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Reflections on an Early Morning

Sometimes I am up really early in the morning, and have the wonderful opportunity to witness the sunrise over the mountain to the east. There is just something about the light in the early morning that is different from evening. I’ve never been able to describe the difference, but I can see it. It somehow seems softer, more pure.

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The torenia baskets seem to turn their faces to the morning light.

Early Morning 2

A view down the veranda. Quiet. Peaceful.  Only bird song breaks the silence.

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Noticing the shadows of the railing on the flooring boards, a gentle breeze moves the leaf shadows ever so slightly.

Early Morning 1

Hot coffee and a cool morning, perfect to reflect on our many blessings, and enjoy the beauty of our little corner of the world.  It is also a great time to just think, and I have been doing some designing in these quiet hours too.  I will have a new quilt pattern for you soon.

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The valley has a different look to the layers of hills and distant mountain ridge with the light from the east.  We face south so the east is to the left in this picture.

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The bird feeder was seeing a lot of visitors on this day.

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Here and there, dew drops had formed on flowers.

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Interplay of light and shadow make interesting shapes.

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I really liked the shadow on this lobelia trailing tendril, this may be a photo entry in the fair later this year.  The shapes are interesting, and the clear light made a sharp edged shadow.

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Looking up, the clouds looked like flying visitors.

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Light and shadow on the driveway down the mountain, in the golden morning.  Reminiscent of a time gone by, of a slower day, time to be still and breathe.

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The blue jay calls, and the chickadees answer.  A titmouse, a wren and a nuthatch join the choir.  This is a morning for gratitude, for our lives, our freedom, our beautiful home and property, our family and friends, our many blessings.  Count your blessings today, and remember those who have protected our freedom.  Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

 

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Crescent Dogs and Patriotic Tables

Memorial Day weekend is here, a great time for some finger food to watch the auto races on Sunday, or to take to the park for a picnic, or pack in a warmer to go hiking. Even if you are staying home, the weather looks nice here for a meal on the veranda. This tablescape was from a lunch a while ago, and I might just do the same this weekend. The plastic star plates are set on paper patriotic napkins for color, and the white straw placemats.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

Patriotic napkins are wrapped around plastic forks and tied with ribbon.  Placecards add a personal touch.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

My Patriotic Table Runner is a tutorial that you can make in a day.   This tablescape was from last year when it looked like rain on the holiday.  More casual, this one didn’t have chargers, just white dinner plates and red salad plates on white placemats, and red napkins held with wood napkin rings.

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I have used this runner several times a year since I made it, as it goes for all the Patriotic holidays over the summer.  This one used my depression glass candlesticks with red candles and the little starburst weighted sprays I got at the dollar store.  Red chargers and napkins held with strawberry napkin rings sit atop white lace placemats.

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So, food!   Let’s make some Crescent Dogs for munching.  This is a great make ahead recipe for taking along to a picnic, potluck, or even hiking.  Start with separating the crescent dough into four sections, ignoring the diagonal perforations.  Press those perforations so the dough holds together.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Boil your hot dogs for a few minutes to be sure they are cooked through and hot.  The crescent rolls will get brown before the dogs are done, so precooking is essential.  Yes, you could grill the dogs for even more flavor.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Spread mustard on the crescent rolls.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Now place the cooked hot dogs on the rolls.  Using two dogs per section, cut the dough in half.  Add cheese if you like.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and place on a baking sheet.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Bake as directed on the crescent roll dough tin until golden brown. I have to admit that I cannot remember and didn’t write it down when I did these.  I think it is about 11-13 minutes at 425 degrees, but use the directions on the tin.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Yum, nicely browned, and ready to eat.  Makes 8, two per person would feed four for lunch.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

If you are taking them to a party, just cut into bite size pieces.  You can get four nice bite size pieces from each one, for 32 appetizers.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

While you are munching on Crescent Dogs, read about my Patriotic Star Mini Quilt, full tutorial with two quilting runs in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Back to the table, I’ll be using my neat large plastic tray I got in a silent auction some time ago.  I think Crescent Dogs will go nicely on this for passing around the party.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Or make my Perfect Deviled Eggs using the last recipe you’ll ever need, and serve with Ham Rollups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These bowls were in the same silent auction win, and I haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Maybe this year.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Celebrate our Freedom this weekend, and remember those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice on Monday.   This mural is a recent addition to our local art, finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  It is located on the side of an historic building on 4th street, and the mural faces King.

