Monday, January 9, 2012

This Southern Girl Is A Happy Camper!

Some things are just inherently Southern:


Sweet Tea...
via

Lemonade...
via

Big Porches...


Magnolias...


Hydrangeas...


Paula Deen...LOL!
This year, when my family members asked what I would like for Christmas, I had a couple of ideas in mind.  I didn't want clothes and personal items...I buy those for myself all year.  But, I did drop some very not so subtle hints for 'Santa'. (Does sending emails, with photos, count as subtle?) LOL!

I have been a long-time subscriber to Southern Lady magazine. Quite frequently, on the inside front cover, there has been an ad from Arthur Court. Arthur Court Designs carries some of the most exquisite serveware that I have ever seen. There is something so elegant and Southern about their tabletop accessories! I have had my eye on one piece, in particular, for quite some time:

I love the grapevine embellishment!

Imagine my delight when I opened the box on Christmas morning!! Dear Hubby/Santa really came thru!! I love this dispenser!! I think it is such an elegant way to serve iced tea, lemonade, or punch, when entertaining; and it holds a little over 2 gallons. I can't wait to use it! I think we'll even use it, just for ourselves, on the weekends! Why not? You only live once! When not in use, it is also a great vessel to display green or red apples, pomegranates, lemons or limes!

The other item I had on my wish list was this red Paula Deen cookware! I remember the first time I saw Paula use it on the Food Network. I thought they were the coolest pots ever! I don't know why I never purchased them...but, they've always been on my list of things to get.


Not that I have such a passion for cooking...I just thought they would look awesome on my pot rack! LOL!!  I just adore the pretty red color, with the little black speckles; and the lids...with that touch of copper...so sweet! My dear sweet daughters combined their resources and invested in a complete set for me! I've used them a couple of times, since Christmas; and I have informed 'the residents' here, that I am the only one allowed to use them! LOL! I have my copper pots on the front side of the pot rack...and these around the back and sides...


 They are conveniently accessible, whenever I am ready to cook!

What was your favorite gift? I'd love to hear from you! 

Have a great Monday!

37 comments:

  1. What lovely gifts! I'm with you on all things southern except…. the sweet tea, sorry, it is way too sweet for this northerner, Laura

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  2. What a fun post! I am not originally from the South, but I do love it out here. It's so true about the southern hospitality, at least from what I have experienced.

    My favorite gift this year is my new iPhone. I don't know how I went so many years with out a smart phone. :)

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  3. Shenita,

    You really did score for Christmas!

    My husband loves Southern tea. I make it all the time.

    Dee

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  4. Shenita, love your pots. I have thought of buying them in the blue-green color. Yours are so pretty.

    I am a true Southern lady but drink my tea unsweetened...can you stand it? Haha.

    A sweet post, for sure.

    Barb ♥

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  5. My favorite gift was my KitchenAid mixer. You received great gifts for Christmas.

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  6. You must have been a very good girl last year! I'm a Southern girl too and can't live without sweet tea:) Love your Paula Deen pots. Isn't she the best? Good 'ole home cookin'. Can't beat it.

    Shasta

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  7. Love love love that dispenser!! Gorgeous!! I have always wanted Paula deen cookware too! My cousin has a set and loves it. I love your pot rack! I want one!! :)

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  8. Santa was very good to you, my dear! I love Arthur Court, too. I only have a couple of pieces we received as wedding gifts, but I have a friend who collects it. I love the beverage server!!!!

    Your PD pots are so pretty....I love red!

    My favorite gift is my iPad2. I love it!

    xoxooxox,
    RJ

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  9. Great gifts Shenita! I am a Southern girl too, but living in a Northern world and love all the things you mentioned!

    My favorite gift this year was ALL about ME: a red Coach purse from my husband.

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  10. Hi Shinita! What wonderful gifts!!! I, too, get the Southern Lady magazine and LOVE it! I love anything Hoffman Media does! Arthur Court is one of my favorites! Such a fun blog you have!

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  11. Shenita..I knew we had a lot in common. i have subscribed to Southern Lady for years!..I love to visit the stores they have featured and in their ads. I recently visited the The Pine Needle in Dalton Georgia..a fabulous store and ladies to match. So if you are ever in that area..it is worth a stop!

    I so love your new Arthur's Court beverage server and the new Paula Deen's cookware that looks fabulous in your kitchen!..Speaking of Paula Deen, another worth while trip to her restaurant in Savannah. So enjoyed her Sunday buffet..talk about butter...yum!

