Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fresh Cut Friday: Some of My Favorite Autumn Floral Arrangements

I have not had time to make a pretty arrangement for this month's Fresh Cut Friday due to Halloween activities, church activities, equestrian team practice, and field trips.  But I did pull a few of my favorite autumn arrangements from my blog to share with you!

Chrysanthemums are the flower of the month :D

A favorite Thanksgiving Day arrangement

My favorite October arrangement from this year.  Very simple, but I like the white roses in the orange bottles on the plaid tablecloth.

Our hydrangeas have not been as pretty this autumn like they were last year.

Autumn wine carafe 

I noticed that I have fewer autumn floral arrangements than any other month, and the only conclusion I can draw is that our summers last longer down South, October is our busiest month, and I start decorating for Christmas in mid-November.

I hope you'll join Liz @ Rose Vignettes for Fresh Cut Friday!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween, My Lovelies!  I hope you're having a great day. This is my fourth (and last) Halloween tablescape, and I wanted to share it with you!

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It looks like rain this evening, so I made some cupcakes for a few of my favorite trick-or-treaters on our cul-de-sac.

Nothing is new on the table with the exception of the tablecloth which I bought on sale this week.

Tablecloth:  Home Goods
Salt & Pepper and Flower Pot:  MacKenzie-Childs
Orange bottle vases:  Hobby Lobby
Napkin rings, wooden chargers, spider web placemats:  Pier 1
Napkins, spider cupcake holders, spider web place card holders, black pumpkin candle holders, candles, dessert plate set, white square cake plate: Williams-Sonoma
Witch wine bottle outfit:  Snoozy's
White plates:  Vintage Russell Wright Iroquois  

I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween and a blessed All Saints' Day!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Happy List: A Library of Flowers

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Welcome to My Happy List!

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I have a theme for today's My Happy List!  :D  You probably think I'm the biggest Nerd when I post themed Happy Lists, but that's okay....

My Happy List:  A Library of Flowers

1.   My sweet friend Patty sent me the very nicest care package on the planet.  It has set the theme for today!

Let's take a look-see:

I love the pretty cards and tags!

I think I've read all of Sarah Jio's books but this one.  I can't wait to read it!

I just realized that Patty also crocheted me a surprise, but I'm using it in the art studio and I forgot to photograph it.

Thanks, so much, Patty!  If you haven't visited Patty's blog, Patty's Pretty Things, you really should!
My Sweet Blog Friends Make Me Happy All The Time!

2.   I bought a book at my favorite Indie Book Store (Sundog Books in Seaside, FL) during the summer, and I haven't read it yet.  But I read Linda's review, and it changed my mind.  Now I have two wonderful flower-related novels to read!  {Disclaimer:  Life After Life isn't about flowers, but the cover sure is eye candy!}

3.   I was having an interesting discussion with some girlfriends the other day, and one of them said that the average American woman has at least five different perfumes on her vanity.  I couldn't believe it.  I have two at the most at any one time.  My friends all had more than five and were teasing me about how surprised I was over that statistic.  Anyway, they bought me a couple of small perfumes and made me buy another one so I'd have five. Trust me, we didn't spend more than sixty dollars for all three because two of them are tiny.

Do you see them?

What about now?

These little books conceal perfume bottles!

When the bottles are removed from the little book boxes, Oscar Wilde quotes are revealed!

This is the one I bought for myself.  It's called Kirimashi Air.  It smells like white tea and orchids.  It's a very light fragrance.

I was not a very girly girl when I was younger, and I'm still more of a sporty spice than a posh spice.  But I'm happy that I have girlfriends who straighten me out about what's considered "normal."

4.   Speaking of flowers, my garden doesn't know that it's late October.

We planted carpet roses in September, and they have several buds and blooms.

Our camellias are also starting to bud and bloom.

Our encore azaleas are blooming much later than usual.

I like the orange gazing ball for Halloween.  :D

Y'all know from following my blog that flowers always make me happy!

So, I want to know:  I'm I the odd girl out?  Am I the only one who thinks that five perfumes is excessive?  How many perfume bottles are on YOUR vanity?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Monday, October 28, 2013

Musical Monday: Scare Me

Good evening, Lovelies!  Are you prepping for trick or treaters?  We have tons of them in our neighborhood, and I'm getting ready.  Today I want to share with you a funny and creepy video by the band New Beat Fund.  I think there's an f*bomb in the song, but I haven't heard it, but I did read it on the lyrics, so I won't post the lyrics!  :/

Basically the things listed in this song are things that scare the singer....and frankly, some of the same things scare me, too!

Musical Mondays

What are you listening to this week?  Share @ Miss Angie's!

Come back tomorrow for My Happy List!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Haunted Halloween Tea Party

Please play while you read this post.
"Lily's Theme" from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part2

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Everyone's favorite Half Blood Prince has invited you to a dessert tea party. There has never been a more loathed hero in all of literature.  Let's see what Professor Severus Snape has planned for us, shall we?

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Flowers are lilies in honor of Severus' love of his life:  Lily Evans.

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"There has never been a wizard who's gone bad who wasn't a Slytherin."

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Slytherin House quaich

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Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans
Beware of the snot flavored ones!

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Snickerdoodles with pumpkin cream cheese icing

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Snape's memories of his beloved Lily

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Pumpkin ice cream floats served in mini cauldron mugs


Cinnamon Snickerdoodles with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Icing
Pumpkin, Cinnamon, or Cardamon Ice Cream with Pumpkin Pie Soda
Pumpkin Pie Flavored Coffee with Ice Cream
Pumpkin Tea Latte

DISCLOSURE:  When Shanley Belle was in fourth/fifth grade and she'd get mad at me or her little sister, she'd say that we'd have been sorted into Slytherin House.  This was the most horrible insult she could hurl at us!  I teased her and told her that Snape was going to be a hero in the series, and she'd get so mad at me!  I *so* called that one!

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Until next time...

Ricki Jill