Purple Easter Tablescape

Purple is the color to help spread epilepsy awareness, so I’m posting this today in honor of it.

What a difference a placemat makes.  I turned over the Easter Tablescape Place Mat to the solid side to make this tablescape.  I love the color purple, but living in a household full of men, I don’t usually use the color around our home.  (it’s not really a ‘manly’ color)  But for Easter, I couldn’t resist.   I hope you enjoy our Easter Table Scape.

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Easter Tablescape

It’s almost Easter!  Time for a new tablescape!  I love doing these.  They brighten up the dining area & with a plate change, the whole table looks different.  Using the Easter place mats that I made, I created 2 looks using  the patterned side.  I thought I’d share them with you.

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Christmas Wedding Couple Figurine

I know that Christmas is several months away, but I’ve always got Christmas on my mind.  When I was out shopping the After Christmas Sales, I found this little ‘Just Married’ figurine.  I didn’t have one for my Christmas Village, so naturally, I grabbed it up in a hurry.

When I got it home, I looked closely at it.  There were a few things about it that really bothered me.  Firstly, the hand of the Bride on the back of the Groom wasn’t painted.  (I could fix that)  Secondly, I wanted it to go with our wedding colors.  (if it was going in our home, why not personalize it?)  I learned a long time ago, that if it can be changed to go in our home, then why not?  That’s the beauty of crafting.  You can make it your own!  I did, you can too.

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St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

I’m still decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d share the most recent addition to our home.  To welcome people, we needed a new wreath for the door.  Since the theme for this year is the pot of gold coins that the Wee People hide under the rainbow, I thought I’d continue the same theme for the door wreath.

St. Patrick's Day Door Wreath

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St. Patrick’s Day Candle

In the St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape you may have noticed a small candle in the background.

I used my Grandmother’s ‘depression’ bowl with a plain white pillar candle & some shamrock ‘scatter’.   It brought a pop of color into an empty corner.  And it worked for the tablescape with the patterned placemats. It was simple enough that it didn’t compete with the busyness of the placemats.

But, I just can’t leave well enough alone.  It just disappeared when I used the plain/solid sided placemats.  Plain white just wouldn’t do for me.  I had to add ‘more’. I used some wire edged shamrock ribbon and some glitter stickers to add color.

I measured the ribbon around the candle. Added about an inch to it.  I cut the ribbon and folded the end under, over lapping the raw edge.  Using two straight pins, I anchored the ribbon to the candle.  But that still wasn’t enough.  So I added some glitter shamrock stickers above and below the ribbon.  That was all it needed.  Now it really adds a pop of color to the plain, boring corner of the room.

It’s now strong enough that it doesn’t disappear anymore.

I love an easy project!  This could be used for any decor, as an accent piece or a centerpiece.  You can use this idea anytime.  Whether it’s for everyday or a holiday.  Just change up the ribbon to go with what ever you’re decorating for!  You can have so much fun with this one! Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

Have you ever wondered where the ‘Wee People’ get the gold to fill their pots?  This was the idea that started this centerpiece. This centerpiece was a lot of fun for me to make, and my tablescape was decorated around it.  It all started with walk in the woods with my husband, an idea and an adorable little Leprechaun with his Pot of Gold.

I found all of my supplies at Michaels Arts & Craft storeSt. Patrick's Day Centerpiece

What you’ll need:

10″ terracotta plant saucer

hunter green acrylic paint

paint brush

Sahara foam (this is a dry foam used for artificial flowers & arrangements)

Bread Knife (it cuts through the foam easily)

Florist’s sticky clay

Florist’s tape (brown)

Floral Pins

Twigs (either bought or gathered on your own walk in the woods)

Sheet moss

glue gun & glue sticks

chop stick or wooden dowel (so you don’t burn your fingers)

Needle Nosed Pliers (so you don’t burn your fingers)

gold coins – assorted sizes (I found mine in the jewelry section)

Gold Holographic Glitter (optional) (I can never have enough glitter)

Green Floral Paddle Wire

Shamrock Glitter Stickers

Leprechaun with pot of gold

Leprechaun with pot of shamrocks

Here’s what you do:

Apply one even coat of the hunter green acrylic paint to the plant saucer.  Apply a second coat if needed to cover any areas that you might have missed.

Gather your supplies together.

Place the foam in the saucer to judge how high you’ll need to cut it. Mark the foam using the knife.  After you’ve marked the height of the saucer on the foam, you’ll want to add about 1″.


Add some strips of floral clay to the saucer.  This will help to anchor the foam to the saucer.  I also ran a bead of hot glue between the strips of clay to make sure it’s not going anywhere.  Continue to cut pieces of foam to fill the saucer. Use the floral pins to hold the pieces together.


Making your little tree:

Gather branch twigs together, turning them to form a ‘tree’ shape. When you like the way you’ve arranged them, use the floral tape to hold them together & form the ‘trunk’ of the tree.


