Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Little Easter on the Cabinet

Using a few old and a few new Easter treasures,
Sam and I created a little Easter vignette 
 on the new cabinet in the family room.
New this year is the book 
"The Country Bunny And The Little Gold Shoes"
My friend Nita wrote a post about it on her blog 
"Mod Vintage Life" a few years back, and
I've searched for it since and was excited to
find the 75th anniversary edition 
at Barnes & Noble.
I thought the cover had perfect colors 
for the vignette and, of course, 
a perfect theme.
One thing old, is the glass candy dish 
Easter bunny with a basket on his back 
filled with chocolate.
From Tuesday Morning many years ago.  
That makes three bunnies I have with 
baskets on their backs...must have been 
how the Easter Bunny was 
depicted during the Victorian era.
This little bobble head bunny is from 
 the 2005 collection "A Good Egg"
by Fitz and Floyd.
Sam found this little two tier server sitting 
at HomeGoods this year.  
She was so in love with the shimmery color 
and the cabbage motif I couldn't say no... 
even though I was set on somehow obtaining
this aluminum bunny & chick server 
from Pottery Barn.
At $100 it was quickly turning into 
a pipe dream.
It's sold out anyway, so...temptation over.
This egg plate is new this year also.
The colors are perfect and match just about 
anything Easter in this house.
We found it at Pier 1.
At Hallmark this year we stumbled onto
 this adorable little blue bunny 
with polka dots.
I found the perfect candy to fill him with...
Reece's Pieces Eggs. 
They have prefect Easter colors and 
compliment
everything is this display.
Is everybunny ready for Easter?
It's sneaking up fast!

Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Hoppy Easter Tablescape

After four years in the making...
The time has come to showcase
The Ozark Easter Tablescape!
Drumroll please......
Ta-Daaa!
I know, it's not the most spectacular 
Easter tablescape in blogland, far from it, but
after four years of trying to piece one together,
we're rather proud of it. 
Newly acquired this year is our centerpiece,
a large white bunny with a basket on his back.
I added the Hydrangea for color.
We found him at Williams-Sonoma 
 They claim he was Inspired by the 
whimsical illustrations in vintage storybooks.
We think he's simply perfect.
The pastel stripe table runner was a 
lucky find from HomeGoods two years ago,
it has all the colors we used in our scape. 
The bunnies with the baskets 
came from Michael's in 2010.
After seeing them on Susan's table
we just had to have them.
She used them as napkin rings then and later
as treat holders.
The hobnail glasses are 
another new addition this year from Pier One.
They're the Emma Hobnail Tumblers.
I thought the hobnail added a touch of nostalgia 
to the scape and a little whimsy.
I'm sure you noticed the 
calorie free cupcakes?
They're from Pier One ca. 2013
We just had to have them after we procured
the cutest bunny cupcake stands from
Pottery Barn in January of last year. 
Bunny Dessert Stands $14.50 ea.
I have a post about them here.
Each cupcake is covered in 
a sugar like coating and features 
a little springtime character on top.
Here's a little blue bird.
The salad plates are from the 
"Rabbit" line by Bordallo Pinheiro.
We've had them the longest,
they were picked up for $3.99 each at Ross 
many years ago.
Under the salad plate we find new napkins
in the "Hoppy Spring" fabric, 

sewn up by Sam's talented friend Eden.
They're double sided half circles
folded in a pie shape to show off both colors...
all Eden's idea! Brilliant!!
 The white dinner plates are also new 
this year from Pier One.
They're part of the Madeline line, 
with a simple decorative edge.
They add a bit of elegance.
For a place mat I wanted a
natural material that might represent
something bunnies would like.
Again, it's Pier One to the rescue,
with their woven water hyacinth mats.
 The airy loops bring the whimsy level
up a few more notches.
The set of four bread plates
came from Kohl's two years ago from their  
"Blossoms & Blooms" line.
They not only crank up the white bunny count, 
they help tie all the colors together pleasingly.
Another butterfly cupcake 
on the pink place setting.
The purple glass bunny in a basket covered
candy dish was from HomeGoods
about four years ago.
Do you see those little glass eggs, gems, 
and beads laying all around the table?

They call it table scatter at Pier One,
it adds a little sparkle and interest 
to the table.
"Just don't eat it!!"
The yellow place setting has 
a flower topped cupcake.
"Don't eat those either!!"
That completes our grand circle tour
of the Ozark Easter Tablescape.

I hope everybunny had an Eggcellent time!
Thanks for hopping by
and happy hunting!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cargo Storage Nets

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Part of the fun of having my new Scion xB is 
installing the various accessories available for it.
Shortly after purchase 
I bought the official floor mats 
 and trunk mat.

Then later I had the fog lights installed.

Today in the rear cargo area,
it was time to install the 
C-Pillar Cargo Storage Nets.
I ordered them from a Scion dealer
out of state because of their better pricing.

The Scion xB comes with these little niches
on each side of the rear c-pillars. 

They are useless till you 
purchase the cargo nets.
I wanted to save about $100 in labor to 
have them installed and do it myself.
It requires drilling and that's a little intimidating, 
but after reading a few online how to posts,
I reckoned I could do it.
Locating a 15mm (or 9/16) hole saw 
was the most difficult process, 
I had to special order it online from 
The Home Depot for $6.77 HERE along with 
the shank mandrel for $5.99 HERE.  
Free shipping if it goes to your local store.
The mandrel holds the hole saw onto the drill,
and will saw a 15mm disk out of the car.
Yikes!
The kit comes with the paper templates
needed to show you where to drill.
as well as simple directions.
I started by taping the templates
 into the appropriate corners,
on both sides.
Then I grabbed a punch all,
for punching the starter holes.
After all four holes where punched 
I removed the templates.
Next I had to drill starter holes with a 4mm
(5/32) bit.
I couldn't find a recommended drill stopper, 
so I just depended 
on my ability to not drill too far in.
Success!
Be sure to lay a drop cloth down to catch
all the curly shavings.
Now the scary part...
the hole saw!!
A very tense moment....
PHEW!...
Hey there's a steel threaded hole in there 
waiting for my cargo nets!
That hole was messy but in the right place.
After I cleaned them up, I was ready to 
insert the net frames
Here are the M6 X 36 bolts
The net frame pegs lineup perfectly
and the bolts screw right in!

And finally the caps, 
they pop right in,
and finish the look.
SWEET!
After I finished one side completely
I repeated the steps on the other side.
Here's where the mishap happened!!!
I let the hole saw go too far in on one hole 
and it nicked the threads on the inner hole.
Then I damaged the the tip of the 
bolt threads trying to force it in.
A very sick feeling came over me.
I thought all was lost till 
I called my Dad and he suggested a tap.
?
What's a TAP???
I ran to The Home Depot and found this...
It's a Tap and Die kit for fixing threads.
It carves threads back into bolts and holes.
Tap for holes and Die for bolts
This little kit was for metric and had
a 6M size set, just what I needed.
It worked like a charm!
Best $17.97 I ever spent.
Thanks Dad! 
Aren't dads the best?
Once that trauma was over I finished up
this side of the cargo area.
Ta-Daa!  
The big question is what to use these
C-Pillar Cargo Nets for?


Then I got an idea...


They were perfect


for carrying some....


Easter Eggs!

Double Ta-Daaa!!

Thanks for stopping in and
hope you're having a 
great Easter season!

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