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Have a great holiday weekend!  What are your plans?

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Easter Decorating

Easter is just days away now.  I didn’t do a lot of decorating for this holiday this year.  One thing I do have to put out every year, though, is this adorable, now vintage, Happy Easter train.  Look closely and you can see the word Happy spelled out in twig letters held by the little bunnies.  The word Easter is spelled out on the train cars.  This year I have it on the kitchen counter.

Easter Train ~ From My Carolina Home

The Spring Tulip Mini Quilt is on the stand.  I need to get a few more designs done for this stand.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

On the wall is my original disappearing nine patch based quilt, Stacked Bricks.  That pattern is free in my Craftsy store.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little Button basket is a fun crafting project.  Just glue pastel color buttons to the side of a basket in rows of colors, then fill with some silk flowers.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little ducky is too cute with her Easter hat and egg.  I put a silk violet in a yellow basket nearby.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

Over on the coffee table, I set out a wool-work rabbit penny rug with a glass bunny on it.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

So, not a lot of specifically Easter decorations, most will stay out until summer.  Are you decorating for spring?

 

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Stamping Easter Cards

Bunnies and spring colors were the theme of my Easter cards this year.  I found these adorable fuzzy bunny cut-outs on 90% off clearance at the discount store last year, so of course I had to snap them up.  Don’t they have adorable cotton tails!  I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, until I pulled out the Easter bin of stamps and found the perfect ribbon.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

I started with lavendar card stock, and embossed a yellow top piece to fold the ribbon around.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

Adding the bunny on one side, I stamped Happy Easter on the corner. Then realized, I didn’t like it on the embossing.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

To fix that, I stamped the sentiment on ivory card stock, then framed it in green. Mounting it over the other stamp, now it looks more finished.  Inside is the spring wishes sentiment, with a couple of little chicks.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

Since I had bunnies in different colors, and the ribbon went with all of them, I made more with different colorways. Do you like the pink?  I put little bunnies on the envelopes too.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Then a few more!  Yellow and purple, teal with gold, teal with pink, I could keep going.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Here they are, lots of variation on the same design, enough for some special friends as well as family.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Time to mail! Are you sending Happy Easter or Welcome Spring cards?

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Easter Tablescape

Taking the Spring Tablescape from the blog hop to Easter was pretty simple.  I already had a good theme going with the yellow and green colors, and a few vintage rabbits.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Last year I got these Easter crackers to have for the gals at the office.  But alas, the party I had planned to surprise them was not to be.  The little bunny faces and cotton tails are pretty cute though.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I switched out the yellow flower plates with some really cute Easter Egg plates.  I’ve not used these, other than to set them out and photograph them.  They are a discontinued pattern at Pier 1, you all know how much I love that store.  No affiliation, yada yada.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Putting the bunny crackers together with the egg plates and the setting now says Easter is here.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I added little rabbit planters filled with eggs to the centerpiece.  There is one on each side of the yellow ceramic basket.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

The crackers will also stand up, adding dimension to the table and you can see their little cotton tails.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Ready for an Easter celebration.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Are you having an Easter dinner this year?

