Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's A Nice Day For A White Pumpkin....

Good Morning Everyone! 
I know... what will you all think?! 
Two posts in one week?  

I just had something silly to share. 
I was at the grocery store and saw these sweet little white pumpkins. I walked by, and here is why.

I'm really to the point in my life that I just don't want to buy "stuff " anymore. 
 I'm almost fifty-four and have more than any three people can use up in one life time.  After remodeling our kitchen, I started a process of paring down what we have. But it is still too much. 

I really try to not buy what I don't need. The days of buying things for a blog post are over. I have decided that the blog is no longer going to be a possible means of income. It is just going to be what it was originally designed to be. An on line journal and log of whatever.  Meaning:  whatever I'm currently doing.  That might be decorating, remodeling, books, bible journaling, my faith, tablescapes, and/or crafting.

That being said, you won't see regular posts, or a general theme.  And, while I won't guarantee this,  you most likely won't see ads. (not that there is ANYTHING wrong with monitizing your blog) I probably won't be changing my blog to follow any trends that seem to run through the blog-us-phere.  Although, trust me, I am always tempted to chase that rabbit. There are so many beautiful blogs out there that I love. They all do a great job of capturing their audience and keeping them. But it is an endless job and I already have a job that I like. This blog is about my "fun" and my sharing it with you. Sounds totally selfish now that I read it. hmmm. 

Well, I hope you don't mind and I hope you'll keep checking in. 

Oh! and about the title ... 
I couldn't stop thinking about the cute pumpkins... So I went back to the floral department and got them. I know, your eyes are rolling.  Now, every time I walk by them I think of the old Billy Idol song "It's a nice day for a white pumpkin...."  I mean white wedding.

Okay, if your eyes weren't rolling before, they are now. 

Have a lovely fall weekend!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Workin' it out

Hey friends!
I'm up to no good and playing in the dishes again.
It's my favorite part of entertaining. 
I love having lots of time to plan and work it all out.

Today I'm trying different table settings for Thanksgiving. 
Somethings I know I will use, as we have enough for 12. 

The Blue Danube

The Threshold gold flat ware that I got from Target.
(so glad I picked these up)

And I'm love love Loving! The navy buffalo check napkins
that I got in the dollar spot at Target.

What I'm still playing with are the chargers and placemats.

The wood chargers look rustic. Don't you think?

Adding the orange napkins really brings warmth to the setting. 

I'm really liking this one.... But then ....

Who knows! 

It could end up totally different! 
I picked up some DARLING little white pumpkins..... hhmmm.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Gilded Life

Sunday afternoon I had the very fun privilege of attending a soft opening for 

design . education . events
located at 7756 E. Greenway Road in Scottsdale Arizona 

This place is amazing! A girly girl paradise.  

Baskets full...

Bowls full...

Jars full ...   of tiny ballerinas.

Antique cases full...  By the way, this case is almost as tall as me 5'7".



And more GLITTER!

Gifts for your friends.

Gifts for yourself!

A Gilded Life isn't just pretty.
 The ladies of A Gilded Life will be collaborating with 
a large, varied group of other talented people to provide fun classes and events

The Grand Opening is Saturday, October 15th. 

Don't miss it!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


This morning I woke up, made the coffee, started watching the news and saw the light streaming in our dinning room window. 
It was so pretty, I just felt like taking a picture of it. 

It felt good to have a real camera in my hands and not just an awkward phone. 
I forgot how much I loved the editing process. 
I forgot how much I loved posting on my blog. 
I forgot how much I loved sharing my photos.

I forgot that! 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

I just want to pop in and say "hi".  We are in the heat of the summer and, man, can you tell it!
I don't have a lot of news other than I just thought that I would share the minor and insignificant goings on here. 

I was thinking.... and I'm pretty sure that the best cup of coffee is that first one on Saturday morning. 
You know the one that you have after sleeping in, your still in your pajamas and your watching the news or in my case, QVC. lol
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's my fav!
I also thought I would share one of the blogs that I have discovered and two long term ones that I'm not sure I ever mentioned before.

Tania at 50 Is Not Old
In blogging terms Tania is relatively new, but her blog has just taken off. What I love is that she has such similar taste and style to mine. I often can pull together an outfit for work on an uninspired morning just by thumbing through her posts. She also always has something humorous or thoughtful to say. Her blog focus is fashion after 50. "Age is an attitude. Keep yours young."

MK is a 35 year old Software Engineer who shares her daily outfits. Young and classy. Her outfits are a little more corporate but still youthful and fresh.  

Both of these ladies are fashion bloggers who keep it real. No super high end ridiculousness going on here.  Real outfits for real women who work and play. 

Angie at Hot and Flashy
Angie is a you tube vlogger that I have been following for several years. She now has a regular feature in Women's Day and is well known. Ladies, we should all look as good as she does after 50. 
Her videos consist of a lot of product trials, how to, and skin care information. Love her videos. 
She talks about drugstore products and expensive stuff. Does it work? Is it worth the investment?
Very informative.
A quick little week end rundown. 

We are going to have some friends over for dinner tomorrow night. 
It's the first entertaining (other than family) that we have done since the kitchen was finished. 
I have a cute little tablescape in mind and an easy menu. I'll take pictures and share later this week. 

So that's the wrap up. I hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Independence Day...a day early.

America loves her red roses, doesn't she? 
This is such a very easy table and centerpiece.

The bowls are prep bowls. I have a set of blue ones and
a set of red. 

Two dozen grocery store red roses. That is all that I spent. 

Seriously simple for a simple meal.

 After the meal I wanted to keep the theme, so I picked a few 
items and put them on my new tray from Hobby Lobby.

Did you know... that the tradition of fire works started on 
the 4th of July in 1777 when 13 rockets were sent into the sky 
in honor of the 13 colonies? 

That is how it all started. 

We're off for some fireworks and ice cream. 
I hope you are having a wonderful celebration and
that you enjoy your day tomorrow!