Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Tea Table

I know I've said it a lot lately ...but I just LOVE fall!!  The temperature has finally dropped down into the 50's at night and the sky is a beautiful blue hue that makes everything prettier! 

  One of my best friends surprised me with a package and to my delight it was a fall teapot!! 

Thanks Valerie!!

My little kitchen table is a perfect place for a  fall tea for two.  We love spiced chai tea and
it smells  so good!

I had found this pretty wire cloche for only $8 and just fell in love with the design and burgundy color!   Cloches just make me think of  Marty...the "cloche queen".  Marty is the reason I now love cloche's with all the weekly inspiration and ideas she shares!  I'm linking with her
this week.   Thanks Marty for being
such a  gracious hostess!! 

My table started with a yellow tablecloth that I purchased in a thrift store in Pacific Grove, California while on vacation.
The runner was clearance for $2 at Wal-Mart last year and I love the extra long length..I also use it on my large formal dining table as well. 

The pumpkin plates were purchased a few weeks ago at Wal-Mart for $3.00 each.   I layered them on
my favorite ivory Target plates for a fall look.

The scarecrow was on the 80% clearance aisle  at Hobby Lobby last year...I bought  several...after all ..they were almost free!!  I always buy holiday items off season..especially tablecloths..the savings are tremendous.  

The cups and saucers were purchased for 99 cents each at Goodwill.  They only had a set of two so into
my basket they went!

The small ceramic pumpkin was purchased at the Dollar Tree this year.

 I have collected lots of silk leaves and ornamental pumpkins and gourds over the years and accent with them all around my home.  I thought the windowsill needed a little something so I used a swag I made and just added some ornamentals.   

My flowers in the garden are revived with all this cool weather and are blooming again!  I love the view from my little kitchen window.  Someday (when all the kids are out of college) we plan on putting in a large bay window for an even better view of our garden ...a girl can dream but until then I enjoy my garden view.    

Enjoy your week and hope you take
 time to enjoy your favorite  cup of tea!

I'm also linking with
Go by and join in all the parties!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pink Kitchen Commercial

Today for Pink Saturday and Favorite Things, I wanted to share the finished commercial my son is entering in a commercial contest. 

 He wanted to film in a pink vintage kitchen circa 1960's.  My friend and neighbor who is a real estate agent had the perfect vintage home for sale with an original pink kitchen.  I posted several pictures from the shoot a couple weeks ago for Pink Saturday.     Here is his finished work: 

If you would like to vote for his commercial here is the link:

 He is # 9 and would appreciate your vote!  You can vote once per day!  Thank you!

Go visit all the pink posts and have a wonderful and fun Pink Saturday!!

Since my son's film creations are some of my favorite things, I'm also linking with Laurie's A Few of My Favorite Things,
and Chari's Sunday Favorites, so make lots of visits this week to see everyones favs! 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sweet Autumn Clematis Garden Walk

The start of fall is just a few days away and my favorite season!  Pumpkins, pansies and mums just make me want to stay outdoors all season.   The colors of autumn and falling leaves find their way into our home and make us more cozy.    

Scarecrows go up and my fall garden cleanup begins.  We prune,  remulch flower beds and Mr. Bloomers over seeds our yard with fescue.  I love a green fescue lawn edged with a pansy border- but it's still a little too early  for pansies here in Oklahoma.

Backyard hydrangea and impatient border 

In the meantime,  my Sweet Autumn Clematis vine is in full bloom and covers several fence panels in my backyard.  

I just love this plant!!

It's hard to believe this huge vine started out  3 years ago in a  4" pot with a tiny little start in it!  Talk about getting my money's's almost twenty feet across now!!

I love the faint sweet fragrance..and the perfusion of blossoms, it's not overpowering but just a nice surprise as you get near my back fence.  

This clematis is a show stopper as a backdrop
to my annual flowers.

I have read that parts of the plant are poisonous so I would be very careful if you have small children or pets.  My dogs don't bother it at all, as it grows up a fence out of their reach.

(View from outside of fence) 

This clematis is propagated by I'm going to collect seeds this fall and grow them next year...what a nice garden gift to give someone who loves plants and I would like to have it growing in several other places around my garden! 

My morning glories are blooming as well...I really have to keep them in check or they are very invasive.  I have a couple spots in my garden where I just let them grow.  I think the deep purple is my favorite..but heavenly blue is a nice variety too..and of course they reseed easily! 

My chives are in bloom with pretty dainty white

My rose of sharons are full of blooms and

and my climbing rose is still blooming~next year I hope it makes it to the top of the arbor!

