Dianne's Creative Table

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Check it Out!

It all started in Texas!

Anna runs this wonderful shop during the October Antique Week in Round Top, TX just overflowing with imported linens and clothing from Austria. 
Anna is from Austria and she returns there every winter and purchases handwoven fabrics from the local women.  
She had rolls and rolls of grain and feed sacks that could be purchased by the yard.  If you look in the upper right corner of the above photo, you will see a roll without color.  This roll contained two 90" runners that were very soft compared to the other rolls.  This particular fabric is woven for blankets.  The strips are 90" long and about 15" wide and several are sewed together to make a blanket.  I bought both pieces on this roll because it felt so good in my hands I couldn't resist.  
I purchased this runner and about 3 of it's cousins (You can see them HERE and HERE).  In fact, I spent more money on table runners than anything else.  I couldn't resist!  Well, that's not true, because I did resist and only bought 3 runners for me and one for my MIL instead of the twenty or thirty I wanted!  You can see the weave clearly in this photo, along with the bird's nest still attached to it's branch that my husband brought me.  
When I saw these red checked placemats on Ebay, I knew they would complement the weave in the runner.  

I added my Johnson Brothers bowl and pitcher that I also brought home from the antique show.

The chickens, sitting in a nest of aspen wood shavings, came from Home Goods last year.  
I added the woven rattan chargers to echo the nest.  The red polka dot glasses are from Old Time Pottery. 

I have had the wrought iron candle holders forever.  
Flatware is Cambridge from Ross and napkins from Home Goods.  White square plate from Old Time Pottery topped with an Mikasa Antique White salad plate. 
This table has been without flowers for several days so I decided to try gathering some blooms from our yard, but they seemed to have succumb to the heat.

The Oak Leaf Hydrangeas really perked up when they were in the cool house and had a long drink.  I did too! 

I will be joining the following parties:

Let's Dish!

Tablescape Thursday

Seasonal Sunday


  1. I love white and the chick and roos are so adorable and elegant in white. The tablescape is fab with lots of white too! Loving those blankets from Anna. How wonderful she can go to the USA and back to her home in Austria. Thanks for sharing such lovely post.

  2. This is such a warm and welcoming table. Love the runner and then the red and white check placemats are perfect with it. Really enjoyed this table!! Hugs, LINDA

  3. Aww this is my kind of table. I love your beautiful red gingham placemats and the runner is indeed wonderful. One day I will make it to roundtop! Must meet up with Anna, have to have one of those beautiful blouses. be blessed, xo marlis

  4. I also like the checked placemats and the use of just white dishes. Very stiking.

  5. Love this! Add some blue and you will be ready for July 4th!
    Thanks for linking this to Let's Dish! Very cheerful table!

  6. Lovely table design! Do you know how to reach Anna outside of the show? Does she have a web or blog??

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  8. This is a really great table! You just can't beat mostly white with some touches of red. I have always wanted to visit that particular show -- maybe this year, now that the husband is retiring.

  9. Please pack it all up and mail to me right away! :-) I love those red & white checkered placemats!!! Wow! They really DO work incredibly well with the runners! And I love it that you chose the red polka-dotted glassware to complement but not "match" the placemats. Very nice! This is a gorgeous table, and I love all the texture on it. Even your centerpiece sat up and took notice!

  10. Roundtop is on my bucket list! I adore your table and would like to roost there along side your chickens :) Your check placemats and your polka dot glasses are the perfect pairing!

  11. Love your tablescape. Oh how I wish I was closer and would purchase many items from Anna.Red and white is my favourite as you would have seen with my toile runner.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog

  12. I am so impressed with your table setting, but what I really love about this post is that I can imagine sitting down here with lots of friends and family and having a great time. Everything just looks so inviting! You did a wonderful job - thanks for sharing this!

  13. Beautiful tablescape!! I love it all and those place mats from E-bay really set it all off!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  14. A perfect summer table...love the red/white gingham checked placemats. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!

  15. Beautiful! Love the runner.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  16. I am late, of course,....is the story of my life right now. I think Suzanne is rubbing off on me! Smile... This table has a wonderful homey, comfortable yet beautiful feel. It is one of my favorites you have posted...