A place to share my love for fabric, paper and dishes!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Table- Hot Centerpiece!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!  Let's have some fun!
Time for some intense color.
 Speaking of intense, I decided to turn up the heat a bit on the centerpiece.
 With heat from my sun and many peppers
 This was one of the easiest and cheapest centerpieces I have ever made.  I cut the sun shape out of a piece of gold card stock using my Silhouette and just glued it to a bamboo skewer.  While I was at the grocery store I found this little bag of mini sweet peppers for $3.56 , much cheaper and more fun than any flowers I could find.  
So I skewered up my mini peppers and used some small ferns I had as filler.  I rarely have any florist oasis - so I usually resort to a Styrofoam cup.  It worked perfectly fitting down in side my pitcher to hold all of the pepper skewers  
 This all made for a hot looking centerpiece that is easy, inexpensive and edible!
                                             (Well at least the peppers and the mangoes)
Now we just needed a beverage to cool us off.  As you may have noticed in the past - I pick my beverages - not necessarily by taste - but by color to go with the table.  My guys will test out the beverages and let me know if they are any good,
So adios for now, I hope you all have a festive Cinco de Mayo.

Chargers and Napkin Rings - Pier One Imports
Gold Dinner Plates and Gold napkins - Homegoods a while ago
Red Napkins - The Coop at Dutch Valley Gifts in Sugar Creek Ohio
Salad Plates and Red Pitcher - Marshalls two years ago
Flatware - Ikea - last year
Turquoise napkin  - I just used on my Easter table but taking on a different role here

I am linked up at:
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ StoneGable

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lucky Winner - Pink and Green Table

I was the very excited winner of a beautiful centerpiece from a local establishment!!  I don't want to call it a florist because this place is way more than a floral shop.  It is one of the most creative, artistic places that a girl could go. . . now called Paper Twigs in Canton, Ohio.  So I created this Pink and Green Tablescape around my gorgeous centerpiece.
The owner, Laura, started her business as a premier paper and invitation destination called Paper Allure and has now branched out (no pun intended!) to include florals hence the name change to Paper Twigs.
Laura and her staff do beautiful custom work for just about any occasion.
Right now they are busy with wedding season. That is how I first came upon this beautiful little shop, they did my daughter's wedding invitations when we were looking for something very different from everything that was out there. If you want to see some gorgeous and unique invitations and florals - look them up at http://paperallure.com
I pulled out some my most feminine plates with the rose and lace pattern to use with this beautiful centerpiece. And of course, the pearl napkin rings for another delicate touch.
Sometimes it's fun to just pretty up your table for no real reason!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chargers and white salad plates - Pier 1 Imports
Green  Signature Sorrento dinner plate - The Butterchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek Ohio
Pink scalloped plates by Nicole Miller - HomeGoods a couple years ago
Floral and polka dot dessert plate - from Hobby Lobby a while ago - sorry no name on it
Napkins - Elder-Beerman - several years ago - an after Easter steal!!
Gold Rim Goblets & Pearl Napkin Rings - Marshalls -the napkin rings quite a while ago
Gold flatware - from Value City many many moons ago!
Square green candles and they glass candle sticks  - The Coop at Dutch Valley Gifts in Sugarcreek OH

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
Do Tell Tuesday @ Mabey She Made It
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Just in Time for Easter!

Is the Easter Bunny visiting your home this weekend?  Well I have enough bunnies on my Easter Table this year, for some reason the bunnies spoke to me this year!
I think it started with these placemats that were calling my name in HomeGoods!
and the table just kind of fell in place around the placemats
I dug out my bunny napkin rings, after all if you own some bunny napkin rings - this is the weekend to use them!
I really wanted some little white Easter Baskets but I didn't want to go out and buy anything else.
so I made up these little bunny treat bags with some of my stash in my Craft Room
Even though I have been known to have a stash of chocolate - these bunny candies were not in my stash in my craft room!!   I bought them a couple days ago and have managed not to eat them before putting together this table!
We are actually having Easter Dinner at my mother's house, but I like to get my house in the mood since all of the kids will crash here Saturday. Although all of this will probably be moved a side for a family game night!  We love to play games when we are all back together again.
Wishing you and your family a blessed and joyous Easter! 

Placemats and  teal napkins - HomeGoods last week
White napkins with silver trim and white salad plates - Pier 1 Imports
Goblets and aqua dinner plants - Marshals years ago
White Chargers - Old Time Potter -several years ago
Flatware - World Market - they still carry them
scalloped dessert plates - Kirkland's- several years ago

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @French Country Cottage
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Getting Ready for the Ohio State Championship Game!

I have been absent from blogging for the last couple months due to a very busy work schedule - but I could not let an opportunity like Ohio State making it to the College Football Playoff championship game go by without a post!!

Now I do have to clarify that I did not attend The Ohio State University, however, all three of our children did- along with a good share of our money.  So I feel I have the right to claim my stake of being a vested Buckeye Fan.
 Brutus serves as the center stage ruling over the table claiming our Number 1 status, although it looks as if he is telling our guests only one chocolate buckeye apiece, please!
To say we are nuts about our Buckeye's this year is an understatement!

