More Dollhouse Adventures, Including Trapping Myself In One Of The Rooms!

It feels like I've been working on projects inside the house for weeks and weeks, when in reality I've only had access to the Dollhouse about a week. I'll be sharing the temporary sleeping quarters I've created for this week's Met Monday. Over the past week, when I haven't been building something, taking boxes to the nearby recycling center, meeting with internet installers, electricians, plumbers, … [Read more...]


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Whirlwind Week!

Welcome to the 820th Tablescape Thursday! It has been a whirlwind week! I've been in non-stop motion and every muscle in my body is aching. I just spent the morning with an electrician who is making repairs and updates, which is why this post is going up now. There's so much I'd like to share, but none of it is table-related, but I'll be sharing a lot of updates very soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the … [Read more...]


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Setting Up My New Office & Playing In The Dining Room

Welcome to the 802nd Metamorphosis Monday! So much has happened over the past week since the closing on May 30th. I wish now I had kept a diary of sorts, detailing each day. At the end of each day, I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow, but if you were to ask me what I did that day, I'm not sure I could remember half of it. I've been in almost constant motion since arriving in Ohio. Things are … [Read more...]


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So Many “May” Favorites To Share, Including A Few Surprises!

Oh my goodness, I am all over the place with my shopping finds this past month! But that's kinda how my life is right now during this big transition period. So I have quite a variety of goodies to share for my monthly favorites. After I arrived here in Ohio for the closing on the new house that I have affectionately dubbed the "Dollhouse" because of all its whimsical "dollhouse-like" features, I realized I … [Read more...]


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I’m An Airbus Beluga, Awaiting Clearance To Land!

Welcome to the 819th Tablescape Thursday, and welcome to my holding pattern. I'm a big ole 747 Freighter circling around and around the airport. Or, maybe I'm an Airbus Beluga XL (love how those look!) circling and circling patiently (or, not so patiently) for clearance to land.   Well, at least that's how it feels. Everywhere I look here in my son/DIL's guest bedroom, I'm surrounded by … [Read more...]


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A Very Special Mother’s Day Gift

Last year for Christmas, my sweet, thoughtful daughter-in-love, Nancy, gave me a beautiful painting of my home that she had commissioned from a local artist. At the time, neither of us knew I would possibly be moving to Ohio the following year.   Though I haven't yet chosen a frame for it, the painting has been hanging on the wall in my living room, and I love seeing it there whenever I'm in … [Read more...]


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Let’s Tour the Basement, Bedrooms, Baths and Gardens In The Home I Just Purchased

Welcome to the 801st Metamorphosis Monday! When I last left you on Saturday, we had just taken a tour of the downstairs part of the home that I recently purchased. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Not Going To Make You Wait—Let's Go Inside The Home I Just Bought.   Before we head upstairs, let's go downstairs and check out the basement.   You may remember from my … [Read more...]


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Not Going To Make You Wait—Let’s Go Inside The Home I Just Bought

The closing on the house went great yesterday—no hiccups. There were 5 of us present at the closing: the title agency representative (not sure of her exact title), the seller, the seller's realtor, my realtor, and of course, yours truly. The representative leading the closing sat at the head of the big conference table with the seller to her left and the buyer (me) to her right. Our realtors sat beside us, … [Read more...]


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Celebrating a Special 21st Birthday with a Crab and Shrimp Boil

Welcome to the 818th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the encouraging and supportive comments that you left on yesterday's post. I am so looking forward to taking you along on this new adventure! A few weeks back I heard from Sheri who said, "Our granddaughter had her 21st birthday yesterday, and we celebrated Sunday with a Crab and Shrimp Boil...her choice. We always let the birthday person … [Read more...]


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Exciting (And Just A Little Scary) News

Remember this adorable cottage playhouse—the one I've had a crush on for so many years? I've always loved its design and imagined how wonderful it would be if it were built to grownup size. Well, about a month ago I made an offer on an adorable cottage, and my offer was accepted. Yikes! It doesn't look exactly like this cute cottage, but it does share some similar characteristics. I'm truly in love with it … [Read more...]


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Sharing My Daughter-in-Law’s Favorite Beauty-Care Secrets For Our 800th Metamorphosis Monday!

Welcome to the 800th Metamorphosis Monday! Last month, I shared my favorite "beauty/care" products in a single post. Since I've been away visiting family this week, I thought this would be a great time to get the skinny on what products my daughter-in-law, Nancy, likes and recommends. She is much more conscientious about how she cares for her skin than I am. I tend to be a little lazy about those things. I … [Read more...]


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A Horse-Themed Table Setting In Honor Of The 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Welcome to the 817th Tablescape Thursday! When Elena emailed to share a special table she created for an upcoming event, I could not wait to share it with you. It's a "theme" that I've never featured before for a Tablescape Thursday. Elena said, "I think you know we live in Saratoga Springs, NY home of Health, History and Horses. Health is for the baths and our famous mineral waters, History from the … [Read more...]


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Summer Favorites & An Outdoor Dining Set I’m Considering Ordering Again

Spring is here and that first day of summer is just a few weeks away! Love this time of year so much! When spring comes around, I always pull out my favorite summer pillows for the porch. The ones below are from Ikea, many years ago.   A few years back, I purchased pillow inserts. I got that idea from you guys since it's a great way to save on storage space—just swapping out the cases instead … [Read more...]


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How To Save Your Favorite Jacket When It’s Ruined From Color Bleed In The Wash

Welcome to the 799th Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever had a favorite top or outfit ruined due to color bleed in the wash? My friend, Teresa, loves to travel, and one of her favorite jackets that she often takes along when she travels is a Tommy Bahama jacket in a nice neutral color. Having just returned from a trip, her hubby, Frank, was trying to be helpful by washing some of the clothes they wore … [Read more...]


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Upcycled Furniture Covers Are The Star Of This Wonderful Garden-Themed Tablescape

Welcome to the 816th Tablescape Thursday! Norma set a beautiful spring table recently, and you're going to love how she acquired the gorgeous, linen tablecloth she used!   Norma said, "You may remember that the man who did the work on our garden gave me the table cloth that they had covered their machinery with each night, and then I used it for Halloween."   "Well, he came to … [Read more...]


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Hope This Tip Will Save You A $149 Electrician Visit—Still Can’t Believe It Worked!

Thanks so much for your helpful comments and suggestions yesterday. I am much, much better today and feeling right back to normal, thank goodness! No more wall paper stripping without a mask on! So, I have to share this crazy "lighting" thing I just discovered in case you ever run into this issue. Hopefully, it will save you from having to call an electrician and pay a troubleshooting fee, as I just had … [Read more...]


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I Did The Dumbest Thing Last Night—Learn From My Mistake + A Very Tempting Sale

I did the dumbest thing last night, I have been removing wallpaper from my bathroom walls and I had finally reached the area that is above the tub/shower. My full size ladder would not fit inside the tub, so I was having to stand on a small stepladder. Unfortunately, that put me standing beneath the area I was working on and the remover solution I was spraying was misting down each time I sprayed it. I … [Read more...]


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An Easy, No-Stress Way To Try Out A Variety of Furniture Arrangements In Any Room

Welcome to the 798th Metamorphosis Monday! This is the current state of my kitchen. As you can see, the refrigerator is smack in the middle of the breakfast room, blocking one of the doors to the screened porch. Ugh. The water hose thingy that goes to the icemaker decided to spring a leak, and the kitchen floor is currently going through a restoration process. They even ripped out the built-in desk that's … [Read more...]


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Antiquing on Mother’s Day Weekend

Every time I go antiquing, I wonder why it's taken me so long. I'm always so surprised and amazed by all the wonderful things I find and how reasonably priced they are, especially compared to what supposedly passes as good furniture these days. Today, I visited the Queen of Hearts location that's just 3–4 miles from my home. Just inside the front door I saw so many beautiful furniture pieces, including this … [Read more...]


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12 Spring Table Settings That Would Work Great For A Mother’s Day Gathering

Welcome to the 815th Tablescape Thursday! Mother's Day is just three days away, so I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the Mother's Day tables I've set in the past, along with a few spring-themed table settings that are more recent and that would also work well for Mother's Day. How ever you spend Mother's Day this year, I hope it's a relaxing, enjoyable day for you and your loved … [Read more...]


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All My April Favorites Together In One Post

Before May gets too far gone, I'm sharing all my favorites from the month of April. As usual, there's quite the variety here. Last month, I went on a search for a cell phone holder that would fit on the handlebars of my Peloton bike. Occasionally, when I'm taking a "scenic" ride, unless it's one of the guided scenic rides, I like having my phone nearby so I can easily check and reply to emails while I'm … [Read more...]


