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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Let us not be fooled by the lull in the weather. Enjoy this peaceful day. As of tomorrow afternoon we'll be facing yet another storm front. Unplug everything and everything, that's my motto for this winter.
Friday, January 03, 2014
Sunday, December 22, 2013
It'll be short and sweet, this article, as I am a bit in a hurry with The Feast of the year looming.
Here is how I do it to blend in with the overall bohemian feel. I like to keep the decorations low level as not to obstruct guests' view of one another. It makes for more pleasant conversations when the person across the table can see you.
1 roll of turquoise paper table cloth
a pair of lace curtains (bought these in Ikea)
2 strands of faux pine green
foraged twigs of laurel, juniper, conifer, ivy, birch or beech...
3 to 4 pomegranates
bunches of grapes red and green
walnuts or other nuts in their shells
- I first dress the table with the coloured paper table cloth. See that I have enough overhang on all sides 25 to 40 cm should do fine.
- On top of that I lay the lace curtain, which allows the colour to shine through.
- Now is the time to plan in my head where people are going to sit. I don't want the decorations to interfere with the place settings. Leave at least 40 cm free form the edges of the table.
- I first lay the faux pine garlands in the middle, parallel with the longest side of the table.
- Then I dress with the foraged twigs. Intertwine with the faux garland. Groupings of real stuff together works best. Strands of ivy pop out and over the whole length of the arrangement.
- I bring in the fruits, which I also distribute in splashes (not literal) of colour throughout
- A few candleholders, nothing to high and elaborate, will bring this together.
- Place the plates and cutlery, glassware, napkins and I am ready to roll.
Let the food fest commence.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Do you take time to stop and relax on regular intervals from all the chaos that enfolds at this time of year ?
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thanks for visiting.
Yours truly, the full time circus manager
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I'm on a roll.
It looks like I've got my mojo back and here I am, yet again, with a new blog post.
I have had a soft spot for table napkins for as long as I (but mostly my husband) can remember, but in the past I've always bought paper ones. Beautiful designs and vibrant colours, but paper ones, nonetheless.
Whenever I was out shopping and came across some pretty ones, I would buy. You know, just to stock up. Bert would say "What ? More napkins !?"
And just like with the issue of the real/fake Christmas tree, after 20 odd years of nagging, I finally give in. Why doesn't this work the other way around ? I've been nagging him to put his dirty clothes in the laundry basket and hang his still-wearable-clothes up on the hangers. I've been nagging him for years about the food he spill on his T-shirts. He still turns his spoon around just before popping it into his mouth. Why ?!
I digress. Since living here in Ireland I haven't come across beautiful paper napkins on my shopping trips, so I decided to make some fabric ones. And,.... and I make do with what I have lying around the house.
For these I have repurposed an older Ikea curtain, natural coloured cotton. Cut it in 40 cm squares, which definitely is the minimum size, bearing in mind that you need to hem them over, which will take about 1 cm off on all sides.
After cutting to size, I took a snip to the corners of the square. This made it easier to fold the corners neatly. See in the next few steps. Pin the hem in place.
If you have your iron nearby it will make things easier if you indeed iron the hems before or after pinning. The hems will stay in place better when you come to sew them.
I used a fancy stitch on mine, but you can keep it simple too.
When sewn, I used fabric markers that I still had from when we used to be art material shop owners way back when. They still work.
I chose free flowing designs and I'll be making plenty more before Christmas arrives.
Nineteen to go.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Never have I lived in a house that had (in my eyes) such beautiful stairs like the house we've moved into now. It's what sold this place to me. That and of course the fact that the property is right beside the water. But you get my drift, it is somewhat the only redeeming feature of the house itself.
The first picture is how it was when we bought the place. The second one is after removing the ghastly dark wallpaper and a giving a lick of white paint on the walls and ceiling.
It wasn't at the front of my thoughts to decorate the banisters till I finished the tree and found out I had some faux pine garlands left over from years past.
I attached the lengths to the balustrade and trimmed with a few baubles and ribbons. It is my first attempt to create a christmassy atmosphere on a stairway and I am rather pleased with how it turned out.
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