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
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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

26 comments:

  1. Omygawsh, I am so enjoying your posts. I love the sunflower table and I love the fairy garden. How beautiful! How happy! Thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to make my morning. (By the way, I am in Toronto, Canada,)

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  2. I am delighted that you enjoyed my posts. The sunflower table and the fairy garden were a pleasure to do and sharing them makes them even better to me.

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  3. What a breath of sunshine Candy! I can see why you were trying to get your hands on that plaid fabric, it is perfect for your table! The centerpiece is so clever~ sunflowers make everything happy!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you Jenna, The blue and yellow combination always makes me smile. Your comment came as a no reply blogger. I will pop over to visit soon.... Candy

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  4. Love this, it is so beautiful!

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  5. Your sunflower yellow and blue table setting is just beautiful! I love a well-dressed table! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Ohhhhh, where do I begin. The tablecloths are all wonderful. I'm beginning to think that we are twins separated at birth - we both have the same taste in so many ways. Almost any item you have bought, I would have chosen too. The flower plates are so sweet - and that sunflower centerpiece - what a clever idea.

    I love the second table setting you showed the best - although it was a tough decision LOL. Both are special in different ways. Love the bright blue glasses and accessories - and those sunflower salt and pepper - so darling.

    One time I found black and white checked (like gingham) glasses at the Dollar Store - and I found black and white checked fabric that was almost identical - I made napkins. Sadly the glasses are all gone - I bought them a long long time ago and I seemed to be very good at cracking them. The napkins are still in use and some of my favorites.

    The Bubble Glasses - oh my, so pretty. I believe I would have bought all of them too.

    Your fairy garden is delightful when lit up - can't wait to see more pictures.

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  7. How beautiful, Candy, Even the tablecloth matches perfectly....Christine

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  8. Candy: Be still, my heart!! There is absolutely NOTHING I would change about either of these two sunflower tables! But, I have to admit I am a bit partial to the first one you posted: I LOVE the vibrant colors of the plaid tablecloth and the way you have included all the accents (especially love the centerpiece serving bowl and cobalt blue vase!). Your dish stack is PERFECT: colors and textures, wonderful! I love this post!!Thanks for sharing all your thrift finds and beautiful tables. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  9. Wow...we got a two-fer!!! Both tables are really a smash hit, Candy!

    How nice of Kathleen to hand over the fabric...and equally noble and sweet of you to give it back in the same condition. You both got what you wanted in that deal!!!

    You really put together a fun and special centerpiece that shows a boatload of creativity!!! Seriously...SO cool!!

    Those sunflower-rimmed dishes are Corelle? Really?!??!!! I had no idea they made such a cool pattern as that! The placemats are really cool, too, and they work perfectly with the other fabric.

    Your Goodwill store has some very generous offers for seniors. Ours here need to step it up! :-)

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  10. I am in love with the plaids you're finding! and I am so glad Kathleen gave you the blue and yellow! Gorgeous table too Candy, love the plates!

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  11. FIRST: I finally got to send your gift yesterday sweet Candy. I was sick and the worst mother's got an awful cold and she's got me busy, lol.. The lady said it'll take two weeks to get to you, but when I received my giveaway I won from The Beautiful Matters, it took 3 weeks; just in case.
    Fabby

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  12. Now I will comment your beautiful, colorful and bright table, looks bathed by sunlight with those amazing plates! The tablecloth matches perfectly, along with the placemats as well. Great materials and at such a bargain...get them all!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  13. This looks fabulous...It's so strange, I have plans to create a sunflower tablescape myself. Love your additions and the plates are just too pretty. The tablecloth is so pretty. I do love the blue and yellow together. The material is wonderful. Love Goodwill...one never knows what you will find. Absolutely beautiful and ready to dine on.

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  14. I love this color combo- I have two planters with flowers in these colors and it's one of my favorites this year. The sunflower dishes surrounding the cobalt blue crystal vase is brilliant! That tablecloth is cute- I like the little twisted bits of threads that stick out. The other table you set is very cute too- lots of sunshine and happiness! My Goodwill never has anything fun like those dishes. They do offer a 10% coupon frequently but I don't know if they offer a discount like you mentioned.

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  15. What a fun bright table. Makes me happy just looking at it!
    Debi

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  16. What a perfect match! When I'm thrifting I hunt for fabric and table linens also. Making room for them amongst all the other bargains is the hard part.

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  17. I'm new to thrifting, and the first couple times I just walked thru the shop, but now I'm getting the hang of it and will look for fabric and tablecloths.

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  18. Looks lovely! Makes me want to come over for brunch. You have a wonderful ability to gather everything together, and make it all look cohesive.

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  19. What a cute tablescape...love the centerpiece and how the dishes are displayed at the bottom creating and mocking a sunflower...very cute..Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events

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  20. I love the sunflowers! The dishes are gorgeous and make such a statement. You have wonderful treasures and very generous stores! (We don't have those kind of discounts here, I sure wish we did!) I love both of your tables...and I can't decide which one I like the best. I'm glad you showed both, they are so pretty!

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  21. Candy as usual your table is awesome. it's so funny because I too did a sunflower table this week. A tribute to my son who is spending 4 months as a bartender on an Alaskan cruise and wrote and published a book about sunflowers. love the plaids especially the black and white oh what you could with that fabric.Susie

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  22. Featuring this at tomorrow's History & Home party, great job, Candy!

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  23. Absobloomin' perfect. And I love the way the table works with the entire room.

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  24. Candy,
    I visited here earlier but was at work and blocked from commenting and then I forgot so i do apologize that I did not comment earlier!!

    LOVE this sweet tablescape!! So bright and cheery!!!

    Thanks so much for your visits!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  25. Such cheerful tablescapes -- both of them, and I can't believe your lucky friend will be the recipient of those great sunflower plates. I love the bright yellows mixed with the cobalt blues, and your friend's plaid fabric brings out those colors perfectly. Plaids have really be finding you - how fun. I love plaids, and you have found such pretty plaids and at great prices. Lucky you. The chair seats will look great in that black plaid. laurie

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