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01 February, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday...or...My Tablescape Closet!

Welcome to my second Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan, our "hostess with the mostest" at Between Naps on the Porch! I have made what may appear to be a small step for mankind, but it is a giant leap for a plate addict! lol It is also a sign that I may soon need to be admitted into the Center for Blogging Addiction! After creating my first tablescape, I swore I'd never do it again...too much work. Then I created another... and another... until I began to realize...I need a tablescape closet!!


I started looking for a likely candidate...but did not have to look far! My trusty staff member Kitty soon spotted the perfect location...my daughter's old linen closet! Yes, as daughters do, she got married and moved out...leaving behind a whole passel of stuff that she and my grandson don't need any more. Looks like Kitty and I are left to the task of sorting. Kitty takes a little break to look at the world upside down...a favorite pastime of hers.


And after a trip to Hobby Lobby, where baskets were half price this week, here is the end result! I must say that I am quite pleased with it! I have everything organized...well, if you don't count the stuff still under the bed...and I can see what is in the baskets!


I have been able to fit in a new set of bargain dishes...you'll see them soon...as well as a basket for my candles, a place to stack my 10,000 place mats, more baskets for my tablecloths and napkins, and finally, a basket for random centerpiece stuff. Don't look too closely! You might see the trappings of some of my future tablescapes. I want them to be a surprise!
I hope you have enjoyed my little metamorphosis. Please don't forget to visit Susan to see what she has been up to and to check out the other participants!

75 comments:

  1. Debbie, What a great job you did on redoing this closet for your tablescaping. I can so relate to the addiction and needing some tablescaping space :0) You were also so much brighter than me by taking some great before and after photos...

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  2. Very organized, looks great. I would love to be able to have all of my things in one place. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Wonderful metamorphosis, Debbie!

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  4. How fun to discover new storage space, especially for more plates! Have fun with your new tablescape! Maybe kitty will find more space for you.

    Kathy b

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  5. Yippee, you did it! This looks great, so organized. I'm sure that Kitty was a great supervisor. How lucky that you had some unused storage. Can't wait to see what you pull out of the closet for Thursday. Hugs, Kathy

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  6. Quelle bonne idée! Je pense que je vais organiser quelques placards après avoir vu ce que tu as fait....mais après 2 marchés aux puces, bien sûr!

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  7. Debbie, I am green with envy. I would love to have one place to out all of my tablescaping items. I am running out of room already. It is so.. addicting!! You've done a wonderful job!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  8. Looks fantastic! I need to start looking for a place for my stuff now!(so I can add more stuff!!)

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  9. Hey Debbie, Never say Never!! That is what I used to say, and look what happened, I won the adorable little rooster from Barb, at Grits and Glamour. I am glad you got one too!! Sue

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  10. I long for a space where I can get my dishes organized. I have the cabs in the garage, but first I need to clean/organize the garage so I can get to the cabs. LOL I love how you used baskets that you can see right in to. That worled out great. You did good GF!!! Hugs, Barb

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  11. Hello Debbie; Wow you did a great job on your new table scape closet. lol

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  12. A fabulous closet transformation, Debbie! Now, would you come on over to my house and work your magic?
    Kathy

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  13. Thanks for visiting my blog. No, I did not make the football snack tray, I found it on the internet. My son asked me if that would go over your daily allowance of calories. I told him I thought it would go over the calories you are allowed for the entire month. Can you imagine if you ate that thing, you would be hurting for weeks.

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  14. Debbie... Great job... but uh... I think you're gonna need a bigger closet!

    hugs... Dixie

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  15. Great baskets...It seems there will be a trip to Hobby Lobby this week!! And I love the Center for Blogging Addiction....I'll book myself into a room next to yours! Sue.

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  16. Debbie, this looks fantastic. I've redone the pantry a number of times now and started on the hutch today in the dining room.. we won't even talk about the sets of tableware downstairs in those hutches.. yes.. girlfriend this is an addiction. One I'm sure there's help for.. but personally, I'm not looking for any help.lol.. hugs ~lynne~

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  17. What a great idea, Debbie! Doesn't it feel good to be organized? Now, you can buy more plates..LOL!...Christine

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  18. Debbie this looks great girl..and I seen some easter eggs in there so I know whats coming with them..and for someone who was not going to do TT anymore you sure have a neat closet to store all the stuff you won't be using ha ha!! hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  19. You did a great job transforming the closet for your tablescaping items. I would love to identify such a space in my house.

