Monday, June 27, 2011

Birthday Summer

In the next four weeks, our family will celebrate as many birthdays.
 We started with De's this week.

We planned to eat a steak dinner, have cake and ice cream
and then go to the driving range. 
Unfortunately, it was a rainy night in Georgia.
We'll hold off on the driving range for the next birthday party!

Julia was the mastermind behind De's cake.  She had the idea for a golf fairway.
I found a great guide on this website. 

She worked really hard and the results were
darling and tasty.

Since we were having a party, we needed a tablescape, right?
 And since it was De's birthday, I thought I would save him at least
one case of indigestion and make sure that all the items
I used were purchased on the cheap.  Guess what? 
This table is almost entirely set with yard and estate sale items
as well as Goodwill finds.

This entire set of china including sugar and creamer
was thrifted.  It is by Victoria and Beale and the
pattern is Williamsburg.  I wasn't familiar
with the company, but thought it was pretty.
The yellow bowl holding fruit was also purchased
on the cheap.  I bought it at a great estate sale earlier in the
month.  The placemats were thrifted as well. So...Happy Birthday, Kenneth!
Of course I was out spending money, but think how much I saved!

These shasta daisies were "pass a longs" from a dear friend,
"Miss" Iris who has passed away.  She gave me so many
beautiful flowers when we moved into our house.  Included with them
is Solomon's Seal also from my yard.  If you have read
my earlier posts, you may know that while my Mama's
thumb is green, I definitely avoided that gene.  If my shasta daisies and
Solomon's Seal are pretty, you know these hearty plants thrive on neglect!

Old medicine bottles make great vases.
This is an old milk of magnesia bottle.
Perfect arrangement to celebrate the
birthday of an old pharmacist!

I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Camp

Athens Y Camp, here we come!

Tallulah Falls, Georgia is home to the Athens Y Camp. 
This is a beautiful area in the North Georgia mountains
 and the home of the Tallulah Gorge.

This camp is movie perfect.  For parents who were leaving
 their children for a week,
it seemed very well organized and safety oriented. 
 For children anticipating a week away, it just seemed fun!

At the end of the week, we were so glad to have Jules home that
I didn't mind that she came with 99 loads of laundry.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Patriotic Tablescape

Here's my disclaimer: we didn't really eat at this table for Memorial Day.
I have red, white and blue plastic that I use when we eat outside
or when there are lots of children eating.  In other words, I use
them all the time!  I did, however, do a Memorial Day tablescape
as I had purchased a great set of dishes and glasses at GW
and thought they would be perfect.

Of course, Mama arranged the flowers. 
It's good we cut some before they wilt and die in this
100 degree heat we had today.
Can you believe it's that hot and only June 1?

I guess I'll have to quit playing with dishes and start watering flowers ...
but it's just too hot for that.  Not to worry, Mama will keep hers watered
and ready to go for the next tablescape - the one that will feature something
like ice cream!

Dinner, Salad plate and cup and saucer - Sahara Blue Permastone (Goodwill)
Glasses (Don't Mess with Texas Tumblers) - Goodwill
Placemats and Napkins - Tuesday Morning
Flatware - ebay
Flowers from Mama's yard. (She actually waters hers, remember?)

I'm linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.