Tuesday, November 1, 2011


As you can see I am still obsessed with the potting bench...

Well the flowers are so beautiful and the weather is still so warm, even Chef Boyardee came for a visit...How can you blame me....

I found this chef at the S.A. store for 5.00...he was a mess...dark heavy brown antiquing, you could hardly see his face, wish I had taken a picture...
...his clothes were brown and black...I sprayed him with white primer, repainted him then lightly antiqued him for a little aging then sprayed him with a high gloss spray....he loves how he looks...

Chef Boyardee usually lives on the kitchen counter. I devised several different types of trays for him to hold as well as a chalkboard.. I attached a square dowel to the underside of each tray, that dowel slides into the hole in his hand.....Today he is holding his tomato tray...

The number plates and the " too darling " garden tool napkin rings were birthday gifts from my daughter Michelle and her family ....I love them so much and could not wait to show them to you...they go so perfectly with my "numbered potting bench"
I will be using these plates for a very long time...lov em

The little french pots I stamped with a number stamp from Michaels... The large number stamps are all on a plastic clear rubbery sheet, Mr. S. cut some small square wood blocks that I glued the numbers too...you could also buy acrylic blocks, this was a lot cheaper....The ink is permanent..

The napkins are stamped with same number stamp and really wash well....perfect for today..

Of course the star of the show is always the flowers, and in Ca. we have such beautiful flowers that love the warm days and cool evenings...

The Chef thinks he's the star...

Mama bear stool and Papa bear stool....just the right fit...

A little strawberry wine....ahhhhh perfect

The garden tool napkin rings are just delightful...I will have to ask her where they are from...probably an Etsy store...shes such a fan...you can visit her store on the sidebar of my blog...wow she is a great writer...her description and knowledge about the items is informative and charming...

A little taste of the wine before I continue ahhhhh...

A great chicken salad with a little celery and a sprinkle of walnuts and just a little sprinkle of red pepper flakes...yummy

The chrysanthemums are beautiful this season, the colors so vibrant...

The faux candy apples are a gift from my friend Jannay....they look so real, don't you think?

I like the little white lantern...I put a little battery flicker light in it when I am working in that area in the evening....There is also a light on the garage that helps...

Maybe Mr. S. could could put an outlet in and I could have a lamp....probably not this year the weather will become too cold in the evening...oh well...

Doesn't a fresh peach dumpling sound great for dessert...actually I am going to make my friend Yvonne's baked peach dumpling, she bakes it in puff pastry....she is located at Stonegable ( I am sure you all know that) always great recipes you can trust, well Bon Appetite....thanks for indulging me( my probably last visit for the season at the potting bench)...Leave a comment, I love hearing from you and if you are not already a follower, please join me...Phyllis

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  1. very beautiful blog mom...Just love those plates...where in the world did you get those?? LOL...love the napkin holders too....but my Favorite is mr. Chef!

    Once again, great job and thanks for the nice words about me.

    Love, Shell

  2. Beautiful setting, Phyllis! I love the plates you've used here and the numbers ~ all of them! I'm loving the numbers and typography this year. I can't believe the magic you performed on your Chef! You are so talented to be able to transform him from what he was. I would have loved to have seen that! You must have had a vision even then for him! It's so good to see you, Phyllis. : )

  3. How cute! Love the entire setting, but I am IN LOVE with your restored Chef. Wow -- what an amazing job you did on him.
    Chef Boy Ar Dee.... hahahaha.
    Bringing back my childhood.

  4. Great find! He looks perfect sitting there on your potting bench/table.

  5. What a great table, it makes me smile and wish it were warmer here...Chef Boyardee is cute as can be!

  6. Hi Phillis! I'm in love with your "potting bench"
    it looks like million Dollar beautiful, nise sitting
    I need one also for my garden

  7. From one Phyllis to another, I think you have created a true masterpiece here for entertaining!! Wow, everything is "over the moon", and so creative and imaginative, too!! LOVE it all.

  8. Love this Phyllis! So creative. I have such a thing for tablescapes :-)!

  9. Great job on the chef! Numbers are so hot! I love what you've done with them. Especially the napkins! Such a cheery set up you have going here!

  10. The chef is mighty cute, but your potting bench is absolutely gorgeous! Love the way you have it dressed!

  11. How clever of you to give the ol' Chef a "makeover"..looks very crisp and handsome now.

    Thanks for sharing :D

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's BUNNY HOP linky today,
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW IL

  12. Hi Phyllis ~ I love this theme, so bright and colorful; it just the thing to bring cheer on this gray rainy day here (in our area of the Pacific Northwest.)

    You are so clever to devise a way so Chef can hold different accessories ~ brilliant! Happy Tablescape Thursday to you. :)

  13. This is the sweetest table scape. I love your potting bench! So cute.

  14. What a fun post! I loved seeing each element, especially the Chef! I would loved to have seen a before picture ... he looks so perfectly wonderful now! You've done a great job entertaining us ":o)

  15. What fun! I am crazy about things with numbers on them so this had such an appeal to me! Your Chef is just wonderful!

  16. Phyllis, this whole post is just delightful. So many fun elements on your potting bench and your place settings. Loving the number plates and the way you put numbers on the little flower pots, and those individual colanders with strawberries are just the cutest! That potting bench is just amazing. laurie

  17. OMG girlfriend this is just too cute..I love the little drainer's..you my dear friend always come up with the best ideas of anyone I know and all your attention to details are just awesome..Thanks so much for coming by and letting me know about this beautiful post..Hugs and much love to you..Love Gl♥ria

  18. This is another fun post! I think the chef is looking at me... he must know I LOVE pasta.

    I am SO envious of your potting table, have I mentioned that before? It is so bright and cheerful.

    Thanks for coming to the party this week :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  19. Everything looks so cute--I want to eat those strawberries!

  20. Hi Phyllis!! Oh, it's so good to hear from you! Now I just love all you've done and it's all so cute. The little chef is adorable and love your drawer pull! Oh, I just love it.
    Thanks so much for popping in to see my little Carter. We love her so much.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  21. Oh, that is just wonderful! Everything looks so fresh! Beautiful pictures. Thank you for the visit and the sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Toodles, Kathryn

  22. What a charming spot for lunch. Your chubby chef made me smile!

    Visiting from the Bunny Hop,

  23. Everything is so pretty, I love all the numbers!

  24. Fun post and great pictures...Makes me want a chef boyaredee Pizza!!


  25. Oh, I loved this, Phyllis. You have given me so many ideas. I just had to keep scrolling through your pictures. So much to see. Your potting bench made the perfect spot for lunch for two.

  26. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining my followers list. Your comment is appreciated. I came by and got the biggest kick out of seeing your wonderfully fun blog, your patchwork canopy is fabulous, love your chef and just everything you have put into this wonderful area. Love it. I am now following you as well. Hugs, Gayle.

  27. Hi Phyllis, this is just darling! What cute garden napkin holders, I love your daughter, even though we've never met! lol, she sounds like such a sweetie! Your garden potting bench is delightful, the numbered plates and the numbered pots are so cute. But Chef Boyardee is the star, for sure!! You have a great eye, I would have passed him by, but you have turned him into a charmer!! Love it! Thanks for your visit with me and your kind comments, sorry I'm late getting back, I've been out of town!

  28. Hi darling, what a wonderful surprise to see you stop by, I hope things are well your way. I've been busy trying to get the shop ready for the open house this w/k.. almost there. Just a bit more tweaking.. hugs ~lynne~

  29. Loving your potting table, especially the colanders! What a grand and inspired idea. Will be looking to purchase some soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. ~CJ


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