What other team has over come such adversity as loosing two of their star quarterbacks and still make it to the championship team with their third quarterback?!  
This is a real testimony to the phrase "it takes a team".

 I tried to add a little urban industrial feel to the table in honor of Coach Urban Meyer!

 So good luck to our Buckeyes as they play in the big game Monday night!  We will be raising our glasses to you and wish you all a good game, may it be fair, injury free, and fought hard. 
 Safe travels to all of our friends who made the trip to Texas, We wish we could be there.  Have fun and represent Ohio well.

Go Bucks!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Leaves and Acorns Tablescape

As the leaves are just about down and all the acorns are on the ground, I have set a table to bid goodbye to the beautiful days of fall.  
From here on out our fall is turning to colder days and bare trees leading into the next season. 
My sister contributed the dried hydrangeas for the centerpiece, seeing as how my hydrangea just quit blooming a couple of years ago and I still haven't figured out what it's problem is! 

 I love these burlap leaves I found, they were actually on a big branch - but I pulled a few of the leaves off to adorn my place settings. 
 I just love all the colors of fall and really don't look forward to the grey, cold weather ahead.
 Just after I took these photos, our first real snow started falling! 
I used to not mind the winter when my boys were playing hockey - it kind of made the winter around here bearable.  Now that they are all grown up and we are no longer as involved in the hockey scene, winter is not as fun.  Although I am one of those weird people who loves a good snow storm!!

So farewell to fall as we start to prepare for Thanksgiving and the colder weather ahead.
Thanks for stopping by.

Burlap Runner - From my girlfriend's daughters wedding- she made them
Burlap Chargers and darker acorns - Hobby Lobby - last year
Green Sorrento plates, Cream colored dessert plates and burlap leaves - Butterchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Orange Scalloped Plates - clearance at Target a couple of months ago
Wood Candlestick holders - Target
Napkins and Napkin Rings - Marshalls - years ago
Burlap and wood acorns - HomeGoods - several weeks ago
Flatware - Ikea
Stemware - World Market

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday@Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pear Tablescape- the start of Fall

The leaves are just starting to change here in Ohio!  We just had the most gorgeous weekend,  it was hard for me to come inside and finish up my Pear Tablescape.
But I am glad I did because if I waited much longer, pears would be out of season!
 Since the trees are just starting to change, right now we are still seeing quite a bit of green, yellow and red in the landscape.
 I just went out to my yard and cut some small branches off a few trees for my centerpiece,
 and loaded up a serving tray with an assortment of fall pears.
 I added some walnuts pieces to the tray, just so my pears would sit up straighter, but I like the way the walnuts add some texture.

I have had these paisley napkins for years, I thought the colors went well with the selection of pears.

I have a sudden craving for a pear salad now, I think I will have to stop after work tomorrow and pick up some gorgonzola!!

I hope your fall has started out as beautiful as ours has here.  
Thanks for stopping by.

Pear Plates(M Studios), Burlap Placemats and Paisley Napkins - Marshalls- all last year or more
Chargers and Napkin Rings - Pier 1 Imports
Green Sorrento Dinner Plates and tray -Butterchurn Kitchenwares in Walnut Creek Ohio
Yellow Plates - Berlin Village Gift Barn in Berlin Ohio
Square white plate - Christmas Tree Store a couple years ago
Flatware - Ikea
Stemware -  World Market -last year

I am joining the fun at the following parties:
Amaze Me Monday @Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
That DIY Party (Fall Edition) @  DIY Showoff
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Our Crafternoon Party was a huge success!!

We held our first fund raiser for the Miss Akron Canton Scholarship Program.
What happens when you put 35 Ladies in a room together to craft?
A lot of Fun and Creativity!!
Each of the attendees received a Swag Bag with the main components of the projects and a few extras thrown in!
This mother and daughter team got right to work creating some personalized mugs.
The ladies were provided with all of the supplies and a craft coach for 4 different projects.
(Yep- that is me showing some tips on the canvas project!)

We tried to choose projects that could be done by those that had little to no skills but that could also be expanded to include those who had a great deal of crafting prowess.

Of course - we had food too!
We served a light breakfast, lunch and a dessert bar.
We were also thrilled to have Heather Wells, Miss Ohio 2014 as a special guest.  Heather gave an inspiring testimonial  about what the Miss Ohio/Miss America program is all about  and how it has made her the strong, confident, professional woman she is today. ( Please see my previous post Celebrating Miss America to see why I chose to get involved with this program)
We should all look so good crafting!!
Good conversation, a lot of laughing, sharing and inspiration seemed to be the glue that made this day work!
 We made a beaded bracelet with a molded metal charm,
Personalized mugs as seen on Pinterest!
Covered clipboards and matching note holders.
and an art canvas project.
There were some who never crafted much before that day, and some who were very talented. 
Many of the ladies made gifts for friends and daughters. 
 Some where just thrilled at the artwork they created and didn't know they had it in them!! 
A good time was had by all! and in doing so- we raised about $1,000 for college scholarships for some hard working young women in the area.  We received  many requests to do another Crafternoon, so I am happy to say we will start planning another one for end of winter or early spring. 
So as the swag bags said - It's a Good Day to be Creative!

I'm linking up at the following Parties: