First of all, do you remember my aqua table from a couple of weeks ago? Kathe with an E featured it on her blog this week. I love Kathe’s blog, be sure and go there for great decorating, recipes, and more!
Wouldn’t you know that right when I finally jump on the fall décor band wagon, the weather had yet another turn of events. It’s in the high 80s, but the heat index has it feeling like almost 90; in other words, it’s pretty normal for this time of year. But it’s too late now, I’ve hopped on the fall train and there’s no getting off.
I started in the kitchen with these sage green placemats topped with the square Wal Mart plates. I love these gold vintage Fire King plates. They are not very attractive alone, but they are great for layering with fall colors.
I recently got these great checked April Cornell napkins in autumnal colors, and they look great with these placemats and plates. I used the maple leaf napkin rings.
You will see these vintage Salem fruit plates a lot this fall. I love them and use them almost every week. I used the Present Time flatware to complete the setting.
Do you love these plates as much as I do? I think that they look great.
Of course, the Dollar Tree goblets made an appearance again with my cute fall-themed wine glass charms.
I kept the vignette simple, throwing some faux fall leaves, acorns, and pumpkins on a fall plate.
I love these autumn plates that I purchased a few years ago at Wal Mart. Here I replace the vintage plate with the Wal Mart one. Doesn’t it look great?
I have two of the pumpkin plates and two with fall leaves. These plates get quite a workout this time of year!
The last variation on this simple fall table uses these plates that I purchased at Cracker Barrel a few years ago. Have you ever noticed that Cracker Barrel always has great tablescaping items, both décor and dishes, for each season of the year? I could really spend a lot of money in that store and have to contain myself. These Thanksgiving plates are some of my favorites.
I like all of these variations, and I will be using them often from now until Christmas.
Then I moved on to my dining table. Because these autumnal colors make my dark dining room even darker, I started with a white tablecloth. I really wanted you to be able to see the details, and they would not show up well on my dark table. Don’t you love these April Cornell placemats? Look closely at the colors; in addition to the burnt orange, brown, and gray, you also see traces of blue and dark green.
The Friendly Village seemed the obvious choice for an autumn table. However, the pattern of the china does not look great on this placemat.
I put the gold charger in between the plate and the placemat, and I was satisfied with the look. As I looked through my napkins, I realized that I did not have 4 of any of the colors that would look good with these placemats.
So I got all wild and crazy and used 2 each of green and blue. I think they look great, and I used these acorn napkin rings to bring the look together.
Then I got even wilder and crazier. If I can use both blue and green napkins, why not use both the blue and green Dollar Tree goblets?
I used my fall wine glass charms again as well.
I decided to top the plates with the soup bowls. I did this for two reasons. If you know anything about the Friendly Village, you know that each piece of china depicts a different season. Fall is depicted on the soup bowl. In addition, our favorite fall meal is taco soup. We probably eat it almost once a week once the weather cools off. So this place setting is ready for our first taco soup meal! It’s waaaay too hot right now, but I’m hoping for soon!
Since our meal consists of taco soup, we will be using soup spoons in my San Remo flatware. I wanted to keep my centerpiece simple in order to keep the focus on the place settings. I filled my Gail Pittman bowl with faux fall fruit and foliage (I love alliteration). I scattered a few fall leaves on the table, and I was done.
I really like this table; it’s too bad the weather is making it feel like summer and not cool enough to fully enjoy it.
I have great news about my booth. Remember this beautiful set of Gibson poinsettia dishes and the holiday sherbets? They sold this past weekend! I was beyond thrilled. I never dreamed that those Christmas dishes would sell before September was over. Now I just need some of my fall items to sell!
I only have a couple of bargains to report, but they are good ones. I saved 12 cents a gallon on my tank of gas with my Exxon rewards card. Also, I received this preferred owner card when I purchased my Equinox about 18 months ago. Every time I have something done that I pay for (I don’t get any reward for having repairs that are done under warranty), they swipe the card, and a couple of dollars of what I paid goes toward my Preferred Owner reward. I have the choice of using the reward any time that I want. I can use the reward every time I have something done, or I can let the reward build up. Last week I needed both an oil change and a turn signal replaced. I’ve been letting my rewards build, so I told them to use it. It had built up to $14! I did not realize that I had that much built up already, especially since I’ve only been having routine oil changes and tire rotations. The other things that have been done since I’ve had the car were under warranty. Anyway, my $51 bill was reduced to $37, and I was really excited about that savings.
Finally, thanks for all the prayers for my special friend John Robert. He is home recovering well from his stroke. He can walk, but will need some therapy. He loved being in the hospital because he got lots of attention. The nurses told his parents that they had never had a patient have as much company as he had, nor had they ever had a patient so polite. Keep praying that his recovery goes well, and his mother’s also. Thanks again!