Crowing in Delight: Sunflowers and Pfaltzgraff Evening Sun


Sunflowers make me crow in delight, their cheery faces symbolizing the

the sun and conveying warmth, happiness, adoration and longevity!


 Pfaltzgraff’s Evening Sun is blooming with sunflowers,

the speckled glaze surface of the dinnerware

saturated in a color palette of rich oranges, fiery reds,

sunny yellows and sage green.


Goldenrod and the burgundy foliage of Loropetalum

are sprinkled in with sunflowers in a watering can,

 joining a rooster for a centerpiece for the table.


Goldenrod has been blooming for a couple of weeks now, earlier than normal

 and hopefully a sign the fall will arrive here in the South

sooner rather than later, something else to crow about!


Placemats and napkin rings provide more flowers for the table,

framing the plates with a woven ring of petals and

providing a burlap bloom on plaid and solid napkins.


Bold in design, Pfaltzgraff Evening Sun is also

 generously sized, with a 12 inch dinner plate, 9 inch salad plate,

24 ounce soup/ cereal bowl and 18 ounce coffee mug,

microwave and dishwasher safe.


I added a sunflower cloche to the table,

attracting bees and butterflies. . .


Sunflower Appetizer Plates are decorative as well as functional

and also microwave and dishwasher safe.




Hard Cider Glasses from Mikasa Brewmasters Collection

 feature a tapered base that also helps to hold the carbonation

and prevent overwarming of the glass when held.


They’re filled with orange juice but would work equally well

for serving a mimosa and sunny start to the day!


And a small sunflower plate provides an embossed bloom

for a sunny addition to the table.



Enjoy 20% off one Evening Sun item through September 14th,
with the link below (some exclusions apply):


Sunflower & Evening Sun Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Evening Sun by Pfaltzgraff

*Pfaltzgraff Sunflower Appetizer Plates

*Flatware / International Home Rockport

*Stemware / Hard Cider Glasses, Mikasa BrewMaster’s

Water Hyacinth Placemats/ Pier 1 imports

 Napkin Rings & Rooster / Hobby Lobby (several years ago)

Sunflower Cloche / HomeGoods (several years ago), used here

Placemats & Napkins / Kohl’s

Burlap Tablecloth /  Couleur Nature, Amazon, used here


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

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At the Table: Mikasa Belmont Green Stalks




I’m at the table with green stalks of bamboo and Belmont Green Stalks,

Mikasa Gourmet Basics Dinnerware.



 Organic in design, Belmont Green Stalks Dinnerware

is a handcrafted collection, with

 the reactive glaze providing a natural variation

in color, adding to the handcrafted appeal.


Leafy stalks provide pattern and color on

the salad plates of the stoneware.



Lucky Bamboo was growing in stalks at Lowe’s,

making for a quick and easy centerpiece

in a green vase, filled with an assortment

of dried beans and lentils for texture and color.



A floral patterned cloth with green and blue leafy blooms

is layered with striated placemats,

providing a little texture and contrast

 for the round stoneware plates.



Enjoy 20% off one Belmont item through August 31st,
with the link below (some exclusions apply):


Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Belmont Round Green Stalks by Mikasa Gourmet Basics

*Flatware/ Mikasa Natasha

*Stemware/ Ridgefield All Purpose Glass, Mikasa

Green Vase & Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Placemats/  Kohl’s

Tablecloth & Napkins, Threshold / Target


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

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Waterside Dining: Pfaltzgraff Cayman


I’m at the table with some waterside dining

and Pfaltzgraff Cayman Dinnerware.


Pfaltzgraff’s Cayman brings sun-muted shades of

 turquoise and browns, sea and sand, to the table.


An island of crushed shells adds a little

Caribbean touch for a centerpiece . . .


Along with jute knotted bottles,

washed ashore from World Market,

and a candelabra insert for

 island ambiance for dining.


Shell napkin rings were found

beachcombing the aisles at Kohl’s

a couple of years ago. . .


