Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Capitol Reef

The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation... such is the nature of art. ~Jeb Dickerson
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. ~Henry David Thoreau

When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

 Clouds on clouds, in volumes driven, Curtain round the vault of heaven. ~Thomas Love Peacock

 The hooded clouds, like friars, Tell their beads in drops of rain. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation... such is the nature of art. ~Jeb Dickerson

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. ~Edward Abbey

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bird's Nest Soup

Last fall, I purchased these paper placemats at a vintage store in Atlanta.  I loved the muted colors and thought they would be great for spring.  
I used clear chargers and plates so I could enjoy the placemats.  
The runner was found at a flower shop in Collierville, TN shopping with my husband's aunt.  She is so much fun to shop with!  When I got the runner home, I found it was about 20" longer than my table so I called the shop and paid for a second one so I could use them down each side of the table instead of placemats.  My sweet Aunt picked it up and mailed it to me! 
 Bird's nest under glass with some twigs seemed to be the perfect simple centerpiece.
 Vintage tarnished candlesticks from Round Top and French Bleu Vintage.  
 I just didn't take very many pictures because I quickly tore the table apart for a family Memorial Day BBQ.  
I haven't been on blogger much lately.  I don't get as excited about setting a pretty table and show it to like minded friends as I used to.  I can see that I am not the only one that feels the same way.  We are in the process of planning a major kitchen and master bath remodel and all the pretty dishes will be packed away until they have a forever home in my new cabinets! 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Spring!

 The Hill Road cherry trees are bloom!  It's usually the very first sign of spring for us.  It means Mr Creative's telephone will ring non-stop as people get out in their yards and realize it's time for that landscape project. 
One home project he did was to put lights on our cherry trees, but he just lit every other and I have begging him to light them all.   
I added a little Redbud and some Verbena to my cherry blossom bouquet.

Sweet unmarked bunnies from The Classy Flea in Atlanta. 
 Mikasa Petite Bone Silver Shadow.  It has beautiful cherry blossoms and precious details with the ruffled edge, the faint blue line and although not visible in the photo, they have embossing just under the blue line.  China was purchased on a trip home from Atlanta at a random antique store.  I almost walked away from it until the booth owner agreed to my lowest offer.  
 Cute honey bee name card holders given as a gift at the Antique and Garden Show years ago. 
Pink crystal from Goodwill in Destin. 


We had a small family dinner with my children to celebrate their March and April birthdays and to send  my son off to Greece to film a strange and dangerous Easter ritual called Rocket Wars from a drone.  You can read more about the wars here: Chois Rocket War.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ducks Unlimited

Ahh, March in Tennessee.  Mr Creative's birthday is in March and this year was a big one worthy of celebration.  I invited friends and family over for a surprise party, but the weather looked like it had another plan.  Over the years I recall celebrating outside in the beautiful sun and inside due to rain or cold, but I don't ever remember moving inside because of snow.  This year we had the latest snowfall in TN history on top of about an inch of ice, just a few days before the planned party.  I thought we would have to cancel, but it the sun came out and melted most of the snow away.  

I took my inspiration for the table from these wonderful American Limoge plates found in an antique store in Ft Walton, FL.  I love the colors and vintage look of the pattern.  I paired the dishes with many items I have had for years.  
The centerpiece starts with a wavy mirror from Ikea and a copper pitcher and candlesticks both from Home Goods.  I added some dried hydrangea and twisted vines from our back yard.  
The Copeland mallards are from a local antique mall and had just the right colors to use the hemstitch napkins from World Market. 

I love using glass globes on pedestal candlesticks.  It softens the light, but also catches any wax drips.  These were found at Home Goods several years ago. 
Blogging allowed me to set the table and have everything ready without a hint of the surprise.  
Before the guests arrived, I was able to catch some photos with the blue light. 

Mexican Short Ribs
Chocolate Cake with Nutella and Fudge Icing

We actually celebrated three birthdays.  Our friend Kevin, my MIL and my hubby.  My daughter's birthday was the same day, but she was celebrating with her beau at Disney.
Even though we have had nothing compared to some parts of the country, I really want to believe that the the snow and ice is over and done with for this year! 
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