Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Natural Elements

 

elegant table with brown, white & seashells

 

Hello, everyone!  Today’s table is a little elegance mixed in with some natural elements of the sea!

 

seashells in urn as centerpiece

 

From seashells to driftwood….

 

brown and white tablescape with shells

 

Wicker chargers are top with Mikasa china.  The white china is embossed with seashells.  Each place setting is topped with a starfish.

 

natural elements tablescape with white, brown, & seashells

 

The silver napkin rings are from Pottery Barn.

 

coastal table with brown, white and seashells

 

Gorham iced tea glasses and Waterford wine glasses add a touch of elegance to the table, along with the crystal candleholders.

 

natural elements - elegant table with brown, white and seashells

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thrifty Chalkboard Frames


4th of July Beverage Station
 
This past January, I purchased about 16 of these little frames from the Dollar General.
 
chalkboard easels
 
I think they were originally $1 a piece but, in January, they were marked down to 4 /$1!  They were the perfect size for little chalkboards and it was a perfect craft for my 10 year niece!  Savvy is babysitting her this summer and she gets bored quickly so I let her paint them!
 
chalkboard easels
 
I covered the countertop, gave her a sponge brush and let her at it!  It kept her occupied for awhile!
 
4th of July Beverage Station
 
I used one here for the water dispenser at our 4th of July party!  Have you done anything with chalkboard paint lately?
 
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Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thrifty Art Finds


vintage paintings
 
I love finding vintage art, especially at a good price!  There are a few of my recent finds.
 
vintage painting
 
Aren’t the colors pretty?  This is signed “Mary Elizabeth Lush 1937.”
 
vintage print
 
I have a thing for Audubon prints and this one will be a perfect Fall accessory.
 
duck painting
 
This really large duck painting was purchased from the auction a couple of weeks ago.  I love the blue colors but have not idea what I’m going to do with it.  There is a oily wet stain on the top of the mat that I don’t know what to do with.  It will probably end up in the booth.
 
sunflower painting
 
This was just a small unframed painting from GW.  The bright colors caught my eye!
 
hand painted saw
 
This country scene painted on a saw was another recent auction purchase.  It will be going to the booth this week.
 
Have you found any good art finds lately?
 
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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
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Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop Link Party @ The Farmhouse Porch
Project Inspired @ Artsy Chicks Rule
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Fabulously Creative Party @ Jennifer Rizzo
Tweak it Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
The Sunday Showcase Party @ By Stephanie Lynn
   

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Memories of Strawberry Girl


memories of strawberry girl tablescape
 
Livy, my summer helper, chose this tablecloth as the inspiration for this week’s tablescape.  It’s a beautiful green with a white bold print.  It was originally sold by Target but I purchased it at Dirt Cheap.  I then chose the strawberry bowls which started the entire theme! 
 
 
They brought back memories of when I was a child and coloring in my mom’s copy of Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski.  Yes, I loved to color on things when I was little and all the black and white pictures were just calling out to me!  I can still remember laying on the the living room floor, under the coffee table, coloring underneath it…I actually colored the bottom of the actual table!  My mom still has her copy of this book, minus the paper cover, and I have asked her for it but keep forgetting to bring it home with me!
 
vintage strawberry napkins on table
 
I was originally going to use black gingham napkins but I came across these vintage napkins with an embroidered strawberry on it.
 
strawberry tablescape
 
The square red plates (JCP) were layered with green salad plates (JCP) and topped with the strawberry bowls which were a yard sale purchase.  The black handled flatware is from Amazon.
 
Strawberry tablescape
 
Candlewick tea glasses were paired with wine glasses from the Dollar Tree.
 
strawberry tablescape
 
memories of strawberry tablescape
 
Strawberry tablescape
 
This pretty little tidbit server was a GW find, too!
 
centerpiece
 
How do you get inspiration for your tablescapes?
 
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Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life
 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Booth Display Ideas


fisherman's theme for antique booth
 
As some of you may know, Hunter and I started our own little booth at the local antique mall.  4 Sisters & Etc. is a new antique store that is rapidly growing and we are so excited to be a part of it!  I am constantly on the look out for ideas on how to display our items and thought I would share some great ideas that our fellow dealers have. 
 
This fisherman’s theme is so creative!  Everything from the boat to the….
 
fisherman's theme for antique booth
 
reed fencing on the partition!
 
bathtub in antique booth
 
This bathtub is amazing for selling soaps!
 
bed frame for antique booth
 
The bed frame hanging from the ceiling provides display options for light fixtures, cooking racks, etc.
 
antique booth display
 
Lattice has always been widely used in booths.  I like how this dealer used dyed cheesecloth to drape the top and sides to define her area.
 
tree branches to display bird cages in antique booth
 
Tree branches are used here to display bird cages and bird houses.  I purchased a painted metal parrot from this booth to go in the tiki hut!  There’s even some Spanish moss!
 
tree branches to display bird cages in antique booth
 
Do you have any good display idea?
 
