Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nautical Tablescape With Lighthouses

Summer seems to have flown by this year and I certainly am not ready for Fall yet.  My mindset is still with the summer breezes wafting by me as I sit on the patio and watch the hummingbirds at the feeders and admiring the August beauty of the flower beds.  We only have one baby hummingbird this year.  It's a boy,  the ruby mottling has already started around his throat.  In a week or two the Jewel weed will start to bloom and the parent hummingbirds will start their journey south and Junior will follow a few short weeks later.  To me, that is when summer ends.  There have been some wonderful lighthouse tablescapes over the summer.  I loved each and everyone of them.  I so wanted to do one myself but had been lacking items to make a pretty tablescape.  The items that I needed to complete a lighthouse tablescape kind of fell into place over the last couple of weeks of thrift shopping.  The sailboat glasses were the a thrift store find last year,   I had found a set of Lighthouse Melamine plates at the Salvation Army Family Store sometime over the winter. There were twelve of them taped together for four dollars.  The plates and the glasses were great,  but it takes more that that to create a tablescape.
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
As luck would have it I found the some lovely nautical elements to enhance this table setting while out thrifting  and garage sale-ing over the last couple of weeks. Several weeks ago I found a wire birdcage lighthouse that was finished in oil rubbed bronze.  Cute, but not quite what I wanted.  I spray painted it in Rust-oleum's Seaside color and then lightly sprayed it down with a bit of Heirloom white to brighten it up.
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
I did end up buying some crushed seashells pieces and some tumbled blue glass at Pat Catan's, a local craft store whose regular prices are the same or less than the big chain stores "sale" prices.  
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
The blue glass reminds me of the color of the ocean water on the plates and the crushed shells remind me of the rocky shore that lighthouses are built on.  Dear sweet hubby chose the napkins (also from Goodwill) and I modified the Double Sails napkin folding technique that I saw at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch  tutorial  you can find it here.  Because the hems were thick on my napkins I folded both sides to the middle instead of to one side and proceeded with Susan's directions.  They kind of look like a sailor's hat.
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
I found the the sailboat glasses at The Goodwill near where I work.  Glasses are fifty cents each at the Goodwill,  less whatever discount I am using (usually 10 or 20 percent).
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
  The lighthouse candlesticks, the sailboats, shells, and the captain are all thrifted.
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
The lighthouse in the lighthouse and the lighthouse salt and pepper shakers were bought at the Volunteers of America on the last Tuesday of the month in July.  On the last Tuesday of each month everything is half price.  Luckily I was able to go back to part time for a couple of weeks and was able to be there when they opened and made off with all of the lighthouse decor (which had just showed up on the shelves the night before)
Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
More pictures.

Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.

Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.

Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.

Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.

Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.

Lighthouses, tablescape, sailboats, nautical,  lighthouse tablescape.
.The black eyed Susan's are in full bloom around the patio, here are a few pictures, notice how the morning glories have managed to sneak into the other flower beds.
Plum Creek Place, patio, landscape, black eyed Susan's

Plum Creek Place, patio, landscape, black eyed Susan's

Plum Creek Place, patio, landscape, black eyed Susan's

Plum Creek Place, patio, landscape, black eyed Susan's
August 18th will be the first anniversary of my blog "Plum Creek Place".  I would like to share an anniversary present with someone out there that would be interested in some lovely late Summer/fall table decor.  I had bought a set of Park Design Sunny Day salt and Pepper shakers and a Sunny Day divided server plus the Sunny Day dip Bowl with Spreader and Some Fall Pattern Raymond Waites napkins for myself  (from my favorite store Marc's).  I was so pleased with them that I went back and bought an extra of each of those items and thought it would be nice to share the extra set with someone else.
Park Design Sunny Day Server
Park Design Sunny Day Divided Server and S&P shakers.
Park Design Sunny Day S&P, Raymons Waites Napkins
Raymond Waites Napkins

Park Design Sunny Day dip bowl
Park Design Sunny Day Dip Bowl With Spreader
Park Design Sunny Day S&P, Raymons Waites Napkins
Brand new and ready for a home.
Of course I can only share with one person.  I would be very happy if that person were you.  If you are a follower and have a shipping address in the lower 48 states of the U.S.A.,  and you would like to be the person I share this extra set of selected of Fall items with,  just stop and leave a comment on this post by August 26th.  I will announce whose comment was chosen at random to share my lovely extra set of Fall items with when I post again on August 27th.

