Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Table

Happy Thursday! It's another Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Check out all the other great tablescapes.

Beautiful spring days here in Northern California. It's been fun trying out an Easter table with brightly designed China. This is "Just Flowers" by Mikasa. We bought this set at an estate sale for $45. It isn't complete, of course, only 5 bowls to go with 8 plates. But it is cute and not pink like the other china I have.

Spartacus had to have a birds eye view of the goings on.

I used white napkins and combined it with a fat quarter of fabric from my quilting stash. They are tied with gold ribbon. The placemats are 25 cent clearance from after Christmas at Target.

The roses are from my yard. Already blooming even after a serious pruning in January.

Thank you for seeing what I've done for Easter. I am actually going to use this table setting! First I'll have to wash all the dishes. I didn't wash them after bringing them home, and they'll have a thin layer of dust in two weeks. Farm country!

Happy spring!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bedroom-Part 2

I'm linking in with Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

The other day I posted photos of my bedroom here as is normally appears. However, for spring I always get tired of the heavy look. I get out my pink and green quilt that I made many years ago.

And yes, I handquilted it. I don't hand quilt anymore as arthritis affects my fingers pretty badly.

I took all the "scarves" off of the dresser and side tables to give it a lighter look as well.

The throw pillows are wrapped in single yards of fabric. I changed the sheets from the dark brown ones to creme.

If you look closely, you will see that the bed is up on blocks. A little red-neck, I know. But the bed needed height, and those cute bed riser things weren't available anywhere.

Thank you for looking in on me today. Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bedroom-Part 1

I thought I would share my bedroom.

I love all the creamy white, cottagy style rooms I see in blogland, but thats not how we decorated when we moved home from the Middle East 5 1/2 years ago. We wanted to display husbands sword collection. We bought a stencil and made the walls into crumbling castle walls.

The furniture was given to us and we painted it black and distressed it. Of course this was years ago before I discovered all the blogs. A friend helped us with the painting and we did it right! Stripping, priming with a rust color, 2 coats of black (called Dark Secret, I love that), distressed, rubbed with carnuba wax. The tops were stained and varathaned.

But today I went through and changed all the bedding out for a spring look. I'll be posting that Monday for Met Monday.

Thanks for stopping by and see you on Monday.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Prima Give Away

I love all the new products and colors at Prima. They are having another giveaway. Go here to see inspiration and enter.

Shamrocks, leprechauns and Prima Products Picks...besides each having a magical touch, they also share that great color, GREEN! Just look at these gorgeous GREEN Prima products! There is everything from Lilliput flowers to Times Chipboard alphas to Say It In Pearls Ferns to Temple Leaves! We encourage you to pull out your lucky green Prima products just in time for St.Patrick's Day and have some fun!

Thanks for checking out the goodies.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mad Hatter Dessert Buffet

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Please jump over there and check out all the other cute and clever tables that are posted. So much inspiration all in one place. Thank you Susan!

Saturday we hosted an open house. I rearranged the Mad Hatter Tea Party into a Mad Hatter Dessert Buffet.

Husband surprised me by ordering The Official Disney Mad Hatter hat. It arrived in time for the dessert buffet. It really is cute and really finishes the table.

Lemon squares, fudge, oatmeal and peanut butter cookies and cupcakes. I baked a whole new bunch of cupcakes in both yellow and carrot cakes.

Thanks for visiting once again. I enjoy putting these tables together.

Spring next week!

Etsy Shop! Aprons

I have been fascinated with aprons lately. It started last December when I was teaching the high school students how to sew. They always get to start with an apron pattern that is super simple but makes a great BBQ style apron. It is such a feeling of accomplishment.

But I wanted to make girly aprons so I found a pattern with a cute flounce. Then I decided it was too complicated to keep making and created my own pattern for an apron with a ruffle.

This is the one with the ruffle. Extra long ties. And Daughter modelling!

This apron has magnolias on a super dark navy background. The white has little gold flecks all over it.

Monet style print with purple accents.

This apron has a cute green plaid and the orange print is a reprint of a feedsack from the 1930's. I love this. So June Cleaver! Daughter's BFF modelling here. She stays with us Monday through Thursday while she is going to school, her family moved away a few years ago and her school is near us. Saves on gas! Daughter lives in a dorm at Fresno State.
The next two aprons are the flounce apron. I picked retro yet modern prints for these. Neither has a pocket but each has a flower pin. So cute!

I decided to open an etsy shop to sell a few, and so I can make more! I'm working on a few simple BBQ style aprons now, but still girly. I'm working on a few half aprons as well. Cute combos of prints!

So check out my shop at

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mad Hatter Tea Party

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Make sure you jump over there to check out the other inspiring tables.

In honor of the new Alice in Wonderland movie by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, I chose to do a Mad Hatter Tea Table.

All quotes are from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner or it.

"It's always tea-time," said the Hatter with a sigh: "it's always tea-time, and we've no time to the the things between whiles."
"Then you keep moving round, I suppose?" said Alice.

The teacups and all the china were bought at garage sales or second hand stores. The print table cloths are fabric from my stash.

The large "March Hare" is from Pier 1.

The teapots were all gifts over the years from my mother.

The bunny salt and pepper are also from Pier 1.

I hope you enjoyed the tea party. This week we are having a dessert buffet open house so I will post the adjusted tea party next week. Hope you'll come back to check that out.

Thanks for stopping by!