I just couldn't figure out what to do with it once I got it home, so I stuffed it in the old china cabinet, order the missing salad plate from Ebay, and just looked at it. It was 4 months before I found my inspiration.
Don't you love the Johnson Brothers color application?I started with a woven placemat that brought out the deep maroon. I really struggled with the charger and for a hour or so, I thought I might not use a charger at all. Once I picked up the centerpiece, I knew the rattan chargers would be perfect.
Several years ago Mr Creative and I took a Bonsai class and we were so proud of our creations, until a few months later when they died. But it didn't matter, I was obsessed with Bonsai. We toured Bonsai gardens in CA and at the National Arboretum and they always make me swoon.
Since I didn't do well with my first Bonsai, I decided to go a different route this time and I rented one!
The Little Tree Shop in Nashville, with the most adorable shop dog, allowed me to rent this beautiful specimen for week.
Sweet hubby brought the stones home. He just gets it! The wispy dried cyprus needles were just piled up on the corner of my deck. It started to look good, but I didn't like the seams showing.
I tried some dried moss, but it wasn't enough.
The night of our dinner party, sweet hubby ran in just after dark with a present from the woods. MOSS! I quickly placed it on the rocks before the guest arrived. I had to take the photos the next day so you could see the moss.
We had chicken stew with homemade noodles and chocolate pie for dessert and I didn't even have to cook. Our sweet friends Thom and Suzanne brought the yummies.
The candlesticks are from friend Suzanne, the globes are from Home Goods.
The napkins are also from Home Goods. Never could figure out what to do with them
Forgive the B & B container, I forgot to put out butter and these friends are like family.