Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn Pretties in the Nest

Hello all you wonderful peeps!

I hope you are enjoying autumn and its perfect weather.

Don't you just hate having to come inside at all
 when it is so pretty like this?!

(Especially knowing what's in store in a few months.)

I do love winter but they're saying
 it's going to be even worse than it was last year.

So I am enjoying this fall like there's no tomorrow!

I haven't purchased a single new thing for this season.

That's a first, as this is my very favorite season to decorate!

I've been purging a lot lately and it feels just great.

It's a weird feeling of freedom.

It has taken me a lot of discipline not to go running in hysterics
to all my favorite stores and not spend every dime I have.

Yes, feeling pretty good about my resolve this year!

I just wonder how long it will last........

This (below) is my very favorite antique basket I have.
I absolutely love it and have had it for years and years.

(Awesome baskets never EVER go out of style!)
Neither does FRUIT, haha.

Michele's Hint of the Week:  

Peel a grocer's sticker off real fruit and stick it on faux fruit.
Makes it look more real, doesn't it?

We interrupt this pretty eye candle to share
an ugly little true story to share with y'all....


When I brought my fake fruit out of my bin this year - 
which I bag up so it doesn't get dusty.....I opened the bag and
in horror discovered a very dried up piece of REAL fruit there too.

Yes, now I kinda remember putting
 a lone pear on top of the faux late in the season.

It now resembled a zombie head.
It was dry and furry and way icky and I cannot believe I did that.


Thank goodness we didn't get bugs or something worse!
(Ask Orkin, I refuse to let a bug enter my domain!)

So, for a germaphobic clean freak such as me, imagine my surprise!

Half the faux fruit went straight outside to the garbage bin.
The rest that was ok was scrubbed with Lysol w/ Hydrogen-Peroxide.
(Which, incidentally is the best cleaning product EVER.)


So, with that I wish you a wonderful weekend
 doing what you love
and spending it with whom you love.

As always, thank you for your visit!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Autumn - Tea Time Wares at the Emporium!

Do you have anything you would like to sell? 

You needn't even have an Ebay, dot com or Etsy store
 in order to participate in a nifty new linky party!


Just go over and visit the weekly linky party
 at the blog How Sweet the Sound 
 and join in the fun at Beverly's BLOG SHOP!


It's a fun way to share/expose your wares!

 and it gives you or your store or collectibles some exposure
 where the right people hook up with the right stuff
 and all is well....helping them avoid overpriced retail, spontaneous shopping costs- and imported wares!


There's nothing that feels better than supporting the business
of fellow artisans or collectors
 who hand-make or sell wonderful items!


In Blog Shop so many who party there weekly
are fellow bloggers!

So, do yourself a favor and
hope on over to Beverly's party
to shop for yourself, or gifts - 
or even better- join in all the fun!
You will be so glad you did!

Remember it's never too early to shop for Christmas!

Make more time for yourself to enjoy the holidays!
Get your shopping done nice and early this year!


As always, thank you for visiting -
and thank you again for giving me this opportunity to share!

Hugs, Michele

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Transitional Early Fall Tablescape

I am really feeling the fall vibe lately-
but not quite ready to plaster my house
 with the deep rich colors of autumn.

So I went downstairs and "shopped" my china storage
to put together this tablescape that to me says
 EARLY FALL - a subtle hint of what's to come....

There are  still flowers and lots of green outdoors

 but a few of the early trees are changing up.

I am seeing some deep reds and pinks out there.

My table runner with its crimson roses and leaves  

was my inspiration.

Cloud shadows rush over drying hay, fences,
 dusty lane and railroad ravine.
The first yellowing fronds of goldenrod
 brighten the margins of the woods.

                                                       ~J. Kenyon

Even as leans on the fainting evening
 the foliage withering,
I am touched with a song of brown and of shadows.
and of colors lingering.

                                                              ~M. Turbyfill

We had the BEST crop of onions in our harvest garden
this year - better than any year previously.

So I have been making a lot of French Onion soup.

These little soup tureens are perfect for it

because they are oven safe.

For us the first to wain is the sweet basil, followed by the Italian basil,
then parsley - and the hardiest is the thyme, oregano and the rosemary -
 they hang on till the very cool weather comes.

I just took all these pics today - our thyme is still going strong!


1 cup of skinny strip cuts of onion  per person.  

1 cup beef bouillon per person.

Melt a little butter in stock pan and fry up onions until tender and clear - don't overcook or brown.

Add half stick of butter, the broth and some thyme, salt pepper and garlic powder to taste. 
I use a few shakes of all. Add a little bit of nutmeg but not as much as the other flavors.

