Would YOU live like this — for Me?

 Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson   My son-in-law is a veteran of two wars ... One was fought in Iraq. The other in Afghanistan. He lived like this for ME. If you're an American, he did it for you, too. A cot ... in a tiny tent ... with no privacy   He enlisted ... served my country and protected my freedoms.   He got out of the military ... earned a college degree ... and returned - as an officer - to the United States Army.   He'll report soon for even more extensive training ... doing the job so the rest of us don't have to. I couldn't be more proud of him.   With my most heartfelt gratitude, thank you ...   To ... Keep Reading...

Soup & Silver … So Simple

Remember these placemats and napkins I dyed the other day?  (If not, you can see what you missed HERE.)  I'm glad you checked back to see them used in today's tablescape.  Thanks for stopping by! The reason I dyed them dark brown was because I wanted to use them with these dishes.  Last year I found the salad plates and soup bowls on clearance at T.J. Maxx.  They were made by Spode for Williams Sonoma Home. The soup bowls and this soup tureen (a thrifty find) were my inspiration for this table ... Since my table is dark, I decided I needed a lighter color for contrast, so I added some texture, too, with a loose-weave square in the center of the table ... and the placemats turned ... Keep Reading...

Nice Saves!

Saturday was one of those days.  You know ... one of THOSE days where everything I did either didn't work, had to be done over, or took waaaaaay longer than expected.  Good thing the time change gave me an extra hour!  I actually accomplished a lot -- just not as much as I'd hoped ... Anyway, I'm still managing share with you TWO projects that did work. Project #1: Dying napkins I recently found these napkins and placemats at Goodwill.  There were 4 sets of each color; same design on the fabric.  I'm a pushover for heavy jacquard fabric ... but (though it's a little hard to tell in this picture) this fabric was very faded.  No holes or stains, though.  Hmmm ...  I wonder if I could dye ... Keep Reading...