Return of Traditional Summer Activities & Family Visits

Return of Traditional Summer Activities & Family Visits

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Hello all! Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit. But, we’ve been busy enjoying back-to-sorta-normal summer activities with family and friends. Rather than living a more virtual existence on the computer or watching TV, I’ve been out and about. How about you?

Following ten days in Philadelphia, we drove back across the state with my mom and Whiskey — the puppy, not the alcohol lol! She spent nearly three weeks here with us enjoying summer activities, including trips to the zoo and aviary.

A couple of weeks later, we had the best July 4th in years! Both our adult sons were here for an extended visit. It was a big dose of happiness and fun!

There was a Pirates baseball game, riding roller coasters at Kennywood, dining out at favorite restaurants in different parts of the city, and playing amusing games together. On July 4th we all pitched in to create a wonderful meal on the porch, followed by fabulous community fireworks.

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Festive Stars & Stripes Patriotic Decor Updates

Festive Stars & Stripes Patriotic Decor Updates

Since our adults sons will be here to celebrate July 4th with us, I went out and purchased a few inexpensive patriotic decor and gift items to add to the festive stash I already have.

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Other existing items I’ve simply rearranged where I place them around the house. And I stuck flags or a stars and stripes spinner in every planter or pot — inside and out!

For updated table settings, I mixed up different red white and blue dishes and linens from my collection. Then, I added festive favors at each place; to take to the community fireworks display.

It was fun heading out to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart and Dollar Tree to look for patriotic decor. Things were rather picked over by last week, but almost everything was marked down 40-50%. And, I was still able to scoop up a few items.

After all, its not like I don’t already have an abundance of decorations and tableware lol! Come see my latest patriotic decor updates to Independence Day Decorations, Banner Yet Wave.

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Darling Vintage Style Stuffed Easter Bunny Collection

Darling Vintage Style Stuffed Easter Bunny Collection

With the holiday just several weeks away, I’ve pulled out my stuffed Easter bunny collection.

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Its an simple way to decorate for the holiday and spring season, and makes for a quick transition from St. Patrick’s Day accents.

Displaying the bunnies and rabbits high up on the mantle in the family room, also keeps them safely out of reach of Whiskey, our Scottie puppy.

At that height off the floor — and his short stature — the collection isn’t even in Whiskey’s field of vision. A good thing, because like any rodent hunting Scottish Terrier, he loves chewing on stuffed animals and playing “shake and kill.” So far, he’s managed to rip through two of his toys, with a favorite teddy bear now minus an arm lol! Our first Scottie, Fibber MacGee, did the same.

That’s why I’ve never incorporated a stuffed bunny into any vignette or basket decor. As seen in my Easter Home Tour, many of those decorations sit on the floor, hearth or a coffee table. For those, I stick to rabbits made of resin, plaster or porcelain. However, since this year we have a puppy underfoot and no company coming, I’ve cut way back on my decorations.

So it’s nice to at least have my stuffed Easter bunny collection on display.

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14 Stylists Share St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting Ideas

14 Stylists Share St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting Ideas

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Welcome to a pot of gold worth of St. Patrick’s Day table setting and centerpiece inspiration — all in one place!

It’s the first time I’ve ever hosted a blog hop, and I’m so lucky to have 13 talented table stylists share their holiday settings here. Follow the rainbow to each, with links at the end of this post.

Come March, my everyday Ireland Pursuit pattern dishes are showcased in a St. Patrick’s Day tablescape, along with a trio of place settings on the adjacent island. Also wearing a wee bit of green are the overhead chandelier, and several vignettes on the kitchen counter and open shelves.

To do something a little different this year, I layered my husband’s great grandmother’s vintage Havilland and woodcut chargers into the dish stack. And, I topped it off with a new clover napkin fold.

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Lucky 3 Leaf Clover Napkin Fold Tutorial

Lucky 3 Leaf Clover Napkin Fold Tutorial

In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing a 3 leaf clover napkin fold to embellish seasonal table settings with a wee bit of green.

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Folding napkins into attractive and creative shapes is a cheap and easy way to dress-up a table and impress guests. Over the last several years, I’ve used 18 different napkin folds in tablescapes. See them all in, Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions.

Most are super fast and easy to do! Others have more steps, or require practice to learn the technique. Think of it as very basic origami, but with fabric rather than paper!

The 3 leaf clover napkin fold is part of this month’s Craft Hop hosted by Andrea of Design Morsels. Links to all 14 posts are listed at the end. If you’re coming from Cecilia’s and her lovely fresh citrus and herb bouquet, welcome!

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Romance & Red Roses Reign on Sweetheart Table

Romance & Red Roses Reign on Sweetheart Table

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For Valentines Day this year, I’ve styled a sweetheart table that’s decorated with classic symbols of the holiday — red hearts and roses.

Accompanying the table setting is a queenly centerpiece with a beautifully decorated chandelier overhead.

I’ve carried the theme to the nearby kitchen island, with a coordinating topiary and individual place settings on the bar. There’s even a heart-shaped wreath hanging on the door.

And what’s a sweetheart table without napkins folded in the shape of a heart? Because not only am I ever the Queen of Theme and Debbee, but also of Hearts this Valentine’s Day, lol!

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