We All Need a Little Picnic Time

How many times have you muttered under your breath, “Well, that was no picnic!”? Confrontations with loved ones, doctor visits, difficult jobs, war, cancer battles and taking care of the elderly, are all things that we would not call a picnic. But, there’s a quote that goes something like this, “So, if ants are such hard workers, then why do they always show up at picnics?”. Sometimes, we just need to go on a picnic, ants and all!

Outdoor fun with family, breathing fresh air, eating great food and playing horseshoes or throwing a frisbee helps to rejuvenate us to face the challenges of life. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, there are great places in our region to picnic. The gorgeous shores of the Gulf Coast, state parks, mountain ranges, local piers, or our own backyard, provide a few hours of relaxation that we all need.  While you are planning your next outing, take a look at a few items at CoziNest Antiques & Decor.

It’s Picnic Time!


Pie Taker or Picnic Basket

This jewel of a picnic basket is also a pie taker. It has a lovely shelf inside for transporting your pie and a few other items you need at your table.

Watering Can

Add a little color and life to your table with a vintage watering can filled with flowers. Fresh or faux works great.

Kate Spade Watermelon Clutch

Why not march to your picnic with a fashionable Kate Spade Watermelon Clutch? The ants won’t bother this little slice of vogue.


A congealed salad stored in your YETI until serving time is a delight. So add this vintage Jello ad to your table.

flag vase

How about a vase filled with flags for those patriotic picnics?

Milk Glass Blueberry Dish

This white, milk-glass dish would be perfect for serving blueberries, strawberries or barbeque sauce for your spareribs.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Cake Servers

You’ll be so fashionable at your picnic with these Vera Wang cake servers. A small cake for two would fit perfectly on this crystal cake plate.

Feeding Trough

And last but not least, how about this farmhouse feeding trough for serving all of your condiments in one place?

And if by chance, it should rain on your picnic, don’t be blue! The angels are surely watching over our farmers, and without that, life surely would be no picnic!



For any pricing questions, please leave a comment and I’ll send you an email. Happy Summer, Y’all!

CoziNest at The Daphne Antique Galleria

It’s been a dream for a long time. My sister, Kiki and I have talked about managing an antique booth for years. Almost every time we are together, we stop at an antique store, or a flea market or a thrift store. We love “rescuing” things and recycling them into new or at least prettier items. We’ve talked and planned and schemed and even bought things intending to update and sell. Funny thing is that most things we update, we like and keep!

A few months ago, I began to do some research about opening my own booth…. still part of the dream you know. I never imagined that I’d actually take the step. The first problem I ran into was that there was no space available in my town. Every mall was full with a waiting list – sometimes a year or more long. Crud.

Then, I stopped into one of my favorite malls. I like it because it has lots of booths with all sorts of styles and personalities represented. There’s book collections, shabby chic, current trends and antiques that are truly over 100 years old. Something for everybody. And on top of all that, the staff and other booth owners are friendly, helpful and fun to visit with. I think it’s because they like their job. And there was one more bonus…. They had a booth opening up February 1st.

Setting up an antique booth

At the time, that was only 2 weeks away. I sped home at 52 miles an hour and presented my case to 007. We decided to investigate a bit further and within a week, I had paid my deposit, began to plan the look of my booth and ventured out on the most fun shopping trip of my life.

I love shopping. Every kind of shopping except Wal-Mart. Oh the drudgery. I need birdseed from the left side of the store and dried avocado leaves from the right. Then after I push my 40 pounds of birdseed across the store, oops… they don’t carry dried avocado leaves. I digress…  Anywho, I began looking for items in Foley, Mobile, Pensacola, Birmingham and as far away as Michigan. (That’s a fer piece from Alabama.) Our garage began to fill up. 007 was nervous. He could see into the future and the future had no place to park his truck.

garage of treasures

He was on a mission and that mission was to get my booth ready. Our Saturdays were no longer spent strolling the streets of Fairhope or going to festivals. Instead, we shopped at Lowes and unloaded 7 sheets of pegboard at my new booth. 007 had all sorts of tricks up his sleeve and within a few hours my booth was ready. I repaid my favorite spy with a shaken, not stirred martini, and a “clean-er” garage.

CoziNest Booth Items


antique booth taking shape

It is beginning to take shape. Slowly, but surely. These two chairs were owned by a real estate mogul in Birmingham known not for building walls, but for being a great philanthropist.

desk chair with magazines

This chair … I wish I had taken a before picture. I imagine it in a ladies’ closet for zipping up those boots, or at a writing table for a really creative blogger I know. hehehe. Guess what is sitting on the magazines? It’s an antique planer for woodworking. Doesn’t this look just like a Joanna-Gaines-type paper weight?

Cotton bolls

The container for the cotton bolls is an antique metal container with just the right amount of patina. It would look great on my hearth with a bit of birchwood added to the cotton. See… this is going to be a problem!

office chair after

gathering treasures

I added painters’ cloth curtains to my entrance. You’ll either feel right at home or like you’ve entered the back room of a speakeasy on the upper east side…. Either way, it’s gonna be fun.

a view to a booth

Now as I decorate, redecorate, and set up my displays, I absolutely love bumping into furniture or getting a splinter in my hand. I know if I don’t wake up when that happens, it’s not a dream. I really do manage an antique booth now.

Shamrock Table for two

Tablescape of the Month – March

Shamrocks and daisies. Table for two anyone?

