Monday, October 26, 2015

Budget Friendly Halloween Table

Its always fun decorating for Halloween. I usually set up a vignette on my buffet but since its being repurposed I decided to do a fun budget friendly tablescape.

I used things I had on hand and a few new pieces bought from the Dollar store, Target and Marshalls.

I bought the tombstone chair covers from the Dollar store. The black plates also came from the Dollar store, as well as the black roses on the napkins. The spider web place mats were made from two tote bags that I purchased for three dollars each at Target. I just split each bag down the center of the gusseted sides and bottom and folded the cut sides under. I got four place mats out of two totes.

I used my everyday flatware,goblets that I bought from a thrift store years ago and candlesticks that were also old thrift store finds.

The cute Halloween bowls were bought from Marshalls and the chalkboard tags came from Targets dollar spot.

The skull centerpiece also came from Target and the creepy rat from the Dollar store.

The bony hands creeping out are salad tongs! also a Dollar store find.

I added sparkly black twigs and a few creepy bugs to the pumpkins and scattered a few around the table.

 Theres that bony hand again! The flowers surrounding the skull and pumpkins under the cloche are dried hydrangeas saved from the garden. At first I thought they dried a really ugly color, but I think they're perfect for Halloween.

All totaled the whole tablescape came in at around 26.00. The most expensive being the cute bowls from Marshals. They were 7.99 for four. Everything else was 1.00 - 3.00 dollars each. I hope you enjoyed my Halloween table and weren't too creeped out!  Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun linkups this week,

                                          SavvySouthern Style


                                     French Country Cottage

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Soft and Neutral Falll Table

Setting a pretty table is one of my favorite things to do, I could play with dishes and tablescapes all day long. You all know that I love a neutral palette in decor, well I also love a soft and neutral table.

For this table I wanted soft colors, so I started out with white pumpkins, grey velvet pumpkins white hydrangeas, soft lambs ear and dusty miller to make an arrangement in a galvanized planter

To add texture as well as to offset the soft colors I used grapevine wreaths as chargers.I washed them with a watered down mixture of white and grey paint . I wanted to  keep the texture and most of the original color and just soften them a little.

The softness of the arrangement set the tone for everything that followed, from the selection of dishes and cutlery to the candlesticks and napkins.

I tied the napkins with twine and added a feather.  To reflect the bounty of the season  autumnal fruits and gourds were added to the table along with twigs from the yard

I added pops of green with artichokes and dusty miller to the table.

The sparkle of mercury glass plays nicely with the galvanized planter. I used a table runner made from wallpaper that mimics planked wood.

It always brings back happy holiday memories when I  use my moms china. When I was growing up we only used these dishes for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

I had a lot of fun making this tablescape, I got to use all of my favorite elements. Thanks so much for visiting. I'll be joining these great linkups this week,


                                                      French Country Cottage

                                                    Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall 2015

Hello my friends, I've had a long break, but  I'm back! It was not my intention to be away for the whole summer but health issues have slowed me down. Enough about that for now. Lets get on with my mini fall tour.

I love whites and neutrals but this year I wanted to add a little color. Although my palette is still pretty neutral its not all white. I added gray, taupe and pops of copper and turquoise vases. The pretty pillow in my wing chair is a design by the amazing talent Lucy of Craftberrybush.

In addition to my pops of color I also added three cozy throws.Two soft plaids and my fur throw that I purchased last Christmas from Pier One.

I added pumpkins antlers greenery and feathers to a white platter for my coffee table.

Coverless books and a turquoise vase with burlap leaves and berries were also added.

A copper bowl filled with yarn is a nod to sweatah wetha!

The wood burner is wearing three pretty velvet pumpkins the smaller ones are from etsy and the larger one is from Marshals.

The side table is wearing a planter that I painted and added an image transfer too a while ago. To the planter I added dried hydrangeas from my garden, a pretty gray velvet pumpkin, feathers and a cute mini pillow purchased from Targets 3 dollar spot. The turquoise vases were bought from Marshals and are a carry over from my summer decor. I just added some fall berries and white Chinese lantern stems.

I put a grain sack look runner on the dining room table and added two pillar candlesticks that started out life as white gazing ball stands. I bought them on clearance for about 2.50 each a few years ago and recently painted them in a charcoal gray craft store chalk paint with a white wash over that.

