Sunday, March 19, 2017

Edible Centerpiece Idea

Have your centerpiece and eat it, too!
This is too neat, and I have just the placemats (farmers market themed) to do this with.

Pic copyright to The Painted Apron

Yes, all that is REAL food. Well, minus the dishes, of course, lol.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tablescape Thursday!

Sounds better to do this on a Tuesday, but I'm a hopeless procrastinator. Heehee!

This red getup will be a good summer table. I don't do the whole dishes-stemware-flatware thing. I don't have enough of my 'good' china (white) for six settings, and since it's only me, dh and the boy, I keep it simple.
Also, we not only eat at this table, we homeschool, play games, do crafts and more, so it has to be readily accessible. You can see that I only have 4 of the patterned placemats, so I finish the ends with round, woven ones in a complimenting color. Sometimes, you just can't find 6 or 8 of a set you really like (at a good price), so you make do with what you have.

Now here is my purple cloth, with the pink plaid placemats. We'll see these mats in another setting below. This was a very simple table. I only folded the napkins into a diamond, no ring. Also no flowers at this point, either, or a candle in the hurricane.

As promised, here are the same placemats, paired with a pink tablecloth. Ignore the wrinkles, I ain't ironing that 72x120 monster! I figure they'll fall out with use. For a big dinner with family, I'd have it steamed and pressed, but this is everyday life, y'all.

About those mats. They are a loose weave, with the strings tied on the ends. When I got them, they were fluffy, but musty from storage. So, I washed them. Ugh. Twisted them all out of shape, loosened the strings, and shrunk them all!! I had to hand shape them back to the correct size and iron the dickens out of them to get the wrinkles out. Now they are flat as paper, lol. I won't buy another set of this kind again b/c of this, and I dread having to wash them. Still, they are pretty and go with lots of color combinations.

Here's a closer look at the plaid, and the strings. Please to be ignoring the tag still on the flowers, I cut it off right after. For reference, the cloths and napkins all come from, the placemats are Ebay and Amazon finds, the rings are mostly Ebay. The vases (green) are from a local thrift store, the clear hurricane is a Home Interiors buy from years ago, and the flowers from Dollar Tree.

And that's a couple of my tables, a glimpse at my new hobby. Happy Friday, and weekend!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Doings at the Pond

How is it nearly three months into this new year already?? Time really does fly, as they say.

Yesterday, MIL had knee replacement surgery, in a small town hospital an hour from our hometown. The doctors and nurses were great, but wow it took forever to get her to the OR once prepped! Still, she came through fine and is resting well. I'll go back and pick her up Wednesday, if she's ready.

The boy stayed with my sister, for the first time ever. Yes, he's 8. Sad, but true. God worked it all out so that MIL's surgery was on a school holiday, so the boy got to play with his 6yr old cousin, who stayed with my sister/his granny. Our boy had a good time, but was ready to come home!

We still, STILL, have to get the tiles glued. They are being held by tape at the moment. The back faucet/outside needs work to find out why it won't work. We need to replace the rockers on two of the porch chairs (one runner each). We have a swing, made from pallets, that needs sanding, painting, and hanging. We want to paint and stain the porch. Maybe build a bigger side entry deck.
Yardwise, I want to set up the firepit area. Brick around the tub, lay gravel, and trim with landscape timbers. A set of Adirondack chairs (with a regular height chair for MIL) will finish this space.

Will we ever get it done? Sure, in time. That's the beauty of home ownership-there's always something to do, fix, or add on! God willing, we'll be here many happy years to see these plans and more to completion. In the meantime, we are loving Life on Little Pond!

Happy February!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Where have I been???

Wow, time has really gotten away from here at Little Pond!

Life continues on apace, as they say. We had a good T'giving and Christmas (though
only 6 people of 15 came, for various reasons). I had a total of 4 trees up, one of them
real (the main tree). Lots of work, but def worth it.

Now winter has settled in (kind of , we have 70 and even 80 degree days in January
here in SE Georgia), and things are pretty routine. Today, the sun is bright and the
breeze is high. My chimes are singing almost nonstop as I write this! I highly recommend
a set of the large barrel chimes. The sound is so rich and carries so well.

Dh didn't get a deer this year. Juice, the neighbor's dog that has adopted our house as his
own, always showed up and ran them off before they came from the woods. Dh is not
pleased. NOT pleased. lol

The boy has decided he'll try this hunting thing, so they spent a few times out back sitting
in the small blind and learning to be quiet and other hunting lore. He wasn't too impressed
with the cold, however. :)

MIL bought him a trampoline for Christmas, and hopefully next weekend, Dh will have
time to work on getting it put up. We've finished reglueing the tiles in the kitchen and bath,
hung a few more pieces of art, and restained some old furniture and moved it into the house.

I love to spend Tuesdays at our local thrift shop, for Home D├ęcor Day, and Fridays, for Kitchen
days. Half off the one, and .25 for the other! I've fallen into table setting and love it. Simple,
just a cloth, placemats, napkins and rings, and a centerpiece, but it really cheers up a home!
I have around 12 sets of placemats and 6 different colored cloths.  It's become my hobby, and
I find great sales at thrift stores and even Ebay to round out my stash.

And that's my life at Little Pond. Simple, easy days, enjoying this life we've been graced with.
I hope your life is as blessed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be joyful with family and friends, delicious food, and God's richest blessings.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November Days

We are enjoying cooler (but still warm) days, and sometimes chilly nights. We've needed the electric blanket and the furnace at night for the last week.

Days are of course, getting shorter, but the light remains gorgeous. Thanksgiving will soon be here; we're gathering at MIL's this year. I've been nominated for Christmas, so that long table will def come in handy, lol.

Here's a couple pics around the place.

My new windchimes, Each tube says "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". Because the tubes are large, the sound is deep and rich. I often wake up to them chiming. Lovely!

And a Little Pond sunset. The light is coming from the left, and you can just see the railing of our side porch in this pic. The barrel in the middle is our fire pit. We plan to surround it with curved brick, frame out a 'patio' with landscape timbers on the ground, and fill it with either wood chips or stone chips next year. A set of Adirondack chairs around it will complete this seating area. It's about halfway to the pond area, I'd say, and maybe 1/3 of the way to the pond (hidden down in a basin behind those two big pine trees).

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Come sit a spell

In our new (to us) rockers! Aren't they pretty?
Found these beauties at a local furniture/junk resale shop.

There are 4 of them, and they are Cracker Barrel rockers! Each has the logo
on the back. Two of them have termite damage to the runners (one on each),
but I can get new runners for both for under $50. Easy fix!

I only paid $160 for all four. That's over $600 worth of rocking chairs (by brand)
for 1/3 the price (after repair). Pretty good deal, no?

You can see our lovely picture window that lets so much light flow in, and our
cat, Nita, as well. She had to photo-bomb! The little sign in the window says,
"Grateful, Thankful, Blessed". And we really are!

The weather has cooled a good bit, esp in the evenings, and we enjoy sitting on
the front porch and enjoying the breeze. I have a new set of wind chimes that
lend a melodic air to things, and it's just so relaxing!

I love our new home!