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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Celebrating Miss America

Since Miss America 2015 airs tomorrow, I thought it might be appropriate to share some thoughts on the program.  There are many misconceptions about the Program and I hope to shine some good light on what this program is all about!  I am going to inject some facts between my Miss America Tablescape for this post!

Did you know that Miss America is the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the world?  Last year alone the Miss America Organization provided over $45 million in cash and scholarships.  This not only touches the lives of the girls you see on TV, but over 12,000 young women who have competed at the local and state levels as well.

I mentioned earlier in the year that I was starting a Non-Profit organization, I am happy to say that my daughter and I have applied for and have been granted the privlage to start the Miss Akron Canton Scholarship Program.  This will be a local program to the Miss Ohio Program.
One of the main reasons I have decided to become involved with this program is that the young women who compete are very involved in community service.  These girls are dedicated to helping all sorts of causes, whether it be Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis or Habitat for Humanity - they are out in their communities raising awareness and working along side others to make a difference.
 Many of the young women have made good decisions in life, giving many hours dedicated to better the world and along with bettering themselves.  They have become role models by making appearances at countless schools and organizations.  When people volunteer at a young age, they tend to continue to volunteer throughout their lives.  Why not give back to the young ladies who are out there working in their communities and working to better themselves?

If you notice the little frames by each place-setting, they represent the four points on the Miss America Crown - Scholarship, Service, Style and Success.

The crown I have on the table is one of the crowns my  daughter won when she competed at the local level.  She competed at the local and state levels several years ago, and earned enough scholarship dollars to pay for two years of her doctorate at The Ohio State University.

Not only did she win scholarship dollars, she also gained much confidence in herself and fantastic interview skills.  She was one of 40 students selected for the physical therapy program out of thousands who applied, we both think that this is due to the interview skills she developed while she was competing in the Miss Ohio Program.

While I am not what you may think of when you think of a pageant mom.  I never wear any makeup and don't even know how to apply it.  I have had two manicures in my lifetime!  and I am more comfortable in a hockey rink than at a pageant.  But I have had three children graduate from college, all with debt.  All their friends have graduated, all with debt.  I have a chance to make a little bit of difference to some wonderful young women who have chosen to take the higher route of being a good role model to many and improving their lives while improving the lives of people around them.

In the mean time I am routing for Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart tomorrow night during the Miss America Pageant.  She is a very special young lady whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know.
This is my daughter, Allie - Mackenzie Bart, Miss Ohio -and me!!
So Good Luck Mackenzie!! and Roxy Too!

I will be sharing this post at the following parties:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Barnyard Tablescape

Wow, it has been a while, but I am back with a Barnyard Tablescape!
On one of my recent trips through Amish Country, I found this cute Barnyard animal print
 Which of course got my wheels turning. 
  I knew I wanted to incorporate my burlap napkins and chargers and just went through by dishes to see what would work the best with the napkin print.

 I  also knew I had some little bales of hay somewhere in my stash of fall stuff, and while I was looking for that I came across a bundle of wheat that worked out great for my centerpiece.

I am in love with these little dairy jars.  I had been eying them in Michaels since they first came in, now I had a coupon in hand and a good reason for the purchase!
 added some various barn yard animals!
and when you have chickens . . . .
 you have to have chicken wire napkin rings!
The black and white buffalo check place mats just seemed to ground it all!
 OK!  I have to ask - How many of you "Moo" when you drive by a cow?
I just have to!!  I can't help my self!

Thanks for stopping by the Barnyard!

Placemats and red plates - Marshalls- several years ago
Burlap Chargers, Chickens, and other Barnyard animals - Hobby Lobby
Napkin Rings and Tan dishes - Amish Country Peddler in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Burlap Napkins - the Olde Picket Fence in Hartville, Ohio last year 
Sorrento cream plates and corn dishes - Butter Churn Kitchen Wares in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Dairy jars - Michaels

I will be joining the following linking parties:
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party @ Lou Lou Girls
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday, June 29, 2014

4th of July and Apple Pie

We are ready to celebrate the 4th of July with some Apple Pie!
Not just any old Apple Pie!  But prize winning mini pies!
We set the table with some good old Red White and Blue.'
I love these bowls because each one has a different pattern.
I topped the bowls with some candles and sparklers.  These stick candles are nice for lighting the sparklers. 
Gingham checked napkins and denim plates and mugs all add a little more Americana to the mix.
 Reminiscent of a good old county fair, we handed out some ribbons!
That third pie wasn't quite so pretty.  You should have seen the first batch!!  They never made it in the pictures!!  Of course my husband didn't mind - he said they tasted just fine!
We will be enjoying some fireworks to celebrate Independence Day!

