Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I’ll Drink to That

Are you looking for a festive adult beverage to serve your guests for the 4th of July?
This one will get some ohhhs and ahhhs and it’s tasty too!
Just three ingredients and a little patience and everyone will think you are sooo creative! Sorry I don’t have measurements but hopefully you can get an idea from the picture.

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The Red is Grenadine
The White is Lemonade, mixed as normal
The Blue is UV Blue, raspberry flavored vodka

We can usually get my son in law to mix these up for us every 4th.  The secret is you layer the liquids one at a time by very slowly pouring it down the side of the glass.

I love the 4th of July with all the flag waving colors and American traditions.  Almost always Mr. Brown Socks and I host our large, extended family.

  We make home made ice cream, play badminton in the backyard, eat ourselves silly all day and close the evening with a few fireworks.



This year for a variety of reasons it wasn’t working out for as many to gather here PLUS my aerobics instructor included us with a large group of people to their house next week.  Her husband is a chef so I’m happy to let someone else do the cooking this year! 
I decided to share a table I set a couple of years ago.  Since I’ve been a very neglectful blogger I’m quite sure few of you have seen this.

Let me know if you try this purdy drink!

Joining in on with these parties this week:
Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, June 18, 2012

Oh! There it is

Many changes have been going on in my house and with my business lately.  Those of you who might be new reading my blog, I have a home based business selling silk floral arrangements and accessories.  I have recently decided to turn my love of discovering great vintage pieces and decorative items found at market to my inventory.



Several days back I decided it was time to go through my numerous bins of thrifted finds to just see what I had collected in the past several months.  Truly I had forgotten some things.  Earlier this year my friend Beth and I had decided to open an “Occasional Sale” shop, just planning to open one long weekend out of the month.  Because we didn’t want to commit to a shop tying us down 6 days a week we knew in order to be successful our rent would have to be very low.  We wanted to stay in our little community.  We spent numerous hours searching for a spot to open our dream shop. It was all right there…a vision in our heads of what it would look like and how people were going to see it as a destination location!  After searching unsuccessfully for a good six months I have decided to continue doing shows in my home two or three times a year and foregoing a shop at least for the time being.


Being organizationally challenged I was sick of opening up this closet and not being able to find anything!

It was time to uncover my treasures




Now I have my whites together




A green shelf



Hidden before were these little salt and pepper shakers

The colorful birds on the right are a GW find with an Anthropology tag on bottom


My newer fruits are together




More fruits






A few veggies



A variety of orbs ordered from market



A partial view of my workroom





And a cute little memo holder for ideas and things to remember




I’m pretty sure God knew I had too many other things going on in my life to be a store owner right now.



More organizing in my future but for now it feels good to have this much done.

Thanks for stopping by Designs on 47th Street today!