A Bottle Tree Makeover for Summer & A Bit of Furniture Re-arranging

Welcome to the 487th Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I have more of a "Before and Middle" than a "Before and After." See the bottle tree that's out on the deck in this photo below? (View this beach-themed table setting here: Beach-themed Tablescape.)   I love bottle trees, love their folklore and whimsy. If you've never heard of bottle trees, they have an interesting history. Some folks say they date all the way back to … [Continue Reading...]

An English Garden Bangle & The Best Memorial Day Sales

Dans Un Jardin Anglais Bangle Bracelet by Hermes

Happy Weekend! How is your weekend going? I've been going pretty much non-stop today, which is basically what I do every day. lol I find it hard to sit still for long, anyone else like that? My day started out with running errands this morning, then I forced myself to work on weeding the front yard the rest of the day. I'm still fighting Spiderwort, I dig it up every year and every year tons of it comes back! Arggg! And to think I actually planted this stuff … [Continue Reading...]

A Red, White & Blue Patriotic Table Setting in Honor of Memorial Day

Star Napkin, Bicycle Napkin Ring, Flag Dishware, Patriotic Table Setting

Welcome to the 504th Tablescape Thursday! We've been getting some really heavy storms here each day, so I decided to place my table inside this week. I've put together a patriotic setting in honor of Memorial Day, but this setting would also work great for the 4th of July or any other patriotic occasion or holiday.   This setting is all about the Red, White and Blue as we celebrate our great country and honor those who have sacrificed for the … [Continue Reading...]

Dharuma Hydrangea, A Low-Growing Hydrangea That Loves the Sun

Dharuma Hydrangea, Low Growing, Sun Loving

Back in the summer of 2014, I planted a few flowers around my mailbox including a Dharuma Hydrangea that was supposed to do well in full sun and be low-growing. I didn't want a big shrub in this spot since space was limited. Do you see it there, just behind the mailbox?   Here's a photo of it a few weeks after it was first planted.   As I was leaving to go someplace one evening this past week, I stopped my car at the end of the driveway … [Continue Reading...]

Lipsticks That Won’t Creep Into Lip-Mouth Lines, Plus A Sneaky Sale

Lipstick for Older Women, Doesn't seep into lines around lips

As I've gotten older, I've almost completely stopped wearing lipstick. I've never smoked and have rarely used a straw over the years, but somehow over the years I've still managed to get a few small lines around my lips. No matter how many different lipsticks I've tried, they have all had a tendency to creep into those little lines we start to get around our mouth as we get older. The matte finishes aren't as bad about doing that, but I don't like how drying they … [Continue Reading...]

Home Water Softeners, Whole House Filters, De-Stressing & A Few Shopping Finds

Evening on the Porch

Welcome to the 486th Metamorphosis Monday! This past week while I was out of town was definitely a challenging one. It all started when I had a plugin update appear on the dashboard of the blog that turned out to be a bad update. You may have noticed some issues last week with Between Naps On The Porch. In the process of trying to fix the issues the bad update caused, my hosting company actually compounded the problem while trying to help. They ended up … [Continue Reading...]

The Great Dish Storage Experiment, Plus Some New Chargers & Napkin Rings

Storage Solution for Charger Plates, Napkin Storage

Welcome to the 503rd Tablescape Thursday! I've just returned from spending three weeks with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons. I had never planned to stay quite that long but due to various reasons involving a delayed refrigerator delivery, my return date kept getting pushed out. When the day came that I had planned to leave, my son and dil pointed out Mother's Day was only 3 days away. I hadn't even realized that. I'm terrible at keeping up with … [Continue Reading...]

The Elephants Who Came To Dinner

Welcome to the 485th Metamorphosis Monday! I've been visiting with family the last few weeks so don't have a typical Before and After to share, but I do have an amazing event to share that is a stunning Before and After. It only happens during the spring each year and draws visitors from everywhere. It makes me want to travel to Zambia so I can see it in person. Thanks goes to Winnie for sharing this with me a while back. Hope you enjoy this very short video. … [Continue Reading...]

Pagoda Umbrellas & Beautiful Cars

McLaren Car

This morning my son, grandsons and I attended a local car show. I love vintage and antique cars so I awoke early, super excited to go. We didn't see a lot of vintage cars at the show, but I still enjoyed it tremendously. Some of the cars we saw are those you normally only see in car enthusiasts magazines. My son recognized and named many of them all as we walked around, including the McLaren that goes for $200,000 to 1,000,000+ depending on the model. Do you … [Continue Reading...]

Dining Outdoors for Summer: A Mostly Child-Friendly Table Setting

Pagoda Umbrella for Outdoor Table, Outdoor Dining 2

Welcome to the 502nd Tablescape Thursday! I've been visiting with family the last couple of weeks and we've been having so much fun! We've been doing a lot of grilling, or I should say my son's been doing a lot of grilling. I'm obsessed with corn-on-the-cob cooked on the grill now, don't think I'll ever be able to eat it any other way. Yum!   With all this dining outdoors, I decided to surprise my dil, son and grandsons with a festive table. You … [Continue Reading...]