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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Woodlands

While most of the country is freezing and covered with snow and ice we are waiting on Winter to arrive in South Florida.  We've had a few cold nights over the last few weeks, but so far I haven't needed to turn the heat on.   I must admit, I did use it in my car on the way to the office a couple weeks ago.   A friend near Dayton Ohio posted fabulous pictures of snow this past weekend that included beautiful cardinals playing in the snow.   I planned the table this week around the deer plates found at Wally World during the holiday.  They are Christmas plates, but I feel they also work on the Winter table. 

Cardinals on the snow frosted twig tree branches in the center of the table. 

The place setting. 

I purchased these little feathered beauties at AC Moore several years ago.  

The illuminated glitter twig trees are part of the Valerie Parr Hill collection. 

I used Valerie's illuminated mercury glass cardinal icons at the base of the twig trees.  I placed a small white boa under the the cardinals to simulate snow. 

The cardinal coasters are from HomeGoods. 

The Mossy Oak Deer Frost flatware is available at Amazon.  

I made the wood slice napkin rings a couple years ago.  You can see the instructions here

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with the Ralph Lauren RL Winter Night tablecloth with berries and snowflakes on a blue background. I found the tablecloth at HomeGoods.  I used a wooden plank look charger from Michael's.   The dinner plates are from Pier1 years ago.   The top plate is part of the Better Homes & Gardens Heritage Collection.   

Up close shot of the tablecloth.  The pretty blue doesn't show so well in pictures.  

I hope this collection is available next season so I can pick up the matching dinner plates.  

Everything on the server is from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection at QVC.   

Overhead low light picture of the table. 

This table is so pretty at night.   The twig trees have the right amount of light and glitter to give you that glistening snow feel. 


This post is linked to the following parties:
537th Tablescape Thursday -Between Naps on the Porch
Home & Garden Thursday #155 - A Delightsome Life
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #236 - Life and Linda
Amaze Me Monday #298 - Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Make It Pretty Monday Week 281 - The Dedicated House
The Scoop #361 - Confessions of a Plate Addict
Celebrate Your Story #164 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
485th Inspire Me Tuesday- A Stroll Thru Life

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Hello 2019

Happy New Year!   I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday!  Do you make resolutions?   I do, but usually blow it within the first week.   I think the most popular resolution is to shed a few pounds.  I have enjoyed way too many "sweet treats" over the last two months so I know I need to shed a few.   I do  need to exercise more and get the body moving more than just walking the dog twice daily.  I'm not big on gyms so I need to find something I can do at home plus brisk walks without Cooper.   I love our walks, but he's a sniffer so it's not a steady walk.  The biggest item on my resolution list is to organize my tablescape items.  I have more plates,  glasses, napkins, napkin rings and tablecloths than I can count.  Most items are easily accessible, but every now and then I cannot find something that I need for a table. I have a storage unit where I store all of my accessories and holiday decor and thank goodness everything inventoried, labeled and easily accessible.  Hopefully once a little better organized  table styling will flow  much easier in 2019. 
New Year's Eve tablescape. 

I used several Valerie Parr Hill items in the center of the table.  The 11" illuminated clear glass drop hurricane is stunning at night.  I added two of her 13" mercury glass accent lamps on the each side of the hurricane.  The two smaller illuminated faceted gem hurricanes between the large hurricane and the accent lamps.  I added  one of Valerie's gold glittered leaf maiden hair candle  rings under the large hurricane. 

The napkin rings are from Z Gallerie. 

I used gold glittered bottle brush trees as place card holders. 

The black crystal champagne flutes are from HomeGoods. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The stack starts with a black tablecloth.  The high gloss gold chargers are from HomeGoods.   The Courtly Check dinner plate is by MacKenzie Childs.  The gold and white salad plate is from HomeGoods this season.  The clock appetizer plates are by 222 Fifth and the pattern is  Time Will Tell.  

The gold and silver illuminated finials are by Valerie Parr Hill.  The silver finials are currently on sale at QVC and available in several colors.  (I just ordered the blue for my Easter/Spring/Beach tables)  
I used 2 silver glitter leaf garlands by Valerie Parr Hill and a gold magnolia leaf garland from the Lisa Robertson Collection.  I added in a gold spiral glitter ribbon by Valerie. 

My dog Cooper and I rang in the New Year with some bubbly and appetizers at our very sparkly table.  

Have a Happy New Year!  

Catherine and Cooper

Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmas Carolers

It's hard to believe this will be the last post of 2018.  I am running a little behind on posting my last Christmas tablescape of the season.  I worked Christmas Day, but I was able to enjoy a nice dinner at the table on Christmas Eve.   The table is a collection of Dickens Carolers and cardinals.  

I mixed my formal Christmas china with dark brown woven chargers and tartan plates I found while thrifting years ago.  They have musical instruments in the center which works nice with the music theme this week. 

I used  a mercury glass kaleidoscope light show tree from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection in the centerpiece.   I placed one of her red glistening berry candle rings under the tree and added in some fresh greenery. 

I used two illuminated mercury glass cardinal holiday icons from Valerie's collection.   The crystal Godinger knife rest are from Amazon. 

I placed one of Valerie's handpainted glass cardinal spheres on top of her lit quilted mercury glass pedestal.  The spheres pictured are no longer in stock, but the link will take you to a similar design. I used one of her white glistening berry and leaves candle rings under the sphere. 

I used preserved boxwood wreaths on the back of the chairs.  The red velvet ribbons are old and tattered, but they were made by my late Mother over 30 years ago.   

The cardinal napkin rings are by Lenox. 

The hand painted cardinal glasses are from Stein Mart years ago. 

Cardinal place cards.

Overhead view of the table. 

The stack starts with the pretty Christmas cardinal tablecloth found at HomeGoods this season.  The woven charger plates are currently in store at Dollar Tree.   The Christmas china was a gift from my Mom many years ago.  The tartan top plate is Sasaki by Charles Roberts.  I only have three of the set of four.  Hopefully I will find the single plate that I'm missing on eBay.  

This entire collection started with the purchase of the lamp post to use on my Mardi Gras table.  The next time Valerie was on QVC she showed the family of 4 Dickens Victorian Carolers  on a piano.  Eventually I will move back to my family home which holds a beautiful piano gifted to my Mom from my Dad in the early 60's.   I know they will be perfect to display at Christmas atop her piano.    

I used two of Valerie's mercury glass accent lamps on each end of the server.  I also used cardianl figurines with holly accents on the bookcases.   The magnolia garland is also party of Valerie's collection. 


This post is linked to the following parties:
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #233 - Life and Linda
Celebrate Your Story! #160 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
534th Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop #358 - Confessions of a Plate Addict