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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PIRATE QUEEN International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2016

International Talk Like A Pirate Day was started by 2 adventuresome guys.  This celebration has been going on for several years.  It is now celebrated internationally.  Who would have thought!  Some of my local stores have some fun activities on this day.  Always celebrated on Sept. 19th, no matter what day of the week it is.  I started my celebration because my youngest daughter and her husband invited me along.  It is  fun and can be quite a comical experience.

I am not quite sure what my fascination with Pirate tales comes from.  Maybe the romance of the stories.  I love the look of the Pirate dress, the sailing ships, the treasure and adventure.  Was my fascination solidified by my experience one Halloween night long ago (see this blog post HERE).

I have done a tablescape to help celebrate this day.  It is also a fun idea for Halloween.  You can see a past Pirate Tablescape I did in celebration of this day HERE. 

                                                AYE MATEY'S

                          BE A WATCHING FOR THE EVIL EYE!


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016


A fun little table for my grand kiddo's to come visit and play.  If you click on the photos they will enlarge for a better view.

A beautiful day to enjoy their company.  I love these precious little people.  I wish all of them could be here but several of them live far away. 

I have always done more children's tables than tables for adults.  Yet hadn't featured them on my Blog until now. 

One of the hallmarks of my children's tables are the chairs.  I like to decorate them in many different ways.  I have a lot of PB Kids, chair backers.  They are so whimsical and fun.  You can have the child's name embroidered on them.   I stopped monogramming them as the kids grew up too fast and the family kept expanding.  The chair backers have a pocket that you can place a prize, treat, or love note to the child.

Before you think I go to the expense of paying full price for the chair backers ( I am not sure but they can go up to about $24 dollars each) I buy them at closeout prices.  If you follow my blog you might remember that I go to a PB/Williams-Sonoma/West Elm clearance center.  I use the term a 3rd tier outlet.  They sell discontinued, customer returns, or pre-monogrammed items that didn't have a perfect monogram.  What I purchase are NEW items where the monogram was misspelled, monogrammed upside down, etc..  So I have paid as low as $.25 up to $1.00 each!   

I have become an expert in removing monograms, never did I realize how easy it would become.  I remove the stitching with a seam ripper on the back and pull the threads out from the front with a tweezers.  There is a specific name brand shaver on the market that makes removing stitches even easier, or you can use a mustache shaver as well.  I haven't tried either shavers yet.  

I have removed monograms from Christmas Stockings, tablecloths, duvet covers, silk quilts, bedding, you name it.   You probably know what these companies sell and they will monogram almost any of their products.  I have come to wonder why people want their initials on so many things.  and I mean everything.  I think it is fun to have your name or initials added to an item but not everything.  To get the stitching marks out I lightly spray with water  or sizing spray and with a low heat iron I will press the marks out.  Most items you can't tell were ever monogrammed.    

This adorable little tablecloth came from Target.   I paid full price which was $5.98.  It is vinyl with a nice flannel backing.  It is a good size as well.  I am using a PB Kids table (the larger size that can fit 6 children).  I bought the table a few years ago, (Brand New) for $20.00.  Made from solid heavy wood.  A steal of a price for what PB sells them for.  Purchased at a Tent sale.

Our cotton candy floss machine that we can share among the family.  This is a very fun item for parties and family and friends get-togethers.

I made a few windmills for the children to play with.  The wind was really blowing, a perfect day for a windmill.

The gumball jar from Home Goods had a wooden lid.  I just painted the top to match the colors in the tablecloth and chair.

This fun little banner (from Target dollar bin) wishing much fun to the children. 

Thanks for looking.  Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Fleur de Lys Picnic Tablescape

A little outdoor Al Fresco picnic.  With a touch of France.  From the Paris Flea Market salad plates to the Fleur de Lys chargers and flatware.  A fun time for two!
If you click on the photo's they will enlarge for a more enhanced view.

The pewter flatware even has a fleur de lys (lily) design on the handle, which we associate with being French inspired.

Some Star Gazer lilies from Pier 1.  They look so real, don't you think?  Have you ever had the experience of getting the pollen from a lily on you or your clothing?   Most florist's remove the pollen in their arrangements.  I "stuck" my nose in an arrangement at a Disney Hotel and the pollen was front and center all day.  My nose was a beacon of yellow gold.  Loud and proud!

My deep pink goblet has the fleur de lys as well.  I bought them after Easter at Pottery Barn a few years ago.  I always planned to use them for  a Halloween table to match a tablecloth I had.  Something a little different for that holiday for sure.  PB probably had 100 or more left over and was closing them out at .99 cents each.  I thought that was an amazing price.  I just purchased 8, now I wish I had bought more.

The salad plate is called Paris Flea Market.  They come in a set of 4 and each plate has a different design.  They are melamine as well.  Great for indoors or out!

Sparkling pink lemonade.  Made in France and  purchased at Home Goods.  You never know what you will find at Home Goods.  We have 3 Home Goods within easy driving distance of my house.  There is a new Home Goods store opening in October, which will be about 10 minutes away.  

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Monday, July 25, 2016


           We are having a movie night outside tonight!  What fun!

We have access to a large outdoor screen and are going to watch Zootopia.  Getting ready and watching with friends and family is half the fun.  We'll just gather up the outdoor chairs, benches, double porch swing and cozy up together.  As soon as the sun sets we will start.  Can't wait!

                                    Lots of goodies to share!

We are enjoying our new drink holder.  I found it at my favorite pharmacy/gift shop.  This was the small one.  They have two larger sizes.

Some organic lemons to slice and add to the lemon drinks or water.

I made a couple of windmills.  I haven't made them since elementary school.

Someone is bringing a little fryer so we will make the Churro's and Funnel cakes.  I especially love the funnel cakes.  The best I have ever had was in Knott's Berry Farm.  They pour their own Boysenberry syrup over the top.  

           Some special lemon-amaretto cookies from Home Goods.

           Our popcorn popper with lots of toppings and add-ins.

I filled a little yellow lunch box with white and yellow (vanilla & lemon) salt water taffy.

I placed some little dampened washcloth's for finger towels in a little yellow ceramic berry box.

I have had these heavy-weight plastic plates for years.  They can even hold a large steak and won't flex when cutting.

The 5 popcorn flavors which you just sprinkle on are Ranch, Nacho Cheese, Butter, Garlic Parmesan, & White Cheddar.  I have provided additional salt, plus caramel, white, and dark chocolate chips.  They are great mix-ins for hot buttered popcorn.

Underneath the table are ice cold water bottles in a tub with a couple of blankets in a tote.  It will cool off at night.  Right now it has been about 100 degrees for a couple of weeks and will be for the next 6 days or so.  The humidity is from 0% to 10%.

These cute powdered drink mixes I found at a Home Goods while on vacation.  The flavors are called Raspberry Lemonade, Amazing Lime Lemonade, and Strong Lemon Lemonade.

       Our last little treat is some twisted red pull-apart licorice.

   Ready set go!  It is getting dark and the movie is about to start.

Thanks for looking!  Feel free to leave a comment below.  Have a great week!
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