Sunday, February 17, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Well I guess I will add more pictures, to try to "bump" down the overly large photo of my living room, that I can't figure out how to resize or delete for that matter...the little "pen" under the photo for editing has just "disappeared". Sigh
Anyway, this was my table from last year. This year I will be doing a combo theme of red and black I think. I always like to use candlelight for special dinners, it sets the stage for a relaxing mood for everyone.
Welcome to my little French country home "wanna-be". This is my main living area with a dining room that is attached to it. Even though the house is small, it serves my needs quite well. (Well, I have already lied...my kitchen is almost non-existant, I hate it, but I will have to just deal with it for a while). This house was built in the 1960's, so it has a few issues, (O.K, I lied again..LOTS of issues) such has horrible flooring, no interesting moldings, (let's not forget the kitchen...the washing machine is in the 10'x 7'9' kitchen, WHAT WAS THE BUILDER THINKING???).
But I plan on changing all that, a little at a time. I will be doing the crown and picture frame molding, I took a beginners wood shop class 2 years ago, and since I graduated with all of my limbs, fingers and both my eyes still intact, I figure that I stand a chance at being fairly successfull. I would love to attempt the floor tile, but I am pretty nervous about that...all that leveling, gridlines, grouting, my poor knees! Hey, I am over 50!
Oh, in case you were wondering why I don't choose hardwood floors, well, I have this adorable but stubborn Yorkie, who decides when he wants to be good about his bathroom habits, so tile seems to be my only hope, unless some of you brilliant bloggers out there can inspire me (or him) otherwise.
So, a good portion of this blog is to inspire me to get off my butt and just do the improvements, you know what they say about being held accountable. And hopefully there will be some entertaining photos of me accomplishing just that very thing, it can't be all fun and games with tablesettings, and cupcakes (but you will still see plenty of those).
With Spring approaching (well not soon enough), I thought I would show you a little vignette of some of my favorite things...I am a bunny collector, I try to be picky about which bunnies I buy, this is one of my favorites.
The green cabbage plates are a fav with me too, I think I must have every piece that has come into the stores. Green is a "neutral" when it comes to decorating, everything always looks wonderful and refreshing with green.
I am asked about doing vignettes quite alot, here are some of my thoughts on this techinique in setting up a vignette:
...try to have color in certain places so that your eye "travels" around the vignette. In this case my color theme is green and white, simple but effective.
...also strive for a high-low arrangement, being the lamp is the tallest of a "triangle" leading your eye down to the lower area of the vignette and following back thru with the other different height and colored items.
.....have some sort of greenery in there, either real or a very good fake.
....I also like having one of my plates from my vast collections on a stand, this way my collections are not only functional but decoratively useful.
Hope that helps.
Ah, presentation. I love presents and food presented in the most lovely way possible. I have had many people say they hate to open my gifts, because then the lovely wrapping would be no more. In my presentation I try to go with a theme, keeping in mind the colors, and the personality of the person receiving the gift. Don't be afraid to look in the less obvious places for the adornments for your gifts. I will often go to the childrens area in the dollar stores for prettty hair ties and ribbons, which I will use to close up goodie bags. Really, anything is possible!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Even though Valentines Day is just around the corner, I am so looking forward to Spring, it's such a refreshing season. I have alot of table designs that revolve around that time of year, and of course as you see again the color pink plays a large part of the fun for me.
Here is my tablesetting from 2006 when I had up my red themed Christmas tree. I love to mix dish styles together, the fancy with the inexpensive, mixing the plaid with the crystal and silver, makes the presentation not so "girly", even the men liked this table.
The dishes I had purchased at Target a few years ago, and the silver chargers I have had for quite a few years. The place mats are from one of my fav stores for accessories, Marshalls. Plaid napkin from Kmart, and one of my favorite accessories; the glass candle lamp was from Walmart...there are real treasures there, you just have to look.
I was very pleased when I was contacted by HGTV to use this photo on their site.
Another strong passion of mine is tablesettings. I have more dishes and accessories than the "normal" person. I enjoy the creativity that I am able to express doing tablesettings and vignettes. It is especially fun to have my friends enjoy what I do, the meal (hopefully) is delicious, and the fun atmosphere from the "theater" of the table makes it a fun night for everyone.
I especially love to come across other bloggers who enjoy this too. I have run across a few talented ladies, but I unfortunately do not know how to insert their blog address properly..at least from here where I am uploading from on Flickr. If anyone would like to help me out with instructions I would appreciate it.
I love pink and I love crystal. Putting them together adds a girly glamour to a room. The wonderful thing about crystal is that it will go with any color scheme, I have used it with my red and gold tree, and my all cream tree.
Are there any pink and crystal lovers out there?