Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pink Saturday and Awards

Hello Most Pink Ones and welcome again to Pink Saturday. This is the Pinkest day of the week and is hosted by our amazingly Pink Beverly at How Sweet The Sound . Please go by and visit our sweet Pink Beverly and you'll be so Pink and happy to find so many wonderful Pink Ones participating.

Today I would like to share with you my olden Royal Copley daffodil pitcher. The bottom half and handle are the most beautiful Pink color. The top half is a soft buttery yellow. I know it's looks rather white in my photo. You'll just have to trust me. :)
Here's a close up of the daffodils. Aren't they sweet?
The stamp is so olden and wearing off and you can see how age has caused this little pitcher to crackle.
I hope I'm not committing a faux pax by placing sunflowers in a daffodil pitcher!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

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Now if you've not entered my giveaway, make sure you leave me a comment here. I'll announce the winner on Monday!

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I want you all to know how lucky and fortunate I consider myself by having met you all! Some of you have been so sweet to pass on some awards to me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

First of all my sweet friend Monica from Norway has made a special award for visitors to her blog, to which I am one!! If you don't know Monica go pay her a visit and you'll enjoy seeing the gorgeousness of Norway and the similarities we gals have all over the world . By the way, she's got the cutest kitchen you've ever seen! This award she made and passed on is called Friends Around The World. Thank you, Dearest Monica.


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Then I was honored with another award from my Dear friend and namesake, only spelled differently :), Sheila! Thank you, my Dear SheLady for being such a wonderful friend!


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Oh, I'm so excited! I was even given this precious Sisterhood Award not only by one person but three Sweeties! Yes, I was! Dear Chandy, Dear Bo and Dear Riet all passed this on to me! How I appreciate this with all I have! I truly feel I've made many sisters in Blogland.

Also, Dear Riet, who lives in the Netherlands, also passed on this darling Friends Award to me.
Thank you so much, Dear One!

I know so many of you have these awards, but you can take them again. I hope it is okay that I don't post the rules, but if you come to visit me, please feel free to take the above three awards from me with love.

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I'm very happy today to know so much love and kindness has been given to me! Thank you, Dear Ones so very very much.

Now, I want to give out some love and kindness too! Last year I made my own little award to pass on to all you Dear Ones who come to visit me. Please feel free to take my award and know I really do mean - you truly are the song of my heart!

Kiss kiss hug hug :)


I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Build Me Up, Buttercup


Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

"I'll be over at ten" you told me time and again
But you're late, I wait around and then (bah-dah-dah)
I went to the door, I can't take any more
It's not you, you let me down again

(Hey, hey, hey) Baby, baby, try to find
(Hey, hey, hey) A little time and I'll make you happy
(Hey, hey, hey) I'll be home
I'll be beside the phone waiting for you
Ooo-oo-ooo, ooo-oo-ooo

Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

To you I'm a toy but I could be the boy you adore
If you'd just let me know (bah-dah-dah)
Although you're untrue, I'm attracted to you all the more
Why do I need you so

(Hey, hey, hey) Baby, baby, try to find
(Hey, hey, hey) A little time and I'll make you happy
(Hey, hey, hey) I'll be home
I'll be beside the phone waiting for you
Ooo-oo-ooo, ooo-oo-ooo

Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

I need you more than anyone, baby
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart
~sung by The Foundations

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Foodie Friday and Dishaholic Award! WooHooness!

Hello Dear Ones! Before I start my Foodie Friday post I want you to know I'm having a giveaway! Just go here if you'd like to enter. I'll announce the winner Monday morning.

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Now my friend, Dear Gollum, has started making our Fridays - fabulous! Fridays are now all about food! So go to see her blog and you'll lots more peeps Foodie Fridaying - you're gonna love it!


Today I'm gonna share with you some Mexican food - beef enchiladas. Here are most of the ingredients.

