Happy Groundhog Day!!
In honor of Groundhog Day I wanted to creat a woodland table setting from the little critters that were decorating my Winter Woodland Mantel and a collection of woodland themed dinnerware that I have bought thru the years at thrift stores. I am particularly fond of racoons, if you have ever had a family of little racoon babies come visiting you know how hysterical they can be to watch. The item that inspired this table was a collection of two handled soup bowls from the National Wildlife Federation decorated with various woodland animals. Everything else used for this table was purchased over the years to go with the soup bowls and to eventually be able to create this tablescape.
You can see the rest of that post here -> Thanksgiving Hunt Tablescape. I did find another one of these cute racoon figurines last summer and used both of them in this post.
Last summer the male racoon that had been raiding our bird feeders decided to visit our patio, he came up to the patio door and stood up (like a prairie dog) and just stared into the house. As you might expect my four cats went into a frenzy, little Oreo's back arched straight up into the air as she screeched a scream of the undead. The "boy's", Cheetah and the Black Prince, stood back crouching on their hind legs while emitting a low pitched growl that sent chills down my back. Baby (my sweet little girl cat) stood back and and watched the hysteria of the the other cats. Baby was the Grand Dame of the house, at age seventeen she had the sense to not approach the door and stand back while the other cats went ballistic. Now mind you that I jumped up and slammed the sliding glass door shut within a few seconds, but our visitor the wily racoon continued to stare into the house for several more minutes.
Several days later Ricky Racoon (I named the male Ricky after Ranger Rick in the children's magazine) came back and brought a lady friend with him. The lady in question had a belly that appeared to be dragging the ground. Again Ricky Racoon raised himself up on his hind legs and stared into the house and stayed there with his lady for several minutes. Again the door was slammed shut.
There was a reason that the young couple started to come around the patio. Their food sources at the feeders were empty. Ours were empty because we quit filling them in August and September because of the abundance of seeds from the sunflowers and black eyed Susan's around our patio provide a feast for the birds in late summer. Norma, our next door neighbor moved away and our new neighbor not only did not fill the feeders that Norma had left behind but she threw the feeders out and removed every plant and flower in the entire yard leaving the yard barren. My neighbor on the left had gone camping for several weeks with her husband so her feeders were all empty too.
Now racoons tend to be very smart, young master Ricky Racoon had noted that Boots (the stray cat) we had been feeding on the back patio would occasionally knock a few bits of dry food onto the patio so Ricky Racoon had been doing clean up duty after we were tucked in for the night. I should imagine that his train of thought was that if I fed stray cats why wouldn't we feed him. As the situation became more desperate for Ricky and his lady they started coming around at all times of the day and night and eating the food that had been set out for Boots. We started filling the feeders again and our little friends did not come around for a while.
Several weeks later we were watching TV in the family room when later all holy heck broke loose. It seemed if there were little racoon babies everywhere, darting from here to there as if they wanted to be in a thousand places all at the same time. Under the tables, between the legs of the chairs, around and around the baskets of flowers, up, down, around and around. They were everywhere, or so it seemed because of their erratic darting maneuvers.
My cats were screeching and screaming, darting from window to window and back to the patio doors and around and around the house.
In reality there were only four of the little baby racoon critters bouncing off of the walls on the patio, but they moved so fast that it seemed more like a dozen of the little dudes marauding like a band of banshees in the late evening hours on the patio. The proud Papa racoon would stand back as the babies were searching out for any crumbs of food that they could scrounge up.
The players in this tablescape:
Tea towels bought at Marc's (my favorite close-out store) for 79 cents each, Faux deer antlers for place cards bought at Walmart packaged at two for $1.99 per set. These are the only two items on this table bought at retail. Everything else was thrifted.
Flatware thrifted over the years at the Goodwill store.
Salt and pepper shakers bought at the VOA at the some time as the Bear cups.
I will be participating at Laurie's Valentine's Day Par-Tay on Friday February 6th with a Valentine's day table that is entirely thrifted and some craft projects made with thrifted supplies. Please stop by Laurie's on Friday and check out all of the fun!
The kitchen table is covered with craft supplies gathered at thrift stores over the years. I have to get busy so I can participate at the Par-Tay on Friday. Here are a few of the items I am working with for my thrifty Valentine's Day projects.
Most of you know that the North Coast of Ohio as well as the entire Midwest of the country has been dealing with bitter cold and blizzard like conditions lately. But you know what, the sun came out and people went to work, children had snow days, and we all did just fine.
Have a great week and remember to thrift on ladies, thrift on......
I will see you at the following link parties:
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Susan's Tablescape Thursday