Friday, September 19, 2014

First Touches of Fall in Florida Home

Awesome News! We received great results on Rea's MRI, CT and MIBG scans. We are so happy particularly on the MIBG scan report that showed it to be normal! The MIBG is a long nuclear medicine scan she had on Wednesday. They inject radioactive dye, called a tracer, then scan the entire body. Anywhere neuroblastoma is present will light up in the images. IT WAS NEGATIVE!
The notes say: “No evidence of metastatic disease at this time.” The lesion in her left knee that caused the fracture is history, and no new tumors are evident!
Since Rea is doing so well, I decided to drive to our Florida home again, which is a 2.5 hrs. away from where Rea and family lives. My other daughter lives next door and I wanted to see my other grandkids. I am only staying for the weekend because Rea's mom, Rochelle, needs me with the babies when she takes and picks up AJ, her teen-ager to and from school.

While here, I decided to decorate a little for Fall, starting with the foyer and dining room.
 I love this runner. I found it at Marshall's.



The pierced pumpkin has a light inside but it is not very bright.







 This is that long frame hanging on the wall. I don't know why but I am fascinated with doors. We found this at an art festival show in Park City, Utah. They are doors the artists took a picture of, while traveling in South America.
 I just added a white pumpkin on the foyer table. It is a lamp.



Thank you so much for stopping by. Thanks especially to the hostesses, whose memes I am linking with and I also want to thank everybody who has been praying for Rea.
 
Susan's Metamorphosis Monday
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
http://www.astrollthrulife.net/
Kathy's A Return To Lovelines
Kathryn's Before and After Wednesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Kathryn's Before and After Wed
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Home Sweet Home 
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Buffet in Florida Dining Room

 
I had an opportunity to visit our home in Florida while Rea was home and doing well. I bought the buffet below just before I left the last time I came and had my son in law pick it up so it has been sitting there empty. I finally got a chance to accessorize it.

You will notice here that the dining table is darker than the chairs. I particularly like the buffet because it has 2 shades of wood colors, a darker and a lighter brown, so it blends well with the dining furniture. I originally wanted to furnish this house with lighter ones but ended up with dark wood again. Somehow, I am always drawn back to dark wood. Oh well, the house is bright so it does not really matter.

I had this pair of buffet lamps just sitting in our garage in Mississippi so I asked John to stick them in his luggage when he came to visit.
I went around the house to look for accessories and came up with all these.
a bunny, a bird tea light holder and a Paris pitcher.
a brown and while toile tea set that was sitting on the kitchen bar ended up in the center.
All these came from Homegoods. I wish I took a picture of the ceramic tray so I can show you. I love it, it's Frenchy.
On the right side of the buffet, I added some book boxes, a bird cage and a pot with faux flowers. I can't really use real plants inside here because I am hardly here so I can't take care of them. My daughter and her family live next door and they help  me take care of the house but I avoid giving them unnecessary work to do. Do you see the table and 2 chairs outside on the front porch? I ordered them from Joss & Main.


Inside, I displayed my Alice in Wonderland tea set and plates and some crystal stemware.




Let me take you to the family room. I just want to show you something. It is that box sitting in the center of the white cabinet there.
I am using the tiny drawers to store various napkin rings. I found it at TJ Maxx.
 
 
 
In the front yard, I added 2 hanging solar lanterns. I thought they were really cheap. I bought them for $4.99 each from Old Time Pottery and that includes the stands. I stuck them across each other by the entry.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Thanks also to the hostesses of the memes I am linking to.
 
Susan's Metamorphosis Monday
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
http://www.astrollthrulife.net/
Kathy's A Return To Lovelines
Sandi's Teatime Tues
Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Kathryn's Before and After Wed
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Home Sweet Home 
Kate's Flaunt it Friday

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Farewell To Summer Tablescape Challenge

 
Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen is having an end of summer tablescape challenge. I am still at  my daughter Rochelle's house but I did not want to miss a challenge. I decided to just create a table for one in the backyard, since both my time and tableware items here are very limited here. My granddaughter Rea is in the hospital right now so I am taking care of the other girls.
 

Its a very simple table and I decided to mix summer and fall colors to create a transition of the seasons. The napkin is actually brown and not black like it shows.
 
I started with a white crisp tablecloth, actually a new unused shower curtain I found in the utility room cabinet, while searching for a tablecloth.

I just bought the placemat at TJ Maxx a few days ago. I love the deep orange color and I like that it is square rather than rectangular, so I can use it on our round kitchen table in Natchez or on our square table in Cape Coral.
 The lake speaks summer to me and the grass is still really green and it has lately been very hot here in Florida. I do not foresee Fall in the near future yet.
 I just found the bumble bee in the kitchen drawer and I thought it would be fun to add it on the plate. I bought these plates a long time ago from Ross when I still lived in FL, one of the few everyday dinnerware set I left here when I moved.

 I could not even find a match to light the candles.
 I just borrowed the vase with a daisy from the fireplace mantel and I added another polka dotted orange vase I found in the kitchen cabinet, and stuck 3 more faux daisies in it.


And there it is! Looks like the other daisy I had on the plate have flown away. Thank you so much for hosting this table challenge, Kathleen. I hope I get a chance to visit the other participants. I will certainly try, especially because I have missed so many of you.
Thanks for your visits and comments!

I would like to link with the following too. (Thanks for hosting!!)
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Masterpiece Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Kathy's A Return To Loveliness
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Centerpiece Wed
Homemaking Link Party
http://www.hopeineveryseason.com/
Tablescape Thursday
 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Minnie & Mickey Wedding Tea Party For the Twins

Last weekend, my granddaughter Rea was still home and she loves playing "tea parties". While their parents took her with her 2 sisters to an arcade in Ybor City, I thought I would prepare a real tea party for them and surprise them when they got home.
 
Mickey and Minnie are so sweet, all dressed up for a wedding! I bought them from the Disney Outlet Store in Orlando and they served as my centerpiece.
 I pulled out the black and white everyday dishes from my daughter's kitchen cabinets and they served as my plate chargers. I brought all the linens from our Cape Coral home. The tablecloth is actually a shower curtain. All other dishes and table accessories, except for the centerpiece, were all bought from Zulily on line.
 The girls decorated the cake balls and the cupcakes were gifts from a friend.




 Minnie Mouse salad plates, also from Zulily.


 I love this Minnie tea pot!
 We don't need an S & P shaker but I added them anyway cause they fit the theme.


 Minnie teapot is so cute, also from Zulily!



And here are my guests of honor, my twin granddaughters, Rea and Halle!
Thank for the visit! Really appreciate them especially your comments.
Thanks to the hostesses for the following links I am joining.
Christine's Table it Monday
http://www.rustic-refined.com/
Masterpiece Monday
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Kathy's A Return To Loveliness
Sandi's Teatime Tues
Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Centerpiece Wed
Homemaking Link Party
http://www.hopeineveryseason.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday
Tablescape Thursday

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