An Alfresco Table with Kim Parker Woodland Floral by Mikasa


I’m  dining alfresco with Kim Parker Woodland Floral dinnerware by Mikasa. Woodland Floral by Kim Parker for Mikasa, brings the garden to the table with the wildflower beauty of a fresh meadow on a summer day. Colorful flowers adorn each piece of the porcelain dinnerware, blooming from the borders of the dinner plates to the interiors of the bowls…

The Dog Days of Summer


It’s dog gone hot here. . . thank goodness for air conditioning! We’re definitely in the Dog Days of summer. . . “Dog Days” are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that…

Happy 150th Birthday Beatrix Potter!


Beatrix Potter was born 150 years ago today on July 28, 1866. Known as one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors with her beautifully illustrated Tales, more than two million Beatrix Potter books are sold every year with generations still following the adventures of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny. The story…

A Lakeside Table with Pfaltzgraff Villa della Luna Dinnerware

Lakeside Dining with Pfaltzgraff Villa della Luna

I’m lakeside at the table with the vibrant collection of Villa della Luna Dinnerware by Pfaltzgraff. Villa della Luna by Pfaltzgraff was created as a magical collection of dinnerware and accessories based on the art of Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen in ‘Dancing with the Moon, a Story of Love at the Villa della Luna’. The centuries-old traditions of Italian…

A Teapot Wreath for a Mad Tea Party


I’m hanging a teapot wreath in welcome for a Mad Tea Party! Did you get your tea party invitation by post? If not, never fear, your invitation is here: You’re invited to a Mad Tea Party at A Fanciful Twist, Saturday, July 23rd. There will be butterflies. . . Cards. . . Keys. . . Hearts. . .…

Weekend Waterview: Boating with Dogs


We haven’t been boating much this summer for one reason or another. But it’s one of our favorite things when it’s not too dog gone hot. Early mornings or late evenings are our preferred times for a ride, avoiding the heat of the day. There’s nothing like feeling the wind in our ears. . . Or…

Peach Caprese Salad and Just Peachy Recipe Round-Up!


The best thing about summer is the bounty of fresh produce! If you’re a fan of caprese salad, I think you’ll like this summery twist on the classic caprese salad made with fresh, juicy peaches! If you haven’t tried peaches and summer tomatoes together in a salad, you don’t know what you’re missing. Best of all, no…


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