Friday, July 8, 2016

Five On Friday

It's Friday again! Here's five things on my mind this week for Five On Friday at the Love Made My Home Link Party.

1. Sunflower napkins rings from Pier One:

I saw about 15 of these sunflower napkin rings in a large glass lantern at Pier One and thought it was a charming idea. I knew I had a smaller glass lantern at home that I could use to recreate the look, so I bought four of the napkin rings for the project. 

2. Lantern to put them in: 

As soon as we got home, I cleaned and shined the small lantern I had on hand. I bought this one about 13 years ago in Salado Texas. I've never really found a good use for it til now.
Back when I bought the lantern, I got it home and there was two parts in the box; the base and the glass. I got very perturbed when I couldn't put the glass on the base without it wobbling...not good! 

I drove right back down (ten miles) and told them the problem, and the saleslady quietly and politely unscrewed the little round piece from the base and put the glass on, and then screwed the little piece in from on top of the glass. Duh! 
I don't know if she was just being nice, but she did say a lot of people had the same problem. I still felt really stupid!

3. Miscalculation:

I got the napkin rings and lantern put together and realized my little lantern was too small for even just the four sunflowers. 

Drats! I need a plan B, but for now I'm going with it. I put it in the kitchen to cheer up the place and found a use for the 4th flower.

I think the Mr. Pig looks especially pleased with his sunflower boutonniere.

4. Small Lodge Iron Skillets:

Williams-Sonoma had a sale going on when we were there this week. We bought two smaller Lodge iron skillets. Lodge pans are made in the USA so they're my go-to-choice. I've been on a "buy local" kick for a while now. The smallest is 6 inches ($10) and the other is 8 inches ($12). 

I've been using my large Lodge skillet to make desserts, but there's a lot of leftovers. By using that smallest skillet to make a dessert for the two of us, we won't have a lot of leftovers to tempt us. 

Note:  I had a real problem remembering if dessert is spelled 'desert' or 'dessert' until our youngest daughter told me dessert has a second "S" because you always want seconds. True Dat! 

5. A money saving tip on sparklers...

In Texas fireworks can be sold only until midnight on the 4th of July. We stopped at a stand on the 4th in the late afternoon and found everything was on sale. We bought a package of 12 boxes of sparklers for only $9. A friend said they paid $4 for just one of the little boxes a few days before. 

We bought them to share with two of the grand kids when we visit them during our next road trip. We'll pretend it's the 4th of July again. Good times, good times.

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  1. That was an experience with your lantern and sunflowers, glad it all got sorted out in the end. I'm visiting from Five on Friday. Have a good weekend.

  2. I love your kitchen display! It looks like it came out of a magazine :) Your iron pans made me smile... my husband is OBSESSED with cast iron pans. We have many, in all sizes. The smaller pans for desserts is a fantastic idea! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Amei a criatividade das belas postagens aqui. Parabéns e um belo fim de semana.

  4. Loved your 5 this week, the sunflower napkin rings are fab. I have a friend in Dallas TX who has a Chef Pig just like yours, he rules the kitchen!
    bon weekend

  5. Lovely five. Wow - where did you find the cast iron at that price? I've been looking at them around here and they are a lot more expensive. Your arrangement looks wonderful!

    Have a great weekend

  6. Your display is very pretty and I actually like it better for having the extra pretty sunflower spilling over! Enjoy your sparklers, you are all set! Thank you for joining in Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

  7. Mr. Pig sure does look happier with the sunflowers around. Those really are pretty. That's a good buy on the cast iron pans. I paid 20.00 for the Lodge pan I bought recently.

  8. That's so funny and I would have probably done the same thing! Your display is pretty and also like the sunflowers spilling over, more like nature.

  9. You certainly have an eye for beauty, such a creative way to display the napkin rings.

  10. Like the sunflowers in the lantern, you could change the flowers seasonally. Good idea about buying the sparklers near the end.

  11. I think we all love sunflowers...and I bought some from Pier 1, too...mine are ceramic and I've never used them...maybe I'll find a little glass container to put them in..thanks for the inspiration...your's look great.

  12. I love what you did with the sunflowers in the lantern. I probably would have been unable to figure the lantern out as well. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  13. Rivercrest Cottage,
    LOVE your Sunflowers displayed within your glass hurricane, dear friend! The one used as a boutonniere for Chez Pig is adorable!
    Love that you bought the sparklers on $ale for sharing with the grandchildren. Our ladies group has a cook~out in October and while we're fixing S'Mores around the fire pit, we light sparklers as we begin our campfire sing~a~long with "It only takes a spark, to get a fire going!"
    Thank you for your recent post on back packs!"Mr. Ed" and I went "back pack" shopping today for our Church Mission! It was a good trip!

  14. Sometimes the solution is even nicer that the plan :-) You've created a great vignette.

  15. The lantern story made me laugh!
    I hate when stuff like that happens to me and it does!
    Usually at the hardware store. :p
    Love your sunflowers!
    When you have Sparklers you can celebrate any day!

  16. Your post makes me smile! Those sunflower napkin rings are pretty. I like Mr Pig too!
    Have a good new week!

  17. Your sunflowers are adorable! So cute.

  18. Thank you for the spelling help...brilliant! I enjoyed the account of creating your sunflower Mr. Pig display :)

  19. Now I am jealous, you have sparklers. In California you can not buy them, they are too dangerous. Isn't that nonsense? Cute use of your sunflowers. I like to buy made in the USA too, I buy Brawny paper towels for that reason.

  20. Sunflowers always make me smile. I don't know if it's their size or their color, but they always look so happy!!

  21. Love your sunflowers!! So pretty!!
    Thanks so muchf or stopping by!!

  22. So glad your error made Mr. Piggy look so cheerful! Great idea!