Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days  are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star,  was responsible for the hot weather.

The weather here has been 100+ and I stand at the door when I let my dogs out so they can  come right back in. SO here is my Dog Days of Summer tablescape.

The placemats are Irish linen tea towels. One towel has the fronts of the dogs and the other has  their backs.

The little black and white spaniel is a planter, so he is holding a copy of the Canine Chronicles.

Little dogs from my collection.

Black napkins stuffed into the black stemmed goblets.

The four little dog plates were a thrift store find for $2.

The  four little square plates spell out

Happy Dog Days!

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Hail Storm

Well, I hadn't planned on posting today, but what a perfect "opportunity" with a hail storm last nite. ( Note: sarcasm). It has been 100+ here for the last few days. The forecast was for spotty rain. HUH! We got 2 inches of rain and 5-7 minutes of penny to quarter size hail. I am hoping we won't need a new roof again. We have had 2 new roofs in 15 years due to hail, the last being in 2008. Here's some pictures.

It looks like a leaf bomb went off in the yard.

Notice the garden hose and sprinkler. I watered for about 1/2 day yesterday, because I didn't think we were going to get any rain. Kinda like washing your car. It WILL rain then.

Broken but blooming!

Even the hostas, under a thick canopy of trees, had hail damage.

Oh well, so far nothing that won't bounce back!

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Garage Sales!

Ok here it is.............My best find this week! I can't believe it! A PERFECT new chair for $20!

I mean not a scratch on it-new!

Pardon the garage walls, but I haven't hauled it upstairs yet.

Vegetable bowl, part of the Liberty series, 2 dollars, blue crock bowl with handle $2, and 2 wicker bottles. Table topper on left new in package 1 dollar.

ORB lantern $4 and lace runner $2.

Well, I went over my $20 self imposed limit this week, but that's ok. It has kinda been my goal to see how much fun I can have on $20. However, I do feel guilty that I buy this stuff, and have not hardly posted on USING any of it yet, which is the whole purpose, right? It is not the purpose to start a junk shop!! Have a good weekend!

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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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