Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"L" is for Leaping


Have I mentioned that the Duchess has fifteen full sized Christmas trees?
Well, she does.
Each one has a different theme.
The sister has several lovely ones herself.
She's so much like Mom...

I, on the other hand, have one.
A few years ago, I casually mentioned to the husband that I might like a second one.
He shook his head and said,

 "It's a slippery slope, Deb-or-ah, a slippery slope..."

Now, there's a reason behind this ramble. This week we've been busily crafting Whimsy's dorm room. As I was heaping up all that coordinating pink and green and zebra print, I looked at her and said,  

"Wouldn't this make a beautiful tablescape?" 

She just shook her head and said,
 "It's a slippery slope, Mom, a slippery slope."
She listens entirely too much to her father.

So in an effort to avoid the clumsy slide down that slippery slope...
I just grabbed the sister
and the Duchess

And we took a flying leap off
Tablescape Mountain instead.
Because it's fun.

There we gooooo...

OK... that's not us.
We couldn't get that high off the ground if we sat on a taser.

Our tablescape is themed after her room.
All linens are merely sewing scraps from her fabrics.

We started with a black base and used some zebra for a runner.


The recently crafted waste basket  filled with the last myrtles of summer
works as the centerpiece.

Those decoupaged coasters hold some simple stemware.



































In a dorm room, it's all about the pictures and the monograms.
That was the inspiration for the placecards.

Following a little Southern Inspiration,
We threaded wall plates from Willow House
 with fabric from an accent pillow.

The dessert plates are from a set which belonged
to the Duchess's great-grandmother.





Postcards from the edge...

The requisite college candy dish...


And a message board to remember the important stuff...

I consider it a great excercise in restraint that I didn't
decoupage a pizza box for a charger.



I think I found my empty nesting hobby...

Setting the table for invisible people

Great fun!


Joining the party for


33 comments:

Sue said...

What a fun table! And what a great idea to host invisible people - you can serve invisible food!! Your daughter's room is going to be so cute.

Gayle said...

You are getting the hang of these tablescapes, girlfriend. Now be sure and link to Tablescape Thursdays with....somebody.... can't remember who....I never tablescape.

Sharon Kirby said...

OK, Deb-or-ah...all I've got to say is this: If this is what you can put together, KEEP SLIDING down the slope!! What beautiful "eye candy" (I meant the tablescape) - your creativity continues to amaze me (decoupage and all!) If NO ONE ELSE comes to sit at that lovely table, you can invite ME anytime!!

GOD BLESS!

Amy Kinser said...

How fun, exciting and inviting! Love what you ladies did with it!

Sharon Kirby said...

P.S. The link for Tablescape Thursday:

http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/p/tablescape-inspiration.html

TOO MUCH FUN!

Chatty Crone said...

I loved it too - the colors are just so bright and cheerful - before you know it your daughter will be doing tablescapes!

sandie

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How fun is that! Your mom's plates are amazing, looks like you all had a great time!

Debbie said...

Thanks and Sharon! I forgot to put that. I will be joining the party!

once in a blue moon... said...

great colors, loads of fun!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I think you could make a tablescape from "anything" and it would be gorgeous!!! You know it's a "slippery slope"!!!

laura :) said...

Of course you know I love it!

And not JUST because it's my dorm room colors or anything...Another fabulous job done by you two, but this time with the help of the duchess! Is there nothing you three can't do??

Love,

Best daughter ever

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a fun table!
Donna

Tess said...

What an adorable tablescape. The colors are bright and wonderful!! Isn't this just so much fun?

What are those lovely floral plates????

T.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Yes, it is a slippery slope! What a fun time you must have had with your daughter...sending her off to college...YIKES! Love the black and white runner? tablecloth? Love all the bright accents that are perfect for a college girl! Can I have some of that candy RIGHT NOW! Joni

Kelli said...

I can't stop laughing!!! Can you hear me?? I love the tablescape! IT's faBUloUS!! Just like you!

Entertaining Women said...

Oh my, I think that we may have been separated at birth! This is so whimsical and so funny! Setting tablescapes for invisible people! Thank you for sharing your wonderful design. Cherry Kay

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful! I love those colors!

You've coined a great phrase: "Setting a table for invisible people!" Love it!

I still want to see the decoupaged pizza box! LOL!

Katherine

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I'm afraid I am guilty of the multiple Christmas tree thing. And it is a slippery slope--there is always one more to put up because it's such a good idea! Your table is very fun and colorful. I'm sure you could find someone to sit at it! Linda

Marlis said...

Delightful. I love the story and the slippery slope.. Oh my I've gone down that road myself. Beautiful. I love the combinations and the elegant plates.. oh just all of it!!!!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Well, of course this is a fun and exuberant setting, but thanks for the funny! I hadn't had a good hard laugh yet today! Enjoying your wit--Jacqueline

Marydon said...

Oh, Debbie, what a darling bright whimsical table setting ... who couldn't love this! And PINK, to boot!

Have a lovely summer's day ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

mdb said...

Glad you remembered to include me!

Debbie said...

Wouldn't have it ANY other way, MDB...

Mimi said...

Love the pink and green with the black and white...cute, cute table.

Barbara said...

Restraint, indeed! Love the colors and your words to go with it!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Love your vivid colors! So bright and happy!

Style Sisters said...

"my empty nesting hobby" I love that!! This is so fun and colorful. All my favorite colors are in this. Love the coasters!! What a great job! It just says fun!

Karin :)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I laughed all the way through this! I guess you'll be sliding down the slope now ....right along with the rest of us!

Mary said...

You really did a great job putting everything together! I love the bright colors and zebra print. Have a nice weekend, Mary

Ellie said...

Fun tablescape! Love the colors and the monograms.

Tardevil said...

Too cute! Would love the complete dorm room/apt. tour! ;)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Oh, I love this Debbie! I'm catching up with my favorites tonight and this is so on the collegiate wild side! My favorite is the waste basket filled with those beautiful pink southern flowers. You have so many talents! My favorite is your sense of humor and you're such a gifted writer. Now that you've discovered that you create incredible tables for no one and cows, and the fact that it brings you great joy, well I do hope you do it every week. I love to read about it...and you do need 1 more Christmas tree!

CAL said...

You know what Debbie? I'm going to start pushing you towards that slippery slope. You have a knack, me thinks you've been holdin out on us! This blog has allowed you to showcase your artistic talents in words and design. You are really amazing me and I look forward to coming here. ((Debbie))

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