Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FALLING LEAVES

Not long ago in one of my walks through a favorite thrift I found this set of dishes!  Now I don't need more dishes but I fell in love with the pattern and colors.  Vernon Ware by Metlox of California.
The pattern is called Vineyard
It was Senior Discount Day so I could not resist
They are not traditional fall colors but bring hints of the season
I started with a soft green lacy tablecloth
  I then added tan place mats, fall napkins with a leaf design another thrift store find
Napkin rings are from Pier 1 ~ 4 leaf shapes I found them new at the thrift all four for $1
I also used the bronze handled silverware that I have used many times before, such a warm color
I layered the plates as follows
 Vineyard dinner plate, soft green salad plate, Vineyard desert plate
 A cute dollar tree pumpkin on top
These wine glasses were a recent find at the Goodwill
Four glasses for $1.90
Cup and saucer for tea or coffee 
For a centerpiece I found a candle in the tan color
I put it on a matching Vineyard plate on a pedestal
surrounded by leaves
I scattered some fall leaves and glass pieces for sparkle
added some small brown tea lights
These little birds flew in to provide salt & pepper
I was late getting this table done and used a flash
It really does wash out some of the colors
Of course there is always candlelight

I am joining in a couple of fun parties
Suzanne at Colorado Lady

 And

Always,
Linda

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY!

Dear Friends!  I am awed and amazed that today as I'm doing some blog maintenance I see that I have 297 followers!  Wow, how did that happen?  I appreciate every single one of you who follow my blog whether you are a regular comment leaver or just a lurker.  Now I could wait until I have 300 followers but just in case I'm in Texas when (and if) that happens I'm going to do a giveaway now!  This is for you my current followers also known as 
FRIENDS!

OK YOU SAY....WHAT'S THE GIVEAWAY?
 A little Fall surprise!
This brown leaf plate with silver acorns
(sorry I used my flash on a rainy day)
Very cute!
This little jar!
Acorn knob
Cute acorn design....this can be used for many things
and finally
A Fall recipe card box
With matching dividers and recipe cards

Now of course I will add some 'surprises' in the box

So how to win?  First you must be a follower!  This is for you who are such a large part of why I blog.

Just leave me a comment letting me know you are a follower and tell me one of the reasons you like my blog.  Is it the thrifty finds, the tablescaping, my wonderful personality (cough cough)?
Just kidding but REALLY I would love to know what you like about my blog!  So that's it.  Easy and mostly painless.
No posting on your blog or anything else this time.

This giveaway will end at 
midnight Saturday Oct 2nd
Winner will be chosen by Random.org
I will announce the winner on Sunday and get this mailed on Monday before I head to Texas to see my Mom for her 80th Birthday!

Again thanks to all of YOU who make this more fun each and every day! 
Always,

Linda


Monday, September 27, 2010

THRIFTY HOLIDAY FINDS

 I had a box of items to drop off at the thrift store.  Of course I had to go in!  It was also half price day!  I found a few Holiday items!

 This cute friendly ghost from Hallmark was $1.50
The bag of Fall leaves 50 cents
A Night Before Christmas Golden Book 25 cents
Cute Santa mug 10 cents
These very pretty heart dollies were 50 cents each

I saw some cute napkin rings at K-Mart this summer but
four for $9.99 not gonna happen
I've been checking K-Marts and hadn't found them
Until today....they are a red coral look and will go with some tablescapes NEXT summer 
Can you see the price?  $2.50 SCORE!!
I was pleased with my thrifty finds!

I am linking up with Linda @ COASTAL CHARM
Check out all the other thrifty finds HERE
 Always,
Linda

Sunday, September 26, 2010

FALL FLOWERS

It is  beautiful day today!  Cloudy, rainy and cool!  Yes I said beautiful.  We have had so many warm days and no rain that this is wonderful for my flowers.  I don't have a lot of fall beauties but wanted to share the photos I took the other day in my yard.
The colors of this glorious tree are hard to catch
It is some sort of Hydranga plant that looks like a tree and it was here. when we bought the house.  It makes me so happy as I turn into my driveway.  
They will turn many colors as they dry out
Also in the front yard
This one sunflower plant.  I didn't think it had lived but suddenly there were some sunflowers!  Small but beautiful!
I hope I have more next year...I will plan better

A few blooms left on the Butterfly Bush
One gorgeous bloom on my rose!  Looks like something is eating it's leaves.  Maybe my rose growing friends can help me. 
I am such a novice gardener.  This was also here when we bought the house.  I love the color.
 Anyone know what this one is called?
These have made their way here...birds?  

Now to the back yard deck garden
Mums
I love this color
I will be buying more Mums for the front porch
This one little bloom on a mark down plant
isn't it intersting
It is called a shrimp plant and had a little white part of the flower that makes it look like a shrimp.  I saw that today but it is rainy so didn't photograph it. 

That's the Fall Flowers in my yard!  I am linking up with 
for 
You must visit her and see the pumpkin topiary she made!

Happy Fall Ya'll!  
(couldn't resist)

Always,
Linda

Friday, September 24, 2010

LAST WEEK'S THRIFTY FINDS

Last week I met one of my Atlanta blogging buddies for lunch and some thrifting.  We had a great time.  Sandie who many of you know as Chatty Crone is such a fun lady.   Sandie has just gotten the thrifting bug but is like so many of us and has lots of stuff and so is careful what she buys.  She spotted my favorite find first and I offered it to her but she said no you get them!  Ok so are you ready!!
Green Boopie Swirl Glasses! 
Oh yes in all their glorious beauty sitting on a shelf in the Goodwill
Three sizes!  Two large water glasses, Two medium juice glasses and Four sherbets!  Only $1.97 each!  Oh me oh my! 
See the swirl on the stem and the boopie bottoms
I am so in love with theses gorgeous glasses
Thanks Sandie for spying these beauties! 

On another thrifting excursion I found some new Orphan Salt and Pepper shakers for my collection...they ranged in price from 25 cents to 99 cents each
These are just fun and someone needed to give them a home
I especially like the frog!  

I was passing a yard sale and my car just turned in...imagine that!
Not much to my taste at this one but I did find this for $1
This candle holder was in my fall colors
I think it will look cute with tea lights in it
This plate was found at a thrift 
For 69 cents and is perfect with this candle holder on my table
A new fall decoration

I'm joining in with Debbiedoo's 
Check out all the thrifty finds in blogland
and with Laurie

For a few of my Favorite Things

Always,
Linda