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Covering Edges Of Melamine Shelves & What Happened To My Fave Wallpaper Remover

Welcome to the 797th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! I've been working on a few bathroom projects this weekend. One of the tasks I worked on involved the shelves in the closets of both upstairs baths. When this house was built many years ago, I'm not sure why, but the closets were built with wood boards inside for shelves. I think they were 1 x 12s or something like that. There are … [Read more...]


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All My Favorites Are On Sale For Mother’s Day! ♥

I have several semi-big projects that I've been working on around the house this week, including stripping wallpaper from two bathrooms. Spring-cleaning fever has hit, and I really want to get the bathroom projects underway and completed over the next month or two. I'm very tired today from all the cleaning I've been doing this week, so I gave myself the day off to let my muscles recover. I spent some time … [Read more...]


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Celebrating Spring With A Table Setting In A Surprising Color For This Time Of Year

Welcome to 814th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, when I was down in the storage area of the basement, I spotted this adorable bunny cake holder and thought that I should really use it in a spring table this year. It's one of my favorite pieces to pull out and use this time of year.   Every table needs a starting point, some kind of inspiration. This bunny server was my inspiration for this … [Read more...]


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The Upstairs Living Room Window Seat Just Got A Much Needed Update

A few days ago, I made a small update/repair here in the upstairs living room, aka the bonus room or FROG.   It turned out so well, I thought I'd share it in case you find it helpful. When I moved into this house so many years ago, the upstairs living room already had window seats under all the windows.   There's storage built in under each of the window seats. The two dormer … [Read more...]


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Favorite Beauty-Care Products, Including A New Fave I’m Completely Obsessed Over

Welcome to the 796th Metamorphosis Monday! It's been ages since I shared some of my favorite beauty products in a post. Recently, I tried a mascara that I had never tried before, and it's, by far, the easiest to apply and best mascara I have ever used. I feel like I have finally found my favorite mascara of all time, so that prompted me to create this post today for this week's Met … [Read more...]


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Sharing A Much-Needed Favorite, Porch Update, & How Do I Stop Squirrels From Eating My Roses

Still working on getting the porch wiped down after its long winter's nap, but thought I'd pop in and share how the new swing chain covers look on the swing.   I kinda wished I had washed them first since the fabric is a bit stiff which makes it stick out a little awkwardly in a few spots, but overall, I really like them! They were a gazillion times easier to put on since they close with … [Read more...]


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A Visit To The Brand New Centurion Lounge in Atlanta, Plus, A Few Porch Updates

This has been a busy, crazy week. I had a quick trip to visit family in Ohio, and I just returned home on Tuesday. One of the cool things that happened on that trip is I had the opportunity to visit the brand new American Express Centurion Lounge that just opened up a few weeks ago in Atlanta. I had read so many good things about it online, so I was excited to experience it in person. The new Atlanta lounge … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Candlelit Table Setting, A Captivating Centerpiece & An Incredible Menu/Dessert

Welcome to the 813th Tablescape Thursday! I have a beautiful table setting to share with you this week, but first, I wanted to let you know that I'm having a little problem with my replies to your lovely comments not reaching your Inbox. I changed blog hosts recently and everything went great except with that one issue. We are working to get that resolved. In the meantime, the easiest way to see my reply to … [Read more...]


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My Dream Home Revisited, Still Dreaming Of Life In An Adorable Cottage Home

Welcome to the 795th Metamorphosis Monday! Many years ago, I shared this photo in a post called, My Dream Home. I don't remember now how I first came across it, but the photo was of an adorable playhouse available to purchase at the website PoshTotsdotcom. In that post, I shared that if/when I ever move, I would love to find a cute cottage home similar to this one. Of course, it would need to be made to … [Read more...]


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Just A Few Of My Favorites and Most-Loved Essentials For Summer

With spring in full swing and the increasingly warmer temps, I've been thinking about my favorite summer essentials, those pieces I love using and wearing throughout the summer months. One of my favorites to pull out every summer are my incredibly comfortable Ecco sandals. I love how adjustable these are, which means they work for the pickiest of feet.   I have Ecco sandals in several colors … [Read more...]


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3 Spring-Summer Table Settings + An Easy, Fun DIY Craft For The Table

Welcome to the 812th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Spring! I hope you're having a great one and seeing a lot of sunny days right now! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing three tables from the past along with a DIY project that I think you would enjoy making for your summer gatherings with friends and family. You'll find each table (and the craft idea) linked below for details. Entertaining on … [Read more...]


