Date Night Style for MidLife

Date Night Style for MidLife

Every Friday night, Mr. Menace and I have a standing date night. He doesn’t really care for the idea of such routine dates because he feels like he is being forced to do something and he balks strongly at being made to do something, rather than doing it because he wants to. However, when I explained to him that I have cooked every single night during the week after working all day and that I was ready for a night out where not only was someone else cooking, but someone else was cleaning up also, he then realized that I needed a break and so he takes me out to eat on Friday. We don’t usually do anything else, so it’s not really much of a date, but once in a while we will add a movie or a dance night and he picks those nights, so he still feels in control of dates.

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Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

faux leather top and black jeans from Stitch Fix

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Anyway, I miss the nights when we were actually dating and I’d take so much care over my appearance and so would he and the anticipation of seeing each other again after a week (or two!) was great, so now, I really enjoy fixing up a bit even if we are just going to eat.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

pom pom top and wide leg jeans from Stitch Fix

It’s still usually pretty casual, but amped up with higher heels, bigger hair, sparklier makeup, and fancier jeans.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

floral jeans from Stitch Fix

So many of my clothes now are from Stitch Fix. At least one piece and usually two in each of these outfits are.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

cut-out top and wide leg jeans from Stitch Fix

I enjoy fashion and staying up on trends. And I love not spending my weekends at the mall, when I’d rather be outside in my garden.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

purple jeans and kimono from Stitch Fix

I love the service. I love the surprise of opening the box. I love seeing what my stylist has chosen. I love trying it all on. And most of all, I love coming  up with different ways to style the pieces.

Fashion over 50, Date night style, Midlife Date Night

black jeans from Stitch Fix

If you’d like to know more about Stitch Fix, I wrote more details HERE. And if you have any questions, please ask me.

For more midlife style ideas check out these posts:

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Stitch Fix Reveal

Fifty and Fashionable

How to Feel Like Cinderella

 

 

 

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Following the Crowd

Following the Crowd

I do not like following the crowd. It makes me feel like a copycat and I much prefer being unique and the first one to do something.

 

One day Mr. Menace and I went on a drive and ended up at his grandparents old home site. I immediately noticed daffodils blooming where the circle drive used to be. It was overgrown and even had mature trees growing, but the shape that the daffs were in definitely pointed to a circular drive. I wanted to explore more.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

As we wandered into the woods, through the briers, we located some of the foundation of the house, just a few blocks.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

We also saw an old heater.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

Almost hidden, and definitely camouflaged, by the huge vines, I found an old bedframe.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

A lot of people were re-purposing old bed frames into flower beds, and I knew I didn’t want to follow that trend.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

That is, until I found Grandmother Gwin’s bed frame.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

It was going to take some saws, and pruners and a lot of work to get that bedframe, but I was certainly coming back to get it. In the mean time, we went exploring a little more.

Gardening, Daffodils, Old homesite

I would love to live on a piece of land that had a creek behind it. It was so peaceful. We sat there on the rocks, listening to the water falling, Mr. Menace with his memories.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

We came back with shovels, pruners, and saws. The headboard was rusted in two and to protect my car from this sharp jagged edge that didn’t fit into the car, I rigged up this friendly waving protectant. Hopefully, it gave a few people behind me a laugh as it bounced and waved all the way home.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

A few of Grandmother Gwin’s daffodils now live at my house.

The headboard is rusted into so to keep this part from beating and banging against the paint on my car, I used a rag and my glove. Worked perfectly. In fact, it cheerily waved to all the traffic behind me.

This enamel pitcher also came from the old homesite. I can’t be sure that it belonged to Grandmother but I sure like to think that it did.

Gardening, Herb bed, Old homesite

I said I wasn’t going to do it.

Gardening, Herb bed, Old homesite

Because EVERYONE was doing it.

Gardening, herb bed, Old homesite

And I don’t like following the crowd.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed

But I couldn’t help myself.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed, Bed Frame Garden

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed, Bed Frame Garden

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed, Bed Frame Garden

I love my new herb bed.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed

I think next spring, I might plant my herbs to resemble a quilt.

Do you follow the trends?

 

 

 

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Sentence a Day ~ August 2017

My August in a Sentence a Day:

August 1

Rejoicing on this 5 year anniversary of Mr. Menace’s quadruple bypass and thankful for the ever advancing knowledge of medicine.

quadruple bypass, thoracic surgery, heart surgery, hit the knee

August 2

Feeling of pride and contentment from a job well done for the past week and a half.

August 3

Getting a budget in order for the month feels kindof good.

August 4

I love dancing with my honey on date night to the live music of Razz ma Tazz at Bar 31.

Dancing, Bar 31, Razz ma Tazz

August 5

I almost let the birds beat me out of any fig preserves this year! Note to self: check fig trees in July.

August 6

I wish I was with my mama today as it is her wedding anniversary and I am positive she could use a hug.

parents wedding anniversary, August 6, 1954

August 7

Short staffed this week with the yearly conference happening, but the customers keep calling anyway.

August 8

I was once asked what would indicate to me that I had “made it” in life. My reply was “to be able to afford weekly manicures, or even monthly pedicures.” #notthereyet

luxury, pampered, pedicure

August 9

Aren’t Wednesdays suppose to be slow days at work???

August 10

It’s finally 4:21 pm and the end of the work day is in sight and I am hoping the rain holds off until after dark so I can relax in the hot tub for a while.

August 11

I am excited to see Mr. Menace tonight since he has been away all week at a business conference. Although I suspect our date night will be preempted by his lingering sinus infection.

August 12

Our little town had its first ever Farmers Market today and it was a huge success. I hope to have my garden up and going by next spring so I can participate and not just buy stuff, but here’s what I scored:

Hueytown Harvest Farmers Market, Farmers Market, Garden Harvest

August 13

It’s my brother’s birthday and I just cannot figure out how that aggravating boy that teased me and annoyed me and was a general pain you know where, became a 60 year old man. I love you Bubba.

August 14

Bacon & eggs, and Biscuits & Figs. It’s what’s for supper.

August 15

Called my mama. Oh to be like her.

August 16

Spent 1/2 my lunch hour in the garden center at Lowe’s and bought what they had left in the herb department.

August 17

Found some delightfully blue fall flowers at Dollar General! BLUE!!! So I hit all 5 Dollar Generals that are within 5 miles of the office. 🙂

August 18

Happy 80th Birthday Mama! You are the best.

August 19

It’s a beautiful Saturday and I’ve worked on my Herb Bed, but it’s HOT outside!

August 20

We are driving to Nashville today, to my daughters house which is in the Eclipse Totality area. I wasn’t totally enthused at first, to spend my birthday this way, but it is probably a once in a lifetime chance to see a total eclipse. (And writing this in hindsight, I am extremely glad I got to see it!)

August 21

I am happy to be 56.

August 22

Hair color day I love you.

August 23

My whole forearm aches. I got stung by a yellow jacket the other day and those things HURT!

August 24

Granddaughter’s middle school football game. But I’m just watching the cheerleader. 🙂 She is on the bottom of the second lift from the left.

August 25

I’m glad it’s date night. I am looking forward to some good food. Did you see my favorite restaurants HERE?

August 26

Spent the entire day outside: working on my herb bed, mowing grass, rearranging outdoor furniture and pots. Perfect day.

Herbs, Garden, Herb bed

August 27

Visited with a good friend today. She seemed like her old self, before the dementia.

August 28

I am absolutely positively sure that I answered one million and one phone calls today.

August 29

Today, I totally dressed down (read: sloppy) and SURPRISE! we had visitors come to the office.

August 30

I am not ready to give up summer! But I sure have seen some cute fall decor at the stores. I feel a shopping trip coming on this long weekend.

August 31

Ah….. chicken nachos, I love you.

