Thursday, January 24, 2019

Winters Garden Table

Thanks for stopping by today 
Today I'm sharing
my Winters Garden table.
 I started planning this table with the black background
placemats and paper napkins as the focus.
But as I put elements together I feel like the bee 
salad plate and green glassware may have stole the show!
 I just love the way the Fitz and Floyd napkin rings with berries
pickup the berries in the placemat!
 The lavender and green plaid silk napkins mirror the 
lavender and green in the roses centerpiece and 
the yellow roses pickup the yellow bees on the salad plates
and lemon napkin rings.
 I am in love with the Lenox Tikaa gingham dinner plates.
They go with everything and make a great neutral.
 A bird's eye view shows the 
Napoleon bee flatware from Wallace Silversmiths.

 The Indiana glassware set of five was a great find at an
antique store years ago.  

 The beeutiful gold border of the placemat and napkin
really pop off the black background.

 I was in love with the floral centerpiece.
I first thought the yellow and lavender would not 
match but I was delighted with the result!

 I put my dessert set of brass fork and spoon
above the place setting and was delighted with the match
against the napkins!
Here are the sources for the table:

Placemats and Paper Napkins -Beeutiful by Design
Dinner Plate -Lenox
Salad Plate -Anthropologie 
Flatware -Horchow
Linen Napkins, Fruit Napkin Rings, 
Dessert Set and Glassware all vintage.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Roses Tea Party

Welcome to the roses tea party!
I combined my love for blue and white along
with roses and tea parties for this tablescape.

From the grocery store I purchased a mix of roses
and arranged them in my blue and white bee teapot for the centerpiece.
 Then I started adding my blue and white pieces
of teacups, dinner plates
and the matching sugar and creamer set.
 I found these adorable
miniature tea cup and tea pot
place card holders, which
just happened to come with rose
place cards!
 I layered brightly colored paper
teacup napkins with navy
linen napkins with teal and lime tassels
and then slipped on the Spode blue and white
napkin rings.
 Chinz tea bag holders were
used as a bread and butter plate for whimsy.
 My final touch was a mixed set of chinzy flatware,
which came with a fork, knife and two spoons so
breaking with tradition I placed
the fork and knife together for company.

I really enjoyed putting these elements
together to share with you
and want to thank you for stopping by!

Here are the sources for the table:
Place mats -gift but I found similar at Macy's
Dinnerware, tea cup cream & sugar and napkin ring -
Vintage but I found similar online at Macy's
Napkins -Blue linen & tea cup paper -Beeutiful by Design
Bee Teapot -Replacements LTD
Tea bag plate -Amazon
Flatware - Amazon
Tea placecard holder & cards - Amazon

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Clubs for 2019


Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I thought I would share my listing of online or virtual book clubs since our theme this week is Book Club.  My 2019 goal is to read two books per month.

I began researching these a few years ago when my Crohns Disease all but made it impossible for me to leave the house.  I enjoyed reading and that was one of the few things I could do at home.

You may want to go to the book club meeting or online chat or like me you may just enjoy reviewing the selections each month and picking a few for your own reading list.

Image Hello Sunshine Facebook

1.  Hello Sunshine

Hello Sunshine is the company of Reese Witherspoon.  She started a book club last year I believe and I have read several of her 2018 selections and they were all good.  She has a Facebook page you can follow here.

2.  Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble bookstore has started a book club in their store.  It does not meet monthly, but you can find out more information about here.  My daughter and her friend went to the Hurstbourne Lane Louisville KY location meeting last fall and said it was enjoyable.

3.  Victoria Magazine

In December 2018 Victoria Magazine announced their inaugural book club selection would be Little Women.  It looks like from their website here it will be an online forum discussion group. 

4.  Louisville Free Public Library

In 2011 the Mayor's Book Club started at the Main Branch of the Louisville Library.  They meet on the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1PM.  If you work downtown this would be a great way to join a club and attend during lunch break!  There is more information on their website here.

Finally if you are not interested in a book club, but just more book suggestions to read I have the following websites I found interesting:

Good Reads:  this online site will give you suggestions broken down by category, help you pace your reading and more.  This link here will give you their top 43 suggestions for 2019.

Style Blueprint:  this is a southern website that offers local restaurants, shopping and entertainment articles, but also frequently lists books to read.  This link here will give you their top 5 2019 reads.

Simon & Schuster:  I recently signed up for an author forum at Simon & Schuster's website and since then I've been getting lots of emails about upcoming books.  Granted they are only promoting their own published books, but still you get to read more information about the author and sometimes they email you presale discounts.  Their website is here.

Do you have any other book club or online sources for good reads? If so please comment below and share!  Have a great day!