Spring Outdoor Table Setting with a Carved Watermelon Whale Centerpiece

Carve a Watermelon Centerpiece

Welcome to the 610th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the comments on yesterday's post: Where Would You Like to Live for the Rest of Your Life. You gave me so many awesome ideas and suggestions, I have a lot to think about. I LOVED the idea of renting for a while in any place I may be thinking of moving--brilliant idea. I know from the comments that so many of you are also struggling with this decision, trying to decide if you should stay where you, … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Screened Porch with Seating, Dining, Sliding Windows, Even a Vented Grill

Welcome to the 591st Metamorphosis Monday! One of the things in life that makes me the happiest is when I get an email from a reader saying they have added a screened porch to their home and found my previous posts about my porch to be helpful. Recently Nancy emailed to say, "As we were building our porch, we tried to incorporate the 9 things you recommended. We were able to include all 9 things plus a couple of extras." Pssst: If you've been considering adding … [Continue Reading...]

Incredible Auction Finds & Dining with Faenza Garofano Carnation

Faenza Garofano in a beautiful table setting 01

Welcome to the 609th Tablescape Thursday! I wish I lived near Jackie so she could teach me her ways. During this lockdown we've all been experiencing, Jackie scored some amazing deals on both furniture and dinnerware via some of the auction houses in her area. She had been hoping to update her dining room table and chairs. Jackies was able to acquire the beautiful table you'll see in today's table setting for just $200! To top that off, she found her chairs, 10 … [Continue Reading...]

New Additions to My Summer Wardrobe and Big Changes at Lilly Pulitzer

Since I left Georgia with only cold-weather clothing in my suitcase, I've been gradually building a small summer wardrobe. It's given me a good excuse to do some spring/summer clothes shopping, so I'm not complaining. Over the past few weeks, I've purchased quite a few casual summer dresses. I love casual dresses for hot summer days! While shopping online, I was thrilled to discover that Lilly Pulitzer has started carrying a lot more styles better suited to women … [Continue Reading...]

Roving Desk Organizers & Going Pink

Pink Stapler, Pink Tape Dispenser

Welcome to the 590th Metamorphosis Monday! Running a tad behind this morning due to internet issues. We changed cable/internet providers after my son's previous provider couldn't deliver anywhere near the service/speed promised. Unfortunately, the technician for the new provider arrived this morning just as we all sat down to work at our computers. We (the 3 adults in the house) are back up and running now and looking forward to consistent, faster speeds. I … [Continue Reading...]

8 Spring-Summer Table Settings with Floral Centerpieces

Welcome to the 608th Tablescape Thursday! Since I'm not at home with access to my dishes, I thought this week I'd share an outdoor setting using this beautiful picnic basket I ordered recently. Unfortunately, it still hasn't arrived. I hope it arrives soon because I can't wait to take it on a picnic. (See more of this basket here: Picnic Basket.) So instead of a picnic, how about a floral celebration! Everything here has been blooming beautifully, so I … [Continue Reading...]

Nancy’s April Favorites and The Ones I’m Buying for Myself

Best Air Fryer, A Favorite

Each month I share my favorites from the month before, the products/ things I love and that add significant value to my quality of life. For this month's favorites, I thought it would be fun to share my daughter-in-law, Nancy's favorites. I ask Nancy for a list and after reading about some of her favorites, I've ordered quite a few of them for myself. Several of Nancy's friends have been singing the praises of this air fryer. Have you heard of air fryers? I had … [Continue Reading...]

Springtime Fun: Let’s Go On a Picnic!

Picnic Basket for 4, Insulated

Welcome to the 589th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, we went picnicking in beautiful Smith Gardens. We had sooo much fun, we are hoping to do a lot more picnics this spring and summer.   I thought it would be fun to upgrade our picnic supplies, so this weekend I went picnic shopping and found the cutest baskets! I wanted a picnic basket that would work for four adults and found several that I absolutely loved! For this week's Met Monday, I'm … [Continue Reading...]

How We’re Zooming (and Escaping) While Stuck Inside

If you're stuck inside, my philosophy is you might as well have some fun with it. Over the past few weeks, my grandsons have had a few virtual meetings with their classmates, hosted by their teacher. After a couple of those, I got an idea. I ordered some fun backdrops for their meetings like the one shown below. I also ordered a couple I thought my daughter-in-law, Nancy, would enjoy for some of the Zoom get-togethers she has with friends every Friday … [Continue Reading...]

9 Spring Table Settings, Perfect for Mother’s Day, Too!

Mother's Day Tablescape with Floral Centerpiece

Welcome to the 607th Tablescape Thursday! Since Mother's Day is this coming weekend, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I'm sharing nine tables I've put together over the years that would easily work as a table setting for Mother's Day. These tables aren't just for Mother's Day, though--they would work well for a spring or summer table setting, too. This is going to be a really strange Mother's Day for so many because even though their mothers may still be … [Continue Reading...]