What Caught My Eye This Week: The Green Dress, again!


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Today I visited a favorite blog, The Simply Luxurious Life, to catch up on her great posts. What jumped out at me was the tea dress the blogger, author Shannon Ables, pictured in her post Outfit of the Week: Afternoon Tea. Green. Be sure to go see this post–the shoes alone are to die for, but the dress! Wow! Wow! Wow! (You can pre-order Shannon’s new book, coming out in November. Read all about it here.)

Anyway, now I’m seeing superb green dresses everywhere! Back in August I posted on copycat covers for the book After The Party which featured, you got it, a green dress.

Credit for the dress photo: CEDRIC CHARLIER Gathered crepe de chine midi dress

Green Dresses At The Recent Royal Weddings

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Princess Anne (The Princess Royal) in green at Princess Eugenie’s  wedding

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Mother of the Bride, Sarah, Duchess of York (aka “Fergie” aka Sarah Ferguson) in green at her younger daughter’s wedding.

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Lady Kitty Spencer, eldest of Lord Spencer’s seven children by his three wives, won my vote for the most elegant lady at Prince Harry’s wedding. (Her mother, former model Victoria Lockwood (now Aitken) also wore green).

Here are the book covers for comparison

Link to the full post: Copycat Covers: The After Party

What Caught My Eye: A Bomb Pop Fourth!


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The classic Bomb Pop–the red, white and blue popsicle beloved by Baby Boomers and those just after them, is my signature motif for July 4th, 2017. I love it! Here in the Midwest anything ice that looks like this is called a “bomb pop” even if it’s not authentic.  Here, then, are all the great bomb pop things that Caught My Eye This Week.

Mom’s Tops


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This great Personality-Filled Producer Sleeveless Top in Ice Pops by Modcloth is my absolute favorite item with a bomb pop theme! Since I am not hosting a party this year and since the budget is tight, I couldn’t justify it, though I really, really wanted it. I hope one of you will buy it and enjoy it! Such a fun print!


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Here’s a super bomb pop t-shirt I found on Etsy, handmade and available from ShopLoveAndBambii. Great “pop” on the graphic, don’t you think? It comes on a variety of different colored t-shirts.

Nail Wraps


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Zazzle offers these Patriotic USA Fireworks nail wraps with the iconic pops! They look great mixed with the fireworks, don’t they?

Dad’s Shirt


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How cool is this for passing out bomb pops or bomb pop jello shots? Graphic t-shirt From Redbubble

While you could grab a traditional 4th of July t-shirt at a popular chain store, here are some better ideas for the kiddos!  T-s, hair bows, hair clips! So cute! Click the links below for the photo credits and purchasing opportunity. Remember, I never make any money off this blog. None. Not even a free product. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Enjoy.

Baseball shirt   Woven Blue Ruffle Collar Top      White t   Bows  Hair Clips



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Fourth of July Party or Birthday on the 4th? These cute invitations from justalittlesparkle are printable. Perfect, right?? Bomb pop invitations.

For the Grown-Ups


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Champagne Bomb Pop Cocktails! I like the look of these best, but you can serve them in plastic cups or even the ubiquitous red Solo party cups

Desert–AFTER serving the Popsicle Bomb Pops earlier!


It’s a party! Sugar is required! So, serve the real thing–the authentic Bomb Pops (capital B, capital P) when they kids start whining about how hot it is. Then, for desert, serve these cool cupcakes!

Clean Sticky Fingers


After Bomb Pops, cupcakes and fireworks, scrub hands with Bomb Pop Sugar Scrub!

Need More 4th of July Ideas?


An Introverts 4th of July post


Caught My Eye: Easter Tables


Last week’s Caught My Eye post was all gingham. I love gingham for Spring. So, why not gingham for Easter? The sweet simple tablescape above would work with just about any color gingham. Love it.



Image from Belle Ble Interiors–visit this blog, a favorite tablescape-ing blog

I love the antique-ish bunny here, and the beautiful eggs in the wheelbarrow. If you read the post here  you can see all the other fine touches on this table. Plus, her Spring Tablescape Blog Hop (scroll down on the post to see it) has tons more great Spring or Easter ideas.


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Photo Stone Gable: American Farmhouse Living

Stone Gable: American Farmhouse Living blog offers this  sweet vingette that could easily be a centerpiece or on a side table for Easter dinner. I love the sweet bunny and the tulips. Tulips simply are Spring to me.



Photo: Caitlin Colcolough Veranda Magazine

Florals are a must at Easter and few tables have looked as fabulous with florals as this pretty pastel tablescape from Veranda. Click on the link to see all the fine details of this very grown-up Easter table.




Another great floral tablescape–I love the addition of the Easter Eggs and the flower on the napkin. Such nice touches. See it, and more ideas,  here. Here, too, is another fantastic collection of ideas.


Photo: Hymns and Verses .com

This is a mantle-scape but could be on a side table for Easter dinner. I LOVE, Love, love the old-time church hymn and attendance board. Classic. The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world and, of course, flowers. Lovely. See the entire post here.



The blog name says it all: Everything Fabulous! This is FABULOUS!

Your family would need to be very tall though–just kidding. It’s beautiful!



Photo credit: Between The Naps On The Porch.net

Ok, eating Peeps grosses me out, but THIS is adorable! Perfect kids’ table! See it all here.



Photo credit: Copyright © 2017 Jennifer Brouwer Design

How’s this for a great tablescape? Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Lunch combined! I love the pastels, the crafts, the vintage items. So sweet. This post has many more fun ideas, too!


DIY Cloches for Easter 650

Photo: Interior Frugalista

How about these beautiful cloches? Interior Frugalista does a fabulous job! Go see her other idea.



How about you? Do you have special things you love on the table at Easter? Flowers? A classic bunny?  A cross? Leave me a comment or a link. I’d love to see them.



Photo credit: LilyBeanPaperie

Sweet egg basket–I love anything with old sheet music. The lace is lovely, too.

Just a sweet little extra for you!

What Caught My Eye: Spring and Gingham


Note: All photos are properly credited at the bottom of this post.

Gingham is such a wonderful way to inject color into life! And Spring and gingham go together perfectly to me!

Fashion Icons Love Gingham

Gingham is on Trend for Spring and Summer 2017

Stylish Guys Love Gingham

Gingham is Great at Home

It’s Spring! Go forth and Gingham!



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Gingham Shirts

Di standing Gingham

Di other Gingham

Di Gingham Pants

Jackie in Gingham

Kate in Gingham Shirt

Kate Blazer & Gingham

Kate Red Gingham Dress

Grace & Stephanie in Gingham

Michele Obama In Gingham

Amal in Gingham

White Skirt/Black Gingham Top

Red/White Gingham Swim Suit

Black/White Gingham Dress

  1. Crew Gingham off-the-shoulder suit
  2. Crew Gingham Sneakers

Modcloth Gingham Sheath Dress

American Eagle Gingham Romper

Anthropologie Long Sleeve

Anthropology Gingham Top 2

William in Gingham Shirt

Mick in Gingham

President Obama in Gingham

William and George

Harry in Gingham  

 George in Gingham

Blue Gingham Napkins

Blue Willow and Blue Gingham Tablecloth

Pink Gingham Pitcher

Vintage Rose Gingham

Blue Gingham Pillow

Gingham Tags

Gingham Couch

Monogrammed Napkins

Gingham Bowls

Gingham Wicker Cushions

Gingham Bedroom

Gingham Chair

Gingham Table Runner

Gingham Chair 2 With Yellow

Gingham Chair  3

Gingham Dining Room Chairs

Gingham Slipcovered Chair

Yellow Gingham Curtains

Gingham Flatware

Gingham Cake

Gingham Tote

Gingham With Floral

Vivid Blue Gingham Chairs

Black Gingham Curtains

Gingham Bunks

Blue Gingham Couch

Gingham Entry Stools


What Caught My Eye This Week: Be My Valentine Edition


Lovely tablescape by Modern Vintage Costal

Valentine’s Day YUM


Photo Source: The Open Table

Open Table blog showcases Deliciously Decadent Valentine’s Day Deserts nationwide in this mouth-watering post that includes the mini-comes pictured above. How flirty and fun would tiny gelato cones be on a romantic date? Or, if your Valentine’s Day will be spent in the Manhattan or elsewhere in the city, check out their great post on Where to Dine With Bae. Oh my…fab bae! The photos alone are worth clicking for! Everything on this blog looks divine!


