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French Tablescape light and airy and white


"A Lovely French Breakfast in the Sunroom"
Peeking through my crystal chandelier at my tablescape you can see some beautiful things...come along as I give you a tour...






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Up first are the placesettings..these turquoise colored placemats are from TJMaxx
White dinner plates are from Ikea
Soft blue salad plates are from Tai Pan
The tan colored dessert plates are from Salvation Army
White Napkin rings I've had for a few years now.

French entertaining, French tablescape, Light white and blue tablescape, The Style Sisters



Take a look at this darling French egg holder... a silver crown votive candle holders 
French entertaining, French tablescape, Light white and blue tablescape, The Style Sisters


French entertaining, French tablescape, Light white and blue tablescape, The Style Sisters

I love using creative things to serve fruit kabobs in. Like this cute little metal French looking container. Or I could use it to place napkins or silverware in it for a buffet. 

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The fruit kabobs are made up of bananas, cutie oranges, kiwi and blueberries! My grand kids ate them up!

This tall wired cloche is filled with branches covered in moss and peeking out is a little love bird. 
oh I just love using these little metal crown votive holders as mini vases...they really add that sparkle to the table. 

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The room just glows with my chandelier hanging above. 


The wired cloche really makes a statement on the table don't you think? You could even fill it with flowers or a tall white candle.
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EASTER SPRING IDEAS from great bloggers

These Easter Spring ideas caught my eye and thought I would share them with all of you
 (tutorials are on their blogs)

DIY Greenery Easter Basket // www.deliacreates.com Easter Spring Ideas The Style Sisters


Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker


Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh Easter Spring ideas- The Style Sisters

flower pot ladder planter Tater Tots and Jello Easter Spring Ideas- The Style Sisters

SO many talented and creative people out there!! 
Which idea do you like the best?

The MOST delicious moist Naked Banana Cake... Perfect for EASTER!

The MOST delicious MOIST 
Naked Banana Cake with Fresh Flowers
perfect for EASTER!

Banana Cake with cream cheese frosting, Naked Banana Cake with Fresh Flowers
I thought I had taken more photos when I made this pretty cake but apparently I did not!
I am a Bad blogger! LOL
I will list out the steps and post the recipe below

Step 1- Decide how big you want your cake. I made two recipes of this cake so I could get it tall. I used two 6" round cake pans and two 8" round cake pans (actually I just used one twice)

Step 2- Make and bake the cake (recipe below)

Step 3- After cakes have cooled cut the two smaller cakes in half to make four layers. I left the two 8" cakes whole.

Step 4- Make the " to die for" cream cheese frosting (recipe below)

Step 5- Let the stacking begin! Lay one of the 8" cakes on a pretty cake plate and cover just the top with frosting pushing some of the frosting to the edges so that it will squish out a little when the next cake layer is laid on top. Stack the next 8" layer on. Cover the top with frosting.

Step 6- Place one of the 6" layers in the center of the 8" cake, add frosting in between each layer ending with a smooth cake layer on top . Frost with more frosting leaving a little of the edge of the cake exposed.

Step 7- Cut off stems of blooms and position the flowers in a pleasing way. We used to pretty peonies and a few ranuculas at the base of the flowers. The green leaves were cut from trees around our neighborhood..some sort of light green olive tree. Madeline places some at the base of the cake and for the final touch we sprinkled powdered sugar all on the edges of the cake and on the leaves. It turned out so pretty!

****I used this Banana Bar recipe from Taste of Home only I replaced the sour cream with greek yogurt.

Taste of Home
Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting



Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream (I used plain greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°/ In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Easter Chocolate Cake

Looking for an amazing Easter dessert that is chocolate, rich and moist...look no further

Chocolate cake, Easter chocolate cake, moist chocolate cake

Best Chocolate cake ever!!
Emily my daughter is such a great baker and made this homemade chocolate cake that is sooo moist and delish!
Emily used Cadbury eggs to decorate the top of the cake
We had this a couple of years ago and it will be Easter staple!
Hope you will try this deicious Easter dessert it will be amazing!
Karin




Easter Spring time centerpieces, recipes and DIY's

Welcome to Centerpiece Wednesday (Encore)
So many great ideas have been shared over the years to Centerpiece Wednesday so enjoy them one more time!

Easter Spring time centerpieces, recipes and DIY's The style sisters

Hello my friends...can I just say thank you for inspiring me week after week! I loved all the floral ideas and the yummy recipes and of course furniture makeovers. These are a few of my favorites..hop on over and say Hi to these lovely ladies. 

