The antique tool box on my kitchen island is my catch-all. Not as in clutter magnet or a place to put all things without a home... but a catch-all as in a place for important things I need during meal time. And it has taken on a lighter summery look...
I am reprising Bridal Veil Tablescape as a part of this month's BY INVITATION ONLYlinky at Splenderosa's.
This months theme is WEDDINGS. If you love weddings, you are in for such a treat! Thanks Marsha, you are the perfect hostess!
BRIDAL VEIL TABLESCAPE
It is a perfect early afternoon on the porch. A small table is set for lunch. A mother and her precious daughter sit and share a couple of priceless hours together. It is a very exciting and happy time. The daughter has just had the first fitting of her bridal gown...
Summer is all about scrumptious fresh, just-picked flavors! What better place to put all those bright fruit flavors than in a pie... a cute little mini pie!
I have been a pie making machine lately. Me... the non-baker! Me... who LOVES the IDEA of baking... but when it comes to actually making pies... not so much! Me... who took nine years to learn how to make a descent pie crust!
My woeful pie making days are now over! Making these darling little mini pies was easy and so much F-U-N, FUN!...
Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! I hope you are having a fun "unofficial" first weekend of Summer 2012!
StoneGable is full of family and friends and we are eating ourselves silly!
Tomorrow you will find us at the corner of the Creamery in Strasburg, waving our flags as we watch the Strasburg Memorial Day Parade! This is one of my favorite local activities of the whole year!!! A real slice of Americana!
On a recent trip to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay I found this beautiful big blue and white bowl in a local antique shop! I knew it belonged in my kitchen... specifically, on my kitchen table! It was love at first sight.
But, to bring it home... the beautiful bowl had to not only have a love relationship with me... but the price had to be right! Oh, I wanted this bowl to be "THE FIND"!
I turned the bowl over to see the price tag and...
If you come to visit me at StoneGable, I will greet you at the door in an apron. It is just part of my "uniform"!
I started wearing aprons as a young wife to save my clothes from getting dirty. As the years passed I continued to wear them... to gather up veggies in the garden, wipe salty little tears, dry off dishes and messy hands, and to hold all sorts of sundry things that end up in their big deep pockets
. Aprons also decorate my kitchen. They hang on very unique wall hooks...
If you are like me, you are having a busy week getting ready to celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family. Memorial Day is also the unofficial beginning of SUMMER! We are raising our flags, opening our pools, filling our picnic baskets, firing up the grill and heading out to local parades or beaches... don't forget the sun screen and flip flops... and a little flag to wave!!!
A big part of this fun All-American holiday is food... especially barbecue and picnic food!
I have put together a few ideas to help make your Memorial Day extra special and yummy...
My family never uses the front door! Or the back door! They come in and out of the house through the garage entrance door. Thank goodness only my family insists on coming and going through the most unsightly part of our home!
The landscape in that tucked-back area was not given much thought until last weekend...
This week I am getting ready for a house full of family and guests for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. I am so excited for our out of town guest to visit!!!
I love Memorial Day! Growing up all of my childhood and teen years in a military family gave me a deep understanding and appreciation for heroic effort and great sacrifice of our military men and women. I saw it firsthand in my own home!
It is the most glorious day here at StoneGable. Sorta like living in San Diego today! You know those days... warm, breezy, sunny, low humidity, birds singing...lawn edger whirling, trucks up and down the driveway, voices of hearty men wafting through the open windows, men heaving mulch everywhere ... wait!!!... what?
The mulch men are here today! I am not complaining because for the last two years we have not mulched our gardens ourselves, thank goodness. I am very very grateful for that
Here is how the mulch men fit into today's post...
My family loves Eggs Benedict. But I have a confession. I have never made Eggs Benedict for them at home. NEVER!
Just reading the recipe I could see that it is a very complex, time sensitive and fussy recipe. Far too much work for me early in the morning! I just leave the prep to the professional... my family eats it when we go out for Sunday brunch after church!
StoneGable will be full of family and friends this Memorial Day weekend. The perfect time to surprise them with my version of Eggs Benedict... StoneGable Benedict...
There are just those perfect mornings that are made for breakfast al fresco... and this was one of them!
I set a tray with black and white Rooster dishes and fresh picked blooms from my garden. This morning StoneGable Benedict, a take-off of Eggs Benedict, was on the menu! I never make Eggs Benedict because they are so time sensitive and just a little hard for me to deal with first thing in the morning. So I came up with an easier, less fussy version. Stop by StoneGable on Friday for the recipe and some tips to making this classic egg dish... with a twist!
As I headed out the door I tucked a couple of my favorite home and garden books under my arm to read...
I am beginning to tidy up the guest room for one very special guest! Actually, we have been giving our Gable Guest Room a much needed facelift. Now that the major work is done... new floors, freshly painted walls, closets cleaned out, dresser painted.. I am concentrating on some of the details that will make our lovely guest feel welcomed and cared for.
The word picture that comes to mind when preparing a bedroom for a guest is... NEST. A little sanctuary away from all the cares of the world. This is the goal... to give our guest a soft place to land and a comfortable and beautiful space for them to relax.
Open the door to the Gable Room and this is what you will see first...
Isn't it a rush to see something you think is fabulous and say, "I think I could make that"!
The first time I saw silver spoon plant markers I was captivated... and on a mission to make them! I could picture them in my herb garden, peeking out between all the green... adding their class and sass to my parsley and mint!
I have been gathering silver spoons and butter knives and forks with simple wide handles to create plant markers. The process of the silver hunt was just as rewarding and fun as making my collection into markers. You can't imagine how much inexpensive silver there is out there if you are looking!!!!
So, toss out those ugly plastic markers and bring some bling into you garden!!!
Here is an easy video tutorial to make SILVER SPOON PLANT MARKERS...
The Lilacs are blooming here at StoneGable and the air is filled with their perfume! It floats through our open windows and drifts from room to room. I wait all year for just a few days when the lilacs boom and cast their fragrant spell!
My late blooming lilacs are not really late at all. They are right on time! These delicate blooms are the inspiration for a Mother's Day table on the porch...
Welcoming guest to our homes begins before we open our door! A beautiful wreath on our front door says, "We have been expecting you... WELCOME"! It also makes a very good first impression! And first impressions are often lasting ones!
I don't scrimp on a door wreath. Nothing small or demure... I want curb appeal! I want a BIG wreath that offers a big welcome! I want a focal point that will draw peoples eye to it's summer beauty! It must make people want to come inside. I want a design shop wreath without the design shop price!!!!
I can get all that by making a wreath myself. One lush, with summery blooms... and you can too! Here's how...
Welcome to my blog... and my life. I'm Yvonne... the mother of 3 beautiful twenty-something children and a recent empty nester. I live with Bobby, my wonderful husband, Scamp our spoiled (so cute) dog and Hobbes our rascally cat. I love all things HOME... well...except cleaning the garage and maybe ironing! I am a life-long learner on a constant quest to learn and do something new... especially when it concerns anything domestic !
Living by grace, I strive to be positive and purposeful. I want to live large and love life and all those who cross my path! It is my hope to inspire creative living here at StoneGable!