Dianne's Creative Table

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Red & White Dinner With Friends

It was time to gather all our friends and have a summer dinner.  I had visions of a Utah desert inspired table, but when I opened the drawer and saw the quilted place mats, I quickly changed gears.
Placemats - Home Goods
Rattan Chargers - Linens & More
Red Plates - Home Goods
Johnson Bros White plates
Gingham napkins- Pier One
White striped glasses - Old Time Pottery
Flatware- Onieda Sheraton
Crochet runner - Queen of Hearts
I just love the cheerfulness that red and white brings to a table!  

Daisy Mae wanted to make sure the olive oil on the table was up to her standards. 

Annabells from my garden.  They will keep for years before they fade.  Wooden trough from Round Top.  
Summer Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce & Grilled Chicken (recipe below)
Arugula Salad with Prosciutto and Fig Basalmic Dressing
Homemade Focaccia with Herb Infused Olive Oil
Lemon Ice Box Pie with Blueberries and Whipped Cream

Pasta Recipe

This is one of the BEST summer recipes for ripe tomatoes ever!  I add fresh mozzarella or grilled Chicken strips, or both. It is very important to use only Angel Hair pasta.   

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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