June 29, 2017

Set the Table - Strawberry Hill


Set the Table - Strawberry Hill




In Ontario, locally grown strawberries are pretty much over by the end of June.  If it is not too hot they will sometimes last until early July.  
Strawberry season is very short.




They look yummy.  There was too much rain and not enough sun.  Although they look good they are not very sweet.

I'll be forced to eat them with ice cream.




I have set the table in the breakfast nook.





The title of this blog, "Strawberry Hill", is really a reference to the dishes of the same name.  They are produced by Wedgewood.












The two-tiered tray is filled with dishes, a pair of roosters, napkins, and a tea caddy.






The Red Roosters on the table contain strawberry jam all ready to spread onto toast.


















The dinner plate and bread and butter plate are Strawberry Hill.

See how we folded our napkins.
THREE FAVOURITE SUMMER NAPKINS














Find some locally grown strawberries while you can.  They will soon be gone until next year.


Set the Table - Strawberry Hill




Elements Used on this table...

White damask tablecloth, it is one I've had for a long time.
Placemats, Pier 1
Dinner plates and bread and butter plates, Strawberry Hill, by Wedgewood.
Square plates, Spice Route Paprika, Pier 1
Napkins, Lenox
Stainless Steel Cutlery, Bombay
Red Roosters, Pier 1
Spoons for jam, Home Sense
Toast Rack, Jingles in Cannington, Ont.
Two-tiered black tray, Pier 1
White plates in the two-tiered tray, Richmond, by Johnson Bros., and Coastline.
Frame with 32 cent stamp, thrift store.
Napkins in the tray, Home Sense.
The handcrafted bowl containing strawberries, thrift store.
Strawberries, locally grown from Sobeys.



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Barbara


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June 26, 2017

The Last of the Lilacs



the last of the lilacs


The Last of the Lilacs


After most of the lilacs have finished blooming, we have a late blooming variety that dazzles us every year from mid to late June.




The Last of the Lilacs

They border the property along the roadside.




The Last of the Lilacs


They keep the bees very busy.




The Last of the Lilacs






The Last of the Lilacs





The Last of the Lilacs





The Last of the Lilacs


They practically overwhelm us with their perfume.




The Last of the Lilacs


They work wonderfully well as cut flowers.



The Last of the Lilacs


Here, they are in small vases down the centre of a dining table with a few yellow buttercups mixed in.

I picked them near the end of their bloom cycle and by the next day, most of the flowers had dropped.




The Last of the Lilacs


Goodbye, you beautiful lilacs, until next year.





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Barbara




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June 22, 2017

Three Favourite Summer Napkins



Three Favourite Summer Napkin Folds


Three Favourite Summer Napkins




I have acquired more than a few napkin rings over the years.  It is so easy to pull one on over the napkin and then fluff. 

In Summer, when we are eating meals outside, I often like to fold napkins so that they hold the flatware.


I am presenting three of the easiest pocket fold napkins.

You don't even need to use an iron, although, you can if you like to have sharply creased folds.

You have probably used at least one of these napkins before.  This is just a refresher course.


The first one is the Envelope Fold

Envelope Fold Napkin


I use the Envelope Fold for smaller napkins.  I think it looks better with small napkins than with large napkins.

Start with the napkin right side down.  Fold both sides into the middle.  
Next, fold the bottom up to meet the side folds.  
Fold the bottom up again to about where the two sides cross over each other.
Fold the top down.
I just finger press it.

You can leave the envelope closed and perhaps place a treat or note inside.

I often open the envelope and place the silverware inside.


Envelope Fold Napkin 2





The Triple Pocket is easier than it looks.

Triple Pocket Fold Napkin


Fold the napkin in half, right sides together.  Fold in half again to form a square.
Fold down the top three corners.  The 1st corner is folded down to meet and line up with the bottom corner.  The 2nd corner is folded and tucked in behind the 1st.  The 3rd corner is folded down and tucked behind the 2nd.
When the folds are adjusted evenly, turn the napkin face down.
Fold the left side in about 2 inches.
Fold the right side over the left side.
Turn it over and it is finished.