I will be participating at Cuisine Kathleen's  Farewell to Summer Table challenge.
Until then Remember what Kathleen said in her last post about the Official Halfway Mark of Summer.
"IT AINT FALL Y'ALL"  - Keep Summering on

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Until then,  You know what I say - Thrift on Ladies, Thrift on.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tropical Fish Tablescape

Sometimes there is a journey involved with creating a tablescape.  Somehow an idea sparks and the journey begins.  Maybe it was the colorful napkins I found several months ago when I was out thrifting.  The bright green napkin bordered in yellow and orange could have inspired any number of summer tablescapes. Or maybe it was the happy tropical looking Department 56 Mirage salad plates that I found a few weeks later, either way the search was on for all things tropical suitable for a tablescape.  Things just start to fall into place.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.

Mirage salad plates.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
 Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware. Gibson striped plates.
The colorful Gibson striped plates were already in my stash of summer plates waiting to be used for a happy colorful summer table.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.Gibson striped plates.
 The tropical fish tumblers managed to jump into my cart at the VOA a week or so later.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.

Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
 Various tropical fish and seashells seemed to be everywhere over the last week or two.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
 A pelican even managed to hop into the shopping cart even though I kept telling him that I was making a tropical fish tablescape NOT a beach tablescape.  He didn't listen.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
I even made a "mock" aquarium out of an old rectangular vase that I had in my stash of vases.  I was going to use this aquarium as a centerpiece before I found the flip-flops.
 Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
There were tropical fish suckers at the Deals Dollar Store with colorful stripes that looked perfect in my mock tropical aquarium.  Even the "new in a sealed package" aquarium plants showed up on the shelf at the Goodwill Store last week. Darned if they didn't hope into my cart too!  Along with the cute little pair of flip-flop votive candle holders.

Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
Little things that had been packed in storage boxes have been brought out to brighten the summer decor in the windows.  It was good to see these old friends again.
Tropical decor

In the end the tablescape evolved into the table pictured below.  
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
The flatware was purchased new from the HomeGoods store for $12.99 for the 20 piece set with a silverware caddy.

Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
The place mats are a thrift store find as are the dinner plates,  salad plates,  glasses,  and napkins.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
The lanterns and table scatter came from Marc's.  The lanterns were a beachy white color that I painted  turquoise several years back.
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
The table cover is a beach mat that was bought at Big Lots at 90% off many years ago. It fit the table perfectly!
Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.

Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.

Tropical fish tablescape, Department 56 Mirage plates, tropical fish glasware.
See the three little fishes around the flip-flops below,  they arrived in the mail last week.  My friend JoAnn had found them while she was out thrifting and sent them to me for my tablescape.  Having a tablescape buddy is the best!!!  Don't these cute little blue and pink striped fish look great with the flip-flops?
I spent several days arranging and rearranging this table.  I have a definite tendency to overdo when I tablescape. So I started with a lot of things that were removed one item at a time until I was happy with the end result.  In this dry run picture taken the night before the you can see the candle holders that I made from tall champagne glasses,  a little vase filler,  and the lollipop fish suckers. 
 There were light houses and coral posed next to the lanterns.
More colorful tropical fish and a lot more scatter had been placed around the table.

 Looks a bit cluttered doesn't it?  I removed and replaced a little at a time.

Many of the unused items were placed on the shelves (cluttering them up) with the other beach and nautical stuff that I have collected over the years.

As always - thrift on ladies, thrift on.


These are the parties I like to link to:



Sharon's Be Inspired Linky Party 
   
Susan's Tablescape Thursday                                                             

Laura's Friday Favorites

Kate's Flaunt it Friday  

Sue's Meet the Neighbors Party 

Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Tammy's Share It One More Time Party