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  20. Hi Debbie
    I'm joining the group today.
    I must tell you I LOVE all your fur babies.
    Love your new space.
    Claudie

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  21. Debbie, this is just SO neat! I love what you did with your closet. Amazing. And it's cute, too. Those baskets are really cute, and it makes it a happy place to store things. Great job. Now come help ME! LOL!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  22. What an amazing job! I have NO ROOM & bought 8 new chargers last week for a future tablescape. I really need to find a spot for everything to be in the same general location. Great post & loved Kitty's inspections! ♥ Diane

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  23. Deb, I am so proud of you for so many reasons.I love your TT closet.Everything looks all organized and coordinated.Can't wait to see the new dishes.Oh my if we lived closer you would need another closet,I am such an enabler ask my other friends,they accuse me of spending their money very well,I can't help it if they listen to me.You are just having the best journey aren't you?so glad to go along for the ride.Hugs to you my dear friend,Kathysue

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  24. Hi there, Tablescaping Diva :) You'd have been welcomed at the stitch-in, but it would have abeen a mighty drive. We're way down south in L.A. Next time? Oh, and the table wasn't all that inspired.

    Say, since you have such a fondness for roosters I'll have to try and remember to introduce you to the Captain. H'es quite dapper.

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  25. Hi Debbie,
    That looks awesome! I am envious of all those place mats I see in there. There looks like you have the makings for many, many more tablescapes! I just got my Met Monday Posted. SuperBowl party had me running late. Cindy

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  26. Debbie,
    Now you will be able to put together a beautiful table in no time! And what a cute helpful assistant you have. Meow!
    Happy Monday, Candy
    PS I took pics of the folded booklet and will post soon. If you scroll down two posts you can see several views of the finished project. Thnxs.

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  27. Great job Debbie! I have a huge walk-in pantry I use, but it really needs some organization. Thanks for the inspiration! :D Jewel

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  28. So organized and love the baskets..I love baskets of any kind they just help you store more goodies! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

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  29. Needs must and what better excuse than a closet for our things wonderful for tablescaping...love it.

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  30. Now I see where the stuff I will be collecting will go;) Great idea! French

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  31. Wow, a tablescape closet...how cool is that!
    :-) Your assistant did a great job helping, too! Don't you just love Hobby Lobby! I think it's only natural that a "plate addict" should become addicted to tablescapes, too!
    :-) LOL
    Susan

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  32. Wow, great job organizing. I love seeing others' ideas, it inspires me to be more organized. And, you made room for more plates! Perfect.

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  33. What a great closet! Such a clever idea to use this space for all your tablescape linens and decorations. It looks pretty and so well organized. You have so much to choose from I can just imagine all the wonderful TT we are in store for. Now if I could just find a closet somewhere, or do I really need all those towels? lol Great job. Hugs, Marty

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  34. Debbie you are so organized! Looks great....
    Can't wait for your next tablescape.
    Deb

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  35. Debbie, you are "Totally" inspiring me! I have got to do this as well! The baskets look great...Job WELL DONE Ms. Plate Addict! You ROCK! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  36. Love the organizing idea! Thanks

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  37. Well done.I 've been doing the same thing, except mine are in several locations.I've been just trying to get mine all together .I wish I had a closet for mine also.Hey,thank you for all your PRECIOUS comments.You are a Godsent friend...Ann

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  38. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Oooh a tablescape closet...how wonderful!!! I know, I know...I feel like a "crack" addict sometimes, Girl when it comes to my dish addiction! hehe...not only do I spend a good amount of time trying to find creative ways to support my habit financially but also trying to find all those secretive "nooks and cranny's" to store it! hehe!!! Oh, and then there's all the creative thinking that comes into play...in trying to explain to Russell why I need just "one more dish"...hehe!!!

    Well my friend, your tablescape closet is just perfect! What a lovely transformation...I love all of your pretty baskets!!! Congrats...now go forth and buy more tablescape stuff!!! Hehe!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  39. Oh Debbie, what an inspiration this post is for me! I love what you have done, and always get a chuckle out of your kitties. They are all alike, aren't they..having to be in the middle of everything!

    Anyway, I wonder if our hobby Lobby has those baskets. They seem perfect for the task.

    I have been wanting to do this very thing. Great ideas!

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  40. Deb

    Wonderful. A tablescapping closet and so well organised. YAY. I think Miss Kitty did a good job for you. Those baskets are lovely looking. I sort of trying to organise my one teeny tiny linen closet the other day and gave up :( Thanks for the inspriation.

