Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wishes For A Safe Memorial Day Holiday

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe Memorial day weekend and share these colorful photos I took this morning at our local floral wholesaler. Dan is making one of my favorite entree tonight, Crab imperial with asparagus tips. This was too special of a dish to serve without fresh flowers on the table.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Little American Salutes The Navy

Last week Daddy and I stopped into Old Navy to purchase a new pair of swim trunks for me. We were impressed with the store's summer collection. Of course, Daddy couldn't resist this shopping opportunity.

He thought I looked like a boy super model in this brown linen shirt with white stitching so I gave him my Zoolander pose.
However, we disagreed about the hat. It was a too much for my taste, but to please Daddy, I donned
the itchy bonnet for photos.

I do love the coordinating faux leatherl sandals but am a bit toe-shy. But, I wore them to rave reviews and several parents asked where I purchased them; the accolades made me appreciate them even more. My new seer sucker slacks with brown pin stripes are extremely comfortable and are the perfect trousers to complete my summer resort look.

Ahhh, much better without the hat. Here I am taking a five minute thumb sucking break after the photo shoot. Daddy can be stressful to work with at times.

I wonder if Daddy remembered he put me in pull ups for this photo shoot?

Here I am in the same style linen shirt in light blue.

I hope you enjoyed my domestic fashion show. I may not be in Paris...but with Old Navy, I'm feeling fashionably stylish at home in America.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Table For Two Beneath The Old Elm Tree

Happy Tablescape Thursdays! Please visit Between Naps On The Porch for more tablescapes.

Today's setting for 2 is set at our neighborhood park conveniently located across from our home.

Beginning next month, our neighborhood association sponsors our annual music in the park concert series.

The event attracts many neighbors and people from all over town. They bring picnic baskets and wine and have a good time. We usually stroll over the park early to stake out our traditional spot under this tree, open a bottle of wine with other delicious bites and enjoy the music with friends and neighbors.

I love the folding wagon to your left in this picture. It allowed me to carry everything here you see on a single trip. There was even room left for 2 more folding chairs and additional small table if the occassion called for 4 people. I purchased the wagon at Costco for $60.00 which was worth every cent. The cart folds conveniently and compactly for easy storage. I keep it in the back of our Jeep at all times. Great for shopping and hauling the beach gear.

The chocolate brown luncheon and paisley floral salad plates from Bed,Bath & Beyond. Linen napkin from Target. Stainless flatware by Mikasa.

The stemware are 2 of a set of 8 Murano glasses that were purchased by Dan's parents in Venice on a trip in the late 60's. The crystal glasses by Waterford.

The neighborhood park is a one mile oval shaped park ringed with trees framed by a decomposed granite walking/running path.

The park also includes, 2 tennis and basket ball courts, a playground,baseball diamond and several open spaces for festivals and sporting events.

Our Chow Chow Cocco and son Daniel love to chase each other in wide open areas of the park.

The picnic baskets were purchased from one of my favorite stores, William Glen. I love to bring the faux mink throw purchased from Target to add a bit of "luxe". Friends and neighbors laugh and call it my signature over the top presentation.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed my contribution to this weeks Tablsecape Thursday hosted by Susan with Between Naps On The Porch. Click on the image to visit more creative table settings.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Queen Of Soul Gets Lost Behind The Bow

Luke Song, the milliner credited for Aretha Franklin's hat worn at President Obama's inauguration filed a federal lawsuit against competitors in the fashion industry for creating knockoffs of his original design.

Mr. Song even went so far as to publicly state that his "lavish and ornate" creation "gained instantaneous fame and notoriety, attracting much more media attention than even Aretha Franklin's performance itself" as quoted in a smoking gun article which broke the news to the New York Times. I can only imagine the diva of soul reading the quote and then getting in the desinger's face singing "you better, think, think,think about what you're trying to do to me". Speaking of divas, if you haven't already seen this, it's a clever commercial featuring the queen of soul. It's a good thing she wasn't wearing one of Song's attention grabber or we would have never recognized Ms. Franklin in the back seat.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Kitchen Duty For The Little American

Photos taken of the little American doing his share of cleaning at his very close friend Mimi's home.

The adorable little apron was handmade by Mimi's mother for her when she was a child. I'm already searching the world wide web for one for the little American. The best news of yesterday is that he went to the potty several times all by himself successfully. Yay! Coincidentally, one of my favorite bloggers, Visual Vamp posted a similar image with a great message earlier today here. Happy Mothers Day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stop in its Tracks and Protect Your Privacy - NOW

There's a site called that's a new online phone book w/personal information: everything from pics you've posted on FB or web, your approx credit score, home value, income, age, etc. You can remove yourself by searching for yourself on their site to find the URL of your page, then finding the Privacy button at the bottom of page for instructions on removing yourself. please copy & repost.

Stop in its Tracks and Protect Your Privacy - NOW

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Great Craigslist Find

A couple of weeks ago I was very fortunate to come across a local Craigslist ad for 8 traditional style dining chairs at $10.00 each. The chairs are actually a reproduction of the Adam shield back chair. They were in very bad condition because, as the previous owner indicated, they were used by a her 4 large sons who all played football through high school. Despite their condition, I purchased the set since we have Remarkable Refinishing in town that can pretty much fix anything. Mark, at Remarkable Refinishing, has worked on several furniture repairs and refinishing for me throughout the years and does outstanding work. The 2 in this photo are the only 2 that were usable.

I first sanded the original mahogany finish then painted them with a flat gray to resemble the oxidized weathered look you see in teak wood which I love. My next step is to embellish some of the details such as the urn and laurel leaves with gold leafing. The ivory cotton fabric was from a bolt of remnant that I applied to the chairs for now until I can afford a nicer fabric. I really like the color of the fabric but think a tone on tone pattern would look nicer.

(from Wikipedia)
Robert Adam (3 July 17283 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam (1689–1748), Scotland's foremost architect of the time, and trained under him. With his older brother John, Robert took on the family business, which included lucrative work for the Board of Ordnance, after William's death.

In 1754 he left for Rome, spending nearly five years on the continent studying architecture under Charles-Louis Clérisseau and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. On his return to Britain he established a practice in London, where he was joined by his younger brother James. Here he developed the "Adam Style", and his theory of "movement" in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the Kings Works from 1761 to 1769.

Robert Adam was leader of the first phase of the classical revival in England and Scotland from around 1760 until his death.[2] He influenced the development of Western architecture, both in Europe and in North America. Adam was not content with providing houses for his clients but very ready to design the fittings and accessories as well.

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