Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apple Pickin' Tablescape

Fall is in full swing right now,and I cant wait to dig into some delicious apple pie!  This table scape is based around APPLES!  You can see how we took the original table scape, and removed the vintage runners, replaced them with layers of burlap, and added some vintage buckets and fresh apples.
The apples were from Joannes yard. They had just started to turn when we did this shoot a month ago. I always love seeing all the variations of color in fruit as they develop.
We placed fresh apple pies inside an old vintage pie tin. We used a deep red glass plate at the bottom to give it a small pop of color and stacked with different plates to give it a textured look. Ending the stack with white gives the food a clean fresh look.  The pewter mug completes this rustic look and made us very happy!
Layers of burlap add a casual look to the table scape. We filled vintage buckets with apples both on the table and below it.  At first it was a struggle at first to make everything stand out. Once we added the ribbon, glass red plates, and the cute berries the theme finally came together perfectly and turned out just the way we wanted it to!

Love the playful pop of red the storage shed brings into the picture.  
One of our little helpers for the day.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkins Tablescape & Banner Tutorial

It's easy to create a new look each week with a few simple changes. We switched out some of the plates creating more of an emphasis on the pumpkins then added wild berries to the pitcher.  This table scape was based on a natural autumn look and focuses on the best part of Fall: Pumpkin Season!  

Burlap ribbon tied around the stem of the pumpkins with fresh orange berries add a playful pop of color to the table scape.
A paper and ribbon banner replaces the vintage handkerchiefs, creating a new look for the space.
Love all the fresh fruit on the trees. 

Shabby Chic Banner Tutorial
To create a shabby chic look gather items to layer on your pennants. I used book page circles with fun edges, vintage crochet doilies cut from a stained dresser scarf, old buttons and craft paper fans. (You could also use scrapbook paper, paper doilies and vintage jewelry)
I let my book page determine the size of this pennant. I then cut the craft paper 1" smaller. 
After trimming the edges with decorative scissors layer the two triangles and punch holes at the top for your twine or ribbon.
At this point I chose to string my pennants on the twine so the doilies and fans wouldn't be dislodged when I put everything together. Leave some room between each pennant so you can tie on ribbon and lace, this will add to your shabby look.
Attach the doilies to the pennants leaving a bit showing at the top
Cut 2 squares out of craft paper (make your squares the same measurement as your craft paper pennant) fold each accordion style then fold these in half. Glue the inside edges together, next glue the two fans together creating a half circle. 

Attach your fan to the pennant.
Attach your book page circle and top with a button.
I used Scotch brand glue sticks to attach everything, I was amazed at how well it held! For a more permanent banner you could use a glue gun if you prefer.

As much as I would love to take credit for this gorgeous banner Joanne came up with the idea and made it while I was at work.  It started off pretty simple, then the next morning it turned out to be this.  I was in love with it from first sight.  She cut it all by hand, of course you can also do it on a cricket if you prefer.  I for one can't cut straight for the life of me so I would do it with a cricket.  I love how elegant this turned out and how generic it is.  You could use it for any holiday and it just gives each room or party that little extra splash of fun.