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How Did The Whimsical Animal Scarf Work Out, Plus One More Design That I Ordered

A few days ago, I shared some cute silk scarves a lovely BNOTP reader told me about. I liked them so much, I decided to buy one so I could compare it to the Hermes silk scarves I've occasionally bought in the past for my handbags and to give as gifts.   This was the first scarf I purchased. I couldn't resist all the cute animals featured on this scarf including birds, horses, deer and bears. … [Read more...]


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An 80th Birthday Celebration, Cowboy Style!

Welcome to the 794th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Sheri's hubby, Mike, just hit a major milestone, so it was time for a big celebration! Sheri wrote," We celebrated Mike's 80th birthday in Cowboy fashion! We had a special guest, John Wayne, and enjoyed a real western hoedown day! The table was set with cowboy plates and salad bowls, and mugs for our ice tea. We enjoyed a real … [Read more...]


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Twilly-Style Silk Scarves Protect & Add A Touch Of Spring To Your Handbag & Wardrobe

A few years back, I shared the process my friend, Teresa, used to protect the Vachetta leather on her Louis Vuitton Croisette handbag. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: How Teresa Protected the Vachetta Leather on her Beautiful LV Croisette Bag. I am crazy about the LV Croisette bag—it's so perfect for spring and summer! I read an article a while back that said Louis Vuitton created this Damier … [Read more...]


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Beautiful Spring Table Setting With The Most Charming Corner Ruby Bunny Collection

Welcome to the 811th Tablescape Thursday! Elena created a beautiful spring table setting this year for her family for Easter. Elena said, "I decided to use our Corner Ruby bunnies, so I pulled out a white on white vintage tablecloth thinking it might not be so busy."   The bunnies are soooo pretty! Oh my gosh, what a wonderful collection! Love them all!   Elena said, "I used … [Read more...]


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All My Favorite Must-Have Tools Gathered Into A Single Post

Welcome to the 793rd Metamorphosis Monday! Last month, Pam left this comment on a post where I shared a photo of my tool chest in my garage. Over the years, as I've completed a few DIY projects around the house, I've gradually accumulated quite a few tools that I really enjoy using. I have too many to try and list them all in a comment, so I let Pam know I would work on a post sharing my favorites, those … [Read more...]


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March Favorites & I’m Shopping (& Loving) A Place That Two Readers Recommended

Happy weekend! I hope you're having a great one! I don't have a large amount of favorites to share from last month, but I do have something to share that I'm really excited about—more on that in just a sec. Toward the end of March, I started changing the items I carry in my handbag from my winter bag to one of my spring/summer bags. Inside a little accessory bag I always carry in my handbag, I had a very … [Read more...]


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Celebrating Spring Dining On The Porch & An Upcoming Eclipse-Watch Party

Welcome to the 810th Tablescape Thursday! It's been in the so nice and warm all this week but of course, the day I want to set a table out on the porch, it turned quite chilly with temps in the upper 50s. I didn't let that deter me, though. The porch still needs a good scrub down, I'm just waiting for pollen season to get finished. The bottle tree needs a good wash, too. Have you dived into your … [Read more...]


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A New Addition To The Porch & Some Fun April Fool’s Day Lore

Welcome to the 792nd Metamorphosis Monday! Met Monday has fallen on April Fool's Day! I'm not much of a prankster and not that keen on having jokes pulled on me, but I received a delightful email from Norma this morning with some fun facts about how April Fool's Day sometimes plays out in France. Norma wrote: Hello Susan, I don't know if you have April Fool's day on April 1st in the U S. I suspect it is … [Read more...]


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A Charming, Whimsical Spring-Easter Table, Plus 4 Beautiful Spring Cakes for Dessert

Welcome to the 809th Tablescape Thursday! Does March seem like it has just flown by to you? I can't believe we are almost into April! I feel like we've already had our April showers here where I live, so I'm really hoping for more sunshine this next month! I have a wonderful spring-Easter table setting to share with you for this week's Tablescape Thursday! Brenda and her wonderful hubby, Tom, … [Read more...]


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Love With These Adorable Tea Infusers, They Come In So Many Cute Motifs!

Normally I'm just a big iced tea fan, but recently on a very cold morning I was trying to think of something to help warm me up, and I decided to give hot tea a try. I was surprised how much I liked it for an early morning drink, it kinda warmed me up from the inside out. The tea I drank that morning was the tea that I chose for the basket I ordered from Fortnum and Mason a while … [Read more...]


