Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Tablescape for a Client and Moss Topiaries

I did this setting for a customer who purchased these plates and allowed me to keep them long enough to complete a table with them.   Thank you for being so patient Donna!  I hope that you, and everyone else, finds some inspiration and enjoys the photos of this table!

The blue transferware plates have a bouquet of flowers with a butterfly and bird fluttering amongst them.  

Before I put this table together, I'd made up a bunch of reindeer moss topiaries for my shop and had them on the dining room table when Michael, my 22 year old son, came in and remarked about what a neat centerpiece they made, assuming I'd put them on the table for that reason.   I muttered ''uh huh" and sort of dismissed his comment continuing on with what I was doing which was cleaning up my topiary mess to prepare for the table setting.   About half and hour later,  when I was setting the table I thought to myself,  "Michael's right, these topiaries do look cute as a centerpiece".  My little decorator!    Don't tell him I said that.

I changed the table up from what I'd planned originally (I seem to do that alot) and used the handled willow chargers which are so casual because I felt they went with the natural look and feel of the topiaries.  So thanks to Michael for the idea! =)  

Right after listing the topiaries to my Etsy shop I got a large custom order to make some of these for a wedding that will be decorated in an Alice and Wonderland theme. That sounds fun!  I will be working on completing those this weekend.  She's having me make them all in teacups, similar to this one.

I wish I had more than three place settings of this butterfly flatware but since I don't...

I opted for the next closest thing that I've got eight of,  and that is this set of Napolean Bee flatware.  It goes with the butterfly and flowers on the plate...don't you think?
Here's a link to the bee flatware if you'd like to purchase it yourself:

45 Piece Flatware Set, Service for 8

To give this table a little different look for evening dining I made  two very minor adjustments.  Can you tell what they are?


 I  converted my napkin rings (yes they are transferware napkin rings!).... 

...into tea light holders and placed them at each setting.  
They are perfectly sized to hold tealight candles!

The other minor change I made was to tuck the napkins into the glasses.

I found that I really like the touch of blue in this room!

Happy Tablescaping!

And one last thing...please visit Debra at Common Ground.  She featured me today and will be hosting a giveaway to my Etsy shop tomorrow....which you won't want to miss out on! =)

Partying at these fab blogs:

Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
White Ironstone Cottage for Treasure Chest Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday

Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday


  1. Just gorgeous Nancy!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. That is quite the table. It is surprising the ideas these young guys can come up with, and they don't even know it.

  3. Nancy, LOVE the reindeer moss topiaries. I like reindeer moss for projects, since it isn't do messy. How interesting to decorate for an Alice in Wonderland wedding. Your teacup topiaries will be perfect.

  4. So happy for your order, that's great! Your son has his Mother's eye for design! The blue plates are really beautiful and topiaries are one of my favorite things!! I love the different heights going down the center, very pleasing to the eye!! I never would have thought to put votives in the napkin rings, so creative! Love your table!!

  5. Oh how beautiful. I love your tablescape and the topiaries are wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  6. This is the most charming tablescape I've seen lately ... love the topiaries ... love/have the placemats ... haven't used them yet ... but now I know what I am going to do with mine! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Absolutely GORGEOUS Nancy!! I love those topiaries!

  8. Love your centerpiece grouping. Those napkins are so eyecatching on your tablesetting. I love pretty table linens.

  9. OH my goodness Nancy...surprised you didn't hear me all the way in Tulsa!! I love everything..that transferware pattern, the butterfly and bee silverware and of course your beautiful topiaries! Can't ever have too many!!! Gorgeous table!
    Love my visits with you!
    Miss Bloomers

  10. Oh my goodness! Lucky Donna!! Your dishes and tablescape are out of this world. I'm drooling over your pictures of the table and dishes with your hutch in the background. So ME! Your centerpiece is awesome. Your son must have inherited some of your creativeness. Nice, very very nice!
    Ladybug Creek

  11. Such a pretty table setting, Nancy! I love the topiaries and what a great idea to use them for an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding. Very whimsical! I love that runner and both flatware designs are great ~ I've never seen them before and like them very much.

  12. Such a beautiful tablescape! I love all the dishes. Just love. Please share this post next Tuesday for my Wild About Mother Nature Blog party. This is the perfect post to share. Thanks! :)

  13. What a gorgeous tablescape! Love the moss ball topiaries.
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

  14. Tablescaping just seems to turn into a family affair. I love the rustic with the transferware. Also, thanks for the link to the silverware. What great prices and reasonable shipping.

    Robin Flies South

  15. Absolutely elegant! I love your topiaries. I may have to give those a try...and the one in the teacup is precious. A table full of them would make amazing party favors...if I could bear to actually give them away. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  16. This is so pretty! I love the topiaries with the blue and white. It's a great mix and really just goes together so well. The flatware sets are really pretty too!

  17. Nancy, your moss topiaries are delightful. Viewing this post in so inspiring. I want to make some of these for a spring table.
    What a fun idea for a wedding party. Wish we could see photos. ~ Sarah

  18. Love the napkins in the glasses! They look like little brides doing a hand stand all lined up down the table! :-) Your son is a wise young man! It's funny how so many of the men in our lives are starting to get involved! The bees are a great sub for the butterflies. Are you just not able to find anymore of the butterfly flatware? It's beautiful! I have never seen any with the raised butterfly on the end like that! I will need to keep my eyes open at market next month! I applaud your patience in putting all of those topiaries together. I know it's one of the messiest jobs on earth!!!

  19. Hi Nancy: I am in heaven!!!! I just found your blog and am a follower. Exquisite!!!! I know what I'll be dreaming about tonight. I'm going to try my hand at making a topiary. Thanks so much....Judy at GoldCountryCottage

  20. So so love the beautiful dishes...your centerpiece is lovely and creative, love different centerpieces like yours...

  21. So lovely Nancy ~ as always. You must have so much fun setting a table with all the beautiful dishes you have. Love the topiaries ~ great idea for those odds and ends pieces of transferware that you only have one of. And I also love the bee flatware. I used to be a bee keeper, so I am always drawn to anything with bees on it. Wish I could afford it or even justify buying it. I guess I can live without it.

  22. Uwielbiam niebieski nie mogę oczu oderwać cudowne ,,

  23. Nancy, I have been to your blog before, but somehow hadn't found it for awhile. I just saw it again at Common Ground. Wow, wow!! Love the transferware. I am working on not drowling. New Linky follower.

  24. Absolutely beautiful! I love those topiaries. Pinning the one in the teacup! ;)

  25. It is all gorgeous! Love the topiaries and the tea light/napkin rings.

  26. What a great idea your son had with the topiaries. It's ingenious! Love the blue transferware pattern too. Thank you for the link to the flatware! xo marlis - oh another great table!

  27. Hi lovely lady.
    Wow Nancy. This is a Gorgeous tablescape setting,! I love the topiaries and what a great idea to use them!! Your dishes are also beautiful Nancy.
    Im your newest follower on your linky now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family. Come see me it's been a long time.
    XXOO Diane

  28. Nancy, this table is fabulous! My boys who are now 27, 24 and 17 all have had great decorating taste because they have been so exposed to it! He has a great eye. Those topiaries are gorgeous and now I want a set! What a beautiful table. I love the butterfly flatware too. I have the Napoleon Bee and love it. It looks fabulous too!

  29. Hi Nancy, The transferware is gorgeous! Love the topiaries and the goblets as well. What a lovely tablescape!
    Blessings, Beth

  30. I love the way you used a variety of transferware to hold the topiaries. And the willow chargers suit the moss perfectly and tie the whole scheme together. The entire table looks so lovely!

  31. I'm visiting you by way of Common Ground, and am now a follower! I collect transferware as well!

  32. It's all beautiful! I love the green moss!

  33. Darling topiaries! I love transferware too...must be a "Nancy" thing....
    I love your blog!
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  34. Nancy, this tablescape is gorgeous. Your son was right about the centerpiece. Good eye he has. Love the moss topiaries. May have to copy that idea. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  35. This is so pretty! Love those topiaries in the teacups! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--hope you'll be back this week!

  36. Very pretty! Love the standing napkins! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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