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Mardi Gras Cookie Party

It is Mardi Gras season, a great excuse to celebrate and set a nice table for some great food.  Mardi Gras celebration is an entire season of carnival activities for some cities. Mobile Alabama claims the very first celebration. New Orleans has a street fair and parades. Costume celebrations are held in Austria and Switzerland, and other areas around the world. Mardi Gras was on my mind as I prepared to host a board meeting for one of my clubs.  We had a lot of heavy decisions to make, so to make the meeting a bit lighter in tone, I decided to make it a cookie party. The dining room table was protected with a pad and tablecloth, then topped with a quilted table topper in my Amazing Value Play pattern.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 1

The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with greenery and purple flowers inside. Mardi Gras beads were draped over and around the basket, with some Mardi Gras coins scattered about.  The glittery purple and gold apples work well with the theme.

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The purple note pads and funky napkins were found at the dollar store, along with some additional beads for the table.  Everyone will get a beaded necklace to take home.

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The fun ceramic dessert plates are a thrift store find, couldn’t be a better match for the table.

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I made my Vanilla Sugar Cookies for the meeting. Rolling out the dough, I used a fluted round cutter to suggest coins.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 1a

They bake up quickly.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 1b

Frosting them lightly with icing, they were sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar crystal decorations instead of Christmas colors.

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Turned out pretty tasty looking, huh?

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I made some chocolate chip cookies too, but these are the stars for the day.

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The name Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday, and that will be next Tuesday, February 28th.  Then you can set a lovely table with a Mardi Gras Theme like this one from last year.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Using a crown, some evening bags, coins and beads, this is a fun table for a Tuesday meal.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

In the mood for a bit of quilting?  Make my Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used small seed beads to suggest a bead necklace on the top of the green, gold and purple block like the ones participants throw to the crowds during the parades.  See that construction with this link – Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Want a cookie?

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Do you have any plans for Mardi Gras?

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Valentine Decorating

Valentine hearts finally came out over the weekend. I haven’t done anything new quilt-wise for Valentine this year, unless you want to count the red and cream Scrap Dance Waltz.  But I did put up a couple of things from years past. The pink candles came out to replace the Winter White of January. I need to do a mini quilt for Valentine, but once again this year I didn’t get to it. So I have left the White on White Mini Quilt up. Click on the highlighted titles all through this post for free patterns and instructions. I added the white candle with the pink rhinestone hearts, and a bit of glitter heart garland to the reindeer’s beads.

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The Hearts Around Table Topper is on the wall this year instead of a table.  See this post Quilting Hearts Around to see how to deal with a stray dark thread under a light fabric.

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Over in the dining room, I put another Valentine Hearts Wall Hanging using it as a table topper.  Red candles replaced the white ones, and I added some glitter heart garland over the painted white pine cones.

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We don’t plan any dinner parties before Valentines, but I wanted to use the red napkin rings I just found at the thrift store. So I put red napkins in them, and set them around the table just for show. I’m sure there will be an opportunity to use them with all kinds of seasonal tablescapes later, so you’ll likely see them again.  It makes a nice view coming down the stairs in the mornings.

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This sweet little wall hanging is a table topper this year.  I don’t have a pattern for this one, it was a block of the month at quilt club some years ago.  It is sweet, with the heart shaped applique heart flowers, with buttons and stems, bordered in heart fabric.

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Make a wool applique Valentine Penny Rug.

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Maybe you can have a Valentine Breakfast this coming weekend. Here’s my breakfast table from a couple of years back, with the pink Cherry Blossom depression glass plates.

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I served Popovers with Black Cherry Creme (recipe here)…

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Make some Valentine cards to send to your family and well loved friends.

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I have been reluctant to take down my Paris inspired tablescape (Romantic Dinner for Two) because it says romance to me more than the red hearts do right now. Just having it out, with the Eiffel Tower, brought back wonderful memories of our trip to Paris years ago, and we reminisced about it last weekend. We stayed in a quaint hotel on the sixth (top) floor with a gorgeous view of the city from the beautiful stonework rooftop balcony off our room. It was just off the Champs-Elysées, right around the corner from a charming café where I got to practice my French and order breakfast each day.  It was an enchanting time.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

What are your plans for Valentine’s this year?

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