Monday, May 18, 2009

A Splash of Red, Blue and Gold

Our hosts today are Susan of Between Naps on the Porch, Sally of Smiling Sally and Rhoda of Southern Hospitality.

Today for my Thrifty Treasure, I'm sharing this RED basketweave bowl I got a few months back in Hobby Lobby. It is normally $30 but I snagged it at 80% off and only paid $6.00! Woo-hoo! Given there was a small but noticeable chip but I can easily cover that up, you know? I noticed the great shade of red right away though it was on the top shelf and at the opposite of the end of the aisle.

Here's the middle... I just love that detail.

The roped edging is so adorable, I couldn't believe my luck. It's a rather shallow bowl so it's versatile in its use. I'm so psyched about that! :-D

Now for some Blue and Gold... and a little met along the way...

This little Asian lady went from hoping to become a college graduate soon enough to admiring the cap and gown with Phi Theta Kappa regalia (honors)...

(at the hotel just before we took off to Phoenix for the ceremony)

To actually trying them on... (keep an eye on the tassel now...)

And then becoming a full pledged college graduate with an Associate's degree in Elementary Education! (the tassel's been moved from Right to Left) Yay, me!!!

It's been a long drawn out 2-year program. I started in 2006 and endured much hassle and delays, but if you ask me if I'd do it again, I'd say, you bet! I remember telling my teen in the car on the way there, "There's nothing like a college graduation. High school ones are wonderful, but you just can't describe a college graduation."

Maybe it has something to do with "the real world" is all that's left or other career avenues await you but knowing that I've finished college (though still deciding where and when to start my Bachelor's program since we'll be moving again next year), I just can't describe the ups and downs I felt during all of Friday, the 15th.

I congratulate all those who graduated this year and I offer my endless and sincere gratitude to my wonderful children and husband, my mom, my wonderful SIL Maggie, and great friends (blog, distant and neighbors) who expressed their love, support and shared in my happiness.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all...


  1. Congrats Chandy!!

    And the red plates are beautiful as well, the detail is so pretty. :)


  2. Oh Wow Chandy! Congratulations!!!! I know everyone is so proud of you.. What a wonderful accomplishment. You must be on top of the world.
    I orginally stopped by to let you know I just posted the details about my big giveaway.. which seems pale to your great news.. but I wanted to let you know so you could get in on a chance to win. Stop by if you can & Good Luck!

  3. Congrats Chandy! I am so proud of you for sticking to your goal! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

  4. Oh Chandy, you look just radiant in your cap and gown. I am so proud of you and what an accomplishment. It is a lot of hard work and you did it!!! I just wish you all the best in whatever you do. BTW, I love the red bowl too. Hugs, Marty

  5. Hi Chandy, congratulations!!!!!! How wonderful

    Happy Blue Monday.


  6. Oh Chandy!! How wonderful! Congratulations! It's not easy working on a degree with children in the house. I know because I did it!! You deserve a special degree for perseverence and patience!! I am so happy for you! And Elementary'll love it! I taught high school for 34 years, but some of my most rewarding experiences have been in my grandson's first grade class! Again...congratulations...hugs...Debbie


    Congratulations friend~!

  8. Chandy - That is so awesome....congratulations on your accomplishment. I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.

    Your little red bowl is adorable...Hobby Lobby is always an adventure!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Nola @ The Bloom Girls

  9. Hello ladies, thank you and enjoy your Monday!

  10. WOW Chandy congratulations to you !
    How wonderful for you .
    Happy dance time.
    Oh and happy blue monday too.
    So many joys ,may you have continued happiness all through the rest of your life.
    You are so amazing.
    Blessings to you and yours.

  11. Congratulation Chandy!!! How wonderful for you- I am sure you are very proud!!

    I did take step by step- well sort of- of how to put up beadboard, cut molding, and lay flooring- I hope to get this up as tutorials sometime!

    Our youngest son is here- will leave Friday- guests arriving Friday for Weekend- next week is prep time for 2 VBS we are doing the week after Memorial weekend and will be having 8 members of an impact team which will be helping put these on staying with us (l will be in our back yard the other in a teeny town 50 miles away)= busy couple of weeks!!

  12. Congratulations! An excellent goal and a fabulous achievement!

    Happy Blue Monday!


    Christi @ a Southern Life

  14. Hip, hip, hurray for Chandy!!! Congrats on a job well done. Thanks for including all of us in your celebration and joy.

  15. Congratulations, Chandy. That shade of blue will keep you in good steed for the rest of your life.

  16. Congratulations, Chandy! PERFECT blue for Blue Monday! Love that dish too.

    Blessings to you from Kansas,

  17. Wow! Congratulations, Chandy! Your blue is perfect for Blue Monday!


  18. Congratulations on your Graduation!! What a wonderful accomplishment and you deserve to be more than proud!

  19. That is simply awesome! Congrats on graduating with honors!!!!

  20. Congratulations on your graduation! Way to go!

  21. Congratulations on your courage and determination! I know every one is proud of you --as they should be!

  22. Way to go!!!!you look great in your cap and the red dishes...

  23. Chandy, BIG congrats for your wonderful achievement, way to go girl! And thanks for stopping by the party.

  24. Congrats, Chandy! Now keep going!! You can do it!

  25. CONGRATS CHANDY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Enough said !

    Hugs ~ Kammy

  26. Hello to all of you who visited tonight and much thanks!

  27. Congrat Chandy!!!!!! You look great in the blue and gold, what a wonderful achievement! Cindy

  28. Wow! An elemenatry school teacher! Congrats on having the most important profession there is!

  29. Blue and honors too. How wonderful. Celebrate!

  30. Oh Chandy! I am so late in seeing this. All these travels is making me fall behind in everything. Ugh! You look so professional already and so inspiring. Congrats again, my friend! I am so proud of you!...Christine

  31. Congratulations!! Being an educator is just a wonderful profession where you really do change people's lives.
    Mrs. Petrie @

  32. congrats!
    My greatest day was getting a college degree! My father would have been so proud!


If you like this blog, let me know. If you really like this blog, let me know. The key is let me know. Thanks for peeking!

Niceties first

HELLO AND WELCOME to this blog dedicated to my obsession of tablescapes, and ONLY TABLESCAPES!
That means that whatever I post will be redirected to tablescapes or you will see tablescapes or the dishes and glassware that I used AND wish to use.
I hope you like you what you see; but you can't do that unless you take the tour- the TABLESCAPE TOUR that's on the side bar! I'd also love to take you on my adventures on finding great dinnerwares to display and use while leaving some serious change in your pocket, so stay a while and see all of my great deals!
Wanna know the reason behind the madness, too? Then make sure to read, Why this blog for my philosophy.