Summer Tables and Recovery Update


I received a lovely mixed bouquet from my coworkers after my surgery, and my idea was to create a table around it. Of course, I really didn’t feel much like tablescaping for a few days so by the time I got around to it, the flowers were on their last leg. Since I did not take any good close-ups of the bouquet for that reason, you may have a little trouble seeing the relation of the elements of the table.


I chose the burgundy runner for two reasons. First, there were some burgundy flowers in the bouquet. Second, I wanted to play up the burgundy tones in my wine-themed plates.


I used the wicker chargers and white plates as the base. The plaid April Cornell napkins contain the burgundy color as well as the soft greens and yellow found in my bouquet.


I used the Dollar Tree green stemware and the Dollar General green flatware to continue the green colors in the place setting.


I guess I was still not feeling 100% since the tablescape ended there.


No candles, no cutesy details…just a simple table, but I still liked it and was satisfied that I did what I set out to accomplish…showcase a pretty bouquet.

So many have wished me well since my last post, and I thank you all so much. I had my post-op check this week, and it went well. I should be starting therapy in a few weeks. I am feeling much stronger. Yesterday was my first day to try some light housework, and today was my first day to drive. I divided my errands into a couple of short trips so that I could rest in between.

After the first trip (bank, drugstore, flea market), I came in and sat in the recliner to watch a little tv and rest a little before I went out again. I woke up an hour later! I guess I needed that rest; it often takes longer than one would think to rebuild strength. Even though I am feeling fine, I obviously need to take it slowly and not do too much at once. My husband has been wonderful, adding my household chores and my caregiving to his already full agenda. Not trying to be too personal, but I will just add that although I have never doubted his love for me, the man who willingly and unquestionably helps me to shave is obviously the man who has my heart. As I type these words, he is willingly ironing napkins for tablescapes…I love him so much.


My next errand run included a Dollar General trip, and   I immediately focused on the 50% off aisle. This pillar candlestick was a great buy, and I snatched it up. I see that it will be a great tablescape workhorse in days to come, and it was the starting point of the next tablescape.


I decided to begin with my April Cornell sunflower table runner.


The sage green placemats and yellow plates always look great with this runner. I purchased these placemats at Fred’s back when I first began tablescaping, and I really like how versatile they are.


After some trial and error, I decided to use my vintage Salem fruit plates for the top layer. I put the matching April Cornell napkins in between the 2 plates for emphasis.


Even though I had just used the Dollar Tree glasses and Dollar General flatware, they were the best choices for this table, so I used them again.


Then I started thinking about the centerpiece. I picked up this cute bird house when I bought the candle holder. Although not on sale, it was inexpensive and really cute. I can see it being really useful in a lot of décor.


I put a pillar candle in shades of green of green on the candle holder and added some cute decorative flowerpots [Dollar General, a while back].


I love the final look. The centerpiece is cute, eclectic, and summery.


Please remember that I am still typing {badly} with one left hand. If I don’t respond to your email or comment on your blog, please forgive me. I will be very glad when I become 2-handed once more!


I am pleased with the table. Hope that you like it as well, and wishing you a great time with your summer decorating!


I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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9 Responses to Summer Tables and Recovery Update

  1. Christine says:

    Glad you got through surgery ok, Bev. Hope you recover fast. Your table looks very nice with the pretty flowers and I like the wine plates..Christine

  2. Vicky Hunt says:

    Bless your heart…having to type one-handed! But, you do a fine job of it…:) Your tables are just lovely as always. Very summery. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Blessings, Vicky

  3. I am so glad you are doing ok…and it warms my heart to hear that hubby knows what a cherished woman you are!

    Beautiful table!

  4. Awe heal quickly. Ironing the napkins for that lovely table…sweet. And did I say lovely table!!

  5. You are certainly energetic for someone who is recuperating! A you have a man who irons – WOW! Pretty tables!!

  6. What a lovely idea to create a setting around a floral gift from well wishers. I love your wine themed plates too! Glad you are on the mend… 🙂

  7. Kim says:

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better. It does take time to get back to full speed! I love those flower flower pots – so cute, and perfect for your table. So pretty, all of it!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m glad you are getting better every day. Love your wine plates.

  9. Wait a minute!!! I had rotator cuff surgery done last year about this same time, and I was in NO condition to do any tablescaping for weeks and weeks! And you’re able to drive already?!?!?! They wouldn’t let me drive until 12 weeks!!! Or was it 10? Either way, it wasn’t 2 weeks in!!! And you don’t have to start therapy yet??!?!?! I was forced to start within 2 days of my surgery and I had to go from August through January!!! Maybe it was different because mine was a large tear plus a torn labrum plus having to get the arthritic crud scraped outta there, but I don’t know. That’s a HUGE difference in post-op stuff!!! I’m going to complain! 🙂 I still have to have my left shoulder done. I hope I get on YOUR schedule instead of the one they had me on!!!! (Although I will admit that starting the therapy early and going 5 days a week did get me feeling better sooner and keep that scar tissue from forming. Still…I would have GLADLY waited a bit!!!) You are also very lucky to have a husband with a Can Do! attitude. Mine was the same, and I love him more and more each day for it. They really have to do some very personal and unusual tasks for us when we’re down like this, don’t they? 🙂 (You mentioned the shaving. Ramon did that, too. He also flossed my teeth until I got the hang of using one of those little swords instead of a string of floss. He shampooed and combed my hair, dressed me, painted my toes, gave me a mini pedi, and just generally spoiled me rotten. L-O-V-E that man!!!)

    Now, on to your tablescape that I STILL don’t understand how you were able to do given the short amount of time it’s been…I love it that you created this around the flowers your co-workers sent to you. I know the flowers made you feel good, and I’m sure the fact that you made the effort to showcase them in spite of your condition will make all of them know they are appreciated.

    I hope you feel better very, very, very soon and that your PT goes well. Remember to do EXACTLY as they tell you to and don’t try to cheat. Cheating will only make recovery much longer and much more difficult, plus you risk having to go back into surgery for them to break up built-up scar tissue. You do NOT want that!!! Just go along with whatever they say, and you’ll be fine. Soothing or fun music helps a LOT. Good luck!!!

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