October 17, 2017

Set the Table - Skulls, Scavengers, & Spooky Things



Halloween will soon be here.

Come in and join us for a Halloween feast.







Don't mind the guests.  Some of them are quite dead.



Do you see what I mean?

This fellow keeps his head under a jar.









Crows and rats and spiders.

All are welcome at our table.






















         
                   



 I hope you have a spooky Halloween.



Some Table Elements

Skull Salada Plates - The Victorian English Pottery 
Dinner Plates - Ciroa, Losange
Goblets - Home Sense
Skulls, Crows & Rats - Special guests.



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October 12, 2017

Fall Vignettes


Fall Vignettes


Autumn is a season of beautiful colours and textures.  Putting together a few vignettes, both inside and outside, is never easier.

I use whatever natural material I can find which includes the following:
Leaves of any colour 
Pumpkins,  squash, and gourds
Sticks, branches, and plants  
Bittersweet is a particular favourite and we have started growing it.
Tree bark including birch bark if I can find it on the ground. 
For fillers: Pine cones, Spruce cones, Acorns and Chestnuts.  We have black walnut trees and harvest the walnuts for fillers.
We use feathers and deer sheds for a bit of pizazz, and interesting rocks and stones. 

It is okay to mix faux and natural elements.



Fall Vignettes



A few pumpkins, both faux and real, placed on a tray with some fall berries and leaves is all it takes.

The faux pumpkins have been painted and dried pumpkin stems have been added.  The stems give the pumpkins a more realistic look.



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


For a front entryway fill a dough bowl with squash and pumpkins.  Add some bittersweet in a vase or jug alongside a couple of lanterns



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


A few Fall-themed pillows and a warm throw or two makes a house feel cosy.



Fall Vignettes




Pile squash and pumpkins next to a rocker.

Add some cut branches to an existing plant.


Fall Vignettes


The wool throw is from Scotland and it is in the Maple Leaf Tartan.
The orange and white pumpkin in the foreground is called 'One too Many'.



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


Sometimes a vignette is totally un-contrived.  The squash, gourds, and pumpkins are straight from the garden, mud and all, and simply piled up.


Fall Vignettes


A pot of geraniums was right next to the pumpkins and provided some nice contrast.



Fall Vignettes


Use a tray to corral a stack of plates, autumn-themed jug, placemats, napkins, and an old crockery jug.
The painting in the background is a fall scene.


Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


a plant, faux pumpkins, a berry pick, and pheasant feathers.


Fall Vignettes


I will supply a list of resources at the end of the post.  
The pheasant feathers arrived a little dishevelled.  By the look of them, it appears that there may have been a bit of a curfuffle when the time came for the little fellow to give up his feathers.


Fall Vignettes



Don't forget the mantel.  
Here we used a collection of blue and white pottery dressed for fall with some branches and cloth pumpkins.
That's me taking the picture.


Fall Vignettes



Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes




Fall Vignettes


I had nothing to do with this last picture.  It was just there and I captured it.



Sources

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Pillow cover with blue pumpkin and bittersweet HERE

Pillow cover with three pumpkins, blue and white HERE

Large orange pumpkin pillow cover HERE

Gold velvet cushion cover. HERE

Dark orange plates are from Pottery Barn.  I believe this colour is no longer available, though.

Pheasant feathers HERE  

Blue and White Pottery has been collected over a few years.  Some has come from Bombay Company and the decorative Carpet Balls are from Pier 1 Imports HERE

The tutorial for Velvet Pumpkins is HERE




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October 02, 2017

Set the Table - Thanksgiving


Set the Table - Thanksgiving


As the day draws nearer when we give thanks for a bountiful harvest, I wish all of my readers a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that wherever you celebrate the occasion your table groans under the weight of plentiful food and drink.


I have used these Pheasant dishes before HERE.  I like to show different ways to use the same china.



Set the Table - Thanksgiving


Set the Table - Thanksgiving




Set the Table - Thanksgiving



For this table, I started with a plaid tablecloth in green, orange & black.



Set the Table - Thanksgiving


The plate stack is simple and starts with a burlap-covered charger and then the Pheasant dinner plate.
The orange plate is topped with the salad plate from the Pheasant set.


Set the Table - Thanksgiving




Set the Table - Thanksgiving


Two napkins were stacked one on top of the other, one in green and the other is a different plaid than the tablecloth.

Don't be afraid to mix plaids.  As long as they each have similar colours they will go together.


Set the Table - Thanksgiving


A centrepiece was quickly assembled using a small white urn, hydrangea, two pumpkins stacked and some faux bittersweet.


Set the Table - Thanksgiving





Set the Table - Thanksgiving


Black wooden candlesticks and amber-coloured goblets were added to the table.



Set the Table - Thanksgiving





Set the Table - Thanksgiving

Plaid and tartan blankets were placed over the backs of chairs to add extra warmth.

Sett the Table - Thanksgiving




Set the Table - Thanksgiving



Set the Table - Thanksgiving





Set the Table - Thanksgiving




Set the Table - Thanksgiving




Set the Table - Thanksgiving.




Set the Table - Thanksgiving





Set the Table - Thanksgiving



Set the Table - Thanksgiving


No matter how you celebrate, with friends, family, or on your own have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by.



Some of the Table Elements

Tablecloth - Fabricland yardage
Burlap Chargers - The Great Canadian Super Store - last year
Pheasant Plates - by The Victorian English Pottery 1819 - Homesense
Orange Plates - Cambria at Pottery Barn - I believe this colour has been                                   discontinued.
Plaid Napkins - Sears a couple of years ago.
Green Napkins - Pier 1 Imports  Green Napkins
Copper Napkin Rings - Chapters/Indigo a couple of years ago.
Amber-coloured goblets, Black candlesticks, sugar bowl - From the thrift store.




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