Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: With Good Friends

Ok, so maybe it wasn't a tablescape as much as an ottoman"scape" ...

And maybe it wasn't exactly with good friends ...

but BEST FRIENDS! Yes, indeed. There are nights when Scott is hard at work, or when he's fast asleep where I sneak down to the coziness of my living room, plop myself down on a cushy down pillow, fix myself a delicious snack of lemon curd cookies with sweet vanilla icing and ripe, but tart white grapes and catch up on my weekly reading.
With so much happening around Casa de la Vanderdogan, I've had a hard time finding hours in the day to enjoy my best friends: Veranda, Canada's Style at Home (thanks to MrsBen), House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Living Before and Afters "Special Print", and of course - what collection of friends would be a true collection without Martha, Stewart Living that is.

Tonight, cookies in my grasp (which look beautiful on the gorgeous blue and white plate Rhoda at Southern Hospitality sent as a gift) and Scott's delicious fresh brewed raspberry iced tea I intend to spend some time with these best good friends, laughing, oooing, ahing, and maybe even cringing. You're welcome to join in! And make sure to head over to see Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, and all the beautiful tablescapes that participated this week.

49 comments:

  1. love your ottomanscape! and those mags I could curl up with!

    happy tablescaping

    Sarah

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  2. Lovely, Artie!

    I see we have some of the same best friends!

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  3. Ah, you are tripping the light fantastic with ME time....we all need that, to simply stay sane!

    And if you can do it in style, all the better!

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  4. Hi Artie...I could go for some of that "me" time like that...a party for one...perfect! ;-) Bo

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  5. Love your ottomanscape! Nothing like "visiting" best friends -- and most of yours are mine as well (with the exception of the Canadian mag -- I'll have to see if I can find next time I go to Borders). There's nothing like a little pampering of oneself with a nosh and a good read.

    Love your plate, but who doesn't like blue and white!

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  6. Hi Artie! How cozy! Yes, I love a wonderful snack and some good friends to spend time with. For me, it's usually my old friend, Charles Faudree! I could look at those books over and over and still see things I missed the first time! Love your "ottomanscape!"...Debbie

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  7. Lovely tablescape. I wish I knew how to make a wonderful tablescape like yours. Maybe I'll give it a try sometime.
    Have a great day! Vanessa

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  8. Hi Artie !
    Looks great but....only set for one - where is my plate, LOL !
    Really looks wonderful and you have food too - I am impressed..
    I never do food , someday I might !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  9. I never noticed that beautiful print on the Ottoman before. Lov-i-lee!!!

    Also so happy to see that Style At Home has become one of your best friends. :) Hugs, hugs -Brenda-

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  10. Now that's the way to enjoy an evening snack!

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  11. Now that looks like the best kind of snack and relaxing I can think of. Love the ottoman-scape. Enjoy the magazines and the snack. Great fun. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Absolutely perfect! In fact, I think I'll spend some time with my dear friend, Bunny Williams, on this rainy day... ;)

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  13. Aaaaahhh! Just my kind of relaxing life...Christine

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  14. Looks very relaxing and inviting. Hmmm now where can I find me some lemon curd cookies!! :0)

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  15. Hi Artie,
    Love your "ottomanscape". You are so clever. What a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend time with your friends. Can I have a cookie and some of that delicious tea?
    ~Maryrose

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  16. Oh yes, those are dear friends indeed! Looks like a perfect spot to sit and catch up. Is Scott willing to share the recipe for that yummy looking raspberry iced tea? Beautiful as always
    Pattie

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  17. Thanks so much for stopping by my TT and the very gracious comments you left. I really appreciate it because I am always in awe of your creations. BTW did you know that we"re having a "Cloche Party" tomorrow. It is the first meme that I am hosting and I think it will be a lot of fun. You always inspire all of us with your creations and it's not just for cloches, but all kinds of containers. You can find out all the details by clicking on the button on my sidebar. I hope you will join the fun. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Ottoman... table... who cares... looks GREAT!!! I'm staying and enjoying your music too!!!

