Valentine’s Day Table

Yesterday I played around with table decorating!!  It really is something that is so much fun!!  I always challenge myself to use what I have, and if I have to add, I do it on the cheap.
 
I’ve shared with you before our family Valentine’s dinner tradition.  One of the best parts of this tradition for me, is an excuse to set the table!  
 
I kept it simple this year, and I love the outcome! I just love it when things come out as good or better than the vision in my head. 🙂
 
I used my black and white gingham table runners that I made at Thanksgiving.  I added some kraft paper placemats.  Red chargers, white napkins and plates.  
The placemats were simply cut from a roll of kraft paper and I added the XO with black craft paint.  

The only things I purchased were the red paper heart doilies that I used in the center and on top of the plates, and the tulips that were used in the centerpiece.  I gathered together crystal bud vases and candlesticks to cluster together for the centerpiece.  
So, I did this table for about $7.  When I buy dishes and such, I try to buy things that will go with lots of different schemes – white plates, white napkins, crystal, even the red chargers are very versatile.  I don’t really have the storage for lots of different dishes, so this works best for me.
Here are a couple of pictures at night with the candles lit.
 
I can’t wait for our family dinner!  🙂
 

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Top 10 Posts From 2014 – Looking Back

Today we are taking a stroll down memory lane in the form of the top 10 posts of 2014! If you are new here – thanks for joining me on this stroll! 


Looking back is always a good exercise. Sometimes in the midst of the day to day chaos is easy to lose sight of where you’ve been!  And man o man a lot has happened around here this year!!  So, here we go!!





















Our home has come a long way since last year!! I’m so thankful for each of you being along for the ride with me.  Hopefully somewhere along the way you were inspired or encouraged!! Looking forward to what 2015 might bring!!

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Christmas Home Tour 2014

I have loved being welcomed into everyone’s homes this holiday season and seeing all of the wonderful decorations!  Christmas is a wonderful time of year!!  Now, it’s my turn to welcome you into our home and share some Christmas cheer!  


I kept things a bit simple this year.  Only about a third of the decorations actually came out of storage.  And, you know what??  I love it!


We have placed out tree here for the last couple of years and it is really perfect.  I love my slim tree!!

This is our first Christmas with our new kitchen and dining. I was a little worried at first as to how I would work around the orange and turquoise, but I think it looks lovely.


Our second bath (kids and guest) got a little dressing.  🙂  This room is on the list for a makeover this year.  The red is great for the holidays, but other than that, I’m over it.

I have been writing scripture verses on the mirror for a couple of months now, and my kids love it.  🙂

The kids’ trees.

This is also the first Christmas with our new and improved master bedroom and bath.  I usually don’t decorate much in here, but I decided hubby and I needed a little Christmas cheer!

The red made a re-appearance for the winter :).


Thanks for stopping by and know you are always welcome here!!  Merry Christmas everyone!!

For a little more Christmas cheer check out these posts

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Thanksgiving Table Two Ways

Last Thursday we had a wonderfully fun ladies dinner at our church!  To get everyone in the spirit of the holidays, several (as in around 50) ladies volunteered to host a table. The job of the hostess is to decorate the table – from linens, to centerpiece, all the way down to flatware.  We do this at least once a year usually in the spring, but on occasion we get to do it twice!!!  It’s so much fun to see everyone’s talent and interpretation of the season.  🙂
Since we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year, I decided to go with a fall theme for my table – knowing I could carry over some of those decorations for our dinner.  Here is what my table looked like that night.


Since the table are round and seat eight I decided to use four gingham runners, so each place setting had that black and white background. The black and white check that Lindsay used here was my first inspiration and these napkins I spotted at Williams Sonoma


were my inspiration for the plum accents.  I love plum for fall!!

I brought everything home and decided to play with what things would look like on my table. Since my table is black I first needed to lighten the background.  I have searched for an inexpensive square tablecloth for years.  They don’t exist.  This year I had an epiphany! Canvas drop cloth = tablecloth.  Perfect neutral color, good size (cut-down to a square) and perfect price!!  {just make sure you don’t get one that is too heavy because it will be very stiff – mine is 7oz and a good weight}

I decided to keep it a little simpler at our house and only use two runners.  Most likely there will be an additional table that will get the other runners.


The place settings are very simple – gold charger + dollar tree white plate.  Plum napkins that I made myself with gold top stitching, small grapevine for napkin rings, and DIY gold-tipped feathers.


Then I decided to play around with some other pumpkins that didn’t make the initial table cut.  


Don’t forget to try using different things to vary the height of your items.  A candle stick and a cake plate do the trick here. 🙂



I’m still not sure exactly what will show up on our actual table, but it really helped to try things out.  Visual, visual, visual.  I can’t help myself!!

We are gearing up for some cold weather here in the next couple of days.  How about you??  I know some parts of the country has already seen snow – not ready for that at all!!

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Kitchens – The Heart of the Home

We all know that food brings people together. So, it’s natural for guests to congregate in the kitchen!

For 11 years or so, I put up with our kitchen.  I did little things here and there to make it more efficient and functional for our family.  All the while dreaming of something better.  

But, this was another space that was an all or nothing space.  I wanted to take down walls, moved appliances, and add a pantry.  If I couldn’t do that then I didn’t want to do anything.  I would just wait. 

Wait for what??

To win the lottery??

So, finally one day in December, I took out a bucket of primer and a brush and took the first stroke.


The most terrifying thing – DIY wise – that I had ever done.  Of course, once that first stroke had happened, there was no turning back.  

Not only did I not stop, I never looked back, and I don’t regret a thing.  Except for the fact that I waited so long!!


We went on vacation this summer for the first time after the kitchen was completed and it was the first time that I actually smiled when I walked into the house, into my kitchen.  Strange huh?  

Sometimes you need a little form to make a space function.  If you don’t like being in there then how are you ever going to want to do anything in there??  

My mood is so much different in my kitchen now!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below
http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html



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