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Showing posts from July, 2013

Simple and Easy Blueberry Tart with Pineapple

Hello friends.  I hope that you are all having a great week.  I am happy to say that the heat wave around these parts is finally over for now.  Yes, we finally get to enjoy a bit of the outdoors before winter makes it appearance again.  And boy isn't hard to believe that July is almost over.   I am hoping to spend this Saturday in New York if the weather allows.  I have been meaning to go to Manhattan for sometime so I have an entire day planned.  I am so excited.   I will definitely share photos of my day if I go. But today sweet friends, I am sharing a super-easy summer tart.  It is my blueberry tart with lemon and crushed pineapple.  Yes friends, it is as delicious as it sounds and fairly simple to make because it is made with Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts.  And what better way to enjoy such a delicious treat than a little afternoon tea time.  Not one to pass up an opportunity to use a favorite tea set, it is my lovely and delicate Royal Grafton Wild Rose tea/coffee

Elegant Lilac

I am loving purples lately.  Particularly lilac.  It is my new go-to favorite.  So much so that I did a little makeover in my bedroom to incorporate this lovely color.  It is soothing and serene.  And I find it elegant, chic, fresh and the perfect color to create this decidedly feminine table for you today.    A vintage tablecloth in white makes a beautiful base for the lovely light purple plates purchased from Home Goods and pretty flower-patterned Limoges salad plates finish the place setting.  To that, I added mismatched silver plate flatware and stemware for easy entertaining.  For a final touch I added  a silver plate oil and vinegar set and a porcelain cable holder to bring polish to the table  A true romantic table...   While I appreciate the elegant, cohesive look of matching pieces on a table, I can't deny the charm of a table set with mismatched pieces.   A welcoming table to invite lovely conversation. I hope you enjoy the few images I am sharing of my table. 

Romantic Settings

Welcome everyone.  I hope you are all having a delightful weekend.  It was the perfect day for me today... My hubby did not have to work today so I was very happy to have him home,.  We enjoyed a most pleasant morning together.   Did a little house work while he worked in the yard, that is his favorite past time...And in the evening we enjoyed a delicious meal at our favorite sea side restaurant and finished with a beautiful and relaxing stroll by the water.  Life is great.... I even had the pleasure of putting this little vignette together to share with you today.  Still taking advantage of roses I purchased about a week an half ago.  It must have been the air conditioner in the house that helped them last longer than usual.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.   I also hope that you enjoy my photos.  

Alfresco Entertaining

Good afternoon and a happy day to you all.  I hope you are all having a cool and pleasant week.  It is still very hot here in Jersey.  And it has been raining almost every afternoon.  At least our grass and plants get a little help from mother nature to cool off from the heat.  But at least it is summer and I am going to enjoy it for as long as I can.  I love open-air gatherings and if you are regular visitor on my blog you will know that I truly enjoy my garden.  It serves as such inspiration in so many ways.  And may I say I need no excuse to set a pretty and feminine table.   It is my little obsession and where I admit of being a little over the top. So this 4th of July, which was also my sister's birthday I set the stage for a lovely alfresco dinner to celebrate her birthday.  Inspired by a set of floral dish towels that I purchased a few months ago at Ikea and vintage pink and my favorite vintage floral china.  I think the two match perfectly.  I often smile when tw

A Pretty Portrait

Hello to you all.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you are...  I have been enjoying my garden lately.  Much more this year than ever before.  Perhaps it is the towering trees and lush greenery that we planted seven years ago that now provide valuable shade and beauty, the soothing hues that surround the garden, or the perfumed blossoms and fragrant foliage that romanticize the setting.  Whatever it is, our garden has become my sanctuary.     It is a wonderful space in which I love to paint a pretty portrait to share with you all.  In these shots,  used a few classic creamware pieces to create an idyllic airy setting.                              My favorite assistant admiring a garden statue...   My little assistant looking for a snack...