Anchors Aweigh

Before weighing anchor & setting sail for the beach, I created a nautical nook on my porch . . .

I hope to return buoyed~ after enjoying a week in the sun with the sand between my toes. . .

I’m looking forward to some coastal scenery. . .


I’m filling my beach bag with a few books that will float my boat. . .

And looking forward to a week of wading thru the pages and the surf. . .


 In anticipation of my voyage, I decided to set sail with Tomato Mozzarella Basil Stacks. . .

With the wind behind a Basil Leaf Sail~

A little balsamic drizzle to keep the Tomato Mozzarella Stack afloat. . .


We cast our net into the tidal pools to see what bait fish we can catch for surf fishing. . .

The results are surprising, but usually we pull in shrimp. . . which explains all the trawlers we see. . .

Shrimp Bruschetta~

Easy & crowd pleasing for sailors & landlubbers alike. . .  shrimp, chopped tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper~ if you’d like a recipe you can find one from Coastal Living, here.

Wishing you a week of Calm Seas & Smooth Sailing~

 Sea you soon :-)

Nautical Nook Details:

Melamine Striped Plates, Bowls & Cups/ Target

Boat Appetizer Plates/ Stein Mart

Flatware & Napkins/ World Market

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  51 comments for “Anchors Aweigh

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    July 15, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Love your colorful, nautical nook and the munchies are just perfect for this warm weather! Have a great time Mary:@)

  2. July 15, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Oh Mary…how stinkin’ cute are those basal sailboats!!! That Shrimp Bruschetta~TDF! Loved the play on words throughout, too. Your mind amazes me, the way you can think of such things & combine so many interesting items into one cohesive look. No wonder you were so good at your job.
    Have a great time in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. My DD used to live on Hilton Head & we have many friends there, so we ♥♥♥ low country.
    Bon voyage!

  3. July 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Just for a laugh, we were told that when the locals on Hilton Head hear that folks are from Ohio, their first question is “So, what color is your van?” LOL It is the perfect driving distance to escape our cold weather & LOTS of Ohioans make their vacation trip in a van. *wink* Ours is gold. LOL

  4. July 15, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Love love love those little boat plates, Mary. We don’t have a Steinmart anywhere nearby…and I think that might be a good thing.

    This setting is wonderful! I am inspired to set up something next to the swan bench on the backporch.

    I love the Low Country and Anne Rivers Siddons!

  5. Mindy
    July 15, 2011 at 8:13 am

    So cute and cheerful. Have a wonderful week at the beach!

  6. July 15, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Just came back from Hilton Head. It sure can recharge your batteries! Those basil leaves as sails are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. This one is going in my inspiration file! Thanks for another great post.,
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  7. July 15, 2011 at 8:59 am

    This nautical setting would certainly get me in the mood to head to the beach. Wish I was there right now (either on your porch or the beach)!

    The sailboat plates are adorable and perfectly display your Tomato Mozzarella Basil Stacks. The Shrimp Bruschetta are a favorite at our house; we often serve with pasta to make a complete meal.

    Have fun at the beach!

  8. July 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

    So clever. I adore the way you play with words, Mary. This post would be an excellent tool for a classroom lesson if I were still in the classroom. ;-)
    The basil sails and shrimp bruschetta are too cute! I feel as if I’ve been on a bit of a beach vacation now myself. Have a splendid time! ~ Sarah

  9. July 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

    The “sails” are the cutest ting I ahve seen ever!!! You are so darn creative! Love ALL the plates, melamine or not! Fantastic, FUN post!!!! Have a GREAT week! We are going to a friends who lives at the beach for a long weekend this coming r. I’ll be thinking of you with the sand between our toes!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  10. July 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I could just stay in that nook for a couple of days, Mary, and not even board the boat, I’d be so happy. I love the pair of oars against the wall. Here’s to a week of smooth sailing! xo,

  11. Pondside
    July 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Wishing you calm seas and just as much breeze as you need to get to where you’re going, Mary.
    That little corner of your porch looks like a great place to pass a sultry afternoon with a good book. Would you please leave some of those mozzarella stacks in the fridge?

  12. Pat
    July 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    What a cozy dock nook you’ve created, Mary! The nautical colors and designs of the dishes and accessories are so pretty. I love the shrimp recipe and will be pinning it to my Printerest page. Enjoy your sail!

  13. Clare
    July 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Love Love Love! Each photograph brought a gasp of glee! Those sailboats are just the best!!! Hope the beach brings you all the joy you’ve brought us today!!!! Smooth sailing!!!!

  14. July 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Have a wonderful time in the Low Country! We used to live in Mt. Pleasant, and I especially miss fresh shrimp. I’m making some tomato bruschetta tomorrow. I guess I’ll have throw some frozen shrimp on it now! Those basil sails are so darn cute. You are one creative lady!

  15. July 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Wow…mouth-watering AND beautifully presented!

  16. July 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    You have an excellent eye for putting things together! I agree, wow!! Just charming!

