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Okay, I’m Back


Hi, my name is Tricia and I used to blog. Do you remember that? Barely, you say? Yeah, me either 🙂
Anyway, here I am…back in my little bloggy space. Besides just being busy with life over the last few months, I’ve been feeling like I lost my creative mojo or some such thing. I’m not really sure why. I suppose that’s just how life is sometimes.

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Rustic and Refined…Ball Jars and Pretty Plates

Pairing rustic items with things that are a little more refined has long been my favorite style of decorating. I love the look of time-worn patinas and natural materials, like weathered wood and casual flower arrangements, combined with something a bit more…I don’t know quite what the word is…elegant, perhaps? It seems like it’s a look that you can dress up or down, where all the elements shine and feel more fresh. In my way of thinking, anyway 🙂
Recently, I was contacted by someone from Mikasa generously offering to send me some of their products to put together a tablesetting. In the past, I’ve never agreed to do any kind of advertising or accept items from companies since they didn’t feel like a natural extension of what I do here on my blog…but this did, so I said, “Yes.”

Working from my thoughts on the rustic and refined combination, I selected these pretty white dishes and the aqua colored ones too. I thought I’d do a mix and match sort of thing. The flower patterned plates perfectly match those vintage Ball jars, don’t you think? That was a happy discovery.

I think I’m going to have to expand my collection of antique flatware…if you can call six spoons a collection. Trying to come up with a way to incorporate those lonely spoons into the mix, I decided to tie a little camomile flower around the handle with a piece of baker’s twine. It’s a fancy meets farm sort of thing.

And since I’ve been on a blueberry frenzy lately, so I thought I might as well use some of those too…blue jars, blue plates, blueberries. Yep, it works. I bought that white ceramic basket that they’re in from Anthropologie recently. I have a smaller one too. They’re so nice for displaying fruits and veggies.

It’s funny the things you notice after you take all your photos and you’re reviewing them on the computer, don’t you think? Apparently, I was too focused on how cute that flower-filled inkwell would look on the plate, that I was blind to those two little flowers poking out like antennae. Oh, well 🙂
Hope you have a great weekend!
xo
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You can find Mikasa at Macy’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.
The two patterns shown above are called Antique White and Silk Floral.

Decorating in the Dining Room

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a good week. Does it feel like spring in your corner of the world? Yeah…not so much here. Looking out the window at all the drifts of snow piled high and kids sledding down the hill, I have a hard time thinking that spring is only a few short weeks away.

Since I’m starting to feel like winter is never going to end, I figured it was time to bring a little bit of a springish feel indoors with some flowers. I bought tulips for the dining room and hydrangeas for the living room…I’m saving the living room until next week though since it’s always so hard for me to think of things to post about 😉

Because my light fixture is so large, I wanted to use a flower container that felt in proportion. I really like this galvanized bucket…the only bad part was that I needed a lot of flowers to fill it! I ended up getting forty  stems!

Oh, I just remembered that I’ve never shown you the new light fixture that I got for this room until now. I ordered it last fall, let it sit around in the box for a few months and then shortly before Christmas, finally talked the Mister into putting in up. I just love it! It’s covered in a warm white burlap…it seems more me than the old fixture that was previously in this spot.

After I set up my flowers, I thought this basket of grapefruit would look nice in the dining room too. With the flowers it seems so springy and fresh, don’t you think?

My mother-in-law sent us two boxes of freshly picked grapefruits from the tree in her yard. Mmm, wouldn’t you love to have citrus trees growing right outside your door?! I can hardly even imagine how wonderful and delicious that would be. I’d be putting lemons in everything and before too long I probably wouldn’t have any enamel left on my teeth 😉

Well, peeps, that’s all for now! I hope things are warming up for you and you’re feeling a spring in your step…lol. Have a great weekend! Chat later…

xo
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