Welcome to the 26th "Sunday Favorites"

"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.


Hello my friends!

Welcome to the 26th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!
I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! It's going to be a very busy weekend for me...we will be run...run...RUNNING! Hehe! This is our weekend to have Russell's children. They live a couple of hours away from us...so we will get up early Saturday morning and head up that way. Darrin, our 15 yr. old, has a Cross Country track meet so we will be joining him at the meet and when it's finished we'll head up to pick up Danielle! Of course I'm preparing this post on Friday since we will have the weekend pretty tied up!
I'm hoping that while we're up getting the kids that I can do some shopping...there is a Hobby Lobby there! Yeeeehawwww! Hobby Lobby here I come! Hehe! Anyway...we will then have to drive back home...probably getting here just in time to go to bed. Then we will have to make the trip again on Sunday to take the kids back to their mother's. Ohhh my...that is a total of eight hours just in driving time!!! I'm so glad that we are able to prepare a blog post ahead of time and schedule when it is to be published since I will be away from home!
And...this is just another reason why I really do love Sunday Favorites! It's so quick and easy to just republish a past post...a "lifesaver" for times when we are just too busy!!! Since I probably won't be back home till late Sunday evening, I won't be able to visit you until Monday...but rest assured...I'll be by for a visit and to see all of those fabulous Sunday Favorite's reruns!!!*
Well my friends...Thank you so much for coming by today! Have a super Sunday!!!


Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!

Love ya'll,

Sunday Favorites

My favorite post: August 10, 2009

It's "Three or More Tuesday"!!!

Hello my friends! It's time for "Three or More Tuesday"! This fun filled event is hosted by Tam over at The Gypsy's Corner. You won't want to miss out on Tam's post today...and while you're there...you can visit all of the other "Three or More Tuesday" participants!

Thank you, Tam...for hosting this fun filled Tuesday event! Sure do appreciate you, my friend!

Trays 101...

Today for "Three or More Tuesday" I would like to share with you a few of my trays...I'm talking about "serving" trays of course!

I just love trays...not only are they very useful or functional but they are also great for decorating! In fact, a beautifully designed tray can be a work of art all in itself! Do you have a pretty tray that you like? How do you use your trays?


Mmmm.....Hot Cocoa Anyone?

Hehe...okay it may be a bit warm for hot cocoa...but it won't be long till cocoa time...Autumn is just around the corner!
This is a black wooden tray that I've had for some time...in fact, I can't even remember where I got it! Eeeeks...a senior moment here! Hehe! Last Christmas I used this black tray to set up my "Hot Cocoa Station". I just love my little snowmen mugs and canister! The canister is perfect for storing hot cocoa. I placed spoons in one of the snowmen cups and cinnamon sticks in another. This tray certainly proved to be functional as well as decorative!
Okay...since it's still a bit warm out for hot cocoa...maybe a cool glass of wine or grape juice would suit you better!

Again...the same black serving tray!
Having Guests Stay Over?

A Guest Tray
How about treating your guests with a "guest tray"! A little ironstone pitcher filled with fresh flowers...a pretty glass for water...and an organza bag full of Andes chocolate mints!
This is my Tea Rose bedroom...or guest room! I just love "treating" my guests! This tray is metal...a soft shade of green with a beautiful floral design painted in gold. Hmmm...maybe this tray will be used again...breakfast in bed?

A Silver Tray and a Vignette!*

I created this vignette for Marty's Cloche Party! Here I used one of my silver trays...for merely decorative purposes. It serves as a foundation for the vignette! The silver ties in perfectly with the silver pieces that I wanted to use and it lends an elegant feel...just what I hoped to achieve for this vignette!
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Again...a silver tray used as the foundation for a vignette!
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A Tray and a Tablescape Centerpiece

This is my "Dollar Store" tablescape! Nearly everything you see in this tablescape was found at the Dollar Tree! I used a white wicker tray for the centerpiece. It holds a vase of flowers, a candle, a couple of pears, and extra table napkins.
Besides the decorative aspects, using a tray for the centerpiece makes it easy to remove from the table, if necessary, for dining! I love this idea!
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A Creamy White Lattace Tray

Ohhh...I just love this ceramic lattace work tray!!! I found it at the thrift store...you should have seen me do the "happy dance"!
Hmmm...how will I use it? It would be great to serve bread or dinner rolls. Maybe it will hold apples or oranges for the counter?

I added fruit (it's faux...sorry! Hehe!) and two sweet little birds to this tray...it sits on the bar in the kitchen!
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Some Trays Are New...Some Trays Are Old!

This beautiful Pink Depression glass is actually a platter but I decided to use it as a tray for the Depression glass tumblers! Thinking outside of the box...Hehe!
Speaking of "thinking outside of the box"...

I have trays for silver candleholders....

I have trays to display things on...
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I even have trays on the wall....
I do love my trays!!! They are so versatile...and you gotta love that!!!
Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!
Love ya'll,


Maggie said...

I can't believe I'm the first this week!!
I was amazed at all your wondeful trays and the clever ways that you have found to use them.
The guest bedroom is so lovely I could just check in and feel right at home.
Drive safe.

Theresa said...

Too much good stuff! I love the guest BR close up with the pillows:) My favorite! I also love, love, love the pink glasses on the pink tray! I have some of these pink beauties too! Everything is just too gorgeous! Hey, it is actually cold enough here for hot chocolate today.. so that is what I will have:) Enjoy your weekend with the kids!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Chari, I so hope you are having fun with the children. Those are always the best days ever. All of your pictures are just fabulous. I loved everyone of them. Just gorgeous and what great inspiration to copy. Hugs, Marty

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Hi Chari - I've reposted the correct link as you requested.

