Wednesday, August 14, 2013

FABBY: Beach-Theme Tablescape

Hello sweet friend!

       The days are nice and warm lately in my neck of the woods, as it was in the early 50's before, in the southern hemisphere, of course. Now it's in the late 70's and very sunny, which I'm loving it!

My 'Beach Theme' tablescape is inspired in our good weather, plus, summer vacation is almost over around here too, since children will start school September the second. I am not ready yet for Fall decor, I will start next month.
I am using this setting for mother in our alabaster breakfast table; as I'll be cooking sea food we all like for today, Wednesday, which is when she comes to spend the day with us. Anyhoo, here is my 'beachy-Andean' setting, lol!

I used my cane chargers with square dinner plates and my fav Multiple Choice fish plates.

At left are my natural shells for 'Coquile St. Jacques' a favorite of Mr. Living.

The centerpiece flowers are done inside the sea-food tureen. The tureen was made at our past 'ceramic Factory,' specially for Fish Escabeche. The natural 'Ecuadorian Spondylus Shell' with shell pedestal at's for the hot sauce. 

A little fish bowl salt cellar. I love the enamel sailboat napkin rings I bought several years ago. 

White square dinner plate and fish salad, or entree plate.

With a green square plate.

With yellow square plate. All the square plates were also from our past factory.
The Ceviche sherbet with fish, seahorse and sea-scallops hand decorated....from our factory as well.
A close up of the cute sherbets in a sea theme and hand decorated.

The tureen is all hand decorated, as well.

We love beer in these tall glasses with our sea food.

The natural Ecuadorian Spondylus shell' bowl for hot sauce in the back with a shell spoon.

The tureen is hand decorated at our former ceramic company. Here you can see the lid with fish handle.


The beer tall pitcher and tall beer glasses are a set that Alejandro's brothers gave him several years ago for his birthday.

I really like this tall beer pitcher.

The view from my breakfast room window. The Andean mountains in the foreground. The river at right. We are in a 14th. floor Pt. House.

Natural shell for 'Coquille St. Jacques.' 


Thank you so much for coming by lovely friends and for the wonderful comments, as you always make my day!

Thank you so much gracious hostesses for your great parties as well.


I will be joining the following parties:

Kathleen for Let's Dish at,  http://cuisinekathleen
Susan for Tablescape Thursday at,  http://betweennapsontheporch
Deborah for What We Accomplished Wednesday at,  http://greenwillowpond
Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday at,  http://astrollthrulife
Sherry for Open House Party at,  http://nominimalisthere
Sarah for Homemaking Party at,  http://hopeineveryseason
Terri for It's a Party at,  http://acreativeprincess
Dana for Two Girls and a Party at,  http://thissillygirlslife
Centerpiece Party at,  http://thestylesisters
Leslie for Create it Thursday at,  http://lambertslately
Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday at,  http://coloradolady
Lindsey for Show and Share at,  http://southernlovely
Christina for Wildly Original Link Party at,  http://igottacreate
Jody and Stan for Simple and Sweet Friday at,  http://rootedinthyme
Richella for Grace at Home at,  http://impartinggrace
Debra for Be Inspired at,  http://commonground
Courtney for Feather Nest Friday at,  http://frenchcountrycottage
Thrifty Things Friday at,  http://thethriftygroove
Ladies Only Blog Share Linky party at,  http://mommifried
Bloglovin and Hometalk Blog Hop at,  http://lifeonlakeshoredrive
Holly for Tickled Pink at,  http://504mainbyhollylafevre
Lucy for Tickled Pink at,  http://craftberrybush
Jenn for Fabulously Creative Friday at,  http://jenniferizzo
Show and Tell Friday at,  http://myromantichome
Frugal Friday at,  http://shabbynest
Dolly for Farmgirl Friday at,  http://hibiscushouse
Laurie for Show and Tell Saturday at,  http://bedifferentactnormal
Aimee for Share Your Creativity at,  http://itsoverflowing
Alma for Seasonal Sunday at,  http://thetablescaper
Ann for Blintz on Pinterest at,  http://onsuttonplace
Donna for Party Junk 200 at,  http://funkyjunkinteriors
Mary for Masterpiece Monday at,  http://boogieboardcottage
Saturday Show Off at,  http://therosegardeninmalevik
Mackenzie for Saturday Show and Tell at,  http://cheeriosandlattes
Natasha for Serenity Saturday at,  http://serenityyou
Kathy for A Bouquet of Talent Linky Party at,  http://lifeinlashoredrive
Silver Pennies Sundat at,  http://findingsilverpennies
Cindy for Amaze Me Monday at,  http://dwellingstheheartofyourhome
Kaysi for Motivate Me Monday at,  http://keepingitsimple
Stephanie Lynn for The Sunday Showcase Party at,  http://stephanielynn

How Sweet the Sound I will be joining Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Between Naps On the Porch I will be participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

FABBY: New Cookbook Folding-Wood Stand

Hello sweet friends!

