Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tablescape Thursday, July 30th

Another attempt to participate in Tablescape Thursday.  This is a table we’ve (by “we” I mean “Patty”) set in the garden room at the shop.   Look at the back of the table and you’ll see my all time favorite candlesticks—they’re stacked mini terra cotta pots with moss accents.

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The blue plates with the nest are from Jeremie.  They have a great faux bois trim around the edge.jt 03 jt 04

The brown leaf plate is from TAG.  The wire charger is from the Mary Carol Collection.  I love the terra cotta saucers turned charger.

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The bowls are also from Jeremie and continue the faux bois theme.

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We used the small saucers as coasters—just select sizes appropriate for your glassware.  Don’t you love this glass with a crocheted covers?  They can also be votive holders, but I prefer them as a drinking vessel.

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So, there you have a garden table. 

Be sure to venture over to Between Naps on the Porch to see all of the other beautiful offerings. 

Thanks for your indulgence.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

While I was at Market

On July 15th I arrived in Atlanta—LATE!!!  It took me about three hours to get out of town.  Very frustrating, but all my fault. 

Forgot the dog’s meds—had to go back for them.  Couldn’t find the car charger for my cell phone—it was almost dead and wouldn’t make it to Atlanta.  My theory is, the cell phone must have been invented by a business owner.  They are the #1 business innovation insofar as they allow small business owners to step outside of their own city limits.  (If I could figure out email on my phone, I could stay away for a week!)  Eventually had to stop and buy a new charger, but of course they didn’t sell them at the carrier’s retail shop (silly me).  So, back in the car to back track to another store—where I forgot to buy oil . . .  ARGH!!!  Another stop.  In total, I went back to the house FOUR times, fit in a few banks and one post office stop—my departure time adjusted from 2 PM to 5 PM.

I did, however, make it to Atlanta (thanks be to God and books on tape!) and was ready to hit the market.  So, the next morning I jumped on the MARTA and made the exchanges to get to the Peachtree Station (deep in the belly of Atlanta), where the escalator was broken so I had to climb the stairs to the street surface!  (Sure there was an elevator, but there was a herd of about 100 people waiting for this single elevator!  I won’t mention the escalator on the other side of the station, because I completely forgot about it!  Rookie mistake . . .)

Okay—to the good stuff.  I visited most of my standards.  Tried to see most of the temporary exhibitors—not an easy task!

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Most impressive was one of my favorite vendors.  Their showroom has tripled (at least) in size.  The new line, combined with the current, was almost too much to take!  I had to go back twice in order to make a reasonable wish list!  I wanted to order a dozen of everything.

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Then there was a new vendor—actually I think this was her second year at this market—but I actually wrote and order with her this year.   The designer’s name is Gina Galvin and her business is Peacock Park Design.

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Gina has recently been featured in Where Women Create, one of my favorite Stampington magazines and Victoria!  (one day . . .)

So I walked and walked and walked some more—my head was on a swivel and think I feel like I accomplished as much as I could.  It was a full three days.

One of my favorite reasons for attending the market is to attend seminars.  This market trip was no exception.  One failed morning of cell phone calendar screw-ups caused me to miss two seminars (one was ironically about social technology), but I did catch this guy . . .

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Olivier Blanchard of The BrandBuilder.  He is a guru of social networking and I learned tons!  So, look out cyber world . . . here I come . . . once I get a handle on texting . . . watch out!  (Okay, he was very inspiring, I just need to figure out what’s right for me and Hodgepodge.)

So, there you go, that’s what I did while I was at market.  I was on the road by 3 PM Sunday.  There was a lot more to it—spent some quality time with my cousin Stacy—tooled around Decatur (hands down one of my favorite areas on earth)—found lots of cool merchandise to fill Hodgepodge to overflowing . . . but tempered myself . . . really!  Those boxes on my porch right now . . . I ordered those last spring!

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Thanks for your indulgence,


Monday, July 5, 2010

Finally . . .

What a wonderful weekend!

Our friends, Cory and Brooke, are on their way to Norfolk, VA for their next assignment. They left Ft. Polk, LA and headed for Ft. Walton Beach, FL, where our friends, George and Ruta now live. They spent a night there and headed our way—with Ruta! What a great surprise! We had a wonderful time—laughed and talked as if we’ve never been apart!

We are truly blessed to have friends like these and we’ve got them all over—thanks to the Army.

Later this week, my sister, Nikki, and her family will join us here at the King Kompound. More fun to come!

In the meantime, I need to bring our bedroom back together. The furniture is in place; we’ve even slept in our new bed! We’re missing the rod to our wardrobe, so I can’t hang any clothes, but we have filled the dressers.

I purchased some lined baskets for additional storage.

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I will be ordering a new rug—one of the new Kaleen rugs we have at the shop. I was leaning toward Mercer’s Glenn,


but now I’m thinking Cedar Hammock.


Here’s a pic of my new sheets and the quilt I have on order. sheets & quilt

I have hung these linen curtains.

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So, now that you’ve seen these pictures, which rug do you like? There is a subtle blue in Cedar Hammock, which doesn’t show-up in this picture. The reason I’m liking it is that I think Mercer’s Glenn might be a little too “matchy-matchy.”

I’ll post more pics when it’s all done, but I may need more help between now and then!

Thanks for your indulgence!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tablescape Giveaway Winner

The winner of my giveaway for the Capiz Shells and the Sahara tea glasses is O'Baby! Contact me at my email address, so I can get your shipping address. (Although, I think I know who you are and that means you live locally!)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and shared your opinions. I look like Setting 1 was the winner. I thought I would show you the table all set using the stuff in setting one, but I'm happy to say that all of the shells sold! (A nice "problem" to have.)

Thanks again and enjoy you Independence Day celebrations!

Thanks for your indulgence!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tablescape Thursday al Fresco

On Tuesday, Patty told me about some cool labels on some water bottles she saw at Big Lots. The last time that was the case, I waited too long and missed some of the most beautiful, limited edition etched Evian bottles, that were later featured in Romantic Home. Not again, so I zipped right over to Big Lots and spotted them right away. They were very cool! So, I went back for a cart, got distracted by something—I don’t even remember what it was—bought several things, but not those bottles!

It was late and my family was hungry, so I went home knowing there were too many for them to all be gone in 24 hours (before I could get back). So, I thought all night about how I could incorporate these bottles into my tablescape. The colors could work in a patriotic table, but I don’t have a lot of patriotic stuff (bad Army wife . . . bad, bad Army wife!). I remember a really cute vintage tablecloth with a red, white and blue floral theme, but I can’t find it (actually, I think I’ve got it for sale at The Roost—Taylor bought it!!! It’s all coming back to me now). So, next idea . . .

I went back and bought four of the bottles (should have gotten more) and found myself buying four blue sponge ware bowls—in the hopes that I would come-up with more on the patriotic theme.

I brought them into the house this morning and dropped them on my dining table, right next to a vintage tablecloth with cool orange and turquoise flowers—DONE! So, red, white and blue this year . . .

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That’s the bottle—cool, eh?

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The only matching flatware we have are these knives with our monogram. When I find knives with a “K” they go into my personal collection.

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A little side table for tea for later.

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I’m planning a chilled peach soup for this weekend—this would be a great way to enjoy it . . .

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My first and favorite white china—Countryware from Wedgwood.

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Keylime cupcakes (picked-up at Kroger moments before this photo!).

Remember to visit Between Naps on the Porch for a peek at many, many more tablescapes.

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Thanks for your indulgence!


PS The winner for last weeks contest will be announced tomorrow! Stay tuned!

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