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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!
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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.

I Like Cake and Summer and Strawberries

So, here it is July already and, I don’t know about you, but I feel like the summer is flying by. Living in Minnesota, I tend to think about that a lot since the season doesn’t last too long. Do I mind that it currently feels like I’m living in a furnace and I’m going to melt? Noooo, for me, it’s all good.

Except for mosquitoes, I pretty much love everything that summer brings…the smell of fresh cut grass, warm breezes, flip-flops, buzzing bees, flowers and fruit. Ahhh, it’s all so wonderful!
I bought something last week that always makes me think of summer…strawberries. Some on plants…some in packages. I like strawberries. And since I also like cake, I made a cake with strawberries.

There’s someone else in our family who also really likes cake…or any kind of sweet for that matter. Let me give you a hint…she’s little, cute, and very mischievous. Yep, that would be my daughter. I have to tell you, she was sooo excited to eat this particular cake. I think the little strawberries and piles of whipped cream were calling her name.
When I went outside to take my photos, she asked me if I was going to do it down by the road so everyone could see my cake creation 🙂 Ummm, that would be a…no. Then, when I was finished and came back in the house, she had plates already set at the table and was yelling, “Take your places everyone!” It was quite the event apparently.

I’m thinking that I might make that cake again tomorrow for Fourth of July…maybe with blueberries too. It would be the perfect festive color combination. I know one or two people who would be happy about it 🙂

Freshening Up and Summer Fun

Hi everyone!! Oh, how I’ve missed you.

On the off chance you’ve been sitting around, wondering to yourself, “Gee, where’s Tricia?” let me tell you that my computer decided to quit working. And since I have a lame phone and no laptop, I’ve been in a state of limbo since my new computer arrived, which it finally did. Yay!!

Anyway, since I wasn’t spending time online, I freshened things up around my house a bit instead. I’d been keeping a watchful eye on my neighbor’s peonies…waiting…waiting…waiting for them to bloom so I could talk her out of a few. She happily obliged.  

I actually took more than a few. I filled a big bucket full of blooms for my living room and then once they started to fade, I thinned them out and moved them into the dining room. Oh, aren’t peonies such a pretty flower?!

Okay, just so I can pretend this cute photo of my son is somehow related to all the other pictures in this post, I’ll tell you that the window to the dining room is right there behind him. See? Now it fits in with all the others 🙂

Oh, one last thing, I have to show you something new that I added to the dining room…our summer fun list. After I saw the one that Tara at Between You and Me made, I decided that we needed one too. My daughter sure loved that project. She was coming up with totally random things that had nothing to do with fun though…like that her brother couldn’t eat any apples. What? In her mind, he eats way too many apparently. A lot of the things on our list did seem to involve food. Doesn’t a s’more and picking fresh strawberries sound good?  
I used a chalk marker to write out my list. Have you ever tried one of those? Wow..loved that thing. I got it from Tracy at Loving Pretty Thingsalong with a bunch of other goodies that I had won in a giveaway she held awhile back. Thanks, Tracy 🙂

Well, people, that’s that.  Hope you’re having a stellar week 🙂


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Feathered Nest Friday