Apr 13, 2015

Our Favorite Outdoors Spot!

Do you have that favorite spot outdoors, at home that you go for as soon as warmer days finally arrive? I'm sure a lot of you do. That spot outdoors where you may hangout after dinner, until bedtime. 

Well here is ours! This spot is at the corner of my yard where we have this outdoors wood burning granite stove and oven that were built in the 40's along with the house which also has a granite exterior. Granite comes from right here in town, Mount Airy, North Carolina. The quarry here is the largest open face granite quarry in the world.

The first warm and sunny day in spring I hurry out there and clean up the stove top, ready for cooking out. Its April and we already have used it a couple of times.  

This is the spot where a lot of family spring/summer gatherings happen. Steaks never tasted better on any other grill, that's for sure! In two weeks the first birthday party will be here on this spot. So will any summer celebrations like 4th of July.

After finishing our meal, kids collect sticks and roast marshmallows for s'mores. Later in the summer, we may also bake a pie in the oven, on the left side of the stove. 

 This is my quiet time, early coffee or afternoon tea spot. Where I sit and look out at the garden and watch the birds come by to eat out of the bird feeder or splash in the bird bath.

What about you? Where is your favorite outdoor hangout spot on a warm and beautiful day?

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

XO Sonia

Apr 8, 2015


Its Spring break this week and kids are home and so am I. I had recently moved office to a space downtown so lately I'm not around much in the mornings until kids get off school. I do enjoy this arrangement though! My office is an interior design and decorating shop and I'm part of the team there. The ladies I work with are amazing and they feel more like a family to me then just friends. 

The sweetest thing happened last week when a lady walked into the shop with a box full of china and dishes she said she brought out for me when she cleared her attic. The box had a set of blue and white transferware plates and miscellaneous cups and saucers. I fell in love with the pink footed teacup with gold polka dots. So this week, since I'm home I decided I wanted to use these gifted treasures for a tablescape. Together they all make for a cheery, colorful table for spring. 

My IKEA pitcher is filled with white daisies, pink roses and tulips.

My darling pink footed teacup.

A caddy filled with pretty straws and napkins.

My new treasures: The blue and white plates.

By the window I have a wooden box stuffed with pretty plates. The box is one I made and tutorial can be found here: http://creatingvintagecharm.blogspot.com/2014/06/do-it-yourself-vintage-style-tool-box.html

I love my new treasures and I am very thankful for my new friend and for thinking of me. I will cherish these gifts for a long time.  

I hope you are enjoying this most beautiful season of Spring. I am patiently awaiting for my lilacs and peonies to bloom. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week!! xo