WELCOME to HAPPY TO BE...This is a blog about my love of Antiques, My family, humor, as humor keeps us laughing and my every Day life...I hope you enjoy your visit...Please leave me a comment to let me know you Came by so I can visit with you Thank You !!...Hugs and Smiles, Gl♥ria

September 23, 2009

~QUIET EVENING~

Hello guys!!! Well it's that time again where we get to play with our dishes with Susan at " Between Naps on the Porch" Be sure and go see all the others playing today...

Tonight we are having a quiet dinner for one and a new book to read...



Please sit down on my Antique bench and enjoy...

Chari at " Happy To Design" had this book for her one year anniversary as a give away...just knew I had to have it and also knew I would not win...Melissa at " Heart and Home" won... boo hoo...like she who is the worlds greatest decorator needs a book on decorating...Boy it some times sucks to be me....Any hoo I ordered this right away from Amazon so there Chari and Melissa....ha ha!!!


Its another one that is chalked full of wonderful decorating ideas...I give it 5 stars for sure oh!! wait this isn't RMS so I give it a 10...Ooooh I just love the bust there...

Now I don't know about you but I love looking at all the pictures close up...



This silver ware I got from Second Sunday 2 weeks ago its called "Community" from Rogers and sons...I got an 8 piece set of it plus the serving pieces....


Added a crystal candle holder, a crystal sherry decanter, little crystal stem ware glass and my little glass swan flower holder with some blue flowers....My oldest daughter Barbra got this for me when she was 16 WOW!! and now she's almost 50...




One of my little crystal swan salt cellar's and a little salt spoon I also got from Second Sunday about 3 months ago...
China was my Grand Mothers...I have a service for 12 of this....

Napkins were from my Hospice trip last month and Silver napkins ring also from Second Sunday this month I got 9 of them...For are you ready for this $10.00....



Swan's eye view....




Look!! after reading the book I added one of my bust next to the table....Chari also has this same bust...so I guess between us we are 2 Busty Gals...ha ha!!!




Now guys you had to suffer through all of that just so I could show you my latest find....This wonderful Tole hand painted tray...Is it not a beauty....it's so big everything you seen I had sitting on it...I had wanted one of these for so long...but every time I found one it is way out of my SS check budget....Well this one costed me $25.00 tell me I wasn't doing my Happy Dance...

Now do I have your attention Yet ? I am having my 1 year anniversary in 3 weeks and I have been real busy for over 2 months buying stuff for this special day !!! So in honor of my first year...I thought I would tease you like Lynne at " Lynne's Gifts from the Heart " does and start showing you just a sneak preview of what's coming...I know Lynne I'm a copy cat...but girl you know you love me more than your luggage... RIGHT!!

Be sure and go see Susan and I hope all of you have a great day...Thanks for the visit today...it does mean the world to me when you come by....


Hugs and Smiles Glria


56 comments:

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

I adore your antique bench, and all your wonderful photos.
Always great to come and visit you.
thanks

Hugs
Carolyn

carolinajewel said...

Wow! Great finds! I LOVE the swan! You sure got my attention at the end!!! HaHa! :D Jewel

Barb said...

Lovely dinner for one.

Love the book.Thanks for sharing and thanks for coming by

blessings
barbara jean

ceekay said...

I love your beautiful tray all gussied up...and the busts and all...but I had to laugh about buying the book that you knew you wouldn't win. I have been blogging almost 2 years....and NOPE, not a winner here either!! So I go get some of the stuff myself too....can't get one over on this ole girl!!!
Happy TT!

SILVIA said...

LOVELY,LOVELY THINGS YOU HAVE GLORIA, AND THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL..HAVE AGREAT EVENING MY FREIND..

XX.SILVIA.XX

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

You always find the most beautiful things -- and put them together delightfully! Happy almost anniversary!

Someone's Mom said...

