Table for Two – Intimate Settings

Take some time this Season with a little one-on-one to relax before the holiday rush really sets in.

  So many times we prepare entertainment settings for guest, family and friends which is awesome but I love to tap into quiet moments for a party of two.  For you and hubby, best friend, Mom, sister, brother, daughter or son.  Any person who is dear to your heart.  Sometimes heart-to-heart, one-on-one is much-needed and appreciated.

I am truly inspired by those who have the creative talent in the art of tablescaping.  It’s not my forte but I love to indulge. :-)!

This “Table for two – Intimate settings”  is for sushi lovers.   I decided on an alfresco setting to enjoy the FL weather.  Here are some of the items I gathered.  Simple, sweet and budget friendly.

Tablecloth in a tropical print by Tommy Bahama

Centerpiece: A DIY effort to create the illusion of a meditation water garden..  🙂 (hmmmmm???)

Bamboo mats

Japanese garden lantern 

Sushi set: Dragon fly on cobalt blue and steel chopsticks  Japanese soup and rice bowls Sake set 

Sake

Fabric prints that mix and match. The napkins are made with the same fabric use on the bar cart shown here.

Now it’s time for sushi.  It turned out to be a very calm setting. The candles made the evening more enjoyable.

 

 

 

Hope you visit again for the next “Table for Two-Intimate Settings”

Remember, giving someone your time can be the greatest gift of all.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

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Bar Cart Styling…..November Blues

I took a break from the Fall pumpkins.  Love the Fall décor, its beautiful without a doubt but I caught the November blues. Guess I caught it from some stranger.  But miraculously it all went away when I saw this wall plaque.  It was a perfect Fall day when it arrived and immediately I hung it outdoors. 

It just made me smile…

After hanging it I thought of the song, “Fly me to the Moon”.  Please take a moment and listen to this young lady Angelina Jordan…My mouth dropped to my knees and tears fell…I was mesmerized……..a voice of an angel in my opinion.

After composing myself…… I finished refreshing my bar cart in sort of a “moon and stars” theme while singing along

 

 

Have a wonderful star-filled Sunday!!!!!! Thanks for stopping by

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Fall Outdoor Setting and African Quilt

2017 Fall.

A comfy outdoor setting perfect to cozy up with a good cup of coffee and book.

A soft cotton African print quilt for chilly weather

Fall embroidered beaded pillows made from a table runner and beautiful fabric napkins 

Center the table with a basket and create a Fall Harvest basket with faux fruit and veggies

A cozy Fall setting

 

Time for a cup of mocha java

Create your outdoor setting with Autumn prints, textures and colors for Fall

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end

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Bar Cart Styling Afrocentric Safari

Hello October!

One of my favorite months.  Although it’s still hurricane season until November 30, the weather in Florida starts to cool a bit.   It’s the perfect time to give the patio a refresh especially after Hurricane Harvey.  I’ll start with the bar cart by giving it an Afrocentric Safari vibe for Autumn.  For those who know me….Ya’know  how I love Ethnic print and Animal print fabrics. 🙂

Using this  Kente African Fabric Print purchased from http://www.FWDfabrics.com I made a candle wrap, decorative rods, cocktail napkins, bar towel and a wine tie.

African Print Fabrics

Purchased two beautifully embellished animal statues from Ross 

And using items that we had:

With just a few simple items it came together nicely.  

 

Beadable custom appetizer sticks from KarenThomas.us

A natural, no-nonsense twig and leaf wreath with leopard ribbon as the wall accent

A tad different from the traditional Fall decorations but I’ll add a few more falling leaves :-)…..Thanks for stopping by.

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Enjoy your week-end!!!

Sea Shells at Summers End

Reaching the end of Summer is not welcomed….

Although Florida has warm weather year-round it still saddens me when Summer ends because our “weekly” beach excursions becomes “maybe monthly”  until next Summer.

Via

Via

I always manage to bring home beautiful sea shells each time we go to add to our collection.

 

But when your shell collection results in too many for one container to hold, then it’s time to divide and conquer with creative ways to use your shells in home decorating.

Here are a few simple ideas I’ve done that were inspired by the many shell lovers I follow and admire.

Apothecary Jar and candle ring:

Clam Shell filled with white sea shells:  Clam Shell purchased from AtHome Superstore

Add Starfish which are actually Christmas Tree ornaments from AtHome Superstore. 

Create a Shell Tray:

I strongly recommend using GE II Silicone Sealant that is clear and water proof instead of hot glue.  For the base I stacked shells and used a large Bay Scallop Shell turned upside down for the tray top.  Then painted the inside with a little sparkle.

To create an Orb:

Start with a Styrofoam or rubber ball.  Add shells until you like what you see. Super simple DIY

A Sea Shell Tassel.

Drill small holes at the tips of Alphabet Cone Shells and use monofilament wire to tie together.  The same way I drilled in making the wind chime shown here.   Drill a hole at the top and bottom of a large Knobbed Whelk shell.  Tie the tassel to the bottom hole and create a wire hook to insert in the top hole.

  

Why not replace the clapper and center string of an old wind chime with your new sea shell tassel

Plant accents:

One I really like is a simple placement of a few on the side of your house plants.

Lantern fillers:

Fill a floor lantern with larger shells, center a large flameless candle and use tiny stones instead of sand.

    

Table lantern vignette:

This lantern was a steal from Goodwill for $3.99 the bottom sticker was still on from Ross at $17.99.

After cleaning I painted the top and hardware silver metallic but left the white distressed. I was tickled how it came out.

I will be putting this lantern to good use.  The flameless candle and small shells turn out cute

but I’m thinking of using a film on the glass in a tropical scene and use this lantern it to hide the back yard bug spray. 🙂 I really, really dislike seeing bug spray sitting out. I’m always putting it under tables and chairs. Now I can give it a place where it’s quick and easy to find. 🙂 It would be similar to this:

Now that the sea shell DIYs are finished…it’s time to relax and enjoy a dream view.    Bye-Bye Sea Shore Until next Summer….

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your Summer.

Fly….out of here!

Hey there!  How’s the Summer treating you?? Sharing a little DIY that is so useful but the materials I used are so … “you got to be kidding me  silly”.  But I needed a quick and temporary fix because I was fit to be tied!

A little back ground: For those who know me, know that I spend a great deal of time outdoors.  “It’s my happy place”.  So having ice water, punch, lemonade and yes, cocktails are essential in keeping myself hydrated in this summer heat.   With that being said…..

Sooo like hum… I’m relaxing at the pool with my most favorite summer punch cocktail ….just chatting with friends:

I turned to take a sip of my refreshing cocktail and …..

Not only did I scream but dropped my precious secret ingredient punch all over me!!!  Darn that oh nasty horse-fly-bug thing!!I was fit to be tied.

I know we have all experienced a nasty fly invading our space no matter how much we take preventive measures.

  Oh and by the way…all dolled up by the pool with a bathing suit that does not touch water… a dreadful fly swatter will never be apart of our accessories. Right Ladies??    Yuck!! Tired of placing a napkin over my drink, which sinks in and gets wet and soggy… It was time to get serious and protect my precious outdoor Summer punch cocktails!!   I went online and found these wine glass covers:

2 for $21.95..Really???    Made of high-quality, polished stainless steel rim and mesh.

 

Great looking but, here is the kicker, the diameter is too small to fit my outdoor acrylic wine glasses and cups

 NEXT:

4 for $24.95.   4″ wide Gently grips rim and allows wine to breathe through its stainless steel mesh center

 

Love these. IDK… really don’t care for the colors.  The search is still on.

Until I find the perfect ones…I needed a quick solution.  I decided on a DIY using these items:

CD’s, bling magnets purchased from my grandchildren’s favorite store, 5Below and plastic coins.

 

Ok here’s the part that takes less than 2 minutes, glue the magnet onto the center of the CD to cover hole…turn over…glue the coin in the center to cover the back of the magnet.  Dress it up to coordinate with your outdoor décor.  I crack myself up…   

 

Also, another quick and crazy idea:   I purchased a sink mat for $2.99 and cut circles the size of the CD to make sure it would fit over the outdoor drinkware.  Since this is rubber, no slips and slides. can also use as coasters.

