Dianne's Creative Table

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

And This Little Piggy

Well, it's that time again.  My out of town sisters are coming for a visit and they have requested their favorite menu Smoked Shoulder with Alabama White Sauce.  I've done this menu so many times, I am running out of table ideas to keep it fresh. 
Lucky for me, Home Goods & Dillard's had loads of great ideas!  

Placemats from Dillard's 50% off and an additional 40% off over the weekend! 

Table runner, Dillards 65% and additional 40% = free!
Rusted pigs from Home Goods.  Aluminum pots from Target. 

Everything else on the table is from my stash of stuff and had been used over and over.
I will try to remember to take some pictures of the smoking process and the meal on Saturday.  Happy Labor Day y'all!
Come see the fun at Kathleen's party Let's Dish Farewell to Summer and Tablescape Thursday.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Did Jed Clampett Do It This Way?

Strange couple of days around here.  Last night we heard something stirring around in our bedroom, but after a Margarita, neither of us had the energy to get up and check it out.  
This morning I discovered some droppings in the bathroom.  They didn't look like what I would expect from the dog.
Around 11:00 Mr CT came home and opened the dishwasher and discovered this

We were both stunned.  How did a live baby possum get in the house, let alone in the dishwasher???  Apparently, that is what we heard stirring around in the bedroom last night.  Really creepy!
You might notice the unwashed frying pan.  Mr CT tried to get him to climb into the pan, but he wasn't having any part of it.  We aren't sure if it was a he or she and we sure weren't getting close enough to look!
Some tongs, the frying pan and very long arms finally got the baby outside where he or she belonged!  
Oh, and in case you are wondering why Daisy didn't alert us?  She was actually afraid of it! 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Where Have I Been???

I know I have been blog-absent lately, but I have really adorable excuse.  Meet the newest member of our family.
This is Daisy!  We think she is a Beagle/Jack Russell mix.  She is between 1 year and 18 months old. We adopted her in June from the Wetumpka, AL shelter.  You might be tempted to ask, "why AL, instead of adopting in TN"?  It's a story, but not a long one.  
Daisy's favorite toy, a squeaky ball
We attended a meeting about Diabetes Alert Dogs and decided we needed one.  Mr CT, has type 1 diabetes and has lots of low blood sugars when he is working hard for long hours.  Diabetes alert dogs that are trained cost $40,000, but you can train your pet to detect high and low blood sugars for about $600.  No brainer for us, except, we didn't have a dog.  
We asked the trainer to help us find a suitable dog for  this important job.  
About 2 weeks later, we received a call about this sweet little girl that had been in USDA scent training, but flunked out b/c  she was afraid of the sliding doors at the airport.  She ended up in the Wetumpka shelter and on the working dog rescue network.
Thanks to a wonderful volunteer, we were able to get Daisy to our forever home in TN.  I wasn't sure how this was going to work out b/c Mr CT, has never had a dog and said no every time I asked about getting one.  

Daisy has won Mr CT's heart
Daisy goes with him in the truck every day and sticks by his side at home.  She takes naps in my lap, but she is a Daddy's girl for sure.  
Very smart and easy to train.  So smart, she even took her own selfie! 
 We were concerned about how 16 year old Punkin would react to a dog after having the rule of the house.  

Punkin's favorite bed is a Dillard's bag.
 They aren't best friends, there is still a lot of swatting going on, but they tolerate each other.  
Daisy has completed the Basic Manners class and will start obedience training soon.  Once she completes obedience, we will be ready to enroll in the alert training program.  I also want to start Agility training with her at some point, but she already has a lot on her plate.  
It's enough to make a toddler need a nap!  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hot Summer Fun

A few weeks ago some friends gathered in our dining room for dinner.  I wanted the table to reflect the hot summer days we have in TN.
I started with this bright colorful runner I found on clearance at Home Goods last year. 
I added wooden candlesticks and some grapevine from our back yard.  

Some colorful chickens for no special reason except that the colors worked well. 
 I topped the candlesticks with some mosaic globes that have a lovely glow.  
 Placemats from Old Time Pottery, chargers from Linens & More, yellow ColorWheel dishes and Cambridge flatware from Ross.

Hand stamped & colored name cards. Hens for the women and Roosters for the men.  
 Glasses from OTP.  I think the pattern looks like fireworks.

Incredible salad with figs, walnuts, parmesan made by one of our guests.  
 Nothing better than good food with great friends.  

Sharing at: Tablescape Thursday

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bridemaid's Luncheon

Several months ago my MIL and I decide to host the bridesmaid's luncheon for a cousin's wedding.  My MIL is the flower queen and of course, setting tables is my thing, easy right?  Well, the wedding was in Memphis and the home for the luncheon was 30 miles outside of Memphis in Mississippi, in a home that we have been to visit only once. It had the makings of a logistical nightmare.

This is the home as you come down the driveway.  it is owned by one of hubby's cousins.  
The blank canvas.
My MIL brought her beautiful linens.  She also made the fresh boxwood topiaries.  
We planned to use the dishes, glassware, silver, etc, that was already in the house, but we didn't know exactly what we would be working with.  As you can see, we had plenty of choices!  
We used different placemats and glassware for the Bride and her Maid of Honor. 

I don't know the name of the pattern, but isn't it just lovely? 
Putting my past flower shop skills to use, adding the finishing touches to my MIL's arrangement. 

The place setting is Lenox Snow Lilly.  We kept it simple without chargers. Sweet china name cards I purchased on Ebay years ago.   I brought the pink glassware b/c it was a perfect match to tie in the flowers.  
I prepared the plates ahead of time in the kitchen.  The girls abandoned the plan to use the magnolia leaves as name cards at the reception.  
Fruit salad with passed Poppyseed Dressing and my favorite chicken salad. 

Now just a little tour of the house.

Sitting room just off the kitchen. 

 Floor to ceiling aquarium complete with bass.  

The wedding party.  
The lovely family that owns this home.  Sadly the two oldest girls were taken in a train accident about 15 years ago, shortly after this portrait was completed, and the mistress of the home went to be with the Lord last year.  What a joyful reunion that must have been! The youngest girl is one of the bridesmaids.