Pumpkins dried and silk hydrangeas feathers and soft lambs ear were all added to a tray for a quick centerpiece. When I worked as a floral designer my favorite arrangements were the ones that combined fruit,  vegetables and flowers, still one of my favorite combos.

Bijoux decided to join the tour he reminded me to tell you that the plaid throws were purchased from Marshalls and the floral pillows  were purchased from H&M. Thanks for taking my mini tour with me. I'll be joining these great parties this week.

                                                 Savvy Southern Style


                                                 Ivy and Elephants

                                                 French Country Cottage

                                               The Curators Collection


Monday, August 24, 2015

BHG Holiday Crafts Feature

Hello friends, remember me? I'm popping in after my summer blogging hiatus to share a little news. I was contacted several months ago about having one of my projects featured in the 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine. At first I thought I was being punked, but after corresponding with the editors I realized it was true. A magazine wanted to publish one of my crafts! say what!! I'm beyond flattered and still a little shocked.

The project they wanted to feature was a Christmas candle trio that I did  about three years ago. If you would like to see the original post click here. This is the original project

 I was a little worried because I didn't have the materials to make an exact duplicate, but the editors assured me that it would be okay to make them as close as possible to the originals. Here is the magazine version.

I like the way they styled the candles on the cake stand with the snow and gold acorns.

I still cant believe my quick and simple little project made it into a national publication!  It was an exciting day for me when I spotted the magazine on the newsstands. I wanted to show the pictures to everyone in the store but I resisted the urge.

If you pick up a copy my project is on page 71. There are a lot of really cute ideas in the  magazine. I'm thinking of trying my hand at a couple of them. Thanks for stopping by, Ill be sharing my news with the following linkups,

                                     Savvy Southern Style

                                    Craftberry Bush

                                   Ivy and Elephants

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Wishing everyone a Mother's Day filled with joy laughter and love.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring In The House

Its finally staring to warm up in my neck of the woods.It was a beautiful day today. In  need of little a recharge I decided to add a little spring in the house.

A while ago I decided to use a few of my decorating books as decorative elements on my coffee table. It keeps my books handy and adds a little color to my room. I can  reach for a book and browse through it without having to dig one out of a box. I didn't do a lot, just some new pillows and a springtime vignette on the coffee table and end  table

I added moss to peat pots and eggs under a cloche. I used a pretty plate to hold it all

A moss ball was added to an urn that I painted and distressed. Along with some potted tulips that I purchased at the grocery store.

I added a birdcage to the side table that my husband bought home from a function and a nest under a cloche.Can you believe that they threw the birdcages used for centerpieces in the trash? It was formerly green and I spray painted it white. I added purple ball jars filled with flowers to the birdcage. The greenery and pussy willow arrangement was on the coffee table but people who shall remain nameless kept moving it because it blocked their view of the tv so I just plunked it down on my stacked suitcases and there it stayed.

I'll talk a little more about the new pillows and other changes in a later post, when I finally share some more updates. As Always thanks for taking the time to visit. I'll be joining these great linkups this week,

                                                                          Savvy Southern Style

                                                                          Craftberry Bush

                                                                          French Country Cottage

                                                                          My Romantic Home

                                                                          The Essence Of Home

                                                                          Ivy and Elephants

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Easter Table

I've been in a time warp of sorts, between multiple Drs. appointments,medical test and just plain feeling crappy Easter has sort of crept up on me. I cant believe it's only a week away. I decided to put together a Easter table setting before I missed it all together.

I decided to use pink,blue and white with touches of silver. I love pretty pastel colors, especially for Eater.

In my confused state of mind I snapped this pic and then realized I had forgotten the glassware!

The pink tablecloth and napkins and chargers are from The Christmas Tree Shoppe, The blue polka dot runner is from TJ Maxx. The glasses are thrift store purchases.

 The moss bunnies are a recent purchase from TJ Maxx, the eggs scattered on the table are from Dollar Tree. The silver ones are those colorful plastic eggs that I silver leafed a few years ago.

The bowls are Homer Laughlin thrifted pieces,the white plates were inherited from my mom and the blue salad plates are from TJ Maxx.  I bought the tiny birdcages at Michaels and the milk glass holding the arrangements are from various thrift stores. I'm keeping this table set till Easter!

 I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter, I'll be back after the holiday with a little spring spruce up around the ole homestead. Thanks for stopping by I'll be linking up with the following parties,

                                                     Thoughts From Alice

                                                    Savvy Southern Style

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