Saturday, September 15, 2012

Classic Red,White, and Blue Tablescape

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather!  It is gorgeous in Alabama this weekend!   Today I am sharing a tablescape I did recently that is sweet, simple and fun and totally done in red, white and blue.  I truly love this color combination.  It is perfect any time of year, not just for Memorial Day and July 4th.  I actually did this during the Olympics, but I left it out for the start of the college football season.  Did I mention that the colors of Ole Miss are red and blue?  I added an Ole Miss plate on an easel and now it is perfect for a few more weeks!  

I started with a vintage quilt as the tablecloth.  I simply gathered the corners 
and tied it with red and white gingham ribbon.  

As another vintage touch, I layered a small, antique tablecloth on top of the quilt.  
I found it recently at a wonderful antique store for fifteen dollars.  I thought it was quite a bargain! 

 Next I added silver chargers and topped those with polka dot chargers in red, white and blue. 

Next I added Longaberger dishes in alternating red and blue.  

As a whimsical touch I finished each place setting with a tiny Mason jar wrapped with gingham ribbon.  I added a candle just for fun!  Bandana napkins finish each place setting. 

As a centerpiece I used a white tray that I purchased at Target.  I
 have used it so much - it is very versatile! 

I topped the tray with a vintage Ball jar filled with daisies.  Next came an apothecary jar that I filled with red hots and blue and white candies (mini York peppermint patties to be exact).  When I change to a fall tablescape the decorations become a snack... yummy!) 

You know I love Plush Pumpkins!  I even have them in red, white and blue. 

My friend Lynda gave me this darling egg plate for my birthday.  Every southern girl needs an egg plate.  This is perfect with the red, white and blue table!  Go Rebels!!! 

A final look - This tablescape just makes me smile :-)

I love this cheerful tablescape!  Thanks so much for visiting Buttercup Bliss.  Now, Ole Miss is playing so I am going to cheer on the Rebels! 

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cute and Easy - A Burlap Fall Wreath!

Today I am sharing with you a quick, easy project that you can whip up in less than an hour (or two at the most!)  I am sure like me, you are ready to begin decorating for fall.  I adore autumn - it is my very favorite season of the year - although I have to tell you in Alabama, fall comes pretty late!  It is still really hot here! And it will be for quite a while! But, that doesn't stop us from decorating for the season!!  It is time to bring out the fall decorations and cheer on our favorite college football team ~ another favorite fall pasttime!

To make this fall wreath you will need the following:  a straw wreath, burlap, several coordinating fabrics, a jar lid (or anything you have on hand to trace the perfect circles), sharp scissors (I had to buy a new pair because my boys constantly use my scissors to cut anything you can imagine ~ really, even shrubs!!), an assortment of straight pens, and grosgrain ribbon.

This will truly be the easiest project you do this fall!  Simply begin tracing and cutting circles out of the burlap and the three additional fabrics.  Get ready, you need a lot of circles!  Use  the larger circle for the burlap and the smaller circle for the colorful fabrics.  I just loved the cheerful fall colors in these fabrics that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I purchased 1 1/2 yards of the burlap and 1/3 of each of the others.  This is more than enough for one wreath - in fact, it may be enough to make another one.  I may be decorating my office door at work!

After you have cut out a bunch of circles, begin randomly pinning them to the wreath form -layering the colorful fabric on top of the burlap while alternating the patterns.  I found straight pins with colorful tops that matched the material.  This adds a little interest. :-).

Hmm... I just realized that I didn't take any pictures while I was actually making the wreath. I always forget that!  Please tell me you can follow my directions with out the aid of pictures.  :-)

After you have finished, simply loop a length of a coordinating grosgrain ribbon through and tie it at the top.  I actually bought two additional grosgrain patterns thinking that I would layer one on top of the solid brown, but decided to use just the chocolate brown ribbon by itself.  The other was really cute, but I decided it might be too "fussy".  When in doubt, keep it simple!

So... there you have it!  A simple, easy craft project that can be completed in a few hours and under $20.00.  That is my kind of project!!  It is perfect for our back door that leads to our screened porch. Don't you agree, back door friends are best? 

Happy fall decorating!!

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

My 100th Post - Happy Everything!

I sat down to write a blog entry and realized it was my 100th post!  Woo Hoo!  Thanks for reading my little blog. It has been so much fun to be able to share with friends and so many people I have met through blogging!  I remember when I didn't really even know was a blog was - thanks Lynda for introducing me!!  I will say again that I will never be a big blogger with thousands of followers and that is okay!  That is not the point - I am enjoying the creativity of writing, sharing crafts, decorating, the occasional recipe and more.  

Now, back to the title of this post - Happy Everything!  For my birthday in August, my sister gave me a Happy Everything cookie jar.  I was familiar with the Happy Everything platters, but I had not seen the cookie jar.  I love it!!  It is now prominently displayed in my kitchen.  I look forward to buying more seasonal attachments to use throughout the year.  They are too cute!!!  Are you interested in the Happy Everything plate or cookie jar?  Check out this website here.  

I also feel like Happy Everything sums up how I feel right now.  As you may know Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast this week on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  What are the odds?  Hurricane Katrina was the worst natural disaster to hit our country.  Our home was destroyed by Katrina.  In fact, this devastating loss happened less than six weeks after my mother passed away.  Needless to say this was an awful time in our lives.  I will say, however, that God used that time to teach me in a powerful way, what is truly important in life - family, friends, and faith!  Homes can be rebuilt (and ours was), but the love of God and precious family are the things that keep us going. 

On the seventh anniversary of Katrina, I was anxious about a storm in the gulf.  I am sure that anxiety was running wild throughout the coastal region as everyone stocked up on food, gas, batteries, water and checked their generators.  I am so happy to report that we made it through the storm fine!!  God is good!  I do ask that you say a prayer for those who were effected by the flood waters caused by the extreme rainfall caused by Isaac.  

From our little corner of the world, enjoy your Labor Day weekend! Happy Everything!!!