A Rustic Spring Centerpiece

Welcome friends and thank you for joining me today to make A Rustic Spring Centerpiece.

This rustic centerpiece is the starting point for my Easter tablescape.

Recently, I came across this twelve hole sugar mold.  It isn’t my first sugar mold but it is definitely my largest one.   Needing to know more about the history of sugar molds,  I did a bit of research.  Here is what I found:

“Sugar molds generally take the form of a long, solid block with a series of depressions into which raw sugar cane syrup could be poured. Once it dried, the syrup formed raw brown sugar cones, which was how sugar was once sold to consumers. The cones were easy to transport and store, and more refined sugar processing methods had not yet been developed.

Beginning in medieval times with the beginnings of the sugar cane trade, and continuing through the 19th century, sugar was sold almost solely in cone or loaf form. Not until about the 1820s was the term “granulated sugar” first used, transforming the way buyers and cooks use sugar. Until then, sugar had to be chipped off from the cone and then sifted until the desired level of fineness was achieved. Molded brown sugar is still available to buy in Mexico, as can the wooden molds. The brown sugar cones are also still part of the tequila-process.”

To learn more about sugar molds see Our Pastimes.  After reading this information on Our Pastimes I believe my sugar mold is from Mexico.

My sugar mold is now going to hold a bunch of succulents to celebrate Spring.  This centerpiece requires just a few supplies.  The sugar mold, twelve small succulents, little clay pots, filler for the pots, and some moss or pebbles to cover the filler.

First, fill each pot with floral foam.

Top the pot off with some pebbles.  I decided against the moss.

Make twelve of these little pots.

The final step is inserting the little-filled clay pots into the holes in the sugar mold.

Love the way this centerpiece turned out and be sure to come back soon to see my Easter tablescape.

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A Pink Santa, Christmas Tree, and Tablescape

A Pink Santa, Christmas Tree, and Tablescape is a tale of how much I love pink.

So come along for an adventure in tablescaping with vintage and thrifted finds.

The anchor of centerpiece on the dining room table is my charming pink Santa.  I found him recently in a new (to me) thrift store.  He is actually a music box from The San Francisco Music Box Company.  He plays a lovely rendition of “Have Yourself a  Merry Little Christmas”.  Santa stands on a Jadeite cake plate surrounded by a lighted bottle brush wreath.  Along the center of the table several bottle bush trees fan out from Santa.

The gold chargers were a totally unexpected but lucky find a couple of weeks ago at Goodwill.  It was discount day so they were only $1.40 each.  They are gorgeous and I couldn’t buy gold plastic chargers for that price.

Each plate is different and all found at thrift stores.  I can never resist a pretty plate featuring a pink motif.  None of these beautiful plates cost more than a couple of dollars and at least one or two less than a dollar.  The pink goblets are also a thrift store find from a few years back.  I don’t remember the exact price but I wouldn’t have paid more than a couple of dollars each for them.

The four chairs around the table have an ivory velvet socking tied to the chair back with pink ribbon.  A bit of faux lamb’s ear tucked into each stocking.

Ella Mae’s corner of the dining room is where the extra chairs moved when the bench for my bedroom did not work out and moved to the dining room.   Decked out in a few ornaments Ella Mae is as pretty as the pink bird on her shoulder, and the a gold heart-shaped ornament is where her heart would be.

Not to be outdone Lacy is wearing a skirt of lighted garland with a pink tulle belt and flower.

On the hunt board a Putz house sits on Jadeite cake plate

accompanied by several bottle brush trees, a few deer, and a car.

A pink faux sheep skin is casually thrown across the bench.  My youngest daughter is already trying to make a play for my  Santa and sheep skin.  The Santa is definitely not moving to Florida.

Of course, the pink Christmas tree is back again this year but it has a different look.  Tulle surrounds the tree on the bottom making the tree look like it is floating on a pink cloud.

I found an adorable round pink tablecloth with huge pom-pom edging for the table where the tree sits.  The ETSY seller stated that the tablecloth is from the 1950’s.  It is in wonderful vintage condition.

