Friday, July 31, 2015

Coral and Pink Mermaid Tablescape

While out thrifting earlier this year I found a lovely little mermaid figurine,  her name is Haley from The Sirens Of The Sea Collection from Munro Enterprises issued in 2003.  She is such a pretty little thing,  I knew from the moment I saw her that I would create a Summer "By The Sea" tablescape with her as my centerpiece.     Isn't she Lovely?
Plum Creek Place - Mermaid Tablescape - Haley from The Sirens Of The Sea Collection from Munro Enterprises issued in 2003.
Shades of coral and pink dominate throughout this tablescape.  The thrifted table covering was cut from a four yard piece of coral and white textured polyester,  the pattern on this material reminds me of ocean waves.
Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape
 The shells on the table came from thrift stores and garage sales over the years.
Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape
The wave-like pink taper candles are also a thrift store purchase, as are the polka dot champagne glasses and the pretty pink swirl stemmed sherbert glasses.
Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape
Another un-named mermaid (also thrifted) was placed back to back with Haley within a thrifted shell wreath that has a nest of coral colored beads (the beads were bought from Marc's,  my favorite close-out store).
Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape
Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape
Pale coral colored napkins trimmed with creamy white lace were placed beneath shell shaped salad bowls. Pink bottles trimmed with jute twine came from the close out section at Marc's.  The shell shaped "By The Sea Pattern" salad bowls were made by American Atelier.  I bought them off of Ebay many years ago.
Clam shells and sea shells are nice under the candles to catch any dripping wax. Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape

Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape
The polka dot champagne glasses were bought from Goodwill.
Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape

Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape

Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape

Plum Creek Place = Coral and pink Mermaid tablescape

The plain white candles have a piece of material cut and frayed from an extra napkin then glued to the candle with a starfish.  Faux coral was painted with Krylon's "Sunrise" spray paint.


My next post is a tutorial on making a large clam shell centerpiece and another mermaid tablescape (see teaser picture below).

Plum Creek Place - Mermaid Tablescape
 Remember to thrift on ladies,  thrift on.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Playing in the Fairy Garden

My goodness how time flies,  here it is nearly the end of June and the Fairy Garden is finally about ready for the Summer.  The twin fairies are happily seated beneath the China Doll tree an a pretty pink bench.  The fairies take turns sitting on this bench.  It seems to be their favorite spot in the garden (I think they feel secluded and safe there).  There is another bench in the fairy park but the fairy babies have claimed it as their own,  they like to watch the cerulean blue water as it bubbles down the creek and the babies just adore the frog pond in the park too!  The China Doll plant (that looks like a tree) was dug up late last fall and brought in for the winter.  It did very well in the Eastern facing  window in the dining room .  At the end of February I pruned all of the new growth back and took cuttings for a half a dozen new trees.  At the first of April  I started lightly fertilizing to encourage new bushy growth.  I pinched off the tiny new branches that started to grow around the base of the plant.

Fairy Garden 2015, China Doll Tree

When I designing the Fairy garden last summer I played with the placement of the castle and the plants until I was happy with the layout.
The fences and the rest of the plants were added after the major components were in place. Last but not least I added the fairies.  I spent days playing with them until I was happy with the overall effect.
Fairy Garden 2014
2014 Fairy Garden
Several baskets of flowers were placed on the table that the fairy garden was on and onto the table behind the fairy garden. This year I created several new fairy garden settings from old planters from last Summer (I reused the soil too). You probably have a bunch of old planters laying around too.
                                                                    From this,
Ready to up-cycle to a new fairy garden planter box.

To this.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

An old bird house,  a fairy,  some creeping Jenny,  mini herb pants, one pop-up viola, and a mini bird bath.  Plus a welcome gnome in the back.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.









The best part of this post was getting to play with the fairies so I could take "just the right" pictures.










Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.




Isn't this little thrift store fairy just the cutest little thing?












This fairy garden planter is to the left of the main Fairy Garden.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
The second planter was used to create a park setting complete with a frog pond and a creek for the fairies. As I mentioned before, the baby fairies took over the park bench.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.







The Frog Pond.

Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.






The green fairy looks bored with babysitting the infant fairy.







Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
The main Fairy Garden planter has black fish tank gravel added this year,  but other than that,  it is pretty much the same.  The babies have a parrot in their bird cage this year.  See the mini thyme plants peaking out from under and behind the table.... they have the cutest little pink flowers.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
Yes,  the fairies have traded places again. The blue winter fairy is enjoying popping her toes up in the sunshine.  Not to long ago she was out getting frostbite on those little toes.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
Brrr.... it was a very long cold winter.  It has only been a few weeks since our last frost here in the North Coast of Ohio.
Just the fences, the castle, and a couple of faux pine trees were left outside to winter over.
The back of the Fairy Garden.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.


The purple fairy looks elegant in her garden setting.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

A pretty little pale yellow fairy dances in a flower basket behind the castle.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

The two little garden fairies in the basket below have been out picking flowers for their dinner table tonight.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

There are two other Fairy planters that are sitting on another iron table next to the patio door.  Both were created from thrift store buys.
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.

and
Fairy Garden 2015 made from thrift store finds.
I am working on two more Fairy Garden Planters,  with a little luck it may stop raining within the next day or two so I can get back to working on my fairy garden.

