Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY - "Simply Spring" tablescape

Hi there!

How is your week going?   I'm excited that the weather in the Midwest is warming up!  Spring seems to be here at last!!!   I couldn't be happier about that!!!

Today's TABLESCAPE TUESDAY showcases a simple spring tablescape.   The week prior, I did a little more elaborate tablescape (that tablescape coming up on a future blog post) so I wanted this week to be something simple.  We were having company over for an informal dinner, and they have a few little ones, so I wanted it to be simple yet colorful and fun!

I had seen a similar idea on Pinterest a while back and decided to give it a try.  It was super easy to put together!

I found these spring daisies at Michaels for $1 each and thought they were so cute, so I stocked up!   These are so versatile!

I also grabbed a few of my small glass tea light cylinders, and put them in between the flowers!

I also made my charger plates colorful in some of the same colors as the daisies

Then I just used white plates, white bowls and white napkins with multi-colored napkin rings

This is the finished result!   It was very easy, and I love how fresh it felt, without being too elaborate!

I hope you enjoyed this TABLESCAPE TUESDAY!   Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Yes, I am SHAMEFULLY late in posting my March Mantle.   A month and two days late to be exact!  lol   Life's been crazy busy around here, but hopefully you will be able to see some improvement in my mantle decorating over the last few months. 
But, better late than never, right?  So without further ado, here is my March Living room/Mantle!!!
I wanted to do the greens for St. Patrick's Day, but I didn't want to do too much of the traditional St. Patty's Day themes (i.e. shamrocks, lepruchauns, etc.)  So I decided to go for a few shades of greens and just keep it kind of spring-like in nature.
As you can see, we STILL don't have a mirror up over the mantle yet, but I DID buy a new one that I'm just waiting for my hubby to install.  However he did install the shadow boxes on the left side of the mantle, which I really like!
There are some new pieces this month to kind of fill out the room and I think they tie everything together nicely!
Let's start with the mantle!
On each edge of the mantle are these cute vases I got at Michaels for 40% off of $7.98.  I thought that was an excellent buy so I snatched up for each side!
Next to those are some cute little birdcage candleholders from Michael's that I set on top of my smaller white candleholders from Ikea.
At the base of those birdcage candles are a few little birdies I also found at Michaels for 50% off.  Each one was like $1.50 and $2 depending on the size...I think they are super cute!!!
I also placed three green vases I found at Goodwill in a row and filled them each with a single carnation.   I love the white flowers with the green!!!


Rounding out the mantle is a family photo on one side and a decorative rectangle plate on the other.
On each side of the fireplace are these beautiful tall vases that I found at Kirklands, I believe.  I spray painted them white (because I could not find ANY tall vases like this in white ANYWHERE!)
In those tall vases, I put a bunch of tall flowering branches from Michaels (these were also 50% off!)
I was going to put them on top of those columns that you see in the corners of the room, but that just did not look right, so I placed a plant on top of the column on one side, and a green lantern thing on the other side, and I think it fills the room out nicely!
I like the way this turned out so much that I kind of want to leave it up longer...however EASTER is coming, so I will be changing my mantle soon for that wonderful Holiday!!!  
I hope you have a great day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
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Monday, February 24, 2014

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY! "Passion for Purple" Tablescape!

Hi everyone!

I hope you're having a great week!  Has the weather been warming up where you are?  We had a wonderful warm weekend.  The kids got to go outside both days riding their bikes, scootering, and exploring the woods in our neighborhood!   It was glorious both days this past weekend!

Well, for this TABLESCAPE TUESDAY,  I decided to bring back one of my favorite colors before the spring hits and before March where I put up the St. Patrick's Day tablescape. 
 I am calling this one my "Passion for Purple" Tablescape!

I was able to find some lovely lavender ribbon and some lovely purple candles on mega clearance at Walmart last month, as well as some lavender ornaments, so I was really hoping to have the opportunity to include them in a tablescape. 

I decided that this couple weeks after Valentine's Day, but before March 1st would be perfect timing to try it out. 

I love purple and lavender together!  It looks very elegant to me and this table made me think of spring and the warmer weather.

For the centerpiece I took a lavender placemat, set a new mirrored tray (Goodwill) on top and topped that with some dollar carnations, mixed with other dollar tree florals, in a pretty vase I got last year at a thrift store on a huge sale ($1.25 for that gorgeous thing...I bought   Then along the bottom, I lined the tray with lavender ornaments...those clearance ones from Walmart!

