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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tablescape Thursday/ Robin's Egg Blue Tablescape

It's Thursday already, and time for another tablescape for Tablescape Thursday hostessed by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. I had so much fun with this week's presentation! My sons got me the robin's egg blue plates for Mother's Day after all!

Here is the place setting. You can see that I kept the same tan placemats and chocolate brown tablecloth from last week. When I put the plates on the table, the ideas began to flow!

Here are a couple views of the whole table.

I bought cream colored napkins from Walmart, but thought they needed some color. I found the trio of cute buttons there also, and thought they would be perfect! I found the ribbon at Joann Fabric, and sewed the buttons on to create a napkin ring. Each button is topped with a brown button to tie it all together. I like that each button has a different pattern! I thought I still needed some more color, so bought some coordinating fabric at Joann's, and then took my little $15 craft sewing machine out of the box and used it for the first time to make napkins! Don't look too close or you will see the mistakes! I haven't sewn anything in decades, and this was not easy to control, but I love how these turned out!

Here is a closer look through the center of the table.

As you can see, I used the painted cheeseboard stands to display something new. The first is a bird nest that I bought at Joann Fabric last summer. It was perfect here!

Here is the other stand with a robin's egg that I got at Dollar Tree for a dollar! I added a tiny glass bluebird that had been a gift from a friend, and placed colored stones from Walmart around the edge. I also have these stones scattered on the table for added color.

Wondering what I did with the domes from the cheeseboards? I turned one upside down and places it into a votive cup filled with the decorative stones, then filled it with potpourri. You could also do this to serve a dessert in as well.

Here is another Big Lots buy that I purchased years ago. It sat in a box the last two years. I filled it's nest with eggs that I bought half price at Kroger after Easter.

Here is a close up of the fabric. Some of the fabric is draped across the table. Notice it is keeping with the bird theme. I am so happy with this fabric that I am thinking of making seat pad covers with it too.

At the head of the table, I added a white birdhouse that I've had for years, the bowl of potpourri with a cream candle in the middle, a porcelain bird, and a blue orb from the bag of potpourri.

Here is the close up of the bird. He usually sits on the shelf above my stack of trunks.

Here is the larger companion to my little bluebird, also a gift from the same friend who lives in Washington State where they make these birds! The white balls to the side were in the bag of potpourri.

I love candles on a table so added these tealights. The blue glass holders were from Walmart at only $.50 a piece. I places some of the clear stones on top for added interest and to tie them in with other elements in the tablescape.

The only thing this table is missing is some of those white bird salt and pepper shakers from Target! I don't live anywhere near one, but am hoping to get to Toledo in the next month. I hope they are still there!

It was so much fun to make this tablescape. I had been loving the combination of robin's egg blue and chocolate brown for a long time. However, there didn't seem any place in my last house where these colors would seem to fit, but now that I live with the Awful Blue and Tan Wallpaper in the kitchen, these seemed pretty closely related. And ever since I saw the Echo Point collection in this color scheme at Big Lots, I pined for some of it.

In this tablescape, you can see how taking last week's placemats and tablecloth were taken in a whole new direction. You don't have to use something completely different in your tablescapes. Use something you already have in a different way! I shopped the house for much of this arrangement. Anything new that I bought was very inexpensive, and I worked hard at being as frugal as possible. For example, instead of buying more new napkins, I bought a yard of fabric for $6.99 and not only had napkins, I was able to use the rest of the yard to add interest and to pull the arrangement in the back of the table into the center.

This tablescape also shows how you can mix patterns as long as you stay in the same colors. I mixed patterns with stripes and with another contrasting pattern, but it all works. Also, all of the blues are not the same. Some are robin's egg blues, and others are darker blues, but it all works. Forgot to add that the blue drinking glasses are from Goodwill at a dollar a piece!

I think that this tablescape is going to stay on my table for a long time.

Have a great Tablescape Thursday, and don't forget to go to Susan's blog to check out all of the other talented participants!


Heather said...

wow your table looks amazing. i love how you did your napkins!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow, Kady...this is beautiful! I love how you've tied everything in with the birdhouse and nest/eggs. And I love the birdie fabric! I am soooo impressed that you make your napkins and napkin rings! Those are the cutest napking rings. You could make those and start your own Etsy shop! Great tablescape! Susan

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Ilove your bird themed table...all the extras make it perfect! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

bj said...

Oh, Kady...I agree with Susan that you should make these cute napkin rings and sell them US !!!!!
I just love them. Your table is so pretty with those fabulous new plates. You really outdid yourself, girlfriend....

Michelle said...

Love the colored stones scattered and placed on the mini cake plate. So creative and such an easy idea to carry out.

But the stars are the double napkins and napkin holders. So cute and they just make the table! Great idea!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Kady, you did a fantastic job with your tablescape. You are a natural 'scaper! I love that fabric and the idea to use it as chair cushions!!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVELY table... great napkins!

Justine said...

Kady, this looks fabulous!!!! I love love love what you did with the napkins and the napkin RINGS especially! GREAT JOB!

Justine :o )

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love those napkins - beautiful table and love your new dishes - your sons did well!

marty39 said...

What a gorgeous tablesetting. Everything is just so lovely. Hugs, Marty

Janie's World said...

I love your tablescape! The colors are current, soothing and natural. I love that fabric as well, you were very crafty and everything turned out fabulous!

Mary said...

Oh Kady, that is FABULOUS! What a terrific job you did, with just a little fabric and lots of creativity. :)

Love the colors, wish I could use them in my house, but alas... they just won't work. :(

I especially love the napkins you made, and the napkin rings are adorable! So pretty!

raxx a day in the life said...

My Dear Kady, you really outdid yourself today with this tablescape! Such a beautiful mix of colors and textures and shapes!!

I love it all, esp the fact that you made the napkin holders and napkins, thanks for hte tips too!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Very pretty. Love the napkin rings.

Joyce said...

So pretty and you sew too? I like the little blue bird and the fabric.

Robin said...

Your tablescape turned out so perfect! I love it the colors, the dishes, the linins.....everything

Have a beautiful weekend.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This turned out so gorgeous! Love the blues and browns together, and those napkins and napkin rings are so smart! Turning your cloche upside down is another smart idea! Love the soft blue plates. laurie

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I love the look of your tablescape. The colors are amazing! And I love the birds, too. Beautiful!

Nita in South Carolina said...

It looks lovely! I really like how you worked with something you don't like - the "awful" wallpaper - and made it part of something really pretty. I like those cute candleholders too!

Jean Tuthill said...

Your tablescape turned out just beautiful, I love the colors. I have given you a Bella award...come on by and check it out!

Iliana said...

WOW.!! Its a most beautiful table I have ever seen. Everythin is looking absolutely perfect and beautiful. Keep on the good work.