There are tablescapes that come together quickly and then there are those that seem to take forever. Forever could be waiting for the appropriate season or getting the right components. Magazines and lots of bloggers work with an editorial calendar. While everyone is working on Christmas recipes and decorations they’re likely planning for summer cookouts. My goal is to be super organized as they are and I can surely see the merit in it. That being said, the Farmers Almanac has predicted a long bitter cold snowy winter for us and I’m holding on to the last vestiges of summer.
The idea and images of sunflowers and burlap popped into my head and I knew it had to be. Two days later I walked into Hobby Lobby and to the left all I saw was Christmas decorations and to the right were these gigantic sunflowers. There’s my sign! Not far from the sunflowers were rolls of burlap in all shades. Surely the universe and I were on the same page.
The base cloth is muslin and overlaid with cream colored raffia that I found at Meijer’s for $1.24 for 10yds. Over that I laid the burlap.
Tucked in the back of a closet I found this very large vase and I haven’t the faintest idea where I got it. As much as I wanted the gigantic sunflowers I opted for the smaller ones. The stems are wrapped with a sunflower yellow tea towel. On each side are chunky pillar holders that I scooped up from Goodwill’s last summer. I don’t always burn my pillars so I’m able to use them over and again. Cylindrical vases are wrapped with strips of burlap, filled with river rock and topped with moss and a small pillar candle.
Rattan chargers form the base of the stack. My versatile marigold yellow dinner plates almost jumped out of the cabinet onto the table. They are topped with a knobby cream colored plate. The texture was perfect for this table and the price was right, .49 cents each. These are slightly larger than normal which allowed me to place the yellow salad plate on top. Don’t ask me what I was doing with these napkins, I think Sabrina must have come in and taken over! On my wish list is a set of bamboo flatware. Until then these rusty trusty wooden handle utensils will do.
In my travels I haven’t come across yellow or brown glasses. However, these amber ones fit the bill. Accompanied with a water goblet this table is set as I bid a fond farewell to summer in Michigan. Bring on the pumpkins!!