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Take A Tour Of Teresa’s Home Beautifully Decorated For Spring And Easter

Welcome to the 791st Metamorphosis Monday! Oh, I have such a wonderful treat for you today! A few weeks ago I shared this beautiful arrangement Teresa had created for Valentine's Day.   Teresa has invited us back for a peek into how she's added some spring-Easter whimsy throughout her home, starting right here at her front door.   Let's go in!   Miss Bunny has … [Read more...]


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The Sale Is On, So Many Beautiful Designs for Spring & Summer!

Update: It's Sunday and I just noticed the sale has gotten even better today. Through midnight, it's now 40% off any one item and 30% off everything else. Love the spring sales that are going on right now! Talbots is at it again and after checking out the sale, these are all my favorites. I love, love, love blue and white together, no matter if it's dishes or clothes. This shirt caught my eye. Notice the … [Read more...]


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Spring Easter Table Setting With A Fragrant Daffodil Centerpiece

Welcome to the 808th Tablescape Thursday! I almost set this Easter-spring table setting out on the porch, but when I first started putting it together yesterday morning, it was still way too chilly outside. By the time I finished, the temps had reached 71°, and it had turned into an absolutely beautiful sunny day! I'm so excited that spring is here! Love this time of year! Are you seeing spring flowers … [Read more...]


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Wow, If You Ever Wanted A Peloton Bike, This Is The Best Price I’ve Ever Seen

If you've ever thought about getting a Peloton Bike so you can take spin classes right in the comfort of your own home, now is the time! Peloton Bikes are currently on sale for $1,250, or $250 a month for 5 months. I've never seen Peloton Bikes for that price before. To give you an idea how much they normally cost, I paid $2,000 for mine. I would love to have gotten a bike for that incredible price! You'll … [Read more...]


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Upgraded My Carry-On, Plus 10 Must-Haves I Always Take Along Whenever I Travel

Welcome to the 790th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you have any big travel plans coming up this spring or summer? I don't have anything specific planned just yet, but I hope to focus on seeing more of the USA. There are so many wonderful states that I've never been to or explored. A few months back, I updated my carry-on bag. I very much liked my Away bag, but unfortunately when I purchased it, Away was not … [Read more...]


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Been A Long Time Since I’ve Seen This Many Beautiful Spring Temptations!

Welcome to the 807th Tablescape Thursday! I definitely have spring on the brain these days. We've been having the most spectacular weather, lots of wonderful sunshine and beautiful blue skies! This wonderful weather put me in the mood yesterday to do some spring shopping, and oh my gosh, I found so many beautiful temptations! This beautiful table was just inside the front door when I visited Williams Sonoma … [Read more...]


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How I Plan To Stop My Car From Being Stolen While Pumping Gas

Have you been hearing about this latest issue where people are having their cars stolen literally right out from under their noses? Yesterday, I saw a video about this particular incident below that happened a few days ago. A woman had just finished pumping gas into her SUV and was replacing the gas cap when a thief jumped into her vehicle and drove off with her SUV, her handbag, and everything else she had … [Read more...]


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How I Repaired A Loose Strap Keeper On My Pochette Metis Hand Bag

Welcome to the 789th Metamorphosis Monday! Almost six years ago, in August 2018, I purchased a Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis bag in the Reverse Monogram style. This bag has been a workhorse! It's the bag I wear during the fall/winter months the most, especially on days when it's pouring rain and I have a ton of errands to run. It's impervious to rain, and when wearing it crossbody it somehow becomes one with … [Read more...]


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So Many February Favorites!

Happy weekend! What are you up to this weekend? It's been raining non-stop here for a few days, but I think it may finally slow down a bit today. I hope so, I never thought I was a person to be affected by weather, but I think this non-stop rain is starting to get to me. I need some sunshine! I had way too many favorites during the month of February to share them all, so I have tried to narrow it down to … [Read more...]


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20 St. Patrick’s Day Table Settings & A Fun 4-Leaf-Clover Napkin Fold

Welcome to the 806th Tablescape Thursday! St. Patrick's Day is coming up fast, just ten days away! If you need a little inspiration for your St. Paddy's Day celebrations, you'll find 20 festive St. Patrick's Day tables linked below. At the end of this post, I'm sharing a fun 4-leaf clover napkin fold that would look great on your St. Patrick's Day table this year. Happy St. Patrick's Day!  ☘️ Click any … [Read more...]


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A Bee-utiful Solution For My Tool Chest & Other Dinged or Dented Stainless Appliances

Thanks so much for all your great suggestions in the comments of Monday's post! If you missed that post, I was troubleshooting possible solutions for getting rid of a really noticeable dent that somehow appeared on the front of this large tool chest here in the garage during the time the garage was being painted.   One suggestion made in the comments that, unfortunately, wouldn't work in this … [Read more...]


