Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chicken Feed

My dear friend and co-worker "Sam" introduced me to the Tablescape blog! She has encouraged me and cheered me as I try to figure out this "blogging". And to further inspire me - she gifted me with some adorable chicken and rooster accessories! I immediately dashed to Big Lots for placemats - should I use the Sunflower? I think I like this black and white checked with the chickens
 (both placemats $1.50 each at Big Lots!)

I found a watering can centerpiece complete with sunflowers sitting on my shelf. And added the adorable Chicken and Rooster Salt and Peppers Sam found at the Dollar Tree! (Note to self: Why not plant some sunflower seeds?)  (2nd Note to self: Do you really like the look of the tail end of the chickens?)

I found a second watering can (a favor from niece Laura's wedding) and added the adorable rooster coffee mug that Sam found, also at Dollar Tree!
The gold napkin is from Big Lots (2 for $1) and I tied it with a piece of red raffia. The little paper mache eggs were on sale at Hobby Lobby, 3 for $1.00!
Would you like some breakfast - sunnyside up eggs, sizzling bacon and some toast bites? Don't forget the coffee (always tastes better in a pretty mug!)
 Thanks for visiting! I love looking at all your lovely tablescapes each week. Each one is so unique and inspiring. What a nifty bunch of people! I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cinco de Mayo 2009

I had great plans for my Cinco de Mayo Tablescape. My inspiration was this piece of vintage fabric in my treasure drawer. When my grandmother passed away, I found a whole box of fabrics, some ready to become dish towels or placemats, some half completed, some never started. I made my way to the Dollar Tree to see what help they could provide!

I was able to buy the plates and bowls for $1 each (everything is $1 at the Dollar Tree!) I spied the flowers, several woven placemats, retangle and circle, with banded edges in yellow and orange, the nifty metal garden signs and a flashy sombrero. Yes, all for $1 each.

That was the beginning of the end. I decided to clean my entire house, which began with gathering all the clutter and depositing it in my dining room. I had a day off on Monday- which was to be my organizational housekeeping day and ended up spending the day at the doctors. The clutter has to go before Saturday when my grandchildren, ages 2 and 11 week old twins, pay a visit! I cancelled my family dinner, have been purging, dusting, and shuffling all the things I cannot part with from one side of the house to the other. Luckily, at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, I located my purchases from last week, and I am setting the table just for you!
Well, the placemats I purchased covered too much of my fabric, so I used just one of the round ones to hold my centerpiece. My planned centerpiece was the sombrero filled with flowers. What looked great in my mind looked very different in real life! I grabbed the basket off a shelf to hold the flowers and the candle holder off my window sill. The napkins were more vintage finds from my grandmother and great aunt.
I guess that's it. I had planned to feature pictures of my favorite mexican foods, my mexican lasanga, homemade burritos and my famous (well, in my family anyway) Taco Tarts. I was even going to share the recipe since I knew you would all want to make your own once you saw how delicious they looked. I had hoped to talk my daughter into bringing over her Margarita Machine (yes, she really has one!). I am going to save all those ideas for next year!
I can't wait to see all your tablescapes; your creativity astounds me and the beauty of the tablescapes is amazing! I love reading all your comments and feel like I am joining a new group of friends. Thank you for letting me share with you!

Miss Merry