Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine's Day - A Spoonful of Love!

I'm a little early for Valentine's Day but I feel like spreading some love!  So here is a fun, casual Valentine's Table I am calling - A Spoonful of Love!
Here is a look at the whole table.
I did this table in my kitchen with the snow in the background, but I forgot how hard it is to photograph with all the bright light behind the table against all the windows.
I wanted a casual look because I have more boys in my family and they don't really go for all the glitter and flowery stuff. But I just couldn't help putting a glitter heart in that big wood handled spoon!

I started with a white table cloth topped with some Kraft paper wrapping paper.  I took a paint pen and drew some vines and hearts in a kind of swirling pattern.
I wanted a light centerpiece that would not cover up all of the drawing on the paper, so I chose to do some glass bottles as holders for some taper candles.
I added some hearts I cut out of glitter scrapbook paper and suspended the hearts inside the bottles with fishing line.  I had to kind of roll up the hearts to get them in the bottle and 
then use a pencil to kind of flatten the hearts back out once they were down in the bottle.
 It has been so cold all over the place, so I hope you feel some love and warmth from my table!
I hope this Sparks your Valentine Plans!

Runner - roll of Kraft wrapping paper 
Red Napkins with white stitching - The Coop at Dutch Valley 
Lace Chargers and Wood Handled Flatware - Ikea
White Diner and Salad Plates - World Market -  last year but I think they still have them
Red Plates - Marshalls a couple years ago
Stemware - Marshalls - just before Christmas
Glass Bottles - Hobby Lobby 

I will be linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn
The Scoop @ StoneGable
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
Wow Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Black and White Table

Do you dream in Black and White? 
 To be honest with you,  I'm lucky to remember even parts of what I dreamt in the morning let alone to remember if it was in black and white or technicolor!  But I was inspired to do a black and white table when I found these black and white floral lace design plates.
For some reason they reminded me of old black and white photographs or a romantic dream.

My original thoughts where to do a black and white table using snowflakes this time of year, but since I fell in love with these floral plates - I didn't think they should go with snowflakes! 

 So I tried to go with the romantic dream feel that they gave me.  
 I partnered the black and white dish stack with the script napkins doubled up with black and white checked napkins tied with a simple black ribbon. 

What better way to add romance by making some book page roses from an old  romance novel!

I found a tutorial for theses paper roses on Pinterest.  It took me a while to hunt down the original post, there were many pins for this tutorial but many did not go back to the actual website to give credit where credit was due.  I believe I found the original source to be 100 Layer Cake. The only thing I did differently was to ink the edges of the petals to give them a little more definition.  To do this I just picked up my ink pad, mine was black but you could use any color, in one hand and my paper petal in the other and rubbed the edges of the petals onto the ink pad.   These were pretty easy to make using a toothpick to shape the petals giving them that little bit of curl. Once you ink the edges and curl the petals, they go together pretty easy with the use of a glue gun.

I filled my hutch with black and white plates, pitchers and accent pieces.  I also took some of my favorite photos and copied them on my black and white printer and stuck them in some simple black frames.

The only thing that was new for this table was the top floral plates and the paper flowers I made for next to nothing.  

Tablecloth, Large plate with swirled edge, Black and white check plate - Marshalls last year
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery - last year
White Plates - Pier One- still available
Black and White Floral Plates - Royal Stafford designed by Carly Dodsley - Home Goods
Script Napkins - Pier One
Black Check Napkins - just some old fabric I had
Black Square Placemats - World Market
Black Flatware - Marshalls

I am linking up at the following parties:
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage