Tablescaping on a Budget

More than once I have been saddened to hear someone say something like, "I'd love to entertain, but I can't afford the _________."  (Go ahead and fill in the blank with "dishes," "pretty things," "table linens" etc.) Have YOU ever said anything like that? If so, (or if you just need a reminder that beautiful doesn't necessarily mean expensive), read on! Today I've decided to show you a budget-minded breakfast table -- and give you some tips on how to put together your own eye-catching tablescapes without breaking the bank.  Are you ready? For starters, I'll just go ahead and confess that when it comes to my tablescaping "habit," I'm a BIG fan of auctions, thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.), Dollar Tree, Dollar ... Keep Reading...

Auctions are hard work!

I'm linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. I hope you'll check out all of the great metamorphoses you'll find there! I have TWO of my own to share with you this week.  Here's the first one... My vehicle BEFORE I attended an auction to buy more treasures to put in my Etsy shop -- so I can send them ... from My Place to Yours The same vehicle AFTER the auction  :-)   And my dining room AFTER the auction (I suppose this was a metamorphosis, too, but I think the implication with Metamorphosis Monday is that it involves an improvement.  After a long, tiring day at auction, this just feels like a MESS!) Oh, but it was a goooooood day, and I can hardly wait to unpack everything ... Keep Reading...

Tablescape Debut

To Susan at Between Naps on the Porch: Congratulations on 100 weeks of "playing in the dishes!"   What a treat it is for me to have this blog "up and running" in time to join the celebration over at Between Naps on the Porch. 100 weeks of tablescaping ... How fun is that?!!!   My Tablescape Thursday debut is all about SPARKLE! If we were celebrating a 100 YEAR anniversary, the gemstone would be a diamond -- actually a 10K diamond!  Now that would provide a lot of sparkle -- and that was my inspiration...   When I think of "sparkle," I immediately think of bright white linens and cut crystal with touches of blue and silver. To stretch myself a little, this time I threw in a bit of pink.  What do you think?   I ... Keep Reading...