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2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: Why Do Gains Always Seem To Include Losses?

Welcome to the 788th Metamorphosis Monday! Having lived in the same house a long time, I've been through quite a few renovations and updates over the years, some small and some that were pretty big. I don't mean this to sound pessimistic, and I say this with a big sigh accompanied by a very big eye-roll, but with every single update I've ever completed in my home, it seems like something has always had to … [Read more...]


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Romantic Dining For Two, Including A Beautiful Raspberry Lemon Cake Dessert

Welcome to the 805th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Leap Year Day! Earlier this week I shared a beautiful Valentine's Day table setting that Martha created for her Supper Club. If you missed that table setting, you'll find it here: Velvet & Sequins for Metamorphosis Monday—Pretty Daffodils, Too!)   That tablescape had an interesting change made, a twist ending that I just recently learned … [Read more...]


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My Absolute Favorites For Spring Cleaning The Porches And The Garage

Update: Just noticed that Talbots has made their 25% off sale even better with 40% off any one item and 25% off everything else. You the code SPRING40 to get 40% off any one item. If you missed my spring favorites post, you'll find it here: Getting a Jump on My Spring Wardrobe, Everything is Currently on Sale. You'll find the Talbots spring sale here: Talbots Spring Sale. The temps here this week have … [Read more...]


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Velvet & Sequins For Metamorphosis Monday—Pretty Daffodils, Too!

Welcome to the 787th Metamorphosis Monday! So I had an exciting weekend! Not! After an appliance repairman diagnosed and fixed an icemaker problem (it's ALWAYS the icemaker, isn't it?!) I spent the weekend giving my refrigerator a full, top-to-bottom cleaning that included pulling out all the shelves and drawers and replacing two smallish light bulbs inside, one of which had burned out at some point … [Read more...]


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Getting A Jump On My Spring Wardrobe, Everything Is Currently On Sale!

Update: Just noticed that Talbots has made their 25% off sale even better with 40% off any one item and 25% off everything else. Use the code SPRING40 to get 40% off any one item. You'll find the Talbots spring sale here: Talbots Spring Sale. A few days ago someone asked about this adorable bunny vase that I've had for a few years. I was worried I'd have to deliver bad news that it was no longer … [Read more...]


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Celebrating The Coming Of Spring With A Table Full Of Sunshine!

Welcome to the 804th Tablescape Thursday! Oh my gosh, we've had the most beautiful, sunshiny weather the last few days! I've never thought of myself as being someone who is affected by sunshine, or the lack thereof, but I'm starting to wonder if I'm one of those folks. I've definitely had more energy and felt a lot more zip in my step with all the glorious sunshine we've been experiencing. Do you notice … [Read more...]


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Installing A New Bluebird House For My Backyard Bluebirds

Welcome to the 786th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Many, many years ago when my son was in elementary school, I worked at the Chattahoochee Nature Center as a volunteer. Back then, on weekends during the month of October, the Nature Center would host educational Halloween Hikes through the woods that surround the nature center. The hikes also ran out the boardwalk that runs alongside … [Read more...]


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All My Favorites For Spring and Summer

Happy Weekend! My head is completely in spring/summer mode now. With the daylight staying with us a little bit longer each day and my daffodils all poking their little heads up out of the ground, I know that spring is almost here and I can't wait!   With spring just around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to share some of my favorites that I love and use on repeat during the … [Read more...]


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2 Beautiful Valentine’s Day Tables—One Created By A Loving Hubby & One That’s Budget Friendly

Welcome to the 803rd Tablescape Thursday! I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday! ❤️  I know for sure Brenda did because she wrote, "I wanted to share with you a Valentine's table setting my husband set all himself and surprised me. Normally I am the lead and he is what he calls himself “the beast of burden” carrying things in and out."   Brenda's hubby created the … [Read more...]


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A Festive Mardi Gras Tablescape With A Stunningly Beautiful Centerpiece!

Today was Mardi Gras! I didn't even realize that until halfway through the day. I bet if I lived in New Orleans, I would have been a lot more aware. I was curious about the dates for Mardi Gras—for some reason I was thinking it was normally in March. I did a bit of research and learned that the Carnival season always begins on Jan. 6, which is King’s Day (Feast of the Epiphany) and Mardi Gras day, also … [Read more...]


