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February 18, 2018

Easter Floral Egg Basket

I know Easter is a ways off but all the stores are stocking products now and I was in the mood to create something.  I got out my supplies and loaded up the kitchen table to work on it.

I found the egg at TJ max which started the ball rolling.  The basket is from Michael's and the florals that I bought for it.  I always save the styrofoam to reuse.  I flipped over the green piece and had a fresh side.

I took some wire and poked it through the basket to tie down the foam which I also needed to help the clay pot sit higher and for the flowers to poke into.  I hot glued the clay pot to the foam.

I chose yellow and pink for my primary colors and some grassy stems.  They have 40% off on all of it right now and the supplies are good.  

I poked the grass stems into the center.

My initial thought was to set the egg on top of the grass but the grass became to flat and then I had a problem securing the egg so I pulled the grass stems out and hot glued the egg to the clay pot and then arranged the flowers and grass around it.

I wanted it to look like the bunny is pushing the cart through a field of grass and flowers. 

  I think this will be a cute centerpiece and or accent on a table.  

All because I bought the egg!

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February 8, 2018

Hearts and Love

You'll find plenty of hearts in this tablescape!   My romantic table grew from two to four. 
A couple we are dining with are recently engaged and I felt it was a perfect chance to share some Valentine's romance with them!

 The small heart shaped love sign was my inspiration for the color palette I chose for my 
Hearts and Love tablescape.  

The little mini pails with hearts were white and I sprayed them in the colors called Pistachio Green and Ballet Slipper Pink.  They could hold candies but I chose to put tea lights in them.

I put together two bouquets I found at the store to get the colors I wanted.  The pink alstroemeria has opened up beautifully since I first got them.  

There are white lilies that still haven't opened but that's okay all in good time!

The dishes are from Lenox (French Perle in Pistachio) and Pottery Barn.  
Gold became my other go to color since that was also part of the inspiration love sign.

These square mats came from ZGallerie a long time ago and they have little flecks that sparkle like diamonds in them.  The square floral topper came from Boscov's a while back.  Napkins from Pier  1.  I rolled them to show off the lace edge and not to be too feminine for the guys.

Let's turn up the romance meter...

A little bubbly if you like!  

The stemware with hearts came from T.J.Maxx several years ago.

With this lighting the diamond like glitter shows up nicely here on the place mats.

The mercury glass vase is from Pier 1- it's actually an apothecary jar and comes with a lid.  The little glass tea light holders came from Nell Hill's back when there was an on-line store to shop at.  

I'm part of the Romantic Table blog hop this week.  There is a list of everyone that participated below.  Please enjoy all of them!

Romantic dining with friends...

Hearts and Love!

A special thanks to Chloe for hosting this blog hop!
Please enjoy visiting all the other bloggers who have participated.  
The links are provided below.

 Home is Where The Boat Is * Belle Blue Interiors Everyday Living   
  Life and Linda Knock it Off KimMy French TwistRed Cottage Chronicles * Our Crafty Mom  
    Bluesky at Home * The Painted Apron * The Little Yellow Corner Store * The Corner of Plaid and Paisley * Living With Thanksgiving  
  At Home With Jemma Dining Delight * Panoply * Home and Gardening with Liz
  From My Carolina Home * Me and My Captain * The Red Painted Cottage *
  Celebrate & Decorate

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Between Naps On The Porch
Tablescape Thursday 
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February 5, 2018

Valentine's on the Plate Rack

I always enjoy changing the plate rack for the seasons and holidays.

Found these plates decorated with trees and hearts plates at Pier 1.  

I have a little different color scheme going this year for Valentine's Day.  

Love birds, hearts and of a course a pink frilly pig!  Everyone has one right? 😉

I spotted her at Cracker Barrel and grabbed her up!  

On the kitchen table I set up a little vignette with a pair of salt & pepper shakers, candle and a bud vase.  The bud vase heart has a little hole in the upper side and so I add water with food coloring.  A lace table topper for a little more romantic look.  I just bunch the lace up towards the charger when we eat and then spread it back out when we're done.

My plate rack and table prepped for Valentine's Day!  

