Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HURRAH FOR THE RED, WHITE and BLUE


Since I love the Fourth of July, thought that I would do a tablescape to honor our wonderful Country.


I decided to put this on my front patio with all the roses enclosing this little area.  Most of my dishes that I used I have had for a while.

The red charger plates I purchased at Marshall's about 4 years ago along with the bowls  The blue glass ware is from the Dollar Tree  for $1.00 each.





Meet Liberty - I found him at Michael's and he was $14.99, but with my 50% discount I got him for $7.50.  Don't you love it when  you find a great deal.  I danced all the way to the check out counter.  Not that I needed another rooster, but he was calling my name.


The table is set for 2 and I will be inviting my girl friend over for a early dinner so we can watch the fireworks from Disneyland.  During the summer they set off Fireworks almost every night, which gets to be a little much.


I made these napkins from material that I found in my stash and I put a white napkin with it to bring out the pretty design of the material.  I have enough left over to make a table runner or more napkins, as I only made four.  I also found this red/white check material which I made into a tablecloth.  I have enough material to make 4 napkins.


The white plates with the blue strip I found at SA for a $1.00 each.  They are nice and heavy plates and I felt that they would go with what I was trying to achieve for my tablescape.

My friend Phyllis from Aroundthehouse gave me the red silverwar and the little metal buckets, which go very well with the dishes.

I love the little flag pillow and it looks so good with my red throw and pillow.  Phyllis gave me the pillow many many years ago and I almost forgot that I had it. The little angel bear is guarding  all the decorations.



I made a wreath for the front porch with all red, white and blue flowers and decorations.  I have placed numerous flags in my flower pots on the porch.


Just a few of my flags flying in the breeze.  I must say that it was very hot here today.  What made it so bad is the humidity - which normally it is very low, but not today.  I though that I was going to melt.  No more tablescapes outside when it's hot,

I hope you have enjoy my little tablescape.  I would like to give thanks to all our military who keep us safe and sound - God Bless you all.

Waldo, Lili and I hope that you will leave us a comment as we love reading them and I try to answer all of my comments.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all of my blogging friends.
The Dedicated House
Mary - Waldo and Miss Lili


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

I've Been Spotlighted


                                                           


I've been Spotlighted on Saturday's "LIFE BEHIND THE BLOGGER"

I was so excited when Kris (Junk Chic Cottage) asked me to take part in her's and Susan's (Must Love Junk) Saturday Spotlight Series - "Life Behind The Blogger".  It was such an honor since I am so new to blogging.

So, my dear blogging friends stop by and you may find out some of my secrets.  Hope to see you.

Thanks so much Kris and Susan -  have a wonderful blogging weekend.

Mary

Thursday, May 8, 2014

APRIL FLOWERS & GARDEN TOURS





On Saturday and Sunday I went on the Mary Lou Heard's Garden Tour.  It was a beautiful weekend for garden tours.  There were so many gardens to see that it is held on both days.

We only went to one on Saturday and it was  a English Country garden.  Beautiful roses, foxgloves, delphiniums, camellias and larkspurs.  In the center of the rose garden is a lovely three tiered fountain.  The hummingbirds love the  fuchsia`baskets.  A very large avocado tree and gazebo shade some of the back yard.  There is a stunning Eden climbing rose bush over the trellis in the front year.



The rest of the pictures are in the back yard.




This is Jerri Cunningham's 1916 California Craftsman home, located in Old Towne Orange.  There is a 100 year old avocado tree  planted when the house was built.  The Potager, or kitchen garden is a must see with a fresh vegetable stand and there is a lovely garden room which was added on later by Jerri..  There is also a "English Potting Shed" filled with collectibles throughout the years.
Jerri has been featured in Romantic Homes Magazine a few years ago.

The front porch

This is a side view of the front porch



English Garden Shed
Inside of Garden Shed a lot of vintage items.


This is the garden room.


Don't you just love that old desk .... and all the lovely vintage linens.

Under the avocado tree - what a great place to sit and have tea or to take a nap.


This next house once belong to a big farm and was sub-divided - the house is the original home


This is a beautiful pond cascading down and the little house to the left was the foreman's home.  The owners made a guest cottage out of it.

My camera's battery needed charging so I didn't get to take more pictures.  We toured two more gardens and I sure was pooped when we finished.


This is my black iris - it's such a deep purple that it looks black.






Well, I hope that I didn't bore you will all these pictures, but I just love seeing all the beautiful flowers in bloom.  My garden has been dead headed and waiting for new roses to appear.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will leave a comment.  We (Waldo and Lili) all love reading them.

Mary
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SPRING IN FULLERTON< CA

IT'S SPRING TIME IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA




This rose is First Prize and I wanted to share my roses and iris's with you today.


               



Do you see the dew on this lovely rose looks like they have diamonds in them..



This lavender rose is one of my favorite and I can't remember the name of it, but it smells wonderful.


These are such a pretty shade of light orange and I get so many blooms from this rose.




This is such a pretty shade or orange to a light cream color in the center.


They are such a creamy white and smell so good.


Meet Lucille Ball and she does remind me of her


These roses produce so many blooms and are a terrific color.

Here are my garden helpers, always on the look out for lizards and bees



Here is Lili taking her daily sunning 







This is Waldo the CEO of this household, looking to see what I am up to.





Waldo must have spotted some birds


Some of my different colored iris's



Isn't this a pretty color?  See the dew on them, looks like I sprinkled sparkles on them


Look at the veining on this iris, almost like someone painted the veins on.



Oh so soft and pretty.  They only last a couple days after they bloom - I wait for 11 months only to cherish them for such a short time.



This is my red Eden rose, so very pretty.  That plant is right next to my French Lavender bush.  My pink Eden is just now budding.



I just wanted to share with you my gardens this year.  Everything come into bloom so early due to such a warm winter.  I am really surprised since we had very little rain and we need it so baldy,  I am hoping they don't burn up this summer.  Maybe we will get some rain in April.

Waldo, the CEO, Lili, the Diva Queen (and she is a bed head in the morning) and I hoped you like our lovely roses and iris's

We just planted two flats of cottage garden flowers, so stop back again and see what's happening in SO CA.  We love to read your comments.

Mary, Waldo and Lili


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Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants ~ What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party Thursdays
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday
My Turn for Us ~ Freedom Fridays Blog Hop
Common Ground ~ Be Inspired Friday
The Thrifty Groove ~ Thrifty Things Friday
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