Monday, August 9, 2010

It has been so hot here where we are that I have not wanted to do anything! Work, run errands, come home. I am even way behind on my projects, but I hope to get going again soon. When I look around, we are just on the edge of Autumn....the cooler air and the brilliant fall colors. Fall is actually my favorite time of year, so I am eager for it to get here!

I have collected some great new items for tablescaping and in just a few more weeks, I will be able to start on some fall-themes. I am also working on rearranging my accessories in my home and just marking time until appropriate to make the jump to fall!! Maybe no one will notice a few pumpkins or fall mums here and there??

My husband is a football fan. He loves to watch it on TV and he has a Fantasy Team, of course. The best thing to me about the football season is the atmosphere. When those games are on TV, it just "feels" like fall has arrived, the kids are back to school and we can enjoy the crispness before the hectic holiday season starts to roll in. A pot of chili in the crock pot, maybe a fire in the fireplace and friends coming over to visit and enjoy the evening...what fun!

I will be looking around for some more creative ideas, but in the meantime, I will just continue to swelter and think about the cool days and nights to come!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Meeting the Cabbage Pig

I have a "thing" about plates and different types of china. So does my friend, Lori. We have been known to shop an entire day...12 hours...on a bargain hunt for plates, dishes and table linens. Once we find something, we label it as a "treasure" until we find more of that certain something at a bargain price. Recently, we were on a mission to find "cabbage plates". Specifically, a brand of china made in Portugal called "Bordallo Pinheiro". It comes in many patterns, but Lori and I were concentrating on the "Cabbage or Lettuce Leaf" pattern; either in green or pink.

We found candlesticks and she found bowls and plates, but try as we might, we had hit a dead end and could not find any more cabbage treasures to begin a collection for me. Tired, but not yet discouraged, we stumbled into a local Tuesday Morning (one of our favorite haunts) and started the search. I was looking at anything green and low and behold....there it was! A small ceramic CABBAGE PIG!!! He is so cute....looks like he broke through a watermelon with a vegetable in his mouth and cabbage on his head. And guess what? Yes, there were two!! So, of course we bought them both; no plates were to be found, but we love our Cabbage Pig.

For me, he has become the symbol of the ultimate relaxation.....creating, redesigning and tablescaping. And yes, I am addicted to all three. But what great stress relievers they are!

So, welcome to the home of The Cabbage Pig!!