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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Thanks for stopping by  Happy Holidays


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.

 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 



 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.


 pouf ottoman   leopard ottoman pouf

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.


   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.  🙂


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 !!!


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.


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

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.


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

Fall Parrot-dise

Hi there!  Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.  We’re ready for the seasonal change.

I am in love with the beautiful colors of Fall Foliage! fiery-fall-foliage

Each Fall Season I try to bring small touches of these beautiful colors in our home.  Nothing too elaborate but enough to welcome the new season.  Last year I did a small DIY centerpiece for our breakfast table and brought it out again this year, but used Autumn fillers instead of the candle here from last year.  fallcenterpiecebreakfasttable2015

This year I decided to bring a little Fall décor into the Dining Room.

The Dining Room is the first room your attention goes to as you enter our home.  The hot spot of course is the table centerpiece. I did a small arrangement using the same floral stems from years past shown here and here.  Nothing that looked really special but I love the fall colors without using flowers, pumpkins…etc…  9946FallCenterpieceTo add drama and spice, I used my Vintage Dick Hsiao Parrot Candle Holders.dickhsiaocandleholders  I love Parrots,  McCaws which are my favorites as well as butterflies.  These are not the typical Fall décor items but I fell in love with their green, bronze and golden hues which worked well with the centerpiece.

To finish the setting I used a beaded table runner from Pier1 Imports. Beadedtablerunnerfalltablerunner2016This runner will take me right into the Christmas Holiday season.

And my Fall Parrot-dise Centerpiece is done.      9985fallcenterpiece2016Adding two more Parrot candle holders and a small arrangement on the sideboard completes the dining room setting for Fall.



I painted their beaks gold and gave them sparkling Swarovski Crystal eyes. 9973fallparrotcandleholders


 This was fun.     Cheers to a Fall… Parrot-dise.    9981fallcenterpiece2016

Thanks for stopping by.   Enjoy your week-end and the Fall season.

Now let’s go play in those beautiful leaves.  🙂

playing in fall leaves



Love Birds

Love Birds celebrating  30 years of love.


Traditional pearls for our 30th Wedding Anniversary


 Love birds nestled in a garden wreath accented with pearls5885lovebirds A table runner accented with Swarovski crystals5894AnnRunnerMother of Pearl candle sticks, platter and buffet vases5890LovebirdsCrazy in love Love Birds5895lovebirdsWhat’s the secret for a 30 year love affair?5785Dessert First1We are not promised tomorrow. So enjoy life and eat dessert first!

Our dessert table


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For 30 years and still counting, we’ve learned to eat dessert first.  It just makes life so much sweeter!  🙂

A closer look at the table runner is where I had a quandary. 5905AnnRunner

I made a basic runner with bullion fringe. I also used this same fabric for the Indian Paisley runner shown here.  But this runner needed a extra touch.  I remembered the hot fix Swarovski crystals I used in Pillow Bling shown here.  The crystals were just that perfect touch with little hints of sparkle.



Thanks for stopping by!   Until next time…enjoy loving your homesignature

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Botanical Green Ruffle Table Runner

My current table runner just so happens to be green, and it’s  St. Patrick’s Day.  A nice coincidence.  I wanted to share this Green table runner before I change to a new runner that I’m working on for Spring.

The fabric is by Tommy Bahama.  Called Botanical Glow


13466107Joanns online 34.99  IMG_3674

I love the Tommy Bahama brand.  I love their concept.

“Make Life one long week-end”.  Practice makes perfect in the art of relaxation.

This fabric can retail up to $34.99 a yard.

I had about 1 yard of the Tommy Bahama fabric, left over from a previous job.  The the green floral was actually a round table cloth that I no longer used because of  stain in the center.   And a roll of burlap purchased from Hobby Lobby about $5-6.

The design I chose was inspired by the following ruffle table runners.

CollageRuffle Table runner Although these are made with a different fabric which I like,  I was more interested in the design. The ruffles  I thought are so charming.  I could see these runners in rustic, shabby chic or vintage décor.  My home style is more of a tropical British Colonial, a British West Indies style but adapting this design with tropical fabric was worth a try.

I knew I did not have enough of the Tommy Bahama fabric for the center in order for the ruffle to hang completely off the table as in the inspiration pictures.  I needed the center to be 72″ long which is 2 yards.  But I only had about 1 yard of 54″ wide.

After modifying the design using that round table cloth cut in half to use on both ends, I was pretty please how it turned out. IMG_4685 1C

Next time, I’ll try it again with the right amount of fabric.

If you see something that inspires you, try to create it, give it a try, if it doesn’t quite work out, no big deal… there’s always tomorrow.  🙂


Until next time Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.  Collage 1c


Here is a brief tutorial:

2016 Note:  In 2016 Ruffle Table runner has been donated to GoodWill

Table Runner, golden chenille with ethnic appeal.

Hey there!!  How’s your New Year’s Resolutions going?  I already broke mine!! 🙂 Whatever!  Anyhoo…  In my Happy New Year post I featured this table runner.  So, I wanted to share the making of…. 🙂   I purchased this runner from Ross back in Nov. when I went there looking for the tables in my post Great Finds in Metal Accents.  Moseying  down the aisles  I also saw this table runner and couldn’t believe the price $5.99 for chenille, so I decided get it and save it for a January table runner. IMG_2541PicMonkey CollageGoldrunner


I  like this soft chenille fabric, but it was only 13″ wide. The runners I create  are a minimum of 20″wide. and a minimum length of 72″. However, if you purchase  a runner you like that is not the desired width or length, do what I do;  add fabric and trims.  This not only gives you the size you desire but you design it with your creativity.  For this runner I added two additional fabrics.  A gold, green and yellow Brocade, which was a 1 yard remnant for $8.  A Cheetah Ultrasuede, I keep in stock. 🙂 (Love animal prints) and 2-1/3yds of accent gold tassel trim.  IMG_3667ETR

I wanted the runner to look as if a round tray was laying on top of the runner.  A mixture prints, textures and trims, is what I love to do.  And animal prints will always be somewhere in my sewing projects.  IMG_3659ETR IMG_3668ETR  I used the same tassel trim on Table runner makes wall art.  My tip: If you ever see designer trim on sale get as much as you can afford. Designer trim rarely go on sale at 50-75% off. When they do I take advantage of it. This bell tassel fringe with braided trim can sell up to $17+ a yard. I snatched 10 yards for $5.99 a yard at my fabric warehouse. I couldn’t resist.  My plan was to use a gold and black beaded trim which was not on sale, but this turned out ok.

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After drawing my design, I took the original chenille runner apart and cut all my fabric sections. For the center I had to sew two sections together since it was only 13″wide and I needed a 18″ diameter.  So do you think my $28(approx.) came to good use?


Runners are one of my favorite home accent pieces to design, create and sew.  I love to design them using a mixture of  fabrics, prints and textures giving a ethnic appeal.  They  are  easy to create, versatile and easy on the budget therefore I change them often.  I also use them on my  buffet, over a chair, draped over an ottoman, coffee table, bench, an open door.

If you ever feel the need to create a table runner with a mixture of fabrics and textures, go for it. Explore your creative talents.  It’s only fabric. 🙂    Until next time…sew, create and enjoy loving your home.


Here is the tutorial .

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2016 note:  In 2016 Center Circle Table runner was donated to GoodWill