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The Party

Phew! I tell you, no matter how "easy" and "simple" a party is supposed to be, it isn't!
I worked so hard before, getting the yard just "so" and planning and then shopping, when I got to the actual party, I was a wreck. I was in the kitchen more than at the party...and we had dinner delivered!
Don't get me wrong...it was a good party, and Hubby had a great time. I just didn't get to visit as much as I thought I would. And since I had never worked with this restaurant before (went to dinner many times a long time ago), I wasn't sure there was enough food.





Part of the problem was RSVP.
Does anyone know what that means??
So, we invited 28.
And because few answered...it remained 28. I had made the order for 24.
So, I created more appetizers to fill people up. Get the picture?
Yeah.....
So, day of...two people called and dropped out.
A week before another said no she wouldn't be coming...
So, the #s kept changing.Literally, there were some…
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Thrifting With a Friend

Yesterday, I went thrifting with my friend, like we do....
I went not terribly excited to find stuff...I need to be getting rid of stuff!
But, alas...I couldn't help finding...stuff.
Now you all know I am getting ready for my Hubby's birthday...and the party.
I am using real dishes for his party.....I know paper would be easier...but I like having real plates...and that includes real little plates for appetizers.
I have some plates, but when I saw these I had to get them. Our colors for the party are black and white. And honestly, how could I say "no" to 11 for $4.99?
But then, I got a brilliant plan of how to present them....and found a basket to put them in!
Of course, my plan isn't perfect....they don't all fit (with the old white ones...), but that is kinda cute I think!
So, at the Goodwill, I found these and a few books for Grandkids and a few other goodies...
But then we went to Savers....
Oh my...
the prices at Savers have gotten high for many of the …

The Trouble With Pinterest

I love looking at Pinterest. Do You?
I love looking at design ideas and inspiration.
I love looking at recipes.
Oh yes, the recipes!
We are having a party for Hubby on Sat. the 7th....and when you have lots of people, you need lots of food!
I have ordered from a local Mexican restaurant and they will deliver to the house a "catering package"...cool...
But, I want to serve some warm appetizers to fill people up.
So...Pinterest here I come!
I found so many ideas...
I plan to have cheese boards with meats and fruit etc....
There are many to choose from, and I was trying to put some here for you to see, but they are "blocked" somehow....
But you know what I mean....big boards with cheese, grapes, dips, breads...etc...
But then, I found hot crab appetizers.....they looked easy enough...




These were made with imitation crab, which is part of why they were kinda "bland"....if one uses imitation crab...you need more seasoning than if real crab is used...just so y…

Happy Accidental Placement

Last week, I went shopping with my friend, like we always do, on Tuesday.
I didn't find anything spectacular, but a few items....
I had no idea where I was going to put a black and white pitcher or a Bon Appetit sign...so I just set them down....
This is where they landed...and voila....
It totally tickled my fancy!
Pretty cute, right?? or is it just me??
Well, I am off with my friend today...hoping to find other treasures...
Mostly it is just fun to go out for the day, have lunch and great company....
The treasure is just extra....
Have a great day!
Nancy

Playing in the Garden

My last post, I told you about those candle holders that I was going to put pots on. Well, I did!
I took myself to Roger's Gardens...a fantastic place to get inspiration and wonderful plants in Newport Beach, CA....
I am lucky that I live just a short jaunt away....and that Hubby gives me gift cards there. I much prefer Roger's to Armstrongs nursery as the staff are well trained and full of information and you can find someone if needed. It's a cheerful and wonderful place just to wander and get inspiration. Their restaurant, The Farmhouse is yummy as well.....
But I digress....
So, I went with the intent of finding a white plant to plant in pots that I could stick on top of those candle holders.
I got talking to David who was a wealth of information. He recommended Angelonia, a plant he uses for parties because it takes heat and will last well into October. Sign me up!!
So, I bought 5 4" pots of Angelonia. It's a nice perky, upright plant. Ah, but I really wante…

Recipes and Thrifting

Tuesdays, I go out with my friend. We go thrifting....
You know..treasure hunting.
Tuesday was a good day, though not terribly exciting....
But sometimes one has to think "outside the box".
My friend found these candlesticks...the kind with the nail in the middle, that made her think twice.
She asked what to do with them...and it hit me...
"put a pot on it"...I said.
She said she was too busy... and handed them to me.
So, I took them to my potting bench when I got home...just to see what I could do...
Sure enough, it would work.....
I am thinking something trailing like a creeping fig or something would be lovely. Love the patina on them too.....
She also found these small "olive buckets"....they were small..and the handles being painted brightly put her off...too much on her plate at the moment...so she gave them to me....
So, I plan on giving them a quick spray with oil rubbed bronze on the tops and put a pot in them...or a candle....we will see what h…

Just a Change of Color

I promised you I'd show you the finished product.
The laundry room is actually too hard to show the improvement...
So, in that room it is all clean, you heard that...did I tell you that the painter also fixed the screen on the window of the door? Yeah, he removed the screen, cleaned the window and then replaced the screen with an all new screen.
I had so much light in there!
Problem is that light streams into the bedroom and wakes us up.
So, I created a roman blind... (I didn't measure...hence the waterfall effect...)
(Never mind the view outside....)
In the bedroom....


Funny how it is the same color paint now, throughout the house and in different lights is it looks more gray! It's a good thing...the drapes are gray...now they make sense...
It's a good thing...now to attack some of the other projects that need doing.
Yesterday...I cleaned out my cupboard in the family room...it's my "workbench"...where I keep my tools and glues etc...
The goal there is …