Fry up the hamburger meat, add a little salt and pepper. I also add some picante sauce, just whatever hits my fancy! :) Stir it all up! Then I take a couple tortillas at a time (we like the whole wheat) and soften them up a bit in the microwave. They're easier to roll that way. Spray your baking dish with Pam and start to build your enchilada! Spread the meat down the length of your tortilla, sprinkle onions and a tad of cheese and start rolling the little puppy up! Place in your your pan, folded side down. Continue til all your meat is almost gone. I have seven here and had a little bit of meat left over so I just sprinkled it across the tops of the rolled enchiladas. Next I sprinkled some chopped green chilies and lots of cheese. Yummmy. We love our cheese.

Now poke this little pan in a preheated 350' oven for about 20 minutes.

While the enchiladas are heating up it's time to make the guacamole! I've used three fairly large avocados, peeled and sliced. Then I take a fork and smush and smash 'em to death! I add very finely chopped onion, use however much you like, salt and pepper, a little picante sauce and then I squeeze the juice from a half of a lime. I'm saying half because I used a little bitty key lime. Yes, I can actually taste the difference. I wouldn't put the juice from a regular sized lime in this - you'd be sorry if you did! :)
Now we love to have a little extra cheese sauce to pour atop our enchies! I use a can of green chili enchilada sauce and then chunks of Velveeta cheese. I melt it very slowly and on a low heat so it won't burn. I also add some picante sauce. Again, just use what tastes good to you! I love my picante sauce!! :)
Out come the hot enchiladas! See how pretty they are with the melted cheese on top! Yum!
This is my tiny plate! To me one enchilada is enough - they're quite filling. With a little guacamole, refried beans and a little bit of salad with pico de gallo on the side, I'm ready to eat!
Num a num...
Oh, we must not forget about a little desert!
This is for Mr. Precious! He gets two little short cakes with sliced strawberries and blackberries and dollups of whipped cream on top! He can have two because he just ran five miles! That boy!
Here's mine! If you'd like some, just hand me your little plate and I'll fill it up! Now make sure you go to see Dear Gollum for more Foodies. :)

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Do you see this wonderful award? Oh, my goodness! I'm so excited! This beauty was made and presented to me by my sweet friend, Melissa . Oh what a sweetie she is. She was cruising around The Land of Blog and saw so many Dishaholics and was looking for the award! Alas, she couldn't find it. So what did this most talented one do? She made her own! She just pulled out her own beautiful dishes and snapped away - after all, she is a professional photographer! Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear Melissa. How special I feel and look at her beautiful dishes.

I'm so blessed and truly appreciate this. I am a Dishaholic and I've confessed this to you a few times. But I'm in good company...many of you are Dishaholics too and there is help - just play with your dishes till the cows come home! I really don't want to grow up, do you? :)

Now, our Darling Melissa has set a few rules, so here goes:


1. Post on Blog with link back to awarder.
2. Award to 5 deserving Dishaholics (they can receive this award a million times and if you think they are a closet dishaholic, give it to them!) Name them for their inspiring taste and display of dishes. The dishes can be displayed anywhere in or around their home.
3. Name your favorite set of dishes/pattern that you own.
4. Name a set of dishes/pattern that you DO NOT own, but would like to own.
5. List a favorite accessory (stems, silver, flatware, etc.)

1. My link back to Melissa is at the top of the page :)

2. My five Darling Dishaholics I would love to bestow this most prestigious award to:
1. Susan at Between Naps on the Porch - she has been my inspiration for tablescapes. I don't
think I had ever heard the word until she showed her tablescape. She has dishes I covet! :)
2. Gollum, actually Michael Lee at Designs by Gollum - this lady has the most beautiful dishes
and knows how to display them. She even cooks and puts food in hers! :)
3. Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict - sweet Debbie is a marvel at tablescaping and she
has the most charming assistants. I know she couldn't do this without them! :)
5. Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie - this gal has such a touch and she has so many
dishes - she can just do anything with them!
6. Fifi at Fifi Flowers - now this lady is an artist and she has become our virtual Dishaholic!
So when she sets her virtual table - you'll for sure want to come.

3. Well, I do love all my dishes so it's hard to say which set I love the best. It would be a toss up
between my Blue Willow by Johnson Brothers or Blue Garland by Haviland.

4. I have always love the Old Country Roses patterned dishes by Royal Albert.

5. This is another hard one. I guess my silverware - it's all very old and has been handed down
to me by a family member. I do cherish it!

Okay, Dear Ones, there you have it - The Real Confessions of a Dishaholic! This has been so much fun and I truly hope you'll all become Dishaholics!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good

Though folks with good intentions
Tell me to save my tears

Well I'm so mad about him

I can't live without him

Never treats me sweet and gentle

The way he should

I've got it bad

And that ain't good

And when the weekend's over

And Monday rolls around

I end up like I start out
Just crying my heart out

He don't love me like I love him

No, nobody could

I've got it bad

And that ain't good
Lord above me, make him love me

The way he should

I got it bad

And that ain't good
~sung by Billie Holiday

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Hi Dear Ones! Before I begin my Tablescape Thursday post I just wanted to tempt you one more time with my giveaway! No, I'm not giving you my bed or all the red and white toile pillows! But one of the prizes is that cute little rooster pillow in front that so many of you like! I placed him on my bed to show you how sweet he would look on yours...sitting among many pillows...

...or just a few pillows...
...or being all charming by himself. Now if you're interested in entering your name for Mr. Rooster pillow along with a few more goodies just comment here and I'll add your little name.
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Okay, on with the show! Thursdays are so exciting to me because I get to show you the results of my playing with my dishes! Now our most wonderful Dish Diva and hostess today is Susan! Please go by her blog and visit her and you can also see more dish players! You're gonna love it!

I was looking through some of the pictures in my olden cookbooks. I have some old ones and got to thinking about the 1960s! Well, being the dishaholic that I am, I had found some cool little dishes that reminded me of that time so I've tried to put together a groovy little outta sight tablescape for you!

Okay, gang, check it out...
Cool? Righteous!! My little table is just a melting pot of colors, Daddy-O!
Okay cats and chicks, here we are in my pad - the breakfast room to be exact.
Let's all hang loose a minute as you look at my hip dishes.
Are these little dishes neato or what? I know, I've gone ape over dishes! ;) Notice the little turquoise ramekin - it's so boss!
These are just so fine, I think!
You like?
Now I've even folded my green napkin in a 1960s way. Fab, huh?
I'm wiggin' out here! I was just a cruisin' down the aisles of Marshalls and what to my wandering eyes did appear? These far out solid silverware with all the colors as my boss dishes!! I almost dropped dead! I tell you, I almost did! I almost had a cow!
Look!! And they didn't even cost a lot of bread! Choice!
Now to my little glassware! Blue blue, my love is blue! That's a song, cat!
You know how the 1960s had fake, um, I mean faux fruit. I should have gotten out my plastic grapes! But instead I'm gracing my little stemware with a faux orange slice. Orange Aid, anyone?
Shoot! Bummer!

Look at my far out centerpiece, man! Don't you love that green? It's so cool!
My Mother gave me these stemmed candle holders many a year ago. Now just hang loose, don't get bummed out, I just use them occasionally! See, there's three in graduated sizes. What a gas!!
A little closer look at my neato vase and my not very realistic colored faux flowers! But I love my faux flowers and my faux flowers love me! Dig? Righteous!
One more thing. I have my little ice bucket just chunked full of ice for your drink of choice, oh, I almost forgot - it's Orange Aid! No respectable 1960s table would be without one of these little hammered beauties!

Slick, chicks!
Fab, huh?
There you have it, gang. My little attempt at a 1960s tablescape! Hope you like it, tell me the truth, I can take it, so just lay it on me, man!

Be a bunch of cool cats and chicks,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Good Vibrations

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air
Im pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations

Close my eyes
She's somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations

(ahhhhhhh)
(ah my my what elation)
I don't know where but she sends me there
(ah my my what a sensation)
(ah my my what elations)
(ah my my what)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovi'n good vibrations
A happenin'
~sung by The Beachboys

Stop Me! Can Somebody Please Help Me!?

Hello, Dear Ones, before I get into today's post, make sure you enter my 200th post giveaway. To read more about it just click here. My dear friend Sally at Smiling Sally taught me how to do this! I'm just thrilled!

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Oh, Dear Ones, I have a confession to make. I think I've made it before, but I'll be brave and repeat myself. I'm a dishaholic! Yes, that's right. I can't help myself. Can anyone out there help me?
You see, I can just be driving down the street and I will feel dishes softly calling my tiny name! I will turn the car around if I have to and go to the nearest thrift shop! Yes, I will do just that!
Last week I was returning from the grocery store and I heard the calling! I started to tremble and my car starting waving back and forth on the road! Oh, no! It's happening again, I said to myself. I immediately picked up my cell and dialed my Mother and told her there was so much traffic on the streets and I was going to be later coming home than I thought. I was headed straight to the nearest thrift shop!
Do you see what I just did!? I lied to my Mother! Dishaholics do these sorts of things! She told me later she knew what I was going to do. I wasn't even fooling her! Oh, the agony of Dishaholism! It's terrible, I tell you! Just Terrible!
Is there any help for someone like me? Would any of you admit to being a dishaholic!?
I want you just to look at this temptation! I really do try to be strong, but hey, I love dishes! They don't have to be priceless, or antiques, or even beautiful - they just have to call my name and believe me, I can hear very well! Oh, I'm so ashamed!
Well, you're not going to even believe this! I started loaded up the above nine plates! Yes, I said NINE plates! See? It was already worked out for me in case I broke a plate I would still have service for eight! I have dishaholism very badly! Do you see these kitchy glasses? They're really not pretty at all - they are peach and blue already! How 80s! But with my disease, I had to have them, Dear Ones! They matched the plates and there were NINE of them! Can you see what a bad shape I'm in?
Kitchy glasses to match the plates, nine of each, they were all coming home with me. I was reeling! Almost passing out! I had to steady myself by leaning on the checkout counter. Man, this is so bad. I'm so ashamed!
Just look at these glasses! Would anyone in their right mind bring these things home? Well, if you were a dishaholic like me you would. You really wood.
Now dishes are dishes whether you can eat out of them or not. I turned to leave the shop and right then and there I had to stop! It was happening again...can you hear it? What?
Ever so softly...Shelia...Shelia! Oh, the voice is so sweet, I just couldn't help myself! I grabbed this lovely vase, after all it will go with all my red and white transferware. See, I even reason with myself! I'm such a dishaholic! Will I ever be cured? Can I ever be cured? I just don't know!
I flipped this little lovely over to look at the mark on the bottom, you know dishaholics do this too, and I almost fainted again! It said FTD and there was the flower man! Oh, my heart was just pounding! Someone had ordered flowers for a dear one in this very vase from a florist and it was delivered right to the door! Special sweetheart roses or springy cut flowers were resting in this and it was held in love by somebody! Was that somebody a dishaholic? I don't think so or they wouldn't have let this little beauty go.
Well, there you have it. I've been as honest, except to my Mother, as I can be with you. I am a dishaholic and I have dishaholism very badly. Can anyone help me? Can anyone stop me?
No way! Only if Mr. Precious takes away my credit card!!! I'm about to run out of hiding places!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Bottle of Wine
(well, you know what I mean! ) ;)

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine,
when you gonna let me get sober.
Let me alone. Let me go home.
Let me back and start over.


Well, I've rambled around this dirty old town
singing for nickels and dimes.

Times getting' rough.
I can't get enough to buy me a little bottle of wine.


Well, little hotel, older than hell, cold as the dark in the mine.
Light so dim, I had to grin, I got me a little bottle of wine.

Well, the preacher will preach
and the teacher will teach.
The miner will dig in the mine.

I ride the rods, trusting in God,
huggin' my little bottle of wine.


Well, pain in my head,
bugs in my bed,
pants so old that they shine.

Out on the street, I tell the people I meet
to buy me a little bottle of wine.


Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine, when you gonna let me get sober.
~sung by The Kingston Trio - poor things