Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bejeweled Butterflies ~A Spring Tablescape


Wanting to do a very pretty Spring and Easter themed table I was so pleased when my sponsor Heather at Ladybug's Little Lane sent me these pretty eyelet placemats and napkins to use in my post. I love the lavender color.  "It's perfect, I thought".  
I opted to use these in a tablescape that just has a touch of Easter but very assuredly says "Spring has Sprung". Not being able to find my Easter decor did have a little something to do with not going all out with bunnies. 

I began with a vintage, ivory colored Chenille bedspread I found at a thrift shop for $5. It's so cute with pom-pom trim that I had to pull the chairs away from the table to show this to you.  Even Shawn said he'd like this on a bed. 

If you've tuned in to any of my tablescapes you know I'm into layering.
So I brought in this tulle type fabric with silver and lavender and bunched it up along the table.  I tucked little crystallized Easter egg lights around it.  I allowed some ivy to overflow from my centerpiece and run the length of my 'runner'.     I used lights with white wire here as it would more easily blend onto the tablecloth, however I was able to keep all but about a 2" strip from showing by tucking the wires under the fabric and then under one of the placemats, off the table to a plug in. 

For the centerpiece I used an iron topiary form wound with ivy, roses and a Spring wreath.  In the center I placed an ivy topiary.  I thought  the topiary itself needed a bit of 'umph'  to help tie in with the Spring color scheme so I pinned some of the girls and my rhinestone pins and barrettes in butterfly, dragonfly and bee shapes to the greenery and up along the trunk.  I added a tad of lavender Easter grass here and there to for a little spark of color.

I couldn't resist perching this little dragonfly pin on one of the flowers.

 I chose to use the same pale olive green transferware plates in last weeks tablescape under these beautiful lavender transferware on an ivory body plates just to show how versatile it all can be.  I also thought just a little touch of this green would compliment the lavender.  These lavender plates have such a pretty border.  They are by Grindley , entitled Scenes After Constable using John Constable's paintings as inspiration for the engravings.  I did a post about this if you want to read more or see more in this pattern HERE.

To tied some ivory lace ribbon around each of the glass stems and secured butterfly pins to each.
and filled each glass with layered napkins.  I used vintage white lace trimmed napkins with the lavender eyelet napkins from Little Ladybug's Lane 

Isn't the detail so pretty in these?  You can purchase the napkins by the pair or a full set of 4 placemats and 4 napkins HERE or at any of the Little Ladybug's Lane links (that's almost a tonguetwister!) in my post.
Let Heather know I sent you!

Many of you have probably seen the tiered servers.  I put one together with clear glass candlesticks and four different lavender transferware plates.  I topped it off with a plump little birdie.

Care for tea?

Now to sit and enjoy. 

Happy Easter everyone.  I hope you all have a blessed day.

A Poem for your Thoughts (by me)

Let Me

Let me acknowledge You
Through my writing
Let me hear You
Through a book
Let me credit You
For easing my pain
Let me know You
With my understanding
Let me feel You
Deeply in my heart
Let me speak to You
With my prayers
Let me keep You
To share You
Let me give You
More than you give me
Let me be pride to You
Only your eyes can see
Let me remember You
In absolutely everything
Let me stay with You
Until You come for me

©2000 Nancy Roberts 

I'm linking up with the following blog parties:

Tablescape Thursday graciously hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life
Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor
Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words for Second Time Around Tuesday
How Sweet The Sound hosted by how sweet Beverly for Pink Saturday
Notes from A Cottage Industry for Weekly Words to Live By
and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee at Silken Purse


A sweet nest & one of my own poems

This is my first Outdoor Wednesday.  I'm glad to participate in this weekly event hosted by A Southern Daydreamer.


  I had to share these pictures.  I've got some hanging baskets that I left out all winter.  Two days ago my son took this photo.  

 Yesterday I took these photos:

Now how sweet are these tiny creatures?

A Poem For Your Thoughts (by me!)

Such a delicate little hummingbird
I saw fluttering to and fro'
Level eye, she flew right by
Then dove for the flowers below

I could only watch in muse
Remaining myself ever so discreet
As she partook of nectar
That lay in growth nearest my feet

I knew that I should dare not move
Lest she would surely fly away
How amazed I was by this dainty creature...
And hoped that she at length would stay

Ere she sipped from bloom to bloom-
All the while, so utterly unaware
That I did stand in pure delight
As before me, she hovered mid-air

Once again she dove below
And took her final fill
Then began she did to ascend away
As I just stood there still

She grew smaller and smaller
Quickly flown from my eyes reach
I shouted out with glee to her
"Please come again and sip near me"

©2001 Nancy Roberts

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rings on Bottle Things

Recently I blogged about my Master bath transformation...sort of a transformation...I used what I had to decorate major remodeling.  I had a few emails about my perfume bottles so I've decided to share my little secret.   I'm liking some of the large costume jewelry rings that are popular right now.  For Christmas this year I got at least four rings from my kiddos as part of my Christmas gifts.  I had some of them in the little shelf that's tucked under the medicine cabinet I hung up but I really wanted to show them off when I'm not wearing them.  I can't wear them all the time and surely not all at one I decided to take this:

 and remove this:

and with this ring I thee

dump you lid for something better looking like this

I then realized I could do this with lots of perfume I dumped lots of lids for rings...and when I want to wear one of them...I do!

I got this bottle for was an empty sample and I just asked what they would be doing with it and the saleslady said, 'You can have it".  And isn't it nice it's aubergine and looks so good in my bathroom with all my purple and amber colors and topped with a ring!

I even gussied up one of Shawn's cologne bottles (yes his eyes rolled big time...I tell him if only eye rolling were an Olympic event...)

And this little butterfly had no place to land.... 

he landed here

This is Ashtons ring (we share)
and here she is wearing it (when the perfume bottle isn't.  These are my girls, Kalyn (left) and Ashton (right). Kalyn turned 15 on March 15th and we took her shopping and out to eat that day.

 This ring below is a pale turquoise and itsy bitsy diamond ring I inherited from one of my Grandmas when I was in third grade.  She had literally gone through all her belongings and pinned pieces of paper with the name of the person she wanted that particular item to go to.

This ring is stretchy so it conformed to the shape of the bottle

Originally I kept my costume jewelry rings in this little cubby shelf by the sink(still do keep some there!)

I had so much fun playing with all these bottles and my rings.  I now display a lot of them in the bathroom on a purple transferware plate.

Linking up with these ladies for Table Top TuesdayThree or More Tuesday , Show and Tell Friday 
Between Naps on the Porch, House in the Roses and Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays