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April 14, 2007



I love the use of apples (especially granny smith) as a centerpiece. At some point during the warm weather months I think I will use them in my glass huricanes on my dining room table.

Bella Pink

Love the green apples, they look yummy!~Tara


I love finding unorthodox ways to use ordinary and every day items!


I could sure use you and your discerning eye around my home for a few weeks! Ah well, instead, I believe I'll take your lead and look for alternative uses for everyday items not in good use now.


Great ideas. I used Granny Smith apples in the arrangements on my fireplace mantle. Back to your post on your front door and the curtain panels your sister made for you - how do you have them attached at the top? With a rod? Directly to the door or to the frame? I love your idea and was looking to see if it would work on my glass front door.

Angela Redekop

I LOVE your web and come here quite often to see what is going on. That plate you have in the urn is so pretty like that. What a great idea..You inspire me !~


Lovely use for a punch bowl! Beautiful arrangements! You have such a beautiful blog, Kim!


I love the ideas of apples in a punchbowl and an urn wearing beads!

Also, I'm in FL visiting family and had the best yard sale day of the season (so far). You Floridians sure sell some great stuff!!!


You think of the most fun,yet easy ideas Kim! Apples in a punch bowl...a plate in an urn with beads. What next....surprise us!!!!


Love the little red flowers in on the plate. It's a great way to display it.
Would love to be where it is warm. It's still snowing in the mid west.

One Womans Cottage Life

I'm loving all those colors - white, black, green, red...perfect! The apples look stunning in the punch bowl. A great idea!

Allie from Minneapolis

Absolutely, urns can wear beads! And punch bowls can hold apples - or what ever the hech they feel like holding. your diplays are really beautiful Kim.

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Lovely photos! I don't have a punch bowl or an urn and don't think I would have room for them but yours look beautiful!


Love both displays. Your awesome photography skills and great "eye" for creating a "photo shot" blows me away. The green apple glisten in the bowl and I love the tiny white plate with the red on it. I am afraid I didn't get to visit many Goodwill stores with DH being along. LOL


Lovely - lemons would also work well, or even a mixure of fruit. Here in New England I'd use a mix of shells and sea glass during those summer months of July and August.
Enjoy your blog very much & your wonderful photos.

Susan Ramey Cleveland

I love your photography. Are you self taught?


Great ideas!! Ooh I love our cottage! The colors and ideas are so fresh and pretty.


Very unique ideas, Kim,I particularly like the plate in the urn, that is too sweet!! I really like the picture behind that urn, so gorgeous. I have been on the lookout for one of those for ages and can't find one. They are very uncommon up here. Cindy S.

The Feathered Nest

You have the best ideas! The plate in the urn is fabulous and the beads add just the right extra touch.



I adore the apples in the punch bowl. :) So refreshing. :) Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and for being so welcoming! :) Keep up the great work on your blog - it's so refreshing and I love the pictures! :) Have a wonderful day! :D


Beautiful centerpieces! I always enjoy incorporating fresh fruit into a centerpiece. And the beads --- quirky and fun! I like the way you placed the plate in the urn --- an unusual and nice way to display. :)


LOVE the chance to use such a pretty punch bowl -- with such a bright and happy "punch" of color! Excellent idea!! And I adore the white china rooster too -- very fresh against all of the colors and patterns!

Jan x from a bright and sunny Spring day at Rosemary Cottage


Great pictures! Another use for that punchbowl - you could fill it with water and put some floating candles in it.
Have a great Sunday!
God bless :)


How pretty and sweet. I love the idea of the plate in the urn. So cleaver!



Great idea....Very inspiring.....Thanks for sharing...Now where is my punch bowl???


Happened on your blog from another site. I love our house and it reminds me of a home that we once owned near Cape Cod. I love in Central Florida as well, but in a newer home.

I love old houses... they have so much character.

Great photos as well.


Kim, we can always count on you for some beautiful eye candy. Those are both gorgeous displays. The weather here today is more like January, so we are hunkered down waiting for these rain clouds to pass. I am hoping for some sunshine this week. At least your pics made me smile today!

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Lovely, as always, Kim!


All pretty! Love the painting too. And how about those black and white ceramic/porcelain(???) sugar(??)pot and milk jar? They are cute cute. It's about to rain here in Arizona...I mean, Flagstaff. I never been to Florida, I wanna take kids to Disney when they grow up a bit.


Oh how creative you are dear Kim. I too love adding fruit to bowls and jars...nothinh makes a better centerpiece. Like you, I am always re arranging tablescapes too. Love the necklace placement...long ago, I did something like that just so I would know where my scarf was and decided (the next morning) I LIKED it as part of a table arrangement! Now I add little things like ribbon or scarves or necklaces or whatever to this and that. You now have a very unique table and it looks so fresh and classy and pretty.3 words to describe Daisy Cottage too!



That looks great !!!
Those beautiful apples in the glass bowl. They're to nice to take a bite !!!!


HI KIm...I can see that I'm going to have to get my punch bowl out, now!!!..thanks for sharing your awesome ideas!!!...Lacy


Thanks for a great ideal! I had never thought of anything but punch or storing it away.

The Decorated House's not a hot one today!
But it's so beautiful isn't it? The wacky weather is kind of fun.

Over the next 20 years, I look forward to seeing new things in that punch bowl. I know I did a big Christmas ornament group one time, and I think you have as well. Silly me, I keep putting mine away in the garage. You of course have yours out making it into something pretty!


Kim, I love that plate! The way it's displayed is such a nice idea. I wish I had more places to set things around. I'm lacking in "surfaces" at the I really should remedy that problem!

T Sheeley

I love apples, or lemons in bowls like this. Thanks for sharing yours. I wish you could see my sisters house, she has pearls used as a decorating tool so many places around her house. That's what your picture reminded of.


Miss Molly Cottage

I personally love the table cloths that are under the apples. I love the way you mix fabrics on your table, I would have never thought to put the green and blue with a red one. You really should be getting paid for whay you do!


We're cleaning out our garage right now so we can tear it down and have a 2 car garage built with a bonus room over it and I came across my Mom's punch bowl. Now I know what to do with it!


As soon as I saw those green apples pop into view, I thought WOW! Great ideas for punch bowls, Kim!

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What a great idea. What I want to know though is...Is that a rose tole tray hiding in the second picture? Pretty, pretty!


Kim, you always come up with the neatest ideas. I have a great milk glass punch bowl that I found at a church sale that I've only used once (so far). It's way too pretty to keep hidden away...I may just have to bring it out of hiding...thanks for being such an inspiration!

Tiffany Roberts

I love your punch bowl! I think a punch bowl full of Daisies is a lovely idea (wink - of course I do!) I believe I'll also try filling mine up with my collection of vintage glass christmas bowls or some fake sugared fruits this next Christmas!

Tiffany Roberts

I love your punch bowl! I think a punch bowl full of Daisies is a lovely idea (wink - of course I do!) I believe I'll also try filling mine up with my collection of vintage glass christmas balls or some fake sugared fruits this next Christmas!


Great pictures...I haven't seen a punch bowl for years and that is definitely a great reason to get one out and use it! And the beads look great...add a touch of whimsy!


I think that apples look great in the punch bowl. You always have such lovely pictures.

Southern Heart

What a clever use of the punch bowl...the apples are so appealing in it. You always have the best ideas!


Hi, I just found your sweet blog!!
I to am from Florida,recently arrived from Missouri. Your pictures of a walk around your neighborhood look very much like the town I live in. Wouldn't that be a lovely coincidence.

Mikki Jo

Love the granny smith apples! They are so pretty, and my favorite too. I enjoy visiting your blog very much. Have a great week!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe

I hope you'll send your centerpiece to Janelle at Talk of Tomatoes~ we have a centerpiece of the month post. Check my blog for a link.
Your's is perfect!

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