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This Thursday my Romantic Valentines Tablescape will be part of a blog hop which is going on all week.  I hope you'll swing on by and visit!  Below are the links for each blogger 💝


*A casa di BiancaPMQ For Two 

  Life and Linda * Knock it Off Kim * My French Twist Red Cottage Chronicles * Our Crafty Mom  
  Bluesky at Home * The Painted Apron * The Little Yellow Corner Store * The Corner of Plaid and Paisley * Living With Thanksgiving  
  At Home With Jemma * Dining Delight Panoply Home and Gardening with Liz
 PMQ for Two *  From My Carolina Home * Me and My Captain The Red Painted Cottage * Celebrate & Decorate

February 2, 2018

Black and White Rocking Horse

During the holidays I moved this table over to the corner and have decided to keep it here.  I updated the interior of the wood lantern.  This location proves difficult to take a picture because of glare so bear with me. 

I opened the door to view everything better.  

The idea all began with this little rocking horse.  Isn't this the cutest!  I found it at a local store in a basket of mark downs.  I only took one since I had it in mind for this lantern.  I love how it looks like an old piece chipping away with age.  It's actually sold as an ornament but it's kind of heavy so I just took off the string hanger it came with.

We were at Hobby Lobby shortly after I found the rocking horse and I spotted this antique looking candle holder.  The black part is cast iron in the shape of a flower.  I cut the candle shorter and melted it a bit to look aged.  It's too close to the top so I really won't be lighting it again.

I put a lace doily in there that came from my Mom's house.  The tree came from the same place as the horse but I had to have Dan cut a chunk off the bottom of the tree to lower it because it was taller than I thought.  It came with the wood base which I thought was pretty cute. 

I added more black and white with another candle holder and the plates.  The swan was already dressed for the occasion!  

The swan has some history.  I saw this Swan Decoy in a Ballard Designs catalog (still available $129).  We were at a friend's house and I became aware that he liked to carve wood and I casually said I had recently found this swan for but it was too expensive for me to buy.  He privately told Dan he could carve one for me so they secretly worked together on it.  

Dan finished the painting on it and then it was presented to me at Christmas 2016.

While putting my pictures on the post I realized something seemed to be missing.  I decided some kind of tray should hold the plants and candlestick on the left side.  I looked and looked on the internet for something but just didn't want to spend the money on what I was finding.  

Finally the light bulb went off and I remembered I had this white charger.  I was happier with the look the moment I put it together.  I am even more happy because it tied in the black and white look that I had started with the dishes I put on the plate rack.

This charger was originally a green/with gold color from Pottery Barn several years ago.  I didn't like the coloring the moment I got it (didn't even look like their pictures) so it got a coat of an off white color.  The details showed up much better so that was an unexpected bonus!

I love to play this way!

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By the way-
I will be joining a group of bloggers starting Monday Feb. 5th thru the 9th for my first blog hop
sponsored by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate
I hope you'll check it out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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January 30, 2018

Up North Rustic Romantic Dining

As Valentine's Day is drawing near romantic tablescapes come to mind.  I created a rustic romantic tablescape using my green lantern, antlers and pine cones.

I chose mirrors to create the feeling of cool icy water and reflection...

Pine cone salt and pepper shakers just seemed fitting.  Found them at T.J.Maxx long ago.

Sorry for the background editing...I'm prepped for Valentine's Day on the plate rack but didn't want it to show yet) 

A full bodied bottle of wine to compliment the short ribs dinner recipe I found
at Williams Sonoma "here".  

This tablescape was inspired in part because of the new dish I bought with the deer and the wood candle holder.  I imagined using these in the rustic green lantern (that I've used before as shown "here").  Using sprigs from a faux pine branch and natural acorn pieces help naturalize the look.

These dishes by Park Designs were found locally and are perfect for a setting like this.  The napkins came from the same store and are also by Park Designs- called Walk In The Woods).  Though I've had the dishes a while they are still available- in fact there are other coordinating pieces now for it including one with a moose!

Napkin rings from Pier 1 (a year ago) help pinch the napkin together making it look a bit like a bow tie.

The green stemware from Pier 1 (from a while back) worked well for the theme and chosen wine.

Thank you for joining me for my Up North Rustic Romantic Dining!

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