Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sold Our House - Packing and Moving

Big news from our house!  We sold it, yeah, we are so thrilled and ready to move on and be closer to our grandkids. The closing date is approaching quickly, we have had less than a month to get moved.  We don't even have enough time to buy another house. We are just rushing to pack and move everything to storage then we will start looking. 

So here's what is going on at our house.  

I am starting to question myself about my dish addiction, I have packed tons and tons of plates, platters, bowls and glasses. My love of them is catching up with me. I think my husband is in shock at all the boxes of dishes. It's gonna take a lot of storage space!!

Hope to make a Halloween post soon - Judy

Linking to: 

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yellow Mums for a Fall Tablescape and Inexpensive

Wow, the weather is cooler and is feels great outside. I am so happy Fall in the air. Mums are blooming plus the stores have lots of mums for sale. I stopped by Walmart and got yellow ones for only $4.00. So, of course, they are my centerpiece for a Fall tablescape.

The mums were placed in a pumpkin soup tureen for a beautiful fall base. I've had this tureen for years so no new cost here. 

Yellow mums are perfect with pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating. Orange, bronze, yellow and creamy white make a great combination.

Mixing Fall berries and leaves around the tureen just adds more touches of Fall.

Fall elements comes in such great colors. Don't you just love those shades of orange, brown, rust and yellow?

No expense here either. All from my stash.

For my tablescape, it's not expensive. In fact, you will probably recognize these fall plates from the $$ tree. I bought mine a year or so ago but have never used them until now. I'll give you a tiny peak and see if you remember them. I bet you do!!

The creamy plates have fall leaves around the rim with a few acorns mixed in the circle. The inner plate has a green circle. Cheap, cheap, cheap but great for the occasion. My guests probably won't even know that I only paid $1 per plate. 

The napkins and napkin rings are from Pier 1 a couple of years ago. Great colors, nice touch for this Fall table. 

These green goblets have been around blogland for years so I know they are nothing new but sure do work with the plates. Again, cheap, cheap, cheap from the $$tree. I washed them and shined them up a bit and they are a go.

The woven placemats came from TJ Maxx about a year ago. 

Now you have seen all of the elements of my Fall table so let's take a look at all of them together. Set for a Fall casual dinner in the kitchen. 

Thanks for stopping in and sharing my Yellow Mums for a Fall Tablescape - Judy.

Linking to:

Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

WowUs Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
Three Mango Seeds It's Party Time on Sundays

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Planning A Fall Tablescape - It's All About the Centerpiece & Dishes

It seems like I am seeing bits of Fall appearing across blogland. So far, I am only making plans in my head for a Fall tablescape. For a little inspiration, I decided to review some of my Fall tablescapes from my archives. I think it is usually the centerpiece that I think of first then the dishes. Let's see!

One of my favorite Fall tablescapes was White Dishes and Orange Accents. This tablescape was designed for a challenge at Cuisine Kathleen. The challenge only allowed for one other accent color to be used on the table. I selected white dishes with orange accents. I started with a hurricane centerpiece then added lots of orange berries, and an orange pumpkin.


Then there was Dining With a Hoot Owl for a tablescape on the back deck. This one was fun too and I had the cutest hoot owl to work with. 

I love to start with the centerpiece when creating a tablescape. For this one I used lots of gourds and leaves plus my friendly owl.

The woven chargers were used under fall plates with little pumpkins and leaves to top it off. I just love the mix of fall colors for this tablescape.

Burgundy Mums for A Fall Table was a tablescape for my kitchen table. I always enjoy creating something for that table. 

It's a round table and that make it easy to plan a tablescape. I'm always looking for round tablecloths. I usually find something great at TJ Maxx or Home Goods. Then I don't have too much $$$ involved. I used the hurricane centerpiece again and this time stuffed it with mums.

One of my very first tablescapes for Fall was in 2012 where I used a creamy colored pumpkin soup tureen as a centerpiece. It was surrounded with fall picks of pumpkins, gourds, and leaves.

Small candles were placed around the centerpiece.
I didn't use a tablecloth instead yellow placemats with a stack of dishes using fall colors. 

I don't have a dinner party for eight planned for the Fall but who knows what can happen. Here's a little inspiration. It's always nice to see the dining room table set for a Fall dinner. 

The centerpiece featured a mercury glass pumpkin sitting on a mirrored frame. More gourds, pumpkins, and a couple of pheasant feathers were added.  Burlap ran down the table with several candle sticks. Burlap has been so popular that I may use it again this season.

How about you, do you think about your centerpiece first or the dishes?

Ok, now I must get my thoughts in order and maybe buy a new tablecloth for Fall or plan a great centerpiece. Then I can get busy with a tablescape. Thanks for stopping in - Judy.

Linking to:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Bighorn Sheep of Yellowstone National Park

On this trip to Yellowstone, the Bighorn Sheep were the first animals we saw in the park. 

Because their population isn't as plentiful as the buffalo that I featured last week, it's such a thrill to see a few. 

The bighorn sheep population in 2012 was 379 so we consider ourselves lucky when we see them.  

The average life span of the male is 9-12 years and for the female 10-14 years. 

The adult male (ram) weigh 174-319 pounds, including horns that can weight 40 pounds. 

The female (ewe) can weigh up to 130 pounds. The rings on their horns are counted to determine their age. 

Thanks for stopping in for a glimpse at the Bighorn Sheep - Judy. 

Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer

Reconnect With Nature Wednesday at Living A Good North Coast Life

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Buffalo (Bison) of Yellowstone

We recently visited Yellowstone National and were just amazed at the number of buffalo (bison) we saw this year.

Did you know that Yellowstone is the only place in the US where buffalo (bison) have lived continuously since prehistoric times?

Seeing the herds of bison in the Lamar Valley area of the park reminded me of a old western movie. They comprise the nation's largest bison population on public land. 

The male bull can weigh up to 2,000 lbs. and can live 12-15 years and some up to 20.

Love how this buffalo is kicking up a little dirt and dust.

The buffalo roan freely in the park. Cars stop and cameras start clicking. People get so excited to see buffalo or any of the wildlife in the park. I'll share some of the other wildlife next time. 

We found some buffalo fur one day when we stopped for a picnic.

We saw several baby calves with their moms in the large herds.

Check out this proud Mom and her calve.

The buffalo seem to move slow but are very agile and can run up to 35 mph. It's always important to remember they are wild animals.

Thanks for stopping in and hope you enjoyed the buffalo of Yellowstone - Judy.

Linking to: 
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
Your're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With An E

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Reconnect With Nature Wednesday at Living A Good North Coast Life