"I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told." -Mark Twain



What is April Fool's Day without a little foolishness?

 So I dug out some "sets" of different colored dishes.
Do they match?
Well absolutely--------- NOT!!
It will all mesh in the end tho, just keep looking!

 Can we team them up with a little fun and FOOLish things?
I got all these items at the Dollar Tree.
The little marker/game boards become the "placemats", the straws become part of the centerpiece, the different glasses are the napkin holders and the slinkies decorate the table.
(You know how you buy your chlidren slinkies and they stretch out almost the first time they use them?  Well I could not FORCE these to stretch out. These little 2 for $1 slinkies are indestructable!! ha!)

Then I took some totally unrelated items and put them together as my centerpiece.

These little beauties are from Nell Hill's.
Their names are Miss Peppermint and Miss Snow, and if you look closely you will see they are actually
Christmas girls.
Today they got glammed up for the spring season!

 IF you look closely, you will see there are four
different colored, non-matching glasses.

 Originally, I was going to use a variety of table runners on the table. When I went to get them out of the closet,
I saw this "crazy" quilt and decided it would work even better. So then I pulled out four napkins....that didn't match.

 Miss Peppermint has become Miss April and Miss Snow is now Ms. Fool!
They loved it.

 Those crazy straws, gumballs and cup-measuring-cups...
well they turn into one great centerpiece.

 Miss Snow gets glammed up to Ms.Fool!

 Then the mix/match/meshing of the dishes began!

 Yes, the silverware is out of place and upside down on purpose...fool!
And note the tube that goes from the "drinking" glasses to the glass.
Not to mention the puzzle/whiteboard placemats!
Let's have some fun!!

 Some of the other place-settings.
no two
are alike.

 And of course guests are
to use
take home
all the fun stuff!

 Another view of a "drinking glasses" place-setting.

 Hope you enjoyed our evening of foolishness.
Remember not to take yourself
or others
Look around at how you can set a foolish table.
For $10, I found fun additions and take home favors.
Use your imagination.
Be foolish!!
I am linking up with Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. Enjoy all the wonderful ideas.


The Wise Man Builds His House Upon............

Outside of the First House. Read the story and you will understand.
No doubt, you have heard me whine and whine and whine on here about moving from our big old Victorian house in Kansas and to a smaller ranch house in Oklahoma that we rented. We longed to have our own home again, to put down (what we hope) are our final roots, and to enjoy a wonderful family home. 
Great kitchen of the first house. Top of the line appliances. Wonderful room.
  We thought we had found the perfect home. Just our style. Rooms we loved. Great yard. Super location. Affordable!! 

Master bedroom of the first house.Lots of big windows. French doors you can't see.
  We thought we were going to close on it just weeks before Christmas, and spend our first Christmas in it...no matter what! We could not wait.

Some floor problems...But look at al those buit-ins in the dining room!
  We knew it came with flaws...such as the floor pic. But we were use to old houses, and we can deal with the problems. The charm is too much to pass up. Then when it was time to close on the house, we find out that the title was never clear and there were some problems with that.They said it would take a year and a half to two years to clear up the mess.  To make a long story short, it should have never been put on the market to be sold until the issues were clear. We were devastated. I pouted (and cried) for over a month. Clear till the end of January. Finally, in mid-February I begrudginly began to look at other houses. Nothing compared to the house I had thought I was going to get though.

Front of second house...An ugly duckling waiting to be beautiful.
  So a couple of weeks ago, my husband finds this house online (see pic above). Ironically, it is only two blocks from The House We Didn't Get. It meets all our criteria as well, and is thousands (a lot of thousands) less than The One We Didn't Get. BUT there are a few glitches. ...Such as it comes without a kitchen.

The non-kitchen of the second house. Yikes!!
What you are looking at is the entire kitchen. It is a huge room, and it has these (very few and ugly) cabinets and not a single appliance. But on the upside, that leaves a blank slate for me to put in a kitchen I choose an love. On the down side, kitchen are SOOOO expensive. On the upside, my husband and I are Primo Bargain Hunters!!
The master of the second house. This is half of the room. But it also has half the closets of the first house.
  Ninety-eight percent of the house has beautiful wood floors that need just a tiny  bit of TLC.