Valentine’s Late Night Treat for Grown-Ups

Check out this amazing boutique. There Instagram posts alone are swoon-worthy. Here’s their web page. Fine French Wines and other delights. Go follow them on Instagram. Amazing!


New-Old Favorite Romantic Song for Valentine’s Day 2017

A classic! And it goes well with the champagne! Because ole’ blue eyes–the Chairman of the Board. I’m into crooners right now! You Do Something to Me. Because “…do do that voodoo that you do so well….” Who said only rappers can rap? Rap that!

Valentine’s Day Adorableness For Kiddos


Photo Source: Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth features these sweet Raggedy Ann and Andy printable bookmark Valentine’s--FREE.



Valentine’s Bookmarks to Color


Photo Source: Carla Schauer Designs

Carla Schauer Designs has free print and color Valentine’s Bookmarks and they’re adorable! Suitable for grown-ups who love to color or older children.  Stick these in everyone’s cubicles at work! Or hand them out to strangers on the subway for the great Books On The Subway program readers!


Iconic Valentine’s Candy Banner



Photo Source: Popsicle Blog

All the feels in this one, right? So Cute! Candy Banner Printable (free)



Cute Photo Card



Photo Souce: Walgreens.com

Adorable take-away for kids Valentine’s Party.  Construction Paper Hearts


Sweet Treat Bags for Valentine’s Day or Any Day


Photo Source: ShabbyItalia

These are too sweet! And easy to make. Sorry, but there are no instructions. Just adorable idea.



Valentine’s Day Fashion For the Lady in Wintery Climates


Super Swing Coat in vivid red! At Rosewe only  $37!!

Most Romantic Celebrity Valentine’s News


Departures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of China: Through the Looking Glass

Photo Source: New York Observer

George and Amal are expecting twins!! You can read last Valentine’s Day’s post on my couples crush on these two here.



Love Story for the Ages



Photo Source/Credit Lauren Demby/Lauren Renee Designs / New York Times

Bride asks the man who received her father’s donor heart to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. I can’t even. Read the story here in the New York Times.

Valentine’s Decor


Photo Source: Cottage at the Crossroads

Love this sweet mantle-scape by Cottage at the Crossroads.


Best Song Ever For Valentine’s Day

What Caught My Eye This Week: Some different types of things this week

Cool Books


Believe me, if I could I would have a giveaway for a set of these beauties!! Imagine how fabulous these will look on your nightstand or bookcase! Love, love, love Vintage Books special collections. Here’s the link to see them up close.

Great Reading Challenge Idea




[Sorry kids, couldn’t find one with Mr. Trump in it. Too soon. I’m not making any kind of a statement by leaving him out, ok?]

On Inauguration Day last week I posted some great Presidential books. This week, Book Riot had a great post on a Presidential Biographies Challenge (of sorts). Well, I’ve read just about everything published (honestly) on the Roosevelts and a good bit on the Kennedys, so I started my own version of this challenge. Mine includes fiction and non-fiction, collective biographies and first lady or first family bios or memoirs. It’s all in a spreadsheet to add to the geeky-librarian-historian-goodness of it all!  I’ll post it when I’m done. Fun idea.

Romantic Table For Two


I love this  romantic, fireside tablescape from Belle Bleu Interiors blog.Click on the link to see all the sweet details. Leave her a nice comment while you’re there–it’s what keeps us all blogging.

Great Sandals


If you haven’t discovered Red Dress Boutique yet, you should! No, I’m not paid to say that! I just love a lot of their stuff. Like these sandals. Never mind that it snowed this morning–I want these! Fun Red Sandals just like in my childhood memories post on Red Shoes—NOT! These are Instant Getaway Red Sandals, so there!



What a Guy Needs….to Stay Organized


My son desperately needs this. Source

Soothing waves



Great new blog, Beach Books, I discovered this week while surfing the Discover function on WordPress. I find marvelous stuff that way! She is collection books of the sea and oceans. Its a fine blog–go and have a read and leave her an encouraging comment and a recommendation or two. She’s hoping to write a book and to open a bookstore–good news to everyone who reads here–and there.

What Caught Your Eye This Week? Leave me a link or a comment!

What Caught My Eye This Week

A Touch of Class



A little hope of Spring–the perfect bike basket!

A Touch of Cute

Village-check out the wildlife, too                     Ponies

The ponies are from one of my favorite Fantasy Islands–Stampington & Co. Read here.

A Touch of Charm


Antique hand mirrors or watches or purses as photo frames or jewelry

I think the Queen needs a pursue for a frame. Her iconic handbag!

A Touch of Chocolate



Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Floats

A Touch of Cool



Chip and Joanna of course! Flea Market Style

A Touch of Color…and Crunch!




A Touch of Cozy




What Caught My Eye This Week: Mostly Hygge Edition aka What Women Wished Men Understood About Hygge

Hygge in General



This week the Ohio River Valley and the Cincy-Tri-State-Area almost had real winter cold. So I got busy seeing what all the Hygge hoopla was about! This scene is very hygge. Anything that involves “cozy,” smoked salmon, cheese, warm socks, book and cake sounds great to me! This space was designed to read under a warm blanket, enjoying a hot drink and beautiful scenery. It’s a hygge-place.



I love mittens. I’m pretty sure mittens are hygge. At least these are. To me.

The source links to the knitting pattern. Knitting is way-hygge!

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It can’t be hygge without cute, warm socks. Wool. Too many too chose from out there. These are just a tiny sample of my faves.



I have cats–mucho hygge points because 1) they pur, 2) they snuggle, 3) they purr. But they make candles a bit dicey. Candles are so tres hygge they’re off the charts. I don’t think you are allowed to breathe the word hygge without first lighting candles. Honestly. But I really love these candles. Naturally they’re from Anthropolgie–the North American supplier of all-things hygge. But who doesn’t love their stuff?

Hygge Comfort Food


Chai Spiced Winter Porridge

Hot cereal like Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal obviously hygge. This version looks scrumptious if you take out that gross banana. Recipe is linked above.


Smoked Salmon Smorrebrod

Smorrebrod (little Danish open-faced sandwiches on Danish rye bread) is hygge and I can clearly see why! Smoked fish is delicious–especially smoked salmon.

American-ized Hygge Food


Mint White Hot Chocolate

Hot drinks are de rigueur for hygge-ness. This recipe sounds so good! Creme de Menthe might work well, too. Recipe is linked above. I want to make this soon.


White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup for Two

Soup, especially a creamy soup, screams hygge to me! This one, which only makes two servings, has that other hygge thing–beer (guy’s or students’ version of hygge). Carlsburg is the hygge-est beer ever. But is it hygee to slop it all over the table like that? Recipe is linked above. I think this needs big, soft German (sorry) pretzels with it, don’t you?  Yes the bread bowl is cool, but a warm, soft, salty pretzel?And, of course, more cheese. Cheese could have invented hygge.


Slow Cooker Brownie Pudding

True American Hygge Goodness! I’m hoping to make it today.

A Hygge Monitor

I’m not a serious bullet journal-er, but I do use journals (you can read about that here). But I love mandalas. This is a Mood Mandala, but why not a Hygge-ness Monirot?! [ Youtube has all kinds of great mandala drawing videos, but I found this Mood Mandala idea (with full credit given to the Instagram above)  in Boho Berry’s Plan With Me 13 video and she has a great video on drawing mandalas as well.] I dream of having a beautiful set of wooden mandala blocks to grace my huge coffee table!  I think both the mandala monitor and the mandala blocks would be seriously hygge. Maybe you could have a color chart for hygge moments?  I’m pretty sure coloring a mandala or assembling a wooden mandala with a hot drink while wearing warm socks and sitting swarthed in a warm throw blanket is uber-hygge. And, if it’s not then add cake. Cake is the secret ingredient of hygge!

Hygge for the Busy: Hygge in a Box or Postal Hygge

In the U.K. (aka “England” to those here in the Tri-State) they not one, but at least TWO, subscription box services to meet your hygge-demands! Here’s an article with a  comparison of the two.

Hygge for guys….or what women wish men understood about hygge



This is the guy and the bike I’d ride with! How cool are those boots! Jeremy Irons was made to wear these and ride this bike, I just know it! Jeremy Irons voice and Hygge were also made for each other. Cuddling and backrubs are hygge. Just sayin,’ Jeremy. That bike probably jolted your frame a bit….. Hygge…..sigh….

