Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hope and Sunshine...

It's been a tough week here in Colorado. You like to believe where you live is a safe place, but something like what happened at the movie theater could happen anywhere. It's difficult to read about the victims without a breaking heart. I hope the healing can begin.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” --Mohandas K. Gandhi

Living up to my reputation as the Queen of Procrastination, I put together my tablescape today. It's not as hot as it has been, but I did burn myself grabbing the flatware when I was done! I guess I was pretty determined to set an outdoor table!

I hope you think it was worth it!

I tried to shoot the photos while standing in
the shade, but the sun still found me!

The fabric I used for my topper was my inspiration this week. I bought it for a project I am doing for my daughter's apartment. This is the only time it will be on a table!

The glass bird worked best for this table.

Of course, it's past peony season, but I think
 these silk ones are very pretty! Were you fooled?

Etched glasses, blue glass cups, white and blue plates, and mosaic vase are from Goodwill.
Taupe plates and matching bowls are from Ross.
Plain stemware is from Dollar Tree.
The rest of the things came from somewhere, but my brain is fried, so I won't even guess.  

I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes
You're Gonna Love It at Kathe with an E
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
The Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp
Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Sunday Blog Love at Cherished Treasures
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally

Be sure to visit my sister's blog at Robin Flies South...


Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a pretty and "cool" tablescape -- even if it was hot outside. I can definitely see how you were inspired by the fabric! It makes a great statement, and you complemented it really well with your dishes and accessories. So glad I didn't miss it!

Aledia said...

Oh my!! What a gorgeous setting!! I truly love the colors you chose and the material is beautiful! Your dishes and flatware are so pretty, love the aqua glasses!

Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful night!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

I was fooled! Silk flowers have come a long way! Your tablescape is very lovely! You used my favorite colors!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

An absolutely GORGEOUS tablescape- wow, beautiful and then some- it all comes together perfectly.

I am so sorry you burned yourself outside doing it- I cannot take much more of this heat and drought - it rained yesterday- and we needed it so much, but now it is just like a swampy hot humid mess with the sun back out today.

Ugh. I loathe summers like this. Ya can't DO anything outdoors!!!!!

Anyway, enough of my complaints, I LOVE your table.

Marlis said...

I think I'd be reconsidering that fabric as it's soooo beautiful for a table. What an inspiring piece. I love the dishes you chose and yes,, i was duly taken in by the fabulous fauxs. I am so glad you risked life and limb to take those beautiful pictures.. Great great table. xo marlis

Dianne said...

I love the colors on this table. Aqua and that cool tan are just wonderful together. I agree with Marlis about that incredible material! Dianne

Mary said...

I love your inspiration fabric for your table and your layered dishes complement it perfectly! I love peonies~ faux are the next best thing since their season is so short :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your outdoor table is beautiful. Well worth the effort, even in the heat. Love the Aqua and mocha combination.

Jocelyn @

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

The colors in your tablescape look cool and refreshing. With your beautiful faux flower, one would never suspect you were suffering from the heat. Great photography!

Visiting from You're Gonna Love It.

Kathe said...

Oh Elaine you were so brave to set a table outside even though it was just a tad cooler today! I love the fabric and the taupe plates. Yep, your faux flowers fooled me lol! Your photos are so beautiful!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Elaine!

The colors of your table somehow mask the heat of your backyard. And with that peony and I would think it's Spring!
We can pretend, can't we?

Thanks for sharing at my party :)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

That fabric was the perfect inspiration! Even the silverware looked perfect! I would probably be keeping that fabric because that is so pretty! I am deeply saddened by the tragedy here in CO as well.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

It was definitely worth it! Gorgeous tablescape...right out of magazine! I was fooled too. :) I love your quote by Gandhi. :) New follower!

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

That is so beautiful and your photos are gorgeous!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Breathtaking table and setting!!

Entertaining Women said...

I would have never guess that your gorgeous tabletop items were thrifted. Great eye for beautiful things at a bargain price! I love the color story, the taupe with the aqua is stunning. So much to like here...yes, I thought that peonies were real...thought that you'd picked them up at the florist. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

The colors are so pretty together. The peony looks real to me! Your daughter's apt will be so pretty with that fabric. Hope you share what you do with it. New follower!

Tricia said...

What gorgeous fabric! You'll have to show us how you use it for your daughter's place. I really need to hit a fabric store for some table-toppers like this! I love the colors you've used with the wonderful pattern.

Chubby Chieque said...

Your color and materials chosen are my new found love. I am in these phase with turquoise, white brownish.
Ahhh... LUV them.

