Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Spring Tablescape for Easter

Another Easter Sunday has come and gone.  I had a wonderful day with all of my children together to celebrate Easter.   We had ham,  potato salad,  baked beans,  Slovenian sausage and sour kraut,  dinner rolls, and home made pineapple upside down cake.  I love cooking for my boys especially for the holidays.  Of course there were plenty of leftovers so that everyone could take home enough food for another meal.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
Small clay pots from Marc's (my favorite closeout store) held a foil wrapped chocolate, a small chick, and a faux daffodil in a bed of Easter Grass.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
The plates are made from a clear glass plate with a quilting square decoupaged to the back (tutorial to follow at the end of this post).
Easter - Spring Tablescape
Large wicker place mats (thrifted) and butter cream color Lenox charger plates (an Ebay find) start the stack.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
Lenox Summer Terrace candle holders (thrifted) and cream white candles decorate the center of the table. Bunny napkin rings hold green napkins with faux flowers tucked into the folds.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
 The lambs were an Ebay purchase this year from Replacements at a very reasonable price.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
 Daffodil flatware.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
A garden bunny is sitting in the middle of a bed of faux hydrangeas inside a freshly painted birdcage.
Easter - Spring Tablescape

Easter - Spring Tablescape
 The Park Design mushroom S&P's were bought at Marc's last year.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
The napkins and some of the napkin rings were thrifted (the sixth one is part of a set that Marigene sent to me). I didn't have enough of either design so I combined them.
Easter - Spring Tablescape
Easter - Spring Tablescape
 Thrifted stemware decorated with a bee and spring flowers.
Easter - Spring Tablescape

Easter - Spring Tablescape

The following is a  tutorial to make the decoupaged plates.
Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates
The material is a happy Ebay mistake.  I had bid on and won a piece of Peter Rabbit material to use to make salad plates but as it turned out that piece was not available so the vendor offered this piece of quilting squares as a substitute for the Perter Rabbit material. The interior squares were 10 inches, just the right size  for dinner plates. A thin lightweight fabric is easiest to work with.
Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates

Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates
After spreading a tarp on my work surface (AKA dining room table) I placed the material printed front up and brushed my laminating paste (Tacky glue works well too) on it's front side.
Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates
 I placed a clear glass plate on a large can to raise my work surface
Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates



and brush the glue over the back of the plate covering it completely.
Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates


Place the front side of the material (carefully positioning it) onto the back side of the glued plate and cover the back of the material after it is on the plate with a coat of glue too. Use your brush to work out any wrinkles that may appear. 
Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates
Trim the excess material after the glue has dried with a sharp razor knife.  A coat of white paint sprayed or brushed on the back of the plate will intensify the depth of color if the material is thin (and light in color) like the material I used for the bunny plates.
Please note:  Adding a coating of a clear sealant on the back will help to make the plates easier to clean. 
(do not submerge in water)
and
 Voila!

Tutorial to make decoupaged Easter plates

Have a wonderful day!
Remember to thrift on ladies, thrift on!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Blue Bunnies Tablescape

Don't you just hate it when you plan something and it just does not happen?  I had planned to do a "Frozen" tablescape in December for sweet hubby's grand daughters (with the pretense of using his son's birthday as the reason for the occasion) and as luck would have it they were not able to make it before Christmas.  We decided to reschedule for right after Christmas which would have been fine by me.  As the date approached we found out that both grand daughters and their brother had come down with mononucleosis.  The poor babies stayed sick for weeks.  Because the kids did not recover right away we did not reschedule at that time.  Fast forward to this past week when I was about to pack up the plates that I had planned to use for the Frozen tablescape I thought to myself, why not do a blue Easter tablescape before I pack up everything until next Winter.  Why not?  I have a pretty aqua blue table scarf to use and four cute aqua blue bunny egg cups that I found at Walmart for a centerpiece,  this could work out just fine! I washed and ironed the scarf and napkins and set the table with the new bunnies and my "Frozen" stash.  Ta-dah!  The Easter table I hadn't planned!
 All three cats wanted to get in on the action while I set the table.  That is Prince looking out of the window (yes that is snow in the backyard).  Cheetah just laid on the floor and watched my every move while sweet little Oreo hung out on the chair cushions pawing at me whenever I came by her side of the table.

Crystal candle holders are topped with teal mirrored eggs that I bought at Marc's (my favorite close-out store)  and pretty Capri blue wine glasses are used as cupcake stands.  The cupcakes have aqua icing although the color did not turn out as dark a blue as I wanted they are still pretty in their wine glass stands.
The cupcakes have chocolate branches (melted chocolate drizzled off the edge of a spoon over parchment paper) with store bought bees and flowers on top.
I used my reticulated chargers layered with pale aqua blue swirl plates bought at Marshall's about five years ago. Thrifted vintage Capri blue swirl bowls top the stack accompanied by a white napkin sheathed in a teal blue sheer organza napkin held together with bunny napkin rings.

Longchamp water glasses (a Goodwill purchase)  and peacock blue fiesta flatware (bought off of Ebay several years ago super cheap) complete the setting.
 
I did not have enough of the reticulated salad plates to do the whole table but I could not resist trying them in a place setting to see how they would of looked in the stack.
 Teal and aqua table scatter is dispersed across the tabletop.








The centerpiece is teal mirror pieces cemented onto a clear cylinder candle holder placed on a vintage pressed glass twelve point saucer that is set upon a wide top crystal candle holder to elevate it. Teal table scatter was placed on each of the twelve points surrounding the candle cylinder.  The four egg cup bunnies are sitting under the crystal candle holder.

Th dining room shelves are decorated for Easter too.  There are bunnies and birdhouses over filling each shelf.  The wooden boxes are from Marc's and pretty near everything else is thrifted.





 Thank you for stopping by.  Have a Happy Easter! ..... Candy

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Bunny Tablescape


March 26,02015

Last year we celebrated Easter twice,  on Easter Sunday and again two weeks later so that my son Chris and my DIL Zhenia could be here.  We decided to combine my son Bobby's BDay, Mother's Day,  and Cinco Di Mayo all together with our belated Easter celebration.  The table was set  for spring and Easter but for whatever reason I didn't do a post on this occasion.  So I thought I would share the pictures with you today.

Spring, Easter, tablescape, Mikasa Imari Bouquet, bunnies, burlap, clay pot art, ceramics, cabbage bowls,
See the cute little chick S&P shakers?  They were a gift from my sweet DIL for Easter last year.  As usual this was an entirely thrifted table with the exception of the burlap table covering,  the green flatware which came from Marc's (my favorite closeout store) a couple of years back,  the S&P'S and a bit of miscellaneous from the stash..
 
The china is Mikasa's Imari Bouquet, a pretty floral pattern that I found at Goodwill near where I worked at that time.  The cabbage bowls are hand painted ceramics from the 1980's.









The bunnies were used two weeks earlier for the first Easter table and just reused with a crafty clay pot  centerpiece.

 

The centerpiece is stacked clay pots with a few artificial plants and burlap carrots from Pat Catan's a local craft store.  Their everyday prices are usually lower than Hobby Lobby's or JoAnn's even with the silly coupons.
 
Before I removed the burlap table covering from the table I set one more table that I wasn't particularly fond of and had decided not to post it until now.  I don't know why but it didn't look quite right to me.  Maybe the burlap didn't suit the pattern of the dishes,   I think a plain white tablecloth would have worked better. After I cropped this and that off of the pictures they look much better to me now.
 I think the plates are a Patricia Brubaker design. 



 





As usual my two BFF's were watching every move that I made - Cheetah
(doesn't he have the sweetest face?)
and the Black Prince.


Remember to thrift on ladies,  thrift on, you never know what you will find.  Case in point - Earlier this week I was at the Goodwill store near where I live.  There was a cart of items that were just priced and waiting to be put on the shelves.  As I walked up to the cart there was a lady picking up a Lladro figurine of a boy and a girl on a teeter totter in pristine condition,  it was marked $8.00.  This lady and I chattered for a good ten minutes about our Goodwill finds before she checked out right before me (she was so excited about her find) and we continued to chatter about the figurine while the cashier rang up her purchases.  When I came home I looked the Lladro figurine up on Ebay.  The ones listed there for sale there were priced from the $160.00  dollar range to upwards of $300.00......  Just sayin,  thrift on........


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