 

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Springing Into Fall

Springing into Fall

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Remember last October when I did the 10 minute FORCED INTO FALL  post about decorating my front porch quickly and easily? Yeah, decorating ideas don’t often come to me that easily. In fact, I never did get the spring decor done before I was springing into fall!

Well, fall left and spring came but my front porch remained the same. AND thanks to me forgetting to water them the drought we had last year, it was even sporting a couple of dead plants.

So.

What to do?

I remembered how quick and easy the fall decor was and I started trying to figure out how I could make a change for spring, just as quick and easy. What did I have on hand already that would work?

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Gardening, Home Decor, Spray Painting

Well, yes. It IS a dead tree. But wait! There’s more…

In early April, we had a cold snap that knocked back several of my plants that thought it was already summer. And this eucalyptus bit the dust. It did not kill the roots, however, and it sprouted back out.

Gardening, Home Decor, Eucalyptus

What if….

What if I took these D-E-A-D branches and transformed them? If it were fall, the brown would work fine! But it was spring. Things should be green.

 

Home Depot and Rustoleum spray paint to the RESCUE! I pulled out my sage green, and white, and silver, and grayish blue. Since the eucalyptus is SO brown, I decided I better use the white as a base coat.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

I didn’t try to totally cover the brown, but I did put a good amount of white. Then, I hit it with the sage green.

Gardening, Home Decor, Spray Painting

I decided I liked them with just these colors, so I took them to the front porch and put them in the milk can.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

It was a good start!

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

My granddaughters helped me replace the dead plants in the pots.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

The front porch looked SO much better! But not good enough. There was no spark of interest.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

And so it stayed.

Boring.

And then, all of a sudden, it’s the end of August and everyone is decorating for FALL!

WHAT???

I was walking around in Dollar General this week and noticed they had put out their fall decor.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

And there, among ALL that orange, was a hint of dusty blue.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

I guess they weren’t sure anyone would buy the blue for fall, because there was only one in each box, and there were only three boxes.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Luckily, we have 5 Dollar General stores within about 5 miles of the office. So I hit them all.

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

 

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

Now that’s got a spark!

Spray Painting, Gardening, Home Decor

And so.

That’s how I ended up springing right on into fall.

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

I loved it!

But I also thought I’d like a touch more blue.

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

I found some dusty blue pillows at Big Lots and a throw blanket that combines the gray look of my church pews and the blue fall decor. The design looks like leaves to me.

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

Fall front porch, Blue Fall decor

If you missed it, be sure to check out how I updated my antique church pews HERE.

I can’t believe its the first of September and I’ve already decorated for fall! Have you?

 

 

 

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Who’s That Hanging Out in my Garden?

Who’s That Hanging Out in my Garden?

I’ve seen a lot of characters hanging out in my garden during August! Just take a look…

Rosemary, Insects, Mushrooms, Fungi

 

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Millions of Jiminey Crickets! ha!

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Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

 

 

And a couple of pictures that were not in MY garden…

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

This huge dragonfly was at the edge of a partial dried up pond near Nashville, Tennessee. He was the biggest one I’ve ever seen!

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

Locust? Cicada? I don’t know but it was a strange empty shell, at the same pond in Tennessee.

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

My daughter’s new friend. He would not leave! She took him off and he went right back several times.

Gardening, Flowers, Fungi, Insects

And this was in my daughter’s butterfly garden in Tennessee.

 

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The Ongoing Project

Decorating my new deck, which you can see HERE if you missed it, is an ongoing project.

Outdoor Decor, Decks, Outdoor Rooms

It dawned on me last weekend that I needed something tall to offset the lone window on the bottom, when I remembered…

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

This obelisk was not being used! It was just sitting behind my (adorable) shed, which you can read about HERE, waiting for the perfect time and place to do its thing.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

BUT FIRST

Rustoleum and I have a job to do!

One Coat:

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Two Coats:

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

It just BARELY fit, but it fit!

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Can’t you just imagine it with window boxes on those top windows??? What? YOU missed my window box idea?? Check it out HERE. 🙂

 

 

 

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Hiding the Mess

Hiding the Mess

Our original deck is high off the ground, leaving walking room underneath. When we bought our house, I thought that underneath the deck would be a great place for a patio sitting area. But as moves often go, a lot of junk was put under there. I eventually got it cleaned up and set up a seating and dining area. The heat made it unbearable. And it didnt take long before it got junked up again. Hiding the mess became the only solution.

Gardening, Outdoor Decor,Decks

We had no outbuildings at the time, so our lawn mower had to be stored here.

Gardening, Outdoor Decor, decks

It was regulated to this first spot. The middle two sections were blocked by some shrubs and the last section was not totally covered and it would get rained on. So, even though the mower isn’t the most attractive decor, it claims the most prominent area.

Home Decor, Gardening

Home Decor, Gardening

As you can see, there are big messes under the deck. I’ve cleaned it up on a couple of occasions, but it always ends cluttered back up looking a terrible mess.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Stopping the Eye

So I have been working on ways to camouflage the messes. I have some ideas in my head that are more expensive long term, so in the mean time, I have been working on some quick and cheap ideas. My first thought was to hang this old window on this last section and use the metal porch rails as shutters for the window.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

I really liked the way it looked after Mr. Menace got the shutters hung on either side of the window. My next brilliant idea was stacking bricks into a faux wall underneath the window. I got them about 1/2 way stacked and then realized that I needed to change something in the way I was doing it. So I started over. This time it was working great and as I stepped away to take a look ….

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Crash, boom, bang! The wall fell. And it fell again. And a third time before I gave up. I did not want to permanently attach them so I decided I should just go a different route.

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First I added my solar lights.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

Creating an Outdoor Room

Then I moved my swing into the newly created outdoor room. (after I moved all the fallen bricks of course)

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

And already things look better! The piles of junk under the deck are not nearly so obvious now!

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor landscaping

The window definitely needed a curtain!

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room

I took the window down and turned it over to the back side.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room

Starting in the corner, I stapled the curtain at the top and then all the way down the left side because I didn’t want it billowing outside the edges of the window when the wind blows.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room

Then skipping about an inch or two, I folded the curtain to form a pleat and stapled it at the top, right on the fold. I didn’t do any measuring to get it completely even, but I did then go to the middle of the window and staple the end of the left curtain exactly in the middle of the window and then worked from both directions to get a semi- even distribution of folds.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room

I then repeated the process from the other side with the second curtain.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room landscaping

So far , so good!

 

A Simple Shade Cover

I have been planning for ages to replace the swing’s shade cover that had rotted years ago, but had just never gotten around to it. My idea was to use a twin size dust ruffle or bedspread that I purchased from the thrift store.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room landscaping

I thought this dust ruffle would work splendidly since it matches my painted solar chandelier (click to see my How To)  and other decor on the new lower deck.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room landscaping

The dust ruffle was slightly too wide, so I pinned it up to where it fit the shade cover bar.

Gardening, Home Decor, Outdoor Room landscaping

I am quite pleased with the look! I almost don’t notice all the clutter hidden behind. The shade cover does hide my window though, so I have not decided if I will leave it there or move it down. My next step I think will be to try exchanging places with the swing and the potted plants.

 

What do you think of my clutter disguise that only cost $3.99 for the dust ruffle?

 

 

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Where to Eat in Birmingham

Where to Eat in Birmingham

I am certainly not a food critic, but I do love to eat! I adore food and LOVE finding new places to go. Mr. Menace and I have a standing Friday night date night where we go out to eat and often to a new spot that I have heard about. Birmingham has become quite a food mecca in the last few years with some nationally recognized chefs including Frank Stitt, James Lewis, Chris Dupont, and Chris Hastings. The following is a list of my favorite places to eat in Birmingham.

