Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Best Birthday Presents

My son who is a filmmaker and editor made this video of my garden for my birthday!    He now works on a television show in Oklahoma called Found Causes and we are so proud of him.   I remember when he and his brothers were small and would make me birthday presents.  Those gifts were and still are the most meaningful.

Hope you enjoy my flower garden!

Thanks Patrick!

For more videos:

Garden Party from Patrick Kirk on Vimeo.

I am linking with:

Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday
Tablescaper's  Seasonal Sunday

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Burlap & Bunnies

I didn't get  a chance to share my Spring Easter table...too much going on at the time to get my post finished.  I wanted a natural look for my table and got a lot of inspiration from Pottery Barn. 

What's not to love about bunnies, burlap and twig chargers?

I know PB can be a little pricey if you are buying everything for your table all at once.  

I am all about getting a look for a lot less.  I made my own burlap runner a few seasons ago and have used it for several tables.  So inexpensive!
The hydrangeas were from the grocery store and were less than $10.  

The twig chargers were on sale last fall at Pier One when I purchased them. 
 I think they are one of my best finds...
I use them a lot! 

The placemats were given to me by a sweet friend as she knows 
I love pretty table linens.
They are April Cornell and the
 pattern has soft yellow, blue and green hues.  They had  just the right amount of color I needed to go with
 my china.  

The china was given to me by my grandma when I got married 35 years ago.  The pattern is Brentwood by Franciscan.  I love the color but the pattern is outdated looking to me.  

That's where dish layering saves the day...getting a whole new look with the same old dishes!

The french Gien desert/salad plates look perfect sitting on top of the Brentwood dinner plates.  The Gien plates were one of the best bargains I've ever found at Goodwill.  

 Next I placed one of the Godinger bread and butter plates that are the palest blue color.  

Both of these patterns were found at Goodwill for an amazing price.  When I looked up Gien china on the internet I was shocked by the price!  

Finally the Pottery Barn egg cloche to complete the setting.  I did manage to get 2 of  the cloches.  They have sold out for this year...I got mine on clearance with free shipping!!  Can't beat $5.99 a piece.  I do hope I can find a few more..they are adorable and I have a thing for eggs cups.   

Since I set my table for four I also used two of the handled soup bowls from my Franciscan china to finish two of the settings.  I think they are so cute with the tiny little handles.   I have used these for fruit bowls as well.  

 Finished table with all my 
favorite bunnies.

My old collection of bunnies hopped right onto the table.  I have had this big rabbit for 20 plus years.  He is one of my favorites.

The smaller blue and white bunnies were gifts from my Mom and my hubbie.    I snuggled them in the burlap and put some willow twigs along the runner and added a few blue eggs. 

The centerpiece was simply made with three hydrangeas from the grocery store ( since mine weren't in bloom at the time) and a leftover lime green rose from another arrangement I had.
I wrapped some moss ribbon around the base of the vase to give a natural look.

A few votive candles and my table was ready for Easter dinner with my family.

Even though this was an Easter table I think it would be nice for any 
spring meal.

Our menu:

Herb stuffed Porchetta
Garlic Mashed Potatoes 
Herbed Gravy
Dinner Rolls
Carrot Cake

This week I'm joining: