Sunday, July 31, 2011

Reflections on a Deco Lady

On Friday we lost a Diva, our dear Becky of Random Musings of a Deco Lady. Becky really loved the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly, so I'm sharing these scenes from his exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as I reflect on the special friendship I shared with Becky.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bonjour, Marigold!

I'm celebrating two tabletop milestones tonight: the arrival of my Fiesta 75th anniversary marigold soup tureen & Bastille Day!

I have this Sun Glo Paris tablecloth in a yellow/paprika/green colorway, and I was excited to find this primary-toned version. I bought this one on-line, and I did not realize that the smaller size cloth does not have the Eiffel Tower on it. Good thing I had a few towers in my accessory collection!

The placesetting feature Fiesta dinnerware in marigold squares, peacock buffet plates and scarlet gusto bowls along with Ikea flatware and French pressed glass tumblers.

Vive La France!

Vive la Fiesta!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Nana's Garden

I'm so pleased to see some very good news at The Little Round Table today: Mr. TLRT is home from the hospital! Wonderful!

I'm not sure if Candy will host a Garden Party this week, but I wanted to share some scenes from my grandmother's garden. July is not the best time for gardens in North Florida. Luckily, my grandmother's passion for garden ornaments keeps her yard interesting during even the hottest days.

The ancient pines and oaks are also stunning year round.

Be careful with that Spanish's for outdoor use only unless you want critters in your house!

A cardinal nest is a welcome sight. The large number of birdbaths and feeders make the yard a haven for birds, squirrels, rabbits and insects.

Some plants don't need blooms to be beautiful. Caladiums are a staple in this yard.

When my great-grandmother moved in with my grandparents, she also brough her lawn ornaments to the collection.

My uncle and I planted the seeds for this lemon tree when we were children. The fruit will be huge by the time it ripens.

Thanks for sharing these good memories of Nana's garden with me!