It will be interesting to see if our new puppy, Lucy, will like the fireworks as much as we do.

She has already developed a deep loathing for the vacuum cleaner!  She hid in the bathroom hunkered down behind the toilet after that experience.  She won't fit there for long though, she is growing like a weed.  I find myself vacuuming when the boys have her outside just to keep her from having another panic attack!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!

Placemats and Napkins - Pier 1 Imports
Chargers - Old Time Pottery
Red Plates - Marshalls a couple years ago
Denim Plates and Mugs - Homegoods last year
Flatware - World Market 
White Candle holders or Pie Pillars! - Target - but they were dark, I spray painted them white last year
Patriotic stick candles and plaid ribbon - Michaels
ribbons - made on my Silhouette
Mini Pies - made with my  Bella Personal Pie maker

I will be linking to the following parties:
Table It @ Rustic & Refined
Metamorphosis Monday @Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Colorful Summer Table

Summer is calling!  Telling me I need to set a casual fun table!

When I saw these light turquoise and orange chevron napkins - they just sang summer to me.

I paired them up with some matching pillar candles, keeping the center piece light.
Some fun summer drinks and mugs
and some cute straws!
I stuck with mostly white plates, and popped an orange scalloped dinner plate in there for some additional color.
I ended up with a bright, breezy summer look.
Ready for a respite from the sun on those weekend days we spend working in the yard.

Sources for the table:
Placemats, Napkins and Flatware - HomeGoods
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery
White Dinner, Salad Plates, Parrot Coconut Juice - World Market
Orange Plates (on Clearance now) and Candle Holders (dark, spray painted white) - Target 
Mugs - Marshalls last year

I have been a bit busy these days because we have a new addition to our family!Meet our new puppy - Lucy!
 With being on constant puppy watch - not a whole lot is getting done around here!!  She is a challenge and Brandy has been a big help watching over her.
In no time - Lucy will be bigger than Brandy.
Lucy is half Golden Retriever and half St. Bernard, Brandy is half Golden Retriever and half Lab.
It is going to be many Dog Days of Summer around here!

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be linking up to the following parties:
The Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn
Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps of the Porch

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May Flowers Table

All of our April Showers did bring May Flowers!  I could not help but use some on my table before I planted them outside.

 I had this beautiful April Cornell yellow and pink table cloth that I bought a while back, I kept thinking of it as I was roaming the nursery and choosing flowers. 
When I got them home, the table just fell in place.

Just a pretty mix of pink and yellow!

a little bit of baby's breath potted in peat pots for each place setting


I am glad my flowers took a day or two to rest on my table before going outside, because I am sad to report that since planting my flowers that a good portion of them became bunny food just after I planted them!
Sometimes I think it is unfortunate that my dog has taken such a liking to all the bunnies in our yard!

I hope you are able to stop and enjoy some of the flowers around you!

Tablecloth - April Cornell - HomeGoods several months ago
Placemats - Bed Bath and Beyond
Chargers - Pier 1 Imports
Light pink scalloped plates - HomeGoods several months ago
Darker pink salad plates - Pottery Barn - just before Easter 
Yellow dessert plates - Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek OH
Flatware and yellow napkins - HomeGoods- several years ago

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am linking up to the following parties:
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo - Fun and Color

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!
We are celebrating another holiday that we really have no place celebrating, but we are along for the fun!

I just love the colors!

As you can probably tell, I pulled every bright colored dish I had out of the cupboard and put it them on my hutch!  
I made the paper Mexican fiesta flag bunting on my Silhouette and just strung it up with some orange hemp twine.
Now don't get all excited about the fact that my paper flags are hanging directly over my candles, because if you notice - most of my candles are never actually lit!!  I think I have mentioned before that my dad was a fireman and strictly prohibited candles being burnt in our house growing up.  So as most dad's have instilled a certain kind of fear in us, I don't usually burn my candles.  
Nothing says Fiesta more than adding some rick rack to some plain napkins!  That is like a party in my napkin drawer!

So Ole!  Hoping you can put some color and fun into your days!

Tablecloth - HomeGoods 
Rattan Chargers and Napkin Rings - Pier 1 Imports
Flatware - Ikea
Colorful Plates - Dollar Tree
Red and Yellow Pitchers - Marshalls several years ago
Maracas and Mexican hats - Party City
Clay Pots - Pat Catans and Lowe's
Corn and White Beans - at any grocery store!

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Monday @Dwellings
Masterpiece Monday Boogieboard Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tip Me Tuesday @ The Tip Junkie
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Table It @ Rustic & Refined