Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Harvest Kickstart!

Why did I title this post Harvest Kickstart? Because, I haven't created a tablescape in many weeks, and this one almost didn't happen. I don't know if I needed a Red Bull or what, but this tablescape was going SO slow! I should be was committed to doing it outdoors, and the weather was iffy all week. Anyway, it took me awhile to get back in the swing of things, so "kickstart" is just a nicer way of saying kick in the a**.

I (really) hope you enjoy!!!

Last week I was complaining how early the pumpkins were in stores and this week I bought one. Can you say "hypocrite"?

Yes, the filler in this mason jar is what you think it is.

When you have ten million little tomatoes, you get real creative! I'm wearing a necklace made from them.

I was so excited when I heard this month's challenge would be "Harvest". Months ago, I found these cute little pots at Goodwill for $1.49 each.

I bought one of each vegetable! Aren't they adorable?

Nothing says fall like sunflowers!

Quick story--I bought these napkins last spring at Tuesday Morning, but they only had two. I checked their other stores and no luck. Last week I found the matching tablecloth at Burlington Coat Factory. I bought it, thinking I would cut it down to a square and make two napkins from the leftover fabric. What I didn't know was the pattern was only on the border, so I had to cut out the middle of it. Next time, I am taking the item I'm considering OUT of the package in the store. If it isn't what I want, I'll just stuff it back in the package inside out like everybody else does. Just kidding. I'm too OCD to do that.

All dishes and glasses, salt & pepper shakers,
and metal pedestal bowl came from Goodwill
Placemats are from World Market
Flatware from SteinMart
Vera tablecloth from BCF
Some of the napkins are from (never mind, let's not relive that)
Mason jars are from my magic basement

I am SO ready to join CuisineKathleen for her
Let's Dish Harvest Challenge!

I will also 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
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
Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Sunday Blog Love at Cherished Treasures
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, this gave me a good belly laugh!!! You are SO funny!!! Doesn't that just rattle your cage, though, when you think you have solved a problem only to have created another one? At any rate, the table turned out just great!!! I LOVE the idea of using the cherry tomatoes as filler!!!!!!!!!! VERY creative! The little casserole dishes you found at GW are FABULOUS for this table, and I'm sure you'll get a lot of good use out of them in the future. Good job on carving out the pumpkin. I have NEVER been able to do that without wreaking havoc. I'm just not that steady. I am really diggin' the flatware. It has a very polished look about it. I may have to slide through Stein Mart to take a look. I haven't been there in awhile. VERY nicely done!!! Happy Fall!

Marlis said...

I've been laughing all the way through this post.. So real. I think I saw myself reflected in your words. The table is gorgeous.. I love that you carved your pumpkin. It's the crowning glory to go with the cute bowls and plates you used. Still not believing it all came from GW! really??? Just wonderful. xo marlis

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Visiting from Cuisine Kathleen. your table is lovely, and your post made me laugh more than once! Thanks for sharing! Pam

Susan said...

Thanks for a fun, laugh filled post!!
I have the same Vera tablecloth and napkins and love them!! Your table is wonderful and oh, how I wish I had some cute little pots like yours!!
I LOVE your table and commentary!!
Thanks for sharing!

Infuse With Liz said...

What a fun post to read! I was complaining about all the fall stuff too but I gave in and dove in the pool! Your carved pumpkin and your vegetable casserole dishes look great! The tomato filler is cute! I'd like to see your necklace!! The tablecloth/napkin idea sounds like a pain! Oh well... sometimes it takes a lot of work to get what you want!

Kathe said...

Ha! I think we've all been there in some form lol! I am in love with the vegetable pots! If I ever visit I will have my big purse with me and you may notice, after I've left, they are gone :-) The tablecloth is just beautiful and works perfectly for a harvest table. Lovely and fun as always Elaine :-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is such a cute table! Love the 'story' of the napkins...gosh haven't we all done that. I love the tablecloth and the cute GW veggie covered bowls. You put a smile on my face! Hugs, Linda

kitty said...

What a cute post. It was such fun reading and laughing through it. What a deal on those GW soup tureens. That just makes the table!! I love your filler for your votive candle. Sure wish I could see that necklace of yours!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Elaine, I'm so glad you didn't cut up that pretty tablecloth! I have had ideas like that before, too, and then I just can't quite do it! $ 1.49 for those cute little pots! Wow! I want to go to your Goodwill! This is the perfect table for the Harvest theme at Katheen's! Linda

Entertaining Women said...

Your tablescape is wonderful! I'm so impressed that you found those amazing individual tureens at GW. They are darling! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Mary said...

Elaine~ What a wonderful harvest at your table! I adore your cloth and your tomato filled jars are genius to hold your votives! I'm so impressed you carved a pumpkin! I have a serious case of tureen envy~ I can't believe you found those adorable bowls there!

Style Sisters said...

I cannot believe you got those darling pots from Goodwill! Wow they are so cute. I love your whole scape! The textures from the chargers, the fun pumpkin centerpiece, the awesome silverware! I love it all! Thanks for linking up and sharing this with us!

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Oh, I have missed your tablecapes!! I.LOVE.THIS.ONE! That tablecloth immediately caught my eye and what luck to find those super cute pots at Goodwill!!!


I been cracking up reading your post, I even went back to really look at it without laughing. Thanks, you made my day, I needed some fun, lol..Ok, you did a fabulous job with this terrific outdoor fall table and all the elements you've used for it, like the mason jars with little tomaroes and a candle, The pumpkin it's great and the veggie pots are adorable and what a bargain too! I also love the plates and the placemats. Thanks for sharing.

Tanya@takesix said...

Your table looks like a bountiful harvest! Beautiful dishes, and I love how you used the tomatoes in the mason jars!

xinex said...

That is so funny, lol! Nevertheless, your table looks really pretty. The table cloth is beautiful! Love all the warm colors!...Christine

Kathy Mormino said...

Hello, new follower here! I'd love to invite you to my first, weekly Blog Hop!
The Chicken Chick

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

I love your blog and what a sweet post. Your covered bowls are adorable. Could I persuade you to come share at my Blog Fest?

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Love the veggie pots and the price. Great find! It all looks great!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a darling tablescape. Full of fall and what a fun post to read!!!
I am amazed that those soup tureens came from GW! What a good eye you have!

Kathleen said...

Lol, love your tomato necklace comment! Bacon earrings, lettuce hat and you are a living blt!
Very creative to use them as fillers!
The tablecloth is great, and Those covered bowls are wonderful, what a deal!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish Challenge!

Diann said...

What a lovely tablescape! I so understand the "getting it together" for a tablescape. I have been having a hard time doing it too. Those little veggie covered dishes are AWESOME! What a great find! Thank you for joining TTF last week. Hope to see you again. Have a fun day!

Rhissanna said...

Oh! I found you through What's it Wednesday on the wonderful Ivy and Elephants. This is a really lovely table. I think the cherry tomato mason jar lamp is just perfect and hey, do we get a picture of the necklace? *wink*