Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

The long awaited Memorial Day Weekend has finally /almost arrived, along with a warm-sun-filled weather forecast for most of the U S.  .   .  Lucky, lucky us! Yes many of us are extremely lucky, but not just with the weather. We collectively, as a nation, have many people to thank for our steadfast luck protection. To all the men and women, past and present, who have voluntarily put themselves in harms way, so that we may continue to bask under the flag of freedom and democracy. 

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Some of you have put away the snow shovels, and winter gear, with the same giddy excitement as a kid on Christmas morning! The  anticipation of hosing down the deck, patio, veranda, porch, or balcony along with the outdoor furniture can barely be contained! This is the time when you unpack those brand new pillows that you bought in anticipation of summer. Those pillows that just wouldn’t let you out of the store because of their great pops of color that sccrreeeeaammmed summer, and don’t leave us here!!!

Bringing old and new friends together.   .   . catching up on day to day happenings, future plans, and recounting past pleasures. These wonderful, and memorable gatherings can be made to pop-up on your front porch, backyard, kitchen, park, lakeside, at the beach, or just maybe you’re ready to step out of the box, and add a new place to the list! Please let me know. Where you create this fun happening is only a piece of the American pie, so to speak. How, to me, is as important as where this get together takes place.

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As part of my Memorial Day gathering theme, shown in the photo above, I have commandeered my U S flag for a table cover, holding silverware, napkins, plates, etc.. I then added one of  a stack of pillows with hand stitched miniature flags, found at a church bazaar several years ago, for table accent. The food stacked on a vintage red, white, and blue striped tablecloth, which keeps my flag away from the food traffic. My patriotic pillows will be stacked in extra, extra large wicker baskets, and available to anyone who wants extra comfy seating.

Have a great & safe weekend!

Have you heard about sisters Emily and Abby taking their stories on the road? No?  Sheeesh … these 2 girls have been very busy sisters who have finally come home for a few well earned days of rest. Where have they been? Oh my .   .  . does that mean you’ve missed several Barnes and Noble signing/reading in sunny California. Sooo for those of you reading this note about Emily and Abby, take a second to think about buying a gift for some wee one, and then write me a review… Thanks!!!

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Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Many of you will be making reservations instead of soufflé’s this Mother’s Day weekend. Hey .  .   . I get it!  After all it’s not about the menu or the tablescape per se, but it is about recognizing the unselfish love a mother never stops giving to her child/children. There is very little in life that can hold a candle to a mom’s nurturing love.

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However, if you are going all-out at home for Mother’s Day, then helllo .   .   . this would be the perfect time to dig deep into your cubbyholes, closets, cupboards, and under your bed.  Wait .   .   .  don’t run off just yet .   .   .  I have another thought while you’re at it .   .   . oh please .   .   . of course I hear a few of you snickering! Since I am on a mission, I will share my last thought on places to look for new found goodies lying around your house. Are you all ready? Crack open some of  your still packed away wedding gifts! Mmm hmm .   .   . ah ah .   .   . noooo, I’m not sorry that I brought it up .   .   . someone has to poke the elephant in your house!!! Sheesh!

Easy people .   .   . almost finished .   .   . promise. Have a quick peek below before you go foraging for all of your forgotten goodies. As I said a few weeks ago, one felled branch found on the sidewalk, a few interesting objects scattered around the table,  add mixed patterns of dishes, glassware, candles, and some of your best ‘learned from mom’ recipes.

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I was invited back to Barnes and Noble on Saturday May 13th for another round of signing and reading !!! So if you didn’t make it this past Saturday then mark May 13th on your calendar. Hope you can join me.  ”I am sooo Lucky!!!

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Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Oh no! It’s not a figment of your imagination. Indeed, the world is spinning ever-so-much-faster then when you were little. Can we stop this feeling of spinning out of control brought about from the computer-generated, make-believe, virtual environment that has become part of our every day-to-day life? Hmmm .   .   . of course you can! We all have the power to disconnect .   .   . but, but, but .   .   . hang on .   .   . you all do realize that by disconnecting from your technologically-driven world, caring family as in mother/ grandmother, and friends could potentially become less accessible. And my Tableofferings™ ‘pearls of tablescaping wisdom’ could not fill your screens weekly!

Speaking of pearls .  .   . lol .   .   . I just can’t seem to help myself! Remember.   .   . I am a writer/published author/spinner of words .   .   . ergo .   .   . my shameless segue to my centerpiece as seen below. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to gather gorgeous gifts from the sea, highlighted with none other than pearls dripping over a turquoise bowl in the shape of a sea-shell. Psst .   .  . the beautiful turquoise shell is plastic.

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Now that I have your attention, and your camaraderie let me say a few words about Mother’s Day. If you are fortunate to have your mother, mama, mom, mommy, mater, ma mère, grandmother, great-grandmother, or even an ‘extra-mom’, it all comes down to memories shared and new ones yet to be made. It’s not about the cost, but the thought that counts. Below a simple glass pedestal filled with oversized sea shells and more pearls with a touch of crystals.

 

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My Barnes and Noble book signing/reading, this past Saturday, and was invited back for a return engagement on May 13th. Barnes and Noble in Marina Del Rey. I feel that .   .   .”I am sooo Lucky!!!

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I was invited back to Barnes and Noble on Saturday May 13th for another round of signing and reading !!! So if you didn’t make it this past Saturday then mark May 13th on your calendar.Hope you can join me.

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Some crave center stage, while others .   .   . mmm .   .   . not so much. I see that this is not resonating with everyone. Let’s put this another way .   .   . it’s either in your face, or dancing on the peripheral of center stage, much like an elusive butterfly. Whoa, whoa, whoa .   .   . stay with me people .   .   . breathe! Honestly, I am getting to the point! Sheesh .   .   .   . patience please. This is all about off-center, vs. centered centerpieces. The photo below is an example of .   .   . yippee .   .   . glad-you- could-make-it- for dinner, off-centered-centerpiece. Yes, I heard you. Oh sorry .   .   . only I can hear what someone just asked. The question was, what’s the big deal about off-centered, as opposed to centered centerpieces. Shhh .  .  . please give me just a few more minutes of your time .   .   . thanks!

By off-centering interesting pieces about the table, shown below, everyone gets to actually see everyone else at the table. I know .   .   . who knew! What a concept     .   .    . instead of voluminous floral displays.

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The table shown below is NOT my tablescape, but merely an over-the-top example of what I view as a floral centerpiece-staging event, not dinner. Sooo your conversation is limited to the person on your right and left only, but definitely not much from the no-sight-zone, over or around the elephant in the room. Ouch .   .   . my stiff neck!!!

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My Barnes and Noble book signing/reading, this past Saturday, and was invited back for a return engagement on May 13th. Barnes and Noble in Marina Del Rey. I feel that .   .   .”I am sooo Lucky!!!”

Want to come meet me sooner .   .   . no problem. May 5th BOOK FAIRE EVENT 5:00-8:00PM “I am sooo Lucky!!!” reading and signing great family night-out.

PJ’S and BOOKS at Sherman Oaks Elementary 14755 Greenleaf St. Sherman Oaks

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For those of you who came to my children’s book signings for “I am sooo Lucky!!!” at Barnes & Noble. Saturday April 15th  in The Marina Del Rey Store it was great meeting all of you! And I was invited back for Saturday May 13th for another round of signing and reading !!! So if you didn’t make it this past Saturday then mark May 13th on your calendar.

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

 

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Now you see it, now you don’t! This way, mmm .   .   . nooo that way. I just love before and after photos like the one below. What you are looking at, is the same basic layout as last week’s tablescape .   .   . I kid you not! No, some of you whispered, no, no, no .   .   . Please go ahead take another look, in fact see both photos below. Ahhhh now you see it! Gone are the elegant, and delicate bone china dishes, gigantic dried lotus leaves, and ivory-like handled silverware.

Now comes the transformation part of my show-and-tell. This tablescape was decked out for a good old fashioned buffet .   .   . but .    .    . before they rushed to the feed station, aka buffet  .   .   . their first course was being served table side. What? Why not?  Guests need a little pampering, before having to actually walk the few feet to a buffet filled with plates of yummy abundance. First up cold strawberry soup served in chilled glasses seen sitting on top of yellow vintage plates, that also act as holders for napkins until needed. What was that? Lol. Someone just asked about the knife resting across the top of the wood charger, next to the dessert spoon. Why not? Oh people, plllllease .   .   . there are people zip-lining at close to sound barrier speeds, eating dinner while hanging in mid-air attached to a humongous crane, and some who are even more death wish oriented, are scaling tall buildings without a safety harness or worse no net!!! Sooo .   .   . what was your question about my living on the edge again?

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Just thought I would share this photo of my Barnes and Noble book signing/reading, this past Saturday, and was invited back for a return engagement on May 13th. Barnes and Noble in Marina Del Rey. I feel that .   .   .”I am sooo Lucky!!!”