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  19. These are the best of friends, I've learned. A tranquil setting with good reads and eye candy. Perfect!
    Brenda

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  20. I too have the hardest time catching up on my magazine reading...but you've given me a delightful idea...it may just be my new favorite ritual!
    Cozy...
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  21. Sometimes these are the best scapes! The escapes with just our tray and our treats. Nice...

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  22. Very clever Artie!

    The cookies and grapes look delish. I have three of those same mags right now. LOL!

    Thank you so much for visiting and your kind words.
    I had been missing you lately.

    Have a blessed day my friend.
    ~Melissa :)

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  23. Hi Artie, your tray looks so inviting. Grapes and cookies...who could resist that?!

    Don't you just love Veranda magazine. One of my favs.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Barb

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  24. It's great isn't it? A pile of magazines and a delicious snack. I do "ottoman scapes" too. It's a lovely vignette. Thanks for your nice comment. It was very much appreciated.

    Sue

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  25. Ottomanscape, I like it and we all need that once in a while!
    I was so pooped this week I didn't get any scape done. Next week I will try to be back at it!
    Enjoy Artie!
    Linda

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  26. Hi again Artie,
    Just wanted you to know I have a tray that I use on my ottoman outside all the time. You have given my the inspiration to do an ottomanscape. Can't wait. Thanks, and thanks for stopping in for a dip. The pool is always open ;)
    ~Maryrose

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  27. Dude - you know how to live...
    and we're happy to know it
    because you deserve it!

    all details...
    covered by Artie!

    C~

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  28. I do like the company you keep! I'll join you next time, but I'm bringing wine. **blows kisses** Deborah

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  29. Beautiful blue & white plate, and those look like the perfect summer cookies -sweet and refreshing! Linda

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  30. You're my kinda guy, Artie! It all sounds so good to me. ~ Robyn

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  31. Sounds like the perfect table 'escape' to me. I totally love all these mags and the treats would make a special treat to enjoy along with them. Those cookies sound wonderful!
    Thanks and Herbal Blessings, Mandy

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  32. Evening, Artieness! Oh, I love your scape for oneness! The blue and yellow of your dishes is so lovely! Eveything looks wonderful...would you pass me a cookie please? ;0
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  33. This is the common thread that we bloggers sew with! Such a wonderful escape, does noteven have to be far to take you to wonderful far away pages..getting lost in a great mag! Such a pity there are so few of the good ones left! Love the ottomas man scape!
    L

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  34. You have some great best friends. lol. And I loved your ottomanscape.

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  35. First of all, that looks like a wonderful evening. Second of all, lemon curd cookies?? YUM. Is there a recipe for that you can share???

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  36. Artie,
    Fifi is on her way over in the PINK limo to get me and we'll be right over. I love lemon cookies! Can we spike the tea with some champagne?
    Well done...enjoy!

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  37. Lovely ottomanscape! Enjoy your weekend!

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  38. Artie...those cookies and raspberry iced tea look sooo yummy! I'm a huge magazine reader, too. What do you do with all yours...do you keep them? I have so much trouble parting with them...but they seem to multiply!
    Love this ottoman-scape...looks like a perfect night of fun! Susan

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  39. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  40. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  41. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  42. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  43. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  44. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  45. Glad to see you have Trad Home there with you (smile). I sense a possible side career here for you. You always create such nice table displays... have you thought about doing this for a living? Like helping people with parties? They're creative, lovely and fun. cheers -susan

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  46. It's beautiful Artie & my kind of snack-scape! Oh my, those cookies look so good, could you pass one to me please? ☺ diane

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  47. you and me need to get together - we're too lonely people on Thursday!!!!! haha!! love you.
    feel my hands reaching out. omg!
    hehe!!! my bad!

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  48. Hey, Artie, I'm SO glad you put that plate to good use. I couldn't pass it up & you are a blue & white collector, so that was a good place to send it. Enjoy! xo

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  49. Mmm yummy, that snack really does look good!

    Justine :o )

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