Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--Mourning Tea for One

Hello, friends!  Welcome, and thank you so much for visiting today!

It is witching hour, the time is near;



All spooks, ghosts, and goblins will soon be here.



Halloween is close, my very dear friends.....



The night during which nightmares ne'er end.



In light of the season, this post will be shared;
 

my mourning tea for one, so please don't be scared.



Here's to wishing you a spooktacular season, have loads of good fun; there need be no reason!  


From my collection:

Vintage Teapot, Oneida Wm. Rogers & Son Collection
Teacup, Royal Albert Masquerade Black Footed
Charger, generic; Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Tablecloth, generic, Target
Faux black Dahlia, Michael's Crafts
Grey doily, yours truly, tutorial here

poem, yours truly

Have a wonderful Holiday!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--A Bootastic Burton Halloween


Hello, friends!!  Thank you so much for popping into my little corner of blogland!  I do adore celebrating holidays, don't you?  In just over a week, it will be Halloween, whoo-hoo!  Today, I wanted to share one last tablescape indicative of the spooktacular season.

I'll begin by stating I am a child of the 80's, and that I was a fan of director Tim Burton before I knew who he was.  I knew his work then mostly because of my adoration at the time of the film PeeWee's Big Adventure.  Later, I grew to love Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, 9, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and many, many others. 

Mr. Burton may have started as having only a cult following, but as a result of the ingenuity in the stop-motion animation of The Nightmare Before Christmas, at long last, he is recognized for the brilliant innovator he is.  It might also be attributed to when he decided to align himself with the company of another brilliant mind and innovator, Walt Disney.  In honor of Mr. Burton, that wacky and wonderful wizard of wicked whimsy, that master of magical macabre, I have set this table as a sort of homage.  I hope you enjoy the post.

I began the setting with a striped tablecloth.  If you are a Burton fan, you know that stripes are a recurring theme in several of his films.




For a spooky element, I added some black netting to the chandelier.


As a centerpiece, I placed my pre-made Mr. Pumpkinhead.
 

Mr. Pumpkinhead reminds me of the bevy of pumpkins AND Jack Skellington before his transformation, all of whom appear in the opening credits of A Nightmare Before Christmas.  Sitting in a coffin (creepy!) atop of throne of skulls indicative of those in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Here is a glimpse of Mr. Burton's exhibit at MOMA NYC (Museum of Modern Art) which ended in April 2009.  Do you see the similiarities?  If you'd like to see more of the exhibit, you may visit the article in the Los Angeles Times here.
 

To view the tutorial about how I made this spooky centerpiece, you may do so by visiting the post on my blog The Crafting Table here


At either side of the table, large buttons were placed, reminiscent of the button eyes in Henry Selick's Coraline.  Henry Selick was a director and collaborator on both Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach, so I enjoyed this film which had a similar style.
The Other Mother




Closer look.  These were simple room décor hangers I spray painted black.


In two of the button holes of each button, I placed some spooky "trees," as seen in many Burton films.


These were small branches I also spray-painted black.


On either side of the centerpiece, I set skull candle holders with black tapers.


In front of those, I set a pair of my striped Mackenzie-Childs-inspired candles.


To view the tutorial to make these fun candles, visit the post on The Crafting Table here


Alternating web placemats


were followed by alternating silver chargers.


Where there were silver chargers, I placed web placemats....





and where there were web placemats, I placed black chargers.


On each silver charger, I set clear plates.


Closeup.


On each black charger, I set white plates.


Closeup.


The white plates were followed by dark saucers,


and the clear plates were followed by white saucers.


At each setting where there was a white saucer and silver charger, I set black napkins folded length-wise.


At each setting where there was a black saucer and black charger, I set white napkins folded length-wise.


At each setting, a small gift box in stripes (of course!) adorned with a bat nametag indicative of the Burton film Batman starring Michael Keaton.


 Aren't these quirky-cool?  To view the tutorial, you may visit the post on the crafting table here.


Finally, I set a simple flute and black tumbler at each setting.


All set! 


Here is a closeup of each setting.  Silver charger setting.


Black Charger setting.




A few more shots.....







Here's wishing you a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!!

From my collection:

Striped "tablecloth," blanket from Ikea
Silver chargers, generic
Black chargers, generic
White plates and saucers, Ralph Lauren Whipstitch Collection
Dark saucers, generic
Clear plates, generic
Spider web placemats, The Dollar Tree
Skull candle holders, The 99¢ Store
Linen napkins, both, generic, HomeGoods
Spooky cloth, The Dollar Tree
Large button wall art, Hobby Lobby
Stemware and tumblers, generic




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Monday, October 13, 2014

Set You Table With Flair For Casual Columbus Day Fare

Hello, friends!  Thank you taking the time to pop in!

I am so glad the weather is finally cooling off....getting excited for the forthcoming holiday season, how about you and yours? 

Today is Christopher Columbus Day, and although considered by many to be quite a controversial character, the role he played in establishing voyages that eventually led to the colonization of America was an important one.

I set a casual table today as a small homage to this significant day in American history.  I hope you enjoy the post. 

The plight of Columbus was to sail the ocean blue (remember that little nursery rhyme?), so I thought my setting should have a decidedly nautical vibe.

I began by creating a sea-inspired centerpiece.  It was inspired by one of my favorite pins on Pinterest, this gorgeous close-up shot of a vessel's rope tied to a dock piling.



You will need: 
A glass hurricane candle holder
Nylon rope
Industrial-strength hot glue gun and glue sticks.


This is really easy.  Start by beading glue onto the end of your rope.


Press onto your hurricane. 


Continue to glue around the parameter of the hurricane until completely covered. Set aside.


I set yellow and white stripes to serve as my canvas (ha-ha).


On top of the cloth, I placed linen placemats in navy blue and white.


Another shot.


To bring in more yellow, on top of the blue and white, I set yellow placemats as well.


Here is a close-up of the detail.  These sort of remind me of rope or rattan themselves.
 

Dark navy chargers came next,


Closer


Which were followed by simple white plates.


Another shot.


On the White plates, I set these adorable red plates imprinted with a ship motif.
 

Shown here.


White linens with navy piping were folded into little sailboats, and were set to sail on the red plates.


Full view.



Here is a close-up of the napkin fold.  See how-to at the end of this post.
  

In the middle of the table, I set the premade nautical vase upon another navy charger, and filled it with red, white, and blue faux blooms.




Lastly, I added navy and clear flutes along with gold flatware set casually to complete my table.


Closer shot.


Here are a few more shots.









 

From my collection:

Navy Chargers, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Red plates with ship motifs, Cynthia Rowley, from HomeGoods
Gold flatware, Wallace Grand Duchess Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Flutes, all, generic
Yellow cloth, Ikea
Navy and white placemats, Tai Pan Trading
Yellow placemats, generic
Antique white tea towels with navy piping, local Thriftique
Floral stems, Hobby Lobby

Sailboat napkin fold:

Please keep in mind that crisp napkins or napkins that have been starched work best.  
Begin by folding your napkin in half length-wise with opening facing you.


Fold the right side down towards you, forming a triangle, but do not fold all the way down.  Leave approximately one inch unfolded.


Fold the right half of the napkin over to the left, aligning the corners, and press.


Fold the remaining open fabric on the left downward and to the right.  Press.


Fold the bottom layers upward approximately two inches all around the bottom of your napkin.


Voilà!  Smooth sailing, my friends!

I hope everyone enjoyed their day!



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