Fuschia is Fun!

Inspirations for this tablescape started with these napkins. When I saw the pretty fuschia flowers with the yellow roses I couldn't resist!


The price was right!

 And they look great wit the woven fuschia placemats (also from Home Goods.)

 I added white dinner plates and a bright yellow salad plate.

The yellow stripe flatware even works well with it!

I bought the fuschia glasses at TJ Maxx on sale for $1.50 each. I thought they were perfect, but in the pictures the color doesn't show up true.

The centerpiece is a small metal bucket from Dollar Tree. I filled it with fuschia silk flowers and the tiny flowers are a variation of the colors. I found those on sale at Michael's.

 The little fuschia colored votive holder is from Hobby Lobby.

It came together very nicely!

A special place for you!

It's still very hot here in FL and will be for probably about six more weeks, still time for summer type tablescapes, way too early for fall around here! Ninety-six degrees today!

I hope you enjoyed seeing more pretty summery colors! I'm enjoying looking at them!

I'm joining Susan's Tablescape Thursday, click on her name for lots more inspiration. I haven't done a tablescape in over a month! To see what I've been busy doing this summer (instead of doing tablescapes! Click HERE


Where have all my tablescapes gone??

I have been missing in action from blogging for a while now. I have been distracted from my usual tablescapes by using my dining room table for something else! There's a hint above!

Yes, I have renewed an old passion from years ago! Back in the 70s my number one hobby was painting. I stopped painting in 1982 when my life changed drastically and I had to go to work full time. I hadn't worked in 21 years, staying home raising our two daughters. Going back into the workplace was not easy, computers were new and I had quite a time learning how to use them - one of the many reasons I stopped painting. Long story short - fast forward 32 years: I decided to go to a painting class to see if I could still paint. What do you think?

 It's kinda like riding a bicycle, it comes back quickly!

Here's how it started - for Mother's Day and my May birthday my daughters gave me gift cards, one was from Hobby Lobby. I decided to use it on an oil painting kit:

And brushes:

I still had my old brushes, stored in this cute brush holder I made. See the 70s calico print fabric!

These are so neat the way they fold up:

The flap covers the brushes:
 Then folds together and ties for safe storage:

By the way, I had my 70s kitchen decorated in that red and yellow calico fabric, complete with ruffled tie-back curtains on the window. Really cute!

So my dining room table has been a bit too busy for tablescapes, but they will be back soon. I have one planned to join Cuisine Kathleen's August Let's Dish Challenge. I think the theme is "End of Summer."

I also have more plans of painting since I'm enjoying it again!

My husband loves the painting, he was surprised, maybe I was a little too!



Summer Whimsy!

Summer Whimsy! This is the theme for Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish Challenge for the month of June. I always enjoy the challenges, thanks for hosting, Kathleen!  We live in Florida and what is more whimsy in FL than fake flamingos! 

I have a new bright yellow fringed tablecloth and napkins which I bought from Home Goods recently with a birthday gift card from my daughter.

A great price too for all of them:
I had been looking for a bright yellow tablecloth when I found the light yellow one a few months ago. All of you know how I LOVE any shade of yellow, so I was delighted when I found the bright yellow set and had "free money!" (Also had money left over! Fun, fun!!)

 I also have more new placemats, can't beat this price for four!
 Hard to get the true color, but they are more fuschia.
 Love the tropical colors together!

 This tablescape was quite inexpensive - the flamingos are from Dollar Tree. This flamingo "sunglasses" make perfect napkin rings!

 I used bright orange and yellow plates (also from Dollar Tree) atop the fuschia place mats.
The colorful flatware works really well too!

The green glasses were from Home Goods a few years ago.
 The flamingo and palm tree stirrers are also from Dollar Tree.

 The Centerpiece:
 I found the metal lantern at Home Goods too, for only $7.99

 Instead of putting a candle in it, I added water and a small split leaf philodendron (from our yard, so glad there was a "baby leaf" on it as they get huge!

Dollar Tree had the small flamingo balloon and the bright pink silk hibiscus blooms. (Most FL houses have hibiscus, but no pink ones around here for me to pick! ;-)

 These small flamingo figurines also came from Dollar Tree:

 Look closely at the whimsy swim ring:

 The other one is holding a basket:
 And they both are wearing flip-flops! LOL!

 We recently were at a luau and I brought home the flamingo straw (wish I had four of them!)
Come on over! I'll fill the glasses with a special drink (your choice!)
 Here's a place just for you!

 Is is hot enough where you are? We are warming up real good here in central Florida! I'm not complaining, I still remember those cold temps last winter!!

I'm also linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday. Click on her name and Kathleen's for lots of inspiration.

Happy Summer!