February 28, 2011

Read Across America Day

Breakfast with Dr. Seuss

Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. According to the National Education Association, more than 45 million children, teens and adults take part every year.

You wrote and you wrote
And we read and we read
All the books 'bout the things
You made up in your head.

You wrote about Horton,
Thing One and Thing Two,
A cat with a hat
And a Christmas Grinch too.

You wrote of the Lorax
Who speaks for the trees,
And Sam who wants ham
And some green eggs too, please.

Oh, the places we've gone
Due to books that you wrote,
Have been wonderfully-ious.
It's important to note.
You took us to Whoville,
And the Kingdom of Didd.
We ran Circus McGurkus,
Oh, heaven forbid!


We fished for some fish
In McElligot's Pool,
Strolled Mulberry Street.
Now that's pretty cool.
Thank, thank, thank, thank you.
You made reading such fun.
Every book, every drawing,
We've loved every one.


Though tongues got all twisted
And giggles were many,
There's a lesson you taught us,
More special than any:
"The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go." [1]


So now on your birthday
The whole country reads,
From the youngest of tykes,
To a general who leads.
We'll open a book,
Or perhaps open two.
No matter their titles,
We'll still think of you.

Of course we'll have green eggs and ham. What else!

[1] Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1978)

Tablecloth: Painted sheet, Walmart


Red mugs: Heller, Massimo Vignelli, Macy's,
Photobucketstriped with white electrician tape

Yellow and red flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle,
Photobucketstriped with colored electrician tape


Fish bowl: inverted cake dome resting on small bowl

Bookmarker/place card: Printed from internet

Red fruit bowls: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Dinner plates: Polka Dot, Emma Bridgewater, yard sale
Yellow chargers: Michael's, sprayed yellow

Red jewel scatters: Pottery Barn

I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and
. . . off on my tangent . . . for Alphabe-Thursday and the Letter U (The Ubiquitous Dr. Seuss).

February 23, 2011

It's the 83rd Academy Awards

PhotobucketAnd You're at the Brown Derby

I spent three months dashing off to Kinko's
for the smallest of printing jobs.
Not anymore!

Yesterday I bought a new laser printer.
It was like I had just been let out of jail.
I went a little print-crazy.

As a result, every last sports picture that hangs in
His Bar has been covered with caricatures of some
of the men and women who have made
"going to the movies" a magical experience.

Our family room has been converted to a
mini Brown Derby Restaurant.

Our personal Brown Derby Wall holds images of Ira and George Gershwin,
Betty Davis, Jimmy Durante, and other silver screen stars.

The bar stools, meant to bring old director chairs to mind, are topped with black slipcovers and computer-printed letters that spell out the names of Old Hollywood royalty.

Movie paraphernalia have been squeezed among the existing sports trophies.
A tuxedo t-shirt covers an old tennis tournament sweater and a clapboard rests against recently acquired soccer awards. Sunglasses, mini megaphones and boas help camouflage the rest.


Napkins are supported by small top hats. Despite the gold-trimmed place settings,
the main entree will be hot dogs (bratwurst, really) with your choice of toppings.
Junior mints and other concession stand goodies are for dessert.


For a little whimsey, there are
clapboard and megaphone S&Ps.

The large Gershwin caricature was drawn on two large sheets of paper. I looked for one
that had the fewest lines to try and duplicate.
The original framed pictures were left on the wall and the printed pictures
were trimmed to size and taped to the glass.

Our mini Brown Derby is the place to see and be seen this coming Sunday night.

And finally, who remembers this?
It's 8½ minutes of an episode that originally aired February 7, 1955.
The first minute is worth a look.

PhotobucketGold Chargers: old and cheap
Dinner plates: Galaxy, Sakura, yard sale
Star dishes: Star Candy Dish, Studio Nova, two from yard sale, two from eBay
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co., inherited
Sterling: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Napkins: Williams-Somona
trophies: Walgreens, originally had "Best Grandpa," "Best Student," etc. on base
small hats: Oriental Trading Company
Salt and pepper shakers: online store, can't remember which one.
Caricatures: Almost all are copies of works by Al Hirschfeld.

I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
Of on My Tangent for the Letter T (Talkies - the Movie Kind) and
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.


February 20, 2011

Monday is Presidents' Day

But not really!

Although most people refer to the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day, the federal holiday is officially called Washington's Birthday.
After all, Washington had dibs on it first. Way back in 1885, February 22 was made a federal holiday. Then, in 1971, Congress, in its infinite wisdom, moved it to the third Monday in February. That means that the holiday can never land on Washington's birthday. Now, I ask you, "Does that seem fair?" And to muddy the waters even more, Geroge Washington, the Father of Our Country, must now share this day of honor with 44 other presidents. Come on!

Despite the convenience of a three-day holiday, I'll always think of February 22 as the REAL day of celebration. And it belongs solely to the statesman, the planter, the general, the surveyor, the First President of the United States of America.
It belongs to George Washington.

Red, white and blue bunting hangs from the table's edge.

Solid-colored plates and placemats work against the tablecloth's busy background.
Pewter chargers, water goblets and pistol-handle flatware
are meant to lend a colonial feel to the table.
Are ya feelin' it?

An over-sized tankard serves as a vase.

A small pitcher rests on a white dinner plate signed by the First President.
"It proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt," insists the proprietress of the establishment,
"that George Washington dined here."

Speaking of GW and his dining habits:
According to presidential historian Smith Norton, "It was Washington's widely known policy . . . to dine with anyone who turned up to pay their respects at his estate. Thus, the family almost never dined alone."
Obviously, the only reason that policy worked, was because Mrs. Washington never had to do any of the cooking.

Tablecloth: cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Red placemats: Target
Pewter chargers: Country French small chargers, Wilton Armetal, Picnic World through Amazon.com Photobucket(Shortly after purchasing these, a poster on the Garden Web suggested shopping at PhotobucketThe Cozy Pineapple.)
Blue dinner plates: Checquers Collections Stoneware, Kohl's, I think.
White salad plates: Apilco, Williams-Sonoma
White signature plate: Apilco dinner plate + Sharpie pen
Small white pitcher: Yard sale
Red bowls: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Flatware: Royal Scroll, stainless steel, Reed and Barton, Williamsburg Marketplace
Pewter candlesticks with chimney adapters: gift
Napkins: handkerchiefs, Western Shop
Pewter water goblets: Wilton Armetal, son's tennis trophies
Tankard vase: Goodwill
Individual sterling salt and pepper shakers: inherited

I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays and
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.
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