Found Treasures moves to St. Petersburg, offering holiday lovelies at Gathered Glory

FOUND Treasures for Living has moved from Dunedin to St. Petersburg  and is now called Gathered Glory by Found. My friend Barb and I headed down there to check things out.

Instead of being in downtown on Main Street, it is now transferred to a warehouse area. But the friendliness and comaraderie certainly make up for what you think you might lose in that transition.

The products have definitely changed from the old store, and there are many wreaths, along with painted tin pieces and one of a kind artist offerings.

Owner Sara will have limited hours for the shop, so check out her Facebook page for hours. The next open house will be Dec. 2-3 and hoping yours truly will have a tablescape on display!

Loved this dove plate; bought the Santa!
Loved this simple frame with a Christmas message
Such a pretty frame. Some one bought it right away
Lovely spot
What a lovely little space!
Gorgeous metallic bird eggs
This vintage song book has songs about every state! My grandmother would have loved this!
A lovely assortment of candles and trees.
Father Christmas hand painted on tin.
Such a cute pillow!
I really wanted to get this! Love chandeliers!
Pretty little prayer spot.
Chalkboard ornaments.
Hand painted Santa.
Who doesn’t love a pretty pillow?
This lime green Santa came home with me. He announces the next opening of the store.

Using turquoise to highlight a Florida home for sale

A lovely lady recently called me to tell me she is trying to sell her house, but she thought her table just looked ho-hum. She had seen my tablescapes at her store Chloe’s Consignment in Belleaire and Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and hoped my dish decor could bring her table to life.

She has a charming home which is bright, open and friendly, with gorgeous polished terazzo floors in tans and golds. (If you’re not from Florida, you might not know what terazzo is, but it’s big in the Art Deco hotels and homes in South Beach.)

She loves neutrals, turquoise and coral, and the bright white house is dotted with punches of those colors. We went with this simple setting using Lenox Butterfly Carved, Mikasa wine and champagne glasses, sea grass place mats on top of a linen tablecloth and gold serving ware. 🦋🦋

I was so glad that she liked it! Thank you, Kay, and good luck!!

Kay’s home is elegant but casual Florida style.
Four sweet table settings in Lenox Butterfly Carved. The pattern also comes in white and grey.
Embossed butterflies along with vintage Mikasa wine and champagne glasses.



Setting a festive fall and Thanksgiving table for four

The ladies at Chloe’s Consignments  saw my tablescape at Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and called to ask me to set a tablescape for them at their new store off West Bay Boulevard in Tampa Bay.

Um, Yes!

The shop is located just off the Pinellas Trail and close to the well-known Silver Queen. They have several vendors there that offer many styles, including shabby chic, painted furniture, florals and wreaths, shell crafts, and more.

They will have a grand opening open house Nov. 10-11, Friday 10-7 Saturday 10-5. If you’re in the area, come out and check out my table and see their finds.

The orange and white pumpkins are from the grocery store; the centerpiece is a silk cornocopia from the store.
The cute knitted orange pumpkins, the natural wicker pumpkins and the centerpiece are from Chloe’s.

Setting a happy yellow and green farmhouse table at Lemon Tree Vintage Market

I met  Amy Lemons McDermott, owner of Lemon Tree Vintage Market  out at Safety Harbor’s Market on Main several months ago. I loved her fresh take on blending the old with the new, her whimsical designs using vintage silver plate pieces such and cups and creamers, and the use of lemons. I have  eagerly been waiting for her to open her shop, which was in the works.

I loved that her maiden name is ‘Lemons’ and that she uses lemons to honor her mother, who recently passed.

Amy Lemons McDermott in her new shop, Lemon Tree Vintage Market

Amy opened her shop at The Alley at Belleaire Bluffs three weeks ago. I love this great little “village” in Belleaire Bluffs with vintage, farmhouse and antique stores, as well as a bakery. If you are visiting town or looking for a fun girls day out for shopping, you Must visit! 