Well that was fun! I love your tray. I can't believe you are a great-grandmother, you seem like a kid with your excitement. Of course I can't believe that I'm a grandmother...I'm still getting used to the idea!

Have a wonderful night!

Sue

Rebecca said...

Hi GLoria
Thank you for stopping at my blog and leaving such a nice comment
Your pictures are beautiful and love the dishes. That little swan salt I had in the shop and sold the set - 2 salts and a napkin holder not too long ago
Blessings
Rebecca

Lori E said...

Gloria your table for one is lovely. I looked at your silverware for a while enjoying the pattern. It is really an elegant one. When I see things like your special swan it makes me wish I had at least one girl. Boys just don't get it.

Deb said...

Hi Gloria! Soooo Beautiful! I love your serving tray and the silver accents! Deb

D said...

Hi, Gloria,
Fun post. I never win anything either. :( That book does look interesting.

D

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all gorgeous!! I love your antiques and decorating! The photography is great too!

You are making me want that book!

Katherine

xinex said...

Hi Gloria, I love everything you put together here. You have so many treasures, your china set is gorgeous and having a service for 12 is marvelous. That book looks like something I would really enjoy too. You mosaics look great!...Christine

Vera said...

I always visit and love it, I just don't comment very often.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gloria, you always have the prettiest dishes. I love your grandmother's china. It is just stunning, and I also really love your pretty salt cellars. I look and look, but never find any anywhere. I think I need that book too, it looks really interesting. Now I can't figure out the tease, but I will sure be watching. Hugs, Marty

Heidi said...

Oh How beautiful, your decorating is darling. That was a cute picture of the lady in the bathing suit lol.

Blessings,
Heidi

Connie said...

Beautiful, sweetpea! I love the photos and would like to find that book, but alas, I have too many now as it is!
xoxox,
Connie

niartist said...

Ooooo Gloria!!!!! This is great! Thanks for sharing! Come by and check out my giveaway - I think you'll like them! :)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love antiques too! Your photos look great!

Jessica said...

I always get a smile here~love your finds....and the bench...my heart is a teetering. :)

Hugs to you~ J

Madeline's Album said...

All your finds are fantastic. Enjoy coming to visit you and see all the wonderful things you have. Have a great day.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Gloria ! grandmother's china is gorgeous. And the salt cellars are precious ! You did good on that tray girl ! You are so lucky finding it,it is so pretty !

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Gloria and Happy Blogaversary! One year? Isn't it amazing! Now I have this same book and I just love it!! I found mine at Half Price Books!
Now to your gorgeous setting. Everything, and I mean everything is so beautiful! First of all - look at your fabulous mosaics! Girlfriend, you are going to town and these are so beautiful! Your dishes, silverware - everything is superb! You're wonderful my dear friend.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Oh, Gloria! I got so excited about your beautiful post, I forgot to answer you question. I found those dishes at Marshalls right before Hurrican Ike hit us. After the store got back up - they didn't have any more! I even searched out some more Marshalls and couldn't find them. Maybe they're discontinued. I don't know! I should have bought more pieces at first. Shoot!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

"Blossom" said...

I don't know where you get all your ideas. What a well thought out plan of tablescape thursday.
The salt crystals are so adorable.

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

This is lovely! Your bench is beautiful, and I love that tray.

Jane

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Gloria,
Just fabulous girl! I so enjoyed this, the book, your Grandmothers china, the swan salt cellars, and your oh so cute post! Hugs, Cindy

Joyce said...

Great swan and I love your attention to detail. I have a candle holder that looks just like the one in your post. My Aunt bought it for me back in the 70s from Avon. It always looks so pretty and I use it all year long.
Joyce

Sarah said...

Gloria, I enjoyed my little stay on your antique bench. And yes, you got my attention! You have a great sense of humor. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. The decorated sugar cubes are a delightful teaser. I want to take part in your give away! ~ Sarah

Mary said...

I loved all your treasures and wonderful photos. The tray was just gorgeous. I especially loved the tiny swan and the cut crystal. I don't however, recall giving you permission to use that picture of me in my bikini :-). This was a wonderful post. I hope you are having a great day.

Sue said...

Gloria, I know we are good friends and all.... but I have a bone to pick with you- I don't remember giving you permission to use my lingerie picture! Dang- I thought that was only for the viewing pleasure of Mr. Sullivan! LOL Now everyone knows what I look like1

Seriously, I love your tole tray. I just bought one at an estate sale this week. Love your place setting completely. the silver, the crystal, the china, and the little swan. When am coming t lunch? tee hee

I am always so happy to visit you. I get a smile on my face everytime. Big Hugs, Sue

Brenda said...

I rather like dining alone. It's quiet and peaceful! And you can't get any better than a book on accessorizing!
Brenda

Melissa Miller said...

Mom you are cracking me up! LOL! I'm really enjoying my beautiful book from Chari as well. It's just full of ideas and really stunning pictures too.

Your table looks gorgeous! How neat that your daughter gave you a special swan all those years ago. It's beautiful! I just knew that swan tassel reminded me of you for a reason. How cool is that! Love those dishes and pretty ice blue napkins too.

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love your table for one, Gloria.

I have that book! It's wonderful!!

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary in the land of blog!

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a GREAT book... I have it!!! VERY useful!!! LOVE that vintage settee!!!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Gloria,

I love your table for one! It is quite elegant. Beautiful crystal swan salt cellar and spoon.

Thank you for sharing!

~ Tracy

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Gracious me! I am sooooo behind on my blog visiting and I can see I have quite a bit of catching up to do here.

Your posts are always just so crammed full of great info, as well as photos to study and admire. That book looks amazing. I might have to check that out because I could use some help with accessorizing myself. Your grandma's china is so beautiful! It has all my favorite pastel colors. :)

9405018--Pat said...

Hi Gloria, I love your antique...your table for one is soooo lovely...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Gloria you are always such a riot to read- I never know what I'll find when I come over for a visit! I wish I was one of the busty gals-never have been :(!

I am in love with tole trays- only have 5 because they are so pricey- yours is certainly a keeper!!

What a pretty little setting and that settee- to die for friend!! You also gave me the yearning for that great book- will have to see if I can find one with one of my second hand book shops I buy from! keeping fingers crossed!

Thanks for the suggestion to teastain the music sheet around candle- it is old and somewhat yellowed but I do think it could use a little help! Also am looking for my twine to replace the bit of lace.

blessings
mary

I think those are sugar cubes for my tea party you may be giving away!

SmilingSally said...

I love those swan salt cellars.

You package came today. Be sure to check my post tomorrow!

Bill said...

Hi Gloria,

Thank you for showing us so many beautiful things today! (and I'm not just talking about that hot chick in her lingerie!)

That book looks like one we all need to have. Now I know what to ask Santa for!!!

Hope the rest of your week goes well!

Bye for now,
Bill

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

It's the details! That is what grabs me with your posts...those tiny exquisite details!
Just beautiful...
I need more dishes...I have run through the ones I have...and I need MORE! :) Garage sale time this Saturday!
When I got to the bottom of the post...for just a second I thought someone had sneaked you a picture of me..in all ..my ..OH NO..IT'S Gloria! Naw...I knew it wasn't you right away...:) You be just the tiniest of little things..and that babe looks way more like me!
:)
Hugs..
Mona

Julie said...

Hi Gloria,Love Love Love the little crystal swan salt cellar's ....Your tray was just gorgeous also....
xoxo
Julie

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I loved your post. You kept my attention for the entire thing. I love the tablescape, especially your dishes. And I had to laugh at the busty women comment. Too funny. It's always a treat to visit your blog. Keep it up. Can't wait for your giveaway.

Dawn said...

