Eight month review…Social Media

It’s been a long while since my last post. Almost 8 months!!!

So what have I been up to????  I’ve managed to keep myself busy for the last six months by vlogging utilizing my YouTube Channel. I did manage to post pictures on the Tablescapes and Centerpieces and Vignette and Accents pages. Please click link to visit page.

I wanted to compare the pros and cons of Blogging vs. Vlogging.  Eight months and I still have not come to a concrete decision which I will continue with. There are pros and cons to each.  But you see, I can not keep up with the Jones. I know my strengths and trying to keep up with all of the social media sites is not working for me.

Facebook, YouTube, WordPress, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…etc…etc.. really? I’m over 60+ I can’t keep up with my eyeglasses…So you do realize how social media is driving me. #@!&*!!….I really thought during my retirement years, since now I have time that this would be fun to do!!!I wake up some mornings seriously like this… No, I take that back… I GET up some mornings like this….Because I can’t sleep, tossing and turning from thinking what I forgot to include on the post, what I will put in the post, what my next post will be, Oh and did I cross reference on all my sights, did I use the same title, did I forget the dang tags….Did I include what the heck inspires me!!!  …etc…etc… Gosh, dang it, I want to sleep and wake up refreshed, clear headed and looking like this…..Yeah, right! …I must stop the madness, These are suppose to be my fun years!!!  I’m not 22 anymore. My mind and body is neck-n-neck with a tortoise race to the finish line.  Well I decided to toss a coin…Heads: one site…..Tails: two sites….and all the rest of the SMsites I have will remain forever in the clouds of social media. Just saying it makes me exhale.   Ok, done!!

Now, the only question is…which sites ????????????????

OMGosh…another sleepless night. 

The decision soon to come……………………… 🙂

 

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Merry Christmas 2017

 Wishing you a safe, happy, full of laughter, hugs and kisses

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Greetings at the door

A table runner recycled

Welcome to the table

Sleigh full of goodiesReindeer wishes

Tiny tree blessings 

Breakfast at the island bar

Back door farewells

Blessings for a festive meal to enjoy with family and friends

Hugs and Kisses until we meet again……

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Christmas Holiday Smoothie

It’s a Beautiful Day for a Christmas Holiday Smoothie

I love smoothies.  I have them practically everyday and love to experiment with different recipes.  Although this is not an official “Christmas recipe” it can certainly be enjoyed all year.

May I introduce you to:   “My” Christmas Holiday Smoothie: 1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup whole cranberries

1 large banana

1-1/2 cups orange juice

3-4  tablespoons of honey (or your desired sweetness)

Blend,  puree’.   Makes approx. 5 full cups.   I prefer not using ice in my smoothies.

Since the weather was so nice,  a little balmy with a light breeze I just had to enjoy my smoothie outdoors in my happy place.  I wanted to make it relaxing and cozy.

I first brought out the faux fur pillows then gathered a few magazines.

But the hopeless romantic whispered in my ear and… oh dear……

…create a cozy bedroom outdoors ………..

..the lamp you see…  a vintage beauty….to surround yourself with what you love is the key… 

Oh Yes, I stayed here all day without guilt nestled under the tree…….

What a Beautiful Day………….. for a Christmas Smoothie…don’t you agree?

Evening was calling……time to come indoors.  What a shame to end a day without worries or care

just when you feel as if you’re floating on air………..

Enjoy your day…….Make a Smoothie…..a Christmas Holiday Smoothie….

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Champagne Holiday Cart

What’s a celebration without champagne!  A few weeks back I started refreshing my bar cart from the Moon and Stars shown here to something more festive.  After all it is Holiday Season so why not start out by celebrating.

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Thanks for stopping by!!!!!!!  Enjoy!

DIY Poinsettias and Tea for Two

My holiday decorating started earlier than planned. Could not resist after seeing so many beautiful holiday decorating ideas.

I decided to start out by accenting a holiday pillow (of course) with ribbons.  Last year I did bows on pillows shown here.  The idea of ribbon Poinsettias is from a YouTube channel “Dezine Fun”.    Wire ribbon is recommended.  I used ribbon that is 2-1/2″ wide, cutting 5 strips at 8″ long. 

I tacked them on a holiday pillow.  But consider other possibilities to use in holiday decorating and gift wrapping.  Simple, cute, easy, fun. It was time for Tea.  The weather was so nice we decided to have tea outdoors on the patio.

‘Tis the Season….Tea for Two

The tea-pot warmer kept the tea steeping hot for hours. My favorite brand is Pure Leaf.  The white smaller tea-pot for hot water only in case we wanted to have another flavored tea.  Honey spoons, lemon and orange slices, finger snacks and peppermint sticks was all we needed for this little impromptu tea setting.

Love using hand towels when dining outdoors. The potpourri baby deer gave a scent of pine cones.

 

 

Cute pillow… right?

What I love most about our little Tea for Two on the patio… you would think the peace and quiet, good weather…etc, etc. but no, it’s the Lemon Honey Spoons  🙂  (too funny)  The package indicates for hot tea but I also use them in a cold refreshing glass of water,  juice, ice tea and cocktails when I want the taste of lemon and the sweetness of honey.

  

 View their site for the large variety offered. And check out the holiday gifts:   http://www.melvillecandy.com/Honey-Spoons_c_8.html

I was lucky to find lemon honey and clover honey spoons at TJ Maxx for $3.99 per bag of 5.

Combined with other spoons and stirrers they make cute and fun budget friendly gifts for those who like to flavor their hot beverages.

 

……….’Tis the Season for goods things…..

Hope yours starts off with a fun DIY.  Thanks for stopping by

Table for Two – Intimate Settings

Take some time this Season with a little one-on-one to relax before the holiday rush really sets in.

  So many times we prepare entertainment settings for guest, family and friends which is awesome but I love to tap into quiet moments for a party of two.  For you and hubby, best friend, Mom, sister, brother, daughter or son.  Any person who is dear to your heart.  Sometimes heart-to-heart, one-on-one is much-needed and appreciated.

I am truly inspired by those who have the creative talent in the art of tablescaping.  It’s not my forte but I love to indulge. :-)!

This “Table for two – Intimate settings”  is for sushi lovers.   I decided on an alfresco setting to enjoy the FL weather.  Here are some of the items I gathered.  Simple, sweet and budget friendly.

Tablecloth in a tropical print by Tommy Bahama

Centerpiece: A DIY effort to create the illusion of a meditation water garden..  🙂 (hmmmmm???)

Bamboo mats

Japanese garden lantern 

Sushi set: Dragon fly on cobalt blue and steel chopsticks  Japanese soup and rice bowls Sake set 

Sake

Fabric prints that mix and match. The napkins are made with the same fabric use on the bar cart shown here.

Now it’s time for sushi.  It turned out to be a very calm setting. The candles made the evening more enjoyable.

 

 

 

Hope you visit again for the next “Table for Two-Intimate Settings”

Remember, giving someone your time can be the greatest gift of all.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!