Thursday, July 7, 2011

Appetizers on the Porch

I had told myself I would make more use of the porch and my flowers this summer for tablescapes, and I just haven't done it.

The tablecloth is Ralph Lauren from Home Goods. 

The vase is a thrift store wicker covered bottle.

Goblets are from Tar-jay.

Salad plates also thrift store.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. Chinese Proverb

Chicago Ruby is one of the best, truest reds you can find.

Coral Cay

Lilac Lady

Newberry Festival

Virginia Henson is so tiny and perky, and the red looks like a lipstick kiss.

Million to One is a very delicate ivory with a pale blush. Just beautiful.

Janice Brown makes nice clumps of little blossoms.

Calgary Stampede, for my Canadian friends, is a huge, sturdy one.

These last two are orential hybrid lilies.


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Saturday, July 2, 2011

An Easy 4th Centerpiece

Start with this:

Put your candle in the microwave just until it is soft enough to dig out.

Then take this sheet music that you googled and printed out...

Or you could do Yankee Doodle Dandy, or God Bless America. Just google "Patriotic Songs".

Stuff some of this in it.....

 and add your sparklies and flags. (Bottle rockets and roman candles would look good, too)

And I added this photo to my centerpiece, because July 4th was my father's birthday.

To see the wooden flag I made  behind the centerpiece, go to this post.

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at Between Naps on the Porch


Cool Green Tablescape

Green for the color, but green because most of the tablescape didn't take much $green$.

The caddy was a thrift store buy, as was the little black urn.

I found 6 of the black stemmed goblets at an antique store for $12, then later found 2 more at the GW for .97 cents each.

The succulents were 50% off at Michael's.

Amazing how a nice Margarita  limeade makes those goblets look good!

The black plates were Wally World for $2 each. The black glass salad plates were a garage sale find. I have had the napkins for awhile, I just got the napkin rings at BB&B for $2.39 each with a 20% coupon.

The fabric for the tablecloth was from JoAnn's and I used a 50% off coupon.

Can anyone give me a start off one of these?

I am joining Diann for her

Whose broad stripes and bright stars.......

Betsy Ross was acquainted with the great General Washington. Not only did they both worship at Christ Church in Philadelphia, but Betsy's pew was next to George and Martha Washington's pew. Her daughter recalled, "That she was previously well acquainted with Washington, and that he had often been in her house in friendly visits, as well as on business. That she had embroidered ruffles for his shirt bosoms and cuffs, and that it was partly owing to his friendship for her that she was chosen to make the flag." **

Approximately 2,000 flags in the park and lining surrounding area main streets.


**Controversy surrounds whether or not Betsy Ross actually sewed the first flag. Who cares, I like the story!