Friday, October 20, 2017

My Dish Addiction

 I have no business buying one more plate.

But I did.

I couldn't resist these pheasant dishes from Tuesday Morning.

So I eased my guilty conscience by just buying two place settings and the serving bowls. And they work on my favorite fall tablecloth, a vintage aqua/white piece with soft brown, aqua and yellow leaves.

Flowers are easy at the end of the season -- just raid the garden! Zinnias, coleus, dusty Miller, sedum and more found their way into this arrangement.

Since I already have turkey plates and autumn plates, I didn't feel right getting a full set, so I got two complete place settings and the serving bowls. I know, I said that before. But I have to keep reminding you and if you saw my basement, you'd know why. Mostly, I have to keep reminding Rick. He does not have the dish addiction.

I liked the border and if I have to have more plates than the turkeys will allow, I can flesh it out with these and only the sharp-eyed will be any the wiser!

So, join me for a treat or two. But be careful -- don't do this...

...or it might turn into this!

And trust me, finding a replacement burner for a 1964 stove is not easy -- or inexpensive. Ah, life...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sometimes a Girl Has to Decorate

Sometimes a girl has to decorate -- and in my case, that time is now!

Use it or lose it, I say, and so I totally overdo, given my small space.

And mostly I don't care.

I love the warm, autumn colors, which work well in my home.

It's fun to change up the mantle with every season.

I can't resist pulling out the copper and the leaves...

This doll makes an appearance every year, made by friend and artist Joanne Huffman.

It's time to charge up my battery branches and add some pumpkins...

Even the cotton wreath gets a makeover with a burlap bow.

Yes, berries and wreaths are everywhere!

Black cats, too.

There must be some jolly in the kitchen...

...and maxing out the Halloweenies!

Baskets get filled with gourds...

... and more gourds!

...the copper candelabra gets Jack be Littles...

...the hydrangea wreath makes a reappearance...

...and so does the Southern Exposure wall sconce from a year or two ago.

A freebie pitcher (left behind when one of Rick's tenants moved out) is loaded with dried hydrangeas and a cabbage blossom.

The Halloween tree brightens up a dark corner...

...and a raven stands guard!

I love my Wizard of Oz people -- aren't they happy and ready for the holiday?

Now I think I'd better start setting the table -- dinner will be ready soon...

And I have some shopping to do! Purr...

Happy to link this week to: Share Your Cup, Share Your Style, Happiness is Homemade, and Pink Saturday.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Getting our Gatsby On

It seems like our Friends of Theatre gang has been in party mode this fall! I shared our Art in the Garden here, and most recently we toasted the Great Gatsby!

Photo: Phil Babcock

Our Michigan State University theatre department is doing a production of Fitzgerald's classic novel and what better way to kick it off with a gala at one of Lansing's oldest homes (built in the 1850s.)

And you know theatre people can't resist a good costume!

The students were on hand as well. Those who played the maids did so at the event, taking coats and selling 50/50 raffle tickets.

Photo: Phil Babcock

Scenes of the play were performed intermittently...

...along with songs from the period.

There was jazz to dance to...

Photo: Phil Babcock

...and a Charleston to learn!

Photo: Phil Babcock

I'll tell you, these kids have energy!

The rest of us did our best.

Photo: Phil Babcock

Everyone was there. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas...

...the fashion elite...

...madecap flappers...

Photo: Phil Babcock

...and a couple of dandy dandies!

Photo: Phil Babcock

We wined...

Photo: Phil Babcock

...and dined...

Cased the joint (I loved this!)

And at the end of it all, kicked off our shoes and enjoyed.

It was a successful event for both the theatre and our Friends of Theatre and our co-sponsor, the Friends of Turner Dodge House.

Linking today with Share Your Cup, Share Your Style, Pink Saturday and other parties as links become available.

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