Friday, October 31, 2014

Purple and Orange Haloween Tablescape

Happy Halloween!

I have been busy patching nail holes and painting the walls in my living room.  It is a slow process at my age.   The house is quite a mess at this point in time with paint rollers, patching compound, sanders,  hammers, nails, screwdrivers, and what all else lying around.  I pushed around some of the dust from sanding the patching compound as best as I felt like doing becase I wanted to take the time to set a table for Halloween for tonight.  It is a relatively simple and very thrifty Halloween tablescape.  I went with purple, orange, and black.  The purple plates that I used earlier this month worked out nicely with the orange and black napkins.
 Two napkins were folded together to make a fold to slip the spiders wire stem into. A purple spider bowl sits next to each plate. Perfect for a bowl of tomato soup to go with a warm grilled cheese sandwich for the kids before they leave to go Trick-or-treating.
Little cheese cloth ghosts decorate the table as well as several Halloween owls.

The shelves have several new occupants.  The bottom shelf has two red eyed owls residing smack in the middle of the shelf.
A witch has taken up residence on the shelf above the owls.  She seems quite happy to sit on her broom and wile away the hours cackling at the bats that have moved in above and below her.

Benjamin Bat has the upper bunk.  He stays amused with the endless chatter of the wise old owls.  Harry the furry bat has the lower bunk,  he is not amused at all.   

Have a happy and safe Halloween!!

Living room review:

One wall at a time, slowly but surely it will be done.

I will be linking to:

Susan's Tablescape Thursday 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Deep Purple And Golden Copper Hued Fall Tablescape.

I have been collecting a variety of gold, bronze and copper items to create a fall tablescape all year.  When Cuisine Kathleen issued a challenge to create a Fall tablescape using purple (but no orange) tablescape I thought it would be easy to substitute purple for the teal color I had originally planned.  I found out that purple is very hard to capture in it's true colors on a photograph.  After three days of fooling around to try and get the pictures to look reasonably like they should I finally managed to get some early morning sunlit pictures.  There is a bit of a glare in some pictures but they did show more of their true colors.
The base is a tablecloth from a semi-sheer crinkled curtain panel that has metallic threads of gold to bronze running through subtle stripes of autumn colors that is layered over a deep purple tablecloth.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
Pretty bubble glass deep purple water goblets and the etched glass grape wine glasses were thrift store purchases.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.

Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
The woven fall design napkin is overlayed with a sheer copper fabric with golden leaves embossed onto the fabric. This pretty fall sheer was wrapped around bouquets of Thanksgiving flowers last year at a local grocery store.  I bought three bouquets after they were marked down to five dollars per bouquet of a dozen long stem red roses after the holiday.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
 The fall brocade napkins and deep purple and gold napkin rings were thrifted a while back.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
The stack layers of various textures of dinnerware in fall colors.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
 A small cluster of green grapes was placed in a clear purple figural grape bowl to add some contrast to the dark colors.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.

Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
I think the gold salad plate is a pressed depression glass.  But I could be wrong about that.  I just think they are pretty.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
The purple plates came from HomeGoods last winter (they had been marked down after Christmas).  I used them in my Mardi Gras Tablescape that you can see here:  My Imitation Mardi Gras Mask Tablescape.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
The amber and gold mosaic tiled chargers came from Pier 1 bought late in the winter this year.  They were marked down from the previous Fall's leftover stock.  Yep,  I left the price tag on, they were $4.18 each.  They have some again this year which you can find here:  Amber-Gold-Mosaic-Charger   The price has gone up a bit for this year.
The flatware was an Ebay buy.

The centerpiece is a simple arrangement of three decorative candle sticks with green pears set upon them instead of candles.  I did have candles on them, but the candles were orange.  So I decided to go with the pears instead.
Plumcreek Place - Purple, gold, bronze, and copper Fall tablescape.
You can see the orange candles here from one of the pictures from the day before I took the pictures with the pears.
They have some again this year which you can find here Amber-Gold-Mosaic-Charger  The price has gone up a bit for this year.
I had a purple vase, and a bronze pumpkin on the table while I was playing with what to use for the centerpiece in the following pictures.
The whole table took on an orange glow.  So I promptly removed the candles and the pumpkin and started over again.
Copper leaves cut from an old metal wall decoration are scattered across the table in the following pictures.  Sweet hubby used a nipper to cut the wire stems.
You can see the orchid in the window that one of my son's bought me for my birthday.
The purple sherberts were thrifted a long time ago.
The gold and red candle holders were thrift store purchases too.
The beaded place mats say made in India for Wall Mart on the back, I bought eight of them at the VOA Thrift Store for one dollar each. 

