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Friday, October 21, 2011

How neat is this?!

What a creative way to use a pumpkin!
I love the seeds to help hold in the bird food,
the sticks that give the birds another place to rest!

Gotta love Martha Stewart!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Loving linens...napkins

I love linens.
They add such versatility to a table, don't you think?
You can take the same dishes and with different linens have a completely different look.
Plus, it's easier to change the linens than purchase another set of dishes, right?

First, let's talk about napkins.
Different purposes calls for different sized napkins:

cocktail napkins are the smallest - 6" x 6"
luncheon napkins - 18"x 18"
dinner napkins are the largest- 22" x 22"
{these sizes may vary}

The following site had basic information:
{Below is part of her information.}

Napkin Etiquette
Whether the napkin is cloth or paper, when in polite company, a napkin is to be used with a measure of etiquette, so as not to offend other diners
Rule 1: When you’re given a napkin, use it. Don’t let it sit beside your plate.
Rule 2: Wait for the host to pick up and unfold his napkin before you do the same with yours.
Rule 3: If the napkin is larger than your lap, fold it such that it just covers your lap.
Rule 4: In polite society, movements at the dinner table tend to be small, so don’t make any ostentatious displays like wildly shaking the napkin to open it. Just unfold it.
Rule 5: Don’t wait for the food to be served before you open your napkin. Should your napkin still be sitting on the table when the food arrives, the server may have to create space to set your plate.
Rule 6: Should you have to leave the table during the meal, leave the napkin, loosely folded, on your seat or on the table to the left of your plate. Also put the loosely folded napkin to the left of your plate when you’re done eating, never on the plate.

There are such beautiful napkins displayed in blogland...take a look at yours. I'll bet you have gorgeous ones too.
I have a combination of solids and pattern. I tend to use a lot of solids, however, I'm expanding my collection to add more variety. Here's a sample...

{monogrammed linens are a favorite}

How do you store your napkins so that you can view them when planning a table?
Let me know, I'm always looking for creative ways to organize my treasures!

Here are a few sites in napkin folding:

Napkin rings? post, I promise!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hello Fall!

What great weather we're having this week...fall is here!
I'm sharing a table that is a bit different from the traditional orange and yellow.

The tablecloth is really a pashima. I found it and the chargers at Pier 1. The colors are so pretty, a bit muted, perfect for cooler weather.

The utensils belonged to my great-grandparents. They date back to 1918 and were purchased from a hardware store, can you imagine?

The white chargers were from Marshalls, the dinner plates are from Williams-Sonoma Marketplace via Goodwill.

I'm linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!

Happy Fall!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


We're making progress on my SA bed.
It had a few nicks and missing pieces...a little chippy...but that's OK.
Character, right?

I've looked for replacment pieces for the scrolls and corner pieces, but haven't had much luck.

This corner piece looks familiar, doesn't it? I just can't find the size or the 90 degree angle..

I did however find beaded pieces to replace the curved section at the bottom.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


...if you're looking for something cute or creative, just click off this post...
you're not going to find it today.

today i'm wollering...ever have one of those days?
...ok a few days?...

today i'm feeling better.

i'll just call it an attitude adjustment.

a fresh new haircut and new makeup didn't hurt either.


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