Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roses Delight

I don't know about you, but sometimes I really strugle to be inspired and create a tablescape that I am happy with. Todays was no exception. I had managed to acquire a new dinners set (or two) from my local thrift store, which looks dangerously like Fiesta. It's not, I hasten to add, but it sure does look like it. I was able to buy both sets for about $12 (US) each. So really good value. I loved the way I could colour co-ordinate the two sets. But when it came to laying the table everything I put on there didn't seem to work for me. I choppped and changed it as you will see, but I am still not sure. I will let you decide.

Don't you just hate it when you go off the boil though? All your creativity goes out the window with the summer. Don't forget all you ladies in the States we are in the debths of winter here in NZ. I can't get inpired by all this rain we are having. So this is my attempt at brightening up our day......

I used all the things that I had eg linens glasses etc in this colour scheme to lift the dark gloom of the moment. I added some ivy and drapped it around the green bottle and yellow and blue candlesticks....Hmmm...still not sure though! Let me show you some other elements of the table so you can make your own mind up, before I show you the changes I made.
I must confess I love these little geese. My salt and pepper set. 
 I used my mismatched green and blue wine glasses, I love odd things on the table, it definately appeals to my sense of eccentricity. I love this small table cloth and I have two of them, which I use quite often. Here I have folded one of them and used it as a runner.
 These place mats were the right colours but, Hmmmm still not sure!!I couldn't resist these little cow napkin rings. OK! Maybe not for this table but it has given me another idea for a later date.
 So here is what I changed the table to. I know the photo doesn't quite show it off to it's best but, you will have to trust me when I say that this table looks better. I even asked the old boy which he liked best and he agreed that the second table definately looked more sophisticated.
I have added a tablecloth and changed the mats and runner. I also changed the napkins, even though they were the same colour. I bought those this week also. How about this then??? Twelve napkins for $3.50 (US). Good Huh? You can't quite see the linens in this picture though. Can you see how I have alternated the dinner plates?
Another view of a different glass. See the little blue votives making an appearance?
 Oh look the geese are still hanging around. And you can just see the embroidery on the runner.
What about these vases? I can see I will get a lot of use out of them. I bought them yesterday, at the hospice shop for $12.50(US) for the two. They were down to half the original price. The candlesticks I have had for ages. I should have put new candles in, for the photo, but the table was just for us, so I didn't think....der stupid!!! Look at those Roses though. A little bit of summer sun in the winter.
 A close up of the setting with new blue cutlery and.....
 Napkins .......
 ........and rings.
 Well there it is do tell me which you like better. Or just drop me a note to say whether you suffer from tablescaping and bloggin dryspells.  Please say it's not just me!!!!

I will be joining Tablescape thursday @ Between naps on the porch
Wow us wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Good luck wednesday @ A beach cottage
Recognition day thursday @ Homemaker on a dime
Thrifty thursday @ Tales from the bloggeritaville
Open house thursday @ No minimalist here
Inspiration friday @ At the picket fence
Feathered nest friday @ French country cottage
Show and tell friday @ My Romantic home 
  [thriftthursday.bmp]A BEACH COTTAGE


  1. A very pretty table and I do love the colors!

  2. Wow! Stunning table! Gorgeous space you got here...loved it so much! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. I love the blue and yellow. And the yellow check table covering.. Both tables work so well. But i know what you mean, we all have those moments were the second guessing begins! Oh we can't just use a candle by itself outside in West Texas.. we always have a gentle (or not so gentle) breeze. If they aren't in glass, they won't stay lit! Many blessings, marlis

  4. You did a wonderful job creating a bright and beautiful table on a rainy day. I love yellow and blue and you tbcloth's so pretty, too. Yeah, I've already did 3 ideas for a Patriotic table and I'm still not ready, or satisfied, I hope I will by next week. Thanks for sharing this lovely table. Lots of hugs. I just dropped from TT at, BNOTP. FABBY

  5. Its a great table setting. The blues and yellows look lovely together. Glad you added your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and shared.

  6. Loved your tablescape :) So cheerful. I'm now following your blog, hope you get a chance to check out mine :)

  7. Hi, there! Thanks for linking up last week. Can you please share your creativity again at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)