Pumpkin and Peacock Feathers Fall Tablescape

Fall Tablescape Cover Photo

Hello! I thought I would share a tablescape post from a couple years ago. Enjoy!

Even though I won’t be hosting any family dinners for the holiday, my table is set and ready to go! I just like having a pretty table to look at. Most of the time it has lots of other things on it like mail, magazines and books, but I did manage to clear it off to get some pictures to share with you!

I started out with my white tablecloth. I use this one for almost every season! It makes a great base to build on. Next I layered a scalloped chalkboard runner over the middle. I love this runner! You can write messages right on it! This would be great for your Thanksgiving dinner and everyone could write what they are thankful for. I looked up the website and I noticed they didn’t have any chalk cloth right now, but here is the link in case they get more in and you are interested:  http://modernjune.com/collections/chalk-cloth-2.

Fall Tablescape 2015

I placed an orange tea towel I picked up from Target a few years ago, in the middle of the runner. Next came the teal napkins which I used as placemats.

Fall Tablescape Table 2015

Now came the fun part, for me anyways! I layered my white plates with smaller turquoise salad plates, then added a peacock napkin and a small pumpkin to each place setting. The silverware is my everyday, BH&G silverware. I placed a glass and a mug by each setting.

Fall Tablescape Placesetting 2015

Fall Tablescape Placesetting Pumpkin 2015

The centerpiece of the table is the large woven pumpkin. I had been admiring these for quite a while and then happened to find one at a thrift store. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Fall Tablescape Top View 2015

I also added a candle on pedestal, an owl and a lumpy white pumpkin.

Fall Tablescape Candle 2015

Fall Tablescape Centerpiece 2015

On the other side of the large pumpkin I placed this wonderful glass and wood holder, also found at a thrift store with the Target tag still on it. I placed a glittery pumpkin and a few leaves inside.

Fall Tablescape Pumpkin 2015

Once all the decorations were placed, I wound some leaves around it all and then added the peacock feathers. Sure glad Haley wanted a peacock theme for her graduation party!

Fall Tablescape Peacock Feather 2015

I almost forgot to show you this cute little ruler pumpkin! I found a bundle of rulers and varnished them with different shades. I cut a piece of wood in the shape of a pumpkin and then glued the rulers to the top. Once the glue was dry, I cut out around the pumpkin shape again to trim the edges of the ruler. I also made a larger one that is on my front porch.

Fall Tablescape Ruler Pumpkin 2015

Are you getting ready for the holidays? Will you be spending time with family and friends, maybe hosting dinner at your house? I’d love to hear how you spend your holidays too!

Sunshine and Blessings

Corner News-November 20, 2015

Happy Friday! This week is a bit better than last. Last week Friday, I didn’t feel so well :(. It wasn’t terrible, just blah and yukky. Glad that’s over with! Next week at school we have our Thanksgiving Feast and the kids are very excited! We have been practicing a couple of verses and the Gobble, gobble song to perform for their parents. Then it’s time to eat!

Rozy has already been eating her share of pumpkin! She created this nice hole and then kept making it bigger until she could get her whole head inside! She would eat some pumpkin and spit out the seeds.


While Rozy is still celebrating fall, I started wrapping presents. My closet was overflowing and I wasn’t even sure what all I had anymore! In fact, I found some things for the girls I had completely forgotten about!! But I have my list now, and it’s all organized. I bought some wrapping paper last year, but I tried using up the old stuff I had.


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! If you are preparing to travel for the holiday, be safe. Enjoy your time with your families!

Sunshine and Blessings

Corner News-October 22, 2015

I can’t believe it’s Friday and time for Corner News! I’m not ready!!! I’ve been helping out my friend at the shelter get ready for Saturdays Bark in the Park, plus it is my little (almost) 3 years old great niece’s birthday this weekend and I am trying to make something special for her too! I had a great time last week playing hide-n-seek with her. You know, she tells you where to hide and then comes to find you?! Ha! I miss those days!

In other Valley Animal Haven Animal Shelter news…

Remember when I told you the shelter was in a competition? The results of the HomeAgain Helps “Shelter of the Year” contest are in AND Valley Animal Haven is officially a Runner-Up in our very first National Competition. We will receive $2,500 cash, a new computer, a new IPad, and an assortment of medical supplies from Merck Animal Health. Yippee!!! This is so awesome! Valley Animal Haven is such a small shelter and just starting out, so this is so amazing! The infirmary is going to be completed plus a cat building. This has been such a great year, I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

I am going to dress up as Mary Poppins for Halloween next week. Here is my inspiration…

Mary Poppins

All I need is the carpet bag and I am set!

I also told you about the hedgehog pumpkin I did a few years ago. I believe it came from a Martha Stewart idea. Here she is!

Hedghog Pumpkin

Isn’t she adorable!

hedgehog pumpkin halloween

The lights actually look like quills in the dark…

hedgehog pumpkin in the dark

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunshine and Blessings

Fabric Pumpkin Makeover

Happy 3 Day Weekend (for those who get one!)!  This post is late today because I am busy trying to get my house cleaned up and ready for fall!  I don’t have much time during the week, so I figured this was my time to get moving on it. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit, but I didn’t get the blog done for this morning. But it’s here now!

I found these 2 (very) bright orange fabric pumpkins at a thrift store. There really wasn’t much out yet at the stores I usually go to. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these, but I figured something would come to mind. I talked with the girls and we came up with a few ideas.

Fabric pumpkin makeover

I started with the small one. Haley suggested turquoise with orange polka-dots, where the dots start out full at the top and then becomes less and less. So I went through my paint stash and started with some colors that I mixed. It did not turn out as bright as Haley was thinking. So, I looked again and found some old poster paint in bright turquoise. It ended up being the perfect color! Here are my different attempts:

Much better color! I added a little more turquoise with some purple mixed in for the stem. After seeing the turquoise, my mind totally went in a different direction than polka-dots! Do you do that? Change your mind part way through a project? All. The. Time!

Small fabric pumpkin makeover turquoise

I decided to add some string around the pumpkin where the previous string was. I picked a navy blue, although it looks kind of purple.

Small fabric pumpkin makeover string

I just put some hot glue on the old string and laid the new string over the top.

Small fabric pumpkin makeover gluing

Here is a little clue to how I ended up decorating the pumpkin. These are a few of the embellishments that I used.

Small pumpkin makeover

The big pumpkin I just spray-painted with Rust-oleum spray paint in Metallic Aluminum.

Fabric Pumpkin spray paint

Then I added some glittery silver filigree washi tape that I found at Walmart. Sorry I don’t have the package to show you. I had already opened it for another project. Isn’t is pretty!

Fabric Pumpkin Makeover 3

And here is the turquoise one! Ta da!

Fabric Pumpkin Makeover 2

Haley loves peacocks and we had decorated her graduation party in a peacock theme. You can see it here. I had a few feathers left over, so it worked out great.

Fabric Pumpkin Makeover Finished

Fabric Pumpkin Makeover 5

Fabric Pumpkin Makeover 4

I just loved how they both turned out! Have been decorating for fall yet?

Sunshine and Blessings

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