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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Carolina Cardinal Christmas


The table this week celebrates my home state bird the northern cardinal.   Growing up in North Carolina it was a common bird to see year round.   It was my Mother's favorite bird and she loved receiving gifts with a cardinal on it.  I think of my late Mother each time I see a cardinal.  We do have them in South Florida, but it's rare to spot one in my area.   Each time one flutters by I know she is thinking of me.  
Carolina Cardinal Christmas tablescape. 
Christmas place setting.

The white trees in the centerpiece are from the Valerie Parr Hill QVC Collection  The are illuminated glistening wax and are battery operated with a 5 hour timer.    They are new this season and are currently on sale at QVC. They would make a great display for a Winterscape.  I will be using them again in a few weeks on my snowflake/Winter table. 

I made the place cards using card stock and these cute little cardinal stickers.   I purchased the stickers last year after Christmas.

Birds eye view of the table. 

The cardinal napkin rings are by Lenox and were purchased a few years ago at Tuesday Morning.   The salt & pepper was purchased a few years ago at Walmart. 


The cardinal glasses are from Stein Mart many years ago. My Mother always had a family Christmas morning breakfast so I purchased eight for her and four for me.   They are hand painted so I'm very careful when I use them each season.   I made the wine charms years ago. 

I found this fabric for the charger plate covers while on vacation in North Carolina this Summer.   I cannot remember the source, but it was on clearance and the yard was only $1.00. 

The stack starts with the cardinal fabric charger plate cover, my Christmas china dinner plate and Lenox Winter Greetings salad plates.  My Mother gave me the Christmas china service for eight 20 plus years ago when I had a rather large family.  I purchased the Lenox plates from QVC a few years ago.      



I had time for a little fast craft project.  I found this idea on Pinterest. 
I'm sure we all have small broken pieces from garland, trees etc laying around or the real thing and wine corks.   Who doesn't have wine corks?  I always keep mine for projects. 

Use a knife to cut the cork in to twos. 

I used a corkscrew to screw in a new hole on the end where I cut. I wanted to use the flat end of the cork so the little tree would stand.

Once you have the hole made insert a small 1 inch piece of the garland or real greenery. 

The finished trees work nice in my centerpiece and I'm sure I will find more uses for them throughout the Winter season. 
Cooper and I took a drive to Petco yesterday for his annual photo with Santa Paws.   On the ride home we stopped by a neighbours home and made a few pictures with their Christmas display.  

Cooper with Santa Paws.  I'm not sure if he was praying or taking a nap.  

Heading off to see Santa Paws in the hot 85 degree weather here in South Florida. 

Merry Christmas!


Catherine and Cooper 
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16 comments:

  1. Thank you for the link to the Lighted Trees, I have been looking for trees to use for Christmas and Winter and these are perfect. I really enjoy your blog. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you Linda. The trees are fabulous! I believe they are less than $22.00 on clearance now and that is for all three. I love Valerie's collection and have several of her items. Have a Merry Christmas.
      Catherine

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  2. Cooper is such a cutie! (Which has nothing to do with the tablescape, but I had to start out with that.) I really like this table setting, I do love cardinals and especially at Christmas. My maternal grandmother always had a table-top tree decorated with tiny red balls (I have the ones that survived!) and little cardinals. I always put one on my tree along with the tiny red balls, in her memory. Plus my daughter and granddaughter just gave me an ornament that features several birds, one of which is a cardinal, so it's going front and center on my tree this year.
    I haven't been able to get all my Christmas china out this year but I have a few pieces of the BHG salad plates and a few plaid plates (found at Home Goods recently) so am going to set my table tonight! I enjoyed seeing yours for inspiration.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you Joy and Cooper thanks you too! Cardinals are so pretty and I know you cherish the ones passed down from your grandmother. Please share your tablescape with me once you have it completed. I would love to see it and I know it will be beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  3. Love, Love, Love the cardinal tablescape!! So pretty. Did you ever hear the saying that when you see a cardinal it is a loved one that has passed on watching over you???
    Thanks so much for visiting!!
    Love the Santa photos too with your fur baby!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you Debbie. Yes, I've heard that saying before and I really do think of my Mom every time I see one. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  4. Love your cardinals! I have done a tablescape with those a couple of years ago. Really wish I had those pretty napkin rings. Everything is beautiful. Merry Christmas! (I am a North Carolinian too, living in Clemmons).

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    1. Thank you Darlene! All of my family live in Welcome (just South of Winston-Salem). I have lots of friends and distant family that live in Clemmons! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  5. What a beautiful cardinal tablescape! I love your mix of patterns in your chargers and plaid tablecloth. Gorgeous! The wine cork tree and the cardinal place cards are such a cute ideas. Every detail that you added is so stunning. It truly makes for a great Christmas and winter tablescape. Love your sweet doggie too. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  6. Very lovely. Love the red and green and the cardinals.

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    1. Thank you Donna! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  7. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you and Happy New Year to you!

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  8. I live in Georgia near Atlanta and we have lots of cardinals. My oldest daughter loves them too. She flipped over all the cardinals in your tablescape. Thank you so much for sharing very special tablescape with us at Vintage Charm.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I'm sure you do have lots of beautiful cardinals in the ATL area. I wish we had more down this way. Have a Happy New Year!

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