Hi Gloria! That china is just beatiful. Perfect, sweet, cottage colors!

I had planned on looking for some tole trays at Second Sunday. Sounds like I better bring a big stick with me to fight you off. I know you're petite but I bet your fiesty! Ha ha!

Hugs,
Dawn

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Gloria; I love you cozy table for one... and I have that book too, love it... thank you for your sweet comment too... I really enjoyed your post and photos... I will make sure I keep and eye out for your one yr. give a way... I am way past mine,,, I have to get going on it...lol

Hugs;
Alaura

Justine said...

Ooh girl, I hope BJ hasn't seen that tray, 'cause if she has, she's going to hop a flight to CA and steal it from ya!
I LOVE that beautiful table you used. Wow, it's a show stopper.

Justine :o )

Dawna said...

Hi Mom,
as many times as I have been to your house you never cease to amaze me how beautiful it really is.I am truly grateful 4 you and I love you with all heart.Love Dawna

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Gloria! I haven't been around much lately! Hope to be back blogging again soon! I love your quiet evening tablescape! That china is beautiful! And I love those swan salt dishes! So that must be Chari's secret to her great vignettes! I've gotta get me one of those books too! It looks great! You take care! God Bless! Lauralu :)

josh said...

Hi Grandma, Love your set up. You make everything look so easy. I miss you. hey I like the swan salt shaker. Kyra is getting so big. she weighs 15.8 lbs and is 29 inches long. Thank you so much for her lounge wear. hehe. They are so cute. just gave her a bath and put her little ballerina jammies on. love you.
Joshie

Chari said...

Mornin' Sis...

I'm so glad that you got your book and that you're enjoying it!!! It's a good one, isn't it? I really like it because most of the design books are great for the pictures but this one has all the "how to's"!

Girl, I'm lovin' your tole tray...it's gorgeous and I love the size of it! Oooh...your grandmother's china looks fabulous on it...that pretty white against the black and a meshing of all the pretty roses!!! You did GOOD, Girlfriend!!! You find so many great things at your Second Sunday Sway...love those beautiful silver napkin rings!!! That's one thing I've been keeping my eye out for too! Especially since I use alot of silver in my tablescapes. Anyway, you certainly created one fabulous tablescaping vignette on that beautiful tole tray...love it!

Thanks for the sweet "mentions" in your post today, Sis!!! You're the best!!! Ohh...and I'm so excited for you and your upcoming blogaversary!!! Hmmm...are those pretty decorated sugar cubes? Whatever they are...they sure are pretty and dainty!!!

Love ya, Sis!
Chari
PS...I'll be emailing you today with news!

Maria Killam said...

Love the swan salt cellar and the little baby spoon, I need some cute things like that for my tables!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Gloria, I just read your comment at Cottage State of Mind. I knew there was some reason I thought you were totally awesome.

You rock!!

Barb ♥

The Tablescaper said...

Hi Gloria:

I have that book and love it. It's filled with tons of inspiration.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your china. Thanks for visiting.

- The Tablescaper

prof en retraite said...

Hi Gloria! I just love this! Your bench is just gorgeous and I love the place setting! I know you must love having a serviece for 12 of those gorgeous plates! And I am glad that you got the book you wanted...good for you! I keep telling you that I need to go shopping with you! A tole tray for $25...unbelievable! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend...hugs...Debbie

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Gloria!!

Sorry I am so late!! I love your tole tray, so glad you finally got one at a good price. Dream fulfilled!! And it is set so nicely for a dinner alone. The book looks fantastic. I love to read while I eat alone, but I guess that is not a book to read so much as a picture book!! lol!! Is it good?? I just bought a Nells Hill book and haven't had a chance to open it!!

Anyway, I love everything on the tray. Your Barbara had great taste at the young age of 16. What a doll she is! And I really like the salt cellar and tiny spoon~so elegant...

I hope you have a fab weekend, Gloria! :-)

xoxo
Janie