The square shells resembling the chiseled stones

that border the edges of the stoneware.


Water hyacinth placemats

provide some coastal texture and

contrast to the stoneware.


And jute bottles are filled with

white powdered sand and shells.


 Cayman accent plates provide flowers for the table,

a welcome and pleasant surprise as spying

Beach Morning Glory growing in the sand.


Providing blooms and

 pattern to the table.





Enjoy 20% off one Cayman item through August 17th,
with the link below (some exclusions apply):


Cayman Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Cayman by Pfaltzgraff

*Flatware/ International Silver Forte

*Stemware/  Barmaster’s All Purpose Wine Wine, Mikasa

Knotted Jute Vases, Bottles/ World Market

Glass floats/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Candelabra bottle insert/ Amazon

Crushed Shells/ Michaels

Napkins / Target

Napkin Rings/ Kohl’s, several years ago

Water hyacinth placemats/ HomeGoods


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Pfaltzgraff Cayman Dinnerware

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Tying the Knot: Mikasa Cameo Platinum Dinnerware


I’m at the table with a processional

of white porcelain dishes courtesy of

Cameo Platinum Dinnerware by Mikasa.


Bordered with a simple and classic platinum band,

Cameo Platinum Dinnerware

sets the stage for elegant dining.


Described as ‘unrehearsed glamour’,

I had a little bridal inspiration

with this processional of white porcelain

dinnerware at the table.


An accent plate, bordered with a graceful flourish,

 is topped with duo of napkins. . .


A metallic silvery overlay, as a sheer veil

and married with white linen napkin

and silver napkin ring.


 I added a bit of the garden to the table for

alfresco dining with some hydrangeas and ivy.


Ivy which symbolizes eternity,

fidelity and wedded love and hydrangeas

for a pop of color and something blue.


With a nod to a bridal gown,

pearl-trimmed napkins are used as placemats,

as a delicate layer to dress a light blue tablecloth.


Cameo Platinum is also available in a square shape

for a modern version of the traditional dinnerware.


Mint Julep Cups are serving

as vases for hydrangeas. . .


And a silver candelabra is softened

with some additional ivy sprigs

‘tying the knot’ on candles at the table.


Orion Crystal Iced Beverage Glasses with their

etched bases lend an elegant and graceful shape. . .


And Wallace Tatum Flatware is a handsome companion

to the dinnerware and contrast

to the delicate pearl trim of the placemats.


You can see all the Cameo Platinum options by Mikasa here:


Cameo Platinum Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Cameo Platinum by Mikasa

*Flatware/ Tatum by Wallace

*Stemware/  Orion by Mikasa

*Mint Julep Cups/ Towle

Napkins / Pier 1 Imports, several years ago

Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Tablecloth/ HomeGoods


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

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Setting Sail for Independence Day

Setting Sail for Independence Day

We’re setting sail for Independence Day

onto a sea (or lake :) of Red, White & Blue

for the holiday weekend!


Spending time with family. . .


Flying our Flags. . .


Boating. . .


And enjoying 

the fireworks!

Independence Day Berry-Lemon Sparklers!

Grab a cup and help yourself

to a Berry-Lemon Sparkler!


Paper sails were hoisted from

scrapbook paper with bamboo knot pick masts

for nautical rope napkin rings. . .


And can be used to

mark place settings. . .


Or decorate a regatta of

Red Velvet Cupcakes

for a sweet and patriotic bite!

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

 If you want to set sail with some other

 patriotic table inspiration,

click on the links below:

A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Star-Spangled Celebration

Long May She Wave Patriotic Table

Long May She Wave

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue Patriotic Table

Banner Yet Wave:

Celebrating the Red, White & Blue!


Setting Sail Table Details:

Rope Cocktail Plates/ Pottery Barn

Salad & Dinner Plates/ Mikasa Jet Set Blue

Stemware/ Mikasa Swirl  

Flatware/ Towle Living Everyday Nautical

Sailboat, Chargers & Placemats/ HomeGoods

Rope Napkin Rings/ Bed, Bath & Beyond

Napkins/ World Market

Quilt/ Kohl’s


Wishing you a Safe & Happy Independence Day. . .