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Do You Like A Fun Halloween Tablescape?

Do you like a fun Halloween Tablescape?  A fun Halloween tablescape is just what I wanted in the breakfast area.

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Here is what I pulled together.

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This orange and black square scarf on the table is a thrift store find from last week.  Next, I took four old plastic chargers and spray painted them with black chalkboard paint.

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Four small luncheon plates top the chargers with an orange bowl holding a small white pumpkin. Then I added some silverware, napkins, and embellished milk bottles with Halloween straws to the mix.

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The place cards are card stock pumpkins I found at Target.  They were ready for adornment.

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Now for a candy centerpiece.  Using my rusty crusty canning jar rack I added seven jars of colorful Halloween candy.

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The chandelier got a little Halloween makeover.  I replaced the regular light bulbs with vintage-inspired light bulbs

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and added a small jack-o-lantern candle holder to each arm of the chandelier.

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Sources

 

  • Orange and Black Square table topper (scarf) – Thrift Store
  • Chargers painted with black chalkboard paint – My stash
  • Johnson Brothers Vintage White Regency Luncheon Plates – Collected over time
  • Orange bowls – Dollar Tree
  • Anchor Hocking Milk Bottles – Wal-Mart
  • White Pumpkins – Kroger
  • Orange Gourds – Wal-Mart
  • Canning Rack – Vintage Fascination No. 100
  • Mason Jars – My stash and Thrift Store
  • Silverware – On hand
  • Black Napkins – On hand
  • Jack-o-lanterns on Chandelier – Dollar Tree
  • Vintage Inspired Light Bulbs for Chandelier – Wal-Mart
  • Straws, Embellishments, Banner and Place Card Supplies – Target

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Fall Tablescape Inspiration Galore

In thinking about fall tablescapes a round-up of ideas seems like the best way to gather

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some inspiration for both myself and you.

First up is a lovely tablescape from Rhoda at Ramblings of a Southern Girl.

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Jenn at Loveland Lodge created a charming fall tablescape.

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Rita at Panoply created the prettiest cornucopia centerpiece for her fall tablescape.

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Kim at Camp and Cottage Living shares her bright colorful casual fall tablescape.

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Maryjo from master PIECES of  my Life created a divine tablescape inspired by green apples.

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Catherine from Smashing Plates Tablescapes created a colorful fall tablescape including oranges and blues.

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Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home transitions her fall tablescape into an adorable one for Halloween.

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Here is an informal tablescape I did for our abbreviated family Thanksgiving luncheon a couple of years ago.

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Hope you find some Fall tablescape inspiration here today.

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How I Made an Easter Centerpiece with Vintage Finds

Do you remember when I found eight jello molds in FTT Week 73 Vintage Finds.  I mentioned that I already had a plan for them.

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That plan was for a simple Easter table centerpiece made with vintage finds. 

Matelasse Table Runner

I started with a beautiful white table runner made from matelasse and white lace.

Jello Molds

The jello molds were ready to do their duty.

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So I filled them with Spanish moss and placed five small Easter eggs in each mold.

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With the vintage baguette board centered on the table runner I placed the eight filled jello molds on the board.

Middle Nest

 Once I had all the jello molds in place it needed a center focal point and one more jello mold did not do the trick.

Rabbit Mold

I remembered my rabbit mold from TTT Week 28 Vintage Finds and decided he would be perfect.

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So on the nest of Spanish moss he sits.

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He was just the right thing for a focal point.

Back side of Easter Centerpiece

Here we are looking at the centerpiece toward the foyer and front door.  Be sure to come back to see my complete Easter Tablescape.

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Q&E Succulent Centerpiece in a Chippy Thrifty Find 

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Get a Jump Start on Spring Projects Now

Are you as ready for Spring as I am?

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Even though it is cloudy and misty today, I’m doing a couple of quick Spring vignettes to get out of the doldrums and to share with you.  Everything just looks so bare with all the Valentine decorations put away.  

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First, I went through my vintage postcards to find some for Spring and Easter.  This white, green, and silver Easter postcard inspired a whole vignette.

White VIgnette

Since I wanted to keep the same colors I put a preserved white hydrangea in an ivory colored urn and placed it on top of couple of white books.  One of the books even has a green binding.  A silver flower frog is holding the postcard so the last element I added was a white distressed bunny that was a Target Dollar Spot find.

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This pretty German postcard translates to “warm Easter greetings”.   

Jadeite Vignette

In the dining room I put together a small Jadeite and rose vignette.  

If these three vignettes haven’t inspired you, check out these posts from past years for more inspiration.

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What says Spring more than A Terrarium of Tete-a-Tete Daffodils?

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Planting Succulents in Teacups helps prepare me to work in the garden and plant flowers outside.

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Even though I was going to skip decorating for St. Patrick’s day this year, my 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Mantel is nagging at me to decorate at least a little bit for the Irish in me.

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If you are skipping St. Patrick’s day and moving on to Easter A Thrifted Easter Vignette might get your creative juices flowing.  It even includes my 2015 Easter mantel.

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Featured by Beckie Farrant at Knock Off Decor

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Beckie featured my Pottery Barn Inspired Pizza Board post at Knock Off Decor here.

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TTT Week 32 – A Thrifted Easter Vignette

This week TTT is a bit different.

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For Easter I decided to show you what I did with some of the thrifted items that never seem to make it to the antique mall.  I made no new purchases for this vignette, it was all thrifted at one time or another.

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The shallow basket is the perfect base for a vignette.

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The white stand is from Pottery Barn but I didn’t buy it there.  I found it at my favorite thrift store.  I topped the white stand with white ironstone Johnson Brothers bread and butter plates that I found in TTT Week 20.

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The white ironstone bowl is the shallow one I shared with you in TTT Week 30.

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Some natural color shreds, a clearance bunny from Target, and a few blue speckled eggs that I had in my Easter stash makes for some inexpensive decor.

Meakin creamer

This is the Meakin creamer I shared with you in Thrifty Finds in May.  It is holding some thrifted silver butter spreaders.

Pink Carnation in pitcher

Unfortunately, this isn’t an ironstone pitcher but lovely with a pretty pink carnation bouquet.

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My daughters’ much loved Peter Rabbit always hops in for a visit at Easter.

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I should have named this vignette three bunnies.

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 I had these items on hand so this is a no new cost vignette, my favorite kind. ( Yes, I stole the pink carnations from the mantel.)

Easter Mantel

The Easter mantel was so easy to convert from the St. Patrick’s Day Mantel.  I moved the mini boxwood wreaths and hung a bunny banner that I picked up at Target.

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The vintage green Hoosier vases from TTT Week 31 sit inside two of the mini boxwood wreaths with some pretty carnations.  With the addition of two bunnies that I’ve had for years, the mantel is both simple and complete.

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Don’t we all want a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape?  I know I do even if there is only a few of us to gather for Thanksgiving.

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This was my Thanksgiving tablescape in 2012 before I started blogging but I shared it here with you last year.

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Today I’m letting the photos speak for themselves.

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Halloween Tablescapes

 I don’t normally do a Halloween tablescape but I am planning to do one this year.  So in looking for inspiration I found a few that I wanted to share with you.

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Phyllis at Around the House put together this adorable oh I mean SCARY tablescape.  Watch out if you have arachnophobia.

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Lory added some French Country appeal to her Halloween tablescape.  You know I always love something with French flair.

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Ok this is a girl after my heart.  Diane at The Olde Barn wanted to do a Dollar Store Halloween tablescape and boy did she ever.   Who knew a Dollar Store tablescape could be so lovely.

Halloween tablescapeDesigns by Pinky

 Pinky’s Halloween tablescape is just darling.

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Diane’s pumpkin centerpiece is right up my alley.  Love the crow on top!

PBK Pumpkin Treat Holder

Above is a little place setting I put together for my granddaughter last year when I made PBK Pumpkin Treat Holders.  Not exactly Halloween but she loved it and still uses these little dishes.

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