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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Our first Post! ^_^

A blog. Oh my gosh- I don't even know where to start. I am a sometime lurker and reader of some wonderful blogs I found while trying to figure out this whole "internet thing". You see, I'm a total techno idiot and never expected to join the ranks of those wonderful, prolific men and women whose daily (or weekly, or monthly) posts I love to follow. I actually had to ask a client of mine exactly WHAT a "blog" was. Short for "web log"- imagine that!
So how did this happen? Well, school let out for the summer and it took exactly a day and a half for my 15 year old daughter to announce she was "bored". While I was sitting at the computer one day she wandered in and joined me in perusing some of the decor, lifestyle and food blogs I enjoy. The rest is history (or will be ). Within 20 minutes she was asking how one sets about starting a blog (she asked this of the person who asks her 10 year old for computer help!) and she was off. By that evening she had a template and a profile written and informed me that she wanted this to be a joint venture. Now, anyone of you who has ever raised a teenage daughter knows that wanting to do something with Mom is a RARE event. Sooooo.... even though I have no clue what this really entails, I'm not about to give up the opportunity to spend some extra time with a VERY special daughter.
A little about me and then I'll let Allie tell you about herself. I'm a mom to 6 wonderful kids-5 boys and Allie (guess who thinks she's in charge?. I'm of Italian descent and my wonderful hubby is from as Irish a family as there is. We"ve lived in N.C. for almost 4 years but were born and raised in N.Y. I guess you could say I'm a bit old-fashioned at heart as I've always loved the idea of being a wife and mom. Actually, I love anything that says home and family to me, but have a passion for decorating, design, and cooking. I am an avid sewer, and have always loved anything old or with history and provenance. I have a somewhat extensive collection of vintage and antique linens and laces (thanks Grandma for sharing that passion with me!) and I absolutely adore anything related to setting a beautiful table. I am a firm believer that we should make a conscious effort to surround ourselves with people and objects that make our hearts sing. Even morning coffee drunk from a beautiful cup or mug with a cloth napkin just makes the start of the day so much better than gulping it down over the kitchen sink or running to the car.
I am now working as a personal trainer/nutritionist, but spent many years doing design and staging work along with some catering. At age 43 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and life hasn't been the same since after 2 years of treatments, I am now 4 years into remission. My priorities have changed and I am determined to find beauty and joy wherever I can I find those pleasures daily in my children and grandchildren. Our lives are full and busy, but I will definitely make an effort to share some of it with you all. Allie and I are looking forward to joining in some of your fun Blog Parties and we hope you'll come visit our blog too. And please be sure to say hello!

Hi! I'm Allie. ^_^ I'm gonna keep this short because you got basically everything from the novel my mom wrote up there. I'm the fifteen year old daughter that came up with the idea to do a blog. My mom was looking at other people's blogs so I made one for her. She was reluctant at first, but she came around. I opened the blogger account and made the pretty header and found the pretty template. I did this so that her creative ideas could get out there, and then it turned into a partner deal. :] I can be creative sometimes and I like doing design type things so I thought it would be fun.

Now, for our first blog, we decided to participate in a blog event called "Tablescape Thursday" hosted by one of Mom's favorite bloggers-Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

 This was a last minute decision and was put together really fast-nothing like photographing breakfast at 9 p.m.! Dad isn't even going to ASK what we're doing!! So... Here are our tablescapes!

Pattie's 'Breakfast on the porch':

What better way to start the day?
Tuscan China-sooo pretty
Grandma's silver
Etched juice glass
Handmade linens

I love this china! Antique china belongs on handmade linens
Just imagine how many hours of work went into these napkins and the net lace. They complement each other so well

And don't forget the lovely, little clock-a quiet reminder not to linger too long- work awaits...

Allie's Saturday Breakfast:
Muahahahaha! My turn! >:D

Okey dokey then.....

So, for our blog post my mom suggested that we participate in a blog event called
"Tablescape Thursday"

well i learn something new just about every day. todays lesson:
"What in the world is a "tablescape"?

Once i found out what it was, with a little help from my mom, i found all the plates, glasses, and "flatware" (another new word....XD), i made my version of a saturday breakfast on the porch.

My recipe for my "tablescape":
a yellow plate, green and blue napkins with a white napkin ring, woven multicolor wood placemat, a bubbly blue glass, bamboo "flatware" and a polka dot icecream dish! :D (unfortunately it isn't for icecream at breakfast)

in this picture, you can see the napkins I used. I just put the blue napkin on top of the green napkin and put them in the white ring so the blue showed on top and the green stuck out at the bottom.

A pretty bubbly blue glass! ^_^

and bamboo "flatware" (i dont see why it needs a special name, why cant we call it all silverware? i dont know.....)

yummy fruit in an icecream dish! ^_^

Muhahahahaha! Fruit for Allie! >:D
Allie needs to learn to not eat the props during a photoshoot!

We have A LOT of learning to do, this took FOREVERRRRRRR to put into a post, but we hope you'll come back and visit! :D

Pattie and Allie


  1. Wonderful post!

    Welcome to the land of blog!!

  2. love the lace and welcome to blogland

    happy tablescaping


  3. Welcome to blogland and Tablescape Thursday --
    you'll find lots of great friends here.

  4. Allie--what a great daughter you are to blog with your mom! Hope you both have fun with it!

  5. Oh how cute! My 17-year-old just shakes her head at my tablescapes... Welcome to blogland! :)

  6. Welcome to Bloggy World! Love the breakfast on the porch idea. That china is very pretty. I also like the turquoise with the creamy dishes...

  7. Pretty displays... lovely napkins!

  8. Good job's charming! don't be discouraged that it took a while to post...You'll be pros in no time! Just keep at it. Fun having mom and daughter do this together, xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Stop over...

  9. Well hello there! Is it true? Am I your first follower? What an honor. So glad you joined us here in blog land! You are in for a fun adventure! I am totally impressed that both of you are doing this together. The only thing that my 15 year old son and I do together goes something like this .....I hand over money so he can go on his adventures! Looking forward to many more fun posts!

  10. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and your 'scapes are lovely. Keep up the commentary and welcome to TT.

  11. I love your blog...I wish I would have thought of this...12-year old daughter has her blog with my blog list...I usually need her help with pictures, etc. I love your's from one of my favorite movies...Under the Tuscan Sun. I cannot wait for more entries!

  12. Cute post. I enjoyed both of your tablescapes & your comments. Welcome to the land of blogging, and tablescaping and flatware (I too call it silverware).

  13. Welcome to tablescaping and blogging. Both of the trays look lovely. Enjoy your weekend!

  14. I love the idea of a mother/daughter blog! Maybe I can convince my daughter to write a post for my blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging from a fellow Tarheel.

  15. I love your blog...I wish I would have thought of this...12-year old daughter has her blog with my blog list...I usually need her help with pictures, etc. I love your's from one of my favorite movies...Under the Tuscan Sun. I cannot wait for more entries!cheap hotel in dublin4life transfer factor plus


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