Beer is hygge when it is warm, dark and Danish and enjoyed at a hipster dinner spot or a cool little basement dive with live jazz. Wine is always hygge (well, you got me there–not when its in a box), but it’s espeically hygge served warm with spices and fruit floating in it. T.V. isn’t hygge. Reading and soothing music are hygge. Jazz is hygge. Acid rock is not.

Open-faced rare beef filet sandwiches are hygge. Beef jerky, even terriyaki or pepper flavored are not hygge. Too much gnawing.

Smoked salmon or sour cream-drenched herring on dark bread is hygge. Going fishing for for the fish, except on a luxury yacht, is not hygge. That’s just camping and nobody with a brain calls camping hygge. Not even glamping. Nope. Outdoor hygge is strictly walking hand-in-hand in beautiful snowflakes or in lovely crisp frigid air when the lady has her hair perfectly under control and is wearing very, very hygge socks and furry boots. Messy hair is only hygge if it is intentional messy, artfully messy.


Royal Copehagen is the official men’s scent of all things hygge. Stock up. If you’re a student, original Old Spice may be substituted for week-night hygge to save money.

Using hygge-stuff to get sex is un-hygge. You have to be SINCERELY hygge for that. Like you’d still hygge even if you were alone. You value hygge-ness that much. No, I’m not kidding. You’d have to be like Ross on Friends and want to put on Kenny G and take a bath with layered scents and oils and junk–when ALONE. Yeah. Now that is pretty darned hygge. And, you’d have had porridge for breakfast with chia seeds–that just screams hygge! Any woman would give in to a guy who ate chia seeds in public at a porridge shop. Trey-hygge. Uber-hygge to be manly enough to a) eat porridge, b) order it with chia seeds, c) look like you mean it. No, you can’t get bacon with that. Vanilla beans. Go with the vanilla beans. And a weird kind of fruit. Weird fruit is always a good bet for hygge porridge.

Back rubs are ultra-hygge. Couples massages by candelight, or by the fire, and always on a cashmere throw with mulled wine to drink and hand-feeding each other cake is so hygge it screams the Danish national anthem. Forcing “the pace” beyond that is borderline. Sweat is involved after those steps, remember?  Ditto insincerity. Trust is huge in Denmark.So gunning for sex is not hygge. Got it, boys? Saunas are not hygge—they involve sweat. Those are for the Finns–the people who live in Finland. Yes, it’s a different country and no, they aren’t as big on hygge except in school. Their schools are the very definition of hygge.

But, if you roar up on that bike (above) in those boots and look and talk like are Jeremy Irons, ladies will hygge the heck out of you, but you didn’t hear that here, ok?

Now, my tea is perfectly steeped, my cat is purring, my blanket is nicely fluffed and my book beckons. It’s Hygge time now.

What Caught My Eye This Week

What Caught My Eye returns to its normal Saturday spot next week.


Used Tea Bag Art


Pink House in Charleston


Awesome DIY Pom-Pom Shoes

These would rock a dress-up clothes collection for a little girl or just be fun to wear with jeans or a colorful outfit.


Jane Austen Devotional

Thanks to blogger Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth for alerting me to this one. If you order it, why not be nice and do so thru her Kindle link?


USMC Dress Blues Bag

What Marine Mom, Wife, Sister, Significant Other wouldn’t want this fabulous bag made from USMC dress blues?


Ceramic Ice Cream Cone

The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile is Chock Full of Cool Stuff! I want the chocolate one.


Bun-Beanie Hat Pattern


Dawn Nicole Design’s Free Printable Coloring Bookmarks


Pencil, Pen or Make-Up Bag From a Cookies Package

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King Cake Donuts

Mardi-Gras is in February, so why not make a practice batch of these this weekend?


Winter Beauty

Check out She’s Charming’s lovely ode to winter.


 Kitty Play Set in an Altoids Tin

Squee! The cuteness–even a toy litter box! (I’m not sure I’d make THAT, but little ones would wonder, wouldn’t they? Where would the kitties go potty?) There are all sorts of these play sets. Other kitty sets do not have litter boxes, if you’d rather not, well………….go there!


Recycled Bottle Art

See many more beautiful examples by clicking the link above.


And, last, but not least,

How to Use Up left over candy canes

Super Mommy Club has all sorts of great ideas! Visit her blog and leave her a nice compliment!

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