October 28, 2014

Another Halloween Tray

Welcome....my pretties

I have been at it again...I created another centerpiece based on a tray. This isn't any old tray...well maybe it is. This tray was a wedding gift to us way back in the 1970 s. It is quite representative of a "colonial" style that was popular back then. This tray had an American eagle printed on it. Since I pulled it out of a box I looked at it for a while and could not decide whether to donate it or to try to reinvent it. I chose the latter...at least for now.
I sanded and prepped the tray before painting it. I bought a couple of cans of satin spray paint this summer for a project and decided to spray paint my eagle tray with the leftover paint. I have transformed a couple of other small items with black paint too...and generally like it. I have touches of black all over my house, so a black tray will fit in very well.          
This guy still needs some more paint...but for this quick little design it will be fine. I am thinking that I will eventually mod podge some paper designs onto the tray since it is not completely smooth. Stay tuned for me to one day finish the project. 
The first thing I did  to start this centerpiece was to lay black some deco mesh in the bottom of the tray. I wanted it to sort of poke out for a layered look. Next I put the large items in, and after that I added smaller pumpkins, and then topped the whole thing off with a couple of fuzz covered plastic spiders from some dollar store....Just using what I had!
This is a tried and true method for me...using a tray as a base for a table centerpiece/vignette. 

So, the donation bound colonial tray has a new lease on life with the black spray paint. After a few more tweeks to the finish and decorating it with something....it will be back in regular use around the house. 

This will wrap up my Halloween projects for this year. I may have a couple of more fall items...but to be honest with you, my brain is already beginning to think about Christmas projects. It will be here before we realize it. 

Wishing you a happy, safe, and fun Halloween with all of the young ones in your family.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until the next time my pretties!
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm863667200/nm0002121?ref_=nmmi_mi_all_sf_16 (wizard of oz witch)

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October 25, 2014

Taking a walk with Designer Dog

If you do not know Mikey let me fill you in. He is our furry baby that joined the family over eleven years ago. He was born at a lake house on Lake Cumberland as one of a litter of five male puppies. 
Both of his parents were registered golden retrievers...and show dogs. When I filled out Mikey's papers I incorporated the names of the parents plus my name. So...

Let me introduce you to 
Lady Sheila's Major Mike E.
Lady was in the mother's name.
Major was in the father's name.
Sheila...my name.
Mike...the name our son liked. 
(Son's middle name is Michael)

So...we took all of those names for a little six week old puppy and decided that Mikey would be his familiar name. And he has been Mikey ever since. He is a wonderful boy! Dare I call him a boy at eleven years old?  He has trained his family well. He is also one of the best companions...but we may be a little biased. We are head over heels in love with this furry guy. And, he gives us unconditional love every minute of every day. Ok, I have gushed enough. I am just a proud dog mom. 

Mikey is wonderful with small children too. He has earned the good dog award by helping a little boy at the groomers. The boy wanted to pet a dog, but the other dog, a larger one, barked at the boy and frightened him. The groomers told the crying boy that he could pet Mikey...because Mikey would not mind. Then, without being led, Mikey walked over to the little boy and put his chin on the boy's shoulder. Ahhhh. I call that intelligence!

We can read and understand most of his efforts at communication with us. Nose pointed to the door handle means I want to go out....or in. Prancing about frantically means that he has seen another dog out in his yard. He wants to go out to claim his turf. He feels free to spray my bushes though. Now I have to replace bushes with dog tolerant varieties, if there is such a thing. He will let the squirrels take over the place for some reason. 

We have noticed a few behaviors lately that seem a little OCD. Maybe it is just his getting older and he wants things the way he wants them. He wants his food and our food...so we have to closely monitor that. If he drinks half of his water he wants the bowl to be immediately refilled. Same thing with his food bowl. All in all, his good points greatly outweigh any little quirks.

The weather was so nice the other day 
that Mikey and I decided to take a 
walk around the house and enjoy nature.
Mikey likes to sniff everything.

Some of our trees have leaves and some do not.

While this grove of trees is not on our property I get to enjoy their colors from my back porch. 
We live in a beautiful neighborhood. 
Everyone has a pretty yard.

