Sunday, September 16, 2018

Turning Over a New Leaf!

It is time again to begin to catch up on my blog.

I love so much to be busy, and well, the busy has just
really taken over my life!  So with a new foot forward I am
starting again.  Over the last year I have decided to start
watercolor-ing botanical's.  So I started taking lessons online
with an artist in the UK. 

  Oh, my mind is always filled with so many
projects!  

I will be better at sharing the projects I am doing.
I recently was reading my Bella Grace magazine and in it
was a quote from Mother Teresa

“We know only too well that what we are doing is 
nothing more than a drop in the ocean.
But if the drop were not there, the ocean would
be missing something.”

So all these things that we do are drops of something out there,
and it is even better when we are sharing our drops 
with others to inspire.

My projects this summer have been vast, and even with the feeling that
I wonder if they will all get completed.  I will now share
and hope in some way can be an inspiration to others.

I have been watercoloring some more, with the hopes that I will get
really good at this.  This learning to watercolor
flowers is an amazing journey that I want to continue for as
long as my fingers and my eyes will allow me.

This watercolor picture of tulips is one of my favorite accomplishments.
This represents one of the hardest projects I have done.


Here are my tulips I have been practicing.  I now have 2 of the
same and one other.  These really make me happy 
to look at!

And seriously, the artist I am taking online lessons from is
such a good teacher.  I have learned so much from her!

I have been inspired by so very much, and will keep on going.

My intent is to post twice a month, and share with you things I am doing around
my house, from decorating, to painting and changing rooms,
ideas of remakes in certain area of the house and furniture, watercoloring,
and maybe some scrapbook pages.  It has been a while
since I have done any of those.

I want to share, and who better to share things with!  

You!


Ciao,

Robin

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Hello Friends,

We have been so involved this year,
and I am back to being able to post again.
This is such a great way for me to show my loves in
my life by posting on this very fun blog.

Today I am sharing my Thanksgiving tablescape.  
As time goes on I will share other things in our home.


Our Thanksgiving this year will be just us and another couple,
we had a great weekend with out children just a few weeks ago.

I have used some very special items on my table this year.
The table cloth comes from Ethiopia.  We served a humanitarian 
mission there for 2 years,  In Addis Ababa there was a leprosy hospital
where we would go and do some service.  The hospital had a
gift store where there were women with very broken and gnarled
hands that embroidered many different things, table cloths,
dresses, hand towels, pot holders with their Ethiopian motifs on them.
I ordered this table cloth with matching napkins for my home,
and sadly this is the first time in 6 years I have taken it out of the bag to use.
I think because we have been gone so much, it just never was on
the top of the list of things to use.


I also wanted some velvet pumpkins and decided I could
make some.  I found out that finding velvet in the colors I wanted
in my area wasn't an easy task.  I found faux velvet, and 
spent hours making pumpkins while we were traveling on the road.
I used rust, ochre, tan, and grey for my pumpkins.
I also used antique jewelry, ribbons, doilies to decorate them.


I also decided to use vases in brown and silver.  They are from the 
Mary Carol Collection.  She has a beautiful line and is out of Kansas.


The dishes are some of my favorites.  I bought the white chargers at a
second hand store, the brown plates are from Precious Goods with a 
beautiful embossed swirl on the plate, the turkey plates are from  
Noble Excellence, I purchased them at Dillards a few years ago, and the
little gratitude plates are from Zions Mercantile purchase at Deseret Book.


My silverware is antique and I have been collecting pieces for years
as I can find them at a good price.


In my kitchen/eating area I have some nice pieces of hand painted furniture,
all in brown and black tones.  Here is a bombay styled chest.
The picture above it is Tales Beneath Timp by James Christensen.
I love to put this out every fall in the kitchen.  It was one of my mother's
favorite pieces of his work.


I have instructions on the Chattering Robin's Blog on how to make these
cute pumpkins.  This one I have used a antique doily of my mothers, 
ribbon and a pin, and a pumpkin stem saved from last year.


In the glass clear glass candle holders I filled them with mini Indian corn
my parents grew in their garden.  I also made the clip board with black cardstock
and a clip board, and cut out the saying on my cricut.


Here is another pumpkin with a doily, ribbon, leaves, and a bracelet of mine
I never wear.  


This is the top of the other mini buffet that is in the dining room next 
to the table.  I have put my turkey here, isn't he cute!
I've had him for many, many moons.  I continue to use him in the
decorating every year.




This is the view looking from the table into the kitchen.


The color palate this year is white and brown with a touch of burnt orange.





I love silver!  Well now that it doesn't have to be perfectly polished!
As a child I complained every time it had to be polished.
But even now I get the cream out and polish away.



My kitchen isn't large, but makes me quite happy, and the dining area
is perfect for our family.



My china cabinet, that was my mothers and I was able to get it when she
and dad died.  I grey washed it to fit the times today.  Love this piece
very much.  It is the first time I have had something to put my 
dishes in, and I change it out season to season.


On either side of the china cabinet are these old windows.
I like to occasionally decorate them with a wreath.






I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving table scape, and
my kitchen at Thanksgiving.

I am so very grateful for all the blessings we have be given.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Robin

Saturday, October 8, 2016

White and Neutral Fall Tablescape

Hello Fall,

Oh how I love fall!

And more than that, I love to share tablescapes.

Today I am sharing a tablescape that I created in just a few hours 
in my dining room.  I decided to take the candles from my bedroom
and use them in this tablescape.  I also love old silver.

Silver, Fall, Dishes!!!!

I just love these all together.


Here is that fun tablescape, with whites and neutrals.
The dishes were my grandmothers, who lived in Munich, Germany.
My mother and father brought home from a visit to Germany
sets of animal dishes, enough to put dishes around the top of the kitchen
wall, with matching platters.  Fish and animals, I also have a set of
fish dishes that I use in our camp trailer.  Ha, ha, who can 
go camping without china!


My dinning area is small, but we can sit 6 comfortably.
I chose to only set the table for 4 today.


Old candles that I cannot part with in gold, browns and creams.
My hand blown pumpkin.
And a pumpkin wrapped in book pages.


My mothers salt and pepper shakers, and the butter dish.
I use the butter dish everyday, it sits on the kitchen counter, and love to
uncover the butter and think of mom.  What did make me sad was, she
used a plastic dollar butter dish all the years she was alive, and this butter dish was
only used for special occasions.  I think of life in a different way.  Use these
beautiful items in your everyday life!!!!
You only live once.


This is my favorite plate, the fox plate.
I didn't realize I had a fox plate until I took these out again
in September.  What!!! I know, so funny, but how lucky am I to
have him.



This is the quail plate, I was lucky enough to get a set of mom's Michelangelo 
flat ware.  These look gorgeous even if they aren't silver.  I also used  silver chargers, 
and a brown set of gorgeous plates under these animal, bird dishes.


I can't even remember when I bought this face, he has hung on my wall for years
in the family room.  When I repainted it this summer, my hubby said, 
hey lets change whats on the walls, it is so busy, and scale down a bit.
MMMM, So smiley didn't get back up on the wall, but he sure looks good here.


The boar plate has such a funny story to it.  As kids we would set the table
on Sunday or special occasions with these dishes, as mom did use the 
dishes often in our lives.  Us kids did not like the boar plate, and we would always
put it on someone else's place setting when we set the table.
Alas, my dad always got the boar plate!  He wasn't there to set the table!
On Sunday after church, he came in, dinner was ready, and
sat down to the table, exclaimed, Why do I always get the boar plate!!!!!

Needless to say, we repented after that, Dad got a better variety of
plates to eat off of, and the boar plate stayed in the cupboard more often.
I still love to use him, if not only for great memories!


I love to intertwine silver with all my things around the house.
My house is on the cozy side, not much extravagance here,
but over the last 3 years I have been collecting silver,  you know it can
be obsessive!  But here is one of the platters I have found, with feet
and the white and cream flowers in a white pitcher fit perfect here,
with candles, pumpkins, and acorns with leaves and stems.  


I have used these colors for years, and each time I pull them 
out I just feel so comfy! 


The gold goblets are a favorite of mine, and just this year
we found these water glasses in Cabo San Lucas while we
were shopping.


Sliver Chargers!!


I just added these orange napkins to the linens.
I'm so excited about them, Target.


The last plate on the table is the pheasants.

These plates have just a touch of green in them.
I love the combination of browns with just a touch of green.

Well, that completes the table.

The China cabinet was added last year to the dinning room.
It was my mothers too.


It was wood, and I grey washed it.
I will post the before and after soon.
It has been a fun addition to the dinning room,
even though it is pretty large.



My buffet is small, and really looks small with this huge
silver coffee tea set.  
I love pictures of Europe, and as we have traveled
the world we add a few more pictures to the house.
The tablecloth my grandmother embroidered.
An just last year I was able to bring home my mother's silver
server set.
I found the silver candlesticks in Georgia on one of
our trips to the mountains.


This completes the kitchen/dinning area in my home.


I always wanted a serving area, with covered silver serving dishes.
I have finally found enough to fill this small cabinet top.


I love the combination of these together, and hope that I will be able
to find more of these covered dishes.
I added the mallard duck plate to this serving area.
Do you love the light bulbs?
Just a fun twist with the silver/glass look to them


The tiny little picture is handpainted of poppies.
One of my moms favorites.


On the extra chairs in the dinning room I added
some pillows.  At the corner of this pillow
are three broaches.  They are from my moms and mother-in-laws
jewelry collections.  
I love just the little touch of bling.


Both pillows are new for this year,
I made the quail pillow from some leftover
fabric I had, and a the so blessed was a gift.


So glad you could stop by and share my dinning area with me.

Hope you had a fun browse!

Ciao,

Robin