Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Need A Smile Today?

Now that the storm has passed I hope everyone is safe!  
What a mess it left in it's wake!

Today I needed a smile!
This is my sweet Tiger taking his 'baby' for a walk
He is all bundled up because it's in the mid 40's in Georgia today!  Look at that smile!  and as his Daddy said, he has on 'tiny mittens'

Mom has two Dr's appointments this week and if all goes well I might be heading home next week!

I'm joining Kathe for You're Gonna Love It

Also the Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron has a new sister and she blogged HERE about the apron
Just look where it has traveled
This is the journey of The Sisterhood of The Traveling Susan Apron so far.

From Susan (the apron maker) at My Mother's Apron Strings in Redmond, Washington to
Meggie (the sisterhood initiator) at Meggie on the Prairie in Texas to
Elaine at Pear Tree Log in England to
Scarlet at Tales from Beyond the Nook in England to
Jane at The Maple Syrup Mob in Ontario, Canada to
Deb at Just Cats in Ontario, Canada 
Zaza at Just Sayin' in Ontario, Canada to
Linda at A La Carte in Georgia
Diane at Lavender Dreams in Ocala, Florida to
Marcia at The Shop Around the Corner in Miami, Florida 

I have been blogging less lately but hope to get back in the groove!  It's hard being away from home for so long! 

Big Hugs to all and stay safe out there!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simply Pumpkins!

So many of you have asked how my Mom is doing and I'm happy to say she is feeling much better then when I first got here but she is still having some breathing issues and the Dr's are working on this.
Thank you for your well wishes and prayers! 

             This is a tablescape I completed at home before flying to Texas...

 I gathered my pumpkins and set this simple table!
These place mats are the 'backside' and perfect for the colors I'm pulling together.
I used large platters with a brown band on the edge as a charger.  Green dinner plates and the pumpkin salad plates complete the stack
I combined the brown and orange napkins with a brown metal napkin ring.  The bronze handled flatware is some I use often!
A vintage green goblet from a thrift store
The centerpiece is a fall arrangement along with some candle light
These pumpkin candle holders were a recent thrift store find!
Fall leaf Salt & Pepper in a brown divided dish
A ceramic pumpkin at each place setting
adds that extra touch!
Simply Pumpkins!

I'm joining Katheen for


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Wednesday almost got away from me but here I am with the winners of my 3rd Blog Anniversary Giveaway! 

Thank you all for entering and the wonderful andkind comments about my blog! 
 I count you all as friends!  

The winner of the 3 Owls & 3 Acorns
Jenny Matlock!!

The winner of the 3 Cats & 3 Acorns is
Betsy at My Salvaged Treasures

and the last but not least

the winner of the Cat & 3 Acorns is
Carlene at Organized Clutter

Ladies please email me your addresses and I will get these in the mail this week!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

While Mom's Away The Cat's Will Play

Or sleep in the case of my kitty boys!
Mr Toes is keeping my bed warm!
Life is so hard when Mommy is away!
Charlie is keeping a watch out for me!
and begging Papa for treats!
Charlie misses his Mommy!
(all these cute photos taken my Mr ALC for me...thanks Honey)

I also miss my Tiger! 
Look at that adorable face!  
Grandma misses you sweet boy!
His Mama said he got a stomach virus and had a very hard day on Monday!  He is feeling better today!  I'll call later and check on him!
Don't forget it's the last day to enter the giveaway for my 3 year Blog Anniversary here


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Time Flies When Your Blogging!

It's true...time does fly while your blogging! 
I will take hours to photograph items, edit, compose, edit and finally publish a post!
Because I love it!  Blogging has filled a creative gap in my life.  It has encouraged me to improve my photographic skills and to look at the world in a different way.  It has allowed me to share my life and my interests in so many fun ways.  But most importantly it has led me to you!  The friends I've met blogging are the best thing to happen from my journey in blogging!
Nov 7th will be my THREE year
Blog Anniversary and I want to celebrate it with a giveaway! 
Recently a fellow blogger introduced me to a great Etsy shop Ninnas Attic.  She makes the cutest little felt 'ornies' and I could not wait to purchase some of her fall items and share them with you! 
Look at this adorable owl and the sweet felt acorns!
And of course I could not pass up these sweet cats!
Aren't they adorable!

Here's the surprise, I'm doing 3 giveaways!  Yes, 3 years blogging = 3 giveaways!

#1 A set of 3 Owls & 3 acorns

#2 A set of 3 Cats & 3 acorns

#3 One Cat & 3 acorns

How to win???

Be a follower of A La Carte
leave a comment letting me know cats or owls
That's it! 

I will choose the winners on Wed 10/24
Make sure I have a way to contact you!!
No email address and I'll have to pick someone else :(

Thank you all for your wonderful friendship and support of A La Carte!


Joining this party: Seasonal Sunday

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Favorite Thing at Mom's House #3

This week's Favorite Thing is very special
My Dad, who passed away 7 years ago was a Iowa farm boy who always loved the outdoors, gardening and hummingbirds!  They just fascinated him!  We always had feeders around and Dad would spend hours just watching them.  This is the last good photo I took of him before he got so ill and then passed away!
My Mom keeps this on the mantel in her home!
We had given Dad a potting bench for his birthday and he loved it.
Many years ago my Mom made something very special for her husband
In 1990, long before my Dad became ill,
this appliqued quilted wall hanging was a gift to him
I think it is so well done and it was a favorite thing of my Dad's.  It was in his nursing home room until the end.  Now it lives once again with Mom.
I also love hummingbirds and think of my Dad when I see one!  So today, this is one of my favorite things at my Mom's house! 



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn Leaves

"The Autumn Leaves Drift by the window
The Autumn Leaves of Red and Gold"

This wonderful song was one of the first 
(and only) songs I learned on the piano
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer 
It remains a favorite this time of year
I found these Maple Leaf cup and saucers at the thrift shop and knew they would make a great fall tablescape
These place mats were a thrift shop find.  I used a black plate as a charger, a rust colored salad plate and topped with the cup and saucer! 
The flatware is champagne colored from World Market.
I used a black napkin with the leaf napkin ring,
Black stemmed wine glass and a small black bowl complete the place setting
I am really love the color combination
I made a centerpiece of faux fall leaves in a basket
and sprinkled leaves down the table with fall colored acorns
and pumpkins and tea lights
I added an acorn & fall leaf salt and pepper shakers
"When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall..."

I'm joining 

Let's Dish
Thrifty Things Friday


Monday, October 15, 2012

A Little Bit of Halloween!

I'm afraid my Halloween decorations are going to have a vacation this year.  
While I'm in Texas I will miss bringing out all my fun stuff!  
So I thought I'd look back at some decorations from years past!
This vignette was fun and featured one of my favorite Halloween decorations
Hildie the Witch
I found her in a cute shop many years ago while visiting family in Iowa!
The cubbies were all decked out for Halloween 
Witches & Ghosts!
more fun items...
I'll miss them this year!
Still it's fun to look back!

I'm joining 


Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Favorite Thing At Mom's House #2

I love sharing A Favorite Thing!
It really lets me focus in on something that is special and important to me! 
While I'm here, I am sharing things that are special to me 
that belong to my Mom & Dad
Today's Favorite Thing
Is this framed cross stitch piece
Why is this so special?
Because I made this back in the 70's for my parents
I didn't date it or put my initials on it and I wish I had but I didn't think of it
This was one of my first attempts at cross stitch
It took many hours while taking care of babies and a home but I kept at it!
It is special to me and it has hung in my parents home since I made it
with so much love
One of these days it will come back to me
 but maybe it will go live with one of my girls!
Time will tell

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