Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tablescapes ~ A French Inspired Table

Happy Sundays friends.   Today I am sharing a table with a bit of French influence.  My inspiration for this table were a couple of tea cups that I found at Home Goods which had a lovely Toile design in the interior of the cup and our Chanel inspired napkin rings which are now available on our website, http://napkinringbling.com/.

Although I don't set a fancy table everyday, I do enjoy to set a pretty table on my days off.   And why not treat ourselves to such simple joys when we all work too hard not to...  Celebrating everyday life is a wonderful thing don't you think???

I began with a simple white table cloth and layered a delicate open work white placemat on to each setting to add some texture to the table. A simple white dinner plate creates the base for the dark blue and white striped salad plate that matches the tea cups.  The added soft peach tulip center piece as well as the pastel colored macaroons make this table feminine and charming.   Perfect for a spring or Mother's Day tea gathering.






I love the unique design of this tea cup.  A very modern and chic design. 



I was lucky enough to find the salad plates and tea pot that matched the pretty tea cups.  All purchased from Home Goods.  Oh how I love that store.












  










Here are our delicate and chic Chanel inspired napkin rings made with faceted black glass beads, rondelles and white glass pearls.  Available for purchase from our online http://napkinringbling.com/.




Thank you for visiting me today friends.  For those of you that have a Facebook account, it would be wonderful if you would stop by our Napkin Ring Bling Facebook page and like https://www.facebook.com//napkinringbling.  

May you all have a blessed week.

Janet





Saturday, February 21, 2015

Random Saturday Inspiration

Happy Saturday to you all.  I am stopping by for quick hello and to share a little random inspiration on what has turned out to be another brutally cold and snowy day.  The only good thing about these extremely cold temperatures, is that spending all this extra time indoors allows one time to work of those projects and household chores that have been put aside or just plainly forgotten.  

One of those tasks I been putting off was sewing a couple of pillows and valances for my sun room. The makeover of the room is almost complete.  I am just working on the finishes right now.  Those beautiful objects and details that bring a room together.  And my husband is working on a radiator enclosure for the old, but still very functional, radiator in the room.  Little magical wonders from the past that keep our older home cozy and warm.  I can't wait to share the makeover with you all.

And as the winter chill whistles outside, I hope that these serene and sweet images bring a little warmth to your heart and inspiration.






















How are you spending your Saturday???  

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.  Thank you for visiting.

Fondly,

Janet

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tablescapes ~ Petal Soft

Happy Sunday friends.  I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day.  Today, I am sharing a sweet and charming table inspired by the colors of spring.

When wintry breezes make their way in and frigid temperatures take over here in the Northeast, soft pastels, light linens, and spring flowers are all pretty ways to help us warm up the soul and dream of spring.


Simple Antique White plates from Mikasa and pastel pink salad plates from Ikea make charming setting.   I am always drawn to pink.  It is soft, delicate and never overwhelms.






A delicate whisper soft pink rose adds a sweet touch to each place setting. 



Our bright breakfast room is always my favorite spot to entertain.











Simple stripped dish towels from Ikea add color and texture to each place setting.  Silver plate flatware is by Oneida.  Clear goblets are from Mikasa and pink ones were found at Home Goods.




May all the joys of this romantic month be yours.

Wishing you a lovely week,

Janet 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Romantic Home

February is for all of us with romantic hearts.  A month for lots of roses, pretty dishes and plenty of chocolates.  






And have I ever mentioned how much I love roses and pretty dishes??  Like these little cream and Fuchsia roses that I found at my local supermarket or the Spode Billingsley Rose china found on Ebay.  Not for using on a daily basis, but pretty to look at everyday.



Palettes of soft pastels and serene neutral tones always inspire me.  




Who wouldn't love to drink some warm tea or coffee from this sweet tea cup.










Not everyday day is sunny and warm around here.  In fact, it's been extremely cold.  SO cold that I am not even going to bother telling you.  But looking at these pretty pieces help me feel warm inside.  




Wishing you a beautiful and romantic Valentine's Day.

Hugs,

Janet

Sunday, February 8, 2015

From My Kitchen ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes

Happy Sunday friends. I hope you are all enjoying this lovely day.  Yesterday, I woke up thinking about my favorite cupcakes.  Yes. Hard to believe, but true.  I laughed, and headed for the kitchen to make sure I had all the ingredients needed to make Red Velvet Cupcakes.  And who doesn't love a delicious red velvet cupcake?  They are moist, not too sweet and beautiful.  For me, Valentine's is a perfect time to indulge with a few of these colorful treats.

I've always had a thing for red velvet cupcakes.  I enjoy making them, eating them but most of all, I enjoy decorating them.  I've tried many recipes, but my favorite recipe to use is the one from Paula Deen.  This recipe is pretty full-proof.  I always reduce the amount of sugar and oil that the recipe calls for and you can do same when making them too.  And a few pretty chocolates couldn't hurt either.

I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.  I also want to thank you for your support and wonderful blog friendship.  It is such an incredible gift to me.  It is beyond humbling to have such talented women visit my blog each week and to follow me.  I cannot tell you how much your amazing stories and encouraging words mean to me.  Especially these days.  You are what inspires me every week and for that, I am truly thankful.

Janet













Me creating my little masterpieces. 





A few pretty chocolates to celebrate Valentine's.  I love making these too.  They make perfect little gifts.






Just out of the even....So yummy...



Final touches....  Wilton flowers.







Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

INGREDIENTS


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
    • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
    • 2 sticks butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar










    DIRECTIONS

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin panswith cupcake papers. 


    In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. 



    Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
    For the Cream Cheese Frosting: 
    In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. 


    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Pretty In Cream

    Happy Friday to you all.  It's been a long and tough week for me so I am glad Friday is finally here.  I was able to sleep a few extra hours today and enjoyed a little play time with my pooch this morning. Now I am off to doing some laundry and cleaning around the house.  There is no way I am going stepping outside today.  It is extra windy and brutally cold outdoors so staying warm and cozy inside sounds perfect to me.

    Today, I am sharing a few photographs of my cream vintage linens.  All so soft and delicate.  There simple beauty always wins my heart.  

















     







      






    I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  

    Janet
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