    Remember that old saying about a women can be never too thin ( boo) or too rich...well add to it, and never have too much closet space :)

    Deb
    *pining for her 4 bedroom house, basement, and 7 closets!*

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  41. P.S. My Sweetie-Pie and Lola are the closet dwellers here. Sweetie-pie likes to sleep on top of my sweaters on the top shelf, Lovely Miss Lola, my black kitty, likes to snooze on top of the sheets!!! oh oh :)

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  42. I have bookshelves in my office closet full of tablescape "doodads". I'd never be able to share a picture of it though. ;o) Well, at least not w/out a half a days work...maybe I'll do that someday.

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  43. I think it looks great! You are so organized. I can't wait to see what your future tablescapes are now that you have a whole closet for it!
    ~Michelle

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  44. Dear Debbie you did such a great job with your tablescape closet, and you have me thinking! I've got a junk closet that would just be the perfect place for all of my tablescape goodies! Thank-you for the inspiration, now for the time and energy to do it. P.S. I just adore your sweet little assistants. Love, Cindy

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  45. Wow! I love what you did. You just can't beat Hobby Lobby can you?

    I thought of you when I made my Blue Monday posts. I knew I would get your attention with my peasant plates! I can't wait to see your new dishes.

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  46. How great! I love the baskets in the linen closet! You have a great closet to keep a lot of linens. I am working on Hubby to make one for me. We are adding a bath, he says whole bath, I say half bath, I want four feet of the room for a butlers pantry!

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  47. Hi Debbie...A tablescape closet...I want one...or five! Yours looks so nice! ;-) Bo

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  48. Great job, nice to get all organized and everything in it's place. We are all needing this with having more tablescape things huh?!
    Linda Q

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  49. Debbie,
    It was a perfect Met Monday Post! I sure have some closets which could use some organizing, and I need some baskets...Thanks for the tip about the sale at Hobby Lobby!
    Your closet looks full of surprizes. I need to start visiting the tablescapes posts...But then then I too would probably be become addicted...

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  50. Don't you love to be organized, Debbie!

    Up in our attic I have several boxes of lovely china handed down to me by multiple generations of woman... I have no where to display these beautiful items but, more importantly to me, I have no where (yet!!) to store them!! How can we use our beautiful items if they're packed away in boxes??!!

    So... I'm a smidge envious of you and your daughter's old closet! :-P

    Thanks for sharing!
    Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

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  51. Until discovering "blog world" I thought setting the table was a lost art - especiallly the use of cloth napkins. It is so exciting to see a recovery of this "endangered species". I have closet space devoted to the accoutrements of the table and LOVE it. A beautifully set table is a creative gesture. The well being of the diner is effected. A closet set apart to gather the elements of the table is encouraging. Kudos to you on the effort - it will make a difference!

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  52. love it....especially the cat!!!! lol how cute to see!

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  53. Hi Debbie,
    I am so glad that you found room to put all of you tablescape treasures. I love to drool over your beautiful tablescapes so keep them coming! It is so nice that you have such a wonderful "helper". Ginger always tries to help out too but she is not so gentle and always has to get her nose in everything - she's not as small as your cute little kitty!

    You've got me itching to find some good deals on baskets - Great ideas!
    Blessings,
    Kymber

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  54. I admire those who can organize and keep it looking so nice. I think that gene skipped me!

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  55. Do you know I don't admit this to just anyone :-), but I actually have a few extra heart palpitations when I get to organize!! Give me cubbies, drawers, files, etc. and I'm a happy woman! LOL That said...this looks FANTASTIC!! Just love the baskets! Congrats! :-) L~

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  56. You did a great job organizing. I like to use baskets too. They are really quite functional but like you say you can see in them. I saw those little Ester Eggs LOL I wonder what beautiful tablescape you will design around those. Happy Monday!

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  57. how great to see in your closets!!! i am jealous of all your lovely french linens!
    kate

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  58. I need a tablescape closet - must go in search for more space. Impossible, I think! Thanks for the inspiration. Sally

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  59. Great baskets, Deb. I like that you can see what is in them.

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  60. Very nice idea!
    It looks wonderful Debbie.

    Miss Kitty you are too ca-uuute with your big stretch.
    Love this MM post! :)

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  61. You have that closet looking really organized. I sure could use your ideas over at my house!! I bet it feels great to have everything neat, tidy & in place.

    Great job,
    Nicole

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  62. You did a wonderful job of organizing. I think that you really gave me some incentive. My daughter found rectangular lined wicker baskets at a surplus store for $1/each and bought me several. I'm starting with the linen closet.
    Hugs,
    Sweetie

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  63. Not sure what to name him, ran out of names. lol We use to have 50 plus goats, and 50 plus sheep. every year they would have twins, so we would have near two hundred little sheep and goats running around with the adults, until we would sale them off. First time we only had one. Hubby wants to wait on adding anymore animals until we see if I can help care for them, as I used to do. I been calling him Pedro. It may stick, and Hubby wants to name him Outlaw, after the man we got the Mama goat and the Daddy goat from.

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  64. You might have taught French, but you have a bookkeepers nature. I think that all bookkeepers have a common gene for organization. I am a retired bookkeeper, and used to be OCD about organization. Not so much as I age.

    I once had a teacher tell me I should consider becoming a teacher. I didn't take her seriously, however. From what I can see, teachers and bookkeepers have a lot in common. Both enjoy things where they are supposed to be and the way they are supposed to be. In other words, organized. Really enjoyed your post.

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  65. HELLO DEBBIE,
    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL JOB YOU HAVE DONE ON YOUR CLOSET. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED A PLACE I COULD PUT TABLECLOTHS, AND PLACE MATS AND NAPKIN RINGS AND ALL THE THINGS YOU MADE A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR....LOVELY...PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK FOR A JOB WELL DONE.
    BLESSINGS
    debbie

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  66. Hi Glenda..I think you are right!! There's something fun about organizing, isn't there? Did you see Tomarie's remark? You know she's a teacher,too! However, I must say that when I'm really busy, I can let things slide with the best! lol
    I saw your remark at Nina's Nest. I understood what you meant...but also realized that I seem to be on a farm animal "jag" as my mom used to say!
    I guess you saw that General Beauregard Lee is predicting an early Spring...yaaaah! I understand that his accuracy rate is 94%.
    I hope you are having a good week! It's always good to hear from you, my friend!...hugs...debbie

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  67. Debbie, thanks for your comment about paint in my dr. I realized after you and Melissa talked about paint I needed to edit my post! I was concerned about the drapery design, but as of yesterday afternoon, I decided to go for it. The fabric is being ordered today.

    I came back to look inside your closet again this morning. I'm thinking I might do this same thing! Thanks again for the inspiration!

    Donna (oh, give your kitties a squeeze from me this morning!)

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  68. DEB, DEB, DEB!!!~~*** "QUIMPER ALERT!!!***Just found some great, PRETTY QUIMPER on E-BAY & haaaaad to run over to tell you (in case yer interested) before it's sold!!! It's #250365698218, called "Impressive Henriot Quimper 21" Serving Platter", Seller's "Name" is "Auctions.both.ways." and um, lemme see, what ELSE do you need???? (It's under "Platters", but will take "forever" to find... I think the above info will help you find it, tho!!! Will check back later to see if you have any questions~~~ They have MORE QuimperWare too... you have to move quickly if you know E-Bay! (Which I don't, but boy! Have I been learning ~~~ and QUICKLY!!!)... If this info was able to help your "plate addiction", I'll feel just great! "Later"~~~ Your friend, the "Enabler", Linda (Grins!)

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  69. P.S. Congrats on tackling getting "organized here", like sooo many of us WANT to do!!! "Good show", girlfriend!!!!

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  70. Debbie,
    You should do a "To Do" list. I'll tell you what, every time I log in to Blogger, that list stares me in the face like a nagging bird on my shoulder. lol It definitely helps me to get things done. I'm wondering if I need to change my goal to Summer instead of Spring. The time is going fast and the list isn't going down very quickly.
    ~Michelle

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  71. Hi Debbie! Great idea! i think I'm going to do the same when we move to our new home in March!
    CHEERS! Michele

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  72. Your closet looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Tell your kitties I said hello back to them! :)

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  73. Well, surely you must be bored from doing such a great job on your closet...so, if you have nothing else to do, I have a bonus room that is calling your name! :O)

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  74. Debbie, your tablescape closet is much neater than any room in my house! Looks great!! You're more than welcome to come work on my place any time. I know you would do a great job - everything you do is just perfect and I love visiting to see what you have up your sleeve next! Till later - Sharon

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  75. Looks great! And very french! *winks* Vanna

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie