Spring Tablescape

I thought I would show a quick table transformation. ūüôā ¬†From Valentine to Springtime in about 15 minutes.


When I set the table for February I used mostly neutrals other than the rose dishes and pink roses. This provided a great base to use later.


To get my table ready for Spring, I just removed the rose dishes, the solid green plates, the pink cupcake and the roses that were in the napkins.


I added the bird nest on top of the cream colored plates, then replaced the rose water pitcher and fresh flowers for the blue pitcher and dried hydrangeas.


I also added a little touch of life to the napkins with a few sprigs of fresh boxwood.


The blue pitcher is over a hundred years old. It was my great-grandmother’s. She started housekeeping with it. It’s one of my favorite pieces!


Here’s my Valentine’s Day Tablescape.

Here’s my table ready for Spring!


There you have it! Quick, Easy and Painless. Lol! In approximately 15 minuets a total table transformation.


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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Before and After

Valentine’s Tablescape

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have another table to share with you.


Several weeks ago I ordered these beautiful, romantic rose dishes from this great little shop on Etsy.


I was so excited when I found them! They were exactly the look I was going for. Soft, Sweet and Romantic. I also like the fact that they were pink and green and not your typical red for Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love a crisp red and white table setting especially for Valentines, but these caught my eye and took this table in a different direction.


The Rose dishes were defiantly my inspiration for this table so I planned everything else around them. First, I covered the table top with a winter white, linen tablecloth. Next, I placed a plain burlap runner topped with a white lace runner I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

In the center I used an empty pillow cover. It was exactly the color and texture I wanted. I thought, “why not?”
The tiered plate server holds extra cups on the bottom and extra plates on top. To top it all off, cupcakes! Yes, they’re fake, but aren’t they pretty?The two small ones are candles from the dollar tree. The other two are from Hobby Lobby.

To the right, I used a pedestal bowl that my son gave to me, topped with the  base to one of my cloches and 3 candles wrapped with twine.

IMG_7133I grouped 3 candles in mercury glass containers in front of that.

IMG_7131On the left side of the table I used the cream and sugar containers and the water pitcher that matched my dishes. I also used the matching water pitcher in lieu of a vase for my fresh flowers.


I love the look of layered plates. It looks so pretty to see different colors, patterns and edges on each plate. Sometimes just a 1/4 of an inch shows, it’s just enough to take your table from ordinary to extraordinary.

My mother let me borrow her white charger plates. The square plates and matching cups were also from Etsy. The green and cream leaf patterned dishes came from The Rusty Rooster.
The beige dishes with the chocolate edge are Pier 1.
I found the solid green scalloped edge plates on Etsy. It is topped with the Rose salad plate.

If possible, I purchase dishes in a set of six or eight. However, I won’t pass up a great pattern if a set is not available.
I love to mix and match. Even if there are only two, they can be used on each end of the table to add to the mix.


The rose dishes and the white square plates were sold in a set of four. I decided to mix it up a little! I have basically the same dishes on each end of the table, just different sizes plus a cup on each end.


To the left of the plate I used layered napkins. The bottom layer being a neutral plaid. The napkins on top I made from linen fabric and frayed the edges. I found this sweet burlap and lace ribbon with the pearl edging at Hobby Lobby. I used it instead of a napkin ring. Then I added a few pink rose buds nestled behind the ribbon.


Here’s the finished product!

