ic Kathe With an E: Season of Change in the Garden

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Season of Change in the Garden

One of my most favorite hobbies is tablescaping.  Problem was we didn't have a true dedicated formal dining room.  So, I would set up a wonderful table, take pictures, and then have to take it all down so that Mr. B & I could eat our meals.  At the end of June that all changed.  We had been talking for awhile about changing the unused formal living room into a formal dining room.  I had even purchased my dream table and chairs at Cost Plus last November while they were on sale and I had an additional 20% off coupon (which makes me love it even more than had I paid full pop for it all).  

We had the carpet removed in that room, the family room, the hallway upstairs and in Mr. B's office.  We then had hardwood floors put in.  The change is dramatic and we just love it all!  And the best part is, I can now set up a tablescape and leave it up for us to enjoy! The following is my first table in the "new" room.

I purchased these plates at Goodwill (GW) on a 50% off day so they were only .25 each! Believe me when I saw the first one on the shelf I started to hyper-ventilate, then I found the other 3 and was doing that happy dance jig (you know the one we all do when we find the days perfect score!).






The "napkins" are dish towels from Ikea (I got to go before they opened the new Denver location and beat the crowd) .79 each. The placemats and flatware also come from Ikea. I think the placemats look almost like they were made from corn husks and really fit the theme of this table. The red dinner plates and coffee cups are part of a set from JCP.com from a Wednesday deal. The white bowls are from our everyday Gibson set. The water glasses are from Wal-Mart at .79 each.

Mr. B brought back the embroidered runner from Canada when he was there after his DGM passed away in June. It was lovingly stitched, pressed and starched by her. I love being able to use it on this table as she was a sweet, simple country girl.

The Candlewick sugar and creamer are part of my collection and were purchased on EBay. The rooster was purchased on clearance at Joann's several years ago.











This table almost seems like a transition from summer into fall. Days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. Summer seemed too short this year :)

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21 comments:

  1. Beautiful garden! Wow, what a wonderful transformation! I wish I had a sunny backyard...mine is too shady to grow any veggies. Have fun blogging! :)

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  2. Beautiful yard! I am in the foothills, so no level backyard for me. I am your newest follower.

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  3. Wow! The change is A-MAZ-ING!!! You have a very green thumb!

    I'm your newest follower; found you via Debbie.

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  4. Kathe, Your beds are just beautiful! Compost works! I make compost too, but do mine a little differently. I was always afraid to add manure as it may have weed seeds in it. I use garden waste, kitchen veg/fruit waste, leaves, shredded paper and coffee/tea grounds. My hsb gets large bags of used coffee and tea from the coffee shop near his work. Often I just sprinkle the coffee grounds directly onto the soil. I also do put them in the compost. I admire what you've done with your garden, Kathe. You obviously are doing something very right!

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  5. What a beautiful transformation! I can't believe you've been able to accomplish this in one year. Great job!

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  6. Turing wastelands into lovely productive gardens - wonderful job! And it'll be even better next year - that's the joy of gardening.

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  7. Wow. I'm jealous. My whole yard looks like your before garden. :( I don't think I'd want to go inside if I had that back yard. It 's so beautiful! Great job. :)

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  8. You have a green thumb, beautiful.

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  9. What a beautiful flower and vegetable garden you have! I have to admit my garden is looking a little bedraggled as of late -- too much hot weather! Yours looks fabulous!

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  10. Hi Kathe, welcome to blogging. I love your garden, and your touch of whimsy too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Please add my link or button. When you join a blog party, most hosts ask for this. Thanks.

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  11. Kathe, Welcome to blogland and to Bloomin' Tuesday! I always enjoy meeting my readers. Your garden is looking lovely after all that spring work. Jean

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  12. Very nice. Love that you can bring fresh cut flowers in from the garden. Stopping by from {somewhat simple}.

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  13. Wow, you really made progress! This would be a great entry for Hanni's "before and after" meme at www.sweetbeangardening.blogspot.com. Thanks for joining in my "Garden Lessons Learned" meme!

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  14. That is an incredible transformation that must really make you smile when you look out your windows. I agree with PlantPostings that this would make a great 'Before and After' at Sweet Bean Gardening.

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  15. shared this post on my tootsie facebook page!
    I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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  16. Perfectly done.Reflects the beautiful mind of the bearer.

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  17. I agree. This is a great before and after. I've often wondered about the tumbling composters as I just make piles. I may have to splurge and get one! Pretty garden.

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  18. A wonderful transformation! I love what you've done, the plantings, the picket fence. Really looks fabulous!

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  19. What a wonderful transformation! And it will continue to give you such joy year after year!

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  20. It turned out fabulous!! I hope to be able to have some veggies some day too, but the deer and other critters like them as well.

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