Spring Thyme and Recipe Blog Hop

After sharing Easter breakfast with Tamyra at Positively Shouthern

 Are you hosting Easter Dinner?

  Will you serve  hors d’Oeuvres or appetizers  prior to the main entrée?

Will your menu consist of three to five courses?

You want your guest to enjoy every bite of the meal you have slaved over without any competing flavors.

Don’t forget to present your guest with a lemon palate cleanser between entrée bites.

If I were a cook, this would be a must on the menu.

Lemon Sorbet Palate Cleanser is the best that I have experienced to neutralize taste buds and remove food residuals.

There are many but since I am a lemon lover this is what I would serve.

Google has many more options to get more ideas.  

 

Spring Outdoors -My Happy Place

Are you making any changes to your outdoor living space for Spring?  I’m refreshing our patio for Spring using  simple changes with pillows and cushions.

Love that word “refresh” pertaining to decorating.

Thanks goes to Jamala of  VivaLaVintage For Your Home who used that term on her Guest Room Refresh shown here. guest-room5Love this color print

 Last year I wanted a feeling of Hawaii for the patio shown here in Aloha.

Aloha Pillows and Cushion

Aloha Pillows and Cushion

But this year I wanted a Tropical Safari feel. I was inspired after viewing this video of the  Singita Pamushana Lodge  in Zimbabwe. The color palette of Black and White, Teal, Blue, Green, Yellow I thought was beautiful and bold.  See more of the Villa here 

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 Not only the color palette but the villa itself,  is absolutely breathtaking.  I know I can not replicate any part of the furnishings or decor but the color palette I can certainly try.  Also, I must say, if you want a feeling of an African Safari Adventure, if ever in Florida get a chance to visit Disney World’s  Animal Kingdom Lodge.  We have dinner there from time to time at  Jiko – The Cooking Place.  Just walking thru their incredible lobby and out to the Savannah is well worth it.   My beautiful grand-daughter.

I was very lucky to find all the fabric prints I wanted for the cushions and pillows at Hobby Lobby. All on sale.  Zebra Print from $17.99 to $4. and Tropical Prints $4 a yard. Leopard print marked from $29.99 to $7 a yard.   Yay, I was a happy camper.Fabric for Patio cushions

Our outdoor living space is my happy place!

Terra Cotta fountain

I am completely stress free when I am outdoors surrounded by nature. Hubby took two old terra-cotta planters to create a water fountain after the other leaf fountain took a nose dive. He was able to save two metal leaves to use as well.  Great Job!  The sound of the water is so relaxing.

We truly want to be comfortable when enjoying our patio.  It will always be a work in progress. Items come and go.  But it’s amazing how changing the pillows, adding a few accessories really makes a welcome change. A nice re-fresh.

Our Breakfast Bistro Table:Elephant Centerpiece

white-elephant This elephant I gave to my mother as a gift on her 90th birthday. She collected elephants. After her passing it was gifted back to me.  I dressed him up with beautiful flowers and a tassel throw. Having it here reminds me when Mom and I would share time outdoors soaking up the sun.

Also, by the way, Z Gallery has a ceramic elephant bowl selling for $59.95. Shown here. I’m thinking I really, really need this one. 🙂 ceramic-elephant-zgallery59-95

TropicalSafaritablerunnerThe runner combines the fabric prints on the front and the reverse side is solid leopard print.  We prefer using white hand towels for breakfast outdoors.  For us we find that they are larger, more absorbent and easier to clean than white linen napkins. Pillows are 18″ square.

 

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The pouf ottoman I made to serve two purposes, to hold the extra breakfast goodies and to kick up your feet to digest that big breakfast. 🙂  It has a bottom zipper closure to remove for cleaning.  I’m pleased with the outcome.  I used Amy Butler’s honey bun pouf pattern for the top panels and changed the sides for height.  Measures 22″ diameter X 15″ high.

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   Just to give this area a little extra spirit I draped the cabana door with a quilted table/bed runner that I made years ago shown here in On the Wild Side.  🙂

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Without the runner on the door

Well, I can’t forget about the doggies. They have a large tropical cushion to relax too.  I’m sure changes will be made especially to the cabana door, maybe bamboo or iron ??  Maybe an outdoor rug.  Wouldn’t it be great to add African wild animals statues and artifacts !!!

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The other areas:

Where we lounge to get the sun:  chaise-lounge-cushions

chaiseloungecushionandlumbarEnvelope lumbar pillow covers and a large round down pillow for shared arm support.  It’s all about comfort.  IMG_0083trayand vaseA rattan tray to hold chips and dip, ice pitcher and glasses. While Mr. Toucan holds down the napkins.

At the end of the day sitting watching the sun go down with a refreshing light cocktail always makes a pleasant day complete.

SafariTropicalvignette2I have a few more touches to this sitting area that I’m considering….with pottery, palms, new garden stools, rug, hanging lanterns ..etc.

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I love seeing little pockets of interesting vignettes in outdoor spaces.  If you get a chance I’d love for you to stop back by and see a video on my favorite Vignettes for Outdoor Living Spaces.

Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.  Gotta go, the Sun is setting…know what that means. 🙂

Enjoy your Week.

And keep in mind, if it inspires you…Sew, Create and enjoy loving your home.  signature

The Pouf. Floor Cushions for outdoor living

I am a true die-hard fan of floor cushions.  When I see floor cushions in a space it indicates to me a relaxed, care free atmosphere.  A laid-back style with a touch of fun releasing the formality of decorating.  That speaks volumes to me because I’m a closet Afrocentric Bohemian Hippie. 🙂 I’ll spare you the pictures….

With all that being said, When my daughter asked me to make her and the grands a few floor cushions….Whhhaaat!!  There is some of my blood running through her veins!  (too funny) And she wanted me to use scrap fabric too!! OMG, open the window and release the butterflies… I was in heaven! 🙂

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Pouf from Pier1Imports $149.95

Her inspiration was this patchwork pouf from Pier1Imports. Cost $149.95 each.  With three beautiful grand-kiddies, each having one… that not happening.  So Mom/Grandmom to the rescue.

If you like to sew and fiddle with scrap fabric  this is one great way to make use of left over fabric. Or using old clothing from kids or loved ones. No formality here. Poufs has been around for a long time, and will never get old.

I had to make a pattern first. The Amy Butler honey bun pouf pattern that I used  here was not quite what she wanted.   I have always used medical paper purchased from Amazon for making first draft patterns. This paper is cheap less than $10 a roll and could be used for many projects.  By cutting out the diameter first and drawing the pattern directly on the paper then cutting it out worked best for me.  pouf patternI made two different patterns for two sizes.

The first size for the grandkiddies.  A 24″ diameter x 12″ height I felt was large enough for their little bottom. 🙂 poufsFor stuffing I recommend king or standard size bed sleeping pillows if you don’t want to use a ton of Poly-fil.  The sleeping pillows are light weight and easy to remove when washing the pouf cover.  Stuffing them with blankets makes it so heavy and you don’t get the soft round shape as you would when using the sleeping pillows.  I also sprayed them with Scotchguard Protector. (Just a little tidbit of what I do)kidspouf2collagepoufFor the larger pouf she wanted I must confess, I purchased a few prints of fabric from Hobby Lobby to better coordinate with what I had.  It’s just as funky with different prints, but….a totally different vibe.

30″ diameter x 16″height.  Wow!  I think I have lost my mind!!!! blkwhtpoufI was feeling “Liberace” with the candelabra….  blkwhtpoufsetting

blkwhtpoufoverheadWell now that I’ve had my fun with them, off in the mail they go.

If you have scrap fabric (or not) make something fun, functional and funky for your outdoor living space.

Made a little video of a few fun outdoor spaces using floor cushions, poufs and pillows….hope you enjoy. 🙂

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Sweet Sensations

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If you crave chocolate and want a sweet relaxing taste sensation have a Chocolate Martini.

  Chocolate lovers and tini- lovers …You know how I feel.   I have to admit I’ve enjoyed my share but my favorite is a chocolate martini.  Dark or Vanilla doesn’t matter…It’s chocolate!  I had to satisfy my cravings for sweet chocolate while relaxing this week-end.  This was indeed the prefect answer.  My simple quick recipe for a Not-so-Vanilla Chocolate Martini:  ChocolateMartinirecipe

  • 2 oz. of Vanilla Vodka.
  • 1/2 oz. White Cream de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (for Vanilla Martini use Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur)
  • mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass
  • If you have chocolate syrup, swirl into glass before straining drink
  • garnish with cherry

So simple, Sooo sweet.  Sip and enjoy.

Martinis are sensuous sexy cocktails and I have to admit when I’m mixing martinis this is how I see myself, in my mind’s eye….

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But then reality strikes…sets in reeeallly fast

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but my sweet chocolate Martini taste sensation is satisfied!

Too funny.

Later as the week-end continued…I went shopping Talk about Sweet deals, I was all over the place.

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My last stop was Goodwill and found a pair of candle holders for $7.00.  Heavy, solid, made in India, 10″ and 12″ tall.  Perfect to use for the outdoor bistro table.  1264sweet-dealsSince the weather was so nice on Saturday I decided to do a little faux gardening.

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For this Sweet modest centerpiece:  The pitcher I’ve used many times.  Also shown in Pitcher Perfect Collection.  I filled it with a few Amaranthus stems from Michaels Crafts on sale at $2.99 each. 1272sweet-sensations-martinisunday

The white ceramic parrot is one of two that was featured in Exotic Sentiments and A Beautiful Orchid. 1275sweetsensationsmartinisunday

I went to Pier1Imports to purchase another beaded pillow in order to have a matching set.  But of course no longer available!  So off to JoAnn Fabrics. Which means I’ll have to do some sewing.

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I love to sew, but this week-end I wanted to give it a rest. I found this embellished fabric. On sale at 50% off, plus a small remnant at 75% off the sale price. Not bad.  I made two lumbar pillows and have enough fabric left for 2 more.1284pillowfabric

 

1270sweet-sensations-deals-settingAll in all this past week-end was sweet and satisfying. untitledweekendThanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week

Sip, Shop, Sew, Create and enjoy loving your home. 🙂

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Silver Dollar Centerpiece for January

Happy New Year. Hope you are enjoying the start of a new year!

After the holiday decorations are put away what do you do if you want a Winter centerpiece without it looking like Christmas?

I decided to use the tree branches I saved from Tree branch Candlestick and Another tree branch décor idea.

Hubby brought out the saw and sliced two branches for a runner for me:

       To secured it I attached a board to the bottom with wood glue, and sprayed it with polyurethane.  After spraying it I was not pleased with the coloring but I carried on.  Maybe if I keep it, I’ll go back and stain it.  I scattered glass stone to fill the gaps.

Next for the candle holders, he drilled holes for the tea-lights and cut them to a nice height.

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I tried my hand at painting again… for a Birch Bark effect and for the centerpiece branch drilled holes for the silver dollar floral stems. treebranchcenterpieceAdded the finishing touches:

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During the evening with the Chandelier lights, the Silver Dollars really come to life with an iridescent pearl quality.  Silver Dollar BirchBark CenterpieceNow that I look at it, I’m not sure if this centerpiece is better suited for Spring or Winter??  C’est la Vie,  I think I’m done with the tree branches!  This was just my way of preserving the branches and the love I have for my favorite old Oak tree.   Taking what was, preserving its memory and making something new, was a fun and worthy project for me.

Check out Jo-Ann’s January sale on florals,  it’s great.  With coupons the stems cost less than a silver dollar. 🙂  (too funny)

Enjoy your week-end.  Thanks for stopping by…  signature

Silver and Gold for Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season. We love this time of year for so many reasons.

Deciding on a centerpiece for the season was challenging because there are so many beautiful festive colors and themes.  Keeping it simple to last thru-out the winter months with very little editing was my goal.

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A small wreath to greet you at the kitchen door

 

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Reindeer greetings as you enter

 

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Only If I had a tree… This it would be….

 

Gold and Silver Reindeer

Golden Reindeer spreading Joy

 

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Snowflakes of Pearls and Crystals

 

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A flocked swag with twinkling lights and silver wire trees accents the buffet with a reindeer sitting cozy and nestled away

 

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

 

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

It all makes Silver and Gold for Christmas

Flocked Floral Centerpiece accented with ornaments

Flocked Floral Centerpiece with candle accented with ornaments, crystals and pinecones.

Other small holiday touches to make the season bright:

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday Season !!!

 

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours

 

Thank you so much for following my blog these last few years.

You taking the time to visit is more appreciated than you will ever know.

  I read a quote awhile back on Pinterest and it has stuck with me.  I would like to share this quote with you.  It’s just a simple small thought to remember but it has a strong impact on our everyday lives, especially during this holiday season.

“If you only say one prayer in a day, make it Thank You”

Thankful for being able and capable to give, to share, to understand, to love.

Thanks for stopping by….Cheers!signatureChristmas centerpiece 2016