Count down to Valentine’s Day

Necktie Converted into a Bow Tie

Good afternoon! Today I have a little different before-and-after to share with you. A Necktie Converted into a Bow Tie. 
As the mom of two boys I realized years ago that to be a great “Boy Mom” there were several things I needed to do. I made a mental checklist that keeps growing as time goes on.
‚úĒ Learn to whistle really,really loudly! (You never know when you’re going to need to get someone’s attention! LOL)
‚úĒ Memorize poison control’s telephone number.
‚úĒ Be able to touch, hold and trap a lizard without saying Eeeeewww!
‚úĒ Catch a wasp to feed to the lizard without getting stung! (That’s a tough one, I’m not gonna lie!)
‚úĒBait a hook
‚úĒRemove a hook from inside a fish.
Those are just a few off the top of my head. Recently, there were a couple more I realized I needed to add to my list.
This year, my youngest son is a freshman in high school. When homecoming rolled around we were on a mission to find a navy bow tie. Not just any navy bow tie mind you, the perfect navy bow tie! After several trips to Chattanooga, Calhoun, Dalton and the surrounding area we finally bought a bow tie! Several actually! After we decided which one would match the best we would return the others. At some point during all this shopping, I realized  a couple of things.
One, there  are way more neckties to choose from than bow ties.
Two, it was time I learned how to make a bow tie! How hard could it be, right?

My first challenge was figuring out what kind of material to use. I love the new cotton bow ties, but they look like they’re more summer than fall. Silk is beautiful, but a little too expensive to practice on! When I went to an estate sale with my oldest son I found the perfect thing! There it was, bigger than life! A whole box of ties! Not bow ties, neckties that were waiting to be transformed!

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And transformed they were!

afterNow, I’m going to share with you how I did it. There are several steps to this process but don’t be scared! It’s super easy!

Here are a few supplies you will need:
Iron on interfacing
A bow tie kit. I ordered mine from Amazon.
A necktie or fabric.
Seam ripper.
A sewing machine or a needle and thread.


The first step is to take the ties apart. Just use the seam ripper and open up all the seams.

Next I pressed out all of the creases.

You’ll want your tie to have body. I used an iron on interfacing. Just press it on the back side of the tie according to the directions on interfacing.



I needed a pattern to go by. I decided to use a tie we had purchased previously. I placed it on a piece of white paper and traced around it.
I added 1/4 to 1/2 an inch extra all the way around to allow for my seams. (If you don’t have a tie to make a pattern email me and I’ll send you a copy of mine)

Now that I have my pattern, I placed it out on the backside of the tie then traced  around it. You need 4 pieces total. A front and back for each end of the tie.


                                                                                        Cut out all 4 pieces.
Now place the measurement ribbon (that came with the bow tie kit) face up on the right side of the longest piece fabric. Make sure to place it where the measurements will be correct. (I marked this place on my pattern. If you’re using a tie to go by just lay them together and go by that.) If you want to stitch the ribbon down you can. I just pinned mine in place.
Next, put right sides together and stitch all 3 sides leaving the small end open.
This part is a little tricky. You need to cut off the corners and snip into the curves. Don’t cut so far that you get into the seam. The purpose of this step is to make the tie nice and flat. If not it will bunch up and look messy.
Now, the fun part. You need to turn it inside out. I used a large plastic straw. You can use anything that’s long enough to be able to thread it all the way through. Smooth it out. You may need to stick a needle into the corners a pull the out a little. Just work with it a few minutes and get it into shape.
Time for the iron. Some people hate to iron! When your sewing it is a must! A nice hot iron can make the difference in a project looking “homemade” and “custom-made”.
There are two metal pieces that come with the bow tie kit. One looks like an oval the other looks like a T. Place both pieces of the tie fronts together. Thread them through the oval piece together.
Take the T shaped metal piece from the bow tie kit and place it on the end of the piece that has the measurement ribbon.
Fold the ruff edges in and stitch. You can find it into a point and it makes it easier to get through the metal tie piece.
Fold the fabric down and stitch flat. Fold the other side of the tie that’s coming out of the oval metal piece down. Stitch it together. You will still have two pieces to the tie, they are just connected with the oval piece now.
 Now, the piece of metal that looks like a T will go into one of the slots on the measurement ribbon.
                                                                       And there you have it a beautiful bow tie!
I found this great YouTube video and learned how to tie a bow tie.
Here’s the link:
‚úĒMake a Bow Tie
‚úĒ Tie a Bow Tie
Now that’s two more things checked off my “Boy Mom” list!
For all of you that are shopping everywhere for Sweetheart bow ties, I hope this makes your day a little sweeter! Leann