Mood Swing

Days are getting a little cooler where I live, and I'm beginning to feel the mood swing coming on.   My preference for all things cool, light, and airy in the Summertime ...   is quickly being replaced by a preference for warmth and texture.  LOTS of texture!   The metamorphosis of seasons is upon us! At this time of year, some people like to decorate with the traditional: vibrant colors of red, orange, gold, and brown ... pumpkins, gourds, and colored leaves ... corn stalks, bales of hay, and chrysanthemums.  While I occasionally do that, too, Fall decorating for me usually includes ...   A PUNCH OF BLUES   TEXTURED FABRICS (burlap, macrame, doilies, tapestries)   WOOD (bowls, ... Keep Reading...

Do You Pray? Where I Was On September 11, 2001

Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, I attended a Founders Day chapel service at the Christian liberal arts college where my husband was an administrator. It was while there that I learned of the terrorist attacks against my country -- and the incomprehensible loss of precious lives.  I did what many of you did:  I grieved ... and I prayed.  In the evening, I returned to the church for an impromptu prayer service. Rather than cancel classes as did so many institutions of higher learning, I was proud that the administration and faculty understood that students needed them MOST at that time; not for teaching a curriculum, but for teaching Life. Their students were young and confused, hurting and angry.  They needed help working through ... Keep Reading...

Say Cheese!

Last week I had so much fun using sunflowers in my tablescape that I decided to strrrrretch out Summer one more week and use them again. Next week I'll turn my thoughts to Fall decorating, but for now, I hope you'll enjoy one final punch of summer color! These plates were my inspiration ...    and these fabulous sunflowers and zinnias were blooming in the yard. So I pulled out a favorite heavy blue damask tablecloth and started playing -- and this is what happened ...     I used items that are available in my Etsy and eBay shops -- a versatile set of creamy-white dishes, vintage cobalt glass salad plates, and the slightly smaller cheese plates.   Then came my clear glasses with ... Keep Reading...