The den of the second house. Beautiful and bright.
  It has huge windows (45 of them to be exact), that make me weak in the knees!! 

The living room of the second house..Looking into the den on the right and the dining room on the left.
  And, all kinds of old house funkiness that I love. It is spacious and just waiting for someone to love it. BUT it does come with more work than The House We Didn't Get.

The living room comes with the beautiful chandy. Whatever that was rolled up, is no longer in the house!
 Both houses have sat empty for almost two years. Both have a broken water pipe...that they tell me can be easily remedied. ("Easily" is apparently a relative term!)

So I had fallen in like with the second house and had ideas running amok in my brain. I knew the summer would be a perfect time to get to work on this ugly duckling that could easily be a swan.  We got all our (ugly) ducks in a row and won the bid on the house. We got all the paperwork in and were on our last leg of paperwork, when the broker from The House We Didn't Get called and said, "Hey ...Your house is now available with a clear title and just waiting on you."

Really. Not. Even. Kidding. So I have until tomorrow to decide....

Frankly, I will be grateful to have either one...and at this point...I'll believe it when I spend my first night in either one!


Oh Spring....You and your weather games!!

It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot
 and the wind blows cold:
 when it is summer in the light,
 and winter in the shade.
~Charles Dickens


Everything is blooming most recklessly;
 if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking
into the heart of the night. 
~Rainer Maria Rilke

If we had no winter,
 the spring would not be so pleasant;
 if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
~Anne Bradstreet


For The Birds.............Welcome Spring Tablescape...

I saw these cute polka dot bowls at Target's dollar bin
and did not buy them.
But then I could not get them out of my brain.
And by the way, Target also has $2.50 items in that 'dollar' bin.
...Such as these bowls.
But, I felt they were worth the $2.50 price tag.
They're a good size and even if you bought eight bowls, you would have only spent $20.
And I doubt if anyone buys eight bowls...
unless you are like me and have half a dozen children 
(counting my daughter in law!).
....Or you might buy eight bowls if you also splurged on the
yellow polka dots bowls or
the pink polka dot bowls...or
the green polka dot bowls!!!
The blue bowls made me think of robin's eggs, 
so that in turn
led me to pull out my 
bird and egg things I already had...
and say "Welcome Spring"!
Since I was going with a bird theme,
I figured my grapevine "chargers"
would look kind of 'nesty'.
Then I had another larger grapevine that I
pulled apart
and used in the middle of the table.
Remember the little candy nests I made the other day?
I used them on this table,
as well as putting one in the blue bowls....
just because I thought they were cute with the same blue-colored eggs.
If you have not seen Hobby Lobby's line of
vintage bird items, then you need to check them out.
Use your weekly coupon or wait till they are on sale
like I did.
They have several sizes of plates as well as 
lots of other cute items.
My white tin plates with the silver rims are also 
from Target.....
although it was several years ago and they were
on the clearance aisle.
I have no idea how they had not been snatched up!

Trying to achieve that rustic yet feminine and romantic look.
I have used these mini grapevines for napkin rings before.
I pulled them back out to use again.
I love them as napkin rings.

"Birds-eye" view of the candy nest!
I also remade my mini urns. Again.
This time I topped them with blue and cream eggs
I already had.
Once again, the urns look adorable.
Those six little urns make me happy every single season!
I just simply lined the urns down the middle of 
the table
with the loose grapevine.
I had these cute little plates that I had bought at 
Nell Hill's about three years ago.
She has had CUTE bird items for years.
They were in the same color family as the cute 
Hobby Lobby plates,
so I knew that I could mix and match
with no problems.

I also got this cute bird dish at 
Nell Hill's 
several years ago.
It is a heavy plaster.
I used it to hold the coconut nests.

Then when I was almost through with 
my pictures,
I remembered this bird...
also from Nell's.
I had to add him into the table!

I also got this cute black tray at Nell's years ago.
It has a cute little bird and egg on it as well.
I used it to hold my pretzel nests.

Underneath everything is my lace tablecloth 
that I use all the time.
My mother bought several of them in Italy years ago.
They are soft cotton lace
and wash up like a T-shirt.
They look pretty no matter what I pair them with.
Here's to a beautiful spring..
full of birds and nests and eggs..
and God's many miracles!

I have linked this with Show and Tell Friday
Tablescape Thursday


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