"The gloom of the world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy...
Take joy!"

"That's my philosophy. Wouldn't you agree?"

Tasha Tudor

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A MONTH OF FIRSTS...






I remember seeing a quote somewhere that went like this:

"The best thing about the month of February is that it only has twenty-eight days."

I don't know who said that but I emphatically disagree - this year anyway.

These are my three reasons why...



...The month of January is gone so we're one month closer to spring...




...February 8 will mark my one year anniversary of blogging. You can see my very first post here...

...And...

...Today is the first time I have come up with a really cute idea all on my own.




It's such a simple idea that I'm really surprised that no one else has thought of it, and this is where it gets a little scary.  Because it is so simple, and you are all so talented and artistic, I find it very hard to believe it's never been done before.




But, I truly have never seen it.  So, if you have any knowledge of this cute little project, please do not tell me yet.  Let me bask in my own goofy ego for just a little while longer.



I bought these napkins at HomeGoods last weekend.  They had a tablecloth to match but I didn't get it (dumb) because it was too large for the kitchen table.



I thought I might use two of them to make a couple of pillows for the settle bench.



I removed it from the settle and threw it over the back of the chair temporarily.  That's when I had this epiphany!  What an easy way to dress up the chairs for a different look.



I immediately went to Ben Franklins and got some black twill tape, tacked it where it needed to be and tied a little bow.  Easy as 1-2-3!



Here is the final outcome and I couldn't be more pleased.

Dinner plates are Royal Stafford, England
HomeGoods

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Thank you so much for keeping your little secret? from me and thank you to all my followers and all the lovely and dear people I have 'met' over this past year.



I have always been one to keep my lamps lit and my curtains open so I could share my pretty little Cottage with all passerbys.  This outlet has given me the chance to do just that and I am so happy that you have all responded so kindly.  I enjoy each and every one of you and treasure your friendships.  I am so honored to be in your circle.

...Judy...



I am sharing my wonderful year today with:





















28 comments:

  1. Sweet idea. Well, the whole table set up is nice. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  2. I like your idea Judy. The little black stripe and the black bow, go with your cabinet handles.
    I remember sending you my first comment.. and following you. gosh how the time goes by Judy.
    Its been a pleasure to be a follower and read about your lovely happenings at Gold Country Cottage.
    I am coming up 2 years ...
    Your table looks so inviting, so beautifully decorated.
    wish you a happy Sunday..
    val x

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  3. Hi Judy! What a creative idea! Congrats on your upcoming anniversary! :)

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  4. What a great idea Judy. Easy little tie on chair covers. I love them

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  5. Hi Judy, I love the napkins on the chairs, a great idea! Congrats on your first anniversary! It's nice to have "met" you, too. Jean

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  6. I'm so glad you decided to start blogging one year ago. How would I "meet" you otherwise, lol? I think you have a lovely blog and the sense you wrote that you light up your lamps and open your curtains is just the way I always have lived. I hate to have curtains for all the windows, I wants to see the light. (And I hate to see that my DH have not lighetened our lamps in the windows when I work evenings, lol!).
    In June I have blogged for 6 years. I can't believe I've done it that long. But we learn something all the time, don't we.
    You secret is with me. I have never seen this before and I think it was just great. Maybe I'll take after you in our kitchen.
    Hope you have a nice Sunday.
    Love Elzie

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  7. Hi Judy!
    Lovely blog!

    Hug Camilla.
    Norway.

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  8. Hello Judy
    Your chairs look very swish..your china comes from where I live Stafforshire
    It all looks so inviting
    Enjoy!!
    Thea x

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  9. I love your table setting! It looks so pretty. And your little cover was very clever indeed!

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  10. Very pretty Judy. A great idea.

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    1. Hi Judy congrats in your anniversary it's nice to meet you thank to blogging your home and your blog are beautiful.
      I love your tablescape!
      Have nice Sunday
      Go San Francisco!!!!!!! Super Bowl!!!!!!
      Blessing
      XO
      Isora
      :-)

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  11. Love your post, what a great idea ( who'd a thought? )you did.
    Blessings from Canada
    Bernice

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  12. Wow, congratulations on your anniversary, or "blogaversary"! I had mine last fall and was amazed that a year had gone by. Enjoy!

    I love your idea and have never seen anyone do it, so it's all yours! :)

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  13. Congrats Judy on blogging for a year. Time does fly by. I did something similar in my post before last. I used two placemats for a chair cover. Blessings, Linda

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  14. Happy Blog-aversary ! I love that idea for your chairs !

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  15. judy,
    Happy Blog Anniversary!! Mine was 3 years and I will be doing a post on it shortly with a giveaway....
    What a lovely tablescape and i don't think I have seen your wonderful idea before so congrats!! You are an original!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  16. Congratulations on your anniversary! LOVE your chair back covers. They look so cute. How simple and easy it would be to have several in different patterns. Thanks for the idea.

    Judy

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  17. A great idea. I do like Ben Franklin as they have everything you need.
    Love that dinnerware too.
    Happy one year of blogging,
    Betsy

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  18. Judy, congratulations on your blog's first anniversary. Mine is in February too, well, from the very first blog I opened that is. I actually started it on my 25th wedding anniversary, 2/23/10. :)
    LOVE your creative idea here, especially the simplicity. I might have to try it out for myself soon. Love your table too, and it's all dressed in my all time favorite combination, black and white.
    Thank you for stopping by the shop, and thank you for your encouragement.
    XOXO's

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  19. Thanks for coming by to see my new Great Grandson. They may be coming home today. I love your idea for the chair covers and, no, I have not seen this before. Your table setting is beautiful with the black & white. You are a genius, Judy! Congrats on your anniversary!!

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  20. I love the black transfer ware! Love those napkins and Brilliant idea!!! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  21. Congrats on your first year of bloggig. That is a really cute idea. I'm impressed. ;o)
    Love all your pictures. Was that first one of the flowers and blooming tree near you? That was really pretty. Thanks for sharing

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  22. Wow, this is one of the prettiest tablescapes I have ever seen! Love the black transferware! The basket of potted plants/herbs are darling. The whole post is delightful! Love. You are good girl.

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  23. I like your idea for chair covers Judy and the material you used is stunning.
    Happy Blogging Anniversary.
    Judith

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  24. Thank you for your nice comment today, Judy. I am so sorry to hear that you lost a friend recently. I know it is so sad and really does change you. You will always feel a little piece of you is missing but the memories help to heal the heart. Hugs, Deb

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  25. Well, I must say.......I have NOT seen that done before and I LOVE it!! You did GOOD! I love how cute that looks. Even more, I like how easy it is. I think I could actually do that. I love your adorable black and white table setting. I like the texture you added by bringing in the wicker too.

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  26. Happy Blogging Anniversary, Happy Valentine's Day, and Happy Decorating Day..and you can set my table any day..it is beautiful!

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  27. Hi Judy, Congrats on your one year of blogging. Your table is beautiful and I love your dishes and the cute egg holders. Great idea with using the napkins on the chairs. I am your newest follower. xx, Sherry

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Your comments are so special to me...Judy