Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sewing Room Credenza

Recently, Lisa H. Calle, an award winning quilter, 
did a blog post & asked her readers
 to show how they stored their thread.

That reminded me that I've never shown
 my hand painted (not by me!)
 credenza in my sewing room! 

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This is the cabinet where I store most (not all) of my threads.

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I just fell in love with both the painted scrolls &
 the carvings on this piece.

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It looks very French to me, 
so I've tried to accent that style with
 napkins with scrolls
 & trivets with French wording
 to carry out the theme.

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This past year, I added a coffee/tea station 
that allows my guests to enjoy a hot cup of either while visiting.

The little rack on the left holds bottles of 
various sugar free flavorings while the
gold chest on the right contains
an assortment of teas.

I use the two shelves behind the doors to 
store my threads for the Innova longarm machine,
keeping them away from both damaging light & dust.

I tried to group them according to colors &
 get a thrill every time I open it!
Reminds me of a rainbow!

On the other side of the room, I have my tea cups & 
a few teapots on display in a wooden secretary.

I wish I were talented enough to paint it, 
but I hate to paint!  
Just not my thing!

I'm sure I've shared this little hand painted hutch 
 on the other side of the sewing room.

It is nearer the table where I sit with guests
 to enjoy a sweet treat...or two...with our tea.

It also has a few teacups & pretty
 vintage "Quban Royal" plates, 
which are trimmed in 
 14 k.  gold & have to be hand washed,
thus mostly used for display.

I am NOT going to open the bottom doors on this one.  
It needs to be straightened up first before I show it off!

Thanks for visiting The Gazebo House today.  
If you're ever in the neighborhood, 
just ring the doorbell &
 I'll gladly put the kettle on!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Plans



Come in through the front door...I'm almost ready for Easter.
There are rabbits all over The Gazebo House!


The foyer shelf holds my Kaldun & Bogle Easter Egg trinket box, in pink & green, next to a darling porcelain bunny with a matching ribbon.


On the other side of the shelf, a second bunny sits beside a fun photo of "Bill", a beautiful golden retriever who used to ride around with his owner in their golf cart in our development in Venice, FL.  His picture brings back fond memories of our time there.


Outside, near the front walk, one very heavy stone rabbit is inspecting some white hyacinths, that are about to open.

The dining room table contains items for coffee, tea & desserts, since we're eating in the sunroom on Sunday. 

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Two different Easter teapots sit at the ready, awaiting a selection of various flavored teas.


Ms. C. loves English Breakfast tea the most...I prefer Irish Breakfast, but honestly there isn't much difference to me!


That is a Longaberger  egg plate in the center, that awaits the eggs I intend to dye tomorrow. 


My apothecary jar contains colorful plastic eggs, while the bunny dish has pastel malted milk balls.


I thought this pretty Fitz & Floyd Easter egg plate matched the pales shades of the candy dish & contents.


Like many other bloggers at this time of year, I'm using my Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates & bowls.


They provide such wonderful texture & they're just so perfect for SPRING!!


I have several other "cabbage" accessories that aren't made in Portugal, but still look very similar.


Peter Rabbit holds pepper & the little cabbage he is resting upon holds the salt.


The triple server awaits various condiments & accoutrements to be added Sunday morning just prior to the family's arrival after church.


This little creamer really needs a matching sugar bowl, but I have not been able to find one yet.


Of course, everybody gets a nice big solid chocolate bunny!
I already sent one back to Kenyon college with DGS#1, 
as he won't be able to come home for Easter.
The table will seem very empty without both he & Ernie eating with us.


I have some pretty pots of flowers in the sunroom windows, just waiting for it to warm up so they can go in the ground.  There are three mixed red & white dianthus plants, which should come back every year.  The blossoms look like peppermint to me!

It is risky to plant things here in Ohio before Mother's Day in May, out of fear of frost.


I always set out all the serving bowls that I think I'm going to need before the actual serving day.
I usually put little papers with the names of what I'm putting in them, so I don't forget anything.
These will be for salad & broccoli, to go with a Honey Baked Ham, buttered parsley potatoes, ambrosia salad with coconut, pineapple & colorful marshmallows & Rhodes buns (which taste EXACTLY like my Dad's homemade bread!)


The pale yellow waffle weave napkins were embroidered by me, years ago.
Sadly, I can't remember where I got the design.  I always like to give credit for the designers, as I don't digitize.


Other areas of the house have more spring-like Easter colors to brighten up the rooms.
We need it....it has been dreary~rainy~gloomy around here!
Those are hand painted Spring Carnival Ceramic baskets on either side of the fireplace mantel.

Shhhh...don't tell the kidlets, but I hid special eggs with MONEY inside each one.  
I wonder how long it will take for them to discover their treasures?


Ms. C. requested a "chocolate bunny cake" for dessert & I fully intended to make one with the Wilton bunny pan but when I went to the grocery store & saw this darling PINK BUNNY cake that came in chocolate flavor, I snatched it up, as it is much cuter than anything I could have done.


Wish you & yours a very Blessed, Happy & Healthy Easter!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Banana & Coconut

Bringing this older post back up to the top,
just in case others might want to 
look for these really cute cupcake liners
that came with the flower picks.

I'm using my egg plates
to hold these treats.

I found these cute cupcake liners at Wal-Mart
so I made banana cupcakes!
They came with the matching little flower picks, too!

I used paste coloring...
violet, rose, leaf green & sky blue.
Lord, please let me live long enough
to use up all the colors I have?
That will make for a very long life!

This cut glass egg plate, below
holds candy filled eggs
for the grandchildren.

Don't you just all these
bright spring colors?

Thanks for visiting The Gazebo House!

Before you go, please help yourself to a cupcake

I'm having one with a cup of tea right now.
Have a great start to your week!