This is one of the few pictures where Mikey's nose is not sniffing the ground. 

This is one of our front trees. 
I think it needs some shaping....maybe next year.

 This is the view from my front door. 
I love living in the country.

And another one of our large trees. 
I love trees too.
This pretty tree is across the street.

This is the driveway that makes me stay home when there is ice or snow. We are on a small hill, which is wonderful for catching breezes on the porch. But when the icy winter comes calling...we can get stuck at home. We sold our four wheel SUV this summer. Now, we have front and all wheel drive cars...but the idea of sliding into my brick or the neighbor's pool does not appeal to me. I just stay home on those cold slick days. Oh my...I just don't want to think about winter coming.

 More sniffing.

 My mums are still in bloom.
Mikey is dashing off to check on something. 
He can still step lively at his eleven years of age.

We are in the back yard now. 
Such a pretty view for us.

The rocking chairs are still on the back porch. 
I think we will have a few more opportunities 
for porch sitting. 

How fast our babies grow up! 
We lived on the farm when he came to live with us.
After our outing Mikey decided to take a rest.

Mikey and I want to thank you for stopping 
by and walking around the yard with us. 
Happy Fall Y'All

Until the next time,

October 22, 2014

"Bringing Vegas Home" Design Challenge

Bringing Vegas Home  
...My Posh Table  

I am always looking for themes for my table designs. I recently created a tabletop design that reflects the aesthetic of the very posh Cosmopolitan Hotel

After taking a virtual tour of the hotel rooms, restaurants, and entertainment options I knew what I wanted to design...a glitzy table/dining experience! I love to design tablescapes...and there is instant gratification for the design. Rooms designs take much longer to create. 

I have collected various serving pieces, plates, flatware, and crystal for years. I knew that I would not need to shop for a thing for this project. (Always a bonus.)

This collage is a collection of hotel pics from the Cosmopolitan website. I chose these as my inspiration. What I take away from these pics is light and dark, sparkle and shine, and bright contrasted with dark. I see twinkling lights and glowing glass. I see an overall Vegas at night look too.    

In thinking about this design challenge I also thought of what one might wear to a restaurant, lounge, or entertaining venue at the Cosmopolitan.  I dress fairly conservatively, so even if I "dress up" I put on a little black dress...and accessorize with pearls. I like the idea of a little black dress and a glitzy hotel being the inspiration for my table.  

With these ideas in mind take a look at what I designed for this challenge. My table works perfectly for this bewitching time of the year also.

Starting with silver and crystal...very posh!

Note the pearl edge on the tray. 

Light and dark.  Black and white.  Shimmer and shine. I used a black paisley Ralph Lauren table runner, along with white linen hemstitch napkins... Also black and white cocktail napkins.
Everything I am using is traditional...but with a posh look due to the sparkle of the trays and wine glasses.

My aluminum serveware pieces are Beatriz Ball. I love the silver look...but in an easy care metal.

Pearl and crystal theme with the napkins.

I am using pearl white candles. Do you see the pearl edge on the cake plate that I am using to elevate the centerpiece? Even the candlesticks are easy care aluminum.(from Pier One)

Same thing with the ice bucket...easy care.

The wine glasses truly are crystal, and very delicate. I feel "posh" just holding them.

The white plates and platters are another nod to pearls, while the crystal is a nod to diamonds. 

Now, go back to the Cosmopolitan collage at the top of the post. Take a close look to see if I came close to recreating the feel. I know that it is not exactly like the hotel...but I hope that the colors, materials, and textures help to evoke that posh feeling of the hotel.

I changed the centerpiece from candles to pumpkins and a flower. They are sitting on a Beatriz Ball pedestal cake plate, which is on the black table runner. 

The orange pumpkins are a nod to the bright colors in the Cosmopolitan bar and lounge.

My little witch needs some pearls or diamonds to go with her little black dress! 

Thank you to the Cosmopolitan Hotel  and Vegas.com for  the opportunity to participate in their design challenge. It was fun! 

Hope you all had fun visiting my posh tablescape! It's always fun to play house with my dishes. 

Maybe I need to have a party since I have set the scene!

Thanks for visiting.

Until the next time,

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