My First Year as a Blogger

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’ve been reminiscing about this past year.  Creatively Sam’s is almost a year old, and it has blown by so fast that if I let it, it will make my head spin.   I remember how scared I was when I first started my blog.  There was so much to learn (I’m still learning) and as it’s evolved, I’m getting the hang of organizing how I write my posts, getting my ideas into post form & finding the time to do it all.  I knew that I wanted it to be a ‘teaching’ blog.  I’m not getting any younger, and as morbid as it may sound, I wanted to teach what I know before I go.

The most important thing to me is my family.  My husband is my soul-mate and he makes me happier than I ever thought possible.  My son is an amazing person with a heart of gold.  He has a God given talent for the guitar (which is why I shared his video in the Merry Christmas post) and he has a gift for fixing cars.  He’s only 22 and is already an Assistant Manager of a national garage.  Both of them are very supportive of this endeavor.

Creating is my passion.  It calms me even on my worst days.  Since I started this blog at the end of January, I had Valentine’s Day on my mind.  My posts led up to my first public tablescape.  I showed how to re-vamp a centerpiece for the holiday and make a pattern for a reversible place mat.

Valentine's Day Reversible Place Mat       Valentine's Day Tablescape

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Purple Halloween Tablescape

This tablescape was inspired by the color of the plates.  I love purple, so this one was a natural for me.  I don’t usually use plastic plates, but I couldn’t resist them.  Happy Halloween Everyone!

Purple Halloween Tablescape

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4th of July Tablescape

Decorating for the holidays is always so much fun for me.  It’s an easy way to redecorate without spending a small fortune.  I still can’t get over how a change in a tablecloth, place mats, & a centerpiece can make the dining area look completely different.  The 4th of July is a fun tablescape to do because it’s filled with bright colors & sparkle!  This year, I really wanted to emphasize the color red.

4th of JulyTablescape

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Lighthouse Napkin Holders

I found these little lighthouses at the Dollar Tree.

Lighthouses from the Dollar Tree


They are adorable, but they don’t exactly match my plates.

lighthouse Plate

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Yellow Tablescape

Lately I’ve been obsessed with the color Lemon Yellow.  It all started with my Easter gift from my husband.  He gave me a small rosebush that was wrapped in yellow paper. (he knows me so well)

                                    Easter Roses

And the Forsythia bushes that my sister had given me years ago, are in bloom right now.

                                   Forsythia Centerpiece for yellow tablescape

Yes, I’m seeing yellow every where.  So naturally, I had to create a yellow tablescape.  It turned out so nicely.  (even got a compliment from my son!)

I started with a solid white tablecloth as an underlay & then covered it with a white lace tablecloth.  Then I added yellow reversible placemats (tutorial coming soon)  & yellow linen napkins. The Forsythia was placed in a large glass vase.

Yellow Tablescape with Forsythia

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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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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!