  17. July 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    i always miss you when i am net free, but then you dazzle me when i come back to the world of color. i am always admiring every little detail that you share. you are the master of beauty and i adore staring at it all~

    then i wish i could eat it!

  18. July 17, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Your porch looks wonderful Mary, the perfect place to share with friends before setting sail.
    Have a great vacation.

  19. July 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Love your nautical nook on the porch! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  20. July 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

    WOW, this is total perfection–I love your style–it is gorgeous!!!


  21. July 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Visiting you is like looking at a favorite upscale magazine! Your blog is BEAUTIFUL and you are one talented stylist! Home Is Where The Boat IS, is one of my very favorite blogs!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for sailing over and participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY. I love your caprese boats! I will have to try that! And your shrimp bruschetta looks magazine worthy! When I first saw it I actually thought it was out of a cookbook, until I compared the plates and saw that they were yours. How do you do it? You certainly bring class and sass to the linkey party!

  22. July 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I love those salad plates! We have a stein mart but I certainly never did see these. They are sooo cute! I love your whole nautical nook. Hope you have a great time on your vacation!

  23. July 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Very nice PicStory! :)

  24. July 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    OOH! What a beautiful Nautical Nook! And love your yummy foods and the whole presentation! Enjoy your sailing sites ahead!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  25. Jo
    July 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Love this “n” word….nautical nook look,enjoyed, I thought I was about to set sail with you,have a fun filled adventure.

  26. Riet
    July 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    That is a great look. Nauti
    ca,. I love the red white and blue. Great N letter

  27. July 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    You just put the whole thing together so well!

  28. July 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    It looks like such a nice little nook! I am amazed by how you can always be so creative in your decorating and books and food and tie them all together!

  29. July 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I wish you fun in the sun and white sands between the toes.. Your corner is lovely. I love the weathered wood and the boat themed setting is perfect. Great dishes, xo marlis

  30. July 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Looks very comfortable and inviting to me. :)

  31. July 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    What a gorgeous beach themed setting! Love everything about it! The colours are so cheery…perfect for summer! Foods looks so yummy!:)
    Thanks for this lovely inspiration!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  32. JDaniel4's Mom
    July 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I love your plates!

  33. July 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Love all this color…what a fun tablescape! Your porch is wonderful all beachyfied. :) Have fun on your trip…bring me back a shell!

  34. July 21, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Your porch is incredible! I’m completely in love with your nautical nook and your edible sailboats! So fun!

  35. July 21, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Really, really pretty! Love it all!

  36. July 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Looks straight out of Coastal Living Mary! Fabulous-O!

  37. PJ
    July 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Gorgeous, as always! Who are you in real life? A designer? How on earth did you learn to create tablescapes like yours??? And where do you store all your stuff so that you can get to it when you need it??

  38. July 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful porch! And the food…looks amazing! YUM!

  39. July 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    You are so clever. This is a great tablescape post.

  40. July 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Absolutely stunning!! So creative and visually pleasing.
    The food looks gorgeous on that plate!
    I’m your new follower.
    Have a great day,

  41. July 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful presentation.
    Food looked yummy…made me hungry!

    You could give Rachael Ray a run for her money any day! ;-)

  42. July 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Mary, what a fun table…♥♥♥ it! Those little boat plates are the cutest, they go perfectly with the striped ones. The caprese stack looks delicious…

  43. July 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    So cute!!! I love just about anything with an anchor involved. And those shrimp look delish! Thanks for sharing!

  44. July 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    The tablescape is just adorable, but nothing can be neater than your tomato, basil sailboats! They look so yummy and are just precious, what a sweet idea!

  45. July 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I love your nautical photos! The basil sailboats are sooo cute!

  46. July 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I love your nautical theme on your porch! So adorable and can’t wait to sink my teeth into a tomato, basil sail! I will now have to make them. Thank you for all the ideas. Blessings My Friend,

  47. July 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Wow. IThat chippy white paint is such a nifty contrast to your crisp, nautical linens!

    The basil leaf sail is such a cool idea. I will use that as soon as my basil starts growing again in cooler weather!

    Thanks for a fun stop. And thanks for linking.


  48. July 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Beautiful! Love the Basil sail! Thanks for sharing these cute ideas.

  49. FABBY
    July 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    This is fabulous! I love all the nautical elements you’ve used to create such an awesome tablescape!! Wow, tomato basil sail! Love the plates and the little boat ones, too! The anchor glasses are too cute! Your porch is wonderful, very lovely everything! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  50. July 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

    This is stunning. I love that bench and all of your beautiful pillows. The oar and all of your nautical accessories are just fantastic. Such a beautiful setting and the food looks soooooooooo good. Wish I was there. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  51. July 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’m totally loving the whole nautical theme :) That one boat shaped bowl looks so cute. Oh and those plates with the sailboats on there are beautiful! Great looking food too!

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