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  12. Hello... I'm 692 your newest follower... Love your blog! Paula Deen can do no wrong...give me butter! lol Your pots and pans are fantastic. Bet you're gonna be cooking up a storm in them...the color is so bright and cheery. Please stop over and follow me if you get a chance I'd love to meet and greet you. xoso Sandy

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  13. Shenita LOVE your gifts! I'm a Southern girl too (by way of South Carolina) but live in "Southern" New Jersey :-) I love Sweet tea, Magnolias, big porches, etc. and have managed to surround myself with these things even in my home in NJ! Love your blog...I'm always oohing and aaahing over your decorations. My sister who still lives in SC loves it too!

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  14. Hi Shenita,

    Your a blessed Gal - lovely gifts!!

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  15. Arthur Court does have some beautiful pieces and that's one of my favorites and now that you've gotten one piece you can start collecting those too. lol

    Stay dry my friend :)

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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  16. Enjoy your Christmas goodies! They are great gifts.

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  17. I get Southern Lady too and absolutely LOVE it! I have ALWAYS wished we lived in the south. I hate winter and we arre in Pa.:(:( Love your new pots and the dispenser is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I always LOOK at the things on the front cover but never have bought anythig:) I couldn't think of what to ask for this year. All I really want is to MOVE but that probably won't happen. XO, Pinky

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  18. I get Southern Lady too and absolutely LOVE it! I have ALWAYS wished we lived in the south. I hate winter and we arre in Pa.:(:( Love your new pots and the dispenser is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I always LOOK at the things on the front cover but never have bought anythig:) I couldn't think of what to ask for this year. All I really want is to MOVE but that probably won't happen. XO, Pinky

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  19. PS, I LOOOOOVE your pot rack! I used to have one and took it down. Now after seeing yours I want to put it back up! I am going to search for a post on your kitchen now:)

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  20. That's awesome, Shenita! I have long admired the products from Arthur Court. I'm a long time subscriber to Southern Lady too. It is one of my favorite magazine. Love your new blog header, by the way!

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  21. Awesome gifts! Love love the Arthur Court dispenser; need to find many uses! Also love the pots and pans! The red is so festive! Love your pot rack! Did you notice I'm using 'love' alot!!
    My favorite gift was my sapphire ring the hubby gave to me!!

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  22. I'm not from the south unless you count growing up in Southern Illinois but visiting the south has always been dear to me and I like southern homes and plantations. I see you have done some changes on your blog header, looks good. I have been doing the same with my blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. lol....u crack me up!!! I love the pot rack holder, they do look fabulous!!!! I'm not one to enjoy cooking either :) But boy do I love the look of a pretty kitchen :)

    A life quote I live by off of a dish towell that I got as a gift when I first moved out and in w/my hubby .... "Born to shop,forced to cook"...I still have it some where, though it's raggedy now I'll have to dig it up and take a pix :)

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  24. Hi Shenita, I love all your gifts and can totally relate to everything Souhern! Enjoy our gifts.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  25. Hi Shenita! oh, I'm so glad Santa granted your wish for that gorgeous beverage server. I love the Arthur Court pieces and just have one piece - a large bunny tray! Now your PD cookware look wonderful on your pot rack! I have those too! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  26. One Southern Girl to another I love this post!

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  27. Santa, was very good to you indeed! ;) I'm not originally from the South (lived in the south for 8 years) although I feel like a southern girl at heart. I enjoyed your post. I love your PD pots and your pot rack is adorable. The splash of red is fab! Thanks for sharing! xo ~Liz

    P.S. I love your design inspiration on the right sidebar. Good reading for sure! =)

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  28. You obviously were a very good girl this year! I love the drink dispenser and the pans too. Who wouldn't love to cook in those fabulous pans! Enjoy, enjoy! Sounds like your it works to be "subtle"!

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  29. You did get some great stuff! I love that beverage dispenser. I've seen those around (in different styles), but yours is really beautiful. I'm sure your family is glad for you to receive your new cookware too. Afterall, they will be the recipients of the food you cook in them. Ha!

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  30. Shenita, you've got the right plan for getting what you really want....emailing the links. I bought my first piece of Arthur Court at a Goodwill for about $4. I love it and at the time, I'm almost certain GW didn't realize what it was. Hmm, you must have been really good! Love you rewards!

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  31. From one southern girl to another, I totally agree! Your Arthur Court piece is beautiful! And who wouldn't love that PD cookware!

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  32. Nice work! I think I'll take some of these ideas when I'm decorating a master bedroom! My wife and I are excited to get started!

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