Home Decor, Sunny Sunflower Arrangement

Recently my husband retired and sold his dental practice and office to a really nice young dentist who continues to take care of our family     They treat me like royalty and won’t ever let me pay, so I brought them a little surprise     The staff all ooohhhed and aaahhhed and immediately … Continue reading

Creations, Baby Shower Basket Centerpiece

“hey Mom, do you have any ideas for a cute centerpiece for J’s baby dinner?” DD asked hmmmm… “Maybe something with a pretty bottle of rosé, she would love that for celebrating after the baby’s born…” she suggested “Where is the party?” I asked “At a Mexican restaurant, so it needs to be pretty casual, … Continue reading

Creations, Holiday Bucket Decoration

  Mardi Gras decorations can be spotted everywhere along the Alabama Gulf Coast.   The stores are full of wreaths, masks, and beads…jesters and feather boas…everywhere you look there is purple, gold and green… I wanted to make a Mardi Gras decoration for my entry, not a wreath but something that would stand up to the … Continue reading

Home Decor, Blooming Birdcage

It’s August It’s HOT Summer blooms are fading away I had two hydrangea blooms begging to come inside But, alas, only two… So I mixed them with some dried ones from summers past, and a couple of faux blooms And ended up with this Blooming Birdcage It was too big for my kitchen island so … Continue reading

Creations, Custom Candlesticks

I have been drooling over all the large chunky candlesticks trending lately, and decided to transform some to fit my style a little better An eclectic group I know, but that’s just what I wanted, lots of individual personalities I loved the shapes of these two, and the detail on the shorter one but I … Continue reading

Home Decor, Radishes & Roses Centerpiece

Cruise through the produce section the next time you want to create a gorgeous floral arrangement and see what catches your eye I am always drawn to radishes and swiss chard because of their complementary color contrast of green and pinky reds To get the most bang in any composition whether you are arranging flowers, … Continue reading

Home Decor, Ball Jar Bouquet

Collect some jars they don’t have to be all the same~ 3 quart jars, 3 pint jars and 1 bud vase in the center Fill the jars half way with water and form a cluster.    Tie together with a ribbon I put 3 large hydrangea blooms in the 3 quart jars and then filled in … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Election Night Menu

Election Day is almost here!  Pop the champagne! In an effort to stay politically correct here, I have chosen dishes for election day that are All- American, and symbolic of politics in general, not just one of the parties. Please leave a comment at the end of this post and VOTE for the dish that … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Velvet Pumpkins & late fall decor

When I start a tablescape or centerpiece I choose a piece to work as a base or an anchor and build from there.  You have to start somewhere right? It might be a tray or a bowl, or just a large object or series of objects.  This centerpiece began with a large round shallow bowl … Continue reading

Inspiration

Welcome to “the Painted Apron”, a  crazy place where there is cooking, painting and creating going on most of the time. I hope to inspire you with recipes and ideas for your own creations and experiments.  My focus topics will be recipes, gifts, tablescapes, organization, painting and parties. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to use fresh … Continue reading

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