Friday, July 31, 2009


Happy Pink Saturday everyone! Thank you so much to our fabulous Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting!

If you haven't already, be sure to pop over to Beverly's blog, say hello, and see all the pinks other bloggers have posted.

My beautiful Mama has knitted for as long as I can remember. Her throws and blankets are coveted in my family and is the one thing that everyone in my family has fought over! A family member will "borrow" another's blanket then refuse to return it and claim it was knit expressly for them. It's Aunties fighting with nephews, nieces pit against uncles; I think you get the picture. Of course, Mama has made so many, she can't recall which one she knit for whom. It is all in good fun. Instead of "Where's Waldo;" it's "Where's My Blankie!" Although, tempers have flarred on occasion! Here is her latest, she knit this for one of my nieces who is 7...

"Hold it up a little higher Mama!"

See the pretty rows of hearts? Too cute! I love how Mama always scallops both of the ends, her signature. My niece picked out the hot pink yarn. If you want Mama to knit you a blankie, you must go with her to pick out your yarn, it is tradition.

I have to show you the throw she created for me. It the softest of pinks and is so plush and warm!

I get chilly when the temperatures drop and my pink blankie keeps my tootsies nice and warm! You can see from the hem how thick it is.

Now, while she was sitting over there finishing up the pretty pink heart blankie, I was sitting under my pretty beach umbrella over here...

Looks like a project! Well, some of you may remember this little tease I posted for Pink Saturday over a month ago.

My work-in-progress little table. (You can view that post here if you like.) I was sitting under my umbrella grouting the mosaic table. Here is what it looks like now....

Guess what! I didn't just mosaic the top; that would be too easy and too...plain for this pretty little table....

I did the sides and the back....

...see how nice and level the top is. I also did the bottom shelf....

smooth to the touch. Loaded with vintage china. The pink is Lu-Ray, there is some Homer Lauaghlin, Mildred, some limoges and pretty pieces of dresden, bavaria. I didn't want to use any glass tiles, I wanted it to have a more "victorian porch" feel. Here is a before and after...


I really am not one to toot my own horn...but...BEEP BEEP! haha!

Sorry, I'm just so happy the first one is finally done! I am way over due on posting my "How to Grout" tutorial for my How To's page.

Now that I have all the photos I can write the tutorial and get it posted in a day or two. I should have the other side table finished by the end of next week.

You are a darling for spending a little time with me today! Thank you so much ;)

I'll be wandering around to see all the pretty pinks the other participants have posted for Beverly's Pink Saturday! Grab a cup of your fav and join us!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I decided to do something a little different for Tablescape Thursday. First a big thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun weekly event!

In my first Tablescape Thursday post, I received loads of compliments and inquiries on how I did my centerpiece.

This is very simple and has a great impact. Truth be told, I threw this together in 5 minutes. It is very easy and you can use whatever you have available.

Here are a couple of photos of the original that I used in my tablescape...

First, gather the items you will need.

Any bowl, pot, or container will do, as long as the base of the pedestal fits and sit well in it. You can also use a tray, platter, or plate, but these will take up more surface space on your table. That is why I like to elevate the arrangment.

A glass covered dessert pedestal (the base need not be glass, chances are it won't show)

The vintage Adderley Rose Posy (you can put anything under the glass as long as it will fit and doesn't look smushed!)


For this project, I'm using faux roses.


I almost forgot, I use tissue to give the dessert pedestal a level surface inside the container. It's easy to adjust. You can also use styrofoam if you need to raise the pedestal a bit.


Insert the pedestal into the base


Place the posy onto the pedestal, make sure it is secure


Arrange the flowers all around the the top of the container

Voila! Your centerpiece is done!


Birdseye view

Simple and Sweet!

You are only limited by what will fit between the base and the pedestal. You can use faux or live flowers, vegetables, greenery, or fabric.

If you have any questions or have suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment to share.

Thank you to Susan of Between Naps on The Porch for hosting this fun weekly event! She's the best!

I'll be around to see all the beautiful tablescapes posted by the talented and clever participants! You can too..just click here!


Monday, July 27, 2009


Today I'm participating in 3 blog events! A big thank you to each of the wonderful hosts for holding these fun blog events!

