The holidays are over. All of the festive decorations have been put away for another year. The house is clean and organized, sort of. I am already counting the days until I can be out working in my gardens. Only one thing is in my way. Winter! Old.Man.Winter. Even though Denver claims over 360 days of sunshine we can still expect bitter cold temperatures and gray days for the next few months. We won't see our front lawn until late March or April.
It was knowing this that led me to set this table.
I had purchased this set of china on the last day of an estate sale. It was marked $85.00 but, as everything was half off, I wound up only paying $42.50.! It is a service for 12 and also includes various serving bowls. Of course, I didn't set the table for 12! The most I have ever seated at our table is six. Today it is set for four.
I started with a black charger then a dinner plate and a bowl from the set. The flatware is a gift from Mr. B. I also used the coffee cup and saucer and salad plate from the set. The stemware is my go-to Godinger Shannon crystal. The napkins were purchased online from Boscovs. Their clearance section is awesome!! The napkins rings were a stocking stuffer from Santa.
The crocheted runner is a gift from Mr. B's mother. She picked it out for me when Grandma passed away last summer. It always sat on Grandma's magazine stand. I cherish it greatly! It truly is a precious gift.
The candles are a bit of me being crafty. I have seen sweater candles all over blogland and decided to try my hand at it. I had a sweater that I really liked the look of but it was one of those that shed like crazy!
I simple cut the sleeves off and hot glued them over vases from Dollar Tree. The gray worked perfectly with the wispy flowers on the plates.
The wooden basket was a thrift store find from last spring. I believe I paid a dollar for it. I filled it with some pine cones and moss, again from Dollar Tree. The pop of red is unexpected and lends just a touch of color to the table.
The covered butter dishes are from Ross.
I thought my Candlewick cream and sugar looked nice with this table.
You can tell how drab it is outside. Gray skies. Gray table.
And now, the Candy shot
I've had people ask how this particular shot is achieved. I will now reveal my secret weapon:
Six foot tall Mr. B stands on a chair and leans above the table and takes the candy shot for me. No ladder, no zip lines. Just a tall Mr. B on a chair! Now you know :)
For now, I will enjoy this table as it is a reminder to me that gray skies make me slow down a bit. Snuggle up on the couch with Max and Mr. B. Rest up for the upcoming Spring season when all things bright emerge and lighten our spirits.