I LOVE your decorating style... so comfy, yet so elegant!

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,
I just love all your pretty trays and your collection is excellent my friend! I love the holiday decorated tray and the yellow tuscany looking tray vignette! So very pretty! I love the guest bedroom tray too! Such a welcoming place!
You asked me about my fall dishes that I posted a few weeks ago...(sorry it's taken me so long to reply) the china pattern is Kyoto made by Momoyama and it is still available online. My mother gave me this wonderful set of china and I love to use it every Thanksgiving. Hope your Sunday is wonderful...Thanks for always being the most gracious hostess! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Chari!

I'm so glad I stopped by because I guess I missed this post the first time around!

Love the wine tray!! and yes a cool glass of wine "would" suit me, lol! and I would love to have it served up in the lovely guest room okay?!! Now that would be livin!!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just wonderful even the second time around my friend...Hope all is well with you...I haven't seen you in a few...Love ya sis....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Martha said...

You have some great trays -- I, too, love trays and have way more than I need -- but whenever I see a good one, I often can't resist!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!
I hope you and hubby and a wonderful time with the kids!

I love all your trays. I really love that white "weave" tray!

Diann :)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Your trays are tres gorgeous!

I love trays, too, but unlike Martha I don't have too many of them. I have not enough!

I LOVE your white porcelain lattice one, and the silver one, and the black one ... and on and on.

You give Andes chocolates to your guests? Can I come for a sleepover?

Great post. Cass

Sandy said...

I love your trays Chari, I wish I were as talented as you are!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Chari,
I finally got a Sunday Favorite to copy properly! I was so frustrated there for awhile! Thanks for re-running this gorgeous post my dear, with all the eye candy! I just love all your beautiful trays and how creatively and beautifully you use them! Tell me about all your silver candleholders my dear! They are gorgeous and I want some! The tea bedroom and the red and white transferware, oh my goodness, they are fabulous! Hugs, Cindy

Christi @ A Southern Life said...


I remember this post. It is a favorite of mine as well. Love all your beautiful trays and the clever ways you use them. Happy Sunday!


Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Hi Chari,
I found you from Cottage Instincts, and your linky party just sounded too fun to pass up.
I linked to a post I hope will give people a little chuckle on a Sunday morning.
Have a great one and thanks for hosting! Janell

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Thank you so much for your complimentary post on my blog and my refinished desk! It led me to your blog, which is just lovely. I am now a follower! I love your romantic style and use of antiques. I am also a big fan of hanging plates on the wall. Cheap, easy, and looks great.

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Yikes--a long post...but vedddddy interesting. Hey, I didn't know you could schedule when something would be posted? Where do you find info on that??

Arts and Herbs said...

Hi, I'm a new follower of your beautiful blog, I love your tray wall !

Tootsie said...

oh girl...I wish I could come visit...tour this home in person...and jump on that bed!!! lol
have a great week

Lenore said...

Love all your trays, Chari...especially the silver ones.
I also use trays for vignettes mostly seashells.... and sometimes more for ease of cleaning as I can move the entire tray to dust under.
I also really appreciate your help in the use of Ed's Flickr toys and the frosted glass...I used it on my Mosaic Monday post and now I have lots of bloggers asking me how I did it!!!
I think I will post the "How to" on my blog so I don't have to answer each one individually.
Thanks again....you're the greatest.

Janet Benlien Reeves said...

Hi Chari!

Thank you for sharing your heart, your amazing story, and your kind words at my blogs. I appreciated all three! Keep praying! I will, too.

And your pictures here are beautiful as well! Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful week.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

How did I miss this the first time around? I must have been snoozing. I love, love, love all your trays & the items you have displayed on them. Thanks for reposting this.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
First, thank-you from the bottom of my heart for your sweet notes and all the compliments. I am getting excited about getting the guest room put together and your tea rose bedroom is such an inspiration! We're painting the walls a pale yellow called lemonade slush and then 1 wall is a little darker and that's called bumblebee yellow. The room was my step-son Jacob's room and it was painted kind of a dark brownish/beige. It looked nice for a boys room but not for my guest room. I never could find bedding I liked to go with it. Anyway, enough about me. It sounds like you had a very busy week-end. I think the getting the motel room sounds like a good idea. All that running can really wear you out. How's your weather? We had one very nice day, yesterday it hit 70 degrees but it sounds like we're heading the otherway again. Do you have any big plans this week? I am just feathering my nest and getting ready for AZ. It's still getting up to 100 there. Goodness, I hope it changes next week. I am getting excited about seeing my son and DIL. Now, I need to go check out your tea rose bedroom again for some more inspiration! Hugs to you my friend, Cindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Chari...girl it's a good thing you came by...I was just thinking about putting your face on milk carton and issuing an all points on you ha ha!!
How was your weekend my friend...Girl it's getting cold up here...I ran around all day in my sweats and slippers...
Oh you won'y believe this but I'm making tassels girl...I never could find those candle cups but did find some cute birds at Dollar Tree drilled some holes in them got out my bag of trims and started playing...I made 3 so far...and each one looks better than the last one...ha ha!!
How Russell doing girl...And your so right it has been a fun year in bloggerville, met some wonderful ladies here...of course you don't count as I met you way before on RMS when you were dipping your toes into the water ha ha!! is that not funny how we met on Picket's back porch..and now here were all our here...Have missed you my friend...Better go get Len up...he has to be at the hospital for more test in 2 hours..May you have a great day my dear friend...love ya sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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