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For those of you who came to my children’s book signings for “I am sooo Lucky!!!” at Barnes & Noble. Saturday April 15th  in The Marina Del Rey Store it was great meeting all of you! And I was invited back for Saturday May 13th for another round of signing and reading !!! So if you didn’t make it this past Saturday then mark May 13th on your calendar.

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Mother Nature most assuredly cast her spell on the artist who recreated this stunning yet most compelling pair of feathered friends quietly resting on a delicate golden branch. Colorful floral surrounds these beautiful birds with an adorable hummingbird to boot! I could not resist bringing out one of my mom’s china sets for the holidays. The pattern is Chinoiserie by Gorham.

As you can see below, I chose to leave my glass table top bare, which sits over two felled tree trunks. Now the fun begins! The first piece in this place setting is a very large wood charger, covered with honest to goodness real Lotus leaves that had been dried and treated. I had to tame the extremely large leaves by pinching them in under the plates. Phew! That was a close call as they seemed to be  taking over the chargers!  Ivory-looking utensils were the next to adorn this table. Then came tall stemmed harvest gold/yellow colored goblets to share space with a florescent-like green short stem goblet for a polished finish.

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The catalyst for this table’s ‘centerscape’ began with a gift from Mother Nature.  Have a good look at the photo below. Go ahead take your time .   .   . I  can wait. Do you see the fantastic felled tree branch that was left behind after the recent high winds? OMG, I know .   .   . amazing, and practically at my front door! So what’s a person to do, but pick this prize puppy up and bring it home? Earthy, and unprocessed pieces of nature are right up my alley. So with my new found prize on the table, it was time to give it some earthy pop. Mmmm .   .  . how about a blue starfish tangled up in the branches, and a couple of recycled glass objects intertwined with glass candle holders. Shell white, and teal candles were my choice. Oh yes .   .   . ah ha .   .   . this would be the time to .  .   .  Come sit with me for awhile. . . and see what I’m bringing to the table®

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For those of you who are in shouting distance of me , come to my upcoming children’s book signings for “I am sooo Lucky!!!” at Barnes & Noble. Saturday April 15th 11:30- 1:30 in The Marina Del Rey Store.  Address: Villa Marina Marketplace Mall, 13400 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292      Come say hi!

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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Dishing it up / with Sharon Insul

Come sit with me for awhile . . .
and see what I’m bringing to the table ®

Mmm .   .   . or maybe not bringing it to the table .   .   . I was thinking that just maybe bringing it ‘to the bench’ would add a little zip to my garden dinner. Say again?  How will a bench add new zip to my dinner table? First take a quick look at the photo below, then come back to me.  Hmmmm .   .   . not being able to see or communicate across the dinner table is a complete waste of what could have been a fun and interesting evening. Oh please .   .   .  you don’t have to fill the center of the table to make a tablescape exciting, and interesting. The ginormous bouquet of flowers resting on the bench gives the feeling of dining in the middle of a field of flowers. Yes! I just heard someone say that it’s almost as if you’re being transported to a far off place. Excellent .   .   . by Jove I think you’ve got it! Now people,this is exciting!!!

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Below is a simple but effective mini-bar that I put together for this evening’s soirée. For the second course the bar tray will be traded out for chilled champagne and flutes.  To further emphasize a feeling of being swept up, and gently set down in a field, I added a mix of bright white flowers punctuated by one very red rose. Ahhhh   .   .   . music to my ears. Of course I heard some of you whisper about my accents of a deep purple tassel, and a velvet embroidered/appliqued mini-pillow with a floral motif. Details .   .   . details .   .   . it’s always about the details.

PS … tomorrow is my 1st Barnes and Noble book signing for my children’s book “I am sooo Lucky!!!”       

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For those of you who are in shouting distance of me , come to one of my upcoming children’s book signings for “I am sooo Lucky!!!” at Barnes & Noble. Saturday April 8th 11:00-1:00 in Thousand Oaks, CA or Saturday April 15th 11:30- 1:30 in The Marina del Rey Store. Come say hi!

Are you looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Well look no further help is here .   .   . Now on Amazon / Barnes & Noble /  IndieBound.org             “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper” Available in E-book and HARDCOVER  http://getBook.at/Tableofferings.

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For the kiddies in your life “I am sooo Lucky!!!”  Books 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE on …

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     IndieBound.org

Book1  http://getBook.at/book1Lucky    Book2   http://getBook.at/lucky2

Book3   http://getBook.at/Lucky3

Remember if you’re a Prime Amazon member you can read for free!

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Sharon Insul is the former owner of the globally recognized  Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… Beverly Hills, California, as well as an ongoing contributing columnist for the Beverly Hills Courier Newspaper.

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