After 4 hours of sewing and about 20 minutes to set the table, I ended up with a totally new look for my dining room:
I even got to use my blah pea-soup-green napkins--they rarely go with any table. But for this one, they were perfect!
I think it's a fun change for the new year. If you look in my header, you can see these same plates used with a 1950's aqua-rimmed dinner plate. Who would have thought zebra plates would be so versatile?
I also bought a neutral home-dec fabric yesterday to make another set of chair covers. I can't tell you how much fun I have with chair covers. They are so easy to make-basically just a big pillowcase. I already have a gray set, which I use quite often.
Do any of you make chair covers?
Update: I removed the cedar greenery and redid the candles with bows and zebra fabric.
Of course, I had to use my big red wine glasses.
The tiny table had room for just one chunky candle wrapped in a piece of birch bark I found in my yard this fall.
I also used three different textured green balls, real lollipops, and a few different candy-themed ornies.
Now I need to come up with a tablescape to coordinate with the tree.
Stay tuned to see what that will be!
I used my favorite vintage dishes -- 'Windsor Fruit'. These dishes just say "Thanksgiving" to me. You may have noticed that I also used them in my header, which is a Thanksgiving table from a couple of years ago.
These green/gold candles seemed to work with this table.
We are grilling steak tonight. I thought I'd set a quick picnic-type table. I went out to my gardens and picked some flowers
Dessert was homemade chocolate chip cookies--it looks like the ants like them, too.
and inserted two heavy glass containers full of water.
At last summer's closeout sales, I picked up this M. Stewart watering can and a box of assorted colors of candles in tin holders. What a surprise to find candles that matched perfectly--not only the aqua, but the chartreuse too!
I knew my aqua-rimmed Pyrex plates would be a match. I had forgotten about the green striped plates--another great match.
I was thrilled to have aqua watering can napkin rings, too!
I had painted these a few weeks ago when I was painting junque for my garden. You can read all about it here.
I went out to my garden and cut down some hosta leaves and a few flowers for the watering can:
And the table was finished.
Pretty quick and easy. We nibbled on the carrots/celery and grapes while the chicken cooked.
I forgot to get a picture of the BBQ chicken. Trust me, it was delish! As was this strawberry topped pound cake.
It was a nice table setting, but I lost interest after the first five. They all looked the same. There was no writing prior to each picture to let me know what I should be looking at that was different than the picture above.
I've been noticing this trend for some time and wondered if anyone else has noticed the same. I've always enjoyed the write up almost as much as the pictures. I like to see a sentence or two about what inspired the table, where the dishes came from, how the author came up with the creative centerpiece, etc.
So what do you all think? Love the pics, don't care about the descriptions, or prefer fewer pics and more writing?
It's an unlikely combination, isn't it? But the soft pink of the candy worked well with the table.
I've incorporated a lot of my hobbies in this table, like the wooden bunny I painted purple to match the quilted table runners that I made. I also painted one chocolate brown because it reminds me of all those milk chocolate rabbits I used to get for Easter.
There are lots of real eggs on this table that I colored & decoupaged. These little boy bunnies hold eggs with quilt patterns. A blue jean bunny wearing a pink bandana skirt sits atop the back chair.
I made the chair back toppers in the log cabin quilt block design with pink bunnies in the middle.
I've had these bunny napkin rings for quite some time. I am always happy to see them again because they are just so darn cute!
The centerpiece is my big hurricane candle holder filled with Easter grass and a small egg tree.
Easter tables are always such fun to do, don't you agree?
Floating candles in a giant martini glass for the centerpiece.