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Wowie-Zowie, what a Sunday! Our church has been doing a “Family Sunday Dinner” on the first Sunday of every month for a while. It’s a good, old-fashioned, everybody-bring-a-dish type thing. For this past Sunday someone had beaten me to the “bring a salad” option (I’m looking at *you*, Cassandra) so I volunteered to bring spaghetti for the gluten free table. I made the sauce the night before and started cooking the pasta around 8am. Then we had church, lunch, grocery store and cleaning like mad because we’d invited friends over for the game. I didn’t really clean, I cooked. We had hot wings and curly fries and cookie balls on the menu. None of that is terribly difficult to make but the timing is tough and I didn’t realize how long it takes to fry french fries…forever! I made them with a curly fry maker that my Mom, Brother and I bought for my Dad years ago for Father’s Day and my Mom gave it to me a few years back. I had a ton of fun cooking it all and entertaining (I really love it all) but it was an all day affair. I even decorated for the Super Bowl.

Kidding…

This is about the extent of my Valentine’s Day decorating but I do have a super-yummy Valentine’s Day dessert in mind, gluten free of course. You might recognize these roses from my last post. My sweet hubby made a stop for me at Costco to pick up something, I think it was a loaf of bread, and came home with two dozen of these beautiful roses for me too. Swoon. I already had the scones in mind for a post but I wanted a really pretty tablescape too and put almost effort into that as I did to the scones so that’s what we’re talking about today.

In case you’ve forgotten it looked like this…

I’ve written about the vintage canning jar and while it wasn’t exactly a bargain it was worth it because I love it so much (find that post here). This is what I always intended to use it for regardless of the “kraut canning” advice. Yuck! The table cover (?), cloth (?), I’m not sure what it is exactly,  is one of several things I bought at a garage sale in the fall. It was at a friend’s house and there was a box of antique linens for 25 cents a piece. Hooray! I absolutely love this and another one that I bought but haven’t photographed yet.

I love the stitch work…

It’s also in perfect condition. I don’t know anything about the design or stitches but if anyone does I’d love to hear about it.

I think I love it all so much because it’s not just antique or just vintage but is a nice mix of some really pretty pieces that I have mixed in with a few things from Target’s white aisle and a pretty coffee mug that I bought on clearance for $2 for a pack of four at TJ Maxx. It’s simple and pretty and is a mix of some of my very favorite things.

I was talking with a friend last night and she mentioned how I always have to do everything perfectly. I promise, I don’t really. I mentioned that she makes beautiful, handmade cards and she replied, “That’s just fun”. Well, for me, putting flowers into a vintage canning jar and making things a little bit prettier is just fun.

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