Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Tablescape 2012 {Reveal}

When I started to think about what I could do to make my Fall Tablescape this year, 
I really had to dig deep.








Especially because my attempt at "primping my pumpkin" 
Primp Your Pumpkin Party was an epic fail.

I mean...

EPIC.

So epic, that those pictures will never ever see the light of day.

FYI...

The idea of a chicken wire pumpkin is good in theory.  

Not so great in execution.

;)

I was kinda feeling a little sorry for myself, that I had left it to the last minute, didn't have a back up plan, missed out on the party, and was a teeny tiny bit jealous of all the pretty pumpkins that were being linked up.

Yes, I'm pouting.

See...

:(

I was kind of in a creative funk, 
so I wasn't even sure I could pull it off.

Especially since...



I gave myself one rule.

The only thing I could buy was the pumpkins.

That's it.

Nothing else.

The rest had to be strictly on hand.

That means...

No new plates.

No new glassware.

No new tablecloth.

No new placements.

No new napkins.

No new...  NOTHING.

And after the epic chicken wire 
primpin' my pumpkin craft fail, 
I didn't know if it was possible.

But, I was going to try.


If I didn't have it, I was going to have to make it.

Or forage for it.

And in my past life, before a tanked economy, 
I've never been a great one for foraging for anything.

Oh me!  Have times changed!



Wednesday evening I had to do a dreaded grocery shopping trip.

It was that or my kids were going to mutiny.

We were even out of milk.

Thank goodness I went!

I managed to find 3 pumpkins in white and green at $0.48 a pound.

The only 3 they had.

SCORE!


After paying about $15.00, give or take, for the pumpkins, 
I was on my own.

Surprisingly enough, once I got started, 
it started to fall together easily enough.

Plates:  Check

Stemware:  Check

Flatware:  Check

Cloth Napkins and Place Mats...  Uh-oh.

For the life of me I couldn't find my white cloth napkins
and
my sparse selection of place mats weren't going to work.

Solutions for the place mats:  Canvas ripped to size and left frayed.

and

Solution for the cloth napkins:  Linen cloth, ripped into large squares and left frayed.

Both I had on hand.

I'm really getting quite a stash of crafty stuff.

Who would have ever thought!



Napkin Rings...  Nope.  Nothing I had would work.

Solution:  A strip of burlap wrapped around the linen and secured with a black grosgrain ribbon.  Then I made numbered tags with the craft tags I ordered from Pick Your Plum a few weeks ago.  I secured each of them with a vintage clothespin that I bought this summer from The Changing Season  - A dollar for five.

Loving it!

Then I had to think of something for the centerpiece.

That was huge.


Like I said, forager, I'm not.

So, I started looking around the house 
and began gathering things up that I thought would work:

Kitchen scale from the office.

Vintage spools.

A grain sack.

From the shop, a piece of barn wood I had saved, just in case.

(Yes, I think I'm beginning to be a junk hoarder!)

Pinecones.

Spanish Moss.

2 Cream Candles.

And that's all I had.

Shoot.

So, I went outside...



Stole Borrowed some corn from the mega farmer 
that farms the field across the street. 

I don't think he will miss a few ears.

Grabbed some small dead branches from under the trees.

Picked some overgrown, dried out grass, along with some milk weed.

Looked for some ditch flowers, but couldn't find any.

Darn!

I figured I should probably try to work with what I had 
and see where I ended up...

And here's what I wound up with:



I love how it uses items from right outside my front door.

I love that it complements the colors in my dining room.

But you know what I love even more?

It was CHEAP!


And I kept my promise to myself!

Total Cost:  $15.00

And ya can't beat that!

So, when you're thinking about doing your Fall Tablescape this year, try thinking outside the box, or at least, outside your house.

Beautiful doesn't necessarily have to mean expensive!

You don't know what 
you might come up with.

Dream Big,

P.S.  I have to give credit where credit is due for the improved quality of my interior pictures!  

If you have a DSLR camera and have been shooting your pics on the auto settings provided on the camera...  Don't!  


I just recently took an e-course offered by Shoot Fly Shoot.  Hosted by the Kevin from The Lettered Cottage and his business partner, Josh, it's a step by step e-course of how to shoot pictures in Manual.    


It's the best money I ever spent!  When I say step-by-step, I mean step-by step.  Believe me, if they can teach ME how to shoot in Manual, they can teach anybody!  And once you pay, the course is always available to you...  FOR-EH-VAH.  Although I still need to work on blowing out the light coming in from my window, it's 100% better than the interior shots I used to take!  Ever wonder why I stage outside so much?  Well...  That's why!


If you've been frustrated with your inability to take good interior photos of your crafts and rooms like I have been, this is the place to go!  You won't regret it!  I promise!


I have not been paid to endorse this e-course.  The thoughts and opinions are my own.  


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62 comments:

  1. This is super GORGEOUS! I am enjoying your blog SO much!

    Gloria

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  2. WOW!!!! **mouth hanging open in awe** That is beautiful Laura ! If that's what foraging brings, I am a new student of foraging.. hahahhaa...
    I luv it!!
    #goingtohavetoforagesomethisweekend.
    Cheers, Gee

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  3. I didn't even know you could get a green pumpkin - I thought for sure you painted that! Very nice!

    - Gina :)

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  4. Oh My!!! you tablescape is so sweet. I am loving the soft colors.

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  5. Love this Laura...your stuff is always beautiful and very doable by us less than ambitious people. The colors are just lovely..I have always wanted to be able to do a table setting like this but not possible in my home or family. i am unfortunately a closet crafter with no where to go...lol. Beautiful work and great pics....

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  6. Gorgeous Laura!! You did a fantastic job as always:)

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  7. I want it!!! Come do mine!!! Right now the middle of my table scape is made up of school papers and junk the kids just push to the middle of the table.
    I love those green and white pumpkins. I think you may have inspired me......AFTER I have another cup of coffee.!
    It looks BEAUTIFUL as always. I really do wanna see the fail...just to know HOW BAD it could have been...LOL!!!
    Love ya
    Karin

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  8. If I give you $15, can you come do that at my house? It's a stunner girl. You worked some magic. I love that texture and the napkins and rings could not BE any cuter :) Bonus, the scale looks wicked cute!!

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  9. Oh Laura, I love it! You did a beautiful job & I give your big time credit for only spending $15.00. It's amazing how creative we can get when we challenge ourselves.

    And just for the record...my primped pumpkins were also epic fails. Big time epic fails! I actually posted mine. They were good for a laugh!

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  10. Looks beautiful! When is dinner? I love the pumpkin colors you chose.

    And I knew you stole that corn. LOL.

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  11. Looks awesome and My favorite part about it is the price and that you USED WHAT YOU HAD!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for proving it can be done! Now come to Michigan. My house doesn't even know it's fall.

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  12. Laura...it looks beautiful! Love the ashy-green pumpkins. So bright and refreshing. You are good at what you do Lady! xoxo

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  13. I love that you challenged yourself and bringing the outside in has always been part of my decorating style. I have pinecones throughout the house. Your tablescape turned out magazine worthy, seriously. Kudos to you!

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  14. Love it ... I am having the same trouble with my centerpiece, what I had in mind is just not coming together ... maybe I should go look around the yard. Thanks for sharing.
    Great post. Happy holiday.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  15. Oh my Laura! Im SOOOOO in love with this and you and your wonderful blog! Im your newewst bloggy friend stop over sometime:)

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  16. You didn't just pull it off, you knocked it out of the park! Good job! I love the green and white pumpkins. I'm so cheap the only thing I bought was a new tablecloth and that was only because my old one had something really gross that spilled on it that wouldn't come out.

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  17. this looks fabulous!! You really did a great job pulling it all together. I have to say your epic fail turned into a Super Smash of Success!!!

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  18. Very nice! I love the pale colors! Something different than the usual orange, brown and black!

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  19. This is beautiful, makes me want rip mine apart and do over:) Maybe next year! I'm now a follower and Linky one too, really enjoyed your post!