 

The small drainage holes in the sink mat are the perfect size for straws… Who knew!

 

OK,  both of these ideas are just for outdoor “informal occasions”  Not for swanky alfresco dinner parties!!!!

The next time a fly tries to makes his crash party…Be ready………

“OK Sweetie, I changed, drink refreshed and covered…Now where were we….What did I miss….”

 

 

A temporary fix until I find the right “glam-o-chic” outdoor cocktail covers.  Thanks for stopping by

 

Enjoy your Outdoor Summer Punch Cocktails…..without the flies… 🙂

All pics Google clip art

The Funky Zebra Print…. Fabric Leftovers

I think Zebra Print is….well, Funky.  You either love it or look the other way.

Exotic Animal fabric prints will always be in my fabric collection. But the Zebra print is my favorite.

Last month after finishing the outdoor table runner and a few pillows (See more of that post here)

Spring Outdoor Happy Place

I had more Zebra print fabric left.

Inspired by  Jamala over at VivaLaVintageforyourhome stated if you have left over fabric use it in other areas of your home. She showed ways in which she used her left over fabric.  Which is exactly what I did.  I made another pouf…. Did I really need another pouf..?  No but glad I did.

I placed it in my studio office beneath the credenza. I’m pleased with how it turned out. By adding black piping between each pie shaped panel, around the top center and side skirt made a difference.  25″ Finished diameter X 14″ height.

I felt it needed a coordinating pillow. So back to Hobby Lobby I went hoping they still had more of this fabric.  On sale $4.00 a yard.   They did!   Now, the decision on what type and design of coordinating pillow?   Accent, Floor, Euro…what?   Since the pouf has pie shaped panels…hmmm…..the design I chose was hexagon shaped.

Making the pattern first started out as a circle, then dividing into 6 equal parts.

But you know me, I can’t just have 1 print.  I wanted to add another print.  The best way was to add ellipse shaped  sides.  Shown in the right picture above,  the straight bottom of the hexagon was curved up.  Then I was able to make the ellipse shape pattern for the side panels.

I added piping and soft yarn tassels, a back zipper closure and filled it softly with a combo of down and poly-fill.  The top has the option to be tufted.  After attaching the top and back buttons with a long cord I left the cords unattached on the inside.  Filled the pillow while holding the two cords.  After getting the desired fullness, I  inserted my hands and tied the cords to the desired tufted amount.  It sounds more fussy than it actually is. The finished cushion is 25″ diameter.

 

Making a little seating vignette to kick off those heels and have a champagne cocktail.  The quilt I made years ago.  Quilts are another excellent way to use left over fabric and scrap fabric.

The white pillow was made from a twisted rope shag rug.  Filled with down for extra softness.

Stacking the two looks cute too.  (Idea: Stack two velvet hexagon cushions with long beaded tassels. That would look awesome in a ladies boudoir) 🙂

Did I stop? Oh No……. Still had left over print fabric so it had to be used. 🙂 Made a large rectangle with crescent-shaped ends, piping, back zipper closure and tassels.  35″ long and 25″ wide.

With all the poufs, pillows, and cushions the girls are ready for picnic entertainment.  The wicker bowl  I used in Wok Bowl Planters received the table top from my office table which fit perfectly inside as a tray for a flat surface.

It’s certainly a Funky Zebra Fest…

Now it’s back in my studio office under the credenza…. Makes for a little extra seat.

Other ways I used left over fabric and trims:  The tigers were heavy candle holders great for what are now bookends with burlap tassels glued upside down in the candle cups. The covered book.  For the air freshener I made a fur koozie with the bottom open to slip on and the top open just enough for the spray nozzle. The wood table top is covered with wall paper.

Now that I don’t have any fabric left I guess it’s time to shop for more.

Do share ways you have used your left over fabric from finished projects?  It’s always great to get and give new ideas.  I hope to see you on my next outdoor seating vignette with some fabulous new fabric prints. Thanks again Jamala at VivaLaVintageforyourhome for the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end.

Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.