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Monday, March 12, 2018

Nesting, Early Spring Tablescape

Welcome to my Early Spring Tablescape!
Since things have not really started turning green here - I am having a hard time going in that direction just yet.  We are still in the grey stages up here in the north.
There seems to be a lot of nesting going on.
We are seeing the birds coming back and busying themselves with the important task of making new homes.
I am normally a very symmetrical person, so this table seems a bit wonky to me.
Not only did I offset the placemats, I also offset the plates to fit my napkin on the side.  
It is hard enough for me to let the fact go, that I only have two utensils on the left and three on the right.  This is like living dangerously for me!!
I just love these sort of woven wood nests, you should have seen me jump for joy when I saw that they weren't as expensive as I thought they were going to be, so I bit the bullet and bought one for each place setting.
I hope your getting your nest all ready for a wonderful spring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Placemats and Napkins - Park Designs - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Wood Chargers -I received as a gift for Christmas a couple years ago
Blue plates - TJ Maxx - last week
Brown Plates - Tag - several years ago - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Blue dessert plates - Kirkland's several years ago
Flatware -HomeGoods - quite a few years ago
Napkin Rings - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Wood woven birds nests - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio

I will be linking up to the following parties:

The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate and Decorate
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We are celebrating St. Patrick's Day here!
With lots of clover,
and some very friendly leprechauns!

I am feeling extremely lucky!!
Maybe I should go by a lottery ticket!

But I am also feeling some extra fun is headed our way on St. Patrick's Day,
as I do every year, because it is my Birthday!
We always have fun and usually celebrate with some green beer.
I hope you feel just as lucky! 
Cheers to a fun St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks for stopping by~

Greenery placemats - Pier 1 Imports
Galvanized Chargers and cake stand - Joanne Fabrics - 2 years ago
White Chargers - Olde Time Pottery quite a few years ago
Green Plates by Sorrento - Butterchurn Kitchen Wares, Walnut Creek, Ohio
White Plates - Satin Weave by Oneida  - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Clover Clusters - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio 
Galvanized tins and napkins- Swiss Valley Lawn & Craft, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Flatware - Homegoods - last year
Leprechauns - Marcs - close out section

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz

Thursday, March 1, 2018

When Life Hands You Flowers You Take Them!

What do you do at the end of your son's wedding and there are tons of flowers dumped out of their vases just laying on a table to be thrown out? 

If you are like me, you snap those puppies up and throw them into some empty liquor boxes and cram them into your car with everything else, including wedding gifts, chalkboards and all the groomsmen tuxes.  
Then hall them half way across the city, you make the valet parker wait while you unload them and try to get them up to your hotel room.
You fill your ice bucket with water and jam as many as you can in it. Then borrow you daughter's ice bucket only to realize that so far you only have a quarter of the flowers you hauled back in water!
I was fighting a loosing battle to get these flowers back home still alive!
Then of course the next morning - we all went to breakfast, then had to return the tuxes.
But I finally got to the flowers and played with them on Monday morning.
But they were beautiful!!!  and I just couldn't leave them there on the table to be thrown out!!
The next day they were all dead!

I hope your having beautiful day!
Remember to water yourself so you don't start to droop.

Thanks for stopping by!

I have linked up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ DWELLINGS-the Heart of Your Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wedding Stuff!

We celebrated a wonderful wedding this weekend!!
My son and his fiancé tied the knot and we could not be happier!
I had spent the last couple weeks working on wedding stuff and I thought I would share some things just in case someone would want to use the ideas for their wedding as well.

My favorite - The Chalkboard Sign

This was a fairly simple project and I loved how it turned out.

I bought the sandwich board in a shop in Amish country - I forget how much it was - but I do remember when my girlfriend and I saw it - we thought it was much cheaper then we thought we would have to pay - so we snapped it up.
I have lent it out for several weddings, but now I finally got to use it for my own son's wedding.

I printed out what I wanted to say on my Silhoutte.
The script font is Magnolia Sky and the print font is Surf Shack.
Then I used white Saral transfer paper and just went over the outline of the letters.
You can see how that looks on Jenna's name.   Then you just have to color in your letters with a chalk marker.  I have tried quite a few different chalk markers and like these Chalk Ink markers the best, they come in several different colors and widths.

Then I did some small chalkboards - we used these for both the rehearsal dinner and on the bar tables during cocktail hour.  These are what I call cheater chalkboards!!

Because I just printed out the sayings on my Silhouette with a black background and white lettering- just cut them to the size of the chalkboard and used glue dots to adhere it to the board.
I use these small chalkboard easels over and over for basket raffles and buffet signs, and I found that this is a fast, easy way to make a cute sign.
I just embellished all the signs with some faux florals, again, using glue dots to adhere them so that I can take it apart and use it again - plus it is easier to transport the signs without the florals.
Nothing super special about my out of town guest bags.
I made a nice tag using the shape of Ohio.  We included bags of pretzels, chocolates, some instant coffee single cup servings, individual Shout wipe packets and of course, personalized water bottles.
You see that same Magnolia Sky font, I just made a very plain band with their names and used very wide packing tape over the light weight card stock band.

This was another favorite of mine!!  The Rehearsal Dinner dessert.
Not only because they were absolutely delicious, but they saved us quite a bit of money too!
Instead of paying another $6.95 for dessert at the restaurant we had the rehearsal dinner at - I packaged up these french twirl pastries I purchased at a local bakery for $1.49 each!
Again, I designed the tag on my Silhouette and added a sheer navy bow with a glue dot.

Sorry, no photos of the wedding couple - with them both being teachers, I respect their privacy on social media and try not to post anything with their photos.

I hope this helps anyone that maybe planning a wedding!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linked up to the following parties:
Celebrate Your Story! @ Celebrate & Decorate
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Amaze Me Monday @ DWELLINGS - The Heart of Your Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Romantic Valentine's Day Table for Two

Love is in the Air! And my husband is out of town!
Wait, that didn't sound right!!
Well, with Valentine's Day coming up and my husband out of town, it was perfect timing to move a small table into the living area and create a beautiful, romantic table for two in front of the fireplace.
The reason why I said it was good timing with my husband gone - was because I set up most of this on Super Bowl Sunday - in the room where he would be watching the big game - not the usual game time activity!
 I am excited to be part of the Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by the creative Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate.  There are 24 bloggers sharing their Valentine's inspiration for some very romantic table settings.
I hope you will enjoy browsing through all the links listed at the end of my post.

Hopefully we can enjoy a nice dinner at this table when he gets back, which will be before Valentine's Day.
While it is romantic by the fire, its also difficult to photograph!
So most of the photos here are during the day in the sunlight.
 I loved the way these strings of hearts casted heart shaped shadows against the fireplace from the very bright snowy daylight streaming through the patio doors.
This table topper has been in my closet for a number of years.  I bought it and a spool of ribbon that matched it in an after Christmas sale one year for a steal. 
 I made the napkin ring bows from the ribbon, used Dollar Tree votive holders and scattered some hearts I cut out of some sparkly paper to add some romantic touches to the table.
Embroidery hoops painted gold and embellished with some tiny roses and greenery make for an inexpensive way to decorate above the mantel. Simple candle sticks and a sign that says  "I Still Fall for You Every Day" that I borrowed from our bedroom sit on the mantel.
Those strings of hearts turned out to be much more of a challenge than I thought they would be.  I hung them from fishing line - but they kept twisting and turning.  So I ended up cutting some narrow strips of acetate and ran those down the back.  Luckily you don't really notice the acetate and it doesn't show at all in the photos.
I hope you enjoyed my version of a romantic table for two!
Here are the links to all the other blogs for more inspiration:

Much Thanks goes out to Chloe for pulling us all together and coordinating a wonderful hop!
Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you have a warm and wonderful Valentine's Day!

I will be linking up to the following parties:
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Snowflake Tablescape

It looks as though Jack Frost has made a visit to our area.  
So I took it to the table with a Winter Snowflake Tablescape
There is about 6 inches of new fallen snow on the ground and the sun is shining brightly!
The blanket of white just makes everything look so pristine.
It also puts a wonderful hush on the world around us and all is calm,
that is, at least if you don't have to travel anywhere!
Looking out of our kitchen door at the steps leading down to the landing, you can see the snow piled up and this little area is protected by the side of our house and those huge evergreen trees. My husband took this picture before he let the dogs out and they left their tracks.
I clipped a few branches off those evergreens to use for my centerpiece.
This grey themed table just felt right after I took down all of the Christmas decorations.
I left a few evergreen touches here and there for a winter look. 
Hobby Lobby had these grey rimmed plates with a snowflake border that just found their way into my basket as I was buying craft supplies before Christmas.  I knew I had these snowflake napkin rings and the frosted snowflake candle holders that would go nicely with the plates.
Making a snow angel is on my list of things to do this weekend!
I hope your able to have some winter fun!

Placemats and Plaid Napkins- The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Chargers and Napkin rings - Pier 1 Imports, both bought several years ago
Grey Dinner Plate - Sorrento - Butterchurn Kitchenwares, Walnut Creek Ohio
White Plates and coffee mugs - Satin Weave by Oneida - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Grey Plate - HomeGoods serval years ago
Snowflake dessert plate - Hobby Lobby 
Stemware - Marshalls- years ago
Flatware - World Market several years ago

Thanks for stopping by!!

I am linking up at the following parties:
Dashing it & Digging It @ Rustic & Refined
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year's Eve Tablescape

We are ringing in the New Year a day or two early!
I actually had to look up if the term is Ringing in the New Year,
or Bringing in the New Year.
For future references - either one is correct!
We are doing it in style with lots of shiny gold this year!
What better than a gold paisley table cloth to set the tone.
 Stripes, stars and even plaids to add to the mix of patterns on this table.
I even got some polka dots on the champagne flutes in there!
I could not decide which coffee mug I liked better, so I mixed and matched the plaid and the houndstooth.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
ring out the false, ring in the true.
- an excerpt from an Alfred Loyd Tennyson poem

While this past year has had it's ups and downs, I choose to celebrate the ups!!
I hope that 2018 brings you many wonderful opportunities to enjoy the ups!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tablecloth & napkin - Cynthia Rowley - Homegoods
Gold Chargers - I've had forever and don't know where they are from
Star dinner plates - Target about 15 years ago!
Gold striped salad plates - Luxe by Ciroa - Homegoods
 Coffee mugs -10 Strawberry St- Homegoods 
Stemware (both) - Marshalls, several years ago
Flatware - Value City many many years ago before they closed!
Striped votive candle holders  - Hobby Lobby

I am linking up at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Foodie Friday and Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

I read and enjoy all the comments anyone has taken the time to leave here.
All are very appreciated!