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With Liberty & Potato Salad for All!

Setting Sail for Independence Day with a Regatta of Red Velvet Cupcakes!

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Stop and Smell the Gardenias


Our Gardenias are in bloom,

I wish my photos had a

scratch and sniff feature. . . :)


I was afraid our colder than normal winter

had taken its toll since they were a little

later blooming this year.


 I smelled their fragrance as I stepped out

the back door before I even saw them. . .


“Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The blossoms are just as enticing.”


“Buds shaped like seashells unfurl into velvet soft flowers in the warmth and humidity of early evening. But it’s the fragrance that captivates.”

~Southern Living

Gardenias in the Garden

 As I pause to stop and smell the gardenias, help yourself to some Gardenia Tea and enjoy a charming book The Novel Bakers shared last summer. . .


Dancing with the Moon,

A Story of Love at the Villa della Luna

by Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen


 “Gardenias are known to attract high spirits, induce peaceful vibrations and strengthen love potions.”

~ Dancing with the Moon


They are also considered an edible flower and safe to brew for tea, so you can gather some gardenia blooms and petals to steep.

Brew a pot here.


Or prepare a Gardenia Love Bath

for yourself or the birds :)

Gardenia Love Bath


And dine with them at the

table with shells here.


I hope you take time to

stop and smell the Gardenias!Sultry as a Summer Evening Gardenias

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Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue: A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Star-Spangled Celebration for July 4th!

With July 4th approaching, here’s a round-up

of some Red, White & Blue treats

for your Star-Spangled Celebration!

Click on the links to revisit or for a taste :)

A Star-Spangled Celebration


Land of the Free Lemonade

A refreshing combination of pureed watermelon

& lemonade,  garnished with watermelon

stars and blueberries.


What So Proudly We Hailed 

Watermelon “Cupcakes”

Banner Yet Wave Burgers

We pledge allegiance to small bites, allowing us the freedom to snack in good conscience over the course of a long holiday :)

RWB potato salad_11

Rockets’ Red Glare Potato Salad

A Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad,

 liberated from mayonnaise, and

garnished with a fireworks display of flowering dill!


Broad Stripes Berries

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries,

rolled in blue sugar and served in a

Bright Stars cupcake liner.


Patriotic Mini MoonPies


 Dawn’s Early Light Pretzel Sparklers

sure to be extinguished quickly :)

Patriotic Berry Trifle

Patriotic Berry Trifle

an easy no-bake dessert to celebrate

the Red, White and Blueberry!

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Blueberry Salsa

Fresh & flavorful served with

 Red, White, and Blue Tortilla Chips!

Berry Caprese Bruschetta

Berry Caprese Bruschetta

Quick and easy to throw together with an hour or two of chilling time to allow the flavors to meld. Slice and grill or toast a baguette and serve with a bowl of berry-mozzarella medley and let your guests help themselves!

Patriotic Pretzel Popcorn Crunch

Patriotic Pretzel Popcorn Crunch

 A sweet & salty treat for July 4th snacking with

Snyder’s Patriot-Shaped Pretzels

Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

 Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

Quick, oh so good, and

the star of your celebration!

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Red, White & Blue Sangria,

And an anatomy of Sangria chart to exercise

your Freedom and Independence

for mixing your own summer sangria!

Funfetti Cupcake Trifle,

Light a Sparkler and Serve!


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Welcoming Summer: Whites on the Porch!


I’m welcoming summer with whites on the porch!

If June’s weather is any indication, we’re in for a hot, humid summer! In anticipation, I’m surrounding myself with whites, to stay cool, at least psychologically, on the porch.

I’ve been busy with some household projects the past several weeks and no time to play with my camera, so I reached into the archives for this post to welcome summer! Originally from July of 2010, temperatures were the same as this June, in the mid 90’s with humidity to match.

This end of the porch stays in the shade all day

and catches a breeze,

unlike the other end of the porch that faces west.


I like to nest on the porch

 with a few favorite things. . .

. . . a pair of old corbels that

 have been since painted green,

now residing on the porch

of the Potting Shed.


And join a flag banner

for some patriotic dressing!



A favorite birdhouse. . .

That joins me at the

table on occasion.


And a little Lacy Queen Anne,

free for the picking.

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Along with a few books to enjoy~

 some for porch inspiration.

Perfect Porches

Perfect Porches:

 by Paula S. Wallace

A well-designed porch is like a welcoming committee that invites friends and family to share stories, catch up on neighborhood news, or quietly enjoy the breezes of a sultry summer evening. Porches bridge our public and private worlds, and convey the essence of one’s home.


In more than 250 stunning photographs of forty homes, Perfect Porches illustrates how varied these iconic American spaces can be. A wealth of structural appointments are presented, such as the extended eaves of a rain porch along the Gulf Coast, the shimmering copper flooring of a converted Amish cattle barn in Bluegrass country, and Outback-inspired painted thresholds in California’s wine region.


Whether you seek to reawaken a cherished memory of a childhood porch, create an adorned haven of your own, or take an enlightening journey across the nation, this volume is certain to become a treasured companion as well as a source of fresh inspiration.

Happy First Day of Summer!

Wishing you a cool and

comfortable spot to nest

this summer :)


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National Flag Week: Long May She Wave!


This week is National Flag Week with June 14th,

Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag

of the United States, paying tribute to the banner

that weaves us together and waves above us all.


 Americans are encouraged to observe Flag Day

and National Flag Week by displaying the flag

so I’m waving the flag from the archives :)

Click on the links for a Stars & Stripes Salute! 


Long May She Wave,

Patriotic table & book review




Patriotic Dressing~ Potting Shed




Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Flag 


A “ready-refill” at Lowe’s was proudly hailing its patriotism with a combination of  white petunias, red verbena, and blue lobelia.

Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue Picnic



 Banner Yet Wave,

Table & Star-Spangled Menu


Flags on the Porch for a Stars & Stripes Salute


Long May She Wave:

“In its deluxe format with over 500 illustrations, LONG MAY SHE WAVE  gives wide berth to the flag in all its manifestations, and the result is a stunning visual history of America’s most treasured symbol.”

Long May She Wave

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At the Table: Mikasa Aliza Teal and Aliza Gris


I’m at the table with flowers and

blooming dinnerware by Mikasa,

Aliza Teal and Aliza Gris.


Aliza Teal blooms with a watercolor floral in a wash of teal

for a vibrant touch of color that provides a modern option

for casual or formal dining!


And Aliza Gris combines the delicate warmth of a pencil sketch

with an accent of color on the floral leaves and stems.


  Crafted of high-quality European porcelain,

Aliza dinnerware is elegant in design,

but offers everyday durability and

is microwave and dishwasher safe.


I snipped some variegated leaves of Kaleidoscope Abelia,

the red stems echoing the leaves

 on the plates and in the bowls.




And picked some hydrangeas,

Japanese maple foliage and abelia

 for an easy & casual centerpiece

to fill a vase for the table.








You can find all the Aliza Dinnerware

options by Mikasa in Teal and Gris here:


Aliza Teal and Gris Table Details:

*Dinnerware/ Aliza Teal, Aliza Gris by Mikasa

*Flatware/ Emerson by Wallace

*Stemware/  Barmaster’s All Purpose White Wine Glasses, Mikasa

Napkins & Tablecloth / Cynthia Rowley/ HomeGoods

Chargers/ World Market

Vase/ Target

waterlogue Aliza table

And Watercolor fun & photos

with the Waterlogue App!

waterlogue hyrdrangea

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Aliza Teal and Aliza Gris by Mikasa

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