Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Spring touches that are popping up everywhere are just so invigorating. Even if this beautiful sunny weather is temporary, it is still like a breath of fresh air after the long winter season.
This old urn was sitting on my friend's kitchen island, filled with violets and sitting on a starched white linen cloth. I thought I'd share it with you.

Last night's dinner with my husband's family. I am sharing it to show how I used a dollar store twin sheet as my tablecloth. I do own some nice white tablecloths, but decided I wanted a light tan one to coodinate with my napkins.
I always use white dinner plates. It allows me to set my table with different color combinations.

Of course, candlelight is always present at my dinners, no matter how casual the event. This was a special evening that we all had together. My brother-in-law was in from Colorado for a brief visit. My mother-in-law is having surgery this morning, so our time to sit and visit was a rare privilege.

I am a stickler for items that I find on clearance. A few years ago, a store near my home was closing. Everything was 75% off. I found a box of two glass lanterns. I didn't need them but knew I really liked them. I put water in each one and added a faux soft pink carnation, then added the tea light and the glass shade. I thought they went so well with the soft pink carnation on the napkins. I was glad I had purchased them when I did. I added the delicate looking butterfly sticker to each shade. Fun and simple methods to dress up my kitchen table. I share these ONLY because I enjoy seeing each of your tablescapes on the blogs and thought you might like seeing mine. I am continually amazed at the level of creativity and beauty that I find there.

This tiny arrangement sits on the table by the window, beside my desk. Truly, like it says, we do "welcome Spring."

These adorable flower salt and pepper shakers, sitting on my kitchen island...

...arrived unexpectantly, in the middle of an ordinary day last week, with the flower bud vase and the blue flower candle with lid. What a fun surprise it was to receive this gift. A dear friend, who just happens to be a wonderful Southern lady, sent it to me. I smile everytime I see them with their bright colored little faces sitting on my island.
Love the concept of special little reminders in life, whether small gifts, cards, or phone calls that say, "hi, I am thinking of you". Adds joy to life! Thanks dear friend for this sweet reminder.


Happy@Home said...

On this gray and gloomy day in North Carolina, your pretty post was very uplifting. The spring touches around your home are so pretty. I like how you put that carnation and butterfly on the candle lantern. What a clever idea. Also love the gift you received. Very cheerful looking.
I hope all goes well for your mother-in-law.

Jeni said...

What a gorgeously lit up table setting. Such nice colors and I can't believe what a find your pretty table cloth was. You always have wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

Lovella ♥ said...

I'm loving your spring touches. . .so fresh and pretty. Go figure. . snow in Vancouver today. .a little late.

Stacey said...

Judy, your table looks so inviting. I bet you really enjoyed the evening with most of the work done ahead of time.

Speaking of bargains, I just went to the Dollar Store..which I rarely do. Bought lots of cards 2/$1.00 to have on hand. I've been trying to send notes and cards to people. It makes a diff when you already have them.

Anonymous said...

You have got to be the most creative lady in blogland. I love the idea of using a sheet for a tablecloth. I know some ladies use quilts but I have never thought to use a sheet. This is a wonderful idea. I love it. Your tables is just beautiful ♥ I see spring popping up all over in our area too. I just want to throw open the windows but it's still too early yet. I noticed someone mentioned your mother-in-law. I hope she is OK. I hope you have a most lovely day. The sun is out in our area.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Judy, such a lovely, lovely post. Everything is soooo charming. You have such a gentle touch with your decorating....I adore it as it speaks 'peace' to my spirit.

Enjoy your beautiful weather.

Barb ♥

Jeane` said...

Looking forward to many great dinners around that new table!
Well, speaking of that, how about I invite myself and the boys over for dinner tonight?? And then I'll pack everyone up and ship them out for a little peace and quiet to end your day with! Feel free to say no. There is plenty of tree bark outside to chip off and fry. Christopher really likes it with ranch on the side. So, just let me know.

Connie said...

Your table is beautiful....I love the salt and pepper shakers...what a nice gift to receive. You continually give me great ideas to use at a future time. Wish I'd met you years ago!


Sassy Granny ... said...

"Tablescapes". Where else might I expect to find such a word, it's corresponding scene, and the heart that gives it context but on your blog page?

Now I want to go to some garage sales, a few thrift stores, and at least one home decor shop so I can create some tablescapes of my own. Something tells me we'll all have a great chuckle!


Tracy said...

Your table setting is lovely! Very springlike and cheery. That little spring cloche is especially charming. I'm hoping your mother-in-law's surgery went well and praying for a smooth recovery.


a woman who is said...

Nothing says spring like violets. I have some sitting out side on top of pots that need planting :)

Lovely table, and charming decorations. I some how get the feeling that to be invited to your house for dinner is always a special occasion.

LisaShaw said...

I just LOVED this beautiful sharing Judy. I felt like I was there. I pray all is well with your Mother in law's surgery.

Thanks for sharing with us. The beauty of the LORD shines through all that you put your hands too and I'm so glad we get to enjoy some of it here on your blog.

Love and hugs.


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