Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Painting progress today...

Well, the ceiling is painted...
to keep the "haints" away.   ;-)
(More about that when the patio is complete.)

After prepping yesterday for painting,
I made pizza last night for dinner.
I have been using a recipe for dough by
Wolfgang Puck for years.
The toppings were fresh mozzarella, onion,
prosciutto, spinach, and freshly grated Parmesan.

The evening was nice, so I grabbed a plate
and headed outside to the patio table.
This is an oval snack plate from our
every day dishes...
Filigree by Pfaltzgraff and
my glass of wine in Irish crystal.

So then, here comes hubby...
with HIS plate and beverage of choice!
A paper plate and frosty mug o' beer.
Oh, well... pizza tastes the same.
Winston wants to know, "I can haz pizza?"

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I love to shop thrift stores and recently acquired these.
~ Wedgwood "Edme" ~
It's just a service for four but I could not pass on the price...
$1 each piece.
Oh, the English Beaker on the left
is from a different store / different day.

This may be the set I use for the 
Mother's Day Tablescape Challenge.

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Another work day tomorrow on the patio.

Until next time,

... during breaks, I sneaked peeks in my
Thimbleberries quilt books.
I think I found something!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

decisions, decisions...

Well, unfortunately, mine has been made for me.
Tomorrow is "Thimbleberries Sew Day,"
but I'll be painting...
the patio walls and ceiling.

The patio has been cleared of furniture,
grill, smoker, hanging plants, etc.
DH is taking down all the light fixtures right now.
I'm going shopping for ceiling fans shortly.

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Happy Sewing...


Oh, if you would like to join in the Sew Day fun,
visit Sandie to let her know.
And she is having a wonderful give-away, too!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Table Topper #3...

...and I have one more.  :-o
Hopefully, I'll get it posted next week.
I quilted this one yesterday and finished the
binding this morning...

The Table Topper Blog Hop
will resume on Monday ending Wednesday.
HERE is the info.
Thanks again, Madame Samm!

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The smell of mesquite and hickory wood
is wafting through the air.
DH has corned beef briskets in the smoker.
I am off to make potato salad!

Enjoy your weekend.
'til next time....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Table Topper Day...

... it's my day today!

A few weeks ago, 
I hosted a Sew Day at my house.
My friend, Marty, demonstrated the

And I made this...

I also have a table runner in the same fabrics...
un-quilted at the moment, which I 
will share another time.

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This is a Linda Lum DeBono design.
It is very versatile by choosing different fabrics.
I chose "Happy Birthday" fabric.
This topper will be used at the 
combined birthday party in June
of my Sew Group.

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My previous post has all the participants.

Thank you, Madame Samm, for hosting
such a fun topper hop.

Thursday April 19th

Karen  <<< me!

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Have a great Wednesday!
Until next time...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Table Topper Blog Hop begins today...

Join the fun each day...
Thank you, Madame Samm, for hosting!

(And you know... there will be prizes!)

Monday April 16th

Piece Peace * visit her on WEDNESDAY APRIL 18th

Tuesday April 17th

Wednesday April 18th

Mrs Pickles  Piece Peace

Thursday April 19th

Friday April 20th 

Monday April 23rd

Patty D

Tuesday  April 24th


Wednesday April 25th 

Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flirtation & Adoration...

Oh... it's the china 
and the silver-plate patterns! ;-)
Join me on the patio...

The English bone china is "Flirtation"
by Royal Doulton that I purchased for
myself in the mid-70's... Twelve 5-piece settings.

It is a very delicate pattern with
pink poppies, blue cornflowers,
(not hand-painted periwinkles ~
if I had only known...)
white daisies, wildflowers,
and golden ears of wheat. 

The silver-plate flatware pattern is
1847 Rogers "Adoration."

Princess House Crystal "Heritage"
2-piece hurricane candle lamp.
A recent purchase... $3 
from my favorite thrift store.

Princess House Crystal "Heritage"
sugar and creamer.
This set was a wedding shower
gift over 30 years ago...
among other pieces.

Princess House home parties were
very popular all those years ago,
 as I recall.

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for

... and thank you for visiting me today!
'til next time,

Friday, March 23, 2012

Yesterday's mail...

A clunk at the door,
and Winston being his usual a"lert" self.
DS and DDIL sent me...
Dr. Insomniac's Premium Coffee
"Italian Roast"
Locally roasted in Marin County

Oh, go ahead... lean closer.
Smells WONderful!

Ground some of those beans for the French Press...
Kettle of water on to boil.

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So I move to the other squishies in the box!

This cute little shoulder purse/wallet and
a zippered makeup pouch for my larger purse!
They are a beautiful chestnut brown tapestry.

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Coffee is brewed... cream and sugar?

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Happy Friday!
'til next time... Karen

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


About twenty years ago,
I bought a box of dishes at an estate sale for $30.
The dishes were really cute,
and I had never seen anything like them.
The seller said they were Depression Glass.
That really didn't matter,  I just liked them.
The following pieces were in that box.
Oval Snack Plate / Cup
~Service for 12~

Divided Celery
Candy Dish
Stemmed Compote

The Imperial Glass Company opened its doors 
in 1904 in Bellaire, Ohio.
In 1936, Imperial Glass released what would become
its most successful line:  Candlewick.

By the 1950s, Imperial was producing more
than 200 items in the Candlewick line.

But the 1950s also brought increasing scarcity of
resources and stiff competition from
cheap foreign glassware.
After changing ownership a few times,
the company finally closed in 1984.

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Over the years, I have been gifted a few more pieces.
And I am always on the lookout for them
when I visit my favorite thrift stores.

Heart Handled Mint Tray
~Birthday gift from my son~

Plain Top Crimped Vase
~Birthday gift from my son~

Heart Shape Tidbit
~Birthday Gift from my sister~

Open Sugar with Tray
The sugar I found locally.
The tray was purchased in Havre de Grace, MD
while visiting family.
I am "on a mission" for the creamer.

Water Goblet stem #400/190

The water goblet above is my latest find... $0.99.
I don't have any Candlewick glassware,
 and this style stem was new to me.

I am particular about how much I am willing
to spend and usually do NOT spend over $5 per piece.
Glassware?  No more than $2.
And buying off the internet takes all the fun
out of searching!

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If you decide to collect certain pieces of glassware
by certain manufactures, education is key.

The glasses below are sometimes passed off
as Candlewick... they are not.
These were made by Anchor Hocking.
The pattern name is "Boopie."

And, yes, I collect these, too!
They look lovely with Candlewick, 
and they are easier to find.

Anchor Hocking "Boopie" pattern glassware
~produced from 1950s to 1970s~

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'til next time,

I'm joining...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Blue Monday...

One fish,

two fish... 


in my blue fish dish! 

I could not find that book today...
I could not find that book, I say.
The Cat in the Hat came over to play.

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Have a great Monday...

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