The little brown birds are from Marc's (my favorite close out store).
The sun was coming in at an angle that lit the whole table up in the morning.
Just the pear and the grapes were touched by the suns rays in this picture.

There you have my Deep Purple and Golden Copper Hued Fall Tablescape.  There were a few retail purchases for this table but other than the chargers and the dinner plates (both of which were bought at close out prices) and the pears & brown birds that were bought at Marc's, and the Ebay flatware the rest of  the
table was thrifted.

Thank you for stopping by to visit.  I do so much enjoy your visits and comments that you might leave.  Just remember to thrift on ladies,  thrift on.

I will be sharing at:

Kathleen's Purple Fall Challenge

Susan's Tablescape Thursday

Share It One More Time 

Dawn's History and Home Link Party

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Birthdays And Other Milestones - A Fiesta Tablescape

Every September we have our annual Virgo Birthday Celebration. Usually we combine this celebration with Labor Day and have a cookout.  This year one of my Virgo sons could not make it for Labor Day so we moved the party to my birthday weekend instead. This celebration was for more than celebrating our collective birthdays but a celebration of the week that I would retire,  the week that I would be earning my last paycheck and the week I would be receiving my first pension check.

I decided that a fiesta party would be a lot of fun and relatively easy to prepare for.  My husband prepared a pork loin on the rotisserie grill,  my DIL Zhenia made sweet potato pasta with a savory butter sage sauce with a touch of maple syrup.  I made corn and shrimp chowder, corn on the cob, home made sweet corn salsa and rolls with butter.  My son Richard was the photographer for the occasion.

Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
The table was set with figural vegetable bowls and corn plates. Red pepper garlands ran down the length of the table.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
We were serenaded by our little friend strumming the guitar (I think it's a guitar) on the table.
We did not get any pictures after the soup was served.  The rest of the afternoon and evening flew by.

The shelves behind the dining table were starting to look like fall decorated with pumpkins and leaves of red, yellow, and orange.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 The fall shelf elves have taken their place once again this year.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 And a Fall pixie fairy has decided to reside on the shelves to keep the elves company.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor, fall pixie fairy
I decided to reset the table (for four instead of eight) with the serving platters and a few tweaks.  I added the candle holders and the red bowls instead of the figural vegetable bowls. The gold bubble glass water glasses were replaced with gold bubble glass wine glasses.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
I have used the soup tureen as my centerpiece (bought at HG during my annual birthday shopping spree),   the soup tureen was also set in the middle of the table for our fiesta after removing the original centerpiece..
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor

Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 The acorn bowl held our sweet potato pasta,  the maple leaf bowl was piled high with corn
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 The butter was served in a figural corn butter dish,  we used the Sunny Day Park design S&P's.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
I used my Vintage Franciscan October serving platter and my Susan Winget Patchwork Rooster serving platter.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor

Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 The napkins and the table runner are also from Park Designs.  A red pepper napkin ring was used for a casual look.
Fall Fiesta Tablescape, fall decor
 He's so cute!
My new seat cushions from Goodwill (they tie in the back with satin ribbons).
 My friends at work had a nice birthday luncheon for me.  I wanted to share a few pictures of my cohorts. 
From left to right are Kathleen (avid thrifter and yard glass artist), Gloria (also an avid thrifter and a garage sale enthusiast),  I am sitting in the middle at the table,  Lynn (Lynn trained to do a lot of my duties in purchasing and processing steel) is standing behind me on the right, Sandy (my trainee for vendor claims), and Lorie (she is a thrifter too).    

Kathleen and Gloria- my shopping buddies!
All of the ladies got together and bought me a Goodwill gift card as a birthday present.  How great is that? And that brings me to the rest of the story.  I have been smitten with Tuscan decorating.  Not the wine bottle and grapes kind of Tuscan,  but the warmth of the colors and the style of the wood furniture and the wall art.  I took my gift card to three different Goodwill Stores and got all Tuscaned-up with wall art,  candle holders, lamps, and a whole crop of stuff.  You can see some of my birthday goodies on the shelves below.
 The horizontal plate rack and all of the candle holders you see here,  as well as the book stack and the red and gold sunflower plates.
 Autumn fairy
     I assure you that there is much more.  I went shopping armed with two 35% off coupons and got lucky with several 50% off  purchases.  Yep I used the whole card up.  As I progress through the living room and dining room I will be posting pictures of my thrifty decor items.

Have a great weekend and of course - Thrift on ladies, thrift on!

I will be sharing at:

Susan's Tablescape Thursday.

Nita's Mod Mix Monday

Marty's Inspire me Tuesday

Kathryn's Make It Pretty Monday

Maria Elena's Tuesdays @ Our Home

Kristin's Table It Link Party

Dawn's History and Home Link Party