Sunday, March 31, 2013

Flamingo Presentation Bowl

A tablescape of Spring colors celebrating the Dillard's Flamingo
Presentation Bowl.  Exclusive to Dillard's, but not limited in numbers.
 Thanks for stopping by!

Sapphire, Icebergs and the Monsoon

Some roses I saved from our current monsoon.
These are 'Iceberg' climbers.

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Dillard's Exclusive Flamingo Presentation Bowl

Exclusive to Dillard's for their 75th Anniversary celebration.
Not limited in number according to HLC, but available only at Dillard's and at their online website.
 Amazing that mine arrived intact even though it was
shipped in only it's own little box and a plastic mailing bag.
 First roses of the season, a few 'Norwich Castle' buds, and some 'Playgold' miniatures.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Bear In Rabbit's Clothing

The Easter Bunny and his furry friends held their last meeting before the big day, which is drawing very close now. A simple tea in the garden with plans for "the best egg hiding place" being one of the main talking points.
Mr. Bear, wearing his favorite "I'm a Bunny at heart hat" gave the keynote speech
on "Easter Safety Tips for Household Pets"
1. Easter floral arrangements should be kept out of the reach of household pets, especially those containing Lilies, amaryllis, and kalanchoe.

Chocolate is toxic to pets due to the ingredient theobromine. Different types of chocolate contain different levels of theobromine, but any amount is considered dangerous. Any candy containing Xylitol can be toxic to pets. Please do NOT hide chocolate in your garden where it might be found by a pet.
Some of the other food stuffs that may be dangerous to your pets:
Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Cherry pits
Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach pits
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Rhubarb leaves
Tea (caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Yeast dough

3. Cellophane Easter Grass
Easter grass is the close cousin to Christmas tinsel and it can be a serious pet safety issue as well. The strands can get caught in the intestinal tract which can result in life-threatening obstructions. Replace cellophane Easter grass with a safe alternative
like shredded newspaper.

4. Table Scraps
Table scraps can pose lots of health hazards to your pets. Many table foods can not be digested by dogs or cats which can lead to gastro-intestinal upset. Remember that improperly handled Easter eggs pose the same threat to your pets that they do to you.

5. Baby Chicks and Rabbits
Instead of purchasing a live chick or a bunny for a child's Easter basket, consider a stuffed animal instead. The toys don't pose potential health risks, can withstand tight squeezes, and don't end up at the local animal shelter by May Day.
Sir Homer of Laughlin was the delegate in attendance from the "Household Pets United Association."  He kept his distance, but was very attentive during the safety tips presentation.

Please have a SAFE and Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Island Style

Not Easter Island .....
A table fit for Easter "island style."  Think sandy beach, warm ocean breezes, swaying palms and an icy cocktail.
Acrylic green chargers, Rosenthal "Medallion" dinner plate, decorative salad plates
from Pier 1.  The divided fruit tray in the basket holder is from Target a couple of
years ago. It closely mimics some of the Post 86 Fiesta colors and the shape of the
vintage Fiesta divided relish tray, but is an imported look-a-like. Flatware and
napkins are from Home Goods, glassware and salt and pepper from Pier 1.
Fuzzy bunnies are from Pier 1.  Just toooo cute!
Tropical bird ceramic napkin rings came from eBay.
Divided relish basket came from Target a number of years ago.
The colorful ceramic condiment tray also mimics some of the Fiesta colors, but again is an import and not Fiesta.
These vintage nesting bowls are again not Fiesta.
Hall Gaco 

Wooden salad serving set is from South Africa.
Hand carved wooden pitcher and matching cups are from Jamaica, the woven tray is from South Africa.
Striped candles were 2 for $1 from The Dollar Tree Store.
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