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How To Make A Decorative Bee Skep For Spring Decorating Or A Spring Centerpiece

Welcome to the 785th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Week! I have a fun spring craft for you this week! I don't know why but I always get a bit apprehensive when I try to make something I've never made before. I think that's the perfectionist in me coming out. Argggh! I've been working on an idea for a spring table setting, and for the centerpiece, I'd like to use a decorative bee skep. The prices of … [Read more...]


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My January Favorites + A Couple of Extras That Couldn’t Wait!

Happy Weekend! Okay, I'm cheating a little. This is supposed to be a January Favorites post but I want to share this with you now because I expect it will sell out pretty quickly. A few days ago I purchased this adorable Spring/Easter-themed LEGO set for my grandsons, and I thought it was so cute (and reasonably priced) that I ended up buying one for myself. I love that LEGO keeps coming out with these sets … [Read more...]


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Romantic Valentine’s Day Table Setting With Heart Cake Dessert & Spring Tulips

Welcome to the 802nd Tablescape Thursday! With Valentine's Day just a week away, I decided it was time to bake some cute heart cakes. It has been ages since I made these for Valentine's.   I did the dumbest thing this time, though! I always, always grease and flour a cake pan when baking a regular layer cake, but for some crazy reason, I didn't flour the heart cake pan after greasing it this … [Read more...]


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Cake Flour vs All-Purpose Flour, Swedish Pearl Sugar & Heart Cakes For Valentine’s Day

Many years ago I made these cute heart cakes, filling them with raspberry filling. They were super easy to make and I really loved how they looked for Valentine's Day.   To make these, I used a Wilton Heart Cake Pan. (A printable recipe for these heart cakes is available here: Heart Cakes Recipe.)   I made them once again a few years later, that time filling them with homemade … [Read more...]


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Beautiful, Dramatic Valentine’s Day Centerpiece That You Can Make In Mere Minutes!

Welcome to the 784th Metamorphosis Monday! Valentine's Day is just 9 days away. Could you use a fabulous, easy-to-make centerpiece to celebrate? My dear friend, Teresa, shared this stunning photo with me of a beautiful, whimsical arrangement created by a friend of hers, also named Teresa. I loved it the second I saw it! After a few text messages back and forth, Teresa, the owner of this lovely centerpiece … [Read more...]


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Shopping The New Dinnerware Collections For Spring–So Much Inspiration!

Welcome to the 801st Tablescape Thursday! I am such a homebody, love being at home probably a bit too much. All the rain we've been having, combined with the cold, has made it easy to justify staying inside. But the sun is out again, at last! So I decided to head out yesterday to do a bit of window shopping, which of course often turns into actual shopping. There's a shopping center just 2-3 miles from … [Read more...]


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Best Purchases & My Must-Have Favorites Of 2023

I've been seeing a lot of YouTube videos this month where YouTubers have been sharing their favorite finds/purchases for 2023. I love that idea for a post but, Wow—this has been the most difficult post to write! I've been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks and it's been torture. Ha! It's so hard to narrow down all the wonderful discoveries and upgrades I've made over the past year to a … [Read more...]


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A New Addition To The Garage For The Rainy Days

Welcome to the 783rd Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your amazing and much-appreciated comments on our 800th Tablescape Thursday post! I can't wait to see what the next 15 years holds. If it's half as fun as the first 15, I know it will be awesome! If you missed the Tablescape Thursday post, you'll find it here: Celebrating 800 Tablescape Thursdays & Looking Forward to Many More. No … [Read more...]


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Celebrating 800 Tablescape Thursdays & Looking Forward To Many More!

Welcome to the 800th Tablescape Thursday! Wow! Did I really just type the number 800?! That's 800 weeks and over 15 years of Tablescape Thursdays! Thank you so much for coming along on this fun, exciting, wonderful journey with me! A special Thank-You to each dear heart who has joined this party over the years with a beautiful table setting, and a big Thank-You to the readers who have shared their tables … [Read more...]


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New Addition To The Office: Walking Pad Treadmill For Getting My Steps In Each Day

Welcome to the 782nd Metamorphosis Monday! Hope your weekend was amazing! I spent part of mine working on a puzzle that I've had for a while and have been itching to do.   With the super cold weather we've been experiencing, this was the perfect weekend for snuggling down inside and working a spring-themed puzzle—a reminder to myself to hang in there because spring is coming! (Puzzle is … [Read more...]


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2 Of My Favorite Shops Are Having A Sale-On-Sale & I’m Loving The Deals!

It's that time of year when the winter sales really swing into gear! I've been doing a bit of shopping this morning and I've found some great sale-on-sale deals where items that were on sale have now been further reduced. Those are my favorite types of sales, although usually, the most popular sizes tend to go quickly when the prices are so reduced. One item that's currently on sale is this mock … [Read more...]


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Spring Valentine’s Day Table With A Most Unusual Floral Centerpiece

Welcome to the 799th Tablescape Thursday! When I awoke at 4 am this morning and came downstairs to set a table for Tablescape Thursday, it was 15 degrees out on the porch. As I type this, the temps have finally reached a balmy 30 degrees. All this cold weather has me yearning for spring! Today's table is a combination Spring/Valentine's Day table with a most unusual centerpiece.   Springtime … [Read more...]


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Would You Have The Nerve To Do This? Yikes!

Mr. Gingerbread Man and his many stories live on! Hahaha! During November and December, whenever I shared about this adorable Kate Spade Gingerbread House bag, the emails, pictures, stories, and comments I received from BNOTP readers, friends, and my daughter-in-law were the best! This fun bag stole the show and was always the topic of conversation everywhere it traveled. I could write a blog post doing … [Read more...]


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A Favorite Winter Escape Into The World Of Fashion + A Little Bookcase Decor

Welcome to the 781st Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Winter! Hope this cold January day finds you hunkered down under a warm throw, or if you're working, it's time to take a little break and enjoy a bit of eye candy. Do you ever feel a little scatterbrained? Maybe our brains go through cycles of indecision because I changed my mind at least three times this weekend about what I would share today. Sometimes I … [Read more...]


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A Woodland Table To Cozy Up To On This Cold January Day

Welcome to the 798th Tablescape Thursday! The sun had been shining so beautifully into the breakfast room all day, but just as I finished setting this table, it began to move away. If you look closely, you can see the last little sunbeam on the napkins near the bottom of this photo. Have you noticed the daylight is staying with us a little bit longer with each passing day? That makes me so happy because … [Read more...]


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My December Favorites, Favorite Updates In Real Time & A Very Special Gift

Thanks for all the great suggestions and tips for saving and removing the wax that's left over when a candle is finished. I love the suggestion a couple of you mentioned about putting it in the freezer for a few minutes. I had read about that online, but then forgot to mention it in the post, so thanks for that reminder! I will try that in the future, for sure. I have such a variety of favorites to share … [Read more...]


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How To Make A New Candle With Wax Left In The Bottom Of A Candle Jar

Welcome to the 780th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you love candles? Have you ever had an issue with a candle creating a well down the center of the candle as it burned? I've read so many tips about how to avoid that issue, the main one being to let the candle burn allllll the way out to the edges of its container the first time you light it. That, along with keeping the wick trimmed to a normal height, is … [Read more...]


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Black And Silver Sequin Table Setting, Great For New Year’s Eve Or For Halloween

Welcome to the 797th Tablescape Thursday! Happy New Year! I hope your 2024 is off to a great start! Unfortunately, mine started out with a yucky cold. I had planned to make the drive from Ohio back home to Georgia on Tuesday, but I caught the cold that's been going through the family and it finally caught up with me on Monday. After a sleepless night, I didn't feel up to the 8-hour drive back home on … [Read more...]


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Happy New Year! So Looking Forward To 2024!

Welcome to the 779th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy 2024! I hope you had a fun New Year's Eve. I spent it with friends and family which seemed like the best way to kick off the new year. I have two wonderful decor and centerpiece ideas to share with you for this week's Met Monday. My dear friend, Teresa, loves traveling more than anyone I know. She and I have shared some wonderful adventures over the past … [Read more...]


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Still In Christmas Mode and Up To Our Necks In Legos!

Welcome to the 796th Tablescape Thursday! We are still in full Christmas mode here, as I'm sure so many of you are, too. It's been a week of feasting,  Monopoly, Christmas movie watching, afternoon naps, bike rides on new bikes, eggnog drinking, Lego building, caring for neighbor's pets, more feasting, more napping, more Monopoly, and a lot more Lego building! This week feels like a fun, mini-vacation … [Read more...]


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Merry Christmas from Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph!

Welcome to the 778th Metamorphosis Monday! Merry Christmas! Just popping in on Christmas morning to share a cute idea for breakfast/brunch for the little ones on Christmas Day, or really any time of the year. I made these cute reindeer pancakes for my grandsons this morning and they loved them!   They are super easy to make--just make one large pancake for the head, a medium side pancake to … [Read more...]