Mother’s Day Table Setting 2016 – part3 – elements

Mother’s Day!!…. is Coming Soon!

Having Mom over for dinner or lunch ? Try creating a distinct table setting for her that will make her feel special!. This month I have been working towards that end.   Just a bit more sewing in preparation for this LUX  designer table setting.  I chose a black and white striped decorator fabric, Decorative Fabrics Direct was a good find, they carry a wide variety of fabric you may want online here .  A few quick stitches on a machine and you too, can create a table runner.

mothers day table runner
Yikes stripes!

In early May I will share the final project and give you some tips on how to create you own unique table setting.  Create this upscale look with a few simple elements  you might have around your house.  Then you too can make Mom feel special!

black and shite strip
Yikes black and white stripes!

So gather up some tableware to create a special setting

Here’s my list:

  1. table cover
  2. napkins
  3. dishes
  4. flatware

You can click the item links above to find where to purchase some of the inexpensive Fundamentals. On the next post I will reveal my final LUX  table setting and show YOU how to alter these elements to make your Mother’s Day table special.

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Table Setting 2016 -part 2- Crafty covers 4 the Chairs

pink chair cover stretch

Mother’s Day 2016 !  Create the table setting – part 2 – crafty covers 4 the chairs

How can I change up my boring leather chairs?   In time for Mother’s Day?

Time for a cover up!

pink chair cover stretch
Pink Textured fabric

Stumbling on a great find in a local fabric shop was this classy beauty.   I only purchased 2 yards of this unique, stretchy, textured fabric.  When I purchased this, I was unsure what to do with it.  I just fell in love with it!

Since  I’m loving the bright pink color, in my mind, I knew this fabric would be perfect for something!.  I often buy random fabric and create a party setting around it.  It is color and texture that grabs me at the fabric store.  Especially a 3 way stretch like this.  It’s a very forgiving fiber.

 

Creative crafting will make this months table setting stand out!.   April weather gives me time to stay in and sew, preparing a special May Mother’s Day table setting. The final setting will revealed before Mother’s Day,  so check back on this blog for the update.

 

With quick work I stitched up squares measuring carefully so I would have enough  to cover  6 chairs.  Folding the fabric into thirds,  I then made 3 cuts which cut it into four squares across  the tri-folded fabric.  The cuts left me with 12 squares enough to make six covers.  Then I began to sew the (approximately 18″) squares together on 3 sides.  I decided to leave the fringe that was  on the salvage edge of fabric as the ‘finished’ edge.   Time spent sewing was about a half hour.

Stitchin' a chair slip cover
Stitchin’ a chair slip cover

 

The kitchen became the craft room for this project.

 

 

The finished project was six inexpensive stretchy slip covers that will make my next table setting spectacular.  Be on the lookout for the part 3 of the April/May Mother’s Day 2016 Table setting.

Chairs get a new look!
Chairs get a new look!

 

Exodus 35:25   And every skillful woman spun with her hands….

Easter is Hopping!

You might have all your ducks in a row…but I have all my bunnies in row.

Napkins Multiply like Rabbits
Napkins Multiply like Rabbits

Napkins

These colorful little bunny napkins will be filled with flatware for an Easter brunch.  The napkins needed to multiply like rabbits, so there’s enough for everyone.  This year I have decided to release my standard of traditional  seating and hop into a new plan.  Buffet style which I titled on my Pinterest page  “Buffet ole’ ” style.  These nibbling little creatures each have a carrot  purchased from Michaels, to which I added some wire to keep the lil’ cottontails wrapped together.

Spring season brings back the color into our lives.  I’m hoping My ombre cake will be a hit!…I created 6 layers each one more intense pink color .  This is simply a white boxed cake mix, I recommend using 3/4 cup batter for each of the 6 layers and adding one drop more food coloring to each 3/4 cup batter.  Bake,  then stack them with frosting in between. The topping you see is green colored coconut. Simply add a green drop of food coloring into a sandwich bag with the coconut, mix around til the coconut turns green. Place it on top of the cake with a few candied eggs.

Pretty in pink Ombre cake
Pretty in pink Ombre cake

Check back and will update with a photo of the cut layers of cake.

6 layer Easter cake
6 layer Easter cake

Amalfi Coast Beauty

Mediterranean Sea coast of Italy
Mediterranean Sea coast of Italy

If your traveling through Italy, just below Rome is the stunning Amalfi Coast.   Its a must see!  The beaches, the beauty of the coast and the ‘Mama Mia’ highway with 1643 turns, high up on the cliffs,  at the edge of the blue, blue Mediterranean Sea, this is an incredible sight.   Even the Italians ‘holiday’ here on this coast!  This ocean side facing Greece is a can’t miss in Italy.  The Island of Capri its rocky coast and lure of the Sirens.  Legend mythology reads that the Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures (described as mermaids, half women half fish) that lured the sailors with their beautiful voices to their doom, causing the ships to crash on the reefs near their island.

Mermaids by the Sea
Mermaids by the Sea

Odysseus, asked that the crew to plug their ears with wax and ordered them to bind him on the mast of the ship so they could not hear the lure of mermaids call. He also told them that no matter how much he begged, they should not untie him. When they passed near the island, Odysseus begged his shipmates to let him go, but none heard him. Hence the nod towards mermaids in all the towns along this coast.

Positano Italy
Positano Italy

The towns along the coast hang in suspension from the top of the rocky coastline to the bottom of the bright blue sea. This day we went to Positano a quaint town close to Capri.  We arrived by boat, since vehicles cannot reach the bottom of the town near the sea.  Our private water tour took us past famous sites, such as where Jackie O. would sunbath at a hidden villa (I happen to idealize Jackie O.).  Once we arrived, we walked up the steep hillside to eat a simple lunch at little cafe’ overlooking the town.  While  we sipped a granita (an icy lemon drink), we enjoyed the view below of beaches dotted with bright orange umbrellas which contrast against the blue sea.  Each step of this hillside town was filled with shops and eateries.  Small B&B’s and some hotels are woven into this landscape of ancient beauty.

Dining by the Sea in Positano
Dining by the Sea in Positano

All of the Amalfi coast is alluring and offers so much for your eyes to drink in.  The mesmerizing sea and lemon flavors and many old churches and historical sites.  As our day in Positano nearly came to close, after we had peered into shops to see the finery and bargain with the shop owners and street vendors, we slowly walked back to our vessel at the bottom of the town.  “Adiamo” Alas, after shopping and walking and all day, on our return to our sea tranport, we finally settled on purchasing a picture scene of Positano to remember this journey.   “Ciao”

Shops along the way
Shops along the way

Psalm 95:5  The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.

Victoria’s Inspiring Designs

Dare to Dream!

 IMG_2043       Dreamed of being a designer all my life. 

I am creative and inspired by all things beautiful.  My hope is through this website to photograph, create and display things I see as delightful with my own eyes.  I will blog about travels and home designs,…to inspire YOU to take the leap to be daring and bold and creative.  So you can see the world and your home and all its beauty!

HE made everything beautiful in his time   Eccl 3:11a