Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Red, White and BLue!

Red, white and blue!
 Stars over you
Mama said, papa said
"I Love you"

We used to say that rhyme while jumping rope when I was small, lol. Sorry for getting side tracked. It just came to me after reading my title.

Hello Friends, let's dish!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I missed you last week. You know I am extremely busy when I don't join tablescape parties. We just got back from Atlanta last Wednesday, took me awhile to unpack and before even getting completely done, we left for Pensacola on Saturday to visit John's dad. We are back home and now I am very busy preparing for my reunion with 8 College friends, who are all arriving from all over US and Canada and one coming all the way from the Philippines. They are staying here and I have prepared an agenda for a whole week's activites. It will be very hectic but lots of fun for sure! So if I am not visiting, you know why.

Anyway, I was able to create this for Memorial Day before leaving for Pensacola.

I gathered some of my patriotic stuff from the garage and I had enough without going to the attic. I decided to use my vintage enamelware dishes. They are light and easy to handle.

I used my vintage lace placemats. I thought they look very Americana with the tin enameled dishes.



I bought the patriotic solid wood eggs from Lynne of http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/lynnesgiftsfromtheheart last year. I finally got to use them. They would probably look better altogether in a big bowl but I wanted to use my red, white and blue tin pails. I added the air plants I bought from West Elm in Atlanta as a finishing touch.


The flag tray was on clearance, either on Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table, I can't remember. It's wood and it's quite large. I bought it last year.


Pewter always has a vintage look to me too so I used an S & P in that material.

Thank you for stopping by. I always enjoy your visits.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday, Pink Saturday!

Today is the 4th anniversary of Pink Saturday since its inception. I would like to congratulate Beverly and join her in the celebration of the 4th year's success of Pink Saturday.

Congrats, Beverly!

Please visit her and the other participants and join us all in this celebration at


For this special event, I am using my Tirschenreuth Briar Rose tea set, my favorite, to have tea and a Mississippi mud cake on the pool deck in the garden.


Notice how the honeysuckle wrapped itself into the chair.



I love these orchids.






Thank you so much for your visit. Congratulations to Beverly again and thank you so much for all your dedicated work.

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Jean's Bloomin' Tuesday
Sandi's Teatime Tues 
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
Tuesday Cuppa tea at
Trish' Tea Party Tuesday
Miss Spencer'sTeacup Thursday

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trunks and Stained Glass

Both John and I love trunks, chests and boxes and we also love stained glass. Did I tell you we were born on the same day? That must be why we like similar items (except for choices in clothes, lol) The other weekend, we drove by our favorite antique shop downtown after going to church and saw so many cars parked outside. It was a one way street but John went around the block to go back to see what's going on. Once a month, they have extended hours downtown and it just happened to be that the band was playing in that particular store called Melancon. The owner who is a very good Cajun cook made some cajun pasta and they were serving that plus some drinks for everyone.

We have seen and liked this particular stained glass in the same store before but after telling the owner our intent to buy it, she said it was already reserved for someone else. When she saw us again, she told us the other buyer never came back for it, luckily for us,  so we bought it right there and then. I knew exactly where I wanted to hang it.

 I love the colors and the pattern, reminds me of a peacock tail and you know how much I love peacocks.

John and I have our own recliners. Mine is the one closer to the window. When I am watching TV in the early afternoon, the sun shines right on me and it bothers me. I considered getting a stand up screen to put there against the window but I did not want to block the hallway and I could not find what I really wanted. I did not want to hang drapes there because I do not like to block the view. Our backyard has a pool and has lots of trees around and behind them is a big creek so privacy is not an issue.

Do you see the stained glass? It is perfect there cause it obscures the sunshine so I am happy, and it is decorative as well. It also displays a beautiful play of colors when the sun shines on it.

 This is one of our guest rooms. I have designated it for my mom when she is staying with us because it has its own bathroom so it is convenient for her.

Do you see the trunk that I just added in front of the bed? It was a wedding present to my mom and dad from a politician in the Philippines in 1936. I had it sent directly from the Philippines and it arrived last December but it was all messed up when it got here. I had Mitch, our handyman fix it and I am happy with how it turned out.
 It is made out of camphor and believe it or not, after all these years, it still smells so good when you open it. I really treasure this because it is the only furniture left of my parents after we moved to the US. I still remember it so well when it used to sit in my parent's bedroom as I really grew up with it. Mama and papa also had 2 Venetian chandeliers which I would have loved to have that my mom bought when she went to Venice a long time ago, but I think they were stolen after we moved, because they were not with the house when we sold it.

I am storing extra pillows in this hand carved trunk now.

Below is a trunk I saw in a resale shop parking while driving through New Orleans. I wanted to repaint and sell it in my booth.

But after I was done painting it blue and distressing it, John and I both could not let it go. Did I tell you that we both love trunks? LOL!

So I brought it in, placed it by the window in the other guest room and store throw pillows in it now.

That armoire in between the windows is a computer desk with a concealed chair that pulls out. We have a laptop in there for guests to use.
 Since we are here, I might as well show you the rest of the room. Do you see the antique chair in front of the bed? We bought it also from Melancon a few years ago.
 Now, let me show you the floor lamp I just gave John on our birthday last month. Yes, it is a tiffany style stained glass lamp. I was finally able to replace John's old reading lamp which I hated.
 He loves it and I do too! He said he likes how it hangs and it is adjustable.
Back to another trunk, another one we bought from Melancon on our last visit.
The 6 sided antique oriental box on the right is where I store our uncooked rice. We eat rice a lot so I buy jazmine rice in 25 lb. bags. I bought it from Horchow about 4 years ago.
It is in the breakfast nook storing lots of cloth napkins and tablecloths, which I used to just store in a basket on the floor there. I think the trunk looks neater.
 I used to have a TV tray by the window too shown below, gone now and back to the rack where it belongs in the family room.
Thank you so much for your visit. And thank you to all the meme hostesses who does all the extra work just to have us all party!





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Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Sally's Blue Monday

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pastel Peacocks

I love anything with peacocks and chelsea birds so naturally, everytime I see anything on them, I want to have them. Thus, my feathered collection have grown. Most of my peacock plates are in the darker tinge, you know the usual deep greens, peacock blues and some reds, but I found these particular set in pastel shades. I thought I would use them now cause they look more springy.


This is more for a breakfast set up, after all, the setting is in the breakfast nook.

I have had these glasses for a while, bought them from TJ Maxx a long time ago. Do you have a TJ Maxx Rewards card? They are good for HG, Marshall's and of course, TJ Maxx. You get $ rewards which is mailed to you. Whenever I get some in the mail, I feel the need to go to any of those stores. the problem is I always spend more than the rewards, lol, but I think it is still a good deal since those 3 are some of my favorite stores. Anyway, back to the glasses, I like how thick they are and love the flower etchings and shade of green.

I bought these pewter peacock napkin rings from Ebay when we first moved here. I have been enjoying them since.

The flatware with green handles are from Horchow.

Here is the dinner plate.

The salad plate. The placemats are from Pier 1 and the plate
chargers are from Wisteria.
 Don't the peacocks just look regal?



The view at night.








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