Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I did a post once about not forcing things into your decor.  You know what I mean.  You're at Marshalls/Ross/Home Goods/Fill in the Blank and you find something that you absolutely must have.  It comes home with you and then you wander aimlessly from room to room trying to find it the perfect home.  I have a name for those things - I call them Forget-Me-Nots.  My Forget-Me-Nots usually bounce from shelf to shelf, wall to wall, or table to table before being cast onto the Island of Misfit Decor.  Then when Tweakday rolls around (that's the day after hump day), and I need too fill a vacant spot, I go to the Island and bring out a Forget-Me-Not.

I have one FMN that's been trying for months to make it off the island. At a church rummage sale last year I spotted this Southern Living at home cake stand and my heart palpitated as I scored it for $4.  I had always wanted one.

Well, you guessed it, I brought it home and did the walk of shame around my house.
I feel so defeated when this happens - especially with a score like this one.  It's just not fair!

I decided I wasn't going to give up this time.  I would find a home for my SLAH FMN if it killed me.   And find a home for it is just what I did.

My Dining Room table centerpiece arrangement needed to be a little big higher.

Throw in some fake grapes.

Doin' my victory dance!

Do you have any Forget-Me-Nots that are trying to make it off the Island???


Lee said...

What a great name-forget me nots....have so many of those-as soon as I get rid of one, I find a use for it!
Luckily, our house is large so I have many places to hide my FMN's-LOL
Thanks for sharing! Love the centerpiece!

Darlene said...

It looks great! (As always!) I've always heard it said, if you find something you love, buy it! You will find a place for it somewhere!! I also took a quick tour of your antique displays. They have me drooling!

Traci said...

I'm famous for buying FMN! I love how your centerpiece looks. The added height really makes it fabulous.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

It looks great! I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for giving me a new name for those things that I think I must have but don't really fit any of my needs after arriving home. I've had that happen way to many times. LOL! I am quite surprised it looks like this comment is going to go through. I've not been able to leave comments anywhere all morning. It's so weird. Thanks for visiting me too it's always good to hear from you!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Good use for it - looks great. Yes, I have several of those FMN items that I just knew I would have a use for them when I bought them long ago.
Thanks for stopping by. The last picture is the same granddaughter. My daughter took the picture with her phone that has different settings.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OH YES! I am SO VERY Guilty of Forget me Nots following me home. LOVE your name for them and "LOVED THIS POST"! So Sweet and isn't it wonderful when the Forget me nots turn to the "Perfect Rose"! LOVE the cake plate and LOVE where it ended up! Thank you for sharing,

Karrie said...

I LOVE what you've done with your "forget me not" :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I think it looks great! This happens to me all the time. There's usually a reason we're drawn to certain things. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right inspiration. This was perfect.

Gail said...

Only $4 for SL!! wow It's so pretty.
I can see this plate in so many seasons as the perfect lift for centerpieces, manger scenes, pumpkins, etc
I like your FMN term

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do and it is sitting on the chest in the dining room, on speculation...prepared to go back to the basement!!LOL

Fun post, Kim!

southerninspiration said...

I have that one, too...and paid more than $4 for it!!! Good for you!!

And it works perfectly there...need to get mine out and see where I might use it !

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think you found the perfect place for your cake platter, a home at last! I do that all the time, usually i have purchased something for my antiques booth, but I love it so much I want to keep it, not sell it, so I do the walk of shame......Occasionally it works, but it always means something else has to go!


Sue said...

Great name for our treasures without a home Kim! I have a harder time with things like that now that I live in a house with no basement. My poor garage ~

You found a great spot for your cake stand, and I think you will have a few other spots for it in the future. Good luck on getting your booth this fall.

Happy June!

Darlene said...

P.S. I tagged you on my blog today! ;)

Penny said...

Hi Kim! I am a sucker for home decor bargains and kitchenware. You did well with the cake stand. Thanks for visiting me. The other Penny is just as nice as you could imagine. Come again soon. I love your blog.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your vignette and the pedestal is fabulous. I also really adore the cache pot. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Faith said...

I love your advice in the opening paragraph!! That's totally me- I find something for a great price and assume it will fit into my home. I never do that with clothing, so it surprises me that I do it with decor. Thanks for all the pics too, you are talented!!

XO Faith