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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Little Tea for Two


Happy almost August! 

Around here that means county fair time and fair competitions. For reasons I still can't quite figure out our county fair is not allowing adults to enter the culinary or textile competitions, with some minor exceptions. I was and still am disappointed that I'm not able to entering any yummy baked goods.

However, I was still able to enter the tablescape event.




Each year there are two themes to choose from. This year the two themes were "Peace in the Garden" and "Tea for Two", guess which one I chose. **wink**

I had decided what I was going to do at least a month ago but for some unknown reason I didn't do anything about it until a couple of days before I was supposed to drop it off at the fairgrounds. 






I was really fortunate to have found this tiny tea set at Goodwill last weekend. Many thanks to my friend who went shopping with me, she was excellent moral support when I was looking (frantically searching) for a child's tea set.





I was reminded to always read the description very carefully when buying anything online. I was thrilled when I found a 'Mother Goose Tea Set' on Etsy so I ordered it. The next day I went back and looked at the description only to realize it was dollhouse size, not child size. Since I spent the money I had to use them, that's why they're sitting in the 'birdcage'.




This sweet little tea pot, found at GW, was the inspiration for the whole tablescape. Isn't she sweet? 



I was afraid these might look a little too bridal shower'y but they worked well with the larger green 'birdcage'. I got one of those handy dollar store candle holders to raise it up a bit. 



One of the requirements for the competition is that we have to include a menu, upper left of the picture. 
The menu includes:
Chilled strawberry-rhubarb soup
Cream cheese and jam tea sandwiches on raisin bread
Gingerbread scones
Fruit kabobs
S'mores bars
Chamomile and pink rose petal tea

A word about the 'table cloth' I used. I just bought the fabric because I loved it and was looking at other fabric for this tablescape. When I was rushing (because somehow I lost a week) around pulling it all together I grabbed it along with a couple of other pieces I had, just to see if I could skip another shopping trip and spending more money on this one time only event. I thought the tea cup design would be too busy but I when I put it all together I was thrilled with the way it looked!



(The fabric's next incarnation will be as a new tea cozy for me!)


I was prepared to share pictures of the competition but I neglected to change the settings on the camera so most of each of the photos are blurry. Oh well, I guess that it's for the best. 







Such a pretty little pattern on this adorable tiny tea set. I was so fortunate to find all these matching pieces at GW. 

I'll be joining the link-up parties with these amazing bloggers! Share your Cup Thursday over at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined.


P.S. First place, a Blue ribbon!!! Yay!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy (belated) Independence Day!

It wasn't easy but I managed to pull together a 4th table on Tuesday morning.




It was a quiet yet busy day off for me. I took some extra time off from work to get caught up on chores around the house. Hug curtain rods, did some sewing, emptied another box and did some baking. 






Yummmm, it's berry season!

I added a few new things to the Americana table this year. 



The star trays have been sitting around waiting to be made into a three tiered tray and they will eventually get there. For now, I think they look great just stacked on the table. 


The standard plate stack photos...








The only challenge with fireworks on July 4th is that it doesn't get dark until nearly 10:00 pm, and at that point I'm be way too tired to be dealing with traffic and crowded parking lots. 

I'm a big fan of Christmas in July (okay, I understand that the though of Christmas in the middle of summer upsets some people but during the hottest part of the summer I enjoy the 'mental' cooling affect and all those great Hallmark Movies!) so how about we have Independence Day fireworks on December 4th? Huh? What do you think? Brilliant idea, right? 





I found these napkins at a craft bazaar last year. They were tucked away with the rest of the napkins until Tuesday morning and I'm really happy with the way they look on the table. The colors pop a lot more than I expected. 



Ariel view from our sky-cam (or maybe just me with my arms stretched up in the air)


Random close-ups...





Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you had a great '4th' and hopefully a little extra time off. 

I'm joining the party over at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House and Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Color


Summer finally arrived here in the Northwest after a pretty cold start to June. I had washed and stored all my sweaters and ended up having to pull one of them out of the cedar chest. 
We went from unseasonably cold to some of the hottest weather on record in a matter of what seemed like a week. 

The weather has settled down and we've had some really beautifully day. To celebrate I created a brightly colored table...


I found the fabric for the 'tablecloth' on the clearance rack at JoAnns. I love it and wish it hadn't been the end of the bolt since I could have used a couple more yards. It's going to take some creative sewing for it to fit my table correctly. 


Yep, that's a lot of pink in one picture! The top plate is Lilly Pulitzer, the next plate (flamingos) is Cynthia Rowley, the flower charger is from Hobby Lobby.

Here are some additional views...





Every time I look at this table it makes me smile. 




It's not just one thing, it's all the pieces together and also that's it's an expression of my creativity. Yes, I did this. I pulled all these pieces together and created this table setting. As a bonus, when I couldn't find the paper lantern I had planned to use for the centerpiece and I improvised. Is it the greatest silk flower arrangement ever? Nope, not even close but it looks pretty good. 








This is Shirley, she's always the life of the party!




There's a story to these glasses that I will share with you once I get to the happy ending. I saw them and knew I had to have them, so I bought two right away and ordered four more. Still waiting on the final four. 


The final shot


I'd like to say that every time I take a overview shot, it turns out perfectly the first time. I'd like to say that but it's not true. I usually have to take at least three, maybe five shots and then edit them. It's all good. 

Now that these photos are posted I'll have to jump into my July 4th table first thing tomorrow! YIKES

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. 

I'll be join up the link up over at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House and Dishing It and Digging It at Rustic & Refined and Between Naps on the Porch and Share Your Cup on Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.