Triple Pocket Fold Napkin 2






The Basic Silverware Pouch

Basic Silverware Pouch


Fold the napkin in half with right sides together.
Fold the top side of the napkin half way down.
Turn the napkin over.
Fold each side in 1/4 of the width of the napkin.
Fold each side again so that they meet close to the middle
Fold one side over on the other side.
The Silverware Pouch is complete.





Basic Silverware Pouch 2



The Envelope Fold and the Silverware Pouch are the easiest and take the least amount of time to make.  The Triple Fold Pocket is a bit fussier.

If you haven't tried napkin folds before, enjoy trying these three this summer.





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Barbara




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June 19, 2017

Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th




Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th



Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th



The July 1st and July 4th holidays are fast approaching.

We are expecting our friends from the United States to visit over the holiday.

Our table is set as a nod to both the Canadian and American July holidays.




Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th



Some of the place settings are Red, White, and Blue.




Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th


While other place settings are Red and White.

See how we folded our napkins here: THREE FAVOURITE SUMMER NAPKINS





Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th



There are three common elements in each place setting - Red Napkins, Red Poppy plates, and Red tumblers.

Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th


The centrepiece sports flags from both countries.  There are no flags or patriotic references anywhere else on the table.





Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th


The centrepieces were made using large, empty coffee cans.  See how we did it  HERE





Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th




Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th


Unfortunately, when we were shooting this table it was threatening to rain.  It would have been nice to see the sunshine.





Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th




Set the Table - July 1st to July 4th




 Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day 






A List of Elements

Round White Tablecloth, AmazonRound White Tablecloth
Red and Blue Placemats, Bed, Bath and Beyond
White Plates, Antique Scroll, Pier 1 Imports
Blue and White Gingham plates by Royal Stafford, Home Sense
Red Poppy Salad Plates by Royal Stafford, Home Sense
Red Napkins by Stitch & Shuttle, Sears
4" x 6" American Flags, Amazon Flags
4" x 6" Canadian Flags, Dollarama
Drink Bottle Caddy, Pier 1 Imports
Cutlery, Bombay Co.





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Barbara



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June 16, 2017

Fair Meadow Place Bookshelf - Black and White (and a bit in between)




Fair Meadow Place Bookshelf

Black and White

(and a bit in between)




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A Link to the Book


A Black and White colour scheme is just about the most elegant and classic colour combinations in interior decorating.





This is a lovely coffee table book for those who like decorating and it still fits on a bookshelf.

Every page is filled with photographs of home interiors.







Decorating in Black and White is not as easy as it looks.  There are almost as many shades of black to choose from as there are shades of white.

Because the two are so highly contrasted a room's flaws are often accentuated.







Decisions have to be made.  How much black should you use?  A lot of black provides a sense of drama.

More white than black is still elegant, but less dramatic.  Use it sparingly or lavishly?






How does one layer these two contrasting neutrals?  Can you add some colour and still have a black and white scheme?






Black and White in architecture is great for contrast.

Black and White can be very masculine, but, add a few curves and it becomes  feminine.






I find this is a great reference book and I pick it up often just to be inspired.

This book talks about adding colour to black and white, collecting art, tools for getting black and white right, being inspired by nature, and even entertaining in black and white.


Click on the Link to find the book.
Black & White (and a bit in between)




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Barbara



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June 14, 2017

Easy Coffee Can Planter




Easy Coffee Can Planter


Easy Coffee Can Planter


Sometimes you need a planter of a certain colour to fit in with your theme.

Planters can be expensive and you can't always find the colour you want.





Easy Coffee Can Planter



Save some empty coffee cans, remove the labels, wash, and then spray paint.


Coffee Can Planter



I wanted a patriotic theme of red and white.

The bandanas were used instead of ribbons tied around the cans.


Coffee Can Planter


A rust paint was used in red and white.



Easy Coffee Can Planter




Once the paint dries, add some stones for drainage in the bottom of the cans, add dirt and plant.



That's it.  An easy and cost effective way of coordinating your plants and planters.


Easy Coffee Can Planter









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Barbara


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