Thursday, July 6, 2023

Checking In With My Readers

A Little Bit Of This And That 

Hi friends! Wow, it's been awhile since my last post. I just didn't have anything of interest to share, but I hope today's post takes care of that. It's a little bit of this and that for you today. A little decor, a little fashion and a little food! Hope you enjoy. 

Yesterday, The Mr. played a 4th of July concert at a local retirement community and I went with him. I noticed right away the lovely table vignettes that were on display throughout the clubhouse and I decided to snap some photos and share them on the blog. I can't take any credit for these lovely vignettes because they were done by other people. How cute is this wooden tray with a jaunty hat, pretty flower box and a delightful flower? So cute!

And this vignette is one I may try to emulate. I really like the stones in the glass vases. 

And with this lovely photo in the background, the vases really fit in with the whole nature theme. Such a great idea to put all of this together!

But, this may be my favorite of all the vignettes. The cheerfulness of the yellows with the blues is just so bright and summery! 

And the clock hanging above adds just the right final touch to the display!

Speaking of displays, I want to share this piece of furniture with you that I brought back from my trip to WV. I grew up with this piece and after my oldest sister passed, I decided I wanted this to put in "my room." The cabinet was originally part of an old fashioned radio from long ago. My father removed the radio (long before I came along) and turned it into this lovely cabinet. Growing up, this was used as a bookcase and then, later, as a display for quilts and then to store sheets. It has been used for many things over the years and I am so happy to be the current "keeper" of this piece. I haven't decided yet how I want to use the shelf. I may use it for books but then again I may opt for something else to display inside it. The filigree is so pretty and the glass and knobs are original (as far as I know). Just wanted to share it with my readers!

This is the corner of my room now, with the arrangement of everything. Radio cases used to be really ornate weren't they?!

This past Sunday I delivered the message at our church and prior to that I spent some time "shopping my closet" for something to wear. This dress was really bright, especially with the pink jacket.

This dress was pretty and a little longer in length, but I was concerned I would feel too warm with the long sleeves. 

This ended up being "the choice." Long skirt and short sleeved top for comfort in the heat. I know The Lord doesn't care about what we wear to church, and I know that what I said in the message was much more important than my clothes, but I wanted to feel confident getting up in front of people. I was speaking because our pastor of 16 years retired and our new pastor doesn't start until this coming Sunday, and the retiring pastor asked me if I would preach for this "in-between" Sunday. I wonder if the new pastor will be shopping her closet like I did trying to make a "good choice" for her first Sunday? Feeling confident in what we wear is so important in my opinion. What do you think about that?

And, you know I have to share some good food with you! This was a delicious meal I ate recently at Cracker Barrel. This is what I call an, 
"Aunt Beulah Special." Pinto beans, slaw, potato casserole and greens with a touch of vinegar. So good and very similar to the meals my Aunt Beulah used to prepare for my family and I when we would visit her in Gilmer Station, WV. She always had brown beans waiting on the stove and added fried potatoes and homemade biscuits to the meal. That was some fine eating, my friends, and I always think of her when I have this meal. 

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July and I would just love to hear what has been happening in your life lately. Leave a comment and tell me. I enjoy hearing from you!

Until Next Time,


Sharon said...

I really enjoyed this post, Debbie! Your piece of furniture is so very beautiful! And it looks like it was meant to go in the space in your room. I'm eager to see how you will use it. I also enjoyed the vignette pictures that you shared. I'm going to use the idea of putting stones in a vase. I have some stones from a beach in Maine from a trip with my Mr. I haven't really known what to do with them, but I think they will look lovely in a vase. Thanks for sharing your special day speaking at church and your yummy-looking meal at Cracker Barrel too.

Iris said...

Ohhh, I love the pretty cabinet (or whatever you call it). And the place you have it sitting looks ideal. And to know it's family history adds so much to it's value (to me anyway).

Loved the daisys in the blue containers.

Loved all you outfits. Would have loved to hear you speak at church. Enjoying your blog!

Iris said...

Well, I'll try this again. Somehow I deleted all the info befoe I tried to publish my comment. So here goes. I love your cabinet, the place you have it sitting and the family memories.

Especially like the daisies in the blue container. It really makes them pop.

Would have liked to hear your church talk. Liked all the outfits, though I would have chosen one of the long sleeved ones. (I'm always cold these days).


Debbie Styles Life said...

Glad you enjoyed the post, Sharon. It's fun to get new ideas for vignettes and to try in your own home, isn't it? I was really surprised at how well the piece of furniture fit into my room. I had a feeling it would look good in that particular place but it really fits in even better than I imagined and makes me feel good when I see it!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thanks, Iris! Glad you enjoyed the post. I actually got both comments. Silly computers, right?! And, yes, furniture with family memories is the best!