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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October Theme Tablescape

It's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch!
Okay I know I'm a day early, but I didn't want miss it.
Since it's Halloween week I thought I'd do a tablescape for my second favorite holiday. I have been known to go a little over the top with party decorations and menu. I've served Diablo Bat Wings....Heavenly Angel Wings.....Moldy Roasted Roots....Ghostwiches......and Zombie Delight. My decorations have ocassionally been found at the specialty meat counter, to the fright of my guests. Party games are always fun. Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest, Bobbing for Apples..of course., What Is It is a fun game where you put things in plastic bags that are covered by brown paper bags and the participants have to reach inside the bag and guess what it is they feel. You should see the faces when they reach into a bag of gummy worms, faux fur, or Press-on Nails.
This year Halloween falls on a weekend where we'll be celebrating my Mom-In-Laws B'day and a Nieces graduation, so, no party at our house. I've planned a quiet soup supper for 2 after all the Trick or Treators have come and gone. My theme is Haunted House.
These are the components I'll be using.

This 1940-50 aluminum cake plate cover is used year round. I love the acorn motif stamped around the top and the carved wooden acorn knob.

I found this vintage beveled, etched mirror with it's original felt still on the back several years ago in Covington, Ky at the Mainstrasse Antique Market. I use it in the center of our dining table year round.

This Mochaware is of the 60's and 70's. I began collecting it when Jim's Mom gave me her 16 McCoy cups she used as soup cups for all the kids
I try to find McCoy, but some of the peices are other makers too, but they all seem to match.

These cups and dessert plates were also given to me by Jim's Mom. They are marked BLANKEY.
She was given them years ago, but she isn't sure thier exact age. I love the etheral effect of the farmhouse scenes. They were the inspiration of my haunted house theme.

The following photos are of the completed tablescape..........................................

We didn't need a large centerpeice for just the two of us, so I wove ivy and leaves throughout and tucked fresh mums for color.

You saw my Apple Pie server in my September tablescape. This is my Pumpkin Pie server puchased at the same time. I really don't always use it for pie. It works fine for cake too.

This is the view out our Dining Room window.

This is a close-up of one of the 3 plaster 1960-70 houses I've included on the table. I have many others in the collection, but these seemed more haunted than the others.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Hope you have a frightfully fun Halloween. Now I can't wait to see everyone else's tablescapes. Hope you can stop by Susan's at to see all the hauntingly boo-tiful ideas from all the other participants.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

One Busy Designing Woman!

Holy Cow! I cannot believe it's only two weeks till my first big craft show at Loveland High School. Where has October gone! I'm getting a little nervous, there are 200 vendors at this show! I didn't think the building was that large. I haven't been able to post as much as I like,It seems I have lost my WiFi hotspots in town, so during the day my laptop doesn't get out. This is what has been occupying my night time..........

This tablerunner was a 1950-60's linen dishtowel. As you can see I hand-embroidered the the flowers and foliage as well as the clock. I added new fringe in the same brown tone as found in the print. It seems to tone down the pinks.

This little pink gingham apron is from the 1940-50's. I refurbished it a bit, completed the cross-stitch and added the sparle pink flowers and whimsical Panda Ballerina. This makes the perfect apron for a new mom! I'll be adding a little bib that can embroidered with the baby's name later and a pacifier.

I found this apron at the same time. I love the bottom border. Strands of fabric have been carefully removed to create a flying geese pattern usually found in quilts. I completed the Cross-stitch, embellished the pocket with a 1940-50's Christmas holly and poinsettia hankie that I hand-embroidered, and added a gold-tone poinsettia charm with red Austrian Crystals on some of the berries. I wish you could see the sparkle!

These are just a few of some of the new creations I've been working on. I haven't been able to get pics. It's been getting dark earlier and harder to catch the light. I hope to show more in the coming days.
It's going on 8:30p I'd better get back to my work before we have to put the kittens to bed........
didn't I tell you we had new fur kids! And yes Shadow is so happy. That is for a future post.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It has been............

.........a whirlwind month so far!!! I wanted to take a quick minute to say hi. As you probably noticed I haven't posted in a while. We have been busy at the flower shop with homecoming corsages, anniversaries flowers....a lot of couples got married in 59'.....small weddings....processing orders,....sending orders out of town....and this Saturday is Sweetest Day. For those in other parts of the country, Sweetest Day, was created in the early 70's by a nurse in Akron, Ohio who hated to see the lonely patients on her geriatric floor that had no one to share other recognized holidays with. By the time she got to Congress the holiday was to include not only the hospitalzed, but institutionalized, homebound, and healthcare facility residents. With the help of Ohio based chocolatier, Ester Price Candies and local florist's it was a sweet holiday for those lonely folks. Over the years it seems to have become a mini Valentines Day with the help of large food chains, flower by wire companies, and card companies. By the time I get home, my fingers can't type another letter , my eyes won't focus, I can't compose an intelligent sentence, so I spare you any post I may have toi apologize for later......see (sigh)
In between all of this I'm trying to finish up last minute designs for my 3 upcoming craft shows. They've all been finalized!!! yippeee!
Loveland High School Craft Expo - Saturday Nov. 7th 10a-4p...there are 200 vendors!!!
Sycamore High School Craft Show- Saturday Nov 22nd 10a-4p....................and........................
Sharonville Arts and Craft Emporium - Saturday Nov 28th 10a-4p
So, please bear with me. I miss stopping by your blogs and I miss hearing from you all. I hope to show you some of the things I've been working on tomorrow, but if I don't get back to my embroidery hoop I won't have anything to show you.
It's gonna ba a long night....................