Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Last Hurrah…A Beach Table

I’m not too late with a beach tablescape, am I? I’m seeing a big shift to fall—blogs, magazines, catalogs—but at the end of August, as our family got together to celebrate July birthdays we hadn’t been able to celebrate, and yours truly’s in August, I just had to have a beach table. I hope those of you who love the beach and its colors will enjoy one more glance at summer…

Beach table at Chickadee Home Nest It wasn’t a fancy table…it was a REAL table, for family brunch. See the empty spaces on either side? Those are reserved for two of the grandchickadees (#3 is still in his highchair in the corner), but since their dishes were going to be white, well…those place settings just had to wait till I was done taking pictures. The serving pieces were chosen for their colors, but also for their “wavy” edges.

DSCN4129 Psssst…the teal plates and “glasses” are (gasp!) plastic! They’re Zac Design, and yes, they refer to them as being plastic on their website (http://www.zak.com/) I got 5 of each at an auction—I so wish I could find at least 3 or 4 more of each, but the Zac website doesn’t show this color any longer.! (If you happen to know of some, please let me know!) I was able to use them for this gathering because one of our DILs was out of town. And the gorgeous goblets we used for blueberry shortcake?? A fabulous find (.50 each) at GW!! They look like they’re a very nice quality (glass); I bet they were pretty pricey when they were bought. I often wonder about the person who gives something like that to GW, and why they wouldn’t want them. Do you wonder, or are you just happy that they do?

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DSCN4139 The centerpiece was sweet because of the Gerbera Daisy our DIL sent over with the babies with an even sweeter note:

DSCN4130 You can bet that precious note is staying with the plant!! I’m babying it and hoping and praying I can keep it alive. I haven’t had much luck with Gerberas. Do you have the secret to keeping them happy in a flower pot?

DSCN4138 The baby Chickadees love, love, love blueberries, so when I found a huge container of them at Kroger I couldn’t resist.

DSCN4147 Add them to yummy Bisquick shortcakes (our absolute favorite recipe, though I add about 2 tablespoons of sugar to the mix), some half and half, a scoop of ice cream and a beautiful dollop of whipped cream and welll….it WAS a birthday celebration, after all! And we didn’t have cake afterwards (that doesn’t sound defensive or anything, does it? :)  ) Oh…and I forgot…the adults all agreed we wanted the blueberry shortcake FIRST! We’ve never done dessert first! The baby Chickadees were pretty excited about that!

DSCN4159 Shells, of course, for the salt from the sea (and the pepper). I started out looking for some beach-themed s&p shakers, and realized I had none (now that’s hard to believe!) then I remembered my clam shells, and was glad to use those, for something more authentic.

DSCN4135     No beach table is complete without a palm tree, right? (I know there are beaches where palm trees don’t grow, but beaches and palm trees go together in my book!) So my Nora Fleming dish (a sweet and relevant gift from one of our sons and DIL) and my Mud Pie fish plates completed the table. The fish plates were a must-have when I found them during a Hilton Head vacation several years ago—a set of 4, along with the shell spreader. During the summer months I keep one on the stove as my spoon rest.

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Maybe now I can make peace with fall.

Are you ready for fall? If you are, please bear with me. I actually love fall once the colors start to change and its beauty is once again revealed to us, but getting there is not easy for me.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

April Showers Brought Summer Flowers

I hope you’ve had a grand spring and summer this year! I think our summer here in central Ohio has been GREAT! It seems like we usually go from a few beautiful spring days right into the dog days of summer with temps in the 80s and 90s and humidity in the same range—that means a lot of inside time, though the sunshine (which is limited in Ohio during the winter months) makes a huge difference in our spirits!

Our summer flowers are so happy right now that they’re perfect for photographing. I’ve always had a keen interest in photography, and this year I’ve spent quite a bit of time building a portfolio, with an eye toward sharing them with you, and for creating a line of greeting cards to sell online and at shops. (And BTW, if any of you can share information with me on cost-effective printing sources, papers you like for cards, shops I might approach (and how to approach them/possible arrangements) I would truly appreciate it! Thanks in advance!)

So this post will be picture-heavy…a sharing post of some of the materials for my cards. I hope you enjoy it!

DSCN3667 This is the red, white, and blue basket in my favorite (and very rustic) twig chair.

DSCN3653-001 One consistent theme that you’ll see is contrasts: jagged and smooth; soft and edgy; fragile and strong—Mother Nature at her truest.

DSCN3670 The rusty nail adds such harsh and lovely texture to the split wood and soft blooms.

DSCN3683 More rusty nails and soft blossoms.

DSCN3704 If you’ve been visiting me for a while you know I’m nuts about hydrangeas, and last year’s purchase of Endless Summer is bringing me such joy. A mere $7 at the end of the season for such returning beauty!

DSCN3711 This is the plant of hopes—a dwarf weigela that I hope will attract hummingbirds, new to our garden this year.

DSCN3716 I bought these darling pansies in early spring for our Easter table, and when they started to look a little sad in the egg shells where I’d had them, I planted them in this stone pot. They are so happy there!

DSCN3717 Blue salvia

DSCN3721 Oh, I can’t wait! The purple coneflowers are about to BURST…

DSCN3723 …as are the PeeGee hydrangeas! I especially love these, because they bloomed just in time for our Chickadee Baby Love’s baptism reception we held at our home five years ago. Now, every year when they bloom they remind me of that happy occasion! You can see a re-do of that day HERE.

DSCN3729 The pots in the backyard are also happy with the cooler days we’ve had, nestled in the shade of the big white birch.

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DSCN3744 The blue salvia in the pot by the birch is also quite happy!

DSCN3745 This is last year’s Calliope—remember when I rooted them in the Ball jars, fearful that I wouldn’t find them again this year? (You can read about rooting them HERE.) It worked like a charm, but this year I’m going to just bring them all inside and carry them over until next year, because I’m crazy about their color and texture.

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DSCN3763 The wrought-iron wall basket adorns an otherwise bare wall above our vintage wood picnic table (that’s another story/another post!). In years past the flowers haven’t been as happy as they are this year, now that I figured out that by poking holes in the [limited amount of] dirt allows the plants to get the water they need! Success!

DSCN3765 The begonias try to steal the show, but the blue/purple miniature petunias (I think that’s what they are!) and ivy bring a great contrast to vie for center stage.

DSCN3779 Remember Brushstrokes? Another of last year’s faves that I was able to find once again this spring at the firemen’s Mother’s Day flower sale. (You might recall that I propagated these too, but the plant met its demise when we set it outside in early spring and forgot it overnight. :(  )  Look at all the buds!! It’s going to be bursting with blooms soon!

DSCN3783 The berry cart in the front yard, offset by Brushstrokes, is overflowing. Do you think this will make a pretty greeting card?

DSCN3812 Pansies, also survivors from spring, are still gracing the front porch.

DSCN3814 Cement bunnies seem pretty happy among the lamb’s ear…I think it could be called bunny ears!

Well, that’s a sampling of my photography for what I hope will be a new line of blank greeting cards. What do you think? I’d love to hear!! Either comment below or email me directly! I can’t wait to hear from you!

How’s your garden coming this year? Has it blossomed beyond your expectations, or is it requiring strong determination on your part? Sometimes they do that, I know! I’ll wish for many blooms all around you! Thanks for visiting! ~Zuni

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Fourth of July Table

Are you ready for the Fourth? Doesn’t it seem like we’re still in early June? It does to me! And yet, the Fourth is only a little over a week away! I just hope we’re not careening into the holidays! (LOL).

Last week I shared my outside patriotic decorations with you (here). I hope my Fourth of July table will get your creativity flowing, so you can start planning for your own celebration.

DSCN7629 Our screened porch is a favorite spot during the summer months, so of course it’s fun to change the decor often.

Let’s take a closer look:

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DSCN7634 I bought this geranium at a fund raiser the local firefighters hold every Mother’s Day. It is a perfect complement to a Fourth of July table. Although the plant had no marker, I named it “Brushstrokes” because of the gorgeous coloring.

DSCN7663 The Mexican blue-rimmed glasses are from Pottery Barn (several years ago), and the blue goblets were an awesome auction find!

DSCN7664 The twig chargers are from Grandin Road a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I apparently got the last four, because they were unable to fill my order for eight. I keep checking back to see if they have them in stock again, but no luck so far. Attention, Grandin Road: You could sell a boatload of these chargers if you’d carry them again!

DSCN7605 The wrought iron shelving is also decked out in red, white, and blue.

DSCN7640 Another area of the screened porch has a collection of wood red, white, and blue lighthouses and other items,

DSCN7603 and a touch of whimsy with a patriotic banner on a twig wreath.

DSCN7647 This geranium is “Calliope”—it’s a gorgeous, velvety, deep red, also perfect for Fourth of July decorating.

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There you have it! I hope you have a chance to set a lovely, fun, red, white, and blue table for you and yours. Do you find that as you look through blogs you not only get ideas, but are reminded of things you have and could use for a tablescape or a vignette? That sure happens to me!

Happy Fourth of July to All!

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Zuni

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Patriotic Outside Decorations

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the patriotic holidays~

 

MEMORIAL DAY

FLAG DAY

FOURTH OF JULY

VETERANS DAY

I get chills and my eyes often well up when I hear or sing our national anthem, especially “…gave proof through the night that our flag was still there…” Wow. What a sight it must have been, to see the beloved Stars and Stripes after a night of fierce battle in the War of 1812. Certainly powerful enough to have inspired 35-year-old Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, to write such an inspiring lyric!

As I started to write this post, Flag Day was waning. It was a glorious, perfect day here in central Ohio—the kind of day where the sky is that perfect shade of blue with big white poufy clouds that serves as the perfect backdrop to our beautiful flag.

image Source: http://all-free-download.com/free-photos/american_flag_194592.html

As you might’ve noticed, I love to decorate with red—it’s such a versatile color! It works for Valentine’s Day, and for patriotic holidays, and for Christmas…just add accent colors and you’re on your way with seasonal colors! So every spring, as I buy our annuals, I buy a lot of red flowers, 1) because I LOVE red (did I already mention that?); 2) I LOVE hummingbirds, and they LOVE red; and 3) because I’m planning ahead to Flag Day and the Fourth of July—I know I’ll want to incorporate flags into the flowerpots and I’ll want the flowers to coordinate with the décor.

It’s so much fun for me to decorate our front porch and screened porch! I invite you to come on over and let’s take a walk around the house!

imageOur cottage is a light taupe with burgundy shutters and white trim, which is perfect for decorating—neutral enough, but with some color and contrast. Can you believe that, after all these years of decorating for patriotic holidays, I hadn’t noticed that the hand-painted slate heart I use so often has the same colors as the house? How’s that for a happy coincidence?!

I like things a little shabby and a little chic, so while we have well-painted trim and furniture, but we also have shabby and chippy, like the little red wicker table. It’s shabby and chippy, and not chic. And the flowerpot shows signs of years of wear, and in my book, that’s okay too. We wouldn’t want things to be too perfect and pristine around here!

image The chippy table holds a lovely geranium I’ve named “Brushstrokes.” I was going to “erase” the lettering on the flag, but WAIT! It reads "MADE IN USA!!" Well, that needs to stay right where it is!! Surely American flags should not be made anywhere but in the USA! Unfortunately, some are made in other countries! There ought to be a law banning that!

DSCN7592 Red, white and blue flowers by the front door, with flags, of course!

DSCN7581 The vintage wicker table sports a {red} geranium {when it’s cooperating for a photo shoot}, and additional touches of RED, WHITE, and BLUE.

DSCN7587 These hurricanes are pretty neat when the candles are lit, so they’re great to have out on the porch to light while enjoying the swing.

Now let’s walk around to the back~

DSCN7613 One of my favorite garden items is this old, old, old twig chair…it has surely seen its better days, but I still like the texture it brings to the {garden} party, so I’ve kind of cobbled it together to extend its life for a year or two. I haven’t seen one like it to replace it…I’ll be sad when it’s time to say goodbye.

A few more pictures to share, then next week I’ll share a patriotic table and china cabinet.

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DSCN7617 Isn’t she oh, so beautiful?

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Having fled to the USA from Cuba in search of freedom, on the Fourth of July {and every day, really} I’ll be thankful to have found freedom, thankful to those whose sacrifices granted and continue to grant us our freedom, and thankful for a country that welcomed our family and allowed us to work and re-establish ourselves.

Are there particular reasons why you celebrate the Fourth of July?

The best reason, of course, is because we are Americans, sons and daughters of this great land.

LONG MAY SHE WAVE!

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NOTE: Some of the items I use in my posts are in my Etsy shop, but many are not, simply because I haven’t updated my shop. If you see something you like and wonder if it’s available for sale, email me at coral5252@gmail.com and let’s talk!

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Fabulously Creative Fridays at http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/

Design it Friday at http://www.findingfabulousblog.com/

Friday Party Junk at http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

Friday at Redoux Interiors at http://www.redouxinteriors.com/

Feathered Nest Friday at http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/

Home Sweet Home Fridays at http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Thrifty Things Friday at http://thethriftygroove.blogspot.com/

Simply Sweet Fridays at http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com/

Fridays at Imparting Grace at http://www.impartinggrace.com/

Vintage Inspiration Friday at http://commonground-debrasvintagedesigns.blogspot.com/

Show and Tell Friday at http://romantichome.blogspot.com/

Saturdays at http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com/

Spotlight Saturdays at http://www.classyclutter.net/

Saturdays at Be Different, Act Normal at http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/

Sunday Showcase at http://www.bystephanielynn.com/

Sunday at It’s Overflowing at http://www.itsoverflowing.com/

Mop it Up Monday at http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com

Metamorphosis Monday at  http://betweennapsontheporch.net/

Masterpiece Monday at http://boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com/

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com

Tuesdays at Our Home at http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/

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From my nest to yours~

Zuni

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