Monday, May 30, 2016

Tweekin' With A Little Red, White and Blue

                     Happy Memorial Day
Over the weekend I played around and added some Red, White and Blue to the cottage . . . 
I set the table and decorated the mantle.  This is stage one I'm sure I'll tweek it a few more times before July.  I did move the wagon in from the patio.  You can barely see the handle and a few books. 
I'll share more on another post.  
I guess the room wasn't really photo ready because I didn't tidy the wingback chair.  My slinky throw and my sparkly throw which I love are kinda jumbled up.  On the edge is the quilt for outside I'm working on.  
Let's see the rest of the 'real' tweekin' . . . 
Here's a little close up of the mantle.  The little bunting I made last year from UFO quilt blocks.  Hung it on twine and added some ribbons to the ends.  
The scarf in the middle is really a chiffon (type) scarf from Dollar Tree.  I think I'll go back and get a couple more. It was perfect for this display.  
A close up of the table settings.  The new glass has stars on it!  So excited I was to find a set for $7.00.  You can't buy plastic for that!  A couple were broken.  But I didn't need a complete set anyway.
I'll tell you more about the rest of the table setting in another post.

I have more new things to share . . . 
I was inspired at Christmas to do a Hot Chocolate station. I've carried the theme over and now set up a beverage station. 
See my new glasses.  I added the flags from Big Lots.  The star in the middle was from Dollar Tree.  There are more on the mantle.
I chose some red drinks.  A Mexican Strawberry soda tested by our grandson and given a thumbs up.  I'll have to go buy more.  And I tested the faux Strawberry Daiquiri it s fizzy and yummy. 
A little closer shot with my festive paper lanterns.  They are 3 years old from Dollar Tree.  They live in my laundry room during the year and come out for Red, White and Blue themes.
A little close up of the mantle area.  The red vase is years and years old.  Bought waaaaay back in the day at Big Lots.  I have to strategically set it on display.  The back side which is really the front side has a pretty Christmas Tree on it.  For years I packed it away after Christmas.  And then a few years ago when I began the Valentine's Dinner Dates I had an inspiration.  It stays out year round now using for all my red themed decorating! 

And I have one more last sneak peek . . . 
 Patriotic Quilt:
My WIP Patriotic Quilt.  I really don't plan to reveal it till the 4th
but I wanted to give you a sneak peek.  I still have some hand work to do this week.  The angel needs some hair. He. He. And I need to lay it out baste and quilt it.  I'm planning on simple straight or wavy lines. Super fast!  

I did take a few other shots and a couple of the counter that divides the kitchen from living area . . .         
So that's a little peek.  But before you go check out the giveaway starting on the 1st to celebrate my new Book Blog.  Go over and follow and come back and enter!
The Giveaway is here.  The blog is here.

Linking with Blue Monday, Mosaic Monday,  The Art of Homemaking
Tweek It Tuesday, Yankee Doodle Party,  No Place Like Home Share Your Cup


Madeline's Album said...

Your red, white and blue decorations are great. I see I am not the only blogger that buys things at the Dollar Tree. Have a blessed day and a safe and wonderful Memorial Day. Madeline

Molly the Airedale said...

Your home always looks so festive for the holidays☺

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great red, white and blue decor. I love setting a patriotic table and using patriotic decor. Enjoy your day.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I love your quilts. Enjoy your holiday weekend, here in Canada we don't celebrate Memorial Day but do have Remembrance Day in November. I'm off to check out your book blog as I'm a great mystery reader.

xinex said...

Beautiful and patriotic! Happy Memorial Day and thanks for becoming a follower....Christine

Sylvia said...

Love the red, white and navy. It's a great idea to keep the red vase to hit all the occasions throughout the year. Enjoy your Memorial Day!! Sylvia D.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Grantham
,what a wonderful display and I can imagine all the fun you had bringing it together!
Thank you for following me and I will do likewise!
I'll be back to check out your book blog soon.
Shane x

podso said...

It's nice to visit your blog and see all your patriotic decor. I like your drink station. At first I thought you maybe lived in the town where I photographed the reading girl on my sidebar, but I don't think so. It's in the mountains of NC but I see the one in your book sidebar is very similar. The reason I wondered is that this statue, or whatever it's called, is also outside a library !!! Makes sense I guess as the girls are both reading.

Maggie said...

Every year I look forward to seeing all the red white and blue decorating that ladies in the US always do so well, you all really know how to celebrate those special holidays.
Thanks so much for visiting Normandy today and giving me the chance to pop over and visit your home.
a bientot

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful patriotic decorations. Table and drink station look lovely. Your quilt is beautiful. Happy Memorial Day! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

DougPhoto2009 said...

Grantham, George M. Cohan would be proud. Thanks for sharing.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your patriotic display is lovely and I like the painting on the mantel.

Joyful said...

Very nice display you are setting up for your upcoming long weekend. That field of flowers in red, white and blue is also fantastic. I've never seen such a thing. Have fun tweaking until July. Thank you for visiting and following. xx

Debra said...

I love your Red, White and Blue tablescape. I have a thing for placemats and dishes for all occasions but not enough room to have it all. Yours will be lovely to look at since we also have Flag Day and the 4th of July coming up.

shortybear said...

very nice

Maria's Space said...

Cute little table and mantle scaping!
What a lovely idea. I didn't even think to do that

Pam Richardson said...

Wow, you have a beautiful red, white, and blue theme! I love the color trio for summer! Your mantel is very fun and festive! Can't wait to see more of the tablesetting! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

Tomoko said...

So a colorful and beautiful display!
Have a good day.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your home looks very patriotic. I love the red, white and blue theme. A drink station always comes in handy and it's fun to change it up too. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loved your red, white, and blue home! You really go all out and I admire that greatly, being very very lazy about decorating.