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Sunday, August 12, 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons....

When life gives you lemons, you make a tablescape.   I've taken a few weeks off from my table designing, but I'm back.  At the end of June I faced a job layoff, but luckily I found a new job in the same field in three days.   I must say the layoff wasn't a shock as I was aware my company was having some major financial struggles.  They say "when one door closes, another one opens" and I am fortunate to have a friend that was in need of someone with experience in my field.   My new company is a year old and growing which is very exciting.   Even though I have been doing the same type of work for over 12 years now there is still so many new things to learn.  My poor brain is exhausted at the end of each day, but my creativity is quickly returning full speed.  I guess you could say life dealt me a few lemons, but I made lemonade and kept going.  






The lemon cone topiary is from the Valerie Parr Hill collection.  I used three olive branches to make a ring to fit around the base of the topiary.   The olive branches are from Southern With Grace. 

The mini topiary's in small clay pots are from Southern With Grace.  The have a live Facebook sale each Tuesday night at 7PM Eastern time.   They offer great price and shipping rates.  They specialize in mostly farm house chic items, but also have a variety of eclectic items that can be used with any decor. 


The lemon napkin rings are from Sur la Table last Summer. 


Overhead view of the table.

I used a country French feel tablecloth that I've had for many years.  

The lemon-sunflower dishes normally hang on the wall in the dining area.  I love the brilliant cobalt blue and yellow combination. 

The server.  

I filled a chicken wire cloche with lemons to use on the bookcase beside the server.  The harlequin design pot with greenery is from Tuesday Morning. 

The circular lantern is from Lisa Robertson.  She offered these in white a couple weeks ago.   I'm not sure she will stock the black again or not this season.  The glass on each side is also removable.  Kirkland's offered the black and white on their website awhile back, but I'm not sure if they are available now.  The lemons in assorted sizes and the faux ivy candle rings are also from Lisa Robertson.  Lisa has a Facebook live chat each Sunday night at 7PM Eastern showing the items coming up on her website each week.  She also offers fabulous jewelry pieces, clothing and other accessories.  


The galvanized lantern and boxwood wreath are from Southern With Grace. 

The cobalt blue vases are antique and a gift from my Mom. 


I think it's time for a ice cold glass of lemonade. 

Catherine 

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10 comments:

  1. Such a fun and bright tablescape. I love the bright bright yellow! Congrats on finding a new job so fast, sounds like it is keeping you on your toes. I always loved jobs like that. The day goes by so fast!

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    1. Thank you Christine. I work with private jet charters. It's nonstop all the time. I'm getting settled in now so hopefully will be back to normal very soon.

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  2. Catherine, I've missed your posts, and am glad to know you were able to find another job so quickly. I love the cobalt blue and yellow - so French, so summery! Enjoy the rest of the summer, we'll be doing holiday tables before we know it.

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    1. Thank you Joy. We need to find each other on Facebook in order to stay in touch. I hope to get back to my normal pace soon. I just received several new Fall and Christmas items from Valerie Parr Hill's collection yesterday. I'm ready to start decorating for Fall now. :)

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  3. So beautiful Catherine. Love the blue with the yellow. Lemons are a favorite of mine. This plates are so gorgeous. You always set a lovely table. So happy to hear, you found another job. Kudos to you. Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing your pretty lemon table at Dishing It and Digging It.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. I love blue and yellow together. This was a fun table to pull together. Thank you for hosting Dishing It & Digging It.

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  4. What a terrific theme especially after the job change. I do love cobalt blue and yellow together too. When my son was married that was the color theme using sunflowers for the yellow. Those are fantastic dishes- the pattern and color are striking! I enjoyed the cute vignettes with the lemons!

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    1. Thank you so much Liz. It is a fun and colorful Summer table.

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  5. I love decorating with lemons, too, and I actually have that wire cloche! Seeing lemons always makes me happy. So glad that you got a new job so quickly. I'm sure you'll do great!Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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    1. Thank you so much Kathleen. Lemons make me happy too. I've been drinking lots of ice cold lemonade this Summer.

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