napkins are actually purple, but the light makes them blue. Also, the runner is a bolder yellow than pictured, and the cloth is brighter as well.
The purple candlesticks were another under-5 find on Ebay.

My napkin rings. Again the napkins are really purple, not blue. Crazy light. The dragonflies are green with shadings of yellow, and seemed perfect for a spring table.  This pic was before I added the round mats. I like it better with them. More color, and it looks more finished to me. Napkin rings also from Ebay. I rarely spend full price on anything, our budget won't allow it.

Even though spring isn't officially here yet, the weather says otherwise. Azaleas are blooming like mad, and the weather is amazing. We've spent so much time on our porch this past week or so. We're really loving it. And, for those cold, dreary days when winter proves it's not over yet, a bright, cheerful table really raises the spirits.

My St. Pat's table will be next, it's a green on green theme (at least right now it is), and I can't wait to see how it turns out.  Happy rest-of-the-week!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Old Man River

Took a trip down the road today, to the Little Satilla River. Pretty fishing spot on this quiet, sluggish little waterway. Dh is going there tomorrow in hopes of fish for supper. Even though they aggravate his gout. Go figure?


Nice, right? Very primitive and unspoiled.

View of the Highway 84 bridge that the river crosses under. The scene above is behind me in this lower pic. You can drive or walk under the bridge to fish on the other side, if you choose.

Unfortunately, there are no bait shops on this side of the county. Weird. Dh will have to go to town to get crickets, then come back out here to fish. The things we do for our hobbies, eh?

Happy Weekend!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Greening of the...table!

http://betweennapsontheporch.net/4-leaf-clover-napkin-fold-tutorial-for-st-patricks-day-table-setting/

St. Pat's Day will be here before you know it, so get to practicing! And, don't let the 'ironing' instruction scare you, there's only one time that you iron, and it's simple. :)

And, for more great ideas, try napkinwizard.com by Jimmy Ng. He also has a book available with even more ideas.

Happy Entertaining!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I heart you!

New napkin fold!
It's a little late for Valentine's Day. Sorry about that. Better late than never, though, right? Right. :D
I will say, this pictured fold looks very much like a rose, what with the actual rose in the middle. Pretty.

http://graciouslivingguide.com/2017/02/10/heart-shaped-napkin-fold-2-ways/




Find more great decorating and living tips at graciouslivingguide.com

Happy Valentine's Day!!