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The Scoop Link Party @ The Farmhouse Porch
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Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Fabulously Creative Party @ Jennifer Rizzo
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Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thrifty Christmas Finds in July

 

thrifty finds for Christmas

 

Here are some thrifty Christmas finds that I recently found!

 

vintage Christmas towel

 

A vintage Christmas hand towel without a stain or tear on it!  I gave it a good wash but it still needs ironing!

 

Christmas hand towel

 

Another nice hand towel was found at Goodwill.  It’s not a vintage piece but looks new!

 

vintage Santa demi mugs

 

Look at the cute little Santa mugs!  They are made of plastic and are from the 70’s.  I have a matching cookie jar that I found several years ago at a yard sale!

 

Christmas stockings painting

 

This hand painted canvas is too cute!  I love going though the art at GW!  A lot of times it’s just ugly, outdated d├ęcor but sometimes you can find hand painted pieces by just regular everyday artist.  By the way, I don’t fall in that category!  I can’t hardly draw a straight line!

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

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Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The Scoop Link Party @ The Farmhouse Porch

Project Inspired @ Artsy Chicks Rule

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Fabulously Creative Party @ Jennifer Rizzo

Tweak it Tuesday @ Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Creativity @ It's Overflowing

Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sea Shells & Homemade Ice Cream

 

sea shell centerpiece

 

I wish I was by the sea shore!  For now, I’ll have to be satisfied with our backyard paradise!  For the last two weeks, I’ve been fighting a UTI and started different antibiotics yesterday so I haven’t been feeling too great.  Thankfully, my 10 year old niece, Livy, is more than ready to help me!  I had started laying out this tablescape last week and she finished it up for me yesterday!  I figured this would also be a good time to teach her a little lesson on setting tables!

 

sea shell centerpiece

 

Last week, Livy helped me wrap the vase in some sea grass raffia type stuff.  It was originally a placemat, just like the one I used when I made the Ballard inspired sea grass lampshade.  We pulled in some DIY mercury glass votive cups and the big GW starfish from the Pelican vignette on the piano.

 

sea shell tablescapes

 

The napkins and tablecloth are thrifty finds from Dirt Cheap.  I love the color of the cloth with the images of shells!  I think the orange really pops on this table!

 

orange and blue tablescape

 

The wicker type chargers were a yard sale find and the orange dinner plates are from the Dollar Tree.

 

shell napkin rings

 

The sea shell napkins are from the Trash to Treasures.  Napkin rings are also very easy to make, you can see the sea shell and cowboy napkin rings that I had by clicking here and here.

 

waterford crystal and moonbeam glasses

 

The wine glass is made by Waterford and the water glass is Forsythia in the Moonbeam pattern

 

sea shell table

 

To get some relief from this hot weather, I wanted to share our family recipe for Banana Ice Cream!

 

Banana Ice Cream

 

It is so easy, but oh so good!  Here’s the recipe:

 

HOMEMADE BANANA ICE CREAM

 

6 bananas, mashed

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 cans evaporated milk

milk

 

Mix the first three ingredients and put in cylinder of the ice cream freezer.  Add milk to bring it up to the fill line.  Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.  See how easy that is!  You can adjust the recipe to suit your taste as well!  In the past I have used more evaporated milk but I have never used less than 4.

 

Homemade Banana Ice Cream Recipe

 

It is so good!  Do you make your own ice cream?  If not, you should give it a try!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Vignette


summer vignette
 
Every since I took out the copper boiling pot from over the television, I’ve struggled with what to put up there.  I think I’ve got it now…at least for the summer months!
 
summer vignette
 
I love baskets because of the texture that they bring to a room.  The tall one is a recent auction purchase for $5!  The larger basket is from Dirt Cheap.  I usually just buy linens there but at times I do find some other deals.  To read that post, click here.
 
summer vignettte 
 
The beautiful blue bottle came from there as well.  I think is was like $3.50. I did add a little jute string tied with a small piece of driftwood. 
 
IMG_2233
 
I love the fleur de lis basket but it’s another hard item to find a home for!  I leaned it in the middle of the baskets and decided it needed a little something extra so I placed a large seashell in the middle.
 
So what do you think?  Too many baskets? Does the blue bottle keeping it from being too textured?  Does that make sense?  I’m confusing myself here!
 
Sharing with:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
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Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life
Open House @ No Minimalist Here
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop Link Party @ The Farmhouse Porch
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not JUST A Housewife
Project Inspired @ Artsy Chicks Rule
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Fabulously Creative Party @ Jennifer Rizzo
Tweak it Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Tips, Tutorials, & Tidbits @ StoneGable
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper