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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Retail Therapy, Step One

The last few days I have had the blahs, and, well...sorta felt like a slug.  There was no energy, just a mental list of things that needed to be done nagging at me - like buying groceries because my creative self was running out of ideas with the cupboards almost empty.  My friend, Pansy tried to cheer me up with a funny story, I tried napping and reading, but I was doomed to feeling yucky.

Today I took matters into my own hands and went shopping for some tableware and new dishes that we had needed for some time.  This was step one.  Step two will be to get some seasonal decorations for the center of the table so that candle doesn't feel too lonely.  Replacing our faded glasses is on the list, too.

After reading DIY Natural blog, I bought cloth napkins instead of paper.  After reading Tablescapes by Diane blog I had the itch to mix and match my dinnerware and work on a centerpiece.

Target was my store of choice.  There I found almost everything I was looking for right away.  The dinnerware is melamine, and square is new for us.  The napkins are a similarpattern in similar colors, the tablecloth is brown.  I also purchased a green tablecloth with matching napkins.  Placemats were on my list, but there were none that "grabbed" me.  I'll keep looking.

Retail therapy works.  I feel better.  My bank account is feeling a little sickly, but that will pass.  Even HB (HoneyBunny) perked up when I started pulling all these items out of the bags.  Our redneck table is now a bit dressier and just a smidge more elegant. was a good afternoon!

Has retail therapy helped you out of the doldrums?  Want to share with us?  Awww, come on...we'd love to hear about it!


  1. Here I am as promised, Grace. You found the perfect therapy. A shopping trip perks me up every time.

    I love the look of your table setting. It certainly looks like Fall even if our weather feels like summer.

  2. A good shopping trip is always perfect for whatever ails you. I hopped by from Bookblogs to read your review and explore your blog. I am now following and hope you can swing by my blog at and check out mine. Have a fantastic week!

  3. Hi! I am a new follower (GFC) via book blogs. Love your blog and I shared it on My Life.'s face book page. Hope you'll visit and follow my blog when you have a moment. Look forward to visiting here and I grabbed your button for my blog so that I remember! Donna

  4. I like the new table ware. Very lovely. I get the blah's too. Usually I'll go see a movie while the kids are in school and I feel better. Or I will take a long bath with a glass of wine and all is well in the world again.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. New follower too.

  5. Darlene, thank you for the encouragement...not that I need any. LOL! I plan to continue with step two real soon! Hugs, Grace

    Brenda, thanks for hooking up! I'll be visiting you soon!

    Donna, thanks for the follow and sharing my button! I'll be stopping be soon!

    Lena, Yes, a long bath works wonders, especially if you have a good book handy! Thx for connecting with me!

    Hugs to all,
    GraceinAz (Pat)

  6. Oh boy do I love your new tableware!! What a great idea...little things like this can really perk a person up can't they?? I've wanted some for a long time also...BUT...Tom's aunt passed away and her dishes were the same pattern as mine so we inherited them... So now I don't feel like I should dump all of those and buy new:( Oh well...there are other items I could get to dress up our table such as 'cloth' napkins and tableclothes etc... thank you for your inspiration!

    xoxo Gert

  7. Oh, Gert, I hope you click on the link to Tablescapes by Diane for inspiration on tablescapes. Love that word. That's what got me fired up!

  8. That's a beautiful setting! I love Target.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, btw :)

  9. Thank you, Jenny. I fell in love with it right away.

  10. Hi, Grace

    Love your new table settings and great colors. Have a great week.


  11. Cute tableware! Unfortunately with 2 back to back deaths in the family and a hospital stay recently, there will be no retail therapy in my near future! Thanks for the twitter add! :)


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