Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Tablescape Toile and Tin

Christmas is coming!  Fast this year!
Since Thanksgiving was so late.  We have officially put away all the pumpkins and started our Christmas Decorating.  I was excited to start with this table for Chloe Crabtree's Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop.  This hop starts today and runs through Friday, featuring 23 different Christmas Tables throughout the week.  I will have the links to all of the wonderful bloggers that are participating at the end of this post.
My table is full of Toile inspiration and galvanized metal pieces.  I decided to just call it tin, even though my Metallurgical husband says it technically isn't tin - it is probably more zinc! and my table cloth and dishes are technically not Toile but it reminded me of a toile pattern -  but I used all this just for a nice title to my post!!
 The base of my table is an April Cornell print Tablecloth.  I had just been working with some Toile paper - as you can see in my last post here - so this tablecloth just called out to me in HomeGoods.
That same trip into HomeGoods, these three galvanized trees were screaming- take me home -too! 
I started visualizing this table at that moment when the tablecloth met the trees in my cart.
They were now on their way home to see if the dishes I had purchased at Marshall's several weeks prior would all go together.  I knew I would need a bit of a buffer between the busy tablecloth and the patterned rimmed dishes - so that is where the red stitched edge placemats and the wide rimmed galvanized chargers came into play.
A bell tops off the placesetting with a big red bow and some sprigs of greenery.
Some candles and greenery flanking my trees to make a runner as my centerpiece finished off the table.
Here are the links to all of the blogs participating in this weeks hop.  I hope you get a chance
to visit these wonderful bloggers for more inspiration. 


The Painted Apron | Calypso in the Country | Life and Linda | White Arrows Home



I will be updating these links each day as their post comes up, so check back each day.
Now, It is on to putting up the trees!
I hope you enjoy decorating for this Christmas Season as much as I do!

tablecloth & napkins - April Cornell- HomeGoods
red placemats & galvanized trees - Homegoods
galvanized chargers - Joann Fabrics several years ago
dishes - Marshalls 
bells - Hobby Lobby
flatware - quite a few years ago - World Market
napkin rings - Target
stemware - years ago at Marshalls

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Toile Tidings with Boughs and Bells

I am participating in the Stampin' Dreams Blog hop with some pretty packages adored with Christmas boughs and bells today!
 Coming to you from the United States, I am sharing this collection of packages and a card made with the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper.
I love this toile paper and (in case you can't tell) I am in love with this Real Red 1" rushed ribbon! This ribbon makes such a pretty full bow, it will make any gift look gorgeous.
 I have used the Toile Tidings Wrapping paper, Bells are Ringing Bundle and that beautiful rouched ribbon on the first package.  You can barely see the details on these bells but the green parts were stamped with Garden Green and the grey parts are colored with my Stampin' Blends.
For the second package -  it is the Toile Tidings Wrapping paper again, the Detailed Bells Dies and then added some boughs form the Beautiful Boughs Dies.
 These two little packages are fun to make.  The taller one in the back is an Acetate Box cut in half.  I filled it with assorted chocolates and added a flap with the Toile Tidings DSP to close up the open end. Then tied it up with a pretty red bow, added some boughs and the large gold jingle bell from the Detailed Bells Dies.

The  Mini Curvey Keepsake Box die has quickly become one of my favorites.  It is just big enough to fit 3 Dove chocolates inside. The check paper is again from the Toile Tidings DSP and I embellished this mini package with the small gold jingle bell from eh Detailed Bells Dies and the Gold Ribbon from the Christmas Time is here Suite that is not in the Holiday Catalog but can be found here.
Lastly, is my Christmas Card made with the Toile Tidings DSP, Beautiful Boughs Dies, the Heirloom Frames Dies & 3D Embossing Folders and the Garden Green 3/8" Double Stitched Ribbon.
I did this all just for one of our team members - Bonnie.  She did not like this Toile Tidings Suite because it featured the big Cardinal - She has a thing against birds!!  No worries, Bonnie - I didn't use the bird!! and I think even she will agree that this paper has an old fashioned Christmas vibe to it that takes you back in time.
I hope you enjoyed these packages as much as I enjoyed putting them together!

Please take a look at all of the other Christmas ideas that the rest of the Hop has to offer!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thanksgiving Tablescape, Gather Together

I truly have a lot to be thankful for as we come upon this Thanksgiving holiday.
I am joining a wonderful group of table stylist for a Thanksgiving Tablescape Hop this week.  Chloe Crabtree, from Celebrate & Decorate, has gathered 24 talented women together to show off our versions of a Thanksgiving Table.  I hope you enjoy taking a peek at all the tables, the links will be at the end of my post and will be updated throughout the week.

We will not be having our family Thanksgiving feast at our house,
That is one thing I am thankful for!!!  I don't have to do all of the cooking and cleaning!
We will be celebrating at my sister's house.  
So I just set a small table for us to enjoy.
This is a bit of a departure from my usual pattern ridden tables.  I opted for something a bit simpler for Thanksgiving.
But did you notice - I still managed to get just a tiny
 bit of plaid in on this one?
I had a hard time with the lighting on this table - it wasn't the brightest day outside, plus now the daylight hours are so short. But on the flip side - Hallmark movies are in full swing!
I am addicted to them - yes, I play the Hallmark fantasy game!!   Everyone else in my family is talking football.  I enjoy my fantasy Hallmark league much better than my fantasy football team.
As promised - here are the links to all of the other bloggers participating in the hop this week.



I look forward to gathering with my family to celebrate all of the years blessings this Thanksgiving.

Placemats and Wheat Plates - Pier 1,  two weeks ago
Chargers - Michaels a couple weeks ago
Round Wood serving pieces - Target two weeks ago
 Napkins - on clearance last year after Christmas at Dutch Valley Barn in Sugar Creek 
Flatware - Ikea several years ago
Stemware - Marshals - many years ago
Ribbon, check paper and stamp - Stampin' Up! 
and yep- that is real bread!!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wine Bottle Wrap - Stampin' Up! 3-D Project Hop

Welcome to October Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop,  I am Ann Krucek, happy to be blogging from the United States of America.  This month's theme is 3-D Stampin' Up! projects.
I am sharing my Wine Bottle Wraps as my project for this hop! 
Those of you who saw my last post, saw the table I did for Halloween with the Eat, Drink and be Scary bottle.  I did up two more in Christmas themes, but these are super simple and can be done for any occasion and bottle of liquor!!  
The lacing on these bottle wraps is what sets them apart a bit from just a bottle tag.

For the Halloween wrap - I used 
Whisper White cardstock -  4 1/2"  X  9"
Basic Black cardstock -   3 strips    3/4" X 9"  
I spaced out the black cardstock as stripes and adhered it to the white cardstock with liquid glue.
The Spooktacular Bash bundle was used make the little Eat, Drink and Be Scary - with a basic black scroll frame cut from the Ornate Frames Dies and a Whisper White sentiment stamped with black ink and adhered with liquid glue.  I wrapped this around the bottle as the glue was drying, holding the sentiment in place with the edges down to fit the rounded shape of the bottle. Once that was dry - it doesn't take to long, I punched three holes on each side in the black stripe and then laced it up with approximately 30" of Basic Black 3/8" scalloped edge Ribbon.

Each of these vary just slightly depending on the size of the bottle.  I like it two wrap around so that it covers the labels but still leaves a small gap for your lacing.

For the Wine Bottle Wrap with Eat, Drink and Have a Merry Christmas - I used:
Sahara Sand cardstock -   4 3/4"  X 9 1/2" 
Merry Merlot cardstock   4 1/2 "  X  9 1/2"
30" of Ribbon
From the Sip Sip Hooray Bundle I used the dotted die along both edges of the Merry Merlot piece and then adhered it with liquid glue to the Sahara Sand piece with a small border on both top and bottom.  I cut a circle of Sahara Sand - stamped it with the Swirly Frames just to give a little border to the circle, the sentiment is from the Cheers To That stamp set -   and also randomly stamped some of the dots  the Sip Sip Hooray Stamp - All in Merry Merlot ink.  With black ink I stamped two wine glasses and cut with them out with the coordinating dies.  I used my Stampin' Blends to color in a little wine in the glasses.  All this was adhered with liquid glue and again, held by cupping my hand around the curve of the bottle so that the edges stick down.  I three holes on each side making sure that they were punched in deep enough on the sections that there were two layers of cardstock.
The ribbon I used was  the Crumb Cake ribbon with a satin edge from the Come To Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, it is gorgeous ribbon to work with.

My big tip for these wraps is that you have two layers of paper at the point of where you lace up your wrap, one layer being cardstock.  This is so that the laces don't just pull out of the holes you have punched.  Also, make sure your holes are approximately 3/8" from the edge, again- so that the holes don't just rip out.

The Cheers Bottle I used:
Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper
The navy and copper geometric design paper - 5 1/4" X 9 1/4"
The navy and copper star paper - 2 1/2" X 9 1/4"
A scrap of Night of Navy to cut rectangle of 1 5/8" X 3 1/2"
and 2 strips of Night of Navy cardstock - 5 1/4 X 1"
a small piece of the Copper Foil paper to cut the word Cheers
30" of Ribbon
I adhered the two pieces of DSP with liquid glue centering the smaller piece on the bigger piece - on this wrap - since it was two pieces of DSP - I added the two strips of card stock to the back - so that when I punched the holes in the edge it would not rip out.  This photo shows the back and the 1" card stock strips added to the edges.

Then I adhered the rectangle, and finally the word Cheers with liquid glue and cupped it with my hand around the bottle until the edges were good and stuck.
I laced this up with the 1/2" Classic Weave Ribbon with the words Merry Christmas printed in copper that is in the Christmas Gleaming Suite.
I think this one is my favorite so far!!

As you can see in the photos - I used a bottle of liquor for the last  one, you can do this to just about any bottle and with lacing it up - it is a bit forgiving if the bottle is slightly tapered.
These wraps look great if you want to try to match the bottle up with your table setting as well as giving them as a gift.
We have sentiments and paper for every holiday!
I will be making one for Thanksgiving when I head over to my sister's house.  How about one for a new neighbor as a welcome to the neighborhood using the From Our House to Yours stamp set.
The possibilities are endless!!

I hope you enjoyed this simple project and get some use out of the idea for the upcoming holidays!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Halloween Vampire Table

Get out your garlic!!  It is time to ward off the vampires!
Although, I don't think my little vampire guys are enough to frighten anyone!
At least I hope not to scare anyone away this week because we are celebrating Halloween with Chloe Crabtree's Halloween Tablescape Hop all week long. 

 There will be plenty of wickedly fun decor to cackle over with all of the talented table stylists brewing up their spooky tricks.  All of the links for this weeks hop will be listed near the end of my post and will be updated as the week goes on. 
Did you know that the Count Von Count from Sesame Street was the chosen character to teach counting, not only because of the obvious name - but also because myths have it that vampires suffer from Arithmomania  - a compulsion to count? 
So, I figured I would throw enough stripes and checks on this table to keep my little vampires distracted and there would be no harm done.
Then when they are done with the stripes they can start in on the hobnail goblets and the polka dot napkins.
But if you are going to do a Halloween table - you need some sort of treats!
These cute little coffin treat boxes were easy to make - they come already cut from Stampin' Up!
You just have to assemble and embellish them, I used the Spooktacular Bash Bundle for both the wine bottle wrap (come back on Thursday - I will show you how I made those!) and the little vampire on the treat boxes - here is a better photo of those:
As promised, here is the list of blogs participating in this week's Halloween Tablescape Hop,
they are sure to rattle your bones and shake that inspiration up a bit!!



I hope you enjoyed our little ghoulish fun and that you have a safe and fun Halloween!

I will leave you with my sources:
Basic black table cloth - Bed, Bath and Beyond
Striped Table Runner and Chargers - Hobby Lobby last week
Checked dinner plates - Marshals - years ago - they have a rooster in the middle
Plaid black and white salad plate - Pier One about three weeks ago
Dracula plates - Marcs (a local store) in closeout section for 99 cents a piece!
Flatware - World Market -  several years ago but I think they still carry it
Hobnail goblets - Kmart - eons ago!!!
Coffin Treat Boxes - Stampin' Up!
Napkins - made those - fabric from Joann Fabrics
Tombstones - Target dollar spot last month
Trees - Target dollar spot last year
Bats - I just cut those out of black cardstock and stuck them on the fireplace with painters tape
Small bats in trees - retired stamp and punch from Stampin' Up! and a little fishing line!!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fall Leaves Tablescape

It's that beautiful time of the year when the leaves start changing colors here in Northeast Ohio.
My table is a tribute to the gorgeous colors we enjoy so much every Autumn.
 My fall leaves table is part of a fabulous Fall Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate.  There will be 4 or 5 new tables up each day all week long by a group of very talented table stylists.  The links to the other blogs are listed at the end of this post and will be updated daily throughout the week.  There will be lots of inspiration for you to draw from for you Autumn decorating.
As you can see from these photos, I do love any shade of brown, tan, rust, umber, mahogany, mocha, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, pecan - Wait!  somewhere I went from brown colors to food- you know where my mind is!!  On that bag of dark chocolate Kit Kat Bars I am trying not to get into!!!
But I digress - back to the table and it's colors.
This table is all in creams and shades of browns with lots of texture.
 I used a random leaf print table cloth, nubby cotton and jute placemats, burlap chargers,  a light mocha dinner plate, snuck in just a bit of plaid with the salad plate, and an ivory acorn/leaf sculpted rim dessert plate to top off my plate stack.
What was I missing?  Polkadots and stripes of course!!!
So I made a little nut favor - because - nuts seemed to go with the acorns and plus they are brown!!! Stampin' Up! just happens to carry brown polka dot pillow boxes.  I added the acetate window, some die cut leaves and a pretty tan bow to the box.
To get the stripes into the picture, I used a cream colored napkin with the light mocha stripes.
Now, I think I have enough different patterns going on!
But apparently not enough to scare off my little chipmunks!!
My little grandson is in love with Alvin and the Chipmunks these days - so I thought these little guys would be appreciated by the three year old!

Here are the links to all of the blogs participating in this week's hop:



I hope you get a chance to stop by all of these wonderful blogs to see many more beautiful versions of a fall table.  I bet most of them have more than just brown in theirs!!!

And I want you to take note - there were no pumpkins involved in this table!
I so badly wanted to stick some in somewhere, but I had challenged myself to set a fall table with not a single pumpkin!

So far we are having a beautiful fall, I hope you are as well.