FEATURED POSTS

An Exciting Book-Movie Themed Table Setting: Godzilla Strikes Again!

Godzilla Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 665th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! When Elena has family over for a birthday celebration, in addition to setting a beautiful or whimsical table for the grown-ups, she always creates a special table just for the kiddos in the family. During a recent gathering, she created an amazing table that captured the fascination of both the kids and the adults! Elena said, "Of course, my main … [Continue Reading...]

A Comfortable and Very Functional, “Forest-Themed” Desk Update

Extra Large Mouse Pad

Several years ago, I had this fabulous, extra-large mouse pad on my desk. I love a super large mousepad because you never run your mouse off the pad, plus, it provides extra cushion for the arms and wrists.   When I shared this photo in a recent post, a BNOTP reader asked about that mousepad. I chose one with a large world map design back then because I had just started traveling a good bit.   That mousepad is currently on the small … [Continue Reading...]

Amazon’s Prime Sale: These are My Favorites and Best Finds

Have you been shopping the Prime Day sales? The sale started yesterday and is still going through today. I'm pretty sure today is the last day and there are quite a few goodies that are tempting me. Some of the items I'm sharing below are included in the Prime Day sale and some are just things I've been eyeing that have great reviews. Several of the items I'm sharing are things I've purchased in the past that are included in the Prime Day Sale or that I think are … [Continue Reading...]

How to Gain Back Inches If You Shrink a Linen/Cotton Tablecloth or Napkins

Comparison of Napkins that shrunk in the wash

Welcome to the 647th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Have you ever accidentally shrunk something in the wash or while drying? Cotton and linen seemed to be especially prone to shrinking. Recently Elena shared with me an awesome trick she discovered online for regaining some of those inches that can be lost when a cotton/linen item gets shrunk during the washing process. When Elena washed her pretty jacquard cotton/linen … [Continue Reading...]

So About Those Pierced Chargers–Here’s The Skinny, Plus a Sale Update

Pierced Cream and Swirl White Charger Plates, Horchow

I came across something recently that I thought those of you who enjoy following Tablescape Thursday, would enjoy seeing. It's a receipt from January 2008. Over the years as I've created table settings for Tablescape Thursday, the most often asked about item that I use in many of the tables I set are these cream, pierced chargers. (Table setting below can be viewed here: Limelight Hydrangeas in a Summer Table Setting.)   These chargers were purchased … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful, Fragrant Gardenias in the Last Spring Table Setting for 2021

Spring Table in Green and White

Welcome to the 664th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! The gardenia shrub just outside my garage is blooming up a storm right now. If you've ever smelled gardenias, you know how wonderfully fragrant they are! This shrub almost died during an ice storm a few years back. It has taken a while to recover but it seems to be fully back now, laden down with big, white blossoms just like the old days prior to the ice … [Continue Reading...]

Uptalk: How to Make It Less Annoying When Listening to a Video on YouTube

Have you ever heard of Upspeak or Uptalk? Do you know people who talk this way? I've often mentioned how much I enjoy listening to handbag and perfume reviews on YouTube while working here in my home office or just whenever I have some downtime. Unfortunately, a growing trend I've been "hearing" a lot on YouTube is the occurrence (or should I say scourge?) of Uptalk, also referred to as Upspeak. Merriam Webster defines Uptalk as: speech in which each clause, … [Continue Reading...]

How I Use 3 Monitors to Work and Play in My Home Office

3 Monitors Set Up for Desktop Computer

Welcome to the 646th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Over the years, my monitor/desktop setup has changed several times. I've been using two monitors for many years. When I'm traveling and working from my laptop, I really, really miss having two monitors. Many years ago when I had cable TV, I purchased a Smart TV to place above my monitors thinking it would give me something to watch or having running in the background … [Continue Reading...]

Birds & Bees Living in the Dovecote & Beautiful Summer Tops on Sale

A couple of days ago I went outside via the garage door and cut through a little path behind the magnolia to get to the front porch. I'm currently not using the front door since there's a sweet bird nesting in my front door wreath.   As I passed by the dovecote in the front yard, I noticed a bee flew out? Ummm, I've never seen a bee fly out of the dovecote. The bee flew out of the opening I've circled below. Out of curiosity, wondering if it was just … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Spring Table Set with Charming Ma Maison by Dario Farrucci

Ma Maison flowers on buffet

Welcome to the 663rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Years ago, I would often stop by HomeGoods just to see what new dinnerware they had in stock. On one of those shopping trips, I came across the most charming dishware: Ma Maison, designed by Dario Farrucci for Tabletops Unlimited. Oh my gosh, it was love at first sight! I envisioned using Ma Maison for dinners on my (at that time) newly added screened porch. … [Continue Reading...]