Hi, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. And a great Monday and Tuesday. It sort of felt like I fell off the grid there for a bit, but I needed a couple of days to unwind from the 72 hour shop-a-style-a-thon that I had to do to get Paige’s room finished.
I’m thrilled that it’s completed and even happier that it’s been getting so much internet-love, including a feature on House Beautiful’s website. I’m less than thrilled that the “before” picture makes it look like a bunch of wild animals live here. I guess you take the good with the bad.
Today I’m excited to announce that I’m participating in my first Create and Share Challenge, hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins. This month’s challenge was to create a Thanksgiving tablescape featuring a DIY element, my specialty. #notsomuch (Someone remind me to quit signing up for crazy challenges. Please.)
We could title this challenge “Where’d that china pattern come from?” and call it a day. To say the pattern is challenging to work with is an understatement, but it was a bridal shower gift from my parents and it’s mine for life now.
You can see teal, navy, grey, black, and gold. All colors that just scream, “Thanksgiving!” I decided to throw the usual colors of brown, orange, and red out the window and stick with navy and gold. I’m not a miracle worker, people.
The sweet lady at the Market Street floral department was staring at my saucer plate with deep concern in her eyes. “Honey, those are some tricky colors. Just stick with the white hydrangea.” You can’t argue with that logic, y’all.
The hemstitch napkins and quail taper holders are from Target. I’m still stunned that neither of my sisters wanted my grandmother’s silverplate. The set was nearly black when I took ownership but now it has a beautiful glow.
The magnolia leaves make excellent place cards. (Yours will turn out prettier–my penmanship is atrocious.) I didn’t want the leaves to go to waste, so I decided to incorporate them into my garland. My strategy has always been to start with a realistic artificial garland and fill it with lots of cuttings. Same with the wreaths.
I removed all of the leaves and placed them in a pretty compote along with a gold pen. Everyone should write what they’re thankful for.
Yes, those are serious answers. I don’t joke around about my Housewives, candy, or my dog. Take your leaves and make a cluster. Cut a 6 inch length of green floral wire and wrap it around the leaves.
Can I get a hand stunt double somewhere? Seriously. Here’s what your end product should look like. (Just with nicer penmanship.)The last step is to wrap the wired leaves around your garland. Now you’ll have a nice little personal touch in your Christmas decor and something to keep Uncle Merle busy with during Thanksgiving dinner. #winwin
You may remember that the last time I created a tablescape we didn’t get to enjoy it. You’ll be happy to know that a family meal is scheduled in the dining room for tomorrow evening, most likely featuring our favorite meal, “Take Out.” It’s an old family recipe.
Be sure to check out what the other ladies in the Create and Share Challenge came up with for their tablescapes! They are undoubtedly craftier than I am.
Who’s excited for the reveal of Claire’s room on Friday? I am, I am! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!