January 16, 2017

A Clean Slate for the New Year


All of the pretties have been stashed away. The house is looking pretty bare. And plain. 

I guess I am taking a breather from all of the fast paced Christmas prep. 


I am trying to get my creative juices flowing... 
despite the extreme cold and gloom outside. :-)


I am sharing the simple, undressed look. 


The dining room table is still hosting a simple bowl and candlesticks, after the excess of my Christmas tablescapes. 


The coffee table/chest in the great room is not fixed at all. :-) I cleaned off a Christmas arrangement and I put  a couple of old Kentucky crocks out to think about. I am still thinking. ha! 


Here I sit.☺ Typing out a quick blog post...with the vacuum cleaner parked under the television. 

I moved some furniture in the great room today, then moved it all back to its original places. I could not make it work.

I have done one creative project recently! 

I decorated a trayscape with this new tiered tray given to me by my sweet  soon to be daughter-in-law.


I will get back in gear soon. 
(I typed this post "before" the stomach flu reared its ugly face.)

How about you all...are you slowing down any after the rush of the holidays? 

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Thank you to everyone for the well wishes this past week! The stomach flu really slowed me down. I am finally back into clothes and I tried some real food today. Iffy about that still. 

I have a new appreciation for strawberry jello and Motts applesauce. And who knew that toast and tea could be so yummy? I have to think up something special to say thank you to hubby for taking such good care of me. 

Once I had my wits about me I watched two Netflix series. Bloodline. Breathless. Both held my attention and I would recommend both. 

Bloodline was more mystery, detective, crime oriented involving a large family and their secrets. 

Breathless was a throwback to the sixties in London involving doctors, nurses, and their private lives. I loved the period perfect houses, clothing, and hairdos. Shallow...but I loved it. I hope they make more. I will be watching. 👀

Thanks for visiting today!

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Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday (Sunday Linkup)
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 The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
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21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (Wed linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats Thursday Favorite Things
DIY by Design, Winter Blues Party
Blue Sky Kitchen, Inspired Link Party
Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday & Everything Else
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays
Oh My Heartsie Girl
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
The Everyday Home Blog, Share it One More Time Inspiration Party (Friday Linkup)
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday Linkup)
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Something New for the Blog


I have been meaning to share a new feature on the blog for a while now. But Christmas got in the way. :-) Here is my little bit of blog news. 

fuzzy cell phone pic

My Blog Fairy, Linda from Life and Linda installed a new Sitemap for me several weeks ago. This new and improved sitemap is a very helpful tool for  you, my readers, and for other bloggers reading this post. 

Bloggers...you may want to contact Linda at Life and Linda for information on how to get your own. 

My sitemap is a complete listing of all of my blog posts by title, date, and topics/labels. I use it all of the time to find my own posts by topic. If I am looking for all of my tablescape posts...I click on the label "tablescape." Easy peasy. 

To locate my sitemap click on the link "Topics Sitemap" on the menu bar, located under the blog's header/title.

If you scroll down the page you will see the title of every post I have written for the blog. 

The sitemap is divided into three searchable categories:  

Post Title. Post Date. Labels. 

Just Click on the category you want. 

Under the label category you can click on the label you want to see more of and all of the posts that have that label will appear. To get back to all of the posts again...click on post date or post title. 

I think you will find this tool helpful if you want to read related posts. For all recipe posts, just click on the label "recipes." 

I told Linda that I loved my new sitemap...for you, and for me! :-) 

If you have a minute...click on my new topics sitemap tab above or here to explore a little. I think you will like this fancy new gadget. ha!

Update...
I have been out of the loop this week due to a horrible stomach flu. Not a pretty sight! I have been on jello, toast, sprite and ice chips the last couple of days. ha! I hope to be back up playing house and posting asap. On a positive note I have lost a couple of pounds, but those probably won't stay off once I begin eating regularly. :-) 


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Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
My Heart Lives Here, Social Monday (Sunday linkup)
Botanic Blue, Social Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party (Sunday Linkup)
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday (Sunday Linkup)

Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Creative Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
 A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
 The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (Wed linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats Thursday Favorite Things
DIY by Design, Winter Blues Party
Blue Sky Kitchen, Inspired Link Party
Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday & Everything Else
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays
Oh My Heartsie Girl
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
The Everyday Home Blog, Share it One More Time Inspiration Party (Friday Linkup)
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday Linkup)

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January 10, 2017

A Pretty New Toy


You all remember...we had Christmas a couple of weeks ago. :-)  Well, I want to share one of my gifts with you. 

My sweet soon to be daughter-in-law found the most perfect gift for me. 


She said that when she saw this she though it would be perfect for me. She has me figured out! I love love love my new gift toy. 

Don't ask me where it came from...because I don't know. ha! This is one of the best tiered trays I have seen. Solid. Perfect style. Perfect color. Perfect size. 


The metal is rubbed black...with gold undertones. You all know that is just perfect for my house. The little round beaded legs don't scratch my tabletops. Yay!


The box in which this came showed the wired baskets filled with fruit. I may do that at some point. 

But right now...my brain is whirring with ideas for pretty fillers.  Ornaments for Christmas. Pretty eggs for Easter. Mason jars for beverages. Just imagine! 


As you can see I filled the trays with greenery balls, pine cones, and lots of faux fruit for my first time playing. You will see this tiered tray quite often. I just need to get crafty!

