Red Dazzle

dazzle v.intr.   to arouse admiration by an impressive display  When is the last time you were *d*a*z*z*l*e*d by something? It happened to me recently when I put together this tablescape. Didn't expect it ... TOTAL surprise! Come with me, and I'll show you what happened -- and share some tablescaping tips along the way! I selected my dishes and layered them ... I cut beautiful flowers from the bounty my sweet husband grows for us to share and enjoy -- and placed them in a simple vase. Because I wanted some color at the base of the vase, I placed a dinner plate on top of a vintage cake plate -- then tried a couple of options. First I set the vase directly on the plate ... too "busy" ... should try ... Keep Reading...

Auctions are STILL hard work!

A few weeks ago I did a post about the hard work involved in going to auction.  Well, believe it or not, almost a month later, I'm still working through things from that auction. This time it was the linens ... Remember these?  Piles of vintage linens ...   Well, what I haven't told you is that I went to another auction the next weekend ... and bought MORE fabulous linens. Then, a sweet friend thought of me when she needed to declutter some things around her house -- and she gave me a box that included these wonderful vintage embroidered pieces ... I was really excited about these because I had very few beauties like this in my "stash" and needed to add some. Now I just have to decide which few I want to ... Keep Reading...

Unveiled: Festival of Tables 2010

Several days ago I told you about Festival of Tables.  And then I gave you a sneak peek.  Today it's time for the big reveal! I'll warn you that this is a photo-intensive post that may put you on creativity overload!   Each table hostess (or hostesses) selects her own theme. Some people start planning their table for "next year" just as soon as their dishes are washed and put away. Others wait until the last minute then "shop their house" to pull together their tablescape.  What amazes me is that it's hard to tell the difference!  Everyone enjoys tablescaping, and that shows in their creations.  (By the way, which of those two tablescapers are you -- the "plan waaaaaaay in advance" or the "last minute whirlwind?")   OK ... Keep Reading...