December 12, 2011

Hanging Christmas Centerpiece


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We're really not used to any kind of severe weather, so everything shuts down.
Some Pasadena residents were without power for two weeks.
My son's mini van lost its windshield due to a rather large tree limb blown its way.
The offending branch is shown at the left.





Forty minutes south of him, we were battered and blown,
a few potted trees were toppled over, but little else was damaged.
Among the many bits of nature deposited on our lawn during the storm, was a much smaller tree branch.
It became the focal point for this post..
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I'm a Point-and-Shoot kinda gal, so this photo doesn't do the piece justice,
but it's rather attractive in real life.


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Using twine, the limb was strung up over our patio table.
Since it was so fresh, I was able to gather some of the branches and tie them together,
forming little intersections where I thought I might want to place the votives.
The entire limb was strayed with liquid snow.

(Yes, I KNOW my patio overhang needs a coat of paint. That's a project for next summer.)


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Red discs were painted and cut from cardboard, then hot glued to the branches
to create little shelves for the votives.


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Sadly, my night shots are even worse than those taken in daylight.

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It's important to note that the votives cups are plastic with battery operated candles.
Glass would have been too heavy, not to mention too dangerous.


Our weather changed back to Southern California Warm again.
It was unseasonable warm last Saturday.



Merry Christmas.



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May 1, 2011

May Day

Dance round the maypole, dance round the maypole, over the green field and down to the hay.
Lift up your hearts and dance round the maypole, run to your true love and dance all the day.



PhotobucketAt first I tried to dream up a tablesetting with a Russian International Workers Day theme, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. Maybe I'll keep my eye out for some little toy tanks at yard sales and use them next year.
But this year . . .



My daughter and my first and second grade granddaughters will *dine* with me. I'm planning to serve (hold on to your hats!) grilled cheese sandwiches, chopped fruit (heavy on the strawberries), pretend tea (apple juice), a few potato wedges, pickles, and ice cream for dessert.
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I'm not a big fan of pink. So how did I end up with a pink tablecloth???? Yep! The same way you ended up with a few pink items. I washed a white tablecloth with a set of red napkins - a little mistake that I have to admit I've done more than once. Actually, I think it came out rather well considering "surprise tie-dye" usually turns out blotchy, heavy in some spots and light in others.
Well, just thought I'd throw out that little bit of worthless information in case you wanted to get a pink tablecloth and were wondering where I bought mine.

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The china was inherited from my mother. She had what she called a dessert set (square plates, larger than salad plates but smaller than dinner plates) and a large square bowl in the pattern for years. One day when she was in her mid sixties, she walked into a consignment shop and there was the whole set, place settings for 12 and a number of serving pieces. She thought she'd died and gone to heaven.
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Although pink is not my first choice, I have a granddaughter that is going to be a "pink person" even when she's grown, so they will be appreciated again some day, in the same way my mama did.

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The maypole was made from a piece of 1½ PVC pipe. Silk flowers were inserted in top.
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March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Blog Crawl

When Kathleen, author of Cuisine Kathleen, hosts a blog crawl, you want to be there - especially if it's a
St. Patrick's Day Party.

Over the years, I've seasawed back and forth between hosting large group St. Patrick's Day parties (centering around His Bar and plenty of beer) and spending a subdued March 17 at home (just the two of us). There's never been an in-between kind of celebration, so finding enough items to set a table for four wasn't easy.

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Crammed in among the ivy and green lights is a gold candle holder
and a rubbery leprechaun warming his feet over the flame.
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With a little juggling, four different patterned dishes
are turned into four green and white place settings.
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It's a bit disjointed, but here's the total look.
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I had hoped to use this buffet table decoration as a centerpiece, but it was too wide.

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Tablecloth: cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Chargers: Michaels, sprayed yellow
White dinner plates: Aplico, Williams-Somona
Shamrock dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls: Mesa, Home Goods
Solid green luncheon plates: Shamrock, Fiestaware, Amazon.com
Solid green bowls: Michael's
Yellow flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co., inherited
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I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
Holiday Haven for St. Patrick's Day Party,
Cuisine Kathleen for the Third Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl and
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.
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March 2, 2011

HANDS

Five Generations
In celebration of International Women's Day, March 8


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About a year ago, I had the lucky opportunity to see and read about a very interesting piece of art on the Holiday Forum.

Jeanne, the creator of the work, wrote in her post,
"This is a five generation 'hands' picture.
From top to bottom, my grandpa's hand (on a walker),
my Mom's hand (quilting), my hand (crocheting),
my daughter's hand (laying on a portrait of her children),
and my grandson's hand holding a book he's reading."

I immediately contacted Jeanne about the piece,
and with her encouragement, set about making my own
Five Generation Hands picture.


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The finished piece, matted and framed, hangs in the entrance to our hallway.
It begins with a photo of my grandmother's hand and ends with my daughter's two daughters.

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Close-ups of the individual pictures follow.



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My picture: Created with Comic Life software.
Jeanne's picture: "I made this as an art project done in early 90's when I went back to college...at that time, NO DIGITAL in photo classes. I took all the pics ...printed what was called 'Kodalith' negatives & processed the picture manually onto the fabric. My art professor said it needed to be 'rougher'...so I used barbed wire for a hanger and 'irregular hand-stitching' around the pictures."

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Update, March 10, 2011:
Apparently Jeanne's art work has inspired more than one
full-time grandma/part-time photographer. Here's another variation on the theme by Karen (username: purplemoon), a poster and Keeper of the Archives on the GardenWeb's Holiday Forum.

If Jeanne's work has inspired you, please contact me about adding your creation to this posting, so that others may be inspired as well.

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I am linking to:
Nikki's Nifty Knacks for Gettin' Crafty on Hump Day,
the Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday and
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
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