I use fresh thyme from my herb garden and freshly grated nutmeg from a nut but dried is fine- use less with dried - it's nearly impossible to ruin this easy soup so I never measure, sorry!  : - )

Cook on low simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. 

Fill oven safe bowls and place on a cookie sheet. 

Place stale bread (love baguettes past their prime for this) or croutons or whatever kind of thick dry bread and then sprinkle about a tablespoon of parmesan cheese, heavily cover with mozzarella and/or provolone on top of bread. Lots of cheese is yummy so don't be shy with it.

Place bowls on sheet and broil in preheated oven until cheese melts and lightly browns. Watch CAREFULLY that it doesn't burn- doesn't take very long.

This keeps in fridge for a couple days if you have extra.

As always, thank you for your visit!


Linking to these fabulous parties:

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Tablescape Thursday   *   Home Sweet Home    *   Time Travel

Feathered Nest Friday   *   Garden Party   *   Foodie Friday 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Eye Candy

It's cooled down finally and is feeling like FALL!

I now have 4  large bins of autumn decor items
 sitting in my living room needing to be opened!

Fall is my very favorite time of year- 
but never at the cost of wishing my life
 or summertime away!

It flies past fast enough without trying, doesn't it?

I just wanted to say hello and share a few of my favorite pics
 from the past for you (and for me) to get inspired....
and let you know I will be finally putting away summer
 and welcoming fall into our home.

I love opening my seasonal decor boxes - 
it's almost like Christmas...the joy of discovering
 things I forgot about owning....such as my sweet little
corn husk autumn harvest doll.

I absolutely love hosting autumn tea parties -
they're not as "old fashioned" as my spring ones,
 but tea never tastes better than when
 there's a chill in the air!

Ah the wonderful warm scents of Autumn-
cinnamon, clove, orange, mums....

And the rich colours of autumn....golds, rusts, browns....

Sunflowers are the perfect transitional flower.

As always, thank you for your visit!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Shall NEVER Forget!

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.”                                                                                                             – U.S. President George W. Bush.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Teatime with Cake and Hydrangeas

Today is so beautiful; cooler, sunny with vivid blue skies!

Thank you so much for joining me for
 teatime outdoors.

How about a yummy piece of cake leftover
 from a sweet little new family member's Baptism yesterday?

My husband was asked by his brother 
to be our little niece's godfather.

Here's Little Miss Happy, Lilly on her special day.

She smiles really big and often.  : - )

 Father V doesn't nearly as often, lol.

But it kinda looks as though he's trying to back there!

Isn't she just a sweetie?

Sorry it's blurry- was an action shot from a few rows back with my phone.

I ♥ this very old and delicate teacup. 

I think it as tea it meant to be taken, do you agree?

It's very translucent.

Here is the inside showing my finger and 
showing the backstamp through the china.

I so ♥ that!

The hydrangea cuttings are from my garden
and simply placed inside a little antique teapot.

I treated one of my hydrangeas with an agent 
I purchased from the garden store this year 
to make them more purple - as ours are always pink.

It really worked!

Be sure to hop on over to Sandi's
Rose  Chintz Cottage

If it is pretty china and tea time you love
you won't want to miss this weekly party!

As always, thank you for visiting!


Friday, September 5, 2014

French Country Transitional Tablescape

OK, folks - it is still summer
 and it is even still too hot to be outdoors!
It's like a sauna steam bath out there!

So I am still holding off on the bringing up
 the big tubs of All Things Autumn!

Today I am sharing a very French Country tablescape
 that is a good transition between the two seasons.

It has a touch of fall and pretty colour.

You may remember my sharing these
wonderful hand made crepe paper flowers
 my eldest daughter made me a couple birthdays ago. 

I placed them in this heavy pottery milk jug
made in Staffordshire, England.

It sits on a handmade toile and Provencial doily.

I think they bring that "hint of fall"
 this tablescape called for. 

A large Fiesta soft yellow charger
A Bizziri large green dinner plate
A fun scalloped edged polka dot salad plate
A little ivy floral bread plate

Top it all off with pretty
Soft yellow vintage Damask luncheon linens
wrapped in simple white ceramic napkin rings.

Cobalt blue Gibson flatware
 adds some added dimension with colour.

They match nicely with the blue glasses.

I absolutely love these hand painted goblets!

It all coordinates in beautiful harmony.

And the very best part of this tablescape?

Every single thing on this table except the flowers
and the white tea cups is or soon shall be for sale at
The Finch Rest Emporium!

As always, thank you for your visit!