Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two Birds, One Stone....

I am excited to be participating today
in two weekly Tuesday events, ..."two birds,"
...with one Tablescape, ..."one stone."
Tablescape Tuesday, hosted by Susan, from Between Naps On The Porch...

~ AND ~

Trash to Treasure, hosted by Diane, at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


A couple of weeks ago, a friend called, needing my help.

For what I couldn't I imagine.

Her dilemma, she had to create a Holiday Tablescape for her Garden Club meeting in November.

She was one of six ladies, selected to make a single tablesetting representing either Christmas or Thanksgiving. Mrs. Jolene's only preference, ...Thanksgiving.

I gladly told her I would help, and she assured me that whatever I came up with would be wonderful and a lifesaver.

"Talk about pressure!" :)


Some of the items I gathered for the Tablescape are new.
But most come from my collection of treasures found at yard sales, thrift stores, and on eBay.

The amber glass above, is a thrift store find,
and usually holds monogrammed soaps in the guest bathroom.

The 8" candlewick plate is from a collection that was primarily purchased from eBay auctions.

The gold~rimmed dinner plate was a 50 cent find at a local thrift store.

The Tiffany candlesticks were bought during my first trip to NY at Tiffany & Co.

Remember the glittered acorns in the canister from a previous post?

The placemat was sewn from a remnant left over from my dining room valances.
I wanted to use rich Thanksgiving colors, without the traditional Turkey and such. ...something different. The fabric is printed with beautiful pheasants, butterflies, and florals.
The napkin was an idea I borrowed from Heidi, at Foxgloves, Fabric and Folly, initial stamped in permanent ink.

I stamped it with Mrs. Jolene's first initial, so that it could be used as "a placecard," and a memento for guests to take home.

Sterling Silver, Strasbourg by Gorham, an eBay find.



On the 21st, the Tablescape will be presented to the Garden Club.
I'll be sure to take pictures of the other contributions! :)

For more beautiful Tablescapes, visit Susan.
~ And ~
For more fabulous Trash to Treasure Transformations, visit Diane.
~Rhonda :)
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Additional Note:
I had inquiries on the ceramic acorns. Found those at Pier One on clearance.

62 comments:

ceekay said...

Oh you did really good! I really love the silverware!!

Neabear said...

Beautiful tablescape. You had some clever ideas there. Thanks for visiting my Blue Monday! Have a good week!

Smilingsal said...

Good job! What about those gorgeous acorns?

Lana G! said...

What a great tablescape! I love the acorns too!

Linda/ RMS "Mom..." said...

How charmingly creative & totally delightful, Rhonda!!! So fun to see anything "out-of-the-box", & it's a great read about your finds! YOU, my dea', are a verry nice friend!!! Am SURE your gf appreciates it! Thank you! I so enjoyed it! Warmly, Linda

mysteryhistorymom said...

How lovely, Rhonda! I loved hearing about where you found all your treasures, too. I dream of buying something from Tiffany's one day...:) Lori

Bo said...

Hi Rhonda...You knocked this one out of the ballpark...haha...a wonderful change of pace for T'giving and the use of "treasures" ... very nicely done! ;-) Bo

bj said...

Ahhh, Scotter...your setting is just fantastic. I love everything about it...I also am dieing to do the monogramed napkins...they look so sharp!

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Rhonda,
I love beautiful tablescapes and yours certainly is beautiful! The monogrammed napkins are genius and I'm definitely copying/stealing that idea *smiles* Lucky Miz Jolene for having you as a friend to call on, you did yourself proud! Simply lovely!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhonda,
Thanks for playing along on Trash to Treasure!

You have a real eye for treasures! Let's go shopping sometime! Do you think we would fight over the treasures? LOL

I love all of them...that silver is the best....I found some too on Ebay!

Amelia said...

You certainly have a talent for presentations such as this...You get the top prize today.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Oh Rhonda...this takes my breath away. Absolutely gorgeous, oh yes it is!!

Thanks!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

It looks great Rhonda. So pretty. I have an amber dish just like that, it was my g.mother's.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

What a lovely tablescape...love it!!!

Stacey said...

Lovely dahling! Lots of beautiful layers.

Deb said...

Beautiful table scape. I love the acorns!

Schotzy said...

I love this eclectic combo! beautifulloy creative and festive.

Becky said...

WOW!!! How gorgeous!

brettinsky said...

I love the flatware! What a great friend you are-and you did an exceptional job! The acorns look great too!

If you would like to join Trim the Tree Thursday where we are going to show off our holiday decor from any holiday comment on my blog! I would love for you to join!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

GREAT table! Love how you stuck the sprig of greenery in...it adds a little sumthin' sumthin'! And I am soo making some of those monogrammed napkins!

Dawn said...

Rhonda it is absolutely beautiful. You did a remarkable job! I'm sure your friend was very pleased with the outcome.

I must have been brought up in the woods LOL! My only idea of a tablescape is a fork, knife, spoon, plate and napkin! I've learned so much blogging!!

take care,
Dawn

Michelle said...

You did a great job...I love it!

I have that same amber bowl...I use it all the time for numerous things:)

Picket said...

Oh my word girl! That is gorgeous!!!!! Oh my heart skipped a beat when I saw the amber glass and I love that big acorn!!!!!! lol lol It is just so beautiful and elegant at the same time Scooter...girl you need to open a shop! lol

ellen b said...

Hi Rhonda,
I'll call you when I need help too!
You put a fabulous table together with a combination of goodies. I love to decorate ala thrift!
Have a wonderful day...

ann said...

ONE WORD-LOVELY.I TOO LOVE MY BARGAINS.I LOVE GARAGE SALES,THRIFT STORES,TEC.BUT...THE WAY YOU PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER IS LIKE IT ALL COST A MILLION.YOU CERTAINLY HAVE"THE TOUCH"...ANN

Natalie said...

Beautiful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How lovely! I popped over from Diane's, and I love seeing what you did with the table. So creative and pretty. That monogram looks professionally done. Good job! Love the Strasbourg, the placemat, and the other pieces that make up your tablescape. Your friend should love it!

Sheila :-)

onlymehere said...

You set such a beautiful table! This is what I was hoping for when I posted my heritage dinner dilemma. We never did have it this year but I'm thinking of combining it with Thanksgiving depending on who all is coming. I wish I had your vision of how beautiful thinks could be with simple changes and accessories. I love how it turned out.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow Rhonda, this is so elegant and special looking. I love acorns and this one is so charming on the glass dish. Beautiful grouping!
Blessings,
Debbie

Melissa Wertz said...

Rhonda, it is gorgeous! Positively gorgeous!!

Shelia said...

Oh, Rhonda! What a wonderful friend you are! You put together a gorgeous tablescape! I love all your stories behind how you found all of this. That flatware is so pretty! You know I love your acorns that are so sparkly!! The placemant is beautiful, too. I'd love to see you valances.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deb said...

Hi Rhonda! Lovely! The flatware is just breathtaking! Deb

Carrie said...

Your eclectic table setting is lovely...I also enjoyed seeing the acorn covered dishes.

Liz said...

Very pretty! I have a huge collection of candlewick. I will do a post someday soon. I love the napkin idea!!! very pretty!!!!

~Liz~

lipstickandlaundry said...

How beautiful.... I am LOVING the acorns... I need to get my hands on some to glitter up, but I would love to find the ceramic ones you have through out the table.... PERFECTION!
~Jen

Nancy said...

Hi Rhonda, You did a great job...Killing two birds with one stone! Can you Pleeeease come to my house and set up my dining room table...I really need some ideas! I have struggled(sp?) with that table for several years! I can't wait to see how you will do your Christmas table...I might copy it..OKAY with you?LOL Hope you have a great week. Nancy

Miss Janice said...

Hello, this tablescape is so elegant and your were very creative. Thanks for the tip on the stamp linens. I look forward to seeing photos from the event.
Miss Janice

belladella said...

This is beautiful. I love the amber dish with the acorn.

salmagundi said...

I loved the amber glass with the candlewick pattern - the texture is wonderful!! Sally

nikkicrumpet said...

BEAUTIFUL...I love the eclectic mix of styles...it's charming...I'm sure the ladies will love it!

Monogram Queen said...

Lady you just have the "knack" or "eye" or whatever it is - but I love it! Gorgeous.
I so love pretty things, fine things. Oh yes I do!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Rhonda...this is a gorgeous place setting...love eveything you put together! So creative! Your fabric for you valances sounds beautiful...made a great placemat. And don't you love that ebay. Your sterling is goregous! And I love anything monogrammed. Thanks for this beautiful posting! Susan

Pink Slippers said...

Very pretty.

Darlene said...

BEAUTIFUL tablescape.....great job on it!

Melissa Miller said...

How gorgeous! LOVE the silver flatware.

Susie Harris said...

I am in love with those acorns!!! Beautiful. That table would make anyone feel so welcome to pull up a chair... wish I could~

jeanne said...

Rhonda, a perfect 'two birds with one stone' post. Your tablescape is stunning and the acorn accents were a treasure in the decorations on the table. A great sale purchase turned treasure.

Hugs...Jeanne

laurie said...

How pretty. I think it's 3 birds with one stone, since you also helped a friend. Love that giant acorn! And the monogramed napkin turned out so pretty. laurie

Cathy Miller said...

Very pretty, Rhonda! I'm loving this Tablescape Tuesday stuff, aren't you??

tardevil said...

Love those acorns...if they're the ones from this year (I've been watching them, but I'm hoping to get them a little under the $8 they were last week. I thought they'd make nice hostess gifts also! Love the candlewick. You're a good shopper...but I'm sure I don't have to tell you! ;O)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Rhonda- Thank you so much for your sweet comments. You always make my day!:) So glad that you like "the package" (just in case a certain someone is looking :) ). I love how you went into "spy mode" to check it out- so cute!:) Lori

Empty Nest Full Life said...

You did a beautiful job. You could come decorate for me anytime! I am sure she was very pleased.Jackie

Happy To Be said...

GM Rhonda...how pretty your table looks girl..sorry I did't make it here yesterday..but was out of town..I love using things I find at yard sale etc ..on my tables so much fun.. thanks Hugs and smiles Gloria

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Such a lovely tablescape - you did an excellent job! Love the acorns!

Heather said...

Oh honey you are GOOOOOD!!!!! That just screams Thanksgiving in an elegant, understated way. Wow! I love it! Share some of your talent with me??? Of course my children would be ripping everything off the table as soon as I set it but........ LOL!!!
hugs
Heather:)

Glenda said...

The acorns in the container by your candles look very seasonal and festive. Love the natural green used in the place setting and on the table.

Envoy-ette said...

Oh, I have found my favorite tabletop! Just the right amount of color, texture and holiday theme! Good Job!!!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I love how the napkins came out and how creative you are!

Rue said...

Hi Rhonda :)

This tablescape is gorgeous! I love how it quietly says Thanksgiving, but doesn't scream it. Perfection!

Oh and Linda Carter.... I love you ;)

hugs,
rue

ivoryspring said...

Simply lovely - I love that monogrammed napkins. :)

ksarra said...

Beautiful tablescape. Your are so imaginative! I love the way you pulled everything together. And that it isn't "predictable." Also, the song lyrics touched my heart, thanks for sharing.

JudyBug said...

Adore the acorns! What a beautiful setting...love it!