Dianne's Creative Table

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Best Find Ever!

Last fall my hubby and I went to Atlanta for a weekend.  After reading about A Classy Flea on several posts, I had to see for myself.  Well.... it didn't disappoint.  We took our time looking at everything they had to offer.  I picked up several cloches, some silver candlesticks and other odds and ends, but I put it all down when turned the corner and I stumbled on a sweet stack of plates.  13 plates, 8 salad plates, about 5 soup bowls and a large stack of bread and butter; Homer Laughlin Eggshell Georgian for only $19.50!  I couldn't believe my luck and as everyone reading this will understand, I certainly couldn't leave them behind!
I brought them all home, got on Ebay, filled in the gaps and then began the search for something to "scape" with my new treasures. 

What do you think?

I'm not a big easter bunny person.  I prefer to celebrate my Saviour, but since bunnies are often seen in the spring, I put some tiny bunnies on the table. 

I have seen several of you clever bloggers posting pictures of the blue light and I never knew what you were talking about, but when I tried to capture some pictures with the table lights and in the candlelight, I accidently found out what you meant!  I am so happy that I caught the blue light even reflected on the plates.  Wow, it really goes away fast too.

For those of you who might have thought I lost my mind, I did go back before I check out and got the cloches and other treasures 
Thought I would share a sneak peak at a part of my latest find!  
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones. 

I will be linking up with Susan at Tablescape Thursdays and Tablescape Sundays.  Come on over and say hello. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Changing Landscape

We live in the city, but our street is unique; very large lots with horses, cows and donkeys.  We don't have those animals or a large lot, but do have wonderful wildlife in the woods on the side of our house.  We have a red fox family, a owl, blue birds, racoons, and the occasional whitetail deer.  It's nice to have some of the natural environment right next to the house, but also have the benefits of living in a neighborhood (even if the raccoon empties our bird feeders as son as we fill them up!).  I thought I would share the transformation of the view around our house and down the street as the season changed this year. 

Christmas Morning 2010
We had several snowfalls this year, but since we live on a hill, that always leads to stranded cars.  The view from my craft room window about 6:30 AM.  Needless to say, I didn't try to drive that day! 
In our backyard, we have path at the top of the woods that leads to a garden area. 
 The magnolia in the front yard is so pretty with the snow.

This is one of the fox family members.  He is scoping out a dead blackbird.

The view down the street during the May flood last year.   This is normally a very tiny creek, but with the flood, it became a raging river.  We were glad this day that we lived on top of the hill! 

Just after a wild thunderstorm last summer, the sky  and the light across our woods turned a strange shade of pink.
I couldn't really capture the color until I tried the flash.  I have never seen the sky this color before.
A beautiful winter sunset.


I'm so glad that spring is here!  I hope it has arrived where you live, or that it's at least around the corner.    Happy to be linking to Seasonal Sundays and Susan's Metamorphosis Monday

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Carousel Animals

The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show theme this year was Springtime in Paris. At the show entry, there was a large replica of the bottom of the Eiffel Tower.
Near the bottom of the tower, was the Carousel Stage with performances during the hours of the show each day and throughout the garden area, carousel animals from natural plant materials and flowers.  They were amazing!  Due to the crowd, it was difficult for me to get clean shots without people so overlook the humans and enjoy the animals.

The garden created by the Philadelphia Parks Department included this sculpted Rodin.
I hope you have enjoyed this virtual view of the Philadelphia Flower Show.  I am linking to Seasonal Sundays

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Shadow Garden

Probably the thing that caught our eye the most at the Philadelphia Garden Show was the Shadow Garden.  Technically it isn't really a garden, it was just a display, but it was so interesting.  Using only cast-off items from the garbage, beauty was created.