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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Linking up with Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday in celebration of the 4th of July!  This is one of those low cost tablescapes that I so love to orchestrate.....  All I bought were the red, white, and blue napkins from Tuesday Morning for the grand total of $7.99....  That's the joy of white dishes, just add some brightly colored accessories and you're ready to PAR-TAY!

I made the starfish garland last summer after seeing one in a gift shop for way too much money.  I like the way it mimics the stars on the napkins and on Uncle Sam's top hat.....

I tied a red ribbon on the black lantern and used my red TJ Maxx dessert plates as accent pieces.

This Uncle Sam cast iron bank came from Tuesday Morning many years ago.  My grandgirls absolutely love to see the coins drop from his hand into his bag.....  Uncle Sam abuse fer sure.....  The kittens LOVE it when they are left alone for a bit.....  Ha ha.....

The first dinner guest has already arrived............  Just one of three adorable kittens that are free to the first in line..............  And if you take all three, you get a HUGE discount.... LOL

Here's a far shot of my lush and tropical hideaway.  Do you see the new plant in the background to the far right?  It's a queen palm I got on sale for dirt cheap at Wally World.  I painted the old clay pot with Versailles colored chalk paint and waxed it with dark wax.  It's a test to see just how durable chalk paint really is......  I love that pretty gray green color......

Of course, that sale queen palm just had me salivating for more so I went back with Johnny in his Surburban and bought a much larger one.  This baby was on sale for $23, believe it or not!!!  I'm not sure how well it'll do in a pot but if it shows signs of neglect I'll just plant it in the yard.....  I love that tropical patio look!  Those darned kitties are giving it hell, though.  They climb halfway up the trunk and hang on for dear life.  PLEASE, someone adopt one or all of them!

Stay tuned for the FOUNTAIN I finally treated myself to......  It has to be stained before it can be assembled......  Here are the girls kissing the LSU tiger at the concrete yard the day we picked up the fountain....  Don't tell their mama cause she's an OHIO STATE FAN.  :-)

It was SOME HOT that day!!!!  Y'all try to stay COOL now!!!!!  Hope you have a FANTASTIC 4th of July!!!!!


  1. Terri- Good Lord...please tell me you didn't buy a TIGER fountain! lol Love your tablescape -perfect for the 4th..and love the Uncle Sam coin bank. He looks old but if you got him at TM I guess he isn't.

    I would LOVE to take a kitten. I have not really looked for one since we put our sweet little MistyCat down. But yours are soooo darned cute...How far to your house?;>) xo Diana

  2. Great yard and tablescape. Can't wait to see the fountain. Was it hanging on the wall in one pic?

  3. Looks like you're ready for a fun celebration with this beautiful table! have a great holiday!

  4. Absolutely lovely table setting. Love the starfish and those napkins, I sure wish I had seen them. Your palms are gorgeous as is that precious bundle of fur! Happy Fourth, Many blessings, Marlis

  5. I love the napkins and the starfish...such a gorgeous table to honor Old Glory! Your girls are adorable! Your kitty's sooo cute! I love it all! Have a great 4th. of July and thank you for sharing. I'm visiting from TT at, BNOTP. Lots of hugs, FABBY

  6. I like your black lantern and how the starfish mimic the stars in your flag. Happy 4th to you!


  7. Cute tablescape! I love those palm trees-they really liven up a patio don't they.


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