3 or More Tuesday hosted by Tam at Gypsy's Corner
2nd Time Around Tuesday hosted by Diane at A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
Ruby Tuesday hosted by Mary at Work of the Poet
If you haven't already, be sure to visit each one and say hello! There are lots of fabulous and clever post to see, so feel free to join in!
I'm keeping it red today people. Something I don't often do. With my Russian heritage, I need a fix now and then! ha!
This first photo is of an Autum Faux Floral arrangement I did for a client....

The mosaic candleholders are Ross $3.99 ea and the stand was $2.00 at my local thrift store. The large glass ginger jar was from Pottery Barn @ 60% off (I bought 2) and the red hydrangeas were 50% off at Michaels. Here is a close up of the centerpiece...


In addition to the floral decorations for their quaint restaurant (seasonal and special occasions), I also redesigned their menus and their webpage layout.

Next is my collection of Russian Matryoshkas; a beautiful and large (27"x23") black toleware tray I scored on ebay ($43.00 total with shipping) and a porcelain doll dressed in traditional Russian dress...

Lots of pretty reds...yes?

Last, I made this large heart filled with red roses for the Restaurant's Valentines day decor (I hung it in the center of the large round mirror).

I scored some wire forms for 75% off at Joann's Fabrics. The heart focal (covered in heart faux gems) and the pretty red roses I got for 50% off at Hobby Lobby a few years back....

Sorry for the poor quality. I took a photo of a photo from the brochure! haha I lost a ton of photos of my creations when my hard drive crashed...back up?? Wot's backing up? haha! Three years of work gone! Live and learn!

Thanks so much for stopping by and viewing my offerings! I'm off to see all the creative and inspirational posts by the other participants!

Almost forgot...for those of you who have visited me before, you may have noticed that something looks different. It's subtle..haha! I've been tweaking my side margin <-----over that a way. I'm trying to make it more cohesive, easier to find things.

Be sure to visit all the other Tuesday party post!

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Welcome to my first Metamorphosis Monday! A big thank you to our very talented and clever host, Susan of Between Naps On The Porch!

If you haven't already been over to her lovely blog, pop over, say hello and then view all the other fabulous posts!

For my first morph, I though I would show how a simple table can become a pretty table with the addition of a vintage china mosaic applied to the surface.

This table has a twin, so the morph was simple enough. ha! I haven't grouted this piece yet because need to take step-by-step photos to post in my How To's.

That was the plan for today. Instead I ended up like the White Rabbit, running in circles and getting nothing accomplished. Long story short...I've been trying to tweak my blog (enough said lol!) Without further plain table morphed into an almost finished lovely mosaic.


Some pretty vintage china and *tah dah*

A view of the back....

You can see the gaps between the tiles that will be filled with grout (after this posts) ha! A close up of the top....

I added the creamy embossed rose rims on both sides and the back....

The top is smooth and level, it is hard to tell by the photos; your hand always knows! I'm still trying to decide if I should mosaic the drawer front. Any thoughts?

Perfect place to set a refreshing glass of Pink Lemonaide or a cup of tea! It looks lovely out on the patio, but it is really more for indoors. Even more ideal would be a screened in porch....


Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll be around to your morph shorty! (I'm still getting through the participants of Pink Saturday..."I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!")

If you don't have a way back, here's the express back to Susan's 28th Metamorphosis Monday!

Have a great week!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Happy Pink Saturday everyone! Thank you so much to our fabulous Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting!

If you haven't already, be sure to pop over to Beverly's blog, say hello, and see all the pinks other bloggers have posted.

I have been busy this week working on projects. I've painted and repainted a few things, got out and did some thrifting (got some coming on Monday), finished one mosaic project (before/after photos will be posted soon), and of course the usual day-to-day chores.

I'm tired. I need to take a little time out to replenish my energy! Chill out, relax, put my feet up....

So where to relax, I couldn't decide. Maybe I should stretch out on the sofa...

Or cozy up next to the fire and enjoy a spot of tea and a snack.....

or recline on the chaise...

maybe a nap on the porch in the fresh air...

then again I could curl up in the garden....

or let the breeze gently rock me to sleep...

or feel the ocean breeze on my face....

maybe a soak in the tub...

Oh my, so many choices. How do I decide? What to do...what to do. *Sigh* Guess I'll just have to contemplate it for a bit.

*cheeky grin*

Thank you so much for visiting me! You'll find the participant's list at Beverly's Pink Saturday post!

Enjoy your weekend!

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