The Away Bigger Carry-On Bag: What Actually Fits Inside?

Away Suitcase with Tiffany & Co. Tote

Welcome to the 534th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm back today as promised to share what fits inside this Away "Bigger Carry-on" bag that I purchased recently.   Here's how the Away bag looks when you open it up. The left side contains a zippered mesh pocket which is where I carried my laptop to Egypt and back when I purchased the aluminum version of the Away bag. You may recall, I returned that bag due to it being too heavy for me to get into the … [Continue Reading...]

An Away Bigger Carry-on Unboxing: What Color Did I Choose?

Away Luggage Unboxing

As mentioned in a previous post, I decided after much deliberation to go with another Away bag as my carry-on bag for future trips, only this time I went with the non-aluminum version since it's lighter and not prone to dings and dents. It arrived this past week and I couldn't wait to unbox it!   Here's what I found inside. The Away bag comes in a really nice storage bag that will come in handy for storing it when it's not in use. Out of the 10 colors … [Continue Reading...]

Dining in Mr. McGregor’s Garden: A Spring Table Setting with Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit in the Garden Table Setting with Bunny Centerpiece

Welcome to 552nd Tablescape Thursday! I would love to have placed this table out on the screened porch, but that would have required wading through a few feet of Georgia pollen just to reach the table. It's that time of year when I normally break down and give the porch a thorough cleaning, but I'm trying hard to resist since I know it will be covered right back up with pollen again in just a few days. I can't wait until the pollen passes so I can get busy out … [Continue Reading...]

A Pretty Organizer for Storing My Greeting Cards

Greeting Card Organizer & Storage

Welcome to the 533rd Metamorphosis Monday! In this wide-angle view of my office, you can see a wrapping paper station I have hanging on the wall to the left. I added the gift wrapping organizer many years ago around the time I was putting this office space together.   I don't think this gift wrapping organizer is still available. They brought it back again a year or two after I purchased mine, but I don't think it's available right now. You can see … [Continue Reading...]

March Favorites & a Genius Life Hack When You’ve Forgotten Your Readers

Agatha Raisin on DVD

I'm late as usual in sharing my favorites for this past month. Spending a week out of town with family and working on taxes (ugh) has me a bit behind. My most favorite item for the month of March has to be this car handbag holder that I shared a few weeks back. It works exactly as I had hoped it would keeping my bag out of the sun and from flying off the seat into the floorboard if I have to brake suddenly. A few days ago I was carrying a larger bag that's … [Continue Reading...]

Reminiscing: 5 Spring-Summer Table Settings

Floral Centerpiece of Roses and Daisies

Welcome to the 551st Tablescape Thursday! Reminiscing: 5 Spring-Summer Table Settings Sometimes it's fun to reminisce and look back at some of the spring and summer table settings I've created over the years. Today I'm sharing a few that I really loved putting together and I hope you'll enjoy reminiscing along with me for this week's Tablescape Thursday. If you wish to see any table in more detail, click the title for that table setting below to view that … [Continue Reading...]

So Many Signs of Spring

Tulip Wreath

I just returned late yesterday from a week of visiting with family in Ohio. It was a gorgeous day as the plane took off from the Dayton airport. The pilot banked hard to the left and I found myself staring up at the gorgeous blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds.   I'm always amazed by how different the area surrounding the Dayton airport looks as compared to the Atlanta airport.   It fields and fields for as far as the eye can … [Continue Reading...]

Like a Beautiful Phoenix Rising From the Ashes

The Rebuilding of Captain's Watch, Coastal Home

Welcome to the 532 Metamorphosis Monday! Several years ago I created a blog post about this beautiful coastal home that was once located on North Carolina’s Inner Banks (River Dunes) in North Carolina. The home was designed by Historical Concepts, an Atlanta Architecture and Design firm, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Coastal Living magazine.   Historical Concepts designed the home based on nineteenth-century coastal design, envisioning a … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Table Setting with Vintage Hutschenreuther China & A Love Story

Spring Table Setting, Blue and Yellow, April Cornell Linens

Welcome to the 550th Tablescape Thursday! Warren and Kathie love to entertain. Recently Warren shared photos of a beautiful spring table he put together for friends. Warren said, "I set the table for our friends who are sharing  75th birthdays. Most of the glassware and china are family heirlooms made by Hutschenreuther, Huntington Glass, Fostoria Glass and Heisey Glass."   "I found the very pretty April-Cornell tablecloth in HomeGoods and used … [Continue Reading...]

Shopping the Big Tabletop Sales & the Cutest Peter Rabbit Plates for Spring and Easter!

Peter Rabbit Dinnerware for Spring and Easter

I stopped into both Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma today and picked up some really cute things for spring. Both shops have some great sales going on right now. Pottery Barn has all of their tabletop items on sale, 25% off and their Easter goodies are on sale up to 40% off. I scored some adorable napkins for 40% off. You'll find the sale here: Tabletop Sale. I had to check out this pretty blue and white table in the window.   This makes me think … [Continue Reading...]