Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's All In The Name

So... Pineapples and Polka Dots. What does that even have to do with anything? Let me first just say, pineapples and polka dots are two things that I really love.

I love to eat pineapples, I like how they look, and I just think they're fun. Also, did you know that pineapples are a symbol of welcoming and hospitality? Pretty great, right? In high school, my best friend Jillian gave my mom a stuffed pineapple pillow, and its tag talked all about the background of the pineapple as a symbol. I loved the concept, and it doesn't hurt that I love pineapple and pineapple flavored things, either! I have a few pineapples around the house.

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We have this storage bench in our dining room, which used to belong to my parents.  My mom hand stenciled it, and I love the pineapple!  The colors are perfect for the space, and I love that my mom painted it for their home so many years ago! 


I recently purchased this watercolor art print as a digital download on Etsy from Have a Laugh. I love digital downloads because there is no shipping fee, they are inexpensive, and you can print and frame them immediately, as opposed to waiting for them to be shipped and delivered. This is hanging in my kitchen with another watercolor print.

Please excuse the glare... It's a tough to photograph spot.
Lastly, I often have a pineapple ripening on my counter, or cut up in my fridge. Did you know that it's a good idea to set them upside down (not pictured below...) while ripening to allow the sugars pooled at the bottom to spread throughout the fruit? I usually just put the leaves down into a big vase and let it hang out for a few days. This prevents the problem of a soggy, rotten bottom with a crunchy, unripe top. No one wants that... Anyway, you get it, I love these.
See it back there? This is like Where's Waldo?
So enough about pineapples, let's talk polka dots. My all time favorite pattern, I don't know that I've met many polka-dotted items I haven't liked. Unfortunately, it's probably not a great idea to cover our entire house with dots, so I pick and choose, adding over time.  I've mentioned before that I blogged all about planning our wedding and diy wedding projects on a blog called One Polka-Dotted Day, so it seemed natural to link the two blogs with the theme.

I have a polka dotted blanket, from my college dorm room actually, that typically lives on the couch or under this side table in our living room, alongside its new neighbor, my polka dot lampshade. I love that blanket!

My new Valentine's Day wreath is another polka dot accent.

Our Christmas tree skirt is a cranberry and white polka dot print, which I love. Finding a red that went well with the wall it needed to sit next to, along with a design I love was a real win.

Another polka dotted media that I adore is hobnail milk glass. I love these little white vases, currently holding wintery white and blue berry sprays. I tend to update them during the year with evergreen sprigs, flowers from the garden, or berries.

This hobnail glass dish was a gift from my sister. It has a matching bowl which I use to hold greeting cards and a vase, too.

Suffice it to say, I love spots, and pineapple, and alliteration. Thanks for reading!

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