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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tropical Flamingos

I like pink birds and I cannot lie.... (the Sir Mix-A-Lot tune is playing in my head)   Yes, I am addicted to pink flamingos.  The table this week was inspired by the lovely flamingo plates I found at Home Goods earlier this Spring.   I found some gorgeous pink and green shopping bags that I knew would match perfectly to make placemats.  The shopping bag placemat tutorial is on the blog. 

The flamingo wine glasses were found at Marshalls earlier this Summer. 

The flamingo is from Orchard Garden Center. 

I made the pom pom/popcorn stitch napkin rings and the placemates.   The flamingo glasses are from Marshalls.   The napkins are bandannas and were found at Walmart. 

Flamingo bandannas work great as napkins. 
Seaside, coastal feel server.  The mercury glass spheres are from the Valerie Parr Hill collection at QVC.   The glass floats were found at Home Goods.  

I found the pretty flamingo serving platter at Home Goods. 

The illuminated mercury glass spheres are so pretty at night with the lights turned low. 

Overhead view of the shopping bag placemats. 

Overhead view of the completed table. 

Overhead view of the stack. 

I used a shopping bag to make the placemats.  You can check out the tutorial with detailed instructions on the blog. 

The plate stack starts with the shopping bag placemat, the hot pink scalloped edge dinner plate, mint green dinner plate and topped with the tropical flamingo salad purchased at Home Goods. 


This post is linked to the following parties:
465th Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday's Favorite Things - Katherines Corner
Home & Garden Thursday #278 - A Delightsome LIfe
Vintage Charm #96 - Our Hopeful Home
Grace at Home #262 - Imparting Grace
Home Sweet Home #336 - The Charm of Home
Home Matters Linky Party #149 - Life with Lorelai
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - How Sweet the Sound

Shopping Bag Placemat Tutorial

Earlier this Spring I picked up several Lilly Pulitzer reusable tote bags at Home Goods.   I really purchased them to use as gift bags and tote grocery items, but they were too pretty for the trunk of the car. 

My brain is a crafting "how to"  Pinterest page running 24/7.   One day (or middle of the night) it hit me that I could use these beautiful bags as placemats on a tablescape.  Now this meant cutting up these beauties so I was a bit apprehensive to destroy the bags.  

I was shopping for tabletop items in Ross (yes I do find some great buys on table lines and accessories in the dress store). While waiting in the checkout line I spotted theses beautiful flamingo and mint green striped bags that I used below.   They were .99 cents each so I pick up two to use in my test project.  If it failed I would only be out a couple of bucks and not cut up the pretty Lilly bags.   My first thought was to use a nice pink ball fringe on the edge of the bag, but I had no luck finding the perfect color of pink that would match the bag.  I decided to try a crochet a trim on the edge.   I originally tried a shell crochet trim, but it didn't pop enough for me so I searched crochet trims on Pinterest.  I loved the pattern I found and they way the placemats turned out.    If you cannot crochet you can also use the ball fringe trim, ric rac or ribbon on the edge.      

These placemats would also be great to use on your outdoor tables.   They also can be clean with a damp cloth if needed.  

Start with your shopping bag. 

Cut the bag in half. 

Use a regular size charger plate to draw off the pattern to cut out. You could also make them square or rectangular.  

You will need yarn, crochet hooks and a large upholstery needle. 

Carefully punch holes about 1/4 inch apart along the edge of the bag with the upholstery needle.  You will use a smaller gauge crochet hook to do the first stitching around the circle.  

I found the pom pom trim / popcorn stitch on Pinterest.  It was on the Once Upon a Pink Moon blog.   

The first round with a chain stitch. 

I also made napkin rings to match the placemats using the pom pom/popcorn stitch. 

Overhead view of the placemats. 

Overhead view of the completed tablescape. 

My Tropical Flamingos tablescape using the shopping bag placemats.   I purchased the flamingo plates at Home Goods earlier this Spring so I knew these bags would be perfect to use with these plates.  

I haven't completed the Lilly Pulitzer shopping bag placemats yet, but they will be coming soon.  I plan on using white pom pom ball fringe on those bags.   I have purchased several other shopping bags to make placemats and I'm going to attempt a table runner with a couple of the bags.  You could also make them square or rectangular shaped.  


This post is linked to the following parties:
Thursday's Favorite Things - Katherines Corner
Home & Garden Thursday #278 - A Delightsome Life
Vintage Charm #96 - Our Hopeful Home
Grace at Home #262 - Imparting Grace
Home Sweet Home #336 - The Charm of Home
Home Matters Linky Party #149 - Life with Lorelai
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Under the Sea

My inspiration for the table this week started with these cute sea life salad plates I found at Walmart a couple months ago.   I live by the sea here in South Florida, but rarely decorate my home with beach themed items.  My style is more Old World, Mizner Mediterranean decor, but it's fun to gather the few of the "beachy" items I have and mix them in with other pieces during the dog days of Summer.   

I added a few wooden tropical fish to the faux coral in the center of the table.    I placed the coral on top of a decorative shell ring. 

I purchased the coral print napkins several years ago at Beals.  The beaded red coral napkin rings are from Pier One this season.   

The Lilly Pulitzer wine charms were a "gift with purchase" a few weeks ago while shopping at the Lilly Pulitzer store in Boca.  

My friend Erin gave me these cute starfish candles a few years ago.   She picked them up on a trip to the British Virgin Islands.  

I kept the mercury glass spheres on the server that I used on my last tablescape.   I added the two coral theme plates that I purchased at Home Goods a few years ago along with a couple mercury glass starfish from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection.  The candlesticks are also VPH.   I purchased the two battery operated illuminated mirrored glass red lanterns a couple weeks ago to use at Christmas.  I think they were with the red coral in the plates. They are currently in stock at QVC and come in a variety of colors.  The glass spheres and lanterns are so pretty at night.   

The Better Homes and Gardens Melamine Sealife salad plates are from Walmart and purchased this season.  

The turquoise wine glasses are from Dollar Tree a couple years ago.   I purchased the aqua Mainstays 48-Piece Flatware Set at Walmart a couple weeks ago.   I'm sure this set will get a lot of use on my future tables.  

The plate stack starts with a solid orange woven placemat.  I topped it with the natural open weave placemat.   The turquoise dinner plates were a thrift store purchase.  I topped the dinner the open edge Valerie Parr Hill plates that were from my Mom's collection.   The top plate is the BHG Sealife salad plate. 

The Better Homes and Gardens Multi-Stripe tablecloth was also purchased at Walmart last week.   It's currently on sale via their website.  

Overhead view. 

Thank you for visiting!  


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