Through the center of the table are the purple candles, also from Walmart, on Dollar Store candlesticks, and two white vases, both from Goodwill.  I was going to put a single flower in each, but in the end, decided the flowers in the centerpiece were enough. 

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY TIP - Here's a tip I saw on Pinterest that I really liked and that I used on this tablescape.  Ribbon, strategically placed on your table, can create interest and a neat element to compliment the tablecloths.  For this table, my hope was that it would tie in the solid tablecloths and kind of help add interest to any of those blank spaces on the solid tablecloths!

For the place settings, I used a purple charger from Michaels last year, my Dollar Tree white beaded plates, and my pretty white and purple floral plates, which were also a thrift store find last year.  I love these plates!  

Here it is all lit up for the evening.   

I really enjoyed putting this table together!   I hope you enjoyed looking at it, and hopefully you were able to find some inspiration for your table! 

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!  =D

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Monday, February 10, 2014


Hi everyone!

I hope you're doing well.   Are you staying warm?   We are definitely NOT!   It's been pretty cold up here in the Midwest!

Anyway, I hope this Valentine's Tablescape will help warm the heart and lift the spirits!  This was easy and fun to put together.   

I started with a black tablecloth, and topped it with some valentine's fabric I got at Joann's fabric for the runner. 

For the centerpiece, I took out a nice tray piece I got from Goodwill ages ago.  I had originally purchased it to use for a mini "s'mores bar", but I haven't gotten around to making that yet.   However, I thought this would look nice for a simple centerpiece.   The pink candles were also a Goodwill find, as was the red and white flower bowl.  Then I filled in the bottom with some sparkly red and pink heart table scatter from the Dollar Store.  

 Then, on either side of the centerpiece I put these tall glass candleholders from Old Time Pottery I got last year.   The white candles and the candy conversation hearts were a fun idea I saw on Pinterest and always wanted to do!
For the other touches, I used a few little snowglobes with Valentine's themes I found at the Dollar store last year, along with these cute pink flower tealight candles from Goodwill.
For the place settings, I used felt placemats from Dollar Tree, Silver chargers from Walmart (Christmas 2012), Dollar Tree white beaded plates and bowl, and a red and white polka-dot plate from Ross last year.  The red glasses were a Goodwill find as was the silverware and the white napkins.  I sure LOVE Goodwill...can you tell???   haha! 

 This is one of my favorite pictures of the table with my Monday Monthly Mantle in the background.   I love how the living room and dining room are coordinated with the of my favorite things about our new home!!

I hope you enjoyed this TABLESCAPE TUESDAY!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!!!  

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Hi everyone!

I can NOT believe how quickly this last month went by!   It feels like we JUST rang in the new year!!!  It's just going by too quick!

Hard to believe it's FEBRUARY already, but we're gearing up for a good one!

Today, I'd like to share with you our Valentine's Mantle for the February MONTHLY MONDAY MANTLE!   I had fun putting this one together!   

Please note, we are still working on putting up some mirrors for the full mantle experience, so I'm just going to show you the actual decor.  Our goal is to get 9 mirrored tiles up for a nice look on the wall above the mantle.  We just haven't gotten around to that yet!  lol

This mantle was a lot of fun to create.  Many of the elements here are handmade or purchased on the cheap at the thrift store!

The left and right sides of the mantle hold down some large sparkly hearts that I got a couple years ago at Michaels.  On the far left is a white pitcher I got at a thrift store last year filled with white carnations, along with some pink and red sparkly hearts.  

The "LOVE" sign was homemade.  I had seen something somewhat similar on Pinterest and wanted to make a sign like this.   I took an old canvas picture that we were not going to use anymore and painted it black.  

Then, I put this pretty scrapbook paper over it and glued it in place.  On top of that are these sparkly white letters I got for a dollar each at Michael's, which I glued on.   VOILA!  That was it!   It was fun to make and I really like how it turned out. That pop of black color seems to stand out and tie in with the black in my family picture frame and candleabra.
 Speaking of the candleabra, it was a Goodwill find, along with the little "Love" blocks..   I added some dollar store red candles and wrapped the center of each candle with some dollar store valentine ribbon.

This miror was also a nice Goodwill find.  I can't hang it, because the hangers are broken, but I like how nicely it sits on top of the mantle.  The candleholder is just a dollar store vase and taper candleholder, glued together and wrapped with some extra of that Michael's scrapbook paper and some sparkly pink ribbon.

Next to it, is a fun creation I made.  This is a Goodwill white candlestick, with a styrophoam floral ball and pink dollar carnations stuck in them.   This was so fun to make and I love how it looks on the mantle!

Here is a view from our Dining room tablescape (which I will be sharing more of in this coming TABLESCAPE TUESDAY post.)

I think I mentioned this before but it bears repeating...I am LOVING having a living and dining room that I can decorate with the seasons!   It is so much fun!  I'm having a hard time only changing it once a month!  I want to keep changing it up.  =D

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed this MONTHLY MONDAY MANTLE!  Hope to see you again soon!!!  =D

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Oh boy, do I have something special for you on this WHADDA WE EATIN' WEDNESDAY!!!!

So, I was browsing Pinterest the other day looking for new and easy recipes for one of our Sunday Family Dinners!   I saw a neat post from Jenny over at Picky Palate. She posted a recipe for "Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs" and it looked so easy.   

I'm not a fan of chicken thighs, but I love me some boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins.   So, I decided to adapt this recipe for one of our Sunday Family Dinners, where I try to make something I've never made before. 

Jenny, I wish you lived close, so I could come over and give you a HUGE HUG!   This recipe couldn't be easier to make!   Here's what I used:

12-16 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins (fresh or frozen!  I used frozen!)
1 6 oz jar of pesto
1 packet of Ranch Dips or Ranch dressing seasoning mix
1/2 cup of chicken broth

That's it!   First you put the chicken tenderloins in there.  You can even put them in frozen and they'll cook up great!   I don't like defrosting chicken, which is just one more reason I LOVE MY CROCK POT!!!  

Then you spoon in the pesto from the jar.  

Then you add the packet of Ranch Seasoning Mix...

Then add the chicken broth, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours!   

I cooked mine on low for just a little over 7 hours.

Here is the chicken served up in the serving bowl.  It was moist, and falling apart delicious!

I sure wish this picture didn't come out so blurry....I put mine on top of pasta, but did set aside some rice for my daughter, because she's in kind of a "no-pasta"

This was a huge hit.  My whole family raved about this dish!  My son kept asking for more of the sauce to go with his pasta, and my daughter said "OOH, I LOVE THIS, MAMA!"

So, Jenny, I thank you, for making my family so happy by allowing me to make your recipe and create a dish they loved!  This will be a new menu-regular in our home!!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this WHADDA WE EATIN' WEDNESDAY!   Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope you'll come back soon!  

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Monday, January 20, 2014

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY - Icy Cool Blue Tablescape!

Well, Happy Tuesday to you!!!

I hope you had a great weekend and a good start to your week.  My weekend was not so good.   I got sick around 5am Saturday morning, and it really took me out.    Fortunately, I'm feeling better now, but it was no fun, that's for sure. 

Well, for today's TABLESCAPE TUESDAY, I wanted to share with you my ICY COOL BLUE Tablescape.  I've used this for all my Sunday Family Dinners since early January.  

Once February hits, I'll change the tablescape to match the season for Valentine's Day!  I'm already getting some things together for that one and am looking forward to the change. 

For this tablescape I found this really pretty wrapping paper at Walmart for 50% off after Christmas.   I loved the sheen to it and the mixtures of blue hues!

I kept the decorations simple since the runner was so full of beautiful patterns.  I used tall silver candleholders with white candles, on which I put some sparkly silver ribbon (which you may remember from our New Years Eve table)   In the center is a silver box with a mirrored mosaic candle that I received as a gift from friends years ago!      

In between the tall candleholders and the centerpiece are some small snowflake tealights, some small turquoise votive candleholders and a silver pillar candleholder with some teal and crystal hanging accents.  

The plate breakdown is a simple one...silver chargers from Walmart, dark blue rimmed plates I got when I got married ages ago, some silver salad plates from Dollar Tree, and my white Dollar Tree bowls.   I used my blue stemmed glasses and clear water glasses.   White Napkins with blue bling napkin rings and simple silverware finish off the look..

I love how this table looked all lit up!  

Here is a view over to the living room where you can see the cordinating look, with my "Wrapped In Icy Cool Blue" Mantle.

 Thanks so much for joining me for this TABLESCAPE TUESDAY!   I hope you'll come back tomorrow where I share with you a wonderful and easy recipe that I made for one of our Sunday Family Dinners...It was a huge hit and I can't wait to share it with you!!!

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