    Rondell

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  20. It's beautiful! I'm inspired! ;)

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  21. Now you did one super duper job on this beautiful tablescape. Hope you will come by and share it at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY party on Monday...at only $15 it's sooooo THRIFTY.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Beautiful!! I love it all! Fantastic job!

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  23. You did a super job, Laura! Your tablescape is beautiful and impressive! I appreciate you sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  24. I love your color scheme for your table centerpiece. Nature's materials are best, I'm glad that's all you bought! Simple and fresh and bright!

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  25. I LOVE the blue and cream pumpkins! Your tablescape is an epic SUCCESS!!! I'm pinning this!!

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  26. Love your color choices - different but still very "fall".

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  27. I've just discover your blog, it is amazing! You are gifted! I love your honesty and humor, that you can take something old and do incredible decor with it. You made me giggle at what you went through in trying to do your table scape, we've all been there, loved that you didn't give up so we can all enjoy your table. Plus use your idea's here in our own homes, for this I say a big thank you! I have always loved old things, and it is such a pleasure to see what you have done in your home. I can't wait in the days and months ahead to learn from you, get inspired and make my home as lovely as yours in my own way.
    Thank you, Debbie

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  28. Beautiful! Very inspiring and I love that you were challenged to use what you had! I did the same this year and it is so much rewarding than buying all new!

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  29. I love this--this is my kind of fall decorating! Love the look of your bluish pumpkin. I really love your wooden table runner thing--what an awesome piece! Do you have any posts about where you got that/or how you made it? I really love it :)

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  30. Laura, I don't even know what to say. That is hands down the most stunning tablescape I have ever seen. This is on my list of to do's this weekend. You are amazing!!!

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  31. Beautifully inspiring! I love the soft shades. Happy fall!

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  32. Oh girl you just rock out loud. I have those spools and never would have thought of that. I pinned your pretty pumpkins and was so happy to see you joined in again this week at the newbie with a twist party. Thanks Laura!

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  33. You did an amazing job! I love the colors and the green pumpkin. I will be on the lookout for one of those this season. Thanks.

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  34. Laura - forget the pumpkin primping...your table is GORGEOUS!! And I love that you used what you had on hand! I too am going with an all white table scape this fall...it is still a work in progress. I have definitely spent more than 15$ though, ugh! But you inspired me to keep my spending to a minimum. :) I am excited to be following your blog. It is very cute!! :)

    Blessings - Sara

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  35. This is really gorgeous--so nicely done! Now I'm encouraged to challenge myself to not buy anything new except pumpkins to see what I can come up with!
    www.SMCbyDesign.com

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  36. I like the barn wood you used in lieu of a table runner--nice rustic look.

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  37. Girl!!! I adore your table. It's amazing what you can do when necessity dictates a project - in this case not spending any money! Beautiful subtle colours.
    xo,
    Shannon

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  38. Thank you for sharing your creative touch with Potpourri Friday!

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  39. GORGEOUS!! I am in love. Thanx as always for partying at my place! Off to Pin me some inspiration lady.

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  40. So beautiful- sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  41. This is so subtle and beautiful, Laura--I love that green-skinned pumpkin! And the napkin rings with burlap and grosgrain ribbon are lovely as well. Love that you stuck to your guns and didn't spend a lot for this gorgeous look--very creative!

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  42. Laura ... your Fall tablescape is incredible! And, I can't believe how little you spent because it looks like a million bucks! The pumpkins are beautiful ... love how you added the scale, too.

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  43. Hi! You have been featured this week at Potpourri Friday!

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  44. Hi, Absolutely beautiful centerpiece, and your green pumpkin is simply amazing.

    Blessing to you from your new follower,
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  45. It is just FABULOUS!!...one of my all time favorites...enjoy your beautiful space..
    Happy weekend, Mariaelena

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  46. Your table looks perfect! I love how you used what you had and it turned out so beautiful. Love the place mats and napkins you made from your stash of fabric. It's all wonderful.

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