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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Table

This is my Prelude to Easter - since I am observing Lent this table is more of a lead in to Easter. 
Not a lot of frills and flowers, those will come on Easter Sunday.  I don't think I can call the colors exactly subdued, but I wanted to do more of a simple table before Easter. 
With a Cross centerpiece to remind us of what Easter is really about.

The bird nests are signs of what is coming.

The bunny cloche is what started this whole table.
I fell in love with these when I saw them.  
and of course had to have the little matching lamb cover dish.
I like that I  didn't even have to do any color enhancing to get this sort of aqua blue to pop!!  
I hope your Easter preparations are going well.  

Sources
Linens are Park Designs - Sea Spray - Butterchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek Ohio
Grey Bunny Egg Cloches and Lamb dish - The Coop at Dutch Valley in Sugar Creek Ohio
Cross - Marshalls several months ago
Chargers - Pottery Barn a couple years ago
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery last year
Blue and grey dinner plates - HomeGoods two years ago
Blue dessert plates - Kirklands last year
Flatware - World Market last year but they still carry them 

I am linking up at the following parties:
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Table!

I am so excited to introduce you to my new kitchen table!
We had our old table and chairs for approximately 27 years! 
 (This Cinco de Mayo table from last year shows my old table)

There were a lot of meals eaten and home work done at that old table.   Considering all it had been through it was still in pretty good shape, frankly, I was just growing tired of it.  I was ready to move on, since everyone is all grown up I felt we could up grade to something other than a laminate top!

This table has a planked planed wood top and just a bit of distressing on the off white finish.  I decided to get two all white chairs and four chairs with the wood stained seats, just to mix it up a bit.
I love the double pedestal base!
 I justified my purchase by creating this table to match the hutch I bought last year that is in the dining room.  That way when the time comes to down size - we can use the two pieces together!  Yep - my husband bought into that thinking!

Both pieces were custom made at Swiss Valley Furniture in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
I highly recommend this place!  The guys are great to work with and the quality of their work is  
wonderful.
I am looking forward to setting some great tables on this beautiful wood top!

Now don't feel bad about my old table- it is staying in the family-just getting passed down to one of the boys, where I think that laminate top will be perfect!

I am linking up at:
Metamorphosis Monday@Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Tuesday@A Stroll Thru Life

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Signs of Spring Tablescape

Finally!! We are seeing signs of spring around here!!
Little bits of green are starting to pop up.
 I think we have gone four days now without any snow!
 Spring has finally sprung in Ohio.
 So it is time to get out the bunnies and birds nests.
 I enjoy hearing the birds chirp outside our window in the morning.
  We have several bunnies making our yard their home despite our dog who is on constant watch for anything that moves. All the birds and bunnies are pretty wise to the fact that our dog is so laid back 
that she would not hurt a flea!
When the sun finally shows through the windows, you can see all the nose prints the dog has made while checking out any activity in the yard outside.

   So now it's time for me to clean my nest!  There is something kind of therapeutic about Spring Cleaning.  I hope things are starting to bloom around you!

Sources:
Table cloth - Marshalls last year
Green placemats, White Napkins and Green Lettuce bowls - HomeGoods last year
Flatware, white plates and goblets - World Market last year, but I believe they are all still available
Blue Dessert Plantes - Kirklands last year
Silver Chargers - Pottery Barn a couple years ago

I am linking up to the following parties:
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @French Country Cottage

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Chicken Tablescape

Yep!  I heard it!!  While celebrating my 55th Birthday - that phrase "she's no Spring Chicken" was uttered!  Too late - they couldn't take it back.  I really took it to heart - or I should say - I took it to the table!  That was the inspiration for my Spring Chicken Tablescape!
So here are a couple of old hens pulling off the Spring Chicken look.
It is fresh bright yellows and lots of crisp whites.
I like the way the whole room looks bright and ready for spring.
The only thing new here on this table are the patterned yellow salad plates from Pier 1 Imports.  I love them paired up with the checked border plates I bought several years ago.
I wish I had real forsythias to use for this table, but since we still have a few remnants of snow hanging around, my forsythia bush isn't even close to blooming yet.  I had to settle on using faux stems.

These little guys just had to crash the party!
So, Spring Chicken or not - I think I showed them I still have a few moves left in me!
We welcome any kind of Spring around here, chickens or otherwise!

I will be linking to the following parties:
The Scoop @ The Everyday Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper

Sunday, March 9, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape - Cabbage, Parsley and Potatoes

We are putting on the Green! 
 With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, it was time to set an appropriate table.
Green is one of my favorite colors, but that could be because I was born on St. Patrick's Day!!  I am not  a speck of Irish, but I love to celebrate it!!
 I choose Irish foods as my inspiration this year.  Since I did not think it would be wise to use a hunk of Corned Beef for my centerpiece - I went with Cabbage, Parsley and Potatoes to tell the story!
It all started with the green and gold plates that were on clearance at HomeGoods.  You know - I have a hard time passing up a deal!
I stacked them up with several other dishes because the green in the small square dessert plate is much more olive that the green in the patterned plate - but once I put a few plates between them it wasn't as noticeable.
This was the first time I have ever bought food to match my plates.  I went to the grocery store to by some potatoes and I found my self picking out Klondike Goldust Potatoes just because they went better with my color scheme!  
I added a little shamrock button to my burlap napkins to give it a little more character.
Of course I included my favorite Irish saying,
May You be in Heaven a Half Hour Before the Devil Knows You're Dead!

I celebrate every year with a traditional green beer, I would love to hear how you celebrate!
May the Luck of the Irish be with you!

Sources:
Burlap Chargers - a couple month's ago at Hobby Lobby with coupon only $1.99 a piece!
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery last year
Green and Gold Patterned brim plates - Home Goods a couple weeks ago on clearance
White scalloped edge salad plate - Pier 1 Imports two years ago- but I think they still carry them
Wheat (Gold) Sorrento Signature Salad Plate and Oregano square dessert plate - Butterchurn Kitchen wares in Walnut Creek Ohio
Green Wine Glasses - World Market last year
Burlap Napkins-by Nancy's Nook - Olde Picket Fence in Hartville, Ohio
Gold Flatware - many, many years ago at Value City (now closed)
Burlap runner - on loan from my girlfriend, Jean - she may never get it back!
The Trophy shaped urns were a clearance item in Target a couple years ago.

I will be linking up to the following parties:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings The Heart of Your Home
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Friday, February 28, 2014

Putting the Pieces Together - Quilter's Tablescape

Although this may look like a Quilter's Tablescape and I am calling it a Quilter's Tablescape - the reason for the table has nothing to do with quilting!
I am actually having my daughter and a couple of ladies over for an interesting afternoon discussing the possibilities of starting a Non-Profit Organization.   Of course, since I am hosting the meeting,  I looked through my dish stash for the appropriate setting.  I was taken by some dishes that my sister and niece bought me last year for Christmas.  

These plates remind me of puzzle pieces or  quilt blocks, which made me think of the theme of "Putting the Pieces Together" for our meeting.  Since we will be piecing together the steps we will have to take to get our project off the ground, I somehow thought this was appropriate!

 I mixed and matched all my Signature Sorrento dinnerware with the multi colored salad plates to get a kind of patch-work look going.  

OK, Never mind the fact that what we are doing has nothing remotely even close to quilting or sewing, and also never mind that the table is set for 6 and there is only 4 us!!  It is just a good excuse to set a fun table with all the fabric I have!
 I took my plate down to my fabric stash and pulled some fabrics that coordinates with the plates.
I cut them into fat quarters (18x22") pieces and made a bundle for each place setting.
But I needed something for the centerpiece, so I decided to make some fabric flowers. Making a paper template for my flower scallops, I used the tip of a teaspoon to trace around to keep the scallops in a somewhat uniform size.  Then I cut strips of fabric in varying lengths and widths to make different sized flower layers. 

 By just doing a running stitch along the edge and then gathering up the fabric, it made a nice flower.  
I liked the fullness with two layers together and adding buttons as the center of the flower. I glued the flowers to some dowel rods for stems and stuck them in my Sorrento Stoneware Wine Bottle for some height to the table.


















By attaching a few more of the fabric flowers to my wire dress 
form, it balanced out all of the sewing paraphernalia I put on top of my cutting board as a centerpiece. 

 We had just gone to a restaurant the other night where they rolled the flatware up in the napkin nice and tight and it looked really cute.  I made a mental note of the it, thinking I might have to use that idea done the line.  I tried it for this table, but my gold checked napkins that I wanted to use were much smaller that the napkins they used at the restaurant - so they kept coming unrolled - so I solved that problem by sticking them in the coffee mug - and I liked the result!!  

So, or should I say "Sew"?  That is my table,  All ready for us girls to get down to the business of starting a business.  Anyone wondering what kind of Non-profit organization we are starting?  That will come in another tablescape once we get closer to our goal!!
Wish us Luck!

Sources:
Salad Plates - a gift from my sister, Carol and niece, Nikki - Thanks Much!!
Sorrento Signature Dinnerware - collected over the years mostly from stores in Ohio's Amish Country
Rattan Chargers and checked napkins - Pier 1 last year
Quilted Placemats - Marshalls

I am linking to the following Parties:
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
What We Accomplished Wednesdays @Green Willow Pond
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine's Day - A Spoonful of Love!

I'm a little early for Valentine's Day but I feel like spreading some love!  So here is a fun, casual Valentine's Table I am calling - A Spoonful of Love!
Here is a look at the whole table.
I did this table in my kitchen with the snow in the background, but I forgot how hard it is to photograph with all the bright light behind the table against all the windows.
I wanted a casual look because I have more boys in my family and they don't really go for all the glitter and flowery stuff. But I just couldn't help putting a glitter heart in that big wood handled spoon!

I started with a white table cloth topped with some Kraft paper wrapping paper.  I took a paint pen and drew some vines and hearts in a kind of swirling pattern.
I wanted a light centerpiece that would not cover up all of the drawing on the paper, so I chose to do some glass bottles as holders for some taper candles.
I added some hearts I cut out of glitter scrapbook paper and suspended the hearts inside the bottles with fishing line.  I had to kind of roll up the hearts to get them in the bottle and 
then use a pencil to kind of flatten the hearts back out once they were down in the bottle.
 It has been so cold all over the place, so I hope you feel some love and warmth from my table!
I hope this Sparks your Valentine Plans!

Sources:
Runner - roll of Kraft wrapping paper 
Red Napkins with white stitching - The Coop at Dutch Valley 
Lace Chargers and Wood Handled Flatware - Ikea
White Diner and Salad Plates - World Market -  last year but I think they still have them
Red Plates - Marshalls a couple years ago
Stemware - Marshalls - just before Christmas
Glass Bottles - Hobby Lobby 

I will be linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn
The Scoop @ StoneGable
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style