Monday, December 7, 2009

The Claret Table




Well Hello my lovely readers. It's been a while, yes, I know, I am a very busy person. I mean come on, how am I expected to go op-shopping and write on here as well? I realise that I may be a Goddess in your eyes but truly I am not. Or am I? Maybe I am a little Goddessette. I thought I was simply a genius. One with a few limitations granted, but who knows? It is simply beyond me how you could seriously think I would be able to spend all my time on here when in fact I can satisfy all my girlie urges in one hit at the shops. Yes, I know I get to blab on here for ages, and don't get me wrong, that is truly worthwhile, but never the less I do need fresh air from time to time. However, I have now finished another table so will invest my time on here to bring it too you.









As usual this table is now my favourite (as all the tables I am working on tend to be). It looks so lovely, both in the day time and the evening with candle light. It is a very sexy colour. I don't know why it should be sexy, maybe there are some latent tendencies in me from another life. (note to self, must look into that, maybe some hypno-therapy, it could be useful). Anyway, let's go on.

The Claret table. This was a nice one to do as it took a while as the colour isn't very fashionable and hasn't been for ages, so not much stuff came up in the op-shops. It was the purchase of the vase that started me off, I bought it ages ago, and didn't really have anything to go with it. but I kept looking and eventually other stuff started to appear, I eventually got together all the stuff in the contents picture at the top.


The purple stem votive glasses were next and I bought them by mistake as I thought they were the same colour as the vase, but, when I got them home they were different. Actually they still looked good as the tone was the same.


Next came the small desert glasses. (see in the picture at the bottom of the blog) They are so simple but, really add another element to the table in the same colour. That was it, the excitement was building, I could feel another table wasn't too far away.






The napking rings I had bought for a friend as I knew she had bought some fabric ages before for a table cloth and I thought they would go a treat with it, but, she didn't want them, (how rude) so I hung on to them and "hey Presto" another match to my table. Now usually, as everyone knows I don't usually leave things alone, but, I hadn't had time to doctor these ones and so they remained the same. Not such a bad thing in this case as the table is quite simple. It's the colour , which gives it it's elegance. See bland plastic rings can have their place too!!!! (not usually at my table I'll grant you,) but, in this case they're ok!
The napkins I found were the perfect colour but there was only four of them, not enough for me I'm afraid, but, I kept looking. I eventually found two new, cushion covers which as you can see in the picture are the right colour and have a really nice pattern. I was very glad of this as it would add a bit more detail to what could be percieved as a rather plain table. I cut the cushions down and made four napkins out of them. There! problem solved!




The next bit of luck came in the form of a fabric remnant in an op-shop, Four whole metres of it, Yes! I know! how exciting, perfect! It wasn't quite wide enough for a complete table cloth, but, never the less I gave thought to what I was going to do with it and came up with the idea of an extra wide runner, and I think your'll agree, as you can see in the picture it looks quite good. This meant that I did'nt need place mats, (less sewing, always good in my book, although I do have my sewing machine back from the menders and it works like a dream. I may have to start sewing just for the fun of it.)
Next came the smaller runner and away we go........

The Table was put together with my ever faithful white sheets, which, I dressed ( that makes me sound like a gentlemans clothing assistant does'nt it?) in a way that meant it hung right to the ground. ( oh my God that really makes me sound like a gentlemans clothing assistant )This always looks good and adds a sense of class to the whole setting. You can see from the picture that the long, claret runner did the same.

I finished with the flowers. My ever lasting, trusty silk flowers. I went with Purple as, (1) I already had them and am far to tight to buy more and (2) they looked fine as purple had already been introduced with the votives.







So there it is, Jo's Thrifty table chic...
Enjoy... please dont forget to leave some extremely positive comments which are all true of course!!!!!!






































2 comments:

  1. Ok I hAVE DECIDED TO LEAVE A COMMENT FOR MYSELF AS IT FEELS A LITTLE LONELY ON HERE! jO YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING AND i WISH i COULD DO SUCH GREAT THINGS WITH SO LITTLE. WHAT A SHAME NOONE GETS TO SEE HOW BRILLIANT YOU ARE!!! AH WELL ONE DAY YOUR TIME WIL COME!!!!

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  2. Jo its alovely table but my favourite was the pink one. see a comment!!!!

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