Kathryn's Make It Pretty Monday  

Kathe's You're Gonna Love It Tuesday           

Karin's Twirl and Take a Bow         


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunflower Plaid Tablescape


Whenever I am out and about at the thrift stores and garage sales I look for material suitable for making tablecloths.  I have been very lucky at finding plaids lately.  I found nearly seven yards of beautiful black and white plaid last week,  enough to make a tablecloth and recover the kitchen chairs. Several yards of hunter green and white plaid hopped in my cart along with a nice beige and white plaid at the Salvation Army (I think) several weeks ago. Now one would think I would be content with these happy finds,  right?  But no,  I found myself coveting a piece of beautiful yellow and blue eyelash plaid material that Kathleen (one of my thrifting cohorts at work) found at a garage sale last Thursday during lunch break.  Almost three yards of yellow and blue plaid beauty.  The moment I saw it my mind went into overdrive mentally resetting the sunflower table that I had been working on for several days and  resetting everything onto the blue and yellow prettyness.  I offered to buy,  I offered to trade,  I offered to upholster Kathleen's chairs,  I offered all of the above just to be able to use this beautiful material for a tablescape. But no,  I went home empty handed over the weekend while Kathleen thought about letting go of the lovely plaid cloth.  But then (much to my delight) on Monday Kathleen offered to give me the yellow and blue plaid.    A very generous offer indeed!!  However, I was content to use the fabric as a table cover and return it uncut and unharmed. The yellow and blue of this fabric was every bit as perfect for my sunflower table as I had imagined.
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates
                                                     Perfect!
The eyelash side would be perfect for throw pillows or covering a chair seat.  I liked the reverse side to use for a table cover.
Yellow and blue fabricWouldn't this be a wonderful Sunday brunch table.  I can taste the mimosa's served in the cobalt blue champagne glasses. The sunflower serving set that is surrounding the cobalt cut crystal vase of sunflowers would be filled with seasonal fruit and berries.Thick slices of french toast and country sausage would be served on the lovely Corelle sunflower plates.                
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
At our local Goodwill store there is a ten percent discount if you are over sixty (with an Ohio Buckeye Card),  if you drop off a donation you receive a coupon for a twenty percent discount,  and after you accumulate $100.00 in purchases you receive a receipt for 35 percent off on your purchases.  I always hold onto my 35% discount receipt until I find something I really like that costs at least thirty dollars.  I used the last 35% off discount to buy a dining room table that will be used for tablescaping while I refinish my Danish Modern table. The new table has a glass top and a Moroccan look to the base.

Dinner plates are one dollar each at our local Goodwill stores,  and the salad plates are fifty cents each .  The Corelle sunflower plates were a recent Goodwill find,  I found the Corelle plates within days after my friend JoAnn had mentioned in an email that she was looking for this pattern to complete her set.  They will be going to the post office early next week to ship off to the west coast.

The placemats are from HomeGoods.  I had used them in an Easter Tablescape back in April. The floral accent plates came from the HG last spring.  The dark chargers that look black but are actually a deep cobalt blue, they came from Goodwill or the VOA for one dollar each  (they will be going back as a donation).  The napkins were a thrift store find a while back.
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
The sunflower serving set (there is a brown bowl that goes in the middle of the petals)  that is around the vase came from Marc's as did the sunflower S&P's.  The cobalt cut crystal vase (I think it is from the Salvation Army Family Store) is actually a cylinder with a water glass inside holding the flowers. The cost $2.50,  the look - lovely!
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

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The following pictures are of the original breakfast sunflower table I had planned to put together for this post. Since everything was already staged I thought I would go ahead and set the plates and take the pictures anyway.
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day

Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
 The bubble glasses came from Marc's for 99 cents each.  I bought six of each color - blue, green, and amber gold.
Blue bubble glass
 Tink is one of my original thrift store fairy finds. Isn't she sweet?
baby fairy in yellow
 The original yellow and blue plaid tablecloth (a thrift store find).
Sunflower tablescape, Corelle Sunsation, Corelle sunflower plates, Park design sunny day
The following pictures are of the different plaids that I found while out thrifting over the last couple of months. All of the fabrics are 54 to 60 inches wide for home decorating, they are a nice weight that is so easy to work with.   I especially love the black and white plaid,  the fabric was still on the bolt with the tag attached.  A little over seven yards for eight dollars.  I will be recovering my kitchen chair seats with this pretty fabric.
Plum Creek Place
There are about four yards of the green plaid.  Also a nice heavy decorator fabric. Both the green and the beige were tagged at $2.99 each.  Both pieces are about four yards.
Plum Creek Place
The beige is not quite as heavy as the other fabrics, the weave is a lot looser than the black or green plaid.  I think it would make some nice throw pillow covers for the fall and a nice homespun look tablecloth.
Plum Creek Place
  
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Just wanted to let you know that the fairy garden is surviving the erratic weather that we have had in Northeast Ohio lately. This picture was taken at twilight last month before the last torrential storm that flooded the neighborhood for the second time in a month.  Believe it or not - we had two tornado's touch down locally within a week or so of each other. High winds and lots of rain.  The forget-me-nots in the fairy garden were not happy with their feet being constantly wet,  they wilted and died.  The China doll tree is doing well as is the Irish moss.  I will be posting new pictures of the fairy garden next month.
Fairy Garden at Plum Creek Place

As always ladies.... Thrift on,  Thrift on!

I will be linking to the following parties:

Christine's Table It Monday Link Party

                                                            


Karin's Twirl and Take a Bow         





Laura's Friday Favorites

Kate's Flaunt it Friday  

Sue's Meet the Neighbors Party 

Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Tammy's Share It One More Time Party