Hope this finds you all well and enjoying these true summer days…hot, hot hot! Here in the midwest we are under a heat dome that’s pretty much eliminated outdoor activity so I’ve enjoyed working on a few indoor projects. First up is this blue and white tablescape. There’s just something about blue and white. They go together like coffee with cream. Fresh and perfect for any time of the year. Sometimes I over-think tablescapes. I almost try too hard. This one though is casual, a little bit of everything and one of my favorites. My inspiration was this vintage grain sack tray I made from a picture frame. It was an easy and fun project that anyone can do. I’ll be back in a day or so with a bit more information about how I put it together. The ivory plates are budget-friendly, open-stock pieces from Walmart. The salad bowls are from Pier 1. I loved the vintagey look of the design and the colors…well they speak for themselves! It’s called Blue Blooms. It blends with my Liberty Blue transferware that I’ve had for several years. One long-ago summer, I set about purchasing it in bits and pieces on eBay. It took me a while but I eventually had every piece that I wanted. Except for one…and I still haven’t been able to find it at a price I can afford. It’s the Boston Tea Party soup tureen and every time I see it I get a little weak in the knees. Seriously. Hopefully one day I will happen across it somewhere, for a reasonable price, and my set of dishes will be complete. The napkins are tea towels from IKEA. They seem to always have them and they come in sets of four for under $5.00. I’ll list all of the sources at the end of the post. I braved the heat to cut daisies and hydrangeas from my fence row garden. For a little added interest I threw in some basil from my container herb garden. I’m not sure why but the leaves on my basil plant are enormous this year. I have been able to cut it about once a week and keep some inside for easy access. It not only adds that touch of green but it smells wonderful.
Ellenton Plates from Walmart
Blue Blooms Salad Bowls from Pier 1
Liberty Blue Transferware – Vintage
IKEA Elly tea towels
Navy Flatware (affiliate link)
I’m just recovering from a setback with my computer. It crashed and I lost most of what was stored as downloads. I was able to save my desktop items so I was very grateful for that. I’ve heard the term “crashed” for years but never paid much attention and always thought it sounded a bit dramatic. Not any more! I truly felt like I had crashed into the side of a hill going about 90 miles an hour. The hardest thing was trying to fix something that I didn’t have the capability to fix. I did get some help though and things are looking up. I’ll be back tomorrow with our Pinterest Blitz party. Have a perfect weekend, stay cool and enjoy!