The Korean Lilac bush in the front yard bloomed profusely this year.  Last year and the year before that late frosts blackened most of the buds.  This year we were home to cover them for the last frost,  a couple of days later it was in full bloom.

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I hope to be posting my first Summer tablescape for this year within the next week or so.  Until then,  remember to thrift on ladies, thrift on. 

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

In The Jungle Birthday Table Setting

Mother's day was celebrated with three of my four son's in attendance this year .  We had a hearty homemade country style meal served on jungle themed dinnerware.  Now that may sound a bit bizarre, a jungle theme is not the norm for Mother's Day,  however we were celebrating my son Bobby's birthday too.  Normally we celebrate his birthday on the Sunday before Mother's Day but this year we combined the two occasions.  I usually create a Cinco De Mayo fiesta table for Bobby's birthday but he wanted something different this year.  Being the good Mom that I am - I made sure he got a "different" table setting to celebrate with this year.  While Bobby was not born on Mother's Day,  he did come home from the hospital on Mother's Day.  It seemed that a joint celebration on Mother's Day would be most appropriate.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
All of the boys wanted an old fashioned country style meal like Grandma used to make.  A big old mess of green beans cooked with fat back bacon and Irish potatoes quartered up and thrown in for the last twenty minutes and cooked tender in the bacon and bean juice. There were plenty of sliced tomatoes and green onions and a cake of corn bread seasoned with bacon drippings with lots of crispy fried bacon baked into the cornbread.  I made fried pork chops as requested by the kids. My daddy always loved pork chops with cornbread and green beans. Oh Yum!   I can cook with grease with the best of them.  ~~~ Move over Paula Dean ~~~
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

The cake was my country version of Boston Cream Pie made per usual (yellow cake sliced and filled with vanilla pudding) but with hot fudge sauce (homemade of course) poured over the top of the cake.  We did not take any pictures of the food or table on Sunday.  I recreated the table during the week and waited for a day with enough light to take pictures.



  This table started as an idea several years ago.   I was influenced by several wonderful jungle tables that were shared on Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP over the years.  With the exception of the candles, the small elephant place card holders, and the cheetah scarves that were bought at Marc's and the Tiger Charge it By Jay chargers that I bought from Christine's (Christine's Home and Travel Adventures)  moving sale on Facebook, everything else was thrifted over a period of several years.
The table cover
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
This striking zebra pattern of this duvet cover caught my eye at Goodwill a while back.  It had just come in as a donation complete with the original tags.  The duvet cover reversed to solid black textured velvet on the other side.  I took the seams out and made a table cloth from each side.  I used the black side for my New Years Eve post "A Horn Blows At Midnight"  which you can see HERE .
Plum Creek Place - New Years Eve Tablescape
Next I laid out the cheetah pattern scarves that I had bought from Marc's and placed a thrifted basket of greens on top of the scarves (a thrifted zebra metal plaque was leaned against the basket).
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
The wicker place mats came next 
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
Followed by the lovely chargers from Christine.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Sakura's La Menagerie jungle dinner plates
and salad plates.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants


Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 The Tiger pattern of the charger plates are perfect with the dinnerware pattern.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 The napkin rings were bought at the VOA last week - 16 rings for $2.99. The brass elephant place card holders were placed on top of the square napkin rings.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
Giraffes and elephants as well as a tiger or two populate the Jungle's edges.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 Black stemware was collected over several years.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
The giraffes are from a local garage sale last year.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
 Tigers peek out from under my jungles canopy.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
The orchids have started to bloom again.
 Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants

 The giraffes and the pictures on the shelves are from a garage sale that I went to last fall.  When I explained that I was doing tablescapes with the stuff that I was buying they gave me a huge discount on the items I had picked out.  When their daughter looked up my blog on her smart phone and they saw how I decorate the shelves to follow the theme of the table the lady having the garage sale had her husband pack up many of the items that you see here including the butterfly animal print plate and a set of zebra pattern chargers too!  There are many other items from this garage sale that I will be using in upcoming tablescape posts.  I am thinking another jungle table later on towards fall and another tropical "by the sea" table setting in a few weeks.
 
 One last picture.
Jungle tablescape, Sakura jungle plates, giraffes, elephants
I have been occupied with packing up "stuff" to go to storage and trying to clean and repair as I go in anticipation of putting my house on the market within the next year or so.  This has become an overwhelming and daunting task. I am not really up to doing a lot of the heavy work so it is a very slow go. I think I need to have a huge garage sale myself to get rid of a lot of the "stuff" instead of packing and moving it. Dozens and dozens of boxes of stuff  have already taken the ride to the Goodwill to be donated over the last few months.

I have not been taking the time to visit and stop to say hello to so many of my blogger friends.   Shame on me!  I will be stopping by to visit soon - I miss you all!!


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Susan's Tablescape Thursday