Thursday, September 01, 2016

Labor Day Table

I'm doing a re-run of a tablescape
I did a few years ago for Labor Day.
I have a bursitis in my hip that makes
dragging dishes up & down the stairs difficult.
I think I need to go soak in some of those
epsom salts I used with that candle!!

I assembled this little round table on our deck as a trial run
for Labor Day weekend.

We invited a widowed friend to join us for
Sunday dinner so I need 3 place settings.


This little table is at the far end of our deck,
opposite the Gazebo House.

Usually, I sit here with a cold Diet Coke,
watching the g'kidlets play in the hot tub.


The flower pot cost me all of $5 at the beginning of summer.
Amazing what a little Miracle Grow will do!

I placed it off center on our picnic tablecloth &
added candy-apple red chargers that sparkle in the sunlight,
followed by blue & white & polka-dot reds!


One of my favorite summer wines is this Blue River Riesling
but the unique bottle has a lot to do with it, too.

I love how you see through the bottle to view the
beautiful river scene.



The Revere bowl is there to hold shrimp tails.
I'm serving Garlic Marinated Grilled Shrimp &
will share that awesome recipe soon!


The red handled flatware is from this year.


My Napoleon Bee glasses were won in a Give-Away
from Libby at Taste & Twirl.
Thank you again & again, Libby!
I really use them & their matching carafe often.


I bought several of these glass stars last year....Dollar Tree.

They work for so many patriotic holiday celebrations

as well as Christmas.

This one is filled with epsom salts to help anchor the red candle.


Red chargers are from Big Lots,

Blue plates are from Pier One,

White plates are Bianca from Horchow,

Red polka-dots were found at Tues. Morning


I like to have my guests get up & change location for dessert.

If we eat in the dining room, then I often ask them to move into

the living room for coffee & sweets.

I think a change of locale adds interest to an evening

plus it feels good to move about after a big meal.


We'll move into the Gazebo for dessert,

in case the mosquitoes come out in the evening.

Plus, if it cools off, we can tuck the quilt around our legs.

This is a different quilt than the one I used for the 4th of July.

(see below)


I'll have fresh fruit with mint from 
the garden on hand & coffee or tea.




I also intend to serve mini individual cherry pies!

Yvonne, at StoneGable inspired me when she made blueberry ones.

One ready-made pie crust will make 2 little pies.

You use one side of the mold
(shown below)

to cut the bottoms & the lattice side

to cut the tops.

Placing the solid piece on the bottom of the mold,

fill with 3 Tbsp. of any fruit filling,

top with the lattice cut pie top &

PRESS together to seal & crimp the edges!

Easy as PIE!!


Available at Williams Sonoma for $10.


Any leftover crust can be re-shaped,

sprinkled with sugar & cinnamon,

rolled up, sliced & then baked with the pies.

(Thank you, Carol, for my special cinnamon!)


You know you want to lick up that drip, doncha'?!


A last peek at the lantern in the Gazebo at dusk...


Thank you to everyone who visits The Gazebo House.
Enjoy your holiday weekend!


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Summer Flowers


We’ve had a very hot, dry summer this year in Ohio!


I’ve had to water my roses & hydrangeas every single morning.
I go out bright & early to avoid the heat & sun.


They have rewarded me with tons of beautiful blooms for gathering all summer long.


Even my lilac tree beside the Gazebo’s decking, has bloomed for a second time this year!


I got a kick out of this one little branch, peeking through the railings.


The hydrangeas have been beautiful this year but are starting to wane a little now.


They’ll be just as pretty dried, though.
I cut them & hang them upside down to dry in the basement.



My sweet Ms. C. loves PINK, so I try to plant as many shades of it I can find.
Geraniums, petunias, roses…you name it.


With two older brothers, anything that was PINK belonged to her.


As a baby, she would point & say “MY PINK!” anytime she saw something that color.


It is still her favorite color!



I’ve been keeping cool by sewing each day in the downstairs level. 
I created & monogrammed 5 polka-dot pockets, which I then sewed onto contrasting colored t-shirts for Ms. C.
She took them home before I could snap a photo…darn it!  They turned out cute & her phone fits into the pocket perfectly.

I plan to make a few pockets for my nightgowns, so I’ll have a place to keep my phone on me in the evenings or early morning.
I worry about falling, now that I live alone, so I try to keep my phone on me at all times.

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today.  I’ll come visit you soon!

Monday, July 25, 2016

KISS *Tea Party Picnic* 2016


The *Tea Party Picnic* for my KISS Quilt Guild went off without a hitch!  Whew!  
Everyone seemed to have a great time & the quilt projects, both in the Challenge & the mini group's *Show & Tell* were wonderful!!! 


I left the house at 7:30 am,
with my car packed to the max!

My committee members, JoAnn & Norma & myself ran around like crazy women, getting all the placemats, teapots & napkin/cutlery into place just 2 hours before the event.

I made the PINK lemonade & the man who runs the hall had already made up ice tea.

He also got the coffee started for us, which you can't see over in the left corner.

Photo below is a partial set-up of the beverage area with fresh mint (from my garden...for the iced tea)
in one of my silver teapots along with
those lemons that got cut up, too!


I had a bouquet of fresh PINK flowers in a bigger silver teapot, set on a round mirror next to the sign-in sheet.

I thought it made a nice *first impression* as members entered.


I typed up a little label that said, (in PINK):


I tucked it behind that opening in this cute card from my grands &
had it sitting beside the silver teapot at the entrance.


This is a shot of the food tables & dessert area prior to everyone's arrival.  
That arch had white lights, which I remember to plug in at the very last minute!

Pink & Green were the colors throughout the entire day.


Every table had ONE place setting that did not get a knife inside the PINK wrapped napkin.
The person who sat at that spot was the winner of the little fabric sweetener holders!


The ladies loved the little fabric bowls for the sweetener & we gave all 20 of them away as door prizes.
Thank you to all my committee members for helping to make them!


We had TONS of really good food!  I wish I'd gotten back to the tables to take some photos but I was up on a stage, doing the announcing,
along with Lee B., Chairwoman of the Mini Groups.  

DSC_4373 Just a few shots of the yummy desserts that arrived early enough for me to take a picture.  
(note to self:  assign a photographer next year!)

The gals really got into the theme of the party, bringing little tea sandwiches, choc. covered strawberries, beautiful mini fruit tarts, similar to these, only smaller, bite size versions.

   The biggest hit of the party was the  "Tea Bag Cookies", made by my most helpful committee member, Norma.

  She baked shortbread rectangles, cut off the top corners & poked a hole with a straw in that top area.  After they cooled, she dipped them in melted chocolate.  Then she threaded some baker's twine with a tag (like on a teabag) that said "KISS 2016". 


 Everybody oohed & awed over them!  She displayed them on an antique pedestal cake plate which added to the ambiance of the occasion nicely.  Thanks Norma!!


Let's take another peek at Norma's spectacular cookie treats!!!  SEW CUTE!!


One member captured a few photos with her phone of the big mini group's reveal *Show & Tell* .
I'm sorry the pics are blurry but it was the best I could do to enlarge them for the blog.
It really gives you an idea of all the talent in this group!

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Lastly, a peek at one of next year's
 mini group projects! 
 I can't wait to make this one!


Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today to see the results of months of planning for the *Tea Party Picnic*.

  I hope you enjoyed viewing it as much as the members seemed to enjoy being there.