Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Second Tablescape for Tablescape Thursday!

I had a lot of fun doing my 2nd tablescape this morning! I decided to do a new Halloween Tablescape since I had so much stuff- I found some cute little white pumpkins at Publix last week AND I found a nifty skull yesterday at the Dollar Tree.

Cute skull, huh?
I used the same Halloween candles, but changed out the candlesticks.
I copied the candy corn candle from another blog (I forget which one). Just love it!
I couldn't resist the little white pumpkins.
Another view: I really like the cauldron in the center!
I copied yet another blog with the painted pumpkins- I did about 6 of them last week. This was my first one.
I used the little jack o lanterns again- too cute not to.
This is my little friendly ghost.
A close up on the cauldron.
I hope you enjoyed! Check out for more great Tablescapes! It is so much fun!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thrifty Fun!

Today I went thrifting- I went to the new Dollar Tree with my sister (lots of great cleaning and decorating items) and then to the Salvation Army (or should I say Our Furniture Store). Again, the SA didn't fail to disappoint- they have the BEST furniture- the guy that is in charge of the furniture says they get truckloads every week, so if I am ever in the market for something, I will definitely go there many times if needed! I am talking beautiful furniture (I think I am a bit picky too.) So today, I found a chair for my bedroom for $2, a candle wall hanging thingy for .99, a cute little white pitcher, 8 matching knives (we were down to 3 of my set! and I really don't care if they match or not), and 2 little green nosegay holders (I guess that is what you call them (I painted them white in the picture). Oh, the skull I found at the Dollar Tree when I went to a different one with my hubby! Here are pics of my treasure hunt!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Pumpkin Topiary!

I have seen a few pumpkin topiaries and really wanted to make one. I especially liked the 3 tiered ones, but just thought they would be a little too expensive. So, here is my copy cat rendition of one I saw last night on another blog! All materials were on sale at Michaels. I am sure some people may have most of the items on hand, except maybe the pumpkin. I used a styrofoam pumpkin, a dowel rod that I painted brown, a potted flower plant already put together and I just jammed the dowel in the bottom of the pumpkin and inside the potted plant and put the whole thing in a ceramic pot a put the ribbon under the pumpkin (hot glue) and i wrapped more ribbon around the dowel. I stabilized the bottom of the dowel by putting 2 leftover pieces of the cut dowel down in beside the main dowel and wrapped it really tight with the ribbon and added a few leaves (hot glue again!) That is all! Pretty simple. Oh, the goblet is one that I bought for a use in a Tablescape (just did my first one last week!). I bought 4 of them at the Dollar Tree! (I wanted to show my sister-ha ha)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I am going to try it...

Tablescape Thursday that is with Between Naps on the Porch- a blog I came across recently (not sure how I ended up there, but here it goes adding some pictures! ) Tablescape Thursday is a blog event where we can show off our decorated tables- it just seems like so much fun.

Here is my table! I made the runner from an old tablecloth, got the plates, napkins and some of the other decor at Salvation Army. The little jack o lanterns became my napkin rings! (I got a bag of those for .25 at a Fall Festival Flea Market) Beauty doesn't have to be expensive! Even my husband and son have commented (positively) about the table! Oh, did I also mention I got the TABLE at Salvation Army? We had a big heavy brown table and I was just ready for the lightness of a glass table and at the great price I got it for, I can switch up pretty inexpensively.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Blog Reading

I have been enjoying blog reading in the last few days! I admire the creativity on the various subjects I have read about. Lately, I have been reading on tablescapes- very beautiful and inspirational. I usually keep some sort of centerpiece on my dining room table, but this has inspired me to step outside the box. We just got a glass table, so I made a table runner out of an old fall tablecloth and I had bought some brown cloth napkins at Goodwill. I put a little scarecrow in one of those large brandy glass/vases and put 2 tapered candles in 2 cute little glass candleholders from the Dollar Store and I added a couple pumpkins. Even my husband said it looked nice (he usually isn't so moved! Now the challenge is to keep the junk off the table- we tend to throw everything on the table- it is so irritating!

Studio Activity
When my son moved out a few months ago (he is back now!) I made his room into a "studio" (studio just sounds good!) for my sewing and scrapbooking. So, then it just stands to reason, that I must, must, must do something creative a good part of the week. A few weeks ago, I started working on my scrapbook from my birthday (Big 5-0) it is coming along great, I am really pleased with it and I have also made a diaper bag for my daughter/grandson, my grandson's Halloween costume (he is going to be Bam Bam), a quilt and some other stuff for my sister/niece and now I am working on a little Christmas dress for my niece. It is red with little white candy canes on it. I should be done with it tomorrow. She lives in Alaska and they are all coming for a visit in a few weeks, so I thought I better get busy. Gotta use the creativity! I have been using my Michaels and Jo Ann coupons for my fabric and this week the Simplicity patterns are .99- that is the only time I really like to buy my patterns- I can also afford to buy 2 of the same pattern in different sizes or the same if I like it, cause let's face it, patterns aren't the same after one use. I also bought a Sew Beautiful magazine- has some great little patterns in it and was 10% off. I also am interested in what they call Heirloom sewing. The term just sounded interesting, so when I looked into it further, I discovered it means sewing the item (children's clothes mostly) in a style, pattern and embellishments that would be timeless- worthy of heirloomnity! (I am sure that isn't a word) but this is so interesting! The dresses are gorgeous! I bought a pattern today that I think may have heirloom capabilities! The samples I have seen have just sweet little collars and smocking and little touches that are always in style.

Well, that is all I can think of today! If I can figure out how to add pictures to this blog, I will add some of the tablescapes and the little dress.

Do unto someone as you would have them do to you!!!

Nana T