Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sarah at Hyacinthys for the Soul. Congratulations, Sarah, and a big thank you to everyone who participated. Two more contests are ending this week--on Facebook, two Le Creuset pears will be given-away April 1 and the Cuisinart ice cream maker photo contest) ends April 2. Also, look for another quick, fun contest here at DBG that involves a donkey!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes.
It goes without saying that a home should reflect the heart and spirit of its inhabitants, and I'd tried: figural roosters are scattered all over the house.
Well, I wasn't sure how the cream-and-red buffalo plaid would work with the beige walls or the upholstery--and I couldn't repaint or reupholster anything. Too, the loveseat (which Mister needs to hop onto the bed) and the chairs were decidedly terracotta. I don't like things to match too perfectly, but I didn't want a mismash. And I am famous for putting together epic mismashes.
I ordered a few pillows. Better to be safe than sorry, right? When they arrived, I saw at once that the toile/check fabrics didn't have a touch of gold. And I had those huge pieces. Oh, where is Mr. Faudree at a time like this! His rooms look so polished and cozy, a place to curl up with a book. To make my room Faudreeish, wouldn't I have to reupholster the sofa or slipcover it? And the headboard...we love how comfortable it is...but wouldn't a wooden bed work better?
"No!" said Dr. Big. "I just wanted you to add some chickens!"
I was determinded to make this beloved buffalo plaid work--and work with what I had.
When I put everything into place, the rugs (which have plenty of gold) seemed to anchor the fabrics, providing a calming backdrop for the striped draperies, plaid, and toile.
Next, I glued red/gold trim to the headboard and ottoman. (Actually, it's pinned, too, but just till the glue dries.) I didn't use a glue gun; I used Singer's Fabric Glue. It worked, too, but if you try this, just make sure you have pins to hold everything in place for about 24 hours).
For MM last week, I trimmed the ottoman and several pillows.
Dr. Big's side of the bed is normally heaped with books and paperwork. He just walked into the bathroom and said, "What happened HERE?"
Last week's pillow with trim and costume jewelry.
One end of the sitting room opens to the terrace, where we have a view of real roosters.
It's a rainy night tonight, but we can watch The Pacific and turn on the fireplace, can't we, Dr. Big?
"Yep," he said.
"Well?" I asked. "Do you like it, honey?"
He grinned and looked around. "Yep."
I'm linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
To win a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card, visit Gollum's Houzz Interview. The deadline is Sunday, April 4, at 5pm EST.
Friday, March 26, 2010
"What do you think?" I asked Dr. Big.
"It's different," he said. When he saw my face fall, he quickly added, "I'm sure it's real stylish to have flowers growing out the top of a cake. Awww, it's pretty."
I asked if he wanted to be my FF tester. He thought a minute and said. "Well, what I really want is soup, babe. Then cake."
It's a deal, Big Guy.
While the Campbell's heated, I garnished deli muffins with culinary lavender and (prolly not edible) flowers from yesterday's tablescape. Martha Stewart, I ain't, but we do get fed.
A sunflower symbolizes that it will eventually be warm (maybe the Endless Summer is coming?).
Are these muffins or Easter bonnets?
Lemon poppy seed muffins or a meadow after a spring rain?
No doubt about this one--dried lavender sprinkled on praline-pecan muffins.
Lavender butter adds a subtle layer of flavor for tea breads, and it's simple to prepare.
A light touch is recommended with dried lavender, as it can be bitter. In fact, you might want to start with 1/2 teaspoon of lavender, work it into the butter, and see if you need more. 1 T is for a large tub of butter.
It goes without saying that if you are buying lavender make sure it has never been treated with pesticides and can be used for culinary purposes.
I have a small lavender garden in the backyard, and I'm looking forward to making shortbread and other goodies.
I'm joining Cindy at her beautiful blog, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell.
I'm linking to Jan's Second Tea Party at Bellacasa to celebreate all things tea related. I love her pot!
I am also joining Tootsie at Fertilizer Friday. If you want to learn about gardening, this is THE place to go. Without Tootsie's advice, all my knockout roses would be six feet under!
If you are participating in this week's Foodie Friday, Mr. Linky awaits your recipe. Be sure to check out the details for the Food Photography Contest, which ends April 2nd at midnight. I'd said in the instructions to enter one photo, but enter as many as you want. Sometimes it's too hard to decide on one, and all of us foodies will love more pictures. Just be sure to earmark the photos as submissions so I will know.
The prize is a Cuisinart Sorbet/Ice Cream machine. Finally, the Treble Clef give-away has been extended to Saturday. The winner will be announced Tuesday, March 30th.
Maybe by then, Spring will really be here!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Last year, I fell in love with four green cups--they lacked saucers and a pattern name. The bottom of each cup was smooth and unmarked. The lack of saucers didn't stop me for a second. Why, I could use them for tea or to hold paper clips or to hold bouquets.
When it comes to tableware, I fall in love too easily. Naturally I scurried to the check-out counter! These cups reminded me of Martha Stewart in her early days (though I do recall she had saucers). They're unmarked, so I'm calling all Dish Detectives. Do you recognize these cups? If you have any clues, I'd appreciate it so much if you'd let me know.
I have been craving warmth and sunlight, and the only way I'm able to do it is through tablescaping. Since we're having soup and sandwiches this afternoon, I decided to pull out bright orange dishes--what could be better than the zinnia dishes and my English tea set?
The tea set has darling little pieces. Each one resembles a thatched cottage. UPDATE: Rose from Second Hand Rose, who lives in the UK, has identified the tea set as Burlington Ware (made in England). Thank you so much, Rose!
My much-loved bunny tureen (Fitz & Floyd) and much-used faux paper whites were called into action for a centerpiece.
I love floral dishes because they really do brighten the table and seem to banish winter ("Sculptured Zinnia" by Poppytrail/Metlox).
The old green glassware looks so pretty when the sun decides to shine.
As I was loading the photos, it struck me--I forgot to add napkins. Gollum dear, get a handle on things!
That's what happens when I get caught up in little thatched English cottages, sunflowers, and mysterious green teacups.
A sherbet glass makes a darling vase.
Visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what's on her table this week. You'll also find links to hundreds of tablescapes.
Information about Contests and Give-aways at DBG:
Dr.Big and Bandwidth said it was too hard to pick a winner as the entries were witty and hilarious. Mister is a ASID-Canine Member and loathes design "faux paws," so this caption suited him to a T-bone. Santamaker, please send your address so you can start baking in your new pan!
If you didn't win, there's still a chance at tomorrow's Foodie Friday to enter the give-away for a 20-pc set of Treble Clef flatware.
Look for more contests and games as DBG celebrates two years of blogging in April.
You have until April 2nd at midnight to enter the Food Photography Contest. The prize is a Cuisinart Sorbet/Ice Cream machine.