Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fun in the Kitchen.

Far be it from me to ever admit to having any fun in the kitchen, unless I am playing some sort of game and having a mojito. But in this case I have to confess I had a really lot of fun exploring the art of table setting.

It all started with a craft I did. And exploded from there. The craft was making my own napkin rings with seashells we found on the beach over the years. I have a really lot of shells but the trick was finding 8 in a similar size. These are all really close in size. And here is the result. But this craft got me thinking,
I need to set a pretty table, what else can I use?

I started out with some vintage things that I already  have. 
The vintage white Salt and Pepper shakers that came with the Cottage when I bought it,
And a wonderful blue cobalt bottle i found at a thrift store long ago.

I cut some Beach Grass and Hibiscus from my back yard.

And set to working on my tablescape. 

Now I am ashamed to say but I'm gonna be honest, 
I didn't have any cloth napkins down here at the shore!
It's a very informal atmosphere, and I like being in vacation mode, so we  normally use paper napkins.
But I had to see what my napkin rings were going to look like, so I just cut up a dish towel!

It is cute though isn't it?
 I'm going to hem them and keep them as napkins.

And the dishes I got in 2002 at one of those discount chains like Odd Lot or something.

I also tried the centerpiece with hibiscus. 

And even though I have 4 gorgeous water goblets. (  from the dollar store :)

I used a mish mash of different blue glasses, just cause it's fun.
a blue wine glass from a yard sale, and my favorite cocktail glass down there on the right.

Yep I like the beach grass as a centerpiece better.

When the beach grass plumes gets full and fluffy it is really fun to use as a centerpiece, 
like in this fabric basket I made

But that means Fall is near!

This was a really fun table to set, and I love my new napkin rings! 
I made them with twine and modgepodge, and those black scallop shells collected on the beach near my house.

Now I may set my table a little more often.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Finding Fabulous
Frugal Friday
HodgePodge Friday
Fab Friday #16
Sunday Showcase party
Tablescape Thursday


  1. I love your table setting. I am strictly amateur in that department too, and anyway I like to have room on the table for food (some tablescapes are so elaborate there doesn't seem to be room for eating at the table). I like your informal, yet beautiful table setting and I think the napkin rings are so cute!

  2. In Maine, I see so many mussel shells, and you have given me an idea how to use them. The napkin rings look like something I could handle! Your tablescape is great because it seems real!

  3. You set such a darling tablescape. Both the hibiscus and seagrass look nice. Your napkin rings are so cute. I really like your blue goblets.

    All the Best,


  4. What cool napkin rings! They really make the table -- especially with the blue-striped "napkins"! Clever! I agree, the beach grass is perfect!

  5. Love the blue goblets. You did a great job with the table setting. Followed your link over from Fab Friday. Drop by Atticmag and leave a comment for your chance to win Roxy bedding for Giveaway Friday.


  6. Oh, my goodness! I just love those napkin rings. You are so clever. I think your blue and white "napkins" work perfectly. Beach grass is such a nice touch.

  7. I love the cobalt glasses, but not as much as the napkin rings, they are gorgeous!

  8. To me, you pulled this off delightfully so. The blue pulled your dishes together and the grasses gave the perfect touch.

    Heck ..Im for any type of napkin! Especially anything that will let a family enjoy a holiday and not worry about formalities.



    PS... stop by and join us sometime with sharing would fit right in.

  9. Sooooo, I'm thinking that you're hooked! Welcome to tablescaping world. You have a good eye for color and balance. The 'napkins' were a great idea. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  10. those are adorable! come on over and link up to MMM!

  11. My sister really loves your cobalt glasses... Where did you buy them? The dollar store? No way! Are you willing to sell them?

  12. My sister really loves your cobalt glasses... Where did you buy them? The dollar store? No way! Are you willing to sell them?


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