I told this sweet girl that she picked out a great gift for her soon to be mother-in-law! And I told her that it would show up on the blog too. :-)


Ta da! Here is the whole tray. It is 29 inches tall, so it makes a great presentation. I am thinking of new ways to use it around the house. 

Thank you B for this wonderful Christmas gift!

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My Heart Lives Here, Social Monday (Sunday linkup)
Botanic Blue, Social Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party (Sunday Linkup)
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Creative Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
 The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (Wed linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats Thursday Favorite Things
DIY by Design, Winter Blues Party
Blue Sky Kitchen, Inspired Link Party
Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday & Everything Else
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays
Oh My Heartsie Girl
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
The Everyday Home Blog, Share it One More Time Inspiration Party (Friday Linkup)
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday Linkup)
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January 9, 2017

Most Popular Tablescapes, 2016

Since you all love tablescapes...I thought I would do a review of the most popular ones on MKL during 2016. 

I love to play with my dishes and create new looks for my tables.

My Autumn Colors Tablescape was the most popular. I love fall, and decorating with oranges and pumpkins. You seem to love fall decorating too. 

When I check the stats I am always pleasantly surprised to see what you all like the most. 

You all loved my Mad for Plaid table that I did for a holiday tablescape tour.


Sometimes I think a table is mildly wonderful and you all will think it is wildly wonderful. 

My Harvest table is next...along with a Harvest Tour. 

Sometimes I do a quick little ditty that I don't think will garner many views...and you all overwhelm me with huge page views. I have a hard time predicting! :-) 

My Thanksgiving Vignette post was one of your favorites too. You all are like me and love fall colors and pumpkins! I knew there was a reason we were friends...we like the same things. 



I did A Neutral Thanksgiving Table...just to see if I could do a neutral table, which was a challenge for me since I usually do strong colors in my designs. 



Our 2016 Family Thanksgiving table was one of those very popular tables and I did not think it would be as loved since it was a simple design. Like I said, you all surprise me.







If you missed any of the posts where these tablescapes were featured just click the link above the pic. :-)



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My Heart Lives Here, Social Monday (Sunday linkup)
Botanic Blue, Social Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party (Sunday Linkup)
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Creative Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
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The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (Wed linkup)
 Marilyn’s Treats Thursday Favorite Things
DIY by Design, Winter Blues Party
Blue Sky Kitchen, Inspired Link Party
Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday & Everything Else



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How To Decorate With Trays




How many of you all are snowed in today? 
Kentucky got its first snowfall. 
And while I was bracing for several inches we only an inch or so in south central KY. 
Yay for me! 
On the upside, we have lots of groceries in the house.
Today is chili day. 
Grab a beverage and sit with me a minute. 
I have gathered pics of my trayscapes to share with you.
If you are snowed in, grab a tray and make a trayscape! 😊
A trayscape can be the perfect centerpiece. 


In case you have not noticed, I have a thing for trays! :-)

Fancy, plain, rustic, elegant, silver or wood...I love all of them. 

Give me a tray and I am a happy camper. The ideas just begin to whirl around in my head as to what I can create. 

January 8, 2017

She Who Plays With Dishes

I am "she" who plays with dishes! 

China, porcelain, ironstone, pottery...
I love all of it. 


Get comfortable...lots of photos in this post. :-)

I try to clean and dust my many dishes, pieces of ironstone, and pottery during the winter. It is cold outside and I need something to do inside after I put away the Christmas decorations. 

(There is always the regular cleaning, but I just don't find regular house cleaning fun.😊) 

January 2, 2017

2016, It's a Wrap


made using Canva.com

I cannot believe that it is time to wrap up 2016 and begin a new year! Are you shaking your head in disbelief also? 

I have been looking at the stats for my 2016 posts to see what you all like to read. I have to say that it looks like you all LOVE tablescapes and Christmas decorating! (I do too!) 

I can guarantee you that there will be more tablescaping in 2017 because I love to play with dishes.


It is time to put away all of the Christmas decorations. Hubby is taking down the window wreathes as I type. I have half of the tree ornaments packed away. I divide them into categories for packing...delicate glass vs plastic and such. I should have the defrocking of the tree done by the end of the day. :-) 

I wish I could think of a way to use my red velvet pillows longer, but they look just so holiday-ish that I believe they will have to wait until after Thanksgiving 2017 for their next appearance. That is the problem with buying things for specific holidays...but I was weak and "really" wanted those pillows. ha ha.

Here are your top viewed posts on MKL for 2016!  If you have missed any posts during the year you can go to the topics sitemap or the Blog Archive on the sidebar to catch up.


















Thank you all so much for being loyal friends and readers! You keep me motivated to continue reading, learning, and sharing design and southern lifestyle with you. :-)


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Botanic Blue, Social Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party (Sunday Linkup)
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Creative Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
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Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
DIY by Design, Fall into Fall Party
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (Wed linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats Thursday Favorite Things


DIY by Design, Fall into Fall Party
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (Wed linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats Thursday Favorite Things
Blue Sky Kitchen, Inspired Link Party
Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday & Everything Else
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays
Oh My Heartsie Girl
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
The Everyday Home Blog, Share it One More Time Inspiration Party (Friday Linkup)
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday Linkup)

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