Thursday, January 23, 2014

Radiant Orchids Winter Tablecape in Sivler and White

I wanted to do a Winter tablescape in silver and white, but I also wanted a compatible accent color that would incorporate the cool tones expressed by the silver that would not overwhelm the eye with color saturation. Just there, not overpowering. I wanted to use the lovely little orchids that I found at Home Depot last week. I decided that orchid would be my accent color and it turns out that Pantone chose Radiant Orchid as the color of the year for 2014.  Perfect!  The color is described by Pantone as a color that blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. Radiant Orchid is also described as an expressive, creative and embracing purple.  A captivating harmony of fuchsia,  purple and pink undertones (I think that is enough of the verbiage).

My inspiration came from these tine little orchid plants.  They are available at Hone Depot for under five dollars each.  The flowers usually last for several weeks and even a couple of months if well cared for.
The pale orchid square chargers that were bought at Tuesday Morning (at 80 percent off) a couple of years ago The white Argent flatware was bought at a sidewalk sale at the same store last year.
The snowflake plates came from my favorite close out store ( Marc's)  for only $1.29 each.  I love the tiny snow flakes on the platinum like rim.
 The wine glasses were bought at the Home Goods store after Christmas.  I love the way the silver fades to clear on these lovely wine glasses.

The tall mirror finish candle holders (only $2.99 each), the mirror finish votive holders holding the orchids, the silver tablecloth, and the silver napkins came from Marc's too.
The snowflake napkin rings and the snowflake candles came from our Volunteers of America store.

The purple sherbert stems were a thrift store find.

The mirrors came from our Goodwill store.

White and silver tablescape, Radiant Orchid

The shelves are decorated for winter with crystal nutcrackers, silver and white trees, and snowmen.
The china cabinet is sporting my new collection of Avon Hummingbird wine glasses, champagne flutes, water goblets, vases, candle holders,  cups, saucers, desert plates (six of each), and a pitcher.  All bought at Goodwill from fifty cents to three dollars for the pitcher.  All of the wine glasses were a dollar each,  cups, saucers, and desert plates were all at 50 cents each.

A few weeks ago I won a $25.00 gift card to the Home Good's store at Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" Linkie Party. I finally got out this week and found these beautiful Red champagne flutes that will be perfect for a Valentine's Day tablescape that I am planning.  Thank you Kathleen!!!

Home Depot has beautiful primrose plants in to remind us that spring will soon be here again.

 Tulips will be blooming in my yard in about 90 days. I can't wait.

Have a great week,  I am looking forward to seeing every one at Laurie's Annual Valentine Par-tay on
February 7, 2014.  See you there!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Plumcreek Place Looks Back On 2013

Taking a cue from Dawn at "We Call It Junkin" I thought I might review 2013 in my life.  Other than starting my blog in August my life did not have any real highs or any real lows.  Just a steady keel to navigate by. Starting my blog has been the highlight of 2013.  But by no means was it the whole thrust of my life during the year. And so now I say,  "pictures please". 

The seasonal year for me starts with Valentine's Day.  In mid-January (right after the Christmas trees are put away) I haul out my Valentines Day stash and start decorating a tree.
Valentines Day tree, decorating for Valentines Day

Decorating a Valentines Day Tree
Decorating a Valentines Day tree
This Year I will have a pink tree to decorate for Valentines Day.

I like to set a table for Valentines Day just for my husband and myself.  But it seems we always have these pesky little visitors,  they stare at us all during the meal.  What do you do when a pesky little cherub invites himself to dinner? Answer - ignore him.

Valentines Day tablescape, cherubs red and white

Valentines Day tablescape
No sooner than those pesky little cherubs up and leave, the leprechauns invite themselves to dinner too.

Leprechauns in the tablescape

St Patricks Day tablescape

Now we come to the bunnies.  They are even more rude than the cherubs and the leprechauns put together. They are everywhere.
Easter bunny collection

Easter bunny collection

Bordallo Pinheiro green Easter Teapot

Epoch Summer Meadow dinner plate, Easter
Easter tablescape, yellow, aqua, bunnies, centerpiece

Easter Dessert buffet

Easter Mantle, aqua, yellow

Eastel Mantle, yellow, aqua

Easter eggs, mettalic, shiny
In May when the bunnies have been safely rounded up and packed away the dining table turns to the vivid colors of Cinco De Mayo

Cinco da Mayo tablescape

Cinco de Mayo tablescape

Cinco de Mayo tablescape
Shortly after that the ducks come wondering into the yard to find a place to mate.

male and female ducks in backyard
The flowers start showing up around the patio.

A few weeks later the flowers are popping up in the yard.

Day lilly, bronze and yellow
As summer progresses the sun flowers start to flower.

sunflower, raised flower bed
Cosmos and marigolds dwell happily together.

cosmos, marigold, bee
The late summer table changes over to golds and oranges with images of sunflowers every where.

rooster tablescape
Come late August the Goodyear blimp passes over the house on the way to the stadium. FOOTBALL!!

goodyear blimp

fall tablescape, sunflower, zinnia

Hisbiscus on the patio, fall leaves
Pumpkin planter with cornstalks

fall porch decoration, cornstalks, mums, scarecrow

pumpkin cart display

pumpkin turkey, fall, patio

Fall tablescape, owl plate, orange, gold

Halloween tablescape, orange, black

Halloween tablescape, black and whit, orange

Halloween tree, fall tree

aqua tablescape, fall tablescape, aqua and white tablescape

aqua tablescape, fall tablescape

Thanksgiving decoration, fall decor

Fall tablescape, china cabinets

Pheasant tablescape

fall elf, fall tablescape, pumpkin planter

racoon, fall tablescape

pheasant tablescape

derr, fall tablescape

ceramic pilgrims, fall decor
No sooner than the pilgrims were packed away, reindeer started showing up in the china cabinets.
red and white Christmas, milk glass, red reindeer
Soon there were snowmen plates spread across the breakfast table.

Christmas tablescape

Christmas Tablescape

Debbie Mumm snowflake plates

Christmas tablescape, Walker China Christmas plate

Christmas tablescape

Christmas tablescape

Christmas plates

nutcracker tablescape

snow angel

Christmas bear

father Christmas, Christmas tablescape

Christmas centerpiece, Christmas tablescape

Christmas tablescape, rocking horse

Christmas decor

Christmas plates

Christmas mantel
Sunny days get scarce this time of the year - you have to soak up the rays where you find them.

Toes, snow sunning

Christmas decor, Santa, Reindeer, Christmas tablescape

red and white Christmas tablescape

Suzy snowflake

Snowflake plates, blue and white plates, Christmas plates, winter

Nutcracker tablescape

Nutcracker tablescape
Happy New Year to all!!

I will be on a blog vacation for a couple of weeks.  See you soon!

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