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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Cardinals

My table this week  celebrates my late Mom's birthday week.   She loved cardinals.  Growing up in North Carolina we were able to enjoy their beauty year round.   They really do stand out in the Winter on leafless trees and on snow covered branches.  Mom had several bird feeders near the house so she could enjoy their beauty from indoors on cold Winter days.   It's rare to see them here in South Florida, but I think of her each time I see one.    Each time I see one I know she is coming to pay me a visit and to let me know she's watching over me. 


Winter Cardinals tablescape. 

I love this table when the lights are low. 







The centerpiece items are from QVC.  I have listed the item information below. 

It's so pretty in low light. 

The set of 3 handpainted illuminated glass spheres and the cascading pearl candle rings are part of the Valerie Parr Hill Collection on QVC.   I also used her set of 3 illuminated mercury silver glass pedestals and placed them on of her 12" square beveled mirror centerpiece.  There is a better picture of the mirrored piece below. 


I added a few cardinals to the white feathered boa. 

Place cards that I made last year using 3D cardinal stickers found at AC Moore. 

The napkin rings are by Lenox.   They are part of the Winter Greetings collection.  I found these at Tuesday Morning a few years ago. 


I found the red cut glass goblets at a local thrift store in Boca Raton this past Summer.  

Here is the 12" square beveled mirror centerpice by Valerie Parr Hill.  This piece is currently in stock at QVC.   She also offers a rectangular piece that matches.  The bottom is also lined to protect your table top. Valerie celebrated her 25th year at QVC this week and she has so many pretty items for Spring.    You'll be seeing a few of them here in a couple of months. 


Birdseye view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with Winter cardinal themed fabric charger plate covers I made last year.   The white dinner plate is made by Norcal LDA and was made in Portugal.  They were purchased last month at HomeGoods.  The Wexford Red plaid dinner plate is made by 222 Fifth and is also from HomeGoods this season.  The white basket weave edge salad has been in my collection for several years.   The Lenox Winter Greetings salad plates were purchased many years ago.   Replacements, Ltd. list them on their website, but they are currently out of stock.   

I made the fabric charger plate covers last year.  I found this fabric at Walmart and the entire yard cost $1.00.  
The plate stack. 

I used 5 illuminated glitter wax trees and 3 illuminated glistening wax trees on the server.  They are from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection at QVC.  The trees are on timers so they are lit each night by the time I arrive home from the office. 

The mercury glass clip on cardinals are also part of Valerie's Christmas ornament collection this past year.    The two wax cardinals in the front light up.  I've had these for several years. 

The server is really pretty with the lights down low. 

This is my Mom.  Sadly she passed away at the young age of 68 10 years ago just a few days before her birthday.  

This picture was made in the early 90's.   She was getting ready to board the corporate aircraft that I flew for a drug company in Raleigh-Durham.   

Catherine

This post is linked to the following parties: 
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Tablescapes Showcase

The post this week showcases the 2017 tablescapes. My goal was 52 tables, but I fell short due to the Hurricane Irma evacuation in September and the sudden illness and loss of my Dad.    I created 41 tables this year and I really enjoyed designing and styling each one.   It's hard for me to pick a  favorite as I love each one.   It makes me happy to walk in the dining area each day and see a pretty table.  I also use my table for breakfast and dinner each day so I really get to enjoy each creation.   I look forward to designing more tables in 2018.   I'm already planning the Winter Olympic Games, World Cup and the Royal Wedding table.   2018 is going to be a fun year of special and eclectic tables.  

Enjoy the review and please stop in for a visit in 2018. 


Featured tables in 2017
The tables above were featured on several tablescape link parties this past year.  It's a great honor to have others appreciate your creations and designs.   

The top three post of 2017

Red Right Return & Hurricane Irma had the most visit with 1,498 views. Within a few hours of posting this one at the end of September I had over 1,000 views.  For a moment I thought I had been hacked.   The place mats were made using a very popular Lilly Pulitzer print.  I shared the link on the Styling My Lilly Facebook page and it was very popular.  Sadly I was only able to enjoy this table for two days.  I put it up on a Sunday and by Tuesday I was taking it down in order to prep for Hurricane Irma and evacuation.  I will restyle it and use it again this coming year and hopefully no more hurricane visits this time. 

Winter Blues came in second with 568 visits.  This table was also featured on the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party  and the Make it Pretty Monday Link Party I love a blue and white theme tablescape. 
The Inauguration Dinner Party table came in third with 542 visits.  I enjoyed designing this table.  It was fun pulling our my wedding china and fine crystal for this one.   I am already planning the next one in three years and collecting items to use on the table.
The most comments 
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? was the first table in 2017 and it had the most comments of any of the blogs this past year.  It was a fun and simple little table that was inspired by several friends sending me pictures of similar tables. 
 Below are the 41 tables posted this past year. 
Jan - Mar 2017 

Apr - Jun 2017 

Jul - Sep 2017

Oct - Dec 2017 

Thank you to each and everyone of you that visited,  commented  and featured my post this past year.  I hope to connect with you again in 2018!  


Catherine 

This post is linked to the following parties: 
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bling in the New Year

Where in the heck did 2017 go?    I always look forward to a new year and a fresh start.  My dog Cooper is not a fan of the fireworks that will blast off in our neighborhood so I will spend it at home with my best friend glued to my side.   I will enjoy a nice bottle of chilled champagne and  dinner along with some fun party foods to eat while watching Anderson Cooper on CNN.   This year Anderson  has another one of my favorites as his sidekick.   Andy Cohen from the Bravo Network will join him in Times Square to ring in 2018.   I'm sure they will have lots of fun and hopefully not freeze to death in the extreme cold temps expected Sunday night in New York City.   My friend Karen named the post this week after seeing all the "bling" on the table.  It's very shiny and sparkly and very pretty at night.      






The gold illuminated finials and the set of three sparking diamond ice trees in the centerpiece are part of the Valerie Parr Hill collection from QVC.  I used a white feathered boa that I purchased from Amazon around the finials and trees. 


The black cut glass flutes are from HomeGoods earlier this year. 

Yes, Cooper has his own place card at every table.  He's always by my side waiting for something to nibble on while I have dinner. 

The napkin rings are from Z Gallerie and are currently on sale in store and online.  




I used a gold wreath with a top hat on the server.  The 5 illuminated glittler wax trees , the illuminated faceted gem hurricanes with microlights, round mirror with faceted glass accents and champagne glittered leaf candle rings are from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection on QVC.   The gold and silver metallic orchids are from Z Gallerie a few years ago.   

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with the black sequin charger plate, glass plates that I made with  clock pattern paper a few years ago, black salad plates and a smaller clock plate. 

The charger plate covers are made from a long black sequin skirt that I wore once many years ago.   It was just hanging in my closet with no place to go so I decided to cut it up and make charger plate covers.   I love the sparkle! 





Cooper's ready for the party! 


I wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!   
Catherine

This post is linked to the following blog parties: 
483rd Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday's Favorite Things - Katherines Corner
Wow Us Wednesdays #368 - Savvy Southern Style
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Home Sweet Home# 351 - The Charm of Home
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