Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Fall Entry Is Coming Together

It's beginning to look like fall here...

Have you seen the October issue of Southern Living magazine??

 If so, then you know there's a lot of fall inspiration there for your front entry! With the rain and cooler temps that we have had over the past few days, I finally feel like fall is in the air. So, I decided to get out and start working on my front entry.

As you can see, I haven't gone too crazy! I added my wreath and a couple of pots of crotons. I used a couple of black bistro chairs as plant stands.  I also added a few pumpkins...for that 'pop' of orange.

The crotons pack a punch for adding seasonal color:

(I plan to add a small pot of ornamental cabbage, to the right of the chair, in this!)

UPDATED PHOTO: I got my ornamental cabbage and a few more pumpkins and squash!!

As you can see, I haven't added my seasonal flowers (pansies and mums), just yet. It's still very warm here. However, my sweet potato vine and vincas are still going strong in my urns!

Here are my vincas in the landscape:

Once the temps cooled a bit; and we got a litle rain, these plants really started to spread!

These will probably stay until the first frost kills them off. (Gotta get my money's worth out of them!) The same holds true for my large urns of sweet potato vines:

UPDATE: I added an ornamental cabbage, additional pumpkins, and squash to this side, too!

I usually use a wreath that is very 'leafy'. This year, I chose to do something with more fall accents:

I love the combination of the pumpkins, gourds, and pinecones...

Love the mossy detail here...

I also adorned the entry with two pumpkins flanking the front door. I added a leopard print bow and a floral sprig to the stems; and hot glued my signature crosses to the front.

(A pot of ornamental cabbage will be flanking my little sign.)

UPDATE: Got my ornamental cabbage!!

That's my fall entry, so far.  Later, the pansies and fall flowers will be added; but, in the meantime, here are some of my summer flowers/plants...still going strong!

My knockout roses:

My elephant ears and jasmine:

My bougainvillea:

My lantana:

My caladiums:

And my yuccas:

So, as you can see, it is still very warm here! While the calendar officially says it's fall, we have a few more weeks before it truly begins to feel like fall.  Hopefully, I have captured a little bit of the autumn season, here. I hope you have enjoyed your visit!! Have a great day!!

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Verse for today: "...Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 25:14

P.r.o.j.e.c.t. P.i.n.k.

In lieu of today's usual post, I am uniting with other bloggers and painting my blog pink today, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Today's post is a repost of a tribute that I did to my mother on 10/3/11:

As we all know, October has been designated as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". My beloved mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 and passed away from the disease on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1995 at the age of 58. With no family history of the disease, it just goes to show that ANYONE can be affected. 

After seeing so many inspirational posts out in blogland, over the weekend, I decided that, this week, I would do a tablescape in honor of my dear mother. This table features a photo of her and some of her personal items that I love.

I started this setting with my own wedding china and crystal. Mom's advice to me: "Get a basic white pattern that is versatile. And don't pick out the most expensive china in the store. Remember to consider what others would like to spend." LOL! Guess what? Mom was right! Not only did I receive EVERYTHING on my registry, I received extras!!! My china pattern was 'Wedding Band', by Mikasa. The crystal is 'Bretagne' by Durand. The gold flatware was mom's.

Mom had a great collection of vintage demitasse cups; but, I chose these for this post:

This is my favorite photo of my mother from her first year as a school teacher. She taught 11th grade English and served as the school's librarian. If you notice, in the bottom right hand corner, this was signed to my Dad, while he was still her boyfriend. (smile)

A small collection of her brooches and pins.  I wear these occasionally:

Her pearls...I love wearing these...classic:

This was our family bible...I leave it open to her favorite passage, Proverbs 3:5-6...

Ladies, the clock is ticking. We MUST find a cure for this vile disease! Please support your local fundraisers for breast cancer research...our own lives depend on it!

Verse for today:
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  Proverbs 31:10

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Blog Love Continues...

Well, The Versatile Blogger award has come back again this week! I am so humbled by the support I have received since I began my blogging journey! This week, the award came from two great ladies that I need to thank for even thinking of me!!

First, JoAnn, over at Jo's This and That, stopped by to drop off the award. I must admit, I was truly honored because I have admired JoAnn's blog, since I first started this journey. She creates some of the most beautiful tablescapes, vignettes, mantels....gosh, everything!! If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting JoAnn, you're truly missing out!!
Then, I got a surprise email from Brooke at Cupcakes and Cucumbers! Brooke has one of the cutest blogs! She is definitely not a one-dimensional girl! She is a professional photographer, but gives great insight on recipes, travel, and markets & festivals. Please stop by and show her blog some love! 

Now, the rules state that I should thank the person who sent it to me; and to tell you 7 things about myself, that you may not know. I feel like I've told you pretty much everything, this is tough! LOL!! Ok, let's see...

1) I am an only child- And I didn't grow up to be a spoiled brat!

2) I have had the same best friend for over 25 years...Love ya, Donna!!

3) I play the piano. I used to be the Sunday School musician at my childhood church!

4) I love to watch reruns...drives my kids crazy!!

5) I secretly love some shows on the Disney Channel...shhh, don't tell my girls!!  

6) When I'm feeling stressed, I like to clean house! It's therapeutic!

7) I coached my girls' cheer squad in pee wee football. We won first place at competition, with a cheer and mini-pyramid, from my high school days! LOL!!

Now, the second part of this award states that I should pass it on to 15 newly discovered blogs. However, many of the ones that I am thinking of have either already passed it on; or they have just been awarded!  The following blogs are some that I recently discovered; and feel that they are truly inspiring and full of great ideas. Please go by and visit them, if you haven't already!

I also want to give a special thank you to Diane Cayton-Hakey at The Blue Ridge Gal!  Diane is responsible for my header and my new button...she truly is an ANGEL, especially for newbies like me!!!  Thanks, Diane!!!  I so appreciate you!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today; and enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Thrill of the Hunt!

A couple of weeks ago, Dear Hubby and I did an impromptu stop into the SALVATION ARMY thrift store.  I did a post that showed you our fabulous finds.  I've always considered myself  a 'value' shopper...but, "thrifting" is relatively new to me. However, after the great finds we scored that day, I have to admit...


Having said that, I popped into the GOODWILL Thrift Store this time...and my, oh, my...the treasures I found!

Is this your style???

Well, have I got some treasures for you!! While I was in Goodwill, the shelves were being stocked continuously. I was carefully watching the stockers, and literally, grabbing things as fast as they hit the shelves. And now, you will see why!

This lovely pitcher...

With the great detail...

Originally came from...

Williams-Sonoma!!!  SCORE!!!!  It is Italian stoneware. After shopping, I came home to see what they had on their website that was comparable. They have a Pillivuyt Queen Anne white porcelain pitcher that retails for $99; and the other stoneware pitchers begin at $55.  I got this lovely beauty for the LOW, LOW, price of....................$2.99!!

Next up, is this lovely serving bowl...

The lid has such graceful details.  I took this beauty home for $2.99!

I also saw these cute salt and pepper shakers...

Aren't they pretty?? I just love embossed items! These were also $2.99!

I fell in love with this next item, as soon as I saw it!

This great crackled finish bowl had such great distressed touches!  Can't you see it filled with dried hydrangeas??

This beauty came home with me for $3.99!

Finally, my favorite piece from Goodwill, perfect for Thanksgiving, is this large embossed turkey serving platter!! Look at the great rope detail around the edge!!

Isn't he great?!

It, too, is etched on the back...Made in Italy. (I wish you could feel how heavy this stoneware is!) "Tom Turkey" went home with me for $7.99!

This past weekend, we made a trip to Louisiana, to visit my daughter in college. While there, we couldn't resist stopping at a local flea market. If roosters are your thing, I've got some finds for you!

I found this set of roosters sitting on a dining table, as a part of the display. They are ceramic canisters and have a few small chips...but nothing I can't touch up with my trusty craft paints.  (I also just got a great tip from a follower...spray paint them white; and add them to the "white collection".)They were not tagged; so, I asked the owner how much they were? He said, "Do you want all three?"  And before I could answer, he smiled and said, "If you'll take all three off my hands.............$2 each!!"  SOLD!!!  They could be a cute accent on the countertop, on a shelf in a vignette; or displayed above the kitchen cabinets.

Dear Hubby and I had been going from station to station, when he spotted this wall hanging lying on the floor...................behind some shelves.........................................waaaayyyy back in a corner. (Man, he's got great eyes!!) We asked the owner about it; and he didn't even realize it was back there! He laughed and said,  "It must have fallen off the wall!" We all looked up; and there was a random hanger there. With some effort, he managed to dig it out. This is what it was:

It was a large metal wall hanging, measuring 35" tall x 20.5" wide, in perfect condition!!  I had to lay it on the floor, to capture all of the details.  The owner was so tickled that we found it, he sold it to us for $7!

Along the way, I picked up some "just because" pieces... like this copper rooster for $2.99!  I can see him hanging on the pot rack, with my copper pots:

There was also this plastic medallion, for 99¢ designed to be hung on the wall...

I liked all of the scroll details, but the gold was a bit too shiny for me. So, I used a couple of coats of Krylon hammered finish spray paint, that I had in my paint cabinet, and got this:

(This is the base color.)
Later today, I will take my mocha and bronze glazes and add some depth to it, especially in the crevices. I think it will work well with my decor!  

I also found this finial for $3.99!

(I'll add some glaze to this piece, as well, to take the shiny gold down a bit........easy fix!)

Across the way, we saw cardboard boxes filled with flatware and random serving pieces...just a mishmash of stuff! Dear Hubby starts rummaging through the boxes and from the very bottom, pulls out these ugly, tarnished, silver serving pieces.

Although they were badly tarnished, I noticed the great detail on the handles...even with some old polish still in the crevices...

And the pretty pattern on the pie server and serving spatula...

Well, after a few minutes with my faithful silver polish, this is what I ended up with:

The detail is just exquisite!

And the handles are gorgeous!

If you look at the 'before' picture, you'll notice the pasta server was, literally, BLACK, with tarnish!!!

I was so thrilled; I did a happy dance right there in the kitchen! Originally, the pie server and serving spoon were taped together for $6...however, Dear Hubby found the two additional serving pieces in the box, with matching handles; and the owner sold us all four pieces of silver for $6!

Finally, after one last trek through the market, I saw these great dessert plates, in perfect condition:

Look at the great rope detail around the center and the pretty details around the perimeter:

I turned it over and it says...

They're from Southern Living!  I got them for $1 per plate!

Whew!  Well, that concludes my thrift finds for this week!  It was a blast finding so many great pieces again! I don't think I want to ever shop retail again!! LOL!!  It just proves the old adage that one man's junk, can become another man's treasure!  Be sure to stop by my previous post, "Is It Soup, Yet?", to see my previous thrifty finds incorporated into the tablesetting.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today; and Happy Thrifting!!

Verse of the Day:
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.     Psalm 118:24  (NIV)

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