The sign for the Alley, home to dozens of adorable shops.
Painted mural on a nearby mom and pop grocery store.

Even more exciting, Amy let me “dress” one of her tables with my dishes for a lemon inspired tablescape. 🍋 

The outside of her shop.

As soon as I found a lemon design tablecloth at Home Goods over the summer,  I knew I must somehow show it to Amy.

Amy’s “reveal” room with the gorgeous farmhouse table. I love the bread bowl on the left.


Amy fixing things to make them perfect.


I set her  beautiful farmhouse table with green and yellow Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates.. I used Amy’s Kate Spade lemon napkins, small candles at each place setting, and vintage cut crystal wine glasses. I also added some candle sticks and vase that she had in the shop.

The table is set!

She loved the finished product and said her customers are just amazed when they see the table first thing when they walk into the shop!

A detailed list.

Adding pink to the Thanksgiving table

I wanted to add some pink to the fall table this year, since I keep seeing it every where I go on social media.

I paired Bordallo Pinheiro pink cabbage plates from Portugal with Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey plates, along with  vintage pottery and pink votives from Robyn Story Designs.

It doesn’t have flowers yet, but I think I like it. I think white hydrangeas and some pale pink roses would be gorg!

There’s just a little bit of pink in the turkey in the center and the pumpkins on the rim.
Vintage pottery on a vintage gold dresser frame make up the centerpiece.
Oops looks like I left a salad plate out of this shot!
6 seats but two use larger turkey dinner plates and four use turkey salad plates. It’s OK to mix them!
details of the plates
Champagne and wine glasses are vintage Mikasa.

Red, white and blue vintage china adds to luncheon to honor women Veterans

I was happy to be a part of honoring women veterans in the community for an early Veterans Day luncheon put on by Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

Dress for Success held the luncheon last year  at the Robert W. Saunders Sr.  Library Foundation. When I asked CEO Katie McGill what she served the guests on, and she said plastic plates, I said – No way. Veterans deserve real plates!

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Sip, Savor, Repeat at Clearwater Beach Uncorked weekend of food and wine

Due to my relationship with Clearwater Beach Uncorked, I will receive two tickets to the event. However, opinions here are my own.

Early December in Clearwater almost always means beautiful weather, and to have a gorgeous beach day, my toes in the sand AND great restaurant food and wine? Well, I can barely wait.

I am so excited that I finally get to attend the Clearwater Beach Uncorked festival this December 2-3, Saturday and Sunday. If you have read my blog,  you will notice lots of food and wine and many beach visits, so the combination couldn’t be more perfect.

(Photo credit: Clearwater Beach Uncorked)


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Second area Earth Fare organic grocery store comes to Tampa Bay

Because of my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was treated to a tour of Earth Fare Oldsmar and received a $25 gift card for my own use, as well as a $25 gift card for a blog reader. However, all opinions are my own.

Read the full post to find out how you can win a $25 Earth Fare gift card!

I was so excited to be able to check out the new Earth Fare, a specialty organic and natural foods grocery store, with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. The new store just opened in Oldsmar, which is really close to my home. I was happy to see that the store is really large and really glad to know that all of their products are non-GMO and free of any artificial colors. There is even a list of  150  ingredients that you will never see in their products. (List can be found on their website.) With so much news about what you eat causing cancer and other diseases, I’m really trying to watch what I eat



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The Tervis Experience offers a chance to make your own tumbler

As a member of Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was invited to The Tervis Experience launch event. Guests, including myself, received their own free Tervis mug, along with a Tervis-branded tumbler and a Tervis bag. All opinions are my own.

Can you remember your first Tervis tumbler?

I sure do. I bought four of them during a vacation to Naples, FL, 25 years ago: a conch shell,  sand dollar, beach chair and a sailfish. I was so proud of them. I thought I had arrived.

Everyone loves Tervis. And why not? They keep our drinks cold – or hot – and they look pretty at the same time. In its 70+ history,  Tervis has had more than 10,000 designs on their tumblers. Something for everyone, for sure.

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