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Friday, September 29, 2017

Red Right Return & Hurricane Irma

It's hard to believe this is my first blog post this month.   Living in Southeast Florida we are conditioned and prepared for hurricane season.   I have lived in So. Florida for over 18 years and Hurricane Irma was the first time I was put under a mandatory evacuation.   I live near the Hillsboro Inlet & Lighthouse that feeds in to the Atlantic.   My  home is across the street from the Intracoastal Waterway and we were warned of a possible 10 foot tidal surge so I had not choice but to leave.   Miss Irma really put a kink in my tablescaping. 

Two Summer tables were planned on the calendar prior to the first day of Fall, but Hurricane Irma changed those plans rather quickly.  I set the Red Right Return table up on Sunday, September 3rd and made the photographs.  On Tuesday, September 5th I was packing everything away and using the dining table as a hurricane prep station.     Red Right Return is the name of the Lilly Pulitzer pattern  on the place mats.  They were made using Lilly Pulitzer shopping bags.   I thought about holding off and posting it next Summer, but I decided to go ahead with the post.   It's been a wild ride since Sept 8th (our evac date), riding out the hurricane in Ocala where it tracked right over us as a Hurricane 1.  I returned home to no power for over a week in 90 plus degree weather.  It was pure misery.   As soon as I had power I had a family emergency in North Carolina and drove North for several days.    I'm back in South Florida for the time being and look forward to creating a Fall tablescape this weekend.   

Red Right Return tablescape.   The tall ship plates are from Home Goods.  


The glasses reminded me of sea glass and the ocean.  They are from Home Goods early in the Summer. 

The life ring candle holders were purchased at Cracker Barrel.   They have the neatest items in their country store.  I used mints to make the napkin rings.   
The carved wooden ship captain was found at a local antique store in North Carolina.   The Lilly Pulitzer Red Right Return candle was a Home Good find.   Every season Lilly clears out the warehouses and Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls end up with the items.  The shopping bags I used to make the place mats were found at Home Goods. 

Overhead view of the table. 

I used a hot pink fabric tablecloth and covered it with fishing net. 

The layers. 

The place setting stack. 

I used a standard charger plate as a template to cut the shopping bags.  

Four place mats cut using two shopping bags before adding the ball fringe. 

I sewed white ball fringe to the edge of the circles.  I had planned on adding ric rac, but the hot pink color did not match the pink in the print.  

Place mats finished. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Flamingo Finale

It's hard to believe Summer 2017 will be ending in three weeks.  Living in hot and humid South Florida we look forward to Fall, but the cooler temperatures will not show up until late December or January.    I have  two more Summer themed tables planned then it will be time to break out the pumpkins, acorns and pine cones and celebrate Fall.  It's time to say so long to the pretty flamingos this week.    I have enjoyed my beautiful pink feather friends and look forward to their return next Summer. 

Flamingo Finale 

 Place setting.  

 I love the fun flamingo soup bowls by Cynthia Rowley. 

 The cut black glass champagne flutes were found at Home Goods last week.   I purchased them to use on  my New Years Eve table, but I really like them on this table.  

I tucked one of the Fontanini palm trees inside the lantern with a flameless Lisa Robertson candle and a small flamingo. 

 Flamingo salt & pepper shakers are from Cracker Barrel last Summer.  The palm trees are made by Fontanini and were purchased at the Christmas Palace in Fort Lauderdale.   They are made to go with a nativity, but I use them often on my tropical tablescapes.  
Centerpiece lantern, shells and flamingos. 

The wine charms are Lilly Pulitzer. 

I found these cute flamingo drink skewers at Target this Summer. 

The Kate Spade napkins are from Home Goods. 

The tablecloth is made from fabric purchased recently at Calico Corners in Boca Raton.   The minute I spotted this fabric on the roll in the store I new it would be perfect with the Cynthia Rowley plates. 

The layers. 

The plate stack starts with a high gloss black charger plate.  The dinner plate was purchased this Spring at Home Goods.   The flamingo plates are by Cynthia Rowley Summer 2016 and found at Home Goods. 

Overhead view of the table with the Cynthia Rowley soup bowls on top of the salad plates. 

Overhead view of table. 


This post is linked to the following parties: 
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