Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small Painted Trays and Fall Leaves

I found these painted tin trays
 at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store 
in Bryson City, North Carolina. I visit it
every year we're in the Smokies.
I thought they were just the right size to use
as snack plates for card games or
 bread and butter plates at the table.
I'll add them to the leaf-strewn table.
I couldn't resist picking up more fall leaves
 and just strewing them on the ivory 
matelasse table runner.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

September Quote Printable

Filed in my "FALL" file folder, ready to go.
 click HERE for the pdf printable.
I found it on Dear Lillie
Pop in an 8x10 frame.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Autumn Leaves Tablescape

 Today I'm revisiting a fall tablescape. 
I was looking through the archives for inspiration.
This is from the NC condo....
I pulled a few items together that I had, 
most of them for years, and a few local finds 
to create an Autumn leaves tablescape.
I'm using the rattan chargers again. 
The black fabric placemats reverse to red 
for another look. Two for one placemats.
 The leaf print plates are used for salad.
 They were a thrifty find at a local craft fair. 
Someone had decoupaged fabric on the back
of glass plates. I got 4 for $1.25.
 All the leaf pottery is from Walmart. 
I bought it on sale last year.
A wreath of fabric Autumn leaves encircles
 a glass hurricane pillar candle.
 Clay pot saucers are used as wine coasters. 
The classic amber stemmed wine glasses
 were bought in Germany many years ago.
 Grapevine napkin rings.
 I used a long hand knitted scarf as a table 
runner. These scarves are great to find at
 all of our local towns' art and craft fairs.
An Autumnized table! 
Ready for an autumn dinner... start with my

Stay cozy...

Monday, September 8, 2014

What's In My Tennis Bag?

I play tennis 4-5 days a week. I love it! 
It's great exercise and very social.
I'm very lucky that my tennis club is less 
than 2 miles from my house and has
25 courts as well as 2 pools, multiple 
exercise rooms and classes, a cafe, great 
locker rooms, and a very friendly staff. 
It's the place where 
'everybody knows your name'. 
I play doubles with a rotating group of about
 30-40 wonderful ladies. All good players. 
We all have good days and bad,
but we always have fun.
That's the best part.
Here is my tennis bag packed with
all the essentials I might need while out.
Of course #1 and #2 items are my racket
and a new can of balls. 
 This is the rest of  what's inside.
 An insulated beverage container for ice and
water. I've also written my name on a plastic
cup for that I use as a sleeve for the times
I just grab a plastic cup at the club. 
I just drop the cup in. It keeps my water
from getting mixed-up with the
other drinks that are on the table.
 Keys and phone. The new slimmer iPhone
fits inside my D&B eyeglass case. Cool. 
 A spare house key, if I ride with someone
else, a coin purse with cash if I want to stop
 somewhere after tennis for lunch or a quick
 grocery pick-up on the way home. A small
first-aid kit, a dry pair of panties in a baggie,
and a few wrist sweat bands. 
Photo ID, kleenex, notepad and pen, some
and a Ziploc bag that can be filled with
ice in case of an injury. 
 This all fits inside a small zip makeup bag.
 I also keep a few emergency supplies in an
empty tennis. In it: sunscreen lip balm, grip
tape, several string dampers, a small
sunscreen, (I put on lots before I leave
the house), a packet of Tylenol, some aspirin
and Advil in an empty contact lens case,
comb, lipstick, emery board, brow pencil
(just the minimal for the aforementioned
 lunch/grocery trip)
 The small items are grouped into small
baggies, oh...and a pocket knife.
 All this fits in the tennis can!
 Not so much really when they are kept in 
separate, easy to find containers.
 The can of balls goes in an outside pocket.
 The phone goes in an outside center pocket.
 The cup goes in the third outside pocket.
 I'll fill it with ice water at the club and also 
pick up a towel there too. I keep a spare towel
in my bag, just in case.
 Everything inside. Room to spare. 
 I hook my member bracelet and keys onto a
carabiner snap clamp hook on the straps.
The plastic bracelet swipes to open
the lockers as well as for security entry.
 Not an 'official' tennis bag, but it works for
me...for now. You can pack any sports bag
this way and customize it to suit your needs. 
Here it is in the front entry  
always ready to go. 


Click on  Ready To Go Beach Bag
to see what pack for the beach.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Thrifted Vintage China Cabinet

The china cabinet I found at Faith Farm 
thrift store is now in the spot formally
 occupied by the
Thrift Store Vintage China Cabinet
antique cupboard I found on Craigslist.
Note: I usually have plates hanging on
 each side of the cabinet. This time I'm
 using 2 antique Wilson tennis racquets
from 1906.
Craigslist Antique Cupboard
I couldn't decide which one to keep and 
which one to sell...for now.
 To give it a touch of Fall  I've added a
few things to the top. First, an antique
 board that I've had for over 30 years.
Then I hung a wine cork wreath on
the front using the hook from the 
wire hanger that was used to make the
 wreath. Just bend it and slip it over the top.
So easy to make one HERE.
 My collection of clay cookers has grown
 since I found the 2 chicken cookers
while thrifting, see HERE.
 The inside is filled with my collection of white
dishes. Some I've had for years and more 
pieces that have been found thrifting. 
This is a smaller china cabinet so it fits nicely
 in the hallway going into the kitchen from
 the dining room. Anyway, now I'm liking the
 FF cabinet, and I have it just the way
 I like it...again, for now.
 I posted the drawers being used HERE for 
organizing all my cocktail napkins. 
Speaking of thrifting. I bought this cabinet
for $49.00. I thought I might paint it white
like in this picture. Great possibilities!
But I'm leaving at is...for now.