Frugel elegance - Faux flower Centerpieces
Easter Spring time centerpieces, recipes and DIY's The style sisters
Seasoned Homemaker How to create an edible landscape

Old Things New- Dropped leaf table turned potting bench
Nellies Cozy Place  Peach blueberry shortcake 

Easter Spring time centerpieces, recipes and DIY's The style sisters

Making it in the mountains- Dollar store etched vase
Easter Spring time centerpieces, recipes and DIY's The style sisters

I hope you will take some time to visit with one another as well as check out some of my other posts.  As usual I am late in posting tonight...I was at my church Relief Society spa night and had a really fun time and forgot I didn't have my linky party up and running! So here we are better late than never! 
ENJOY!




Faux Roman Shade Tutorial Using No Hardware!!


Faux Roman Shade using No Hardware!
Faux Roman ShadeTutorial using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips

I spent last week at my daughter Madeline's house helping her get her house ready to put on the market in Idaho Falls and boy did we crank out lots of projects!
 Not only did we paint Banisters and stair skirts (which I didn't even know that is what they are called but I do now! AND I LOATHE painting them.... actually not the paint part it was all the puttying and sanding all the holes and lumps and bumps from 1980's carpet. You know what I'm talking about... when they would carpet up those areas urrrghghgh......I must really love my daughter an awful lot to do all that!) Any way.... we caulked and sanded and did lots of touching up, I helped her tile a back splash (finished pics to come), plus I had to make time to Play with the grandkids, then do some cleaning,a tid bit of laundry and just all around tried to help where I could. 

One project that my oober talented daughter (who by the way is pregnant with her fourth baby) started making were these faux Roman shades! 
You may remember the roman shades I made at my sisters house using an old Ikea shade for the back? These are even easier!!

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 1- Measure your window and add 1" to each side for seams and 2 1/2" hem and 3" header or however big you want them to be. Fold each edge over 1/4" and then fold over for the complete meaurement and Iron and Pin 
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 2- Sew down side seams first and then the top and hem.

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips 
STEP 3- The Pleats- Madeline had already made two Faux Roman shades for the smaller windows so we knew how long to make the one for the French door. Fold up the fabric to make "pleats" to the size you want and how long you want the shade to hang.  
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
Tip- If your windows are all  lined up and somewhat connected...Make sure all your shades are the same length or it will look funky. These two bottom pleats measured close to 2" we think that looks good.

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 4- Sew up each side top to bottom to hold the pleats in place 
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 5- Minimal hand sewing. To keep the pleats from drooping I sewed up the separate lines just catching a little bit of fabric to hold them in place
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
I used quilting thread as it is a little thicker and therefore stronger
 Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
TIP- I made sure to catch just a little fabric on the front as well just to hold the weight of the pleats. You can see the other Roman Shade tutorial Here

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips

STEP 6- THE MAGIC of Command velcro hanging strips 

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
The Lovely Madeline showing you the strips..they are kind of like velcro but they snap into each other

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
Place sticky side to the edge of trim on the door so it will hang a little bit away from the door.

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
Attach another sticky strip to the backside top edge of the Roman Shade and then press into the door sticky strip!
 DONE!

 Stand back and marvel at the beauty you just created!
Note: No Walls were hurt in this installation.
The Shades hanging in the windows were made to slip a spring rod through the top header of the shade. 
SIMPLE CHEAP and BEAUTIFUL!!

Faux Roman Shade Tutorial using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips



Chinese Birthday Party idea- Pin the Eye on the dragon!

Our granddaughter is in what is called Chinese immersion in her elementary school where the children are taught Chinese half of the day. It is AMAZING how fast the kids pick it up! So now she loves all things Chinese....so for her 7th birthday she decided that she wanted a Chinese birthday party! 

Pin the Eye on the Dragon game Chinese birthday party, - The Style Sisters
So my daughter painted this dragon for pin the tail on the dragon game and the kids loved it!

A chocolate ruffled cake with dragons on the top (thanks to my hubby for supplying a lot of the decor for the party from all his travels to Asia)

The kids were so adorable!

A few were hamming it up at the impromptu "dance party"

 Lining up to play pin the eye on the dragon!


 Our granddaughter in her red Chinese dress...so dang cute!
Re-use party decorations Chinese birthday party, PIn the Eye on the dragon- The Style Sisters
 A mix of old and new party decorations that I had from past parties you may remember the bridal shower here and the black red and white wedding we held in our backyard or maybe the Beauty and the Beast Party I love re-using decorations!

Chinese fan decor, Chinese birthday party, PIn the Eye on the dragon- The Style Sisters
 This huge Chinese fan has been hanging around our house for a few years now! You can see it here on the wall when we held a Chinese dinner for our youngest daughters prom when we lived in Texas
Chinese birthday party, PIn the Eye on the dragon- The Style Sisters
Over the last 7 years Ella had such a fun birthday parties! One of my favorites has got to be the Frozen party or her Pink Princess party oh gosh there are so many fun parties I just can't pick and favorite right now ;)
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