Happy TS,
/CC from Stockholm

Kathleen said...

Elaine, I just got the gift card I sent you back in the mail, saying there is no such number?
I must have copied it wrong from the email.
Could you resend it? I was wondering why I didn't hear from you that you got it! I will remail it right away!
I'll be back to visit your table!

allisamazing said...

I love how your dishes complement the colors in the topper - it is just lovely :)

sweet violets said...

Thanks for braving the heat!!! This table setting is so very cool and the fabric!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Yes, ma'am! Totally worth it! I am glad that you were brave enough to get out there! We actually got some rain last night after like 6+ consecutive weeks without any, so the air was cooler albeit quite a bit more humid this morning. The sun is going full blast right now, and we're sittin' in the mid-90s which is as cool as it has been for quite sometime. Back into the triple digits by the weekend. :-( I LOVE that mosaic vase!!!!!!!!!! (And yes, I was fooled at first by the flowers in your centerpiece. That's the hallmark of good faux flowers, though!)

Amy Kinser said...

Such a wonderful table setting. That would be a lovely place to dine.

Looks like you have good luck with Goodwill finds!

Robin said...

I just realized I hadn't commented yet! Looks like a nice cool summer day in Colorado from this table. The vase is so pretty and that silverware looks different each time you use it.

Robin Flies South

Ann said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Feathered Nest Friday Blog Hop. I just love this!! In fact, I'm working on a tablescape of my own (I plan on posting it next week) with material that has very similar colors and design for my tablecloth, as well! Even on a hot day, your spread looks cool and collected! Thanks for sharing.

Ann @ Cairn Cottage

Maria Elena said...

How gorgeous! I just love your table! The fabric is beautiful! Everything looks so pretty!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

What a lovely setting. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Charm of Home. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Shabby chic Sandy said...

So pretty!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Beautiful table! This looks so serene and lovey!


Gorgeous table outdoors, it sure was worth the "little burn", lol..I'm loving the colors you chose, so fresh and inviting. I'm so partial to blue and soft brown, along with the beautiful tablecloth and lovey china..perfect! Thank you for your sweet comments.

SavannahGranny said...

You are soooo funny. I love your photos of the table and the one of the sky is fabulous.
I really love all the colors. The blue and brown is a favorite color combo of mine. I wish our goodwill had good stuff like yours.
Thanks for sharing, now get back inside.
xo Ginger

Marigene said...

Beautiful even has cooled me off just looking at it, even though it over 100° for the umpteenth day.

Cathy said...

So soft and lovely,I am really turning my likeing to these colors.
Since we are over 100 here in Texas, I have not even thought about trying go outside for a tablescape.

Cathy <')

Sarah said...

The peonies did fool me! Your table is exquisite, Elaine. Everything about this table setting gives a cool and relaxing feel. I could spend hours here. I love the color combo you used.

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful outside tablescape. Love your stack of dishes on the cute tabletopper. Your tables are always so beautiful especially outside. The centerpiece is lovely. Take care of your burn.

Kathleen said...

This is lovely! The fabric is so pretty, your dau won't mind a few spaghetti stains on it, it adds character! :)
Love the taupe with the blue, and the way the fold of the napkin mimics the peony petals, so pretty!
Prayers for healing for the people of Colorado. It can happen anywhere. I am still not over 9 11 here in NY.
It is just so hard to believe the senseless murders.
Hope you get cooler weather!
Thanks forbsharing at Let's Dish!

southernscraps said...

Beautiful table! I love the color combination.

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Emma said...

The table looks beautiful! And yes, I love the fabric ! :)

SmilingSally said...

Hi Elaine,

Please place a link to Blue Monday on your post and return to link in again to Mr. Linky. You can find the code when you click on the blue bird located in my sidebar.


Carmel Cole said...

wow, you did a fantastic job in your table setting there. i wish i could do that to my husband one of these days.. i love the color combination that you used. simple yet elegant. Hope you can stop by at my blog: Blue Monday.

The Tablescaper said...

This is gorgeous, so cooling. I have those blue plates and am always on the look out for a few more. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What an intimate little garden setting--just lovely!

Quirky Little Building

Diann said...

Well, I say this tablescape was SO worth it! It is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! love the colors and all the beautiful dishes. Stunning job! Thank you for sharing this with us last week at TTF. I hope you are having a terrific week!

chubskulit said...

Absolutely worth it!

Late visit from Blue Monday. Come aand see my BLUE, when you get a chance.

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

So beautiful! Love the colors. Megan

Our Pinteresting Family said...

So beautiful! Love the colors. Megan

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Beautiful!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.