Make a small hole in the center of the foam to put you ‘tree’ in.  Start putting the sheet moss over the foam.  Leave the center open for now.  Apply hot glue to the base of your little tree. Put your little tree into the hole.  Hold it upright until the glue dries.  This only takes a second or two.

Apply the moss to the rest of the foam, using floral pins where needed.  (the floral pins will have to be put in at an angle.)  Apply moss to cover the ‘trunk’ of the tree.  This will conceal the floral tape.


Place your Leprechaun figurines where you want them.  The figurines have a small hole in the bottom.  Since I want to be able to use them for other things later, I wanted them to be anchored, but not permanent.  Remove the Leprechauns & glue a toothpick into the foam. Place the figurines on top of the toothpicks.

Place the figurines on top of the toothpicks.

Glue some small bits of moss on to the branches to give it an ‘alive’ feeling. You might want to use the needle nose pliers for this.  (hot glue is HOT!)

Using the needle nose pliers (please, the glue is really Hot) put hot glue on the backs of the coins & hold a coin on a branch until it dries/cools.  This only takes a second or two.  Repeat until you’re satisfied.

When I liked the finished ‘tree’, I added some gold holographic glitter. It’s not really necessary, but I can never have enough glitter. There is no glue needed for this.  Glitter sticks to the moss like crazy!  (as well as to everything else, just ask my husband)

Cut some short pieces of the green paddle wire.  Make a loop on one end of the piece.  Press a shamrock sticker onto the wire loops.    



Press the ends of the sticker wire into the foam, close to the tree base.

There you have it!  A St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece that tells a story of where the Wee People get their pots of gold.




St. Patrick’s Day Reversible Placemats

I don’t know of a better way to add color to a tablescape than by using placemats.  I usually make my own because I can customize them to my tastes and they are almost always less expensive than store bought.  Another reason that I like making reversible placemats is because it takes less room to store them. (store 4 instead of 8)  It’s hard enough to organize your home as it is, especially when you don’t have that much room to begin with.

St. Patrick's Day Reversible Placemat

For this one I used the Oval Placemat Pattern from a previous post.

What you’ll need:

1 yard of patterned fabric

1 yard of solid fabric (I used costume satin.  It’s easily washed & has intense color)

Matching thread

Sewing machine

Straight pins 

Ribbon (optional) (I used 1 roll of 9′ long)

Pin the pattern to your fabric & cut 4 of the placemats from the patterned fabric & 4 from the solid fabric.


To mark the placement for the ribbon, I folded the pattern piece in half. Then I laid the pattern on the cut placemat piece & used the bottom of the fold as a guide.  (I chose this because the ribbon was printed with words. I wanted to be able to read it through the plates)  Pin the ribbon in place.

Sew the ribbon to the solid placemat fabric, stitching close to the edges.

Sew the ribbon to all of the solid placemat pieces.

Place 1 solid placemat piece on top of 1 patterned piece, right sides together.  Pin in place, leaving an opening for turning.  Repeat for all 4.

A little trick that I learned a long time ago, is to use 2 pins to mark the place where I want to begin sewing & where to end sewing.  You need to leave a space opened to be able to fit your hand inside to turn the placemats to the right side.  There’s nothing more frustrating than to sew an item, only to realize that you’ve forgotten to leave an open space to turn it. It’s such a waste of time to have to rip out stitches.

Sew all the way around the placemats, starting at one ‘different colored pin’ & finishing at the other pin.   (to leave the opening)  I usually sew about 1/4″ from the edge.  Turn the placemat, right side out.  Pin the opening closed.  Top stitch around the placemat, using matching color thread.  Top stitching the placemat closes the opening & keeps the edges of the placemat crisp.  Press lightly.

Finished St. Patrick's Day Placemats

Use the fabrics that speak to you.  These are for your home.  Customizing your placemats is easy.  Make them your own & have fun with this.

Valentine’s Day Napkin Rings Alternative

Not enough time to make your own napkin rings?  No problem. Even if you have no time at all to cut, measure or sew, you can still use napkin rings to finish off your Tablescapes.

I found these Wilton ‘engagement ring’ Party Favors at Michael’s in the wedding section. (It seemed fitting, since that’s the day that my husband proposed to me.)

Just slip them onto the napkins to add a little bling!

Still no time to go out and purchase the Wilton Party Favors?  No problem. Tie some ribbon around your napkins.  Or wrap your napkins with some holiday garland.  It’s not hard to create a pretty tablescape. Just use your imagination!

Now, that was easy!

Repurposed Valentine’s Day Centerpiece

I love after Christmas bargains.  Such pretty things at half the price.  I was shopping at Walmart when I found this Better Homes & Gardens centerpiece.  I couldn’t resist it.  But its design limited me to Christmas.  I had a better idea:

What you’ll need:

Centerpiece (Walmart)

Wire Cutters

Silk Ivy bush (JoAnn Fabrics), cut apart at base

Silk Rose Bush (JoAnn Fabrics), cut apart at base

Red heart shaped scatter stones (Dollar Store)

12″ x 12″ mirror tile (Walmart)

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