St. Patty's Day Placesetting

An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Please come by to see me at:

The Daphne Antique Galleria

1699 US Highway 98
Daphne, Al. 36526
Phone: (251) 625-2200

Home for Christmas

Bells ringing, carolers singing, shepherds watching, wise men giving, star with a tail as big as a kite. A child shivers in the cold…

Here’s a brief glimpse of the halls all decked out in preparation of a celebration. The greatest day in all of history.

Nautical Christmas Tree

a nautical tree


whimsical hearth

toys packed

santa is packed and ready

sommelier elf

elves are waiting for his return

elf on a shelf
wings that work

wishes are being wished




german santa
away in a manger

Continue your tour with this fun slideshow…


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Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Be sure to visit these other gorgeous homes. These are some very pretty homes!


Bread of the Presence

The Bread of Life

Happy holy days everyone! This Holy Celebration begins and ends with the breaking of bread. We gather together to eat, drink and have a Merry Christmas.

Jesus calls Himself, “The Bread of Life” in John 6:35 –

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Christmas Tablesetting for Four

Hungry in the Wilderness

In the Old Testament we learn how the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and became hungry. A wise man named Moses prayed and Manna rained from Heaven. We were hungry for fellowship with our God. Wise men prayed. Wise men searched and found the “Manna from Heaven” lying in a feeding trough. A shivering child born to Mary in what else, but a manger!

Mixing silver and gold china


Also in the Old Testament, the shewbread was placed in the tabernacle according to the Law. 12 loaves for a week. The bread was to be before our LORD 24/7 to represent HIS presence being with us at all times. The bread was replaced on the Sabbath. Only the priests were allowed to eat the bread and it was to be eaten in a holy place.

Why twelve loaves?  They represented the 12 tribes of Israel and I would submit the 12 disciples after the coming of Christ. Israel was the pathway for the Son of Man to be born into the world. The 12 disciples were the pathway for the Son of Man to be shared with the world.

I am the bread of life
You who come to Me shall not hunger
And those who believe in Me shall not thirst


Manna sustained the Israelites for awhile. They were searching for a land flowing with milk and honey. (Ex. 33:3) Green pastures. After 40 years, they entered and the land provided. It produced milk and honey. There were times of peace and times of war. There were Sabbath days and Sabbath years. God provided. They wanted a king. God provided. David, from the tribe of Judah was the bloodline.

The colors of Christmas

Why a Manger?

Our KING of all KINGS was born in a manger. The shewbread that anyone can partake of. Was this bread holy? The MOST. Was it for priests only? No, it was offered to the whole world. It is still offered to all who believe. We can come to HIM and fellowship with HIM just as if we are sharing a meal with a brother. We respect and adore our KING, and we have access to HIM 24/7.  Jesus said,

The bread that I will give
Is My flesh for the life of the world
And if you eat of this bread
You shall live forever

Dessert cordials

Our KING, did something no other King has ever done. HE laid down HIS life. No one took it. No one murdered HIM. HE gave it as a gift. The wise men brought gifts. Myrrh was to embalm HIS body, gold as a symbol of kingship and the frankincense symbolized priesthood. Our sacrifice, the LAMB of GOD, raised HIMSELF, THE HIGH PRIEST, on the HOLIEST of SABBATH DAYS to sit forever at the right hand of the FATHER, making another pathway.

I am the resurrection
I am the life
If you believe in Me
Even though you die
You shall live forever

cranberry wreath

Spread the good news! Sing unto the LORD! Deck the halls and prepare the feast! The Bread of the Presence was born in a manger! HE is among us.

wall art as table runner

Let not the vision of HIS birth be blurred.

Jesus in the Manger

O Come Let Us Adore Him…

The Bread of the Presence

Please be sure to visit all of these fabulous Christmas Table-settings this week.

holiday tablescape blog hop


Twelve on Main | Everyday Living | Home is Where the Boat Is | Rustic – Refined


Life and Linda |  Rattlebridge Farm | Rosemary & Thyme | Living With Thanksgiving  | Cozinest


Belle Bleu Interiors | My Kentucky Living | A Toile Tale |Bluesky Kitchen | Starfish Cottage

Dining Delight


Citrine Living | B. Lovely Events | Ramblings of a Southern Girl | Panoply


Celebrate & Decorate Farmhouse 40 | The Painted Apron | Sweet Sensations


Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop Coming Soon

Coming Soon!!!

holiday tablescape blog hop

This whole week, you will be blown away with gorgeous holiday tablescapes by over 20 bloggers. Here is the line up, so be sure to check back everyday.


Twelve on Main | Everyday Living | Home is Where the Boat Is | Love of Home | Rustic – Refined


Life and Linda | Sweet Sensations | Rattlebridge Farm | Rosemary & Thyme | Living With Thanksgiving | Cozinest


Belle Bleu Interiors | My Kentucky Living | A Toile Tale |Bluesky Kitchen | Starfish Cottage

Dining Delight


Citrine Living | B. Lovely Events | Ramblings of a Southern Girl | Panoply


Celebrate & Decorate Farmhouse 40 | The Painted Apron


Taking a Brief Staycation

Hello friends. I am taking a brief staycation from the blog world. I’m working  on lots of things for the future which need my attention.

For those following the 31 Day Challenge, stay tuned for a free e-book in its entirety.

I will miss the comments from my blogger friends, but sometimes life interrupts and other things become more important.

God Bless and I will be back soon.