Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentine's Day Dinner for Two

Getting ready for…. Valentine’s Day  
Romantic table for two
Valentine's Day is almost here and I love dragging out the little things to make our dinner for two perfect. The plates are Mikasa's French Countryside, red globe wine glasses and red bowls are also Mikasa. So where to have a romantic dinner? At our dining table , a rectangle that seats 10?  Too big...Or in the kitchen at the counter?  Too small...the living room with a small card table ...hmm maybe.....


The table sidled up to two overstuffed chairs and the fireplace. On the chair is a "Happy Valentine's Day" pillow. Soft lighting and relaxing  music from pianist Jim Brickman for the ears to enjoy, but not intrude upon our conversation. On the table ; a little gift: a jar with 50 more reasons, written on little hearts, "why I love you". Glass crystals scattered on table and on the 
Roasted asparagus in a BalsamicVinaigrette 
Shrimp alfredo,
 and for dessert; chocolate dipped strawberries. A special dinner planned for my Valentine of 28 years. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14 Happy Valentine’s Day

Love- the single most powerful emotion ..it can motivate us to do great things, heighten our senses,  add spring to our step ... Love heals and resolves us into people.

 Valentine's Day is an opportunity to share love with everyone in our lives. Why not lift their busy, stressful lives with some fun and smiles? Send a hand written note of appreciation, bring some flowers to a Senior, make a special dinner for family, and always share a little chocolate! 

The heart place cards are made from an old Valentines Day card, cut and folded over. Inside each is a love quote. 

 Painted floral plates found at TJ Maxx, doesn't  the blue background set off the design?

Empty gift boxes added to center of table and double to store Valentines items afterward. Recycled sweaters cover the candles and vase of dogwood branches (with any luck they'll bloom in time)

Hand painted Heart stemware was a great find at a closeout store!( a gift from my mom- in -law)

Heart shaped ginger cookies dipped in white chocolate, then sprinkled

Chocolate on everything for Valentines Day, right?

Pink Depression glass stemware adds a touch of nostalgia
                     Happy Valentine's Day

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  • Beverly's Pink Saturday
  • RoseGarden/Saturday Show Off

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Photos on a Walk

    Happy Fall, Y'All!
         I pass this happy message everyday as I return home from my wonderful and sometimes exhausting day. As I do, it energizes me and lifts my spirits. Autumn is a wonderful gift that if you live East of the Continental Divide, can enjoy every year. The visual joy of viewing landscapes doused in warm hues of orange, green, brown, and yellow "leave" me awestruck.

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    A versatile July 4th wreath

    Each time I walk into a fabric store and saw that mesh fabric, it drew me in. Then I saw a beautiful one, made by my mother in law,  that inspired me to try.  After she showed me how, I continued. By switching out the flowers, etc the wreath can change. Choose fabric color to go with several holidays. For example a red mesh can double for Valentines Day, Christmas, Fourth of July, etc.altho the differences are subtle,  I made this one for Memorial Day, then switched the "doo dads" for July 4th.
    You can find the how tos on you tube. It took one roll of mesh fabric, one metal 16" wreath , pipe cleaners to match the fabric, and fillers like flags, ribbon, pin wheels ...try it!