Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I've Got A Pocket Full of Sunshine...Giveaway


UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

     Because I know that you won't pay attention to the rest of my post until you see what the giveaway is, let's talk about that before I show you my tablescape this week. I think most of you know all about CSN Stores by now. They are famous in the land of Blog! You may not be aware of everything they carry, I know that I wasn't. They are well known for their beautiful Pendant Lighting and various other household items, but did you know they have beautiful pillows and even some gorgeous white ironstone pitchers? I'm doing a little shopping there myself tonight. They have graciously asked me to work with them again and I will have a $50 gift code for one of you very soon.

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     I realize that I did a blue and yellow tablescape just 2 weeks ago, but as I always tell you, tablescapes should be inspired by what you have in your home. Well, I had the most wonderful gift arrive at my house last Saturday. It was a cold, rainy day and when I got home from running errands...not only did I have a pocket full of sunshine, I had an entire box of sunshine waiting on my front porch.


     Are these the most gorgeous grapefruits and lemons you have ever seen? Can I just tell you that what we buy in the store here in Illinois doesn't even smell and I didn't realize it. I opened this box of fabulous fruit and the smell of citrus was like potpourri in my house, only better. Would you believe that my sweet blog friend Jenny @ Jenny Matlock had these growing in her yard and sent them my way. Honestly, there is no way to tell her what it does for your spirit when the sun isn't shining for days on end and you open a box full of sunshine. Jenny is a very special person and I would guess many of you already know that. She is funny, loyal and very kind. She even sent my mom cards when she was sick...how sweet is that?


     A pale blue tablecloth begins the tablescape. The dinner plates are Crate and Barrel, I've had them for years. The salad plates I bought at a garage sale last summer. They are Studio Nova Garden Sachet. The silverplate flatware you have seen before, also a garage sale find.



Last week's flowers were still alive,
so I recycled them into a simple vase.


Double layered napkins in soft green and cream, with Crate and Barrel napkin rings.


     The table is set for breakfast with soft blue juice glasses and blue stemmed water goblets. Lenox candlesticks with white candles are really just for the blog...I wouldn't use candles at breakfast unless the power was off! An antique cake plate with lemon bread will be served and fresh fruit will go on the yellow (Walmart) plates.


Yes, they are plastic. It is fine to mix plastic
and china unless you are setting a very formal table.





Here is a little secret about my lemon bread...


It was very good and very simple to make.


Now, let's pretend it isn't breakfast and light those candles.


I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for
Tablescape Thursday and
Michael @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday

Please stop in to visit our gracious hostesses!


82 comments:

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

mmmmm...I think candles for breakfast sound great....it would go well with the Champagne!
Love the yellow and blue!

Pondside said...

I think I could smell that wonderful citrus perfume!

Pondside said...

..........and I'm a follower!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE a blue&yellow tablesetting! It's SO refreshing and yours is so beautiful "AND YUMMY". I LOVE Lemon bread!!!
Please enter me in your giveaway, I Do have my eye on a few things over at CSN!!! Thank you!!!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs, Donna

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh and YES enter me twice! I AM A FOLLOWER!!!
Thank you,
Hugs, Donna

Beth said...

The lemon theme is so light & refreshing for spring. Love it!

Shanae Branham said...

Your table setting is gorgeous! I like how you showed it at night in a romantic setting. I had not seen that done before. My favorite was how the bright yellow lemons set off your blues. I am glad I stopped by today.

Pat said...

I love blue and yellow tables. This is beautiful.

Pat said...

Following!:-)

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love yellow. It is my favorite color! Your table is a breath of fresh air. I would love a chance to win!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I am a follower!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The first thing I thought when I saw the fruit was "I bet that box smelled great"!!! Cute, sunny table Sue, perfect for this time of year! Please enter me in your fun give-away:@)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm a follower:@)

Shellbelle said...

Sue! Yours is the very first blog I visited today and I LOVE it! Yes, I love the blue and yellow tablescape, but what made it so perfect are the photos of the lemons. WOW, when I saw the third pic, the closeup of the lemons, I swear the scent memory was overwhelming!

