What a wonderful weekend we had visiting our son and his wife in TN! The weather could not have been more lovely, and it was the first warm and sunny visit that David and I had since Russell and Callie moved. It was so nice not to be freezing cold and rainy or snowy.
Russell is gradually making changes and improvements to camp, and we always see a lot different when we visit. Unfortunately, a car had knocked down the lovely sign that we saw on our last trip, so he is planning how to put it back up and make it indestructible.
We started the morning touring the camp since Grandma and Grandpa had not seen it yet. Russell and Callie had recently uncovered some landscaping that had been buried under a few years’ worth of leaves on the grounds next to the office. It was such a nice surprise to find flowers, paths, and so on.
The irises are blooming now, and they were gorgeous. We had also wondered when the dogwoods there bloomed. Since they are done blooming here, we were unsure if we would see them or not.
But the season is apparently a little later there, and we were thrilled to see lots of the beautiful white blooms dotting the woods on the grounds. We had noticed from our first trip up there in January that the woods were full of dogwoods and had been anxiously awaiting seeing the blooms.
Callie had built some nice flower boxes out of reclaimed wood, and they are on the patio outside the dining hall. The goal is that the campers will eventually harvest herbs, tomatoes, and whatever else grows for their supper.
They had also finished planting the camp garden, which I did not take a picture of, and the campers will harvest tomatoes, squash, and other items to be prepared for their meals. Russell had started this project when he was at Camp Lake Stephens, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. It is amazing how many kids think that food comes from the store; the garden teaches them about growing food and appreciating God’s kingdom.
After our tour, we went to some antique stores and to a neat local place for lunch. I made a couple of tablescaping purchases, one them being this pretty table runner. I tried to get a close up of it, but the details do not show up well in my photos. It is yellow gingham, but the fabric also has a delicate print in it, almost like jacquard or damask.
I wanted to use my new items as the basis for my tablescape today. I love the sunny feel that the color yellow brings to mind, so I thought that this color would be a great theme for a spring table.
The other purchase that I made this weekend was actually at a yard sale that we saw on our way. These wicker or rattan chargers (I’m really not sure what type of material they are) are perfect for spring also.
I decided to use my Fancy Free plates since they have the color yellow in them as well as go with the more casual feel of the table.
Of course, I had to use yellow napkins from The Napkin Lady. Since it is spring, I thought that the casual floral napkin rings would be perfect for this table.
I chose the Present Time flatware for a more playful look.
I played around with the centerpiece and tried several different items before I was satisfied. I did not want an elaborate one because I want to show off my pretty table runner. Finally, I decided to put some pleats in the table runner so that it would all fit on the table and use my pillar candle in a variety of greens to continue the spring theme.
I pulled a couple of small pitchers from my collection for their floral yellow patterns. Although I could have done a ton more to this centerpiece, I decided to leave it since I wanted it casual plus I wanted table runner to be the show piece.
Green Dollar Tree glasses were the best choice for stemware.
Although I thought the table looked fine the way it was, I wanted to do just a little more to it. I finally decided on my colorful flower pots from last week and, guess what, I actually used them for flowers.
I chose some artificial yellow flowers from my stash and decided to set the pots directly on the plates to brighten them up some.
I like the way they continue both the yellow and the spring theme of the table.
I love my final look and think I achieved what I was going for: casual, springlike, and yellow.
We arrived back at Russell’s home after our day out and enjoyed visiting and a sandwich supper before we went back to the hotel. Wendell was also enjoying the pretty sunshine.
The next morning, we went back to their house for more of the same before we headed home late in the morning. I did manage to make a few snapshots before we left and this one of Russell, his dad, and granddad is my favorite.
We had a nice drive back home and have enjoyed reminiscing about our great weekend. We look forward to a return visit soon!
Hope all of you have wonderful spring and enjoy your families as well.
Happy tablescaping and decorating to everyone!