 

Saw’s Juke Joint

First up is Saw’s Juke Joint. We eat here regularly and we like to sit in the bar area. There is a tiny stage in the corner and we love listening to live music while we eat. Our favorite dish is the Pork and Greens. It is really indescribably delicious.

where to eat in Birmingham, Birmingham restaurants, Birmingham Alabama

The bartender, Craig, and the manager won us over completely on the night Mr. Menace ran out of gas. We walked the couple of blocks to Saw’s from where the car stopped after coasting a ways. After Craig got us our drinks, Mr. Menace asked him where to find the nearest gas station. When Craig came back to our table he told us the manager was taking care of everything. After we ate, Mr. Menace found the manager to thank and pay him but Mr. Manager refused to accept payment for the couple of gallons of gas. We will forever remember and appreciate his kindness.

 

 

El Barrio

Next up is El Barrio. This upscale Mexican restaurant is definitely in our top five picks. We have loved every dish that we have eaten here. They have great guacamole and salsa, great drinks, and great entrees. There is almost always a wait for a table, but we usually sit at the bar because we like the attention we receive.

el barrio, Birmingham restaurants, Birmingham Alabama

 

 

Rogue Tavern

Another favorite is Rogue Tavern. This was the first restaurant that we tried in downtown Birmingham and its still a favorite. We love their Lettuce Wraps, Southwest Burger, and the Bloomin Jalapeno Burger. After dinner, you can stick around for some real quality live bands, some of them famous. It is also a popular place during football games, which we avoid. haha It’s just TOO loud for us old folks.

Rogue Tavern, Birmingham restaurants, Birmingham Alabama

 

 

5 Point Public House

5 Point Public House is a fairly new favorite. It was created by the same award winning chef at the adjoining white tablecloth Ocean Restaurant which we can’t afford, so you know it is delicious! I love The Baked Six (oysters), and the fried oysters are delicious too. I also recommend the Grilled Cuban, and the Shrimp and Grits.

5 point public house, Birmingham restaurants, Birmingham Alabama

 

 

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint

When it comes to burgers, you just cannot beat Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint! They only do burgers and they have honed that craft to perfection. I love the Jalapeno Popper, and Mr. Menace loves the fiery heat of the Shocker. I also love the Friday special, The Ponch. My first Fried Oreo experience was here… You MUST try it if you haven’t.

Jack Browns Beer & Burger, Birmingham Restaurants, Birmingham Alabama

 

 

The Filling Station

One night we were wanting Italian and since our favorite Johnny Carino’s* (see below) has closed, I was googling for a new one to try and I found The Filling Station. It is a converted gas station, which in the past were known as filling stations, and it’s slogan “Arrive on Empty, Leave on Full” is quite prophetic. We had the lasagna and ravioli on our first visit and they were both delicious. We later heard rave reviews from a co-worker of ours about the pizza, so we had to go back and give it a try. It was worth it!Birmingham restaurants, the filling station, Birmingham Alabama

*Johnny Carino’s

…Italian restaurant will forever be known as the place he didn’t propose. Obviously this was before we became Mr. and Mrs. and I was visiting in the Hoover area for the weekend. We had just left the hotel where I was staying after having a disagreement about where the pool was located. That disagreement ended when he suggested that the loser, *a-hem cough cough*, had to get down on their knees in the hotel lobby and admit the winner, bleh,  was right.

As I said before, it was our favorite Italian restaurant and we got there fairly early and were seated by the hostess in a booth in a fairly secluded area of the fairly empty restaurant. Mr. Menace, as usual, was fiddling with some gadget, and he asked if I had anything small and pointy that he could use to press a recessed reset button. (I guess maybe it was a watch??) I suggested my diamond stud earring and he said it would be perfect. I removed one of my earrings, which being a stud was quite small, and held it out to him across the table. When he put this hand out on mine, I did not release the earring immediately, and I asked “Are you going to get down on your knees and say please?”

At this exact moment, our waitress walked up.

What she saw: a smiling dapper gentleman holding the hand of an smiling exquisite young lady who just asked if he would get on his knees and say please. She did an immediate turnaround and left as quickly as possible.

I didn’t think anything of it. But Mr. Menace, being the astute guy that he is, asked the waitress when she came back in 10 minutes or so, “You thought I was proposing, didn’t you?” To which she admitted she had. He said, “I wasn’t.”

We all laughed.

And Johnny Carino’s has forever remained “the place he didn’t propose.”

Engagement #2

You can read all about how he DID propose by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

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Summer Tablescape Blog Challenge

When I decided to join Katherine’s, of Katherine’s Corner, Summer Tablescape Blog Challenge, I knew it would indeed be a challenge! I am not one to take the time for fancy table setup. In fact, I don’t even usually plan my meals in advance. When I get hungry, I go find something to cook.

Pretty dishes always catch my eye and I have been collecting fabric napkins and tablecloths when I find pretty ones at the thrift store, so I just hoped I might have enough to make a decent showing for Katherine. I didn’t want to let her down.

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

I already knew that I wanted to use my yellow dishes and the bouquet that I purchased at the Hueytown Harvest Farmer’s Market set the color scheme.

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Summer Bouquet

This summer tablescape was obviously going to be outdoors and I had not planned to use a tablecloth. We eat outside a lot and I really wanted to keep it casual. But when I started putting my place settings onto the mesh type open tabletop, I realized things were not going to show up in the pictures and it just wasn’t working as you can see below:

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

I was actually looking for something else at the time, when I came across this tablecloth and wa-lah! It was exactly what I needed. It had the yellow and the purple and it included blue which was the final touch I needed and everything clicked in my head. I knew what to do.

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

I am pleased with how my first tablescape turned out.

Tablescape, Outdoor dining, Home Decor

 

Now, I’ll just go get the pitcher of ice tea and we can sit down and take out.

 

Don’t forget to check out ALL the participants in the Summer Tablescapes Blog Challenge!

 

 

 

 

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Infatuated with Window Boxes

I am infatuated with window boxes.

Thanks to Elizabeth at Family Farm School for featuring my window box ideas!

INSPIRATION:

window boxes, container gardening

I like the way evergreens look in a window box, and I like a green and white color scheme.

window boxes, container gardening

A big burst of color also appeals to me.

 

Thank you Katherine at The Dedicated House for featuring my window box ideas! See her blog post and many more ideas HERE.

 

FIRST ATTEMPT:

When I purchased my own house back in 2006, I loved it’s character. It was an adorable little cottage with a lot of curb appeal. You can read about it HERE.

Gardening, Window Boxes

Just about the first thing I did to update the backyard, was to add window boxes. I have always loved the charm of window boxes and I thought it was the perfect compliment to my cottage home.

Gardening, Window Boxes

These particular window boxes were on clearance at Target and I loved the X design. I had purchased a patio set and the chairs also had the X design on the backs so I figured it was meant to be!

Gardening, Window Boxes

 

Thanks also for making me a featured blogger on Over the Moon!

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I later added “window boxes” to the deck rails. It was always fun to plant them every spring. But by summer it was so hot that the plants couldn’t usually survive the heat.

Gardening, Window Boxes

There were some of these same type window boxes on the deck railing at our new house when we moved it. I had the same problem in the heat of the summer, so I don’t plant them any more.

CURRENT ATTEMPT:

But I have come up with a new idea…

I am wondering if I can add window boxes to these windows on the back of our new house. It would be beautiful… like the one below:

They are very high up and would have to be watered and even planted from the inside I think. I know I would love the look, but would I love the trouble they’d be?

Window Boxes, Container Gardening, Decks

I saw a photo in a magazine many years ago, that really captured my attention. It was a couple of apartment buildings with a courtyard in between. All the apartments had small balconies that faced the courtyard. Every single balcony had window boxes or pots of Silver Falls Dichondra hanging down towards the beautiful courtyard. It was stunning! It made me think of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

 

Do any of you have high window boxes on your 2nd story windows? Are they just TOO much of a pain to deal with?

 

 

 

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