       Last Friday afternoon I went to pick up a "Folding Wood, Cook book Holder:" You see, I always had one I loved in clear Lucite for around 18 years and suddenly it gave up and broke in half, couldn't use it in any way anymore and I was really heart broken. Book stands are so practical when you're following a recipe and you want your book wide open. Anyway, to make the story short, Alejandro said; 'have one made' at the same place where we had our wooden kitchen cabinets custom made, this way they can match the same color of the wood.

I didn't wait to long to go to the shop after hubby's suggestion, although I didn't have a stand for almost a year since the old one broke, though!

I took a copy of the model I wanted made in wood from Internet and explained to the manager of the shop what I wanted. He agreed to make me one to match the wooden cabinets. Anyhow, here it is, so you can see for yourself...I'm elated with it, I even made home made bread for the weekend, just to use my French Bread cookbook wide opened in the stand, lol!

Here is my new 'Folding Wood, book holder stand! Didn't they do a marvelous job?!

Here is the original picture of the copy I took to the shop's manager. I even like mine better!

Here it is doing it's work beautifully by holding my French Bread Baking book.

Didn't my bread come out cute! In the small pic of the book, you can see a little of the bread's recipe I made.

My dearest Mil gave us the two teacups with the green lid when we were just married in 1975 and she said it was for us, 'love birds!'

When you take off the lids, this is what you see...a sieve for the tea bag, also in ceramic.

After the tea is made, you take the sieves off the teacups and rest them in the lids to drip, as in the photo.

We love our tea with honey and at left is an adorable 'honeycomb container' with a bee in the lid, which I designed back at our past Ceramic Co.

We also love bread with cheese and 'blackberry' home made jam; which I also made last week with Splenda. The Green and White pieces were also made at our past company.

We are going to watch a movie in the den this afternoon, so we're taking our tea, bread, cheese and jam, there...all ready in the plates that you see here.

I am soo excited with my new, Wood book holder, as it's so much prettier than the Lucite I had before! I have to hand it to my hubby for the idea!

Here you have it, my Wood-cook book stand and our small buffet setting for tea time.

Thank you lovely friends for your wonderful comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious hostesses for the cool and great parties they host each week.


I will be joining:

Stephanie for The Sunday Showcase Party at,  http://bystephanielynn
Susan for Metamorphosis Monday at,  http://betweennapsontheporch
Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday at,  http://astrollthrulife
Masterpiece Monday at,  http://boogieboardcottage
Mix It Up Monday at,  http://flourmewithlove
Mop It Up Monday at,  http://ishouldbemoppingthefloor
Inspire Me Monday at,  http://createwithjoy
Motivate Me Monday at,  http://keepingitsimple
Tea Time Tuesday at,  http://rosechintzcottage
Tea Cup Tuesday at,  http://marthasfavorite
Tea Cup Tuesday at,  http://artfullaffirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at,  http://antiquesandteacups
Kathryn for Make It Pretty Monday at,  http://thededicatedhouse
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at,  http://coastalcharm
Nita for Mod Mix Monday at,  http://modvintagelife
Bernideen for Tea at The Garden on Tuesday at,  http://bernideensteatimeblog
The Scoop Linky Party at,  http://thefarmhouseporch
Paula and Patty for What's It Wednesday at,  http://ivyandelephants
Angie for Knick of Time Tuesday at,  http://knickoftime
Kathe for You're Gonna Love it at,  http://kathewithane
Make, Bake, Create at,  http://hopeineveryseason
Home (work) Wednesday Linky Party at,  http://theeverydayhome
Kim for Wow Us Wednesday at,  http://savvysouthernstyle
Debi and Charly for Adorned from Above Blog Hop at,  http://adornedfromabove
Cindy for Amaze Me Monday at,  http://dwellingstheheartofyourhome

 I will be joining Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Between Naps On the Porch I will be participating in Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.