Mood Swing

Days are getting a little cooler where I live, and I'm beginning to feel the mood swing coming on.   My preference for all things cool, light, and airy in the Summertime ...   is quickly being replaced by a preference for warmth and texture.  LOTS of texture!   The metamorphosis of seasons is upon us! At this time of year, some people like to decorate with the traditional: vibrant colors of red, orange, gold, and brown ... pumpkins, gourds, and colored leaves ... corn stalks, bales of hay, and chrysanthemums.  While I occasionally do that, too, Fall decorating for me usually includes ...   A PUNCH OF BLUES   TEXTURED FABRICS (burlap, macrame, doilies, tapestries)   WOOD (bowls, ... Keep Reading...

Do You Pray? Where I Was On September 11, 2001

Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, I attended a Founders Day chapel service at the Christian liberal arts college where my husband was an administrator. It was while there that I learned of the terrorist attacks against my country -- and the incomprehensible loss of precious lives.  I did what many of you did:  I grieved ... and I prayed.  In the evening, I returned to the church for an impromptu prayer service. Rather than cancel classes as did so many institutions of higher learning, I was proud that the administration and faculty understood that students needed them MOST at that time; not for teaching a curriculum, but for teaching Life. Their students were young and confused, hurting and angry.  They needed help working through ... Keep Reading...

Say Cheese!

Last week I had so much fun using sunflowers in my tablescape that I decided to strrrrretch out Summer one more week and use them again. Next week I'll turn my thoughts to Fall decorating, but for now, I hope you'll enjoy one final punch of summer color! These plates were my inspiration ...    and these fabulous sunflowers and zinnias were blooming in the yard. So I pulled out a favorite heavy blue damask tablecloth and started playing -- and this is what happened ...     I used items that are available in my Etsy and eBay shops -- a versatile set of creamy-white dishes, vintage cobalt glass salad plates, and the slightly smaller cheese plates.   Then came my clear glasses with ... Keep Reading...

Rest for the Weary: A Labor Day Thank You

  To all men and women who labor to make our world a better place, Thank You! There is no job so small that, when done with charity and a smile, it cannot have a positive impact on others. Today I dedicate this post to my sweet husband whose life work brings much satisfaction ... and much stress.  To clear his mind on the occasions when he finds himself at home, he heads outside to "play in the dirt."  (I much prefer to play in the dishes and linens, but I love using his living treasures in my tablescapes!) As written by Elizabeth von Arnim in her 1898 book Elizabeth and her German Garden, "After all, if you work all day in God's sunshine, when evening comes you are pleasantly tired and ready for rest and not much inclined ... Keep Reading...

Cobalt and Sunflowers

A Garden of Sunflowers (Author Unknown)     A garden of Sunflowers beckoned to me - Come join us, my lady, and joyous you'll be! We're large ones and small ones, some dainty and fair,   And even some delicate to wear in your hair. We follow the sun, swaying slowly without a care,   We have a new dance that with you we will share. Gently hold onto our leaves, allow us to lead the way, To our Sunflower two-step, dancing throughout the day.   I couldn't resist them, so dandy a sight! So off I did go in my Sunflower flight. What a glorious time, right up til twilight,   And then I had to bid my Sunflowers ... Keep Reading...

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...

Festival of Tables 2010 – Sneak Peek

Yesterday I told you about Festival of Tables.  Today I'm giving you a sneak peek ...  I hope you'll stop by later this week when I share the themes and show you each table in its entirety. You're in for a treat!       I'm linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. Thanks for hosting, Mary!   ... Keep Reading...

Festival of Tables 2010

What a fun Saturday I've had! The morning began with me packing several large tubs of dishes, flatware, linens and "stuff" into my car. Today was the day of Festival of Tables, an annual tablescaping event hosted by the ladies of our church and attended by women throughout our community. When I arrived to decorate, this is what I saw ... Obviously, a few of the table hostesses either did their tables last night (or they were VERY fast to have already come and gone in the 30 minutes the doors had been opened), but the room was mostly filled with empty tables ... boring, waiting-to-be-transformed tables. All day long, people moved in and out of the room. Women -- sometimes alone, sometimes with a friend or family member.  Men -- ... Keep Reading...

Pink Roses

Last week I did it! I burned "the pink candle sculpted like a rose" -- and vowed to use it in my next tablescape. If you don't know the significance of the pink candle, I hope you'll click and read my previous post. If you took me up on last week's challenge, the link is at the bottom of this post. I look forward to hearing your stories! (Remember, if you don't have a blog but want to participate in the challenge, you can email your pics to me for posting!) But now, it's time for my next tablescape ... The pink rose candle provided lots of inspiration, and the choice of dishes was easy ... pink roses, of course! A white damask tablecloth, then a pink linen damask table square and matching napkins (with rose ... Keep Reading...

Burn the pink candle!

A few days ago, I opened this drawer   and I saw it ...   Strange ... I've opened that drawer many times over the past few weeks and never noticed it before. Seems like I remember reading something once about a candle shaped like a rose.  I was curious, so I Googled it. (What did we do before Google?) And I found what I remembered ... I'll let you see it, too.   If I Had My Life To Live Over by Erma Bombeck     The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck after she found out she had a fatal disease.     If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa ... Keep Reading...