That fresh, crisp, zesty scent of lemons was instantly recalled by my brain and on this very rainy morning here, it was a gift of sunshine you sent my way for a change. Now, I'm craving some lemon bread with fresh blueberries on the side.

What a wonderful way to start the day, thanks!

Shellbelle said...

Oh, and yes I am a follower, duh!

Hugs

Lee said...

I love the sunshine tablescape! thanks for sharing!

Lee said...

I am a follower!

Rachel said...

What a woderful gifft of lemons! I love that they are the center of attention and that lemon bread looks devine!!! Fabulous table!
Followed over from BTNOtP!
~Rachel @ cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

Donnie said...

Love CSN Stores. Your setting was so bright and spring like. Loved it. Jenny is very sweet too.

Donnie said...

I'm also a long time follower.

Anonymous said...

I am actually a follower now!!! Besides enjoying your blog daily, I am official!

Someone's bff

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty ! I really like yellow with blue and white. The lemon cake sounds and looks yummy. I need a slice with my coffee this morning. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Been a follower for some time now. :)

Sue said...

Sue, Your table looks delightful, with its blue and yellow spring-like colors! How wonderful to have fresh lemons to scent your home. We would see them everywhere in California and wish they could grow right our door, too- but alas, the midwest just doesn't quite make for condusive growing conditions! LOL The lemon cake mix sounds ultra easy- and who can resist a yummy glaze.... Thanks for hosting the CSN give-away.
~ Sue

Sue said...

And I am a follower! :-)

LindyLouMac said...

Feeling left out but still a great tablescape and those lemons are a lovely reminder of summer to come :)

bj said...

What a beautiful breakfast table. Love every single thing.
I'm tellin' ya...that CSN sure gets around.:))
I use candles when Mr. Sweet and I sit down to breakfast together. Starts my day off on a happy note. :))

bj said...

o, and you KNOW I am a happy follower.:))

Gypsy Heart said...

Hmmmmm, I can only imagine the citrus smell! One of my favorite fragrances...and I love anything lemon. Your table is beautiful, as usual.

I'd love to be entered in the giveaway! I have my shopping fingers ready to go. :-)

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Of course, I'm a follower! :-)

La said...

Jenny is so sweet. I love your tablescape and the bread sounds wonderful.

La said...

I'm a follower.

Marlis said...

You have a very kind friend indeed. Nothing like fresh lemons and grapefruit to make one forget one's troubles. Your breakfast table is one that I would certainly want to get up and have greet me. the colors are fab! great candle shots.

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I love shopping at CSN Stores :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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xinex said...

Beautiful tablescape, Sue. It looks very fresh! Love the colors and the yellow plates, even if they are plastic. The cake looks delicious...Chistine

xinex said...

and yes, I am a follower...Christine

Patrice said...

So springy - love it!

And, of course, I'm a follower!

Marigene said...

Sue, love your blue and yellow table...it looks like east/central Kansas, today...blue skies and lots of sun! The lemons make a beautiful centerpiece.

lulumusing said...

Your table is as warm and friendly as the gift itself, and I can close my eyes and get a drift of the citrusy scent.

Jenny said...

OH, Miss Sue! I'm so glad that made you smile! The smell of citrus is so yummy...and your bread...oh my! You are so sweet...and I'm glad I could do that for your Mom. I can't even imagine how much you must miss her.

Jenny said...

And, BTW, I'm a follower! Don't forget to come over and enter my CSN giveway, too!

Shel said...

This is all so fresh and friendly. Just love it!
Shel

Jules said...

I love those colors and I think I can smell that fruit from here....

Jules said...

and I'm a follower too...

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Sue
Apologies for my absence.. just getting back in the swing of things..

So your lemons over at Rhonda's.. hehehe.. They look fabulous.. that is so kind of your friend to send them your way....

Love your shots today.. all that lemony goodness.. Have a great weekend. ciao xxxx Julie

Entertaining Women said...

The tablecloth is the perfect palate for your citrus flavored table. It reminds me of an orchard blooming under a perfect azure sky. Love the aqua colors...always one of my favorites...and I don't even have any azure colored goblets...they're on my someday list. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design. Cherry Kay

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
I love the colors of this tablesetting... just lovely.
I also just saw that lemon bread mix at our Hannaford's. I'll be sure to pick one up next time!
Looks yummy!
Thank you for this giveaway... enter me in!
*Maria

Maria said...

... and of course I'm a follower too ♥

Shellbelle said...

I just knew it had to be dear, sweet Julie who saw your lemons on my post, heheheh, she's such a darling little bird.

And, I agree, Jenny probably has no idea how she inspired the two of us!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Robin and Sparrow said...

I rabbit-trailed over to you after spending my coffee time with Shellbelle. I loved virtually sitting at that BEAUTIFUL fresh table! I could smell the scent of the lemons all the way over to here in Oregon! Thank you for the treat!
xo
clare

Domestic Diva said...

Thanks for the chance!

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Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

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Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty your blue and yellow table is. I love lemons -- flavor and scent!

Marigene said...

Oh, and I am one of your happy followers!

samplegirl said...

New to following this blog but really love it.
Tablescapes are one of my favorite things. Love the recipes as well.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sue,
Okay now that lemon bread looks so yummy...I always love anything with lemon. Your tablescape is pretty too. If I'm lucky and win...I will be getting another light fixture for my hallway.

Blessings,
Linda
Linda

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm a happy follower:)

Blessings,
Linda

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sue Sweetie...
Oh my goodness gracious. CSN my favorite, and I have my eye on a kitchen item. Oooh crossing my fingers on this one. Please add my name to the drawing.

Now I have my plate, and I have also grabbed a slice of that wonderful lemon bread. I am already sitting with my tea. Oh what a beautiful morning celebration together. I love the yellows. So, so pretty sweet friend. I could sit here all morning and just chat with you.

Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sue Sweetie...
It's your very BEST friend, back to tell you that I am also your very BEST follower. Does that give me any advantages? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Girl I love this giveaway, love your blog, and so enjoying popping over to visit.

Have a glorious day sweetie.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

dee dee said...

Sue,
What a beautiful tablescape, it has me singing the songs of spring, with the light blues and yellows! ZHow very pretty!
Please sign me up for your great give-a-way!
Dee Dee

dee dee said...

Happy, happy, happy to be a follower!
Dee Dee

JRFrugalMom said...

What a fabulous surprise to find Sue, I have tiny lemon trees growing (at least I think that is what it is), and I cannot wait until the day we can start getting our own fruits.

JRFrugalMom said...

I'm a follower - of course!

S. Ferguson said...

Guess I'm going to have to start looking for that mix. I can almost smell the lemon!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I would love to win that give-away Sue!
Your table is so pretty with the soft blues and yellow~
Love that tablecloth!
Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am a follower of course!

Sue said...

It's so lovely! The tablescape makes me smile and tells me to invite friends over. You always inspire me to create. Thank you.

Sue said...

and I love following your blog!

Karen said...

Oh, those yellow lemons are so beautiful! Great giveaway :)

suburban prep said...

Lemons are my best friend of late as they help ward off kidney stones.

Love CSN!!
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suburban prep said...

I am a new follower.
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Barbara F. said...

Sue....my very first visit. Loved the table, the candles would go well with a mimosa! I like that you shared a "secret"-that lemon bread looked divine. I love anything lemon. Fairly new to blogland and it drew me in right in. xo,

Barbara F. said...

I also became a follower after just one visit!
xo,

Kathleen said...

Love that sunny tablescape!

Kathleen said...

And of course I am a follower!

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Nancy said...

Lemon bread, yum. I can taste and smell it now.

Priscilla said...

When I use the juice of a lemon, I always grate the peel and keep it frozen to use later. Waste not want not!
I am a follower

kathleen jerry said...

Blue and yellow my favorite color combo!Thanks for the sunshine :D

Kathleen J.

Angie said...

Love the yellow infusion! Maybe it's my strong desire for spring to just get here, but I'm thinking it might be my favorite color for the season.