Spiders are everywhere...getting ready for Halloween!  This web is fairly large...and so is the spider who tends it!  We have to be careful they can spin a web overnight right in front of our doors!

Orange Trumpet Vine

I am excited to see pumpkins arriving in the produce sections and my favorite pumpkin patch is almost open!  Fall to me is spending time with family, the smell of pumpkin pie and cinnamon,  watching football and sitting in front of a warm fire...yes

fall is in the air!

I'm linking with Susan's Outdoor Wednesday, go by and visit, she has a lovely tribute to our MIAs and POWs who served our country! 

I'm also linking with Tootsie for
Flaunt your Flowers Friday, can't wait to see what everyone has in their fall gardens! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ladybug Picnic

Summer is nearly gone and everything is being refreshed with recent rainfall and beautiful cool weather.  It's such a great time to spend  tailgating at the football field or picnicking  outdoors.  

  I bought a pretty picnic basket earlier this year and thought it would come in handy for any outdoor events.    The lining was even in our college team colors :  Oklahoma Sooner's
 red and white!!  

The picnic basket was complete with plates, mugs and utensils and purchased at Goodwill for $7.00 in new condition.  The red gingham lining also coordinates with my favorite tablecloth!

I received these adorable lady bug napkins from my friend Linda for a birthday gift.  I've been looking for plates to go with them for a several months.   

While shopping at Ross I was delighted to find these adorable plates!!   I had already purchased  the coordinating bowl at GW
for 99 cents several weeks ago. 
I love it when things come together!!

I set our "picnic table" with my gingham tablecloth.
I used my Pier One charger and  layered a vintage Sheffield "bone white" dinner plate on top.   

Finally the ladybug
plates complete the place setting.
So goodbye to summer days and cute little ladybugs, I'm ready for football, pumpkins and apple cider! 

Picnic Basket: Goodwill
White chargers:  Pier One
Sheffield Bone White Plates: Goodwill
Bug Blocks:  Gift from Deb
Ladybug Napkins: Gift from Linda
Ladybug salad plates: Ross
Ladybug bowl:  Goodwill

I'm linking with
Marty's Tabletop Tuesday
Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
Susan's BNOTP Tablescape Thursdays
 Chari's Sunday Favorites
and Summer/Seasonal Sundays 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Vintage Kitchen Commercial

 I  love vintage things and the older I get the more I appreciate the things my mother and grandmothers used in their homes.  Most everything back then was made in the USA.  I am now collecting several makers of dinnerware made in the USA and specifically California.    

This past weekend I helped my son ( he does web commercials) with a commercial for a new product called Batter Blaster.   He's doing this for fun as part of  a competition.  Batter Blaster is such a fun product and delicious too,  it's literally pancake mix in a can and you just squirt it onto a pancake grill.  ( Like a Redi-whip can)  No mixing and no mess!  What houswife wouldn't love that....I already sound like the commercial -and no I'm not getting
 paid to say that!  LOL


He wanted to film in a vintage 1960's kitchen.  My neighbor is a real estate agent and had told me about an adorable home she has listed ....complete with a vintage PINK kitchen and she was nice enough to get approval  for him to use it for the shoot. 

 The kitchen just made us smile when we arrived!  Not often do you see a pink kitchen and  we were in awe that it is original.   I felt like I had been taken back to my granma's kitchen, complete with the speckled formica countertops.  The dishwasher may have possibly been added in the 70's ...but it was pink too!  Even the sink was pink!

All the appliances were in working order...check out the pink stovetop with push-button control panel!  Too cute!!  

The pinkest oven I've ever seen!!

Of course I couldn't wait to do a tablescape with vintage dishes and accessories..I appointed myself the Prop-master and my son  and I had a blast shopping for the proper vintage kitchen accessories.  
I took him to my usual bargain stores and we found everything we needed for a vintage 1960's kitchen within 2 hours.  I think our grand total was less than $50.00 for everything we purchased. 

His friend Heather looked adorable in Lucy-ish polka dot dress and apron.   The perfect little housewife...I just love those pearls!

White Sheffield  dinnerware  (made in the USA) graced the breakfast table.  I bought an entire set for $5.00 at Goodwill.  We were able to find a vintage syrup dispenser for a few dollars at an antique mall.   I found the vintage tablecloth in an antique store while on a trip to Florida last year.  The dining chairs
 were $25.00 for both...I'll resale them in a garage sale.  LOL 

Old metal canisters, a pyrex Americana bowl,  an  old 1960's cookbook for $